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Linux powers "Ming" smartphone in China

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 18, 2006 11:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola is shipping its Linux-based A1200 smartphone to distributors in China, where the phone will be sold under a "Ming" model-name, according to a hardware blog at TheRegister. Ming means "bright, clear, open and clear-sighted," TheRegister reports, reflecting the phone's translucent cover and open-source operating system.

BEA Systems Partners with Cantata Technology to Advance Converged IMS Service Creation

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 18, 2006 11:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
BEA WebLogic SIP Server Coupled with Cantata SnowShore IP Media Server Designed to Help Communication Service Providers Deliver Next-Generation Services for Fixed and Mobile Networks; BEA and Cantata to Perform Innovative Demo at Spring VON 2006

Red Hat To Promote Open Source In Education

Red Hat has announced their partnership with the Lotus Learning Systems Society to promote open source in education in schools. The Hyderabad based Lotus Learning Systems Society, an organisation established to provide world- class professional teacher development and establishing and operating educational institutions, will deploy Red Hat's open source programs in Lotus National Schools

[ED: Nice, but improvements in U.S. would be appreciated too. - HC]

Debian-Edu/Skolelinux 2.0 heads for schools

Following more than 21 months of development, Skolelinux Friday released a major new version, Debian-Edu/Skolelinux v2.0, designed specifically for use in the classroom. Skolelinux, which uses the 2.6 kernel and KDE desktop as defaults, is installed in hundreds of schools in Norway, Germany, and other countries, the project said.

FOSS community, disabled users must learn to communicate

Accessibility is an increasingly important issue for free and open source software (FOSS) developers and advocates. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed standards for ensuring that software is accessible to people with disabilities. Governments around the world often require that software procured for public use must meet or exceed accessibility standards. Disabled users and the FOSS community, however, still have a serious communication problem.

Does Novell still have mind share?

Does a reinvented Novell matter anymore? As the company prepares to trumpet its focus on serving the open enterprise at its annual BrainShare conference this week, industry observers remain mixed on whether the former networking powerhouse has a relevant place in today's corporate software market.

Minutes of the mozilla.org Staff Meeting of Monday 13th March 2006

2006-03-13 - Summary of mozilla.org staff meeting

- Various discussions in mozilla.dev.general about openness

*1.0.8 and 1.7.13* ... *Firefox 1.5.0.2* ... *Firefox 1.5.0.3* ... *Firefox 2* ... etc

People doing the hard, many times dull stuff - anyone out there want to help?

The future of Eclipse Communication Framework

This article gives gives you a quick glimpse into ECF and an example that demonstrated one of the many capabilities the framework provides, and its future direction.

Comment of the Day -February 8, 2006 - OpenMFG isn't Open Source

jkouyoumjianwrites: "Perhaps "OpenMFG" uses some open source software to run its application, but the application itself is not open source". Relates to:
Openmfg Launches Hybrid Open Source ERP Suite

Parallel Worlds: Open Source and Open Access

The parallels between open access – a movement to make research freely available online, rather than hidden in expensive journals - and open source are striking. For both, the ultimate wellspring is the Internet, and the new economics of sharing that it enabled.

A Cold Review of weblogs.com Creator's Latest Legal Battle

The programmer who did the hard work of porting weblogs.com from the Frontier environment to LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) just got a love letter... from his client, Dave Winer's, lawyer.

Free Culture



Daniel writes in a comment to Parallel Worlds: Open Source and Open Access about the FOSS movement. Characteristically, his articulation of the subject demonstrates a deep understanding many of wish we had.

Cheapening Linux

Whoever thought up the myth that more open source software made sense, didn't consider with what editors would have to content. Perhaps open source software lacks goodness. You could make an argument that many people have abused the term.

Dow Jones Indexes Selects IBM to Power Indexes and Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • WebWire; By No author listed (Posted by grouch on Mar 18, 2006 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: IBM
The system is designed to scale with both UNIX and Linux enterprise applications on demand. Dow Jones Electronic Publishing and an extensive IBM team worked closely to enhance Dow Jones application performance.

[Emphasis added.]

[ED: If you get kicks from finance and implicit Linux recognizition by the fat cats, then this is a must read. What's happening to the WSJ? Falling behind? - HC]

Business profile: Becoming a billionaire? That's not on my list...

Craigslist chief executive, Jim Buckmaster, aims to offer a public service, not add zeros to his bank balance

Craigslist only charges in three cities - asking for fees from companies placing recruitment adverts on its San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York sites. Is this business model sustainable? Buckmaster thinks so. Costs are kept low by using open source software such as Linux, which means there are no licensing costs to pay. The company doesn't want to employ many more staff.

Opinion: Top 10 reasons Linux pwns your OS

You've probably heard the talk and seen the articles from Linux enthusiasts on how virtually any Linux distro can run rings around Windows. To help clarify things, Scott M. Morris, the editor of Novell's CoolSolutions website, has complied all the key reasons in one handy, bookmarkable article.

Ps3 to ship with Linux, Sony confirms

Yes PS3 is delayed, but did you know: "Kutaragi additionally confirmed that the gaming console will ship with an upgradable 60GB hard drive pre-installed with Linux ..."? Moreover, should the PS3 once again out sell the X-box, this will be a visible trashing of Windows by Linux.

[ED: Hey Bomber, shift your troops to defend the silly flank -(I wonder what that means, terrorists or extraneous chatter caught by your N.S.A. at work?) - HC]

Troubled vendor targets SAP customers with Linux servers

Financially strapped Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) is targetting SAP customers planning to migrate off mainframe platforms with Linux-based servers.

[ED: Is there a more troubled vendor than SAP? Oh, it's a SAP site. Now I understand. - HC]

How To Avoid A Key Pitfall Of Voice and Data Convergence

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Mar 18, 2006 12:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Telephone reps love the new systems that combine computers with telephones. ISPs are hard at work convincing customers to disconnect their Old World telephone lines in favor of sophisticated combinations of voice and data. Phone companies are pushing their phone experience as proof that they're equally capable at protecting your data. And above all, everybody has the perfect bundle for *you.* No matter which pitch you swallow, Email Battles shows you the one line in the sand that you must not cross.

[ED: The skinny: keep the land line for now. My VoIP many times has better sound quality, but it is not uncommon to see daily network failures. Last big one was over 12 hours. - HC]

The Economist loses its marbles

The article in The Economist, Open, but not as usual, contains misrepresentations that appear to be designed to disparage open source and promote closed source.

[ED: Front page news, straight from my favorite Grouch - HC]

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