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Microsoft appoints Linux interoperability chief

Linux veteran may be in for a roller-coaster ride in what so far has proved to be a controversial partnership between software giant, Novell.

Lunch break diversions: PONG! Multiplayer and Lost Labyrinth

  • Linux.com; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2007 9:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Sometimes the simplest game can be every bit as addictive and fun as monster games like Halo 3 or Gears of War. This is probably the reason why games like Pong still remain popular to this day and continue to inspire developers. While there are probably hundreds of versions of Pong-inspired games out there, one that will appeal to hardcore Pong fans and casual players alike is PONG! Multiplayer, a Firefox extension that allows you to indulge in Pong without leaving the comfort of your favorite browser.

Create Custom Weather Alerts

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nathan Harrington (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 11, 2007 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Process NOAA WSR-88D radar data using open source image processing tools (GD and Perl) to determine if it’s likely to rain soon in a specific location. Create precise detection zones so you can receive a page, SMS, or e-mail a few minutes before the precipitation event, giving you a handy notice of when you can dash inside from your car.

Torvalds on GPLv3 final draft

The GPLv3 debates are drawing to a close. By the end of the year, it may have become reality. Whether or not the Linux kernel team will adopt the new license, however is still up for debate. Linus Torvalds is not as fervently anti-GPLv3 as he was in earlier renditions of the license, but he still isn't ready to support a wholesale move to it, either.

Is the Linux development model flawed?

Back in the early 1990s, when Linux initiator Linus Torwalds and open source software started to make headlines, the idea of giving software away seemed crazy. Looking at the headway the movement has made since then, you might be forgiven for wondering why Linux desktops have failed to become as ubiquitous as Linux servers are.

Sun Introduces New Offering to Simplify IT Inventory Management

Sun Connection Inventory Channel Makes Solaris and Linux-based Systems Easier to Deploy, Scale and Manage; One-Click Discovery Helps Eliminate Manual Data Collection

KDE Commit-Digest for 10th June 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Umbrello gets a code generator for the D programming language. Further work in Plasma. Initial work to allow the Dolphin file view component to be embedded into Konqueror. More work in the KOrganizer Calendar and KRDC Summer of Code projects, with the start of the Icon Cache, TextTool Plugins in KOffice and Kopete Messenger update projects. Start of a Solid interface in Amarok, with breakthroughs in support for the Jamendo music service. KDevelop begins to be ported to the KDevPlatform structure.

Expert opinion confirms manipulatability of voting computers

"The Chaos Computer Club has submitted to the German Federal Constitutional Court a 54-page expert opinion detailing serious flaws in the voting computers manufactured by the Dutch company Nedap,..."

[Looks like they have the same problems we have with our voting machines, closed source and hackable. - Scott]

Fedora Weekly News Issue 91

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 91 for the week of June 3rd through June 9th, 2007.

Turn Vim into a bash IDE

By itself, Vim is one of the best editors for shell scripting. With a little tweaking, however, you can turn Vim into a full-fledged IDE for writing scripts. You could do it yourself, or you can just install Fritz Mehner's Bash Support plugin.

SGI Joins Bio-IT Alliance to Help Advance Scientific Discovery

SGI Collaboration Will Aid Cross-Industry Group's Integration of Science and Technology

[Not specific to GNU/Linux, but may be of interest to some in our audience. - dpcarris]

aKademy Keynote Speakers Announced

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathon Riddell (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2007 3:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The aKademy 2007 team is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for this year's conference.

Cape Town based online web editor launched

Six Cape Town based developers last week launched the alpha preview of Synthasite, an online web site development tool.

[Not necessarily FOSS, but it seems kind of interesting, nonetheless. Looks like another step toward the subscription-based computing model - dcparris]

KOffice 1.6.3 Released

  • KDE Dot News; By Cyrille Berger (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2007 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KOffice team today released the third minor release of the 1.6 series. As the development focus has shifted to the next major release, this new version was aimed at polishing and fixing bugs.

[If you fix the bugs, there's not much sense polishing them, is there? Sorry, couldn't resist. - dcparris]

BrainAcademy 2007: are you smart enough?

No winners last year, the gauntlet is downBrainAcademy, the competition that hands out bursaries to promising computer science students, is kicking off again this summer. Last year the challenge proved too tough for the entrants: no one managed to survive all three elimination rounds to claim the prize.

[Is this Microsoft's equivalent to SoC? Looks like they ran last year's event like they managed Vista - setting their goals too high. - dcparris]

Qt Jambi v4.3 Released

  • KDE Dot News; By Matt Smith (Posted by dcparris on Jun 11, 2007 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Trolltech has announced the final release of Qt Jambi version 4.3 (corresponding to Qt v4.3.0), the Java binding for Qt.

Can intelligence really help business get out of a hole?

BI want to break free

Whitepaper Business Intelligence (or BI) is often promoted as "get out of gaol free" card - “ surely, intelligence in business is a good thing (although perhaps we wouldn't know, we haven't met much of it), so paying lots of money for a BI package is a no-brainer?"

[This whitepaper may be of interest to our BI users - dcparris]

The easy to install Gentoo with bling-bling. No, the other one!

Gentoo is a source-based Linux distribution that helps users put together a streamlined custom system. But Linux users spoiled by the see-before-you-try Live CDs would often shy from Gentoo. Then along came Kororaa. Kororaa is a pre-configured binary Live CD for Gentoo Linux that also features an installer. Kororaa's package selection not only makes it an all-round Linux desktop, but has also ruffled feathers of Linux kernel developers.

Linux: Translating Kernel Documentation

The translation of a some kernel documentation into Japanese led to a discussion as to whether or not it was appropriate to include translated documentation with the kernel source code. One concern that was expressed was that as the number of included translations grows, so would the size of the kernel. Another concern was the liklihood that as time passes the various translations might become out of date.

Zimbra Joins CalConnect

Support for CalDAV Standard Cited as Key to Enhanced Calendaring Experience

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