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The birth of a FOSS application

Late in 2005, my brother needed free, easy to use mailing list software to reach out to some 3,000 fans he acquired while touring the country with his band King Wilkie. As his technical expert, I was unable find a FOSS application that met his need for a free, simple, Web-based newsletter that provided the flexibility of mailing subgroups. I decided to roll my own under the GPL -- partially to give back to the FOSS community, partially to practice new programming techniques, and partially to provide a solution. What I learned may be as valuable as the software I helped create. Podcast - 01.18.07

The latest Podcast. Topics include SCALE 5x and the LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit, the LQ 2006 Members Choice Awards, where does open source code come from, the economic impact of open source on Europe, Fluendo makes proprietary codecs available to Linux users, Flash 9 Final for Linux (and an odd EULA) and Alan Cox files DRM related Patent.

Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007

On Monday night, Castle and RISC OS Open popped down to SE1 London to chat to users about their shared source plans - although the only source we could find that night was the sauce in our curry afterwards.

Embedded Linux app IDE bundles C++ libraries

Applied Informatics is shipping a pre-release version of an Eclipse-based IDE (integrated development environment) for embedded Linux application development in C++. The Austria-based software consulting firm's Rapide++ IDE runs on both Windows and Linux development hosts and comes with C++ class libraries for network-centric applications.

Release-critical Bugreport for January 19, 2007

Bug report for January 19, 2007

Another MythTV Installation Experience

  • GBGames' Blog; By Gianfranco Berardi (Posted by gberardi on Jan 20, 2007 3:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Ubuntu
I have long wanted to make a MythTV box instead of paying a monthly fee for something like TiVo. I figured that if I made my own machine, I would be in control of my time shifting. I wouldn’t have to worry about some media company telling me what I can do, nor would I pay a monthly fee for the “privilege”. Also, the Broadcast Flag is apparently very hard to kill, and the media companies seem intent on getting it out there. I wanted to build my own digital video recorder sooner rather than later. This article documents my experience.

Seamonkey Group Updates Browser Suite

The open-source group determined to keep alive the last Internet suite updated its SeaMonkey bundle Thursday with both security fixes and new code that brought its applications up to par with Mozilla's Firefox 2 and Thunderbird 2.

Newly released Cocotron lets developers code Mac APIs under Windows

Don't ask developer Christopher Lloyd about Back to the Future -- that's the other guy. This Lloyd does have a mad-scientist-like devotion to the Mac platform's Cocoa application programming interface (API), though, and he is sharing it through the open source Cocotron project, which developers can use to cross-compile Cocoa applications from the Mac for use on Windows, and eventually Linux.

Use XML in DB2 SQL stored procedures

This article discusses the use of XML in SQL stored procedures. Provided are numerous code examples to help demonstrate specific technical points. The examples provided are intended to aid your understanding, and therefore are as simplistic as possible.

Search engine launched for Wikipedia

Wikiseek – located at and launched in January 2007 – is a new way to search Wikipedia. Wikiseek searches only Wikipedia and external Wikipedia links. Because these links are selected by the Wikipedia community, Wikiseek search results are likely to return more relevant results for many searches.

The X Factor: Solaris Versus Linux Support Pricing

Since Solaris 10 was announced nearly two years ago, Sun Microsystems has been determined to convince any and all that its Unix variant, which was taken open source and made freely available in binaries as well like Linux, is not only spiritually like Linux, but better and cheaper, too. With the initial Solaris 10 support pricing announced in early 2005, Solaris 10 support was certainly a lot less expensive than Linux. But a lot has changed since then.

Two tools for building third-party installers

Bitrock's InstallBuilder and Macrovision's Install Anywhere Enterprise edition are tools for building third-party software installers. InstallBuilder uses Qt widgets, while Install Anywhere requires a Java Virtual Machine, but both are cross-platform, multi-lingual, proprietary tools that are available in downloadable demos. Both, too require minimal expertise to use. When run in wizard mode, Install Anywhere is more basic than InstallBuilder and suffers in comparison, but, when run in Advanced Designer mode, it eclipses its rival with a huge set of options.

Mandriva Linux new life cycle

Customers and partners can sometimes make a difference. In accordance with their feedback and Mandriva's analysis of the overall advantages and drawbacks of the longer development schedule, Mandriva decided to adjust the life cycle of the consumer oriented products to a shorter 6 month period.

Rosegarden is SourceForge Project of the Month

Rosegarden, a powerful KDE based professional music composition and editing environment, has been named SourceForge project of the month for December. With a notation editor, event editor, intuitive MIDI Studio concept, vast mixing and plugin capabilities, Rosegarden provides the audio professional with the tools they need for a complete Digital Audio Workstation. In this article, the programmers discuss how the project started, the intended audience, and the defining moment for Rosegarden as a widely used and important application. Congratulations to the Rosegarden team!

Quickly add Ajax-style navigation with Rico LiveGrid widget

This article will briefly introduce you to the Rico open-source, client-side JavaScript framework, and then focus on one of its widgets, LiveGrid.

Novell launches Vista/Linux comparison site

Novell has just launched a Vista/Linux comparison site, in anticipation of the Jan. 31 arrival of the retail version of Windows Vista. Unsurprisingly, Novell's site reminds users that SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) is already here, and promotes it as the better upgrade for Windows business users.

Red Hat Earns Upgrade

CIBC upgraded shares of Red Hat saying the Linux software distributor appears to be positioned well against its competition.

Q&A with Joost: Content Details, Technology Used, Name Explained

Despite the fact that on their official site they say Joost does not yet support Linux or Macintosh, I did manage to install the most recent build on an Ubuntu Linux 6.10 (Edgy Eft), of course using wine. Although I did install CrossOver Office 5.0 on my Ubuntu I haven’t yet been able to test whether I can run Joost with COO, but I will probably do that tonight. So, all in all, it did work on Linux. I shall soon ready some videos. I specified this because Marc James-Robbins (TVP) said that: “While a Linux version is definitely on the roadmap for the future, it will be a long way off before a version is able to be released to beta testers. As we have more info, we'll keeping people up to date via the blog and forums.”

Reporter's Notebook VistA : A look back and a look forward

Modern Healthcare Online has an in-deptharticle on VistA and VOE:'...Next month, WorldVistA plans to submit to the federally funded Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology its VistA Office Electronic Health Record for testing and, if all goes well, certification. The submission will be a milestone in the life of the project begun in 2004 by the VA and the CMS. The goal of the project is to make EHRs more affordable to physicians in solo practice and small groups, where EHR adoption remains persistently low and where the real-dollar incomes of many primary-care physicians has shrunk during the decade. VistA was a natural choice by the CMS for two reasons. It is in use at more than 800 outpatient facilities across the VA, and the VistA software is in the public domain, thus it is available from the VA without charge under the Freedom of Information Act...' Training for Local Self-government Units in Macedonia

Metamorphosis Foundation organized training for representatives of local self-government units in Republic of Macedonia in Ohrid, from 15 to 20 January, 2007. About 100 employees from 25 Macedonian municipalities were trained during the six day training.

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