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Creative Commons Artist Spotlight: Monsieur Madame

In this week’s Creative Commons Artist Spotlight, we interview French artists Monsieur Madame about their CC-licensed album Et Maintenant, available at

Open Source Healthcare Information System PatientOS version 0.12 released

PatientOS is an open source healthcare information system physicians, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory and ultimately all departments in a hospital, physician practice, or any other healthcare facility. Version 0.12 adds the foundation code to support the creation and maintenance of a formulary. It has also added a lot of infrastructure to development process, including automated test cases, user documentation. Videos are available to show how easy the installation is on windows or linux.

Slackware: the classic distro that's as timely as ever.

In a way, Slackware needs no defense. Those that use the distro know of its merits and enjoy its stability, security, simplicity and speed. However, with the growing popularity of newer distros like Ubuntu, more and more articles seem to relegate Slackware to the dust bin of history, or they say it's a hobbyist's distro, or they make snide comments like “1995 called and they want their distro back.” As of late, these comments seem to proliferate at about the same rate as the Ubuntu articles. Using Ubuntu as an example, let's conduct a little examination to see where Slackware's strengths lie and how it compares and differs with the newer upstart distros of today.

Driver, USB, and PCI Subsystem Updates For 2.6.24

Greg KH posted three emails titled "State of the Linux Driver Core Subsystem", "State of the Linux USB Subsystem", and "State of the Linux PCI Subsystem", noting that for each there were no known regressions then going on to list which patches were bound for the upcoming 2.6.24 kernel. Greg pointed out that the USB subsystem patch queue was particularly large,"yeah, there are way too many there, I've been really slack in trying to work through them. If anyone wants to help out, feel free :)"

Open source geeks asked to 'stand up and be counted'

  • ZDNet Australia; By Brett Winterford (Posted by jdub on Sep 28, 2007 7:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australians working with open source software are urged to participate in an online census launched this week to discover the capabilities of the local industry.

Asterisk creator Acquires Switchvox

Digium, Inc., the Asterisk Company, today announced it has acquired Switchvox, a leading provider of IP PBX phone systems for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The acquisition bolsters Digium's presence in the SMB market and provides a strong platform on which to advance its Asterisk-based unified communications solution.

Novell’s Linux Business Does NOT Climb Since its Deal with Microsoft

The press if going ga-ga after Justin Steinman’s claim that Novell is doing well despite and because of the deal with Microsoft. But Justin is a PR agent, and the reporters do not bother to perform a quick and independent sanity check.

Consultant uses open source to offer more choices to clients

Neutrino Consulting provides IT services for small companies that don't want or need an in-house technology departments. Michael Wacht, Neutrino's founder and principal, says because he offers open source software alternatives to his clients, they get to choose the "best of the best," avoiding big license fees and vendor lock in. That, he says, makes Neutrino more competitive.

Debian User Planets

A week or so ago, French Debian developer Raphaël Hertzog asked about setting up Planets for the users of the Debian operating system, something he had done for the French-speaking community already. Now German developer Holger Levsen has done it on his pages on the domain

Can Linux stop global warming?

A privately held German company with offices in the U.K., U.S., Cyprus, and Malta is touting its Linux-based thin-client technology as a climate change remediant. "2X Ltd" says businesses can halve computer-related electrical consumption by replacing PCs with Linux-based thin clients and its centralized management software.

ReviewLinux.Com: Ubuntu 7.10 Beta: Almost there!

Well Ubuntu 7.10 final release is just around the corner. Hopefully in October we will see it released. Today we have done a short quick look at the beta release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. Various screenshot images of the new desktop plus a short flash video highlight this article. Hurry up October!

VoIPowering Your Office: Skype Worm—Trouble in VoIPland

  • Enterprise VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Sep 28, 2007 1:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
... the best encryption protocols in the world are helpless against an infected PC. They don't foil keystroke loggers, and they don't stop the busy little worms that roam unimpeded through the guts of an operating system, doing whatever they want.

If you really, really want to use secure computer systems, use Mac OS X, Linux, PC-BSD, or FreeBSD. These are far more secure, and more secure-able. Rather than following the Windows model of trying to sail a sieve, these are stout, reliable operating systems that do not roll out the red carpet to malware.

Ubuntu snags top Linspire staffers

Linspire, the troubled Linux distribution vendor, has recently lost a top executive and a lead developer to the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu, has hired former Linspire staffers Randy Linnell and Brian Thomason.

SFLC Completes Review of Atheros Wireless Driver for Linux, Releases Guide for Developers

How different reality often is from flame wars, particularly when the subject is legal. The Software Freedom Law Center has just announced that it "has carefully reviewed the lineage of the open source Atheros wireless driver for Linux and determined which portions can be distributed under the ISC license (also known as the 2-clause BSD license)".

A guide to GNU Screen

The same way tabbed browsing revolutionized the web experience, GNU Screen can do the same for your experience in the command line. GNU Screen allows you to manage several interactive shell instances within the same “window.” By using different keyboard shortcuts, you are able to shuffle through the shell instances, access any of them directly, create new ones, kill old ones, attach and detach existing ones.

Cape Town bids for Wikimania conference

Long-time Tectonic supporter and contributor Ian Gilfillan is heading up a group of Cape Town free content advocates that have launched a bid to host Wikimania 2008, the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation behind Wikipedia. Give them your support.

Installing Debian Etch From A Windows System With "Debian-Installer Loader"

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 27, 2007 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Debian-Installer Loader is a Debian Etch installer for Windows which adds an entry to the boot menu that allows you to start the Debian installation. Unlike the Ubuntu installation with Wubi, real Debian partitions are created during the installation. In the end, you have a dual-boot system (Windows/Debian).

Medsphere team continues to fracture: Pecaitis leaves Medsphere

According to the all-knowing (or pretty darn close) Tim at HIS talk "Frank Pecaitis and Medsphere have parted ways". Apparently Pecaitis now works for GE. From what I can tell. Frank Pecaitis was the last of the old-guard leadership still active at Medsphere. Modern Healthcare already broke the story that Ken Kizer is leaving Medsphere"when a successor is found" which apparently has not happened yet. Who is left at Medsphere? This is exactly what I had hoped to prevent: An ongoing pointless lawsuit, leaving the two brother founders twiddling their thumbs, and a company that is tearing itself apart.

Novell's Linux business spikes since Microsoft deal

  • PC World; By Linda Rosencrance (Posted by hchaudh1 on Sep 27, 2007 7:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Novell
"When we're out there competing with Red Hat, [our salespeople] are saying, 'Our Linux is recommended by Microsoft,' and customers that already have a Windows investment say it seems to make sense to pick the Linux that works with Windows."

In Debate Over Desktop Linux, It All Comes Down To Money

My article 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop jump-started anew the debate over why the open-source operating system hasn't made significant inroads on the client side into Windows' user base. The real reason, it seems, is something much more basic than confusion about Linux distros, annoying fanboys turning off potential adoptees, or resistance from average users. What it all boils down to is the almighty dollar. Linux is deceptive in coming across as a free option. Yes, the OS itself can be obtaining for no cost, or, if you buy a commercial version, for a pittance as compared to Windows. The real cost of Linux starts after you install the executable. That's the investment you have to spend in user training, and the support contract you have to purchase.

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