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Linux: New Firewire Stack In Development

Kristian Høgsberg announced that he is working on a new firewire stack to replace the stack currently in the Linux kernel. "I'm aiming to implement feature parity with the current firewire stack, but not necessarily interface compatibility," Kristian explained, "for now, I have the low-level OHCI driver done, the mid-level transaction logic done, and the SBP-2 (storage) driver is basically done." He went on to explain that he didn't initially intend to rewrite the entire firewire stack, "at first I just wanted to fix the OHCI driver. However any rewrite that addresses the problems in the driver will shift the code around enough to invalidate the quirks and workarounds there.

Gartner: OS X More Appealing Than Desktop Linux

OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner.

Cory Doctorow keynotes LISA '06

The 20th Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference continued Wednesday with the LISA award ceremony, a keynote by none other than Cory Doctorow, noted sci-fi author, former Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) employee, and consumer privacy advocate, and a slew of technical sessions.

Mandrake founder discusses new distro

Gaël Duval already has a place in the history of free software as the creator of the Mandrake distribution and the co-founder of MandrakeSoft (now Mandriva). After being dismissed last March from Mandriva, Duval plans to make his mark a second time with Ulteo, a new distribution designed to simply computing by taking administration out of users' hands. With the alpha version of Ulteo released this week after six months of secrecy, Duval talked to Linux.com about his plans.

How standards and a database can improve your project management

Organizations sometimes avoid adopting project management standards because they fail to recognize their practical application or fear unnecessary overhead -- until it becomes painfully clear that standardization is necessary. However, you can create an environment that makes following standards easier than not. Here are some practical tasks that will make it easier for you to adopt a project management methodology and deliver quality products and services.

Firefox use continues to rise in Europe

According to research carried out by French firm Xiti Monitor, use of the Firefox browser continues to grow in Europe. Since April this year, the geeky alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer gained an extra four percent of the market across the continent.

DHS gears up for research phase of open source bug hunt

It's been nearly a year since the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the "vulnerability discovery and remediation open source hardening project," a $1.24 million, three-year grant through its research and development arm, the Directorate for Science and Technology. Now, the security project is entering its research phase.

Batch processing in PHP

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jack D. Herrington (Posted by solrac on Dec 9, 2006 2:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
Check out several methods for offline servicing of long-running jobs in your PHP application.

Introduction to Freedom

If you want to know what freedom is, read on, we will define freedom and explain some of the important issues regarding its preservation in our society, which we believe you should care about. We will also try to shed some light around some of the common misunderstandings regarding these issues.

Assessing the true cost of One Laptop Per Child

While Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has garnered a tremendous amount of support worldwide, it has also become a lightning rod for critics who have questioned the viability of its long-term success and impact. As the OLPC receives its first shipment of laptops and continues to formalize agreements with developing countries, the cost of individual laptops hover at about $130. Critics, however, suggest that the "true cost" may be several times that amount.

Zi Pencils Text Input into Trolltech’s Linux Greenphone

Some smartphone users are pretty adept at moving their thumbs at seemingly supersonic speeds to write SMS and e-mail messages with a traditional keypad when a QWERTY keyboard isn't present. Most of us tire quickly and would like to find a better way, however.

Putting openSUSE 10.2 through its paces

Sooner than anyone expected it, Novell Inc.'s openSUSE community Linux distribution project has delivered a new version: openSUSE 10.2. As a dyed-in-the-wool SUSE user since S.u.S.E Linux 4.2 first appeared in 1996, I decided to immediately give this version a try.

Mozilla commits to collaborating with Linux distros

The Mozilla Foundation has agreed to make changes to its development and distribution processes in order to better accommodate the needs of Linux distributors. The foundation says it will work directly with representatives of all interested Linux distributions to manage patches, create distro-specific packages, and make collective decisions on policy.

Release-critical Bugreport for December 8, 2006

Bugreport for December 8, 2006

Continuent Launches New Version Of Its Uni/cluster Software

Continuent, commercial open source middleware solutions provider, announced general availability of an updated version of its Continuent uni/cluster software. This new uni/cluster version includes among other things a new management and configuration tool. Continuent uni/cluster for PostgreSQL also now supports new PostgreSQL 8.2.

Open Source Code behind PoloMercantil

The article Open Source Code behind PoloMercantil describres a real life experience in picking and using the linux operating system, as well as libraries with Open Source Code licence, during the development of the brazilian electronic auction www.polomercantil.com.br. It is truly a testimony of successful use of Open Code Source softwares.

Open source booming in Asia

Open source code is now used by over 70 per cent of software developers in Asia, according to a new report. The number of developers using open source in the region has surged more than 40 per cent in just three years, Evans Data Corporation revealed in a recent survey of software engineers.

OSX more appealing than desktop Linux: Gartner

OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner.

Debian faces

  • Debian-News.net; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Dec 8, 2006 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
Scary or beautifull? Steve Kemp has setup a gallery of Debian developers, so you now have the opportunity to see what they look like. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Microsoft broadsides African laptop

Microsoft has challenged an altruistic scheme to get pared-down computers into the laps of African school children by preparing its own software for sale on the machine.

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