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A visual timeline of the Microsoft-Novell controversy

Following the recent deal between Microsoft and Novell, prominent industry figures and numerous members of the open source community have expressed criticism and concerns. As the controversy has unfolded, the debate has become increasingly antagonistic and confrontational. From dubious intellectual property claims to accusations of appeasement, corporate executives have succeeded in obscuring the facts and reducing the entire debate into a cheap PR conflict.

EnterpriseDB plans UK move

Open-source database firm EnterpriseDB is setting up in the UK with the aim of attracting Oracle-deserting users.

KDE PIM Annual Meeting Pushes Advanced Design, Enterprise Stability

On Friday 14 January 2007, members of the KDE PIM developer group came together for the fifth year in a row in Osnabrück, Germany to review the state of the project. Important topics including Akonadi, KDE PIM maintenance and enterprise usage. A record number of attendees were welcomed into the Intevation office and made at home by Bernhard Reiter, Jan-Oliver Wagner and the rest of the team.

KDE Commit-Digest for 28th January 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KGoldRunner begins the transition to a scalable graphics interface. okular gains support for DjVu metadata, and investigates the use of threaded text extraction in order to prevent interface freezes. Continued improvement in the font KControl configuration module. More 3d and contemporary effects in the kwin_composite branch. Multiple, discriminatory language spellchecking develops in Sonnet. Improved support for BMP and ZIP files in Strigi. Import of user documentation for Mailody. Optimisations in the Dolphin filemanager. An important stage in the replacement of kdesktop elements with krunner is completed. KTorrent makes exploratory moves towards a KDE 4 port. KSirc, an IRC client, is removed from KDE SVN.

DebConf7: Call For Papers

As previously announced, submissions of proposals for papers, presentations, discussion sessions and tutorials for DebConf7 will be accepted until Wednesday 31 January. If you're interested in doing a DebConf talk but haven't submitted one yet, it's time to do so now.

China gets into the FOSS groove

If there is mass take-up of free and open source software in any country over the next few years, that country is likely to be China. On the FOSS front, China is quietly making progress. The country already has its own distribution, Red Flag Linux. A recent GNU/Linux user convention in Beijing underlined the fact that while there are still many problems within the industry, growth of 28 per cent is forecast between 2006 and 2010.

Network Gulf helps Unilever embrace open source solutions

In 2003, Unilever entered the Iranian market by establishing on-shore operations, two factories and setting-up its regional head quarters in Tehran. However, one of the biggest tasks for the company was to setup a comprehensive IT infrastructure in place, since the company could not use any technology developed or imported from the USA with a specific American content, due to the US embargo on exports to Iran.

IBM Donates Privacy Code to Open Source Project

The Higgins Trust Framework Project is the recipient of IBM code that may allow users to hide their personal information on the Internet. Identity Mixer, the donated software, permits consumers to enter anonymous digital credentials from a bank or government agency to buy a product or enter a Web site that asks for a birth date.

WinDriver 9.00 - Sneak Peek!

The Jungo Connectivity Software Newsletter keeps you updated with information on embedded USB software stacks and wide range of USB testing tools.

Nouveau: glxgears on NV4x

Since our Nouveau: A First Look article last month, new developments continue to come out of the Nouveau camp. Among the changes in the past month is glxgears now working on NVIDIA NV4x hardware, the pledge drive now being completed, and the Fedora Project announcing its intent for including Nouveau in the upcoming Fedora 7 release.

This week at LWN: LCA: Andrew Tanenbaum on creating reliable systems

Andrew Tanenbaum is a huge figure in the field of computer science; developers who work in the area of operating systems tend to have at least one of his books on their shelf. Linus Torvalds also occupies a prominent position. But when these two people are discussed together, the topic is almost always the famous debate between the two which happened early in the history of Linux. Mr. Tanenbaum called Linux "obsolete," and made it clear that he would not have been proud to have Mr. Torvalds as a student; Linus made some choice comments of his own in return.

Back Up Linux And Windows Systems With BackupPC

This tutorial shows how you can back up Linux and Windows systems with BackupPC. BackupPC acts as a server and is installed on a Linux system, and from there it can connect to all Linux and Windows systems in your local network to back them up and restore them without interfering with the user's work on that system. On the clients minimal to no configuration is needed. BackupPC supports full and incremental backups, and it comes with a neat web frontend for the administrator and normal user so that backups and recoveries can be managed through a web browser. It should be noted, however, that BackupPC does file-based backups, not bit-wise backups like Ghost4Linux, for example, so it is not made for disk/partition imaging.

KDevelop 3.4 Brings Many New Features

KDevelop 3.4 has been released, bringing many new features to KDE's Integrated Development Environment. The first major release in over a year closes more than 500 bugs. There is an impressive list of additional features including improved Qt 4 support, new debugging abilities, more attractive default user interface layout and improvements for C++, Ruby and PHP support. Packages are available for Kubuntu and openSUSE with unofficial builds for several others on the download page.

Decompile .chm file to view as html file under Linux

You can view .chm file using gnochm or kchmviewer under Linux. However sometime you cannot install these programs. There is a third alternative - arCHMage. It is an extensible reader and decompiler for files in the CHM format. This is the format used by Microsoft HTML Help, and is also known as Compiled HTML. arCHMage is based on python-chm binding to chmlib from GnoCHM project.

Open Source Project of the Month Announced

We all benefit from Open Source and/or Free Software. Everyone. Even if you're reading this blog from Internet Explorer on a Windows XP box, you benefit in some way from Open Source. There's probably at least one open source program that you use on a regular basis on your system, and if not then somewhere down the line your ISP, your coworker, or some other point in the process is relying on open source. While many would argue that fame is more important than money to open source volunteers, I've yet to meet one that didn't like money as well as fame. The goal of Project of the Month is to provide a little of each to open source developers, whether they're already getting revenue from their work or not.

Learning Using Moodle Open Source Course Management System By ...

Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is the word to describe the learning philosophy of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs to learners to do them. This is an enjoyable tinkering that often leads to insight and creativity

Linux on Sony's Playstation, By IBM?

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Jan 27, 2007 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Linux on the Playstation 3 (PS3)? IBM thinks so. A tutorial now available on IBM's developerWorks site provides the rundown on how to deploy Linux on the latest game station from Sony. But there's more than a Linux endorsement story at work here.

Put the button on your users

Take your Sideshow app and put it on a bagThe commuter sitting across from you with one hand in his pocket and an intent look on his face is probably just fiddling with a mobile phone or media player.

[Posted purely for it's geekiness - dcparris]

Embedded Linux Distributions Quick Reference Guide (Part 2)

Part 2: Embedded Linux Commercial DistributionsThese are Embedded Linux distributions that are maintained and supported by companies as commercial products. They offer a wide range of capabililties and target a broad assortment of markets, from high-end telecommunications infrastructure, to handheld computers, to low-end embedded

KDE Week in Paris

  • KDE Dot News; By Charles de Miramon (Posted by dcparris on Jan 27, 2007 3:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In partnership with the Qt based VoIP free software OpenWengo and Mandriva, KDE-France is organising week of events in Paris from January 29th to February 2 about KDE 4. KDE will be present at the SolutionsLinux trade show, the annual French professional meeting for Open Source software.

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