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Marketing - Linux vs FOSS

It has been pointed out that the PR and marketing done on behalf of the Free Software Movement is rather lacking in polish and professionalism. The majority of it is done by volunteers, usually posting pictures taken at events and unedited audio recordings. So, is there hope for Linux? Yes there is.

Ubuntu Feisty goes after Windows users

The Ubuntu team yesterday announced the release of a beta of the forthcoming Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) Linux operating system. Highlights include a built-in Windows migration tool.

Swfdec officially adds Flash 7 video support (but not 8 or 9)

Free software fans of YouTube jumped for joy last week when developer Benjamin Otte announced on his blog that the free Swfdec Flash player has reached the point where it can play YouTube's Flash video content. At that time the feature was only working in the project's Git repository, meaning only those users willing to clone the Git sources and automake their way to a binary could enjoy it. That, too, has now changed: Otte released updated packages to the public yesterday.

CPE SoCs gain enhanced Linux suite

Chipmaker Infineon Technologies has enhanced the Linux-based software suite it provides with half-a-dozen broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) reference designs. The "Spinacer" suite adds an IMS-based (IP multimedia subsystem) device framework for FMC (fixed-mobile convergence), an optional TR-69 auto-provisioning extension, and support for Infineon VoIP chips with HD (high-definition) sound, the company said.

Mobile TV chipset, stack support Linux

Thin Multimedia Inc. (TMI) will demonstrate its PAL-format MobileTV software stack for Linux on a digital TV receiver chipset from Siano, at the CTIA Wireless 2007 show next week in Orlando, Fla. Additionally, the company says it will collaborate with Siano on a "multi-standard, integrated mobile TV" product.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring: Here Comes The Spring

What is the key innovation of Spring? The breakthrough technology presented last January during the Solutions Linux event in Paris: Metisse, an innovative window management technology. Unlike the widely known 3D-accelerated desktops with the "cube" effect and other visual enhancements, Metisse offers an innovative way to manage windows: only the windows move, making the possible variations endless! Metisse is not a 3D-accelerated desktop but a Human-Computer Interface (HCI) technology that revolutionizes the user experience.

News And A Review: LAC2007& Rosegarden 1.5

The news: The annual Linux Audio Conference is now underway at the Technischen Universität Berlin. Alas, I won't be there, but I can still enjoy the presentations through IRC, audio, and video feeds. Check the conference wiki's LAC2007 Live Streaming page for access details. For more information regarding the conference see the LAC2007 general information page. This is the Linux audio community's event of the season, so feel free to visit, whether or not you're actually in Berlin.

IT Confidential: Why Software, And Beer, Should Be Free

I've come to the conclusion that software should be free. And I mean really free--as in free beer. Or free advice. I know there's a free software movement, one that advocates the unencumbered use of software code, but the folks behind it pull their punches. On its Web site, the Free Software Foundation defines free software this way: "'Free software' is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of 'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer.'" See what I mean?

WiFi In Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

One of the major changes mentioned in yesterday's release announcement for the Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Beta was "excellent wireless networking support". As I haven't yet blogged about the 802.11abg WiFi support in Feisty Fawn nor has it been covered on Phoronix, I decided to talk about it now with the Feisty Fawn beta release. For today's purposes I had loaded up Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn beta on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60, which has an integrated Intel 3945 wireless connection. I also had inserted a NetGear PCMCIA card, which at heart is an Atheros 802.11g Chipset.

All hail the Java-based x86 emulator

Researchers at Oxford have built an x86 emulator that runs purely on Java, making it ideal for security researchers who want to analyze and archive viruses, host honeypots and defend themselves against buggy or malicious software without hosing their machines. TheJPC also emulates a host of other environments, giving technophiles the ability to play Asteroids and other software that's sat on shelves for years collecting dust.

Process priority and control on AIX

In this article, discover the tools available to you for organizing your processes, and take a look at the theory behind organizing and choosing processes and how to prioritize effectively.

Open access and open source intersect in Public Knowledge Project

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 24, 2007 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a hybrid of two philosophical trends in technology: the well-known free and open source software movement, and the open access movement, whose goal is to provide free online access to scholarly research. By combining advocacy with the software tools needed to accomplish its aims, in nine years the project has grown to become a significant force in academic online publishing.

Novell, Red Hat compare desktop Linux programs

Open-source rivals Novell Inc. and Red Hat Inc. are each highlighting initiatives to bring Linux-based functionality to the desktop. At its BrainShare 2007 convention this week in Salt Lake City, Novell detailed improvements to its SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 product, introduced in July 2006, while Red Hat provided more details about the desktop capability of its new Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 operating system.

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" betas arrive

The Ubuntu project today released the first betas of Ubuntu 7.04 (GNOME-based) and Kubuntu 7.04 (KDE-based) -- aka "Feisty Fawn." Among other enhancements, the eagerly awaited distro-duo boasts a "ground-breaking" Windows migration assistant, new wireless networking content- and services-sharing capabilities, and a 2.6.20 Linux kernel.

The Year of OpenSolaris

While there are a couple good Solaris volunteer packaging efforts out there, it'll take a software management system overhaul to bring Solaris' software tools up to the level to which Linux users, administrators and developers have become accustomed.

Run MapReduce Tools for Eclipse on Linux

Simplify the creation and deployment of MapReduce programs with IBM MapReduce Tools for Eclipse, a plug-in that can runs on Linux, Windows, or any system that can run Eclipse. It uses the Hadoop open-source MapReduce framework, which enables data-intensive applications to run on large clusters of commodity hardware.

Report from the Decibel Hackathon

At the Decibel Hackathon sponsored by and basysKom GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany last weekend, hackers from the KDE community met to discuss the handling of contact data in KDE 4. Read on for a summary of the event.

Mesh drivers target Linux device makers

Meshcom Technologies of Finland is readying a mesh networking driver aimed at Linux- and Windows-based device vendors. MeshDriver 1.0 will be commercially available to vendors wishing to build products that form self-healing mesh networks optimized for throughput and performance in fixed and mobile network environments, the company said.

[I will be installing one of these at Sky Harbour in the next month. - Scott]

Adobe's Flash developers need to learn from Saudi Arabia

The biggest video problem open source developers need to solve isn't with video editing software, but with Internet video delivery, which is currently dominated by Adobe Flash. There are several good reasons why Flash is the most popular method of putting video on the Internet, but Macromedia (since purchased by Adobe) made a horrible decision when it released Flash 8. Its choice of a proprietary video compression codec makes a free replacement for Flash not only desirable, but necessary -- and I mean for business reasons, not just because of software ideology.

HP Gearing Up to Resell Oracle Linux

Turns out Oracle CEO Larry Ellison does have a few friends and one of them is HP. Earlier this week Ellison claimed that Oracle had displaced Red Hat at search engine giant Yahoo. But neither Yahoo nor Red Hat completely agree with Ellison's claim. Ellison also said Oracle had signed HP, CDW and Dell as resellers for Oracle's Enterprise Linux. Oracle entered the Linux support business last fall when Ellison announced he would be undercutting Red Hat by offering direct Oracle support.

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