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Cuba and Open Source: A Touchy Subject

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 21, 2007 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Unless you have been living under a rock in the media sense, surely by now you have heard the news of Cuba embracing open source and all that it has to offer. Unfortunately, much of the mainstream press is likely to once again point to open source and claim that it is anti-free enterprise, which could be a problem.

Dell users ask for Linux, OpenOffice support

Dell has launched a new website where users can submit and vote on ideas for new products and product enhancements.

Ten Leading Open Source Innovators

It’s a contentious time for the open-source community. Microsoft has partnered with Novell, Oracle is angling for Red Hat’s customer base, while Linux is promising to enlarge its influence in the burgeoning market for mobile phones and set-top boxes.

Praying That Eudora Has an Afterlife

In a bit of nostalgia, I recently read the short story Why I Live at the P.O., by southern writer Eudora Welty. The humorous and quirky story led to the naming of one of my favorite pieces of software, an esteemed E-mail program, by its original developer back in the late 1980s. And the nostalgia was for the passing of Eudora, the software.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 expands NVIDIA Beryl support

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 is now available for downloading and testing, the project announced today. The new release allows users to optionally select between two NVIDIA drivers, the latest v1.0.9746 or a legacy version (v1.0.9631), to maximize Beryl support for both newer and older chips, the project said.

"Technological Protection Measures" the focus of Auckland (NZ) workshop

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Juha Saarinen (Posted by d0nk3y on Feb 21, 2007 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fears of “onerous” new copyright legislation emerge The possibility New Zealand could introduce harmful or unenforceable copyright laws emerged as the key concern at InternetNZ’s Auckland Copyright Workshop.

Carnegie Mellon Folds Open Source Into New Degree Offering

Carnegie Mellon West's Software Management program is built on the university's existing software engineering curriculum, the school explained, but adds a business and organizational component that "breaks with tradition by giving students the broader perspective needed to collaborate with and lead the global, distributed teams that are defining next-generation software organizations."

Dell gives desktop Linux its "full attention"

In an attempt to boost its sagging fortunes, Dell, one of the leading PC makers in America, recently launched the Dell Idea Storm website to solicit ideas on how to get Dell back to the top. The most popular idea so far? Desktops with pre-installed Linux.

Jump into JUnit 4

This tutorial guides you step-by-step through the fundamental concepts of JUnit 4, with emphasis on the new Java 5 annotations.

Processing elements of the Sony Playstation 3: Part 2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jonathan Bartlett (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 21, 2007 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Take even greater advantage of the synergistic processing elements (SPEs) of the Sony PS3 in this installment of Programming high-performance applications on the Cell BE processor. Part 2 looks in depth at the Cell Broadband Engine processor's SPEs and how they work at the lowest level, while Part 1 showed how to install Linux on the PS3 and explored a short example program.

FudCon Videos are now available

The FudCon videos from Boston 2007 are now ready for torrent download at: http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/

ESB Research Note

ESB Research Note by RedMonk Puts Open Source, Proprietary Approaches in Context for Would-Be Adopters

Linux power lunch: Debian founder visits Microsoft

Ian Murdock, the chief technology officer of the recently formed Linux Foundation (created from the merger of ODL and the Free Standards Group) is set to address a group of Microsoft employees on February 20.

Home Automation is Here!

‘Whinky’ To Unveil Unparalleled Home Automation With Complete Voice Recognition Smart House

KDE at Guademy, Spain and FOSS MEET, India

A joint KDE and Gnome meeting is taking place in Spain next month called Guademy. The objectives are to create new projects and initiatives of collaboration between both Desktops and allow new developers to get started. Aaron Seigo will give an update on KDE 4 and Albert Astals Cid will talk about Okular. Meanwhile in India Pradeepto Bhattacharya of KDE India will be talking at FOSS MEET in NIT Calicut about KDE 4 and why you should develop with Qt.

KDE at SCALE 5x

KDE was once again well represented at the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 5x), demonstrating to show-goers why it is the most popular Linux desktop. There were talks, demonstrations from KDE developers and and thank yous in return. Read on for the full report.

For PlanetOut's network, open's the word

Last year, PlanetOut.com was looking at a total revamp of its Solaris-based infrastructure. The company hired a new director of technology operations, Tom Cignarella, to deal with a glut of old hardware and an "immature operating environment" that hadn't kept up with best practices. After a 50% server consolidation, Cignarella needed a reliable networking monitoring application. He found one in an open source product that fit the bill perfectly.

Flying Flapjax Better-than-JavaScript for the Web

Learn how to write and run simple Flapjax programs in several modes, including a compiled form suitable for deployment.

Google-ized An Interview with Adam Engel

On 23 January of this year, in response to censoring the highly information-packed website Uruknet, I sent an e-mail to Google News urging it to keep its internet search engine open.

The same day, I received a format reply:

Thank you for your note about Google News. This is an automated response to let you know that we appreciate your interest and feedback. Please note that this email address is no longer active. There was no follow-up from Google News.

A look at Slackware's package utilities

Slackware Linux is the oldest surviving Linux distribution. Late last year the project marked 13 years of non-stop development with the release of Slackware 11.0. The distribution is best known for its no-frills, minimum customizations approach to applications like KDE. It's also notorious for its reluctance to switch to new version of several popular applications like Apache or GCC. No surprise then, that its package management system has seen little change over the years and is still available in just one flavor -- vanilla.

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