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Hail the Konqueror

Many KDE users tend to take the Konqueror Web browser for granted, but that's a mistake. Konqueror may not be able to replace Firefox as a Web browser for every site, but it does a lot more than just simple browsing.

[Konqueror alone replaced several of the programs I used when I ran Windows. - Scott]

'Open source firmly on education agenda'

In an interview with Tectonic, Canonical's newly-appointed education programme manager, Richard Weideman, says the makers of Ubuntu are focusing on the education space to expose the next generation to the benefits of open source and "freedom of choice". He argues that open source is no longer "a fringe element but a cornerstone" of today's education agenda.

Newly Released Planetarium System Runs Stellarium, Open Source ...

Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. announced the Digitarium Alpha 2 portable digital planetarium system. The Digitarium Alpha 2 system combines a digital fisheye projector with a computer control unit. Integrated planetarium and media display software is easily controlled with an innovative backlit remote control.

Developers voting for Eclipse RCP

An open source, cross-platform desktop architecture from Eclipse is enjoying a surge of interest among developers according to an Evans Data Corp poll. The Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) is being used by 22 per cent of Eclipse developers for building software to port between Windows, Linux and Mac OS X desktops.

Wind River claims embedded Linux dominance

Embedded software powerhouse Wind River on Aug. 31 reported strong preliminary Q2 results, highlighted by growing Linux-based platform "dominance." However, an ongoing, voluntary audit of the company's stock option program, as well as "erratic" historical performance, has investment magazine Motley Fool advising a "hands-off" approach to the stock, for now.

Under the Hood with IPv6

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 6, 2006 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
We're going to spend some time teaching you a number of incredibly wonderful things about IPv6, such as:
Why network admins need to get their duffs up and implement it
Nice bullet points for persuading PHBs
How to actually use it

Inside the VSIPL++ API

  • Dr. Dobb's Journal; By Mark Mitchell (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 6, 2006 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VSIPL++ is a C++ API specification for high-performance signal- and image-processing applications. You can use VSIPL++ for radar applications, software-defined radios, or similar systems. VSIPL++ programs perform operations (such as signal-processing or linear algebra operations) on vectors, matrices, and tensors.

Linux prominent at Smartphone Summit

An annual technical and business conference devoted to smartphones of all stripes, including Linux smartphones, is set for Sept. 11, in Los Angeles. This year's Smartphone Summit is co-located with the CTIA Wireless Show, Sept. 12-14, but requires separate registration.

More open source moves by Sun: this time it's identity management

In July 2005 news first emerged of Sun Microsystems' first foray into open source identity management with the Open Web Single Sign-On (OpenSSO) project. Now, more than a year later, the project has been formally launched. Sun has kept to its word with OpenSSO and is releasing source code for the significant chunks of its Java System Access Manager required for web-based single sign-on, including session management, policy and federation as well as administration capabilities.

Rich Client Platform a hit with Eclipse developers

A recent survey by analysts Evans Data confirms a significant increase in the adoption of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform by Eclipse users. Approximately 22% of the survey respondents indicated they were building rich client applications based on RCP, an increase of 130% over 2005.

The Attitude Problem With Microsoft

  • CoolTechZone.com; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Sep 6, 2006 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Lately, I’ve been noticing a discouraging trend from Microsoft, the company’s disrespectful attitude towards its customers, which quite frankly is pitiful.

Improving server management with Minicom and conserver

With all of the redundancy in today's servers, its easy to think that you will never need serial port access to your shiny new server. But what do you do when you're at home and your server is at the data center, and your trusty friend SSH fails you? Go back to where remote access started -- a console server.

Open Source Robotics Toolkits

Robot simulators can greatly simplify the job of building physical robots. Through simulators, you can test ideas and strategies before putting them into hardware. Luckily, the Linux and open source communities have several options that save you time and money, and can even support direct linkage to hardware platforms. This article introduces you to some of the open source robotics toolkits for Linux, demonstrates their capabilities, and helps you decide which is best for you.

Pointsec Unveils New Version Of Encryption Software For Linux

Pointsec has announced the latest version of its endpoint encryption software for Linux desktops and laptops, Pointsec for Linux 2.0.

j-Interop: DCOM Access from Linux

  • j-interop.sourceforge.net; By Vikram Roopchand (Posted by vikramrc on Sep 6, 2006 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
j-Interop implements DCOM wire protocol (MSRPC) to enable development of Pure Bi-Directional, Non-Native Java applications which can interoperate with any COM component.The implementation itself is purely in Java and does not use JNI to provide native access,thus being truly platform independent. It has full support for COM automation and supports callback from COM Servers (event handling).

The Future of Virtualization On Linux

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 6, 2006 4:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
When I first started writing about this, my goal was to do a review on Win4Lin and offer my findings to you. As luck would have it, Win4Lin and the latest version of the Ubuntu kernel had other ideas in mind. To say that it left a bad taste in my mouth would be an understatement, I think.

Tinker for Freedom

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 6, 2006 3:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
An essential freedom is the freedom to tinker. We need tinkers: those incurably nosy natural-born lab rats who take things apart to figure out how they work, and how to repair them or morph them into other things. Anyone can be a tinkerer. Of course some people have more tinkering aptitude than others, but I think it's downright pitiful when a couple of button pushes or swiping a credit card exhausts a person's manual skills, and they don't understand the basic concepts behind devices they use every day. You'll never hear a tinker wail helplessly "but I want it to just work!" tinkers make things work, often better than they originally did.

Canadian Feds put open source into active service

Called Intellectual Resources Canada (IRCan), the project is being led by the CIO Branch of the Treasury Board Secretariat but has its origins in Public Works and Government Services. The departments are setting up a repository of sorts based on GForge, an open source collaboration and code management tool which grew out of the original Sourceforge.net system created by VA Linux.

Ohio LinuxFest 2006 looms

The Ohio LinuxFest 2006, set for Sept. 30 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, will feature a total of 19 presentations by noted speakers such as Jon 'maddog' Hall, Jeff Waugh, Chris DiBona, Jay Pipes, Michael Johnson, and Jorge Castro -- as well as a guest appearance by live penguins!

Review: Search the Web, vi Style

The mouse isn't the be-all end-all of the PC-to-human interface system. Before the mouse there was the keyboard, which is perfectly fine to use while searching the vast Internet--once you try a new search engine called visearch. Rob Reilly types away at the engine and interviews its creators within.

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