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Aeronix used Linux to build a $99 instant messenger appliance aimed at keeping kids from tying up the family PC while chatting with friends. Naturally, hackers soon appropriated the device for other duties, such as remotely controlling/monitoring Sony's Aibo robot.
The ripples of anxiety from last month's landmark Supreme Court ruling on peer-to-peer software haven't quite made it to Jonathan Nilson's home in Tallahassee, Fla. Nilson, a programmer who has been working on peer-to-peer software called Shareaza for several years, says the loose band of developers who share responsibility for the open-source project haven't been dissuaded from their work by the court ruling, which is casting a dark legal cloud over the future of companies such as Grokster and LimeWire.
The average computer user is now in quite good shape to develop and publish content. Video is a fun and challenging way to bring ideas to life and expand your skills. Needed hardware is becoming less expensive, and software to make and edit video is becoming more practical and accessible. Linux is no stranger to video, and fortunately for us little folk, its quite easy to get a hold of great Free Software tools. Enter Cinelerra, the "50,000 watt flamethrower" of Linux video.
Go Open Source has released the Go Open television series for free download on the Internet. The series, hosted by John Vlismas and screened on SABC TV, is reported to be the first television show in the world to focus on open source. The broadcasts have been compressed and optimised for download purposes, using the MP4 format.
Personal video recorders free you from the constraints of TV schedules, let you skip advertising, pause live TV, and much more. You can find commercial PVR products, such as Windows Media Centre Edition; dedicated devices, such as TiVo; and open source PVR projects, such as MythTV, which is widely hailed as the best free PVR solution, with features that even commercial competitors lack. MythTV's downside is its complex setup; you need to install a Linux distro, then MythTV, which can be a daunting prospect for non-technical users. In 2003, developers combined MythTV with the Knoppix live CD distribution, which aims at simplifying Linux installations, to create KnoppMyth, a product that's as easy to use as Knoppix, with the power of MythTV.
The Linux provider has added another mail product to its enterprise server offering Linux distributor Red Hat bulked up its open source enterprise server offering on Thursday by adding support for another open source mail product. Open source collaboration toolset Open-Xchange Server 5, which until now was only available on Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, will now be supported on Red Hat Enterprise Server 4.
JP Mercury's FreeWheeling program is the software equivalent of that loop sampler. Of course, features have been added that are possible only in software, making FreeWheeling a powerful loop-based performance tool. In this month's column, I take a look at the latest version of FreeWheeling and consider its basic capabilities. FreeWheeling has features I haven't explored yet, but even its basic use shows off FreeWheeling's musicality.
ACCORDING TO A NetApplications report, FireFox is stealing away .5%-1% of Internet Explorer users each month.
OSDL is a somewhat vague entity in the minds of many in the Linux community. Beyond employing several top kernel hackers, the company spearheads several initiatives designed to improve the GNU/Linux operating system for use in business and industry. Here's what it's doing, what it's done, and why.
During the first three days of July, 25 Central and Eastern Europeans gathered for a three day conference in Belgrade, Serbia, to discuss localization of free software in the Balkans. Vedran Vucic of the Belgrade Linux Center organized the conference so Europeans could network and discuss future regional localization projects.
Two serious security flaws in a technology widely used for network authentication could expose a swath of software products to hacker attack, experts have warned. The flaws could allow an online intruder to crash or gain access to computers running Kerberos, a freely available authentication technology that was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2002 missive, SCO engineer says internal probe found "no evidence of any copyright infringement whatsoever."
The worldwide market for desktops, servers and packaged software running on Linux, the open source operating platform, is forecast by OSDL to grow from $14 billion this year to $36 billion by 2008, equivalent to an annual compound growth rate of 26 per cent.
In this article, Ibrahim Haddad continues his detailed examination of Carrier Grade Linux, with an overview of CGL distributions, deployments, and some of the challenges ahead.
A consortium dedicated to speeding up Linux take-up worldwide has appointed a director to oversee operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Open Source Development Labs said in a statement that Claude Beullens - who has worked in product engineering, sales and marketing at a number of technology firms including HP - took up the position this week.
Mr Beullens will be based in Luxembourg and drive efforts in Europe to increase confidence in Linux and open-source software.
Linux now leads the pack of operating systems on the Top500 project's list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, the latest of which was released at the International Supercomputer Conference (ISC2005) in Heidelberg, Germany, last month.
BIG BLUE has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.
It's doubly ironic that IBM has rather kindly posted a migration page for existing OS/2 users, so that they can easily move to Linux.
Any large piece of software has its own ways of doing things, and OpenOffice.org is no exception. In fact, because of its history and its design assumption that users are at least as interested in designing documents as in writing them, OpenOffice.org needs more orientation than most. OOo is not difficult to learn, but if you approach it expecting it to behave exactly like another office suite, especially MS Office, you are setting yourself up for frustration.
The company can now sell its open-source collaboration server packaged with Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Servereven to Novell's competitor, Red Hat.
Novell has signed a national agreement with the New Zealand Ministry of Education to provide all state and state-integrated schools with a range of Novell software, including SUSE Linux operating systems.
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