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Proof Why Closed Source Operating Systems are Failing

As the battle between Microsoft and software vendors continues to rage on in the foreground, it seems like a lot of people have completely forgotten about the common user and their experience with the OS.

FSF should separate GPLv3 changes

Commentary: The process of producing the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) may not be doomed, but, as Linus Torvalds and other kernel developers heat up the rhetoric, it does seem stalled. If the process continues in the way that it has been going, a large number of current users of the GPL may not switch to the new license. Unless the free and open source software (FOSS) communities are willing to risk the possible consequences of that result, it's time for a change of tactics.

Linux boosts Mot to #1 PDA/smartphone vendor growth

Strong Linux smartphone sales in China helped Motorola achieve the highest overall year-on-year growth among the top five vendors in the PDA/Smartphone market, according to Gartner. In contrast, Motorola's Symbian- and Microsoft-based smartphones are "not making significant progress," Gartner reports.

Hardware and Software Fusion for Low Cost & Movies

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Lewin Edwards (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 17, 2006 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Explore technical issues in video playback, and see how a blend of hardware and software achieves good performance at a reasonable cost. Learn how to show movies on a scriptable, network connected appliance. Also, Lewin Edwards reveals that MP3 does not mean MPEG-3, which alone is worth the price of admission.

Nvu for Linux: Frontpage Who?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 17, 2006 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
What can we say? Some people need that Frontpage feel when editing a website. We know speaking such words at MadPenguin ought to get us sectioned and quartered for sure. But before you break out the big guns, just bear with us for a minute here.

(Kubuntu-based) Yamefa 608 - Screenshot Tour reports - "Yamefa is a new Linux distribution based on Kubuntu... Yamefa contains the Mozilla Firefox Web browser with Sage extension (improved RSS feeds reader), the Mozilla Thunderbird mail reader with Lightning extension (calendar), the Gimp image editor, the office suite, and much more..." OSDir has some great shots of this new distribution in the Yamefa 608 Screenshot Tour.

Turning Ubuntu into Kubuntu

Chapter 20 from Marcel Gagné's new book Moving to Ubuntu Linux reprinted with permission of Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

MA Gives Big Hug to Open Source & ODF

Government Open Source…GOS? Sure, it’s another TLA, but this time it spells a big win for the Open Source movement as more state activism in Massachusetts leads the way, embracing ODF — OpenDocument Format.

ISS first with protection for latest Linux & Solaris

Enterprise security specialist Internet Security Systems (ISS) - which is soon to become an IBM subsidiary - claims to have become the first enterprise security company to provide server security protection for the latest Linux and Solaris operating systems, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.0 AS/ES and Solaris 10 SPARC.

Root exploit found in binary NVIDIA driver

Various sites including slashdot and kernel trap are reporting that there's a root exploit in more than one of the nvidia binary drivers. Bad news if you (like me) use them to achieve 3d acceleration.

Mozilla Developer Boris Zbarsky Interviewed

Asa Dotzler has conducted an interview with Mozilla developer Boris Zbarsky. Boris contributed to the Mozilla project for a number of years as a volunteer and now works part-time for the Mozilla Corporation. Questions were suggested by readers of Asa's weblog.

Crossing Borders: What's the secret sauce in Ruby on Rails?

Ruby on Rails seems to be a lightning rod for controversy. At the heart of most of the controversy lies amazing productivity claims. This article explores the compromises and design decisions that went into making Rails so productive within its niche and how Ruby on Rails, like a nail gun, saves so much time.

Telecom industry dials into open source potential

Open source software is playing a growing role in telephony, and getting the attention of major equipment suppliers, but there is still an element of “buyer beware” in the use of open-source telephony technologies. Those were the key messages from a panel on the subject at the inaugural Voice 2.0 conference here Monday.

Solution To The Firefox Port Problem

  • Security Pro News; By Mads Kristensen (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 17, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The built in webserver in Visual Studio 2005, formerly known as Casini, uses a dynamic or static port on the localhost machine (e.g. http://localhost:2049/default.aspx). It is dynamic by default, but you can make it static if you choose.

OpenSUSE 10.1 gets package update makeover

We like openSUSE 10.1. Really, we do. And, it's not just us -- openSUSE has been holding onto second place, after Ubuntu, for months now on DistroWatch, and it's even been crawling close to first place in recent days. There's just been this one little, well not so little really, problem: the revised YaST package manger, which is used for adding new programs and updating old ones, has stunk. There have been fixes, but they've all left something to be desired. Perhaps the biggest single problem was simply this: when you have a broken package manager, how do you use it to fix itself? It was doable. It was also painful. Now, the openSUSE project has finally come up with the most practical fix of all: SUSE Linux 10.1 "remastered."

DRM - The Digital Vigilante

"When we think of this we think of mobs going around beating and killing people they believe have broken the law. In these cases the police usually treat the vigilantes as offenders and those the vigilantes persecuted as victims. This seems fair and just doesn't it? People shouldn't take the law into their own hands." It is different with DRM though.

Lobbyists denigrate open source in leaked letter to EC

In a letter to the deputy director general of the European Commission's Enterprise and industry section, which made its way into the hands of the INQUIRER, Hugo Lueders, of the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) seeks to rubbish a report into the economic impact of open source software (dubbed FLOSS in the EU, so as not to upset the French – Free/Libre Open Source Software).

Openlogic Indemnifies Open Source Customers

Colorado-based OpenLogic said today that it is now offering its customers indemnification coverage for intellectual property infringement on 160 open source projects offered by the firm. OpenLogic said the coverage was targeted at giving enterprises peace of mind when using open source products.

Mac Mini becomes Linux-based IP PBX

An East German company will soon begin selling an IP-PBX setup based on a Mac Mini running Linux. 4S Newcom's iBlue package comes with an iPod Shuffle that acts as a boot device for the Mac Mini, plus five Linux-based VoIP phones.

Open source globalization benefits organizations, individuals

  • IT Managers Journal; By Christof Wittig (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 16, 2006 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software can help manage large software projects of globally distributed, individual contributors with virtually no management overhead. As open source blends more and more with the commercial software industry, this property of the open source phenomenon, which I will refer to as "open source globalization," may have an even higher impact on engineering jobs than IT offshoring. But this time, the news is not so bad for those who embrace the change.

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