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Open source software evolves and matures at a rapid pace because its users are essentially also testers and take co-ownership of the products they like. Walter Kruse looks at some of the tools and techniques that can be used by the open source community to build and test better applications.
Spearheaded by the government, South Korea is making increased use of an open-source operating system called Linux. It is bad news for Microsoft, the world’s foremost software maker that dominates the operating system market with several versions of its Windows program.
Mentor Graphics has announced its support for 64bit Linux platforms by declaring full operational qualification for its analogue/mixed-signal toolset. Mentor's entire line of Eldo and Advance MST analogue and mixed-signal products have been certified for operation on Opteron and EM64 processor architectures using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 platform. 'Linux on X86-64 hardware is proving to be a great performance platform for our products', said Jue-Hsien Chern, Vice President and General Manager of Mentor's Deep Submicron Division.
The City of Munich will not start its migration to Linux on the desktop until 2006, a year later than planned and three years since it decided to migrate to Linux. The first department to migrate to Linux and OpenOffice.org will be that of the Lord Mayor.
Rajesh Setty wrote his first book when he was age 9, a spy novel in the style of Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures. It never occurred to him that trying to get a book published would take a lot of work. "When we are young, we don't know what is not possible," said Mr. Setty, 35, chairman of Cignex Technologies Inc., of Santa Clara. Today, his business model sounds like something from an entrepreneur who doesn't know what's not possible because it is based on selling a product that is free -- open source software.
Novell released its third-quarter financial results a couple of weeks ago (its fiscal year runs ends Oct. 31), and the picture wasn't very pretty.
An Italian province will use Linux rather than Windows XP in its schools for the next academic year
The Sun Industry Standards Source License has been retired, and the OSI wants more licences to follow the same path.
Retiring the SISSL means that the OpenOffice.org software will be covered by just one licence, the LGPL, according to the project's Web site. "Projects currently using the SISSL under a dual-licence scheme, such as OpenOffice.org, are dropping the SISSL and thus simplifying their licence scheme as soon as the development cycle allows," the site said.
Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The first full week in September should be an exciting one for users and fans of Free Software - GNOME 2.12, Ubuntu 5.10 Preview, and SUSE Linux 10.0 RC1 are all expected to hit the download mirrors later this week. But before that happens we will take a brief look at the "smart" package manager in Mandriva, check out "SUPER", a performance-enhancing subproject of SUSE Linux, and revisit the Linspire versus Freespire controversy. Our featured distribution of the week is Elive, a great live CD featuring the Enlightenment window manager - a project that is also the recipient of our US$250 August 2005 donation. Happy reading!
A 4-year-old company is using open source software as the foundation for an ERP suite targeted at small and midsize manufacturers. OpenMFG this week plans to release Version 1.2 of its software, which goes by the same name as the company and includes some 200 changes from the earlier version. While most of the changes are small, about 25 per cent of them came from the company's network of value-added resellers (VAR) and 20 customers. Those changes reflect the fact that users get the complete source code for the various OpenMFG modules and can make changes that get incorporated into the suite. The suite was designed for manufacturers and can be readily adapted for discrete and process manufacturing, according to Ned Lilly, OpenMFG's CEO and co-founder. Modules include the standard ERP functions, such as part definition for bills of materials, capacity planning, inventory management, purchase orders and a complete set of financial programs.
REAL Software has stated the company will ship REALbasic 2005 for Linux on Sept. 13, 2005. REALbasic 2005 for Linux is a rapid application development (RAD) environment that enables professional and non-professional programmers alike to quickly create software for Linux.
But the conflict between Microsoft and Google goes much deeper than that. As long as Google has stayed in the online searching business, Microsoft has had nothing against the ‘do no evil’ company. But lately, Google has started to release software, to explore new domains, to invent new methods of using the PC, and that is already too much to take for Microsoft.
The KDEWebDev site is being formally launched.
With its Issue #6, TUX Magazine published the winners of its first annual Readers' Choice Awards, placing KDE in the first place in the "Favorite Desktop Environment" category and digiKam first in the "Favorite Digital Photo Management Tool".
Even as millions of dollars worth of Office business hangs in the balance, Microsoft says it will not support the OpenDocument format likely to be adopted by the state of Massachusetts this month as its standard XML format.
Usability has grown over the year since the last aKademy. During the Coding Marathon portion of the conference, the KDE-Usability group gave several presentations and tutorials so developers can learn more about usability, and get live usability support while they hacked away
A new, built-to-order PC with a pre-installed Linux distro may not sound like much fun to a hard-core, do-it-yourself Linux geek. But if you want a quick, easy, inexpensive way to get started with Linux, Systemax and Linspire have just the ticket. I recently took a hands-on look at the the companies' then-current offering: the Systemax Venture L335 Linspire PC. The system, which is available from Systemax subsidiary Tiger Direct carries a list price of $299.99, plus shipping and handling, in its basic configuration (see box). The system I ordered for review included some significant upgrades (see box), giving me a solid all-purpose PC for around $500, not including shipping charges.
The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project, today announced that the third Fedora User and Developer Conference (FUDCon) will take place on the second day of this years LinuxWorld in London on 6th October, 2005 at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. Following successful conferences of the Fedora Community in Boston in February and during Linux Tag in Karlsruhe, Germany in June this year, this third conference will further enable Fedora participants in the UK to exchange their views on various topics around the current state of the Fedora Project including infrastructure and development issues.
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