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Open source message hits Wits University

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SA's minister of science and technology told the Software Freedom Day crowd at Wits University on Saturday that open source software gave government the opportunity to develop locally relevant and globally competitive technology projects.Software Freedom Day pictures here.

gzpLinux Update

Gabor Z. Papp has cut an updated release of his Linux distro.

Separate the hype from the facts about Grid computing

Taking a look what constitutes a Grid from a technical point of view often puts the concept of Grid into perspective. In this article, the author provides a more holistic view of the technologies behind Grid computing with the goal of clarifying it from a technical perspective.

Linux Association protests against "product placement" for Microsoft on German TV

The German Linux Association is calling on Germany's ARD, the public Channel One, to remove the Microsoft logo from its reports on the elections. The lobby group stated that it was considering taking legal action against such "product placement in informational and news broadcasts." The lobby group stated that the logo was being displayed in charts showing the results of surveys in such TV shows as the weekly news talk show Sabine Christiansen on September 4th. Product placement has become a sensitive issue in Germany since it was recently revealed that such practices had become common in ARD shows like the series "Marienhof."

Introducing IPython

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Python, an interpretive programming language that combines elegant code with a powerful object-oriented approach and many modules, has been around since the early 1990s. To make Python more productive, Fernando Perez in 2001 began working on IPython, an enhanced interactive Python shell with improvements such as history caching, profiles, object information, and session logging, as a replacement for the default interpreter.

Massachusetts Back-Room

The comment period for the new draft Massachusetts office-file-format policy ended last Friday the 9th. During the week before that date, there was some pretty intense back-room politics going on. There are a ton of industry associations and lobbying groups, including: Mass Software Council, Technet New England, Mass High Tech Council, Mass Network Communications Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and AeA. You can bet that every one of them was coming under pressure last week to speak up pro or contra the state’s position. Since you have IBM and Sun on one side of this issue and Microsoft on the other, you can also bet that they were getting pulled both ways. I’m pretty sure that a lot of them ended up with a statement along the lines of “On the subject of the new draft from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we’re in favor of motherhood and apple pie.” But, I got my hands on a copy of the other side’s talking points, and I think they make interesting reading. [Update: I hear unoficially from someone at Adobe that they’re “generally happy with how things went”, so I was wrong, sorry. Fixed.]

Sun extends olive branch to Red Hat

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat, Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems is being more accommodating toward Linux again, and makes room onstage for Red Hat at a server product launch.

Free Java Now!

Sun is struggling to come to terms with open source.

Novell Making Gains in Europe on the Desktop

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 12, 2005 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Public and Commercial Organizations Find Linux a Secure and Cost-Effective Alternative to Windows

Open source aims to cash in on Vista migrations

The launch of Microsoft's Vista operating system will see a major push by open source vendors to encourage companies to defect to their software. Jack Messman, chief executive at Novell, told vnunet.com that, while open source software is doing well in high-end and point-of-sale computing, it is less popular on corporate desktops. He explained that many companies fear the disruption that a move to open source would entail, but that Vista's launch will give IT managers a reason to make the transition from Windows. "We think that the opportunity [for open source] is when Vista comes on to the market," said Messman. "That will be the momentum that pushes Linux to the desktop. The cost of transitioning from XP to Vista will be more than moving to open source."

Firefox Receives Softpedia User's Choice Award

  • Softpedia; By Tudor Raiciu (Posted by tadelste on Sep 12, 2005 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Battle of Browsers is over! Until the new versions are released, here is the absolute champion. Sound the drums, ladies and gentleman, the indisputable winner of the heavy-browser category is... Firefox! Of the 912 votes, 58.99% were given to the open source browser, which has crushed any competition. Internet Explorer came on the second place, but the difference between it and the winner was humongous. Only 14.91% of the voters have chosen Microsoft’s solution as their favorite. The 1.000 votes do not represent a final conclusion, but when it comes to popularity, Firefox definitely has an edge over Internet Explorer.

Strengthening Open Source's Weakest Link

  • SYS-CON Media; By Iain Thomson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 12, 2005 8:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The answer is probably closer to 30 percent than 50 percent, since both users probably focused on common functions like start-up, shutdown, and data access. The problem gets amplified if the application is built for n-tier deployment based on service-oriented architecture. newspapers and broadcasters. The service handles between 150,000 and 500,000 pages of content per affiliate per day, supporting 11,000 concurrent users. MySQL, a free open source database, has been the backbone of AP Hosted News since 2002. Everyone knows that the cornerstone of open source software is the free availability of its source code, which lets developers and users around the world contribute to it and improve it. The software naturally becomes stronger as it accumulates improvements and sheds imperfections. The quality improves based on more usage and reviews.

ETU thumbnailer

The Enlightenment project has created a great deal of incredibly useful software as a result of working on a window manager. One piece of that software is the Epeg API. The Epeg software is designed solely to thumbnail - fast. In two other articles , single file thumbnailing and using a hardcoded source to destination directory method was used. In this text, the two are combined.

Software Freedom Day, Florida style

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BRADENTON, FLORIDA - The Suncoast Linux Users Group (SLUG) in Florida's Tampa Bay region decided to hold not one, but two Software Freedom Day (SFD) events. SLUG is an odd LUG, one you might almost call a Beowulf cluster of LUGs, since it holds meetings in a number of locations instead of in a single central one. This gives the group a slightly anarchic feel, but when it came time to step up to the SFD plate, enough members worked together to distribute more than 250 free software CDs even though local media almost totally ignored the event.

Novell: Vista will drive users to Linux

  • CNET News.com; By Andrew Donoghue (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Jack Messman claims that the cost of moving to Windows Vista will prompt users to consider moving to desktop Linux.

OSDL Names Dave Rosenberg Principal Analyst

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 6:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open Source Journalist, LinuxWorld Programs Director and Former Telecommunications System Architect Joins Leading Linux Advocacy Group

Happy Software Freedom Day, Comrade!

  • LXer; By Jon 'maddog' Hall (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 4:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Free Software is good for Russia. Lowering their balance of payments, employing local programmers, creating opportunities for local service, allowing their students to see how major pieces of software work, reducing the issues of software piracy, allowing them to adopt software to their languages and culture and giving their country better security are all reasons why the Russians (as a lot of other countries) have embraced Linux.

Novell Sees Strong Momentum in Linux Workgroup Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Customers Gain flexibility Along with Greater Application and Hardware Compatibility to Meet the Needs of Information Workers Across the Enterprise

DistroWatch Weekly: Four distributions in final tests, Debian's security support for testing, Eric S Raymond fun, Foresight Linux, Linux+ DVD review

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 37th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Last week was an exciting one - besides GNOME 2.12 and the first beta release of Firefox 1.5, four major Linux distributions have been sprinting towards the finishing line, with the brand new Slackware Linux 10.2 release now imminent and the other three following within the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, Debian has announced security support for its testing branch, a move that will likely be greeted with much enthusiasm among the Debian users. Also in this week's issue: Microsoft tries to recruit a well-known open source advocate, a brief look at Foresight Linux and a quick review of Linux+ DVD, a popular European Linux magazine. Happy reading!

Open Source Community Embracing Novell's openSUSE project

OpenSUSE.org is off to a strong start, generating extensive interest and support from both the development community and end users. Within the first few weeks, registered installations of the SUSE Linux distribution have soared to more than 5,000 per day, with a copy downloaded every 18 seconds.

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