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Why is Firefox So Darn Popular?

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 9, 2006 3:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
Recently, I have been pondering why is Firefox so darn popular? This is a question that I honestly ask myself sometimes, often while browsing the web from within the browser itself. The real trick is that there are so many different ways to answer this.

Some friendly suggestions for iCommons and free culture

The second iCommons summit, held at the end of June in Rio de Janeiro, proved many things about the free culture movement. The most exciting development is that we're growing rapidly, both in terms of the numbers of activists and advocates who identify themselves with the movement, and in terms of the quantity of content being distributed under free licenses. But the summit also highlighted some issues that iCommons needs to address if it is to maintain its vitality and legitimacy. This article is is a friendly prod that I hope will strengthen and unite the community.

Produce Device-Independent Documentation with Groff

  • ibm.com/developerWorks; By Michael Stutz (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 9, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, IBM
Get an introduction to Groff (GNU Troff), the latest open source implementation of Troff, a document-preparation system that generates print and screen documents for various devices from the same input source. Learn how to use it for preparing your documentation, help systems, reports, or any printed output where professional quality, portability, and support for multiple output formats are desired.

Mandriva offers online Linux training

Mandriva has announced a set of online, tutored training classes aimed at satisfying the growing demand for Linux skills among both businesses and individuals.

Linux software radio transceiver rev'd

Pentek will ship a more powerful version of its software radio transceiver, it says. The Model 7142 will offer more processing power and RAM than the earlier Model 7140. It will ship in several add-in card formats, and support Linux initially, followed by Windows and VxWorks.

Ebay Marketing Director, Appointed VP at Open Source Firm, VA ...

Online media, e-commerce and Open Source software firm, VA Software Corporation, has appointed Mike Rudolph as Vice President of SourceForge.net Marketplace. Mr. Rudolph comes to VA Software's OSTG division with more than 16 years of e-commerce, marketplace, community marketing, and operations experience.

Hacker-friendly Linux PDA stack rev'd

The OpenZaurus Project has released a new version of its Linux-based software stack for Sharp Zaurus PDAs. OpenZaurus 3.5.4.1 is based on a 2.6.16 Linux kernel, and includes some 13,000 "ready-to-install" packages. Nine Zaurus models are fully supported, while others can be updated selectively.

Government Open Source Conference Set for Oct. 12-13 in Portland ...

The second-annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON), is scheduled for Oct. 12-13 in Portland, Ore. Designed for information technology executives and managers in national, state and local governments, GOSCON features in-depth sessions on open source implementation and best practices, as well as presentations from individuals such as Brian Behlendorf and Larry Augustin.
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"Open source" refers to software whose programming code can be viewed, modified and changed by its users. In that way, users have the ability to improve the software, making it better for everyone and speeding the pace of technological improvements.

[Sounds like free software, but if they feel more comfortable with "open source", so be it. Governments are slow to grasp the idea of freedom. -- grouch]

Technology Now

There is plenty of free software at the local library

Free software is becoming widely available via Web sites dedicated to providing computer users with access to freeware and shareware. Fledgling software developers also use the Web as a medium to make new software available for a trial download so users can test the product, provide feedback and possibly assist with its development.

[Please, be kind to librarians; their specialty is not software development models. -- grouch]

"military grade" Linux PDA gains WiFi, Bluetooth

Tripod Data System (TDS) has updated its Recon series of rugged handheld computers. The new Recon-X series PDAs feature twice as much Flash memory (up to 256 MB) as the original, along with optional built-in Bluetooth and 802.11g WiFi. A Linux-based version will begin beta testing next week, and ship in July or early August.

Review: Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0

The newly released Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0 is one of the few remaining for-pay Linux distributions on the consumer market. The Home Edition is available for $40, or $80 for a Premium Edition. What do you get for your hard-earned cash? Let's take a look.

Review: Can Xandros Linux Desktop Replace Windows Media Center ...

Right off the bat, Xandros offers more in the form of bundled applications than either Vista product. For example, Xandros Desktop Version 4 Home Edition Premium includes an office suite, OpenOffice, and comes bundled with an antivirus product. On the Microsoft side of the equation, those would be considered add-on products.

Move an entire file system on a live Unix system

  • developerworks; By Martin Brown (Posted by solrac on Jul 8, 2006 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Copying a live file system can be risky, especially if there are open files. You should also be careful to ensure that you don't accidentally overwrite a partition, or existing files, with the files you are trying to copy. With some careful thought, you can effectively migrate files reliably to take advantage of more space, even on a live system.

DoD releases OTD Roadmap

The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) has announced the release of a Department of Defense (DoD) report entitled the Open Technology Development Roadmap which focuses on how to make the use of open technology development an integral part of the Department of Defense (DoD) software acquisition and development processes.

Linux Kernel Compilation

  • Nuxified.org; By "dylunio" (Posted by Libervis on Jul 8, 2006 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
From time to time you may need to install the Linux (the kernel) manually, this may be to get some new feature you want, or just to see what it's like. This is a brief guide to compiling your own customized Linux kernel.

Books: An easy introduction to Ajax

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by dcparris on Jul 8, 2006 12:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Today's Ajax is all about creating interactive web pages that update magically to the back-end server. Pragmatic Ajax by Justin Gehtland, Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer is meant to give asspiring web developers a fast-track start to using Ajax to spice up existing and new web applications.

Race between Firefox and Firebird

Anyone wants to bet which project: Firefox or Firebird will be first for release version 2.0? Meanwhile Firebird Database 2.0 RC3 builds are available for download

Desktop Linux Integration Nears With Portland Project Beta Release

The “Portland Project,” the collaborative venture that simplifies the process of porting and integrating applications for Linux desktops, announced the Beta release of its programming interfaces for GNOME and KDE environments. Several of the global Linux distributors have indicated a commitment to support their application vendors with early versions of the Portland Project tools.

LPI Exam 202: Network Troubleshooting

In this last tutorial, from a series of seven tutorials on Linux Professional Institute exam 202 topics, review tools and commands that help you detect and solve networking problems. Also, review the locations for basic configuration files that affect network status and behavior.

RIPLinux: Data Recovery and Partitioning Tool

  • The Linux-Tutorial; By ffreeloader (Posted by tripwire45 on Jul 8, 2006 8:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Just ran across this yesterday. It is the fastest live cd I've run across and has a huge selection of data recovery and partitioning tools along with memtest and a browser so that you can do research while booted into the live cd.

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