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Sun Microsystems is to make the designs of its new UltraSparc T1 server processors open source in an attempt to win greater support for its hardware in the developer community.
Specifications for the Sparc chip family have previously been available to those who pay a licensing fee to the company, but Sun now plans to release both the specs and the designs, written in the Verilog hardware description language, for free.
It's been talked about for years, and now there are well-endowed and well-researched organizations claiming to offer open source software some protection from patent lawsuits. The very announcement of these efforts--even before they have a chance to prove successful--are an historical watershed for open source and free software. For the first time you get back something tangible for open-sourcing. And this leads to another key change in the terrain: it now becomes critical how "open source" is defined, and who has the power to define it. Diggable
There is a program called service which can be used on multiple UNIX systems to control Operating System services. One of the problems faced in the design of the service utility was the path to where system startup scripts (or rc scripts) resided. This series examines how using sed can easily mitigate multi-platform scripting problems. The first part will look at how the utility program works.
The companies will initially focus on using the Linux operating system for 3G (third-generation) smart phones with a particular focus on the user interface.
Open Source Solution Secures Enterprise eBusiness Communities Quickly and Cost-Effectively
Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon stopped by the offices of SearchOpenSource.com this week as part of an effort to get the word out about Mandriva Linux 2006.
Through a series of international partnerships, Bancilhon has taken his company out of the depths of bankruptcy and into the black. Speaking with him this week as he made the rounds in the Northeast, it was easy to see that he expected to take that same company-specific success and apply it to Linux desktops, both for personal and professional use.
Bancilhon may have his work cut out for him, but he aims to keep things simple to attain big results.
Here's an excerpt on UML from Steve Best's new book,Linux Debugging and Performance Tuning: Tips and Techniques.
Webmasters looking to provide search capabilities for their site would do well to try out PhpDig, a Web spider and search engine written in PHP with a MySQL backend. There are other open source search engines, all of which have their own advantages. PhpDig just happens to suit the needs of my Information Technology for Greenhouses and Horticulture site. Here's how I got it working.
Turbocash developer Philip Copeman is looking to re-engineer a Linux version to expand its market further.
With nearly 30 000 users and ranking among the top one percent of Sourceforge projects, open source accounting software Turbocash has made its mark in the Windows SME arena. Now developer Philip Copeman is looking to re-engineer a Linux version to expand its market further.
KDE has started a series of interviews highlighting their developers. This one is about András Mantia, a developer from Romania. You can read about him or quickly go to other interviews in the series.
Give me bundling or give me death
A developer has added tabbed browsing of e-mail messages to Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client, mimicking one of the most popular features of the Firefox and Opera Web browsers.
RedHat Inc. announced that it will certify and support a catalogue of open source software on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), grouped into three tiers called the web application stack, Java web application stack and enterprise Java stack.
The City of Cape Town is positioning itself as a leader in free and open source software and has plans to extend its current OSS network to as many as 1500 OSS desktops across the city.
RealNetworks's new Rhapsody Web-based streaming music service is now available for Linux and Macintosh users. Seemingly, users of just about any old version of Linux can use the service – all they need to do is download the plug-in necessary to stream the music data.
SMMEs in the Western Cape are grabbing onto the opportunities offered by free and open source software, according to a new survey of IT companies operating in the region. Lack of awareness and skills, however, still dog the industry.
Opinion:Here are some reasons why the Linux desktop has been so slow in coming: good, bad and interesting.
This is the third of my articles derived from IBM’s Software Group analyst conference, in this case focused on the Information Management part of the IBM software portfolio, which is my main interest.
Architects from two dozen desktop-oriented Linux projects converged in Portland, Ore. last weekend to collaborate on creating the best possible Linux desktop. To that end, the group launched the Portland Project, which aims to provide a common set of standards that allow applications to easily integrate with the Linux desktop.
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