The Free (as in freedom) Software movement has changed a lot in the past two decades. During that time, there has been one constant that has kept the organization created to promote Free Software on the straight and narrow: Richard M. Stallman. Known around the community as simply "RMS," Stallman is the founder of the movement and continues to argue the advantages of totally non-proprietary computing. RMS kindly agreed to be interviewed again by OFB's Timothy R. Butler on what he is up to, where the Foundation's popular GPL license is heading and his perspective concerning various changes in the GNU/Linux community since his last interview here.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the creator of del.icio.us should be very flattered. ZDNet’s Datapoint notes the appearance of de.lirio.us which is, for all intents and purposes, an open source clone of the social bookmarking site del.icio.us. (If you haven’t tried del.icio.us out yet, I highly recommend it.) Mallett is also promoting his site as a competitor to del.icio.us.
A new group set up to advance the cause of free and open source software has decided to recruit socialite Paris Hilton into its ranks as a means to gain more exposure. The Open Source Development League said it was recruiting Ms Hilton because it knew of nobody else who had managed to gain such a degree of exposure despite having no apparent learning in this direction.
Intel has been congratulated for its 'great leadership' after deciding to shelve its open source licence, which has fallen into disuse.
The software patent directive is heading for a showdown in the European Parliament in July, now that any 'small irrelevant mistakes' committed by the EU Council have been ignored.
SourceLabs, a start-up within the open-source software market, releases an infrastructure software stack for application deployment.
A discussion about the Rails framework, how to build with it and the benefits of Ruby.
You may never think about it, but many of your online activities may be monitored and analyzed. Advertising companies, government agencies, and private users can use traffic analysis to gather information about which Web sites and pages you visit, what newsgroups you read, and whom you talk to on IRC. While there is no need to be paranoid (or is there???), you can keep your online communication private. The Tor project can help you with that.
PHP Quebec is one of the largest conferences dedicated to PHP in North America, and this is its third annual event.
Open source advocacy group the UK UNIX & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) wants your submissions for consideration for its annual award. It is looking for articles or papers; software or products that have made a "significant contribution" to free and open source software.
The new TUX magazine bills itself as "the first and only magazine for the new Linux user." The 53 page first issue was released March 1, with the next issue coming May 1 and monthly thereafter. Publisher Phil Hughes says the magazine intends to show people that Linux doesn't need to be scary. "TUX will tell you how to get things done -- without having to lift the hood." But is the world ready for a Linux publication aimed at entry-level users?
Linspire (formerly known as LindowsOS) has consistently made an attractive, easy-to-install and easy-to-use GNU/Linux distribution. With the 2.6.10 Linux kernel and a recent build of X.org, Linspire has fixed some of the video driver problems I had with the 4.0 and 4.5 versions. As in previous releases, Linspire includes many proprietary add-ons "mainstream" desktop users enjoy, but in return it comes with proprietary strings attached.
IBM has released a preliminary alpha version of its History Flow Visualization Application that shows how collaboratively created documents evolve. The tool is written in Java and it's available for download.
The Tivoli Business Systems Manager capabilities enable you to create a single view of your business and IT operations. In this article you learn to manage your IT resources in the context of business services modeled in Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which can help to improve overall efficiency.
In part one of this two-part conversation, Quinn identifies applications that easily adapt to clusters, the ones that need tweaking and the physical data center barriers to clustering. In part two, he offers cluster management tips and describes Linux cluster projects that delivered significant performance and scalability increases.
Following recent major successful deployments of Mandrakelinux Clustering, Mandrakesoft today announces a new version of its intensive calculation solution.
Foreword -- This article, by veteran Linux trainer Kevin Dankwardt, discusses "volatile," a relatively unknown ANSI-C type modifier that ensures that the compiler generates code to reload a data item each time it is referenced. Volatile must be used with variables that may be altered asynchronously,
The new multi-user environment released from IBM - Flexible Internet Evaluation Report Architecture (FIERA) is a highly flexible architecture for the design, display, and reporting of Internet surveys. Check out the FIERA demo and see it in action.
Having solidified backing from the major Linux distribution vendors and, more recently, new ISV (Independent Software Vendor) members who have helped shape it, the Linux Standard Base (LSB) has come of age and is now ready to be pushed in new directions to make it more usable and useful, according to Free Standards Group executive director Jim Zemlin.
This whitepaper by Codeweavers COO Jon Parshall and CEO Jeremy White takes a detailed look at the potential value of WINE ("Wine Is Not an Emulator") as an ingredient in a strategy for enterprise migration from Windows to Linux desktops. The paper itemizes the requirements for enterprise desktop migration, examines a range of available tactics, and then suggests strategies for making the journey in ways that are "pragmatic, economical, and customer focused," the authors say.