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Web 2.0 and open source: We've already won

I've spent the last two weeks on the road, meeting with customers and prospects. It has been enlightening, to say the least. One primary theme has emerged: the Web 2.0 revolution is over. The web has already won. Its chief weapon? Open source. It hasn't "won" in the sense that every application is now social. It hasn't won in the sense of market share. But it has clearly won in the sense of mindshare and intentions.

CES 2008: iRiver Wing UMPC

You’ve got to hand it to iRiver, they pump out some fantastic industrial design. Latest to prompt a small puddle of drool around my keyboard is the Wing, a flash-based clamshell UMPC with 4-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. iRiver’s press release has it down as running embedded Linux Kernel 2.6, which is strange because some are reporting it to be a WinCE Pro machine; assuming the details from the horse’s mouth are correct, the 4GB of memory (and SD expansion) should be plenty for some compact Linux apps.

Gates on OLPC, Windows Home Server

In addition to answering questions about how Microsoft plans to take on its rivals and capture the hearts and devices of consumers, Chairman Bill Gates spoke to CNET on other topics, not all of which fit into Monday's Newsmaker piece. Here are a couple more questions and answers from Gates.

[Goes to show that Bill Gates doesn't "get" the XO, or developing nations. Just like he didn't understand the Internet or why you'd want more than 640 Kb RAM - Sander]

Writing about conspiracies

The fallout from my blog entry, “Conspiracy theorists and free software” continues. With all the people baying for my blood – some of whom, frankly, sound disingenuous in their demands for proof – the entry could easily take over my life, so in the last couple of days, I’ve withdrawn from active discussion of it. Frankly, the discussion is not that interesting to me.

Securing Linux laptops

While you can find dozens of products to secure Windows laptops, security products for Linux laptops are scarcer -- but they do exist. We found a range of products and fixes ranging from security patches for the operating system to encryption to the equivalent of computer bicycle locks which can help keep your Linux laptop or notebook safe.

NetBSD Hackathon 9 focussed on closing Problem Reports

The next hackathon will be held January 19th and 20th, 2008. The focus will be on closing PR's that are not relevant anymore after the release of 4.0. I.e. 2.0 becomes unsupported. Participation is open to everyone. Check out the Hackathon community page for more details.

Keystroke security dynamics from custom Perl algorithms

  • IBM DeveloperWorks; By Nathan Harrington (Posted by solrac on Jan 8, 2008 2:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The whorls and ridges on your fingertips can identify you based on what you touch. How you touch and especially type can often be just as unique an activity. Keystroke dynamics is a relatively new field that enables identification of individuals through statistical analysis of their typing patterns. Many commercial products analyze the dynamics of password entry, as well as continuous typing monitoring for enhanced security. This article uses example code to demonstrate keystroke dynamics for enhancing the security of your applications in authentication and continuous data entry contexts.

Tips and tricks: How do I create a clustered virtual service for my Xen guest using system-config-cluster?

The virtual service component of Red Hat Cluster Suite allows Xen guests to be relocated or failed over among cluster members, providing high availability of that guest. In order to use virtual services the cluster must be running the Xen kernel and have shared storage, such as GFS on iSCSI or SAN. This storage will be used to share the guest image(s) and configuration files.

Announcement: Linux / OpenSource Exposition 29-31 Jan (FR)

  • OpenSource / Linux solutions FR (Posted by hkwint on Jan 8, 2008 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
-3 jours pour faire le point sur les solutions proposées par plus de 189 acteurs majeurs des solutions Open Source
-Un programme sans précédent réparti sur 10 salles de conférences pendant les 3 jours du salon.

[Real impressive lists of what's coming up! Sadly, French organizations only receive government funding if all talks during their expositions are offered in French language (too), so I'm afraid this expo is of no use if you can't understand spoken French language - hkwint]

Bordeaux WineTricks GUI Manager

This is the second release (0.2) of Bordeaux, this release adds a GUI to WineTricks.

A marriage of convenience broken: OLPC and Intel

Can I be honest? Intel was never really interested in partnering with the One Laptop Per Child project. The marriage of Intel and OLPC was destined for divorce before the two ever walked down the aisle.

PCLinuxOS 2008 MiniME Screenshots

  • The Coding Studio (Posted by lqsh on Jan 7, 2008 9:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mandriva
PCLinuxOS 2008 "MiniME" edition has yet to be officially announced, but it seems that a major new PCLinuxOS build is in the making. It contains Linux kernel, KDE 3.5.8, X.Org 7.2, the PCLinuxOS Control Centre and the Draklive-Install Enhanced system installer. Screenshots by The Coding Studio.

Firefox Security add-ons

  • Thoughts of a future engineer; By Cassanova (Posted by Cassanova on Jan 7, 2008 8:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
When it comes to security, Firefox is the best browser. Not only because of the way that browser is built and how fast all bugs were fixed in it, but also because of its addons. Security add-ons are very effective to detect viruses before download, stop any sort of malicious scripts that could be injected to your computer. It also advice you which site you should avoid in order to be away from any bad cookies that could come from it. You better get you're add-ons installed because without them, your Firefox is vulnerable.

Keep Internet junk at bay with content filters

Each day, I come across someone on the blogosphere complaining about the design of a Web site. Some don't like screaming text, others don't like banners, and still others hate ads. My pet peeves include pop-ups and unwanted JavaScript and cookies. Removing such junk can speed up your Internet connection, since you're no longer wasting bandwidth downloading data you find useless. Here are some tools you can use to filter the content a Web site renders to you.

Open source: mob mentality or innovation engine?

In a recent article, renowned virtual reality guru Jaron Lanier criticizes the community-driven software development process of the open-source movement, asserting that the model isn't conducive to radical innovation. Lanier believes that the scientific community should shun the open approach and not follow in the footsteps of Linux.

Caution - 180 Degree Turnaround Ahead

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Jan 7, 2008 4:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
I am past the honeymoon stage as a Linux User. I've seen it early in the morning before its had its coffee. I've stood too close to it before the morning tooth-brushing has taken place. I've even had my hands in parts of it that most people never need or want to see. Gone are the days of being endeared by cute little mannerisms. Past are the times when I would gaze lovingly at every part of it, cherishing the fact that it was mine.

Review: Pyrolinux 1.0 Gives Off Little Heat

It's not every day you see the launch of a brand new Linux distribution, so when Dan Lynch heard that Pyrolinux 1.0 was released over Christmas, he gave it a look-see. But how hot is Pyrolinux?

LimePC, iPod nano sized Linux UMPC to be the hottest Product at CES 2008?

Freescale is possibly landing a major hit at the CES 2008 with their 'motherboard on-chip' processor, dubbed LimePC. We got a photo from I4U reader Jeff (Thanks!) showing the possibly called LimePC M1, which is apparently not bigger than an iPod nano. The LimePC features Graphics, Audio cards, PCI, Ethernet, SATA, USB motherboard is smaller than the Apple iPod nano. Just imagine a full Linux PC inside a iPod nano - I love to have one in my pocket!


I got an OLPC XO-1 a few days ago in the mail as part of the give one, get one program. Hopefully some child out there is enjoying their new laptop. We like hardware, and the OLPC XO-1 is an interesting piece of hardware. There are plenty of teardowns for the OLPC XO-1 (including one on the OLPC wiki itself), so I won’t repeat the tedium of what screw comes out of where and just cut to what I thought were interesting highlights.

LiMo: New members added; First release on deck; Is the future about mobile middleware?

The LiMo Foundation, a mobile consortium that is building an open software platform for handsets based on Linux, added five new members and plans to launch its first release of its application shortly, according to officials. LiMo will announce Monday that Acrodea, ETRI, Huawei, Purple Labs and Trolltech are joining the consortium, which launched a year ago with founding members Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung and Vodafone.

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