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Durban's citizen-friendly, OSS site

Durban's official municipal website, which runs on Plone, recently underwent a facelift and has plans to integrate some interesting open source software features which will encourage greater citizen participation.

Open News Podcast Episode 24 Released

This week on Open News Novell Isn't As Stupid As SCO, MySQL Won't Share Tarballs, and UT3 For Linux.

Linux: Graphical Git Statistics

Jungseung Lee announced the first public release ofgitstat,"a GPL'd, web-based git statistics/monitoring system." He explains,"it retrieves a specified git tree, analyzes changesets, and shows graphical information like the number of changesets per day, the number of people who submitted changesets for a specific version(tag), etc." The link above offers a graphical view of Linus' mainline 2.6 kernel tree, with daily commit statistics, monthly commit statistics, kernel release frequency, and per-author statistics. Jungseung noted:"Gitstat was derived from kfm (kernel feature monitor) which was originally developed by Keun-Sik Lim and Sang-Bae Lee of Samsung Electronics and currently maintained and developed by Jeong-Seung Lee and Soon-Son Kwon(Shawn) of Samsung Electronics. Kfm was inspired from Jon Corbet of lwn.net when he analyzed the git tree and Greg KH when he presented similar status report at OLS2007. We thought it would be interesting information every day."read more |rsync.net - Secure Offsite Data

The Web Common Alerting Protocol can save lives

The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a simple, standardized XML data format used by the United States Department of Homeland Security that can save many lives.

Second-rate Vista has Windows fans looking to Linux

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 21, 2007 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The year is 1993, and I'm at the Spencer Katt party at Fall Comdex, back when Comdex was "the" technology show of technology shows. There, I, a freelance technology journalist, meet Jim Louderback, then the director of PC Weeks Labs. We end up talking about operating systems. He rather liked Windows for Workgroups for the desktop; I sang the praises of SCO Open Desktop 2.0. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, even though we completely disagree about operating systems.

Bringing the free software message to TV

As a former course designer and academic, I used to be experienced in talking in front of people. However, one thing I hadn't done until now is appear on television. That, more than anything, is why I agreed to appear on the computer show Lab with Leo Laporte in a five-minute spot about the GNU/Linux desktop. The show is scheduled to appear October 11 on G4TechTV in Canada and the How-To Channel in Australia, with my spot being posted to Google Video on the same day. I won't know if I look savvy or imbecilic until I see how the segment is edited, but the experience taught me several points about appearing on TV in general, and evangelizing for GNU/Linux in the studio in particular.

"Linux more secure than Windows", Microsoft vulnerability report suggests

LXer Feature: 21-Aug-2007
A Microsoft vulnerability report suggests that Microsoft wasn't able to fix more Windows flaws than the number of open software flaws fixed by the major open source companies . Red Hat, having forty times less employees than Microsoft, did the best job, by fixing and closing the most security bugs, also closing even minor bugs - where Microsoft didn't even fix one minor bug in the same period. Even Apple did a better job than Microsoft by fixing lots of flaws in Mac OS X. It should also be noted, the fixed open source flaws were in the 'base system', while the fixed Windows flaws also concerned a lot of Internet Explorer, Media Player and similar stuff.

As expected, many flaws were fixed in RHEL 5, so it seems RHEL 5 is becoming more and more secure. On the other hand, only a few Vista bugs were fixed, which left some customers asking if Microsoft even tried finding and fixing security flaws at all.

See the Microsoft vulnerability report here

[ Seriously, how comes Gentoo has a 'closed bug ranking' and the teams are proud to be on the top of the list, while at the same time Microsoft thinks closing bugs is a bad thing and is glad only a few bugs were closed? - hkwint ]

Technalign releases new community based distribution, Pioneer Linux

Technalign, developers of both the community and commercial Pioneer Linux operating systems, recently announced the release of Pioneer Explorer 1.0 and the Programs folder. In the past, Technalign built its Linux distributions from Ubuntu, Debian and MEPIS codebases. While this new distribution still shows its Ubuntu/Debian roots, it's now going in its own direction.

And So it Begins

There are people who are doing their best to come up with ideas for the promotion of FOSS. I have come up with an idea, and plan on putting it in action tomorrow. I have a simple question: Will you join me?

Tutorial: Use Networked Printers and Scanners with HPLIP

Not too long ago I treated myself to a HP 3050 multi-function laser printer with fax, scanner, and copier. I almost went with Samsung because it makes good machines, and all of its monochrome printers have Linux drivers. But they are closed, proprietary binary drivers which are bad enough on their own: big fat pains to install and upgrade. And then the news broke about the ingenious security holes and inexplicable permissions changes on key directories introduced by the amusingly awful installer for the Samsung drivers, and that was all she wrote. HP, on the other hand, supports good-quality, well-supported genuine FOSS drivers, HPLIP, which we introduced ourselves to last week.

rubinius, JRuby, and Ruby.NET plans

In my last blog post, I mentioned the work on rubinius (then at a 0.7 release and now at 0.8) and JRuby. I also promised I’d follow up on them. Here’s what’s been going on so far.

PR: Open Source Stack Delivers The Most Affordable EMR

Open Source Tools provide an extremely powerful and affordable foundation for CCHIT certified ambulatory electronic medical record and practice management system development. Combining these tools with the Sofware as a Service (SaaS) delivery model makes now allows for advanced EMR and Practice Management tools to be delivered to the physician's desktop through thte Internet at extremely affordable prices. Waiting Room Solutions is built on the LAMP stack architecture (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). With service prices starting as low as $149/physician/month, it is hard to find a more cost-effective, affordable solution.

Movie of the day

David Scharf and the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany, have published an impressive short animated movie about stopping the big brother state under a CC-nc-sampling+ license. I point to the place where I found it, and to the original site, where you can download it in different formats, and explain why this is important.

Preview hyperlinks with Interclue

Interclue is a Firefox extension that lets you preview whatever a hyperlink on a page is pointing to. Unlike other link previewers, Interclue doesn't just display a tiny replica of what's hiding under the link. It uses algorithms to intelligently construct a summary of the target page and displays it in a window with lots of other information and statistics about the page.

Cutting The Velvet Chain

Microsoft is a well-crafted and well-maintained machine designed to do one thing. Produce profit. If you research the writings of a young Bill Gates, you will see the ruthless intent from the earliest ink. His communications on the message boards and between some now-famous FOSS Folks find him squarely at odds with the FOSS concept and model. Gates built his company...his machine to be the Borg.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 101

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 101 for the week of August 13th. In Ask Fedora, we have "Location For Menu Entries And Customization" and "64-bit Java Plugin". In Daily Package, we have "Fedora Daily Package Articles in Chinese", "MediaWiki - Collaborative publishing", "RenRot - Rename and rotate photos", "Wednesday Why: Logins and Sessions", "GKrellM - System monitoring tool", "TaxiPilot - Drive a Space Taxi" and "Fedora Daily Package Weekly Video Summary".

Tips and tricks: How do I use the "xm block-attach" command to attach additional storage (like USB drive) to my running para-virtualized Xen guests?

The xm block-attach command can be used to add additional storage to a running para-virtualized Xen guest. To ensure this succeeds, use the xvd device as the frontend device, and NOT sd or hd.

P2V: How To Make a Physical Linux Box Into a Virtual Machine

Over the last four days, I’ve been exploring how to convert physical Linux boxes into virtual machines. VMWare has a tool for doing P2V conversions, as they’re called, but as far as I can tell it only works for Windows physical machines and for converting various flavors of virtual machines into others. I could have just rebuilt the whole machine from scratch on a new virtual machine, but that takes a lot of time and the old build isn’t that out of date (one year) and works fine. So, I set out to discover how to transfer a physical machine to a virtual machine.

Review: Puppy Linux 2.16 -- our Puppy's growing up

I liked what I saw in the Puppy 2.15CE "Community Edition," but felt it strayed too far from the traditional Puppy, and I was glad to be back in familiar territory with 2.16. I know that Puppy 2.17 is already out, but the crew behind Puppy is releasing new versions quicker than I can evaluate them.

Interview With GNUe's Reinhard Mueller

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 20, 2007 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Blue GNU caught up with GNUe' Reinhard Mueller to learn more about the ERP project. Mueller points out the project's shift in focus, thus highlighting the need for project developers to remain flexible.

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