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Comrades open windows to linux

Linux or open source seems to thrive wherever Left governments rule. And as Kerala schools log Microsoft out and boot open source systems, Linux world is buzzing with excitement over possibilities in the communist-ruled states. Though West Bengal and Tripura have to go whole hog to adopt a free software model, ideological closeness is more than evident.

Why open source is under-utilised in graphics

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Neil McAllister (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 8, 2006 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There’s no shortage of open source programmers out there. According to a recent study of 5,000 developers by research firm IDC, 71% say they have used open source software, and half reported that use of open source is increasing within their organisations.

KDE Commit-Digest for 8th October 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KBoard, a game canvas, gets several new chess-based themes, whilst KSokoban gets many new levels. KPhotoAlbum imports the winning entry from its Splashscreen Contest. Krazy and apidox (parts of the EBN test suite) move from playground into the kdesdk module. KBlog, a library to interface with various blogs, is imported into the PIM playground in KDE SVN.

MPEG4/MP3 Streaming Engine for Apache

  • IBM/alphaWorks; By Peter Westerink (Posted by bex84 on Oct 8, 2006 7:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
This multi-media streaming engine integrates well with existing web-based enterprise applications, has been tested on Apache Axis and WebSphere service hosts, and can run on both Linux and Windows.

Open source projects out of sync with users says BEA

The open source community doesn’t always deliver software that customers want, says Rob Levy, executive vice president and chief technology officer of BEA Systems.

Symantec Report Triggers Alarm

The latest Internet Security Threat Report released by Symantec shows that it is none other than home users, who are being increasingly targeted by attackers for identity theft, fraud, and other financially motivated crimes.

Mandriva To Acquire Linux Enterprise Software Company Linbox

Active in both Open Source and Linux market for 10 years, Linbox develops and markets software infrastructure administration products for medium to large organizations. The software products marketed by the company encompass authentication, back up and asset management, and more. Linbox has two flagship products, Linbox Directory Server ("LDS") and Linbox Rescue Server ("LRS").

Jahshaka 2.0, Open Source DCC Software And Player, Released

The Jahshaka Project (, an open source project developing the first complete, open-source, real-time editing and visual effects application, announced the release of the final version of Jahshaka 2.0 before moving to a new source code.

Google Code Search peers into programs' flaws

Security professionals warned developers on Thursday that they need to be aware that their open-source repositories can now be easily mined, allowing attackers to target programs that are likely to be flawed. While Google could previously be used to look for specific strings, now the search engine riffles through code that much better.

Linux OS classes from Oct. 10-12

Northern Marianas College instructor David Rumptz will hold the next series of his Linux OS classes from Oct. 10 to 12 at Room V104 of the campus.

Developers do not exist, Users much less. Part 1: He who owns the code shall rule them all

Have you ever noticed that people external to the world of Free and Open Source Software keep wondering about «the Community»? They seem to be curious to know the phenomenon of the so-called FOSS community. They usually show themselves eager to «know more» about it, sometimes -perhaps unconsciously so- willing to join it, to be be part of that Thing that pertains as much to their own fantasies of hackerdom as to the widespread interest on secret societies (which the FOSS community really is not).

Microsoft did too fund SCO

From the Dept. of Big Duh:
But the kicker was he began to realize that Microsoft, whose senior VP of corporate development and strategy had promised that Microsoft would in some way guarantee the SCO investment, started showing signs it might not do that after all:

"Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would 'backstop,' or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment.... Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar's investment in SCO."

[What's that saying about no honor among thieves....Tuxchick]

KDE 3.5.5 will be released next week

KDE will ship the 5th maintenance update to KDE 3.5 next week. This release includes a bunch of bug fixes, improved language support, a new version of kopete and tons more.

Microsoft lets slip Windows Vista RC2

Microsoft today made available a new test build for Windows Vista, the mythical desktop operating system of legend. It's called RC2, or Release Candidate 2 (build number 5744), and it really is only for diehard Vista testaholics. And the stupid.

Movies Go Open Source With Stray Cinema Project

The raw footage from a film shot in London has been made available for the public to download from the Stray Cinema website. The idea is to provide people with the opportunity to create their own version of the film, following the guidelines set by the Open Source movement found in software development and licensing.

MySQL Master Master Replication

This tutorial describes how to set up MySQL master-master replication. We need to replicate MySQL servers to achieve high-availability (HA). In my case I need two masters that are synchronized with each other so that if one of them drops down, other could take over and no data is lost. Similarly when the first one goes up again, it will still be used as slave for the live one.

Special Episode Of "the_source" Released

  •; By Aaron Newcomb (Posted by dave on Oct 7, 2006 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: Interview
A special episode of the video podcast "the_source" has been released with interviews from Ohio Linuxfest.

WinOSSCDRom V 1.3 Available for Immediate Download!

I am proud to announce that version 1.3 of the WinOSSCDRom is available. WinOSSCDRom now contains over 690 Megs of Open Source goodness for Windows. Note: all included software has a Linux version as well available on the software titles home page.

Finding Free Software Online

An excellent source of free offers from many categories -- including software -- is the No. 1 Free Stuff Web site. There, you'll find pointers to free MP3 music files, software, e-mail, services, clothes, games, and even free money for surfing the Web.

Let's do for news what we did for software

There have always been problems with distributing urgent public safety information. These problems show up, over and over, with every hurricane, tornado, flood and wildfire. At this moment in history, problems fall in three areas of responsibility (and, for that matter, responsiveness):

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