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Google exec touts communities, content over APIs

San Francisco (InfoWorld) - BURLINGAME, CALIF. -- Power in computing has shifted from proprietary, Microsoft APIs to URLs on the Web and content provision, Google Vice President Adam Bosworth said during the Zend/PHP Conference & Expo on Friday.

OSU celebrates success of Firefox

  • Corvallis Gazette-Times; By KYLE ODEGARD (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 10:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“We can legitimately say that all 100 million users went through Oregon State, so that’s a pretty big deal,” said Alex Polvi, a junior in computer science and a member of the Oregon State Linux Users Group.

Web lingo provides some juicy epithets for IT geeks

  • Sunday Independent; By Debbie Smit (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Language is being re-invented as fast as technology is changing. Now there is no excuse for being at a loss for words. There is a name for just about every category of irritating behaviour and new ways to spice up your e-mail and make your conversation more colourful.

Comment of the Day - October 22, 2005

The bit about the Open Document plug-in for Microsoft Office users was absolutely great, a good lesson for many FOSS advocates.

Related to the article A Mile in Someone Else's Shoes.

Wine will go beta next week

  • NewsForge; By Stephen Feller (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
After roughly 12 years of work, the Wine Project is about to take its widely used Windows translation layer to a place it has not been in all that time: beta. Wine Project leader Alexandre Julliard, who has worked on the software nearly since its beginning in 1993 and maintained it since 1994, said interview yesterday that the beta release is "a matter of days away." He has since updated that forecast and said it would be released on Tuesday, October 25th.

A Mile in Someone Else's Shoes

Brian Proffitt, Managing Editor at Linux Today writes: "The first thing that set me off this week was the Microsoft comment about free software in Africa. You may have heard them, where Gerald Ilukwe, the general manager of Microsoft Nigeria, claimed that cost of software is not an important issue in the developing world. Gee, according to the message Microsoft is shoving down our throats here in the US, cost is the most important thing." He then writes further:

"Would someone explain to me how in a society where money is relatively plentiful, cost is the most important thing, and just the opposite is true where the average person makes US$160?"

Brian later explains how he reacted to other events which eventually allowed him to gain insight or stand in anothers shoes. This is a story worth a look - Ed.

Where Linux 802.11x support needs work

  • Linux Kernel Archive; By Dan Williams (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 4:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
This list of stuff that should get fixed in Linux wireless grew out of my attempt to put a GUI on top of Linux wireless with NetworkManager ( This isn't, of course, a demand or anything, and I've been personally slowly fixing stuff up as I come to it (orinoco merge, fixing linux-wlan-ng, small kernel wireless driver patches), but I don't think anyone has posted a comprehensive list of where Linux wireless currently falls a bit short.

Opera browser in Hindi, Punjabi

Kochi: Opera Software, the Norway-based company behind the Opera Internet browser, has introduced Hindi and Punjabi versions of its browser, aimed at reaching out to non-English speaking Net users.

IBM bemoans Joomla-Mambo split

It's unfortunate for the Mambo open-source publishing software project and for its customers that its developers had to decamp with their source code to start the Joomla project, according to a high-ranking IBM software executive.

"It does look like the company that was shepherding this along got a little bit off track on their interests vs. the open-source community's interests," said Rod Smith, vice president of emerging Internet technology for IBM's Software Group, in an interview Tuesday. "That's a bad thing," because Mambo had a lot of traction, and the "fork" undermines that, he said.

Terminal Tips: Centericq open source chat aggregator on OS X

  •; By Fabienne Serriere (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In my everlasting quest for the best multi chat protocol client, I decided to check out Centericq. The Centericq chat client, despite its name also supports aim (and .mac accounts), yahoo, jabber (and therefore peripherally, irc, gadu gadu (the polish chat protocol), and msn. The client is purely terminal based. After trying Centericq for a few days, I must conclude that there are a few things left to be desired. I didn't enjoy the annoying key combos to bring up menus (Esc-Esc [wait then] b for the basic menu) or the mislabeled menu keys that obviously are already assigned in OS X (F9, F2 etc). To change between chat conversations, the key combos actually work on OS X (Ctrl-B or Ctrl-N to scroll forward or backwards).

X-Micro TV-BAR - The mini DVB-T USB Box

X-Micro TV-BAR DVB-T is the latest external & mini-sized DVB-T USB TV solution presented by X-Micro Technology. Not like other PCMCIA solution, X-Micro TV-BAR DVB-T adopts USB2.0 interface to provide users the flexibility of watching TV on PC or laptop. In addition, X-Micro TV-BAR DVB-T performs impressively in different aspects: Hardware design, Driver supported Software Features and friendly user interface.

School Traps Infected PCs

  •; By John Cox, Network World (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 3:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ORLANDO -- A team of IT staffers at the University of Indianapolis recently showed off a bundle of open-source tools and scripts it uses to trap and isolate PCs infected by viruses or spyware.

Dubbed Shelob, after the sinister giant spider in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," the software identifies suspect traffic patterns, identifies the computers involved and then shunts them to a closed virtual LAN. Users get an appropriate Web screen, explaining what's happened and how to fix their PC or whom to call for help.

Open Source Orgs Invited To Fourth Annual Socal Linux Expo

  • Linux Electronics (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 2:52 PM EDT)
SCALE is inviting all Open Source organizations to participate in the fourth annual So Cal Linux Expo.

Looking for an effective way to tell your product story and demonstrate its latest features to both new users as well as Linux veterans? Join other prestigious members of the Open Source community as they combine forces at the preeminent Linux exposition in the West. The fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo brings together businesses, academic institutions and the Linux community in Los Angeles on February 11-12, 2006.

If you rebuild it, it will sell

  • The Herald News On-line; By Catherine Ann Velasco (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The computer club spent many weeks learning how to hook up hard drives and DVD-burners, and they studied the Linux Operating System that they installed so they could teach their buyers how to use the software on their custom-built computers.

Apache Rolls Out a New Maven

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The word "Maven" is a Yiddish colloquialism that is defined as a self-appointed expert who shares knowledge with others. It's also a very appropriate name for a software project management tool, developed through the auspices of the venerable open source Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

Overview: Initial Results of a Large-Scale Migration Project

  • GrokLaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Pamela writes: "Carlo Daffara sent me a fascinating email about the European COSPA project, that is doing a controlled study of migrations to Free and Open Source software by European governmental administrations. They are measuring and facilitating migrations in a two-step strategy, initially to and later to GNU/Linux on the desktops. They already have thousands of desktops migrated, with thousands more planned. The data on switching to is very encouraging. "

What have they found so far? What makes the transition work well? Are there steps one can take to improve user acceptance and ease transitional issues? He told me some of what they found, and I asked him if he'd be willing to elaborate on the findings for Groklaw, and he graciously agreed.

German Edition of Xandros Desktop OS in Final Testing Stage

Xandros has said that the German Edition of its Windows desktop alternative is undergoing final beta testing prior to general release in November at the Frankfurt LinuxWorld conference and expo. The new release comes in response to growing demand in the German speaking market for desktop products based on Debian Linux, and marks a major expansion in Xandros' European sales and support.

Peru's president approves open-source bill

Alejandro Toledo, president of Peru, signed legislation this week that allows public institutions to consider adopting open-source software, another step forward for the open-software movement. The legislation, which Peru's Congress approved in September, allows government agencies and schools to choose between proprietary software from companies like Microsoft or Oracle, as well as open-source alternatives.

Review: Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger"

In the short time that I've spent using Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), I've really come to like it. The installation was painless, all my hardware was detected and configured correctly, package management was easy, and the clean-cut GNOME desktop is terrific.

Why Is Microsoft Afraid of Google?

“It's not clear how much Microsoft actually believes that the web is the platform of the future. After conquering its immediate adversary, the company tends to retrench and fall back on developing its core assets. That may work again this time. But, eventually, it may not be enough to forestall the Internet tidal wave that will eventually arrive.”

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