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GNOME and Google reach out to women

GNOME's Women's Summer Outreach Program (WSOP) is underway, with twice the number of projects originally scheduled, thanks to Google's generosity. The program has not only brought a few more women into the GNOME fold, but it seems to have jump-started efforts to actively recruit female developers within other open source projects as well.

A walk in the park with Puppy Linux

Puppy Linux is a small Linux live CD distribution that can boot from a CD, DVD, or USB drive; a hard disk is optional. According to the Puppy Linux Web site, Puppy's goals include being Linux newbie-friendly, booting and running quickly, and including all the applications typical users need. The newest version is its most usable yet.

S&p raises rating on Red Hat to 'B+'

Standard & Poor's Rating Services said Monday it raised its corporate credit and senior unsecured ratings on open source software maker Red Hat Inc.

extendedPDF: Professional PDF controls for OpenOffice.org

In early versions of OpenOffice.org, exporting to PDF required setting up a printer driver and offered few options. PDF export is vastly improved since version 2.0, since it is built-in and offers some control over the degree of image compression, the initial view, and user interface. However, even these controls are basic. They are certainly far behind the desktop tools available for Adobe Acrobat in Windows and OS X. For this reason, extendedPDF is an essential tool for those who need fine-control over their PDF output from OpenOffice.org in GNU/Linux.

Why Was Linux Successful (and Will It Stay So)?

Internet News reported on a panel discussion of the reasons why Linux was successful. I had been thinking about that myself recently, and had earlier found an older but more detailed article on the same subject.

Report: Must-Haves For The Linux Road Warrior

Network-centric services are connecting users to some truly valuable data. For the price of a computer, a network connection, and a browser, you can find information on just about anything, from anywhere on the planet. Rob Reilly takes time from his travels to demo two valuable road warrior tools.

Cleversafe: Scattering the Pieces

  • NY Times; By John Markoff (Posted by sharonpr on Aug 21, 2006 9:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today’s New York Times reports on the new open source storage project called Cleversafe http://www.cleversafe.org/ that secures data by “Scattering the Pieces" (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/21/technology/21storage.html?).

Developing a real-time Linux data acquisition application

This whitepaper describes the development of a real-time data-acquisition application using a real-time Linux implementation along with an off-the-shelf data-acquisition board. It also compares the relative sampling frequencies supported respectively by RTLinux and a standard Linux kernel.

Options for Apache Geronimo EJB Transactions: Part 3

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jonathan Sagorin (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 21, 2006 8:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Jonathan Sagorin wraps up his thorough coverage of Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) transactions in this last installment of a three-part series. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, you briefly looked at bean-managed and container-managed EJB transactions and how to implement them in the Apache Geronimo application server. In Part 3 discover the quirks and additional implementation and configuration choices related to both types of transactions.

Slashdot interview with Fedora Project leader Max Spevack

Fedora Weekly News Issue 60

Linux World SF: EnterpriseDB Wins Best Database Award

EnterpriseDB, enterprise open source database company, announced that, for the second consecutive year, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, the company's flagship product, has won the Linux Journal Product Excellence Award at LinuxWorld in the Best Database Solution category.

Put an Asterisk Next to Fonality

For years, high-end telephony systems and the apposite capabilities were reserved for large corporations that could afford to pay for them — small and mid-sized businesses were largely left with sub-par solutions for their communications needs.

Giant Retailer Chooses SUSE Linux Enterprise Platform To Run Desktops

Novell announced that a home furnishings retailer in the United States is installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell on all of its in-store sales terminals across more than 320 stores.

Gartner: Stay rational with open source

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Aaron Tan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 21, 2006 4:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source may have its merits, but a market analyst advises businesses not to consider the technology based solely on its namesake.

A Fraud Settlement Only Yahoo! (and the Lawyers) Can Love

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Aug 21, 2006 4:19 PM EDT)
Disgruntled Yahoo! advertisers who were hoping for just compensation from the Pay-Per-Click fraud settlement may as well get over it. Here's the short version: Yahoo! names an insider to watch ad traffic, invites 3 advertisers a year to chat, promises to make an effort to come up with industry-wide standards, extends its fraud claim period, and gives you an advertising credit... if you can prove you were harmed. I almost forgot the best part. Your class action attorneys walk away with nearly five million bucks. D'oh!

Go camping, with open source software

Getting NGOs and free software geeks to meet and bond is not easy. But it is something the "Source Camps" have done extremely well. Now the team behind the Source Camps has released detailed instructions and guidelines to running your own Source camp.

Can I bring my laptop?

Although many college kids these days have a laptop, a surprising number of high school students also have their own portable computers. Colleges and universities expect students to bring their own equipment and, by and large, have the facilities, policies, and infrastructure to securely support a variety of users.

The OSFlash Initiative: Web Developer's & Designer's Journal ...

Newly appointed Web Developer's & Designer's Journal Editorial Board member Aral Balkan of OSFlash.org answers a few brief questions about the amazing promise that the Flash Platform holds in the age of Web 2.0 and the role that Balkan sees for open-source Flash in that equation

More Users Mixing Windows, Open Source Server Apps

Faced with the allure of open source applications among its customer base, Microsoft has toned down its .Net-only rhetoric. "It's a myth that open source and Windows can't work together," said Ryan Gavin, a director of platform strategy at Microsoft. "Customers just aren't religious about these things."

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