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GNU/Linux users compete to help each other!

"One of the best things about the universe of Free Software of which GNU/Linux is a flagship is its community and the willingness of so many people in it to help each other make their GNU/Linux and Free Software experience better. If something doesn't work, if you don't know how to do something, if you don't know what software you need for a task you want to do, whatever issue you have there is a great chance someone in the community will be not only able, but happily willing to help. On Nuxified.org we are about to celebrate this trait throughout the month February of this year, in form of a competition."

Hot Web 2.0 user interface technologies

This article covers the Web 2.0 user interface technology innovations of Flex, OpenLaszlo, Ajax and other Rich client and Rich Web application development.

What's the best Linux for resellers?

I recently was contacted by a major Unix reseller. The company had a very simple question: with the writing on the wall for Unix growing bigger and bigger with every quarter, which Linux should they adopt?

Microsoft software banned at WSF

Organisers of the recent World Social Forum, which runs parallel to the World Economic Forum, banned Microsoft software from the forum, labelling the Redmond giant an imperialist.

Multifaceted Ubuntu conference solicits participants

A call for participation was announced this week for "Ubuntu Live," billed by organizers as the first "official" conference dedicated to Ubuntu Linux. The event, set for July 22-24 in Portland, Ore., aims to give participants the knowledge needed to use Ubuntu to best advantage, organizers said.

Essential Defensive programming with AOP

Defensive programming constructs have prevented many a defect, but the constructs themselves tend to litter code with repetitive logic. Learn how to avoid the clutter.

Yankees in the Court of King Arthur, with a Microsoft Agenda

ANSI/INCiTS has completed their review of Ecma 376, and is ready to cast their ISO/IEC Contradiction Review Phase Fast Track Ballot in favor of Ecma 376 being rammed through ISO. As Sam Hiser points out in his PlexNex blog, there is an avalanche of contradictions, inconsistencies, and proprietary dependencies in Ecma 376. The findings continue to pour into public view. Still, there's not much an American can do about it. Our standards champions at ANSI/INCiTS have determined that no contradictions exist."

Linuxasia 2007 Kicks Off

With the stage set and the players in, the show has just got underway in New Delhi. LinuxAsia 2007 has been kicked off in style at the India Habitat Centre in the city. With a lot of 'Open' action in store, the three-day event, scheduled from 31 January to 2 February 2007, is where you are going to find the biggest of the names in the industry deliberating on the future course of action for the open source movement.

PSA Peugeot Citroën Chooses SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell

PARIS (Solutions Linux 2007)—30 Jan 2007—PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second-largest automobile manufacturer in Europe, and Novell just signed a multiyear contract allowing the deployment of up to 20,000 Linux* desktops plus 2,500 Linux servers from Novell.

The Road to KDE 4: Kalzium and KmPlot

Since not all of the development for KDE 4 is in base technologies, this week features two of applications from the KDE-Edu team: Kalzium, a feature-filled chemistry reference tool, and KmPlot, a powerful equation graphing and visualization program. Read on for the details. These educational tools have received a lot of work for KDE 4. In particular, Kalzium and KmPlot developments are happening at an amazing rate.

Shuttleworth shuts LPI shop, Meraka steps in

The CSIR's Meraka institute is expected to become the new South African Linux Professional Institute affiliate now that the Shuttleworth Foundation has ended its relationship with the LPI.

Faster, safer Internet with OpenDNS

The domain name system (DNS) maps human-understandable Web site addresses into numeric IP addresses. Launched in July 2006, OpenDNS adds a few free services on top of the traditional DNS to block phishing Web sites and auto-correct common misspelled URLs. And thanks to some clever traffic routing and load-balancing technology, OpenDNS can also deliver Web pages faster.

Get your dream app coded with Mono

Linux Format and Novell have set up Make it with Mono, a website where Linux users submit ideas and descriptions of their most-wanted programs. On the 2nd of April, the voting booths will open, and the program idea that gets the most votes will be written in Mono (and released under the GPL). All ideas welcome, providing they're feasible -- ie not whopping great office suites!

Foresight Linux 1.0 goes gold

Project maintainer Ken VanDine on Jan. 28 announced the release of Foresight Linux 1.0, the first stable release of the rPath-based desktop Linux distribution after nearly two years of development. It sports a new 2.6.19.2 kernel and the GNOME desktop environment.

This week at LWN: Updates on the X Window System

The X Window System is, in some sense, the kernel of our graphical desktop systems; it controls access to the hardware and ensures that applications play well together. So the capabilities provided by X matter, and that importance can only increase as free software developers work toward the creation of more complete and compelling desktop experiences. Keith Packard gave a couple of talks at linux.conf.au in Sydney on where X is going; your editor had no choice but to be there and listen.

Open Source and William James

Matt Asay just posted an excellent note connecting Open source and William James. James noted: "True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate and verify. False ideas are those that we can not. That is the practical difference it makes to us to have true ideas." Matt argues that that is why he likes open source -- because it works. I can't agree more.

Novell lands major Linux desktop contract in France

At the Paris Solutions Linux show on Jan. 30, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe's second-largest automobile manufacturer, and Novell announced the signing of a multiyear contract for the deployment of up to 20,000 Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop installations plus 2,500 copies of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Season of Usability Focuses on Two KDE Applications

The Season of Usability, run by the OpenUsability project has kicked off with two KDE applications in the focus: BasKet Note Pads and the KDE 4 universal document viewer Okular. Usability, as one of the important focus points of the upcoming fourth major version of KDE, is also an active part of the KDE project. The Season of Usability manifests KDE's close involvement with OpenUsability.

Red Hat CEO on GPLv3, media, and kernel development

Matthew Szulik talks about GPLv3, DRM, media content, and the future of Linux kernel development model. From the article: "I think people like Alan Cox and Ingo Molnar and a variety of contributors around the world have clearly communicated that the open source model in the kernel development methodologies along with the tools and other components will live long after the current maintainers move on to do other interesting things."

The Open Source Hook: Porting KDE to Mac and Windows


LXer Feature: 31-Jan-2007

With KDE porting their applications to Mac and Windows the potential number of people using free software is unlimited. Imagine millions of people using Open Source Software for the first time..and getting hooked on it.

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