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Liberating iPods in Cambridge

Last month, the MIT Media Lab Computing Counter Culture Group and the Harvard Free Culture Group held an "iPod Liberation event" -- a RockBox and iPodLinux "installfest" for Apple iPods. The event was held as a response to the fact that Apple installs iPods with an operating system -- a "firmware" -- that conflicts with the ideals of free and open source software and free culture and treats users parternalistically and adversarially. During the event, dubbed iRony, users were walked through the process of installing flexible and featureful free/open source software firmware -- without DRM -- onto their digital audio players.

Master Ajax using XML in requests and responses

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Brett McLaughlin (Posted by solrac on Nov 7, 2006 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The more you learn about the technologies around Ajax, the more careful you have to be about your decisions. When you realize that there's no standard way for a server to respond to clients with name/value pairs, the reasoning behind using XML becomes pretty clear. This article shows you the pluses when your server sends XML back to a client.

The “Real” Secret Behind Windows' Success: Part I

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 7, 2006 4:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Have you ever wondered why Windows rose from the ashes while other operating systems of yesteryear fell behind and eventually disappeared for good? Money and the distribution of generated revenue, of course. Not just in capital funds to make Microsoft's R&D a reality mind you, but the mindset behind a system of voluntary servitude based on people rushing to what turned out to be a virtual gold rush.

OSDL Tags Fellowship Fund Donations for Linux Kernel Documentation

The Open Source Development Labs, today announced the first fellowship grant from its Fellowship Fund announced earlier this year. The one-year fellowship grant will sponsor a technical writer, whose work will be targeted at Linux kernel documentation, further accelerating and maximizing Linux development.

Adobe and Mozilla Foundation to Open Source Flash Player Scripting Engine

Adobe Systems Incorporated and the Mozilla Foundation, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Internet, today announced that Adobe has contributed source code for the ActionScript™ Virtual Machine, the powerful standards-based scripting language engine in Adobe® Flash® Player, to the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla will host a new open source project, called Tamarin, to accelerate the development of this standards-based approach for creating rich and engaging Web applications.

Free Your Mind!

Bob Dylan sang, "The times, they are a-changing", and when it comes to desktop operating systems, times really are. Linux, which was once the choice of geeks, has now undergone considerable changes ? using it on the desktop seems imminent. Gone are the days of grisly hardware compatibility, rudimentary graphic interfaces and negligible vendor support; it's now time to enter the new world of Linux!

E-learning takes flight at UWC

Free software tools and committed academics at the University of the Western Cape make learning materials available to learners inside and outside of the campus.

Ubuntu Summit: Inside the Googleplex

This week is Ubuntu Developer Summit week in Mountain View, California. Posting directly from the Developer Summit is Morgan Collet, one of just two South Africans at the week-long event.

VMX Builder: Create virtual machines in minutes

While VMware Player is not designed to create virtual machines from scratch, other tools can help you to build your own VMs in a matter of minutes. You could use VMware's free VMware Server software, but it's overkill if you only need a quick-and-dirty way to build a VM. Instead, consider VMX Builder, an easy-to-use desktop tool for creating VMware virtual machines.

Open source: A reality for SA?

Although it may seem that open source software is a recent buzzword, the South African government has been successfully running open source software for more than 12 years now. Nhlanhla Mabaso looks at how far down the open source road South Africa is.

Bang for the Buck: Entry Linux Servers Keep Windows and Unix ...

Only 15 years ago, Linus Torvalds was annoyed enough about the expense of the just-commercialized Unix workstations and systems on the market that he started to create his own operating system, one that had a look and feel very much like Unix. Back then, proprietary operating systems dominated the midrange of the server market, mainframes ruled the high end, and there was no such thing as an entry server, but rather a NetWare file system for file sharing and network printing. How the world has changed.

Review: GnuCash 2.0

GnuCash is a personal and small business accounting package that provides true double-entry accounting, the ability to set up automatic recurring transactions, and simple budgeting. The application does not try to hide the complexities of managing your money from you with pretty screens. It does show you where (and how much) you're spending your money. If you're prepared to learn a subtly different way of doing things, you will find GnuCash a very powerful alternative for home or small business use.

RPath 1.0.4 Screenshot Walkthrough

rPath Linux, the first Linux distribution built using the groundbreaking Conary software management system, has released updated images for rPath Linux 1. The new images incorporate installation changes, new kernels, and all package updates released as of October 27. New in rPath Linux 1.0.4 is support for the Xen 3.0.3 hypervisor, including Xen installation media.

IDE for the Cell Broadband Engine SDK

This introductory walk-through provides an introduction to some of the main features of the Cell IDE for Eclipse and step-by-step instructions on how to create, build, and run POWER Processing Unit (PPU)- and Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU)-managed make projects. Elements in the design of the cell chip are expected in IBM’s future server chips, and could end up inside the PlayStation 3. publishes unified ISA, Linux system spec has published a new PowerPC ISA (instruction set architecture) said to integrate and unify general-purpose and embedded PowerPC architectures. The non-profit organization has also published a Power Architecture Platform Requirements (PAPR) specification, aimed at helping PowerPC system vendors and Linux distributors create interoperable products.

Novell is Now the New SCO

So how is Novell the new SCO? First and foremost, I'm not the first one to talk about the correlation between this deal and SCO's indemnification licenses...Groklaw has detailed postings on it. Let's look at this concept a bit more. This deal between Microsoft and Novell isn't about getting Linux to play nice with's about patents, intellectual property, and indemnification licenses.

One Small Business Gladly Gives Microsoft the Boot

As well, anyone who decries the lack of "Linux Documentation" on the Internet should come speak to me. You really should. I, a loud-mouthed advocate for FOSS, with NO formal technical training and computer networking skills; installed, implemented and made operational a 9 city/455 desktop computer business network. Granted, it was a fish-shoot, but I did it and with only the information I gleaned from the internet.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 65

Fedora Weekly News Issue 65

Linux Smartphone Firm May Be Headed for China IPO

Taiwanese entrepreneur Roger Kung has bet on Linux for its low-cost, high-flexibility, customizable user interface. Linux-based smartphones held a 48 percent market share in China in 2004, according to government data. E28 has led the wave of Linux-based smartphones in China as well as overseas.

Dojo 0.4 Is available

It's available to download Dojo 0.4, the Open Source javascript toolkit for professional Web development (Ajax, Web 2.0). This release contains many new features, a lot of bugs closed, better documentation.

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