Nope. It's not a garden garnish. GNOME is a desktop software project designed to look familiar to anyone who has ever used a computer. Aaron Weber distills what the GNOME desktop is, what apps users will find as well as what platform development tools developers will find, and the resources to help you get started using it. Aaron is a coauthor of Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.
Linux and open source software is traditionally good for developers and system administrators, and recently good for business users. When will it be good for multimedia users? A handful of projects are making video production and editing possible (and useful)--PiTiVi and GStreamer among them. Jono Bacon examines the present and future of video production with Linux and open source software.
inux developer Red Hat (redhat.com)will finance outside programmers' efforts to obtain patents that may be used freely by open source developers, the firm announced Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Open Source Developer Labs has simultaneously launched a patent commons project, providing a central list of patents that have been donated to the collaborative programming community. The threat of patent-infringement lawsuits has caused many open source programming advocates to turn against the patent system altogether. The initiatives show a new proactive stance on the part of the open source community to combat the threat of patent-infringement lawsuits. "We're watching a groundswell of alternative ideas coming forward to try to counteract some of the patent terrorism that's coming up in industry," says Steve Mills, general
The Open Source Business Conference, set for Nov. 1-2, 2005 in Boston, will explore Linux- and open source-related business topics, including emerging trends, intellectual property, and other issues. The second annual event targets IT business executives, venture capitalists, attorneys, and others using open source software in enterprise or embedded systems.
After four months of development, the amaroK team has finished the new stable release of the popular KDE based audio player. amaroK 'Airborne' introduces the highly anticipated Wikipedia lookup feature. The cooperation between KDE and the Wikipedia project has already been the topic of an earlier article
Remember when Novell was the technology leader that others followed? Remember when Novell was renowned for having the best server software engineers anywhere in the world? Me too. But evidently, that's changed.
You can turn your blue Linksys router into a Linux box with OpenWrt, an embedded Linux distribution for Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GS routers. This tiny distribution exceeds the default firmware functionality in many useful ways. Instead of having only a Web-controlled wireless access point, OpenWrt provides you with a fully interactive Linux system. Some notable features are the ability to telnet/SSH to your router, install software such as Snort, Mini-Sendmail, and Asterisk, and create and control VLANs for every Ethernet port on the device.
Mozilla put out a call Wednesday afternoon to seek out beta testers interested in testing out the basic functions of Thunderbird, the group's open-source e-mail client. The quality assurance arm of the organization has asked that all interested persons subscribe to the Tbirdtesters mailing list.
Don't believe analyst firms' reports or vendors' measurements of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) of Linux and open source. Businesses that do their own measurements will get a true picture of the cost savings associated with open source software
Titan IT, local Novell and Microsoft business partner, has announced a move to enter the Linux services market by adopting an aggressive Linux certification strategy for its key technical staff.
Last time we began talking about using Linux in a small office by discussing what to look for in hardware and the operating system. Once you've settled on your base system, it's time to connect it to the Internet, and that brings up concerns about your systems' security.
Still waiting to get that fabulous Tux t-shirt? Wait no more. Now you can get a Tux T-shirt and help out the Linux community! Introducing TuxDelux, a new online store solely devoted to marketing and promoting Tux the Penguin.
The strengthening position of Linux and open source in the local and global arena is not leading to attrition of Microsoft's market share, which still has a huge hold on the worldwide market, a study on the Linux open source software and services market in SA has revealed.
Think of this as a good little computer upgrade for those times when you really do need a break.
As a project manager, what software do you find essential? Well, if you're good, you'll say none -- there's nothing that you can do on a PC that you can't do with a pencil and paper. However, if you want help from software, and you don't have unlimited funds for proprietary applications such as Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Project, there are a number of Linux-based project planners that you can choose from. If you want one that's simple but covers many of the basics, consider Imendio Planner.
Businesses can save a bundle by combining the best of both the open source software and commercial software worlds, says Bob Bickel, vice president of corporate strategy and development at JBoss Inc., which has flourished doing just that.
If its strategy for migrating its Palm OS over to an open-source kernel is successful, PDA powerhouse PalmSource could thrust Linux into the center of the mobile device marketplace.
Novell and SUSE's latest Linux offering is very slick, and it's going to impress the business community. The casual home user may feel a little differently, however. Unless you are feeling particularly adventurous and you've got some time on your hands, I'd pass on taking the Beagle for a walk.
Chinese developers of open-source software should play a more prominent role in the development of Linux and other open-source software, senior industry executives said at a conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
The encryption scheme you rely on today might be full of holes just a few years down the road. Learn how far we've come in the last few decades, and why your apps need to be ready for change. This article builds on a previous article about Enigma, Germany's WWII-era encryption system.