Users of VideoLAN's VLC cross-platform media player are strongly advised to upgrade to the just-released version 0.8.6c, which fixes "a security vulnerability in the CDDA, Vorbis, Theora and SAP plugins."
Portlets are powerful tools for aggregating data from multiple locations, integrating different applications, and providing a collaborative workspace for groups of users. To test portlets in development, Apache Pluto is a good choice. This article teaches you how to install and configure the Pluto portlet container inside the Apache Geronimo server.
The ninth issue of the Amarok Weekly Newsletter is out. In this issue, we interview an Amarok developer (Ian Monroe), take a look at the future of Amarok - Version 2.0 - and continue to provide nice usage tips.
Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Fla., has enjoyed great success with its Google Maps-based beach conditions reporting system. Covering the six public beaches of Sarasota county and operational for eight months, the system receives 1,200 hits per day and is regularly mentioned by local media. Pleased with the publicity, Mote scientists made plans to expand the coverage to Manatee and Collier counties. What they didn't realize was that the original design didn't provide easy access for a small but significant portion of the public: people who don't own computers.
With todays release of the CUPS bugfix/security fix update this will mark the last security update for SUSE Linux 9.3. It is now officially discontinued and out of support.
Linux was selected for a NASA experiment aimed at proving the feasibility of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware and software for scientific space missions. A key requirement was for application development and runtime environments familiar to scientists, to facilitate porting applications from the lab to the spacecraft.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s software technology magazine, "DoD Software Tech News", has posted a whole issue devoted to open source software issues. It includes essays by David A. Wheeler, Terry Bollinger, John M. Weathersby, Mark Lucas (on Geospatial OSS), Peter Gallagher, Matt Asay (Alfresco), and Andrew Gordon. Free registration required.
I have written a short guide to software licensing in medicine: Sharing medical software: FOSS licensing in medicine. This covers the problems of license proliferation, the issue of proprietarization and several other key licensing related issues. This is a work in progress. Please help me make this a valuable resource, by providing your comments and feedback. -Trotter
In the past, I have always found it comical when companies have found themselves buying into the need to protect their content with DRM because of the pressure from the music and movie industries. Well, it seems that Netflix is no different, but I have to ask: is the DRM protection really needed in their case for online movie viewing? Personally, I think there is another way to protect the content and do so without traditional DRM headaches as well.
Computers can make your life easier, but you may not think so if you use more than one and like to keep your workspace the same across them. For instance, if you browse the Web, switching to another computer is a hassle. Where are your bookmarks? What was your password again? What was that URL you were looking at yesterday? Google Browser Sync is a Firefox extension that can help.
So, now I had my server, deploying the trailbalzer and even my application without any problems, but as there's already stated that Hypersonic isn't suited for production purposes and as I discovered that my tables were gone when restarting the server (only after some more hours I understood it wasn't Hypersonic's fault, but a xml config file's)
These are short and easy things to do which can make your Linux desktop even more convenient than it currently is. Trying Ubuntu out without changing your distribution or creating a new drive partition or installing it on another HD, setting up OpenOffice so ability to read/write Windows Office 2007 word processor documents are what you'll learn how to do today.
My company today launched our 19", Damn Small Linux-based digital photo frame Kit.
Mindquarry 1.1 is the latest release of this open source collaboration and project management tool backed by SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner.
I've been using OpenWrt on my Linksys router for a year or so. I take it for granted -- I ignore it because it just works. But back at X-Wrt.org, which is a related project, not a competitor to OpenWrt, developers have been busy creating a new user interface that both extends OpenWrt and makes it easier to use.
Microsoft going around threatening customers with patent litigation does not make good business sense, says Red Hat's David Postel, who was speaking in Johannesburg last week.
Could it be because the move actually makes sense for both the Linux companies and Microsoft?
It's wild, but for a company that has continuously pointed out their lack of interest in getting into the desktop market, Google sure has been pushing the application side of things awfully hard lately.
Russell Southwood caught up last week with Antoine Van Gelder, who is part of OLPC's South African developer programme, to get a better idea of what's being done to get the machine into use in Africa, including a pilot programme in the Eastern Cape.