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2X releases new version of free PXES Linux thin client: 2X ...

New generation PXES converts PCs to thin clients, centrally manages connection settings and runs Windows applications seamlessly

Extending the documentation toolkit

  • Free Software Magazine; By Martin Brown (Posted by grouch on Jul 7, 2006 8:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, MySQL
I noticed this piece from Johan Andersson on Writing NDBAPI programs—connecting to MySQL Cluster last week, which shows you how to use the NDBAPI—the programming interface to the MySQL Cluster system.

Open-Xchange Publishes First in a Series of Position Papers

A review of forces changing the world of collaborative software

SCO fails to mention IBM ruling to Red Hat Judge

Anti Linux bad boy SCO seems to be a bit embarrassed about having most of its case against IBM chucked out.

Each 90 days the outfit has to pen a letter to the Judge in charge of a similar case against Red Hat and the latest edition almost fails to mention the fact.

[References and links to Groklaw for the letter itself. -- grouch]

This week at LWN: The eSpeak Speech Synthesizer

Your author has been interested in computer speech synthesis since the late 1970s, when he interfaced a Votrax SC-01A speech synthesizer chip to his Imsai 8080 computer with some wire-wrap wire. News of the recently created eSpeak project naturally piqued his long-time interest in speech synthesis.

eSpeak is a compact phoneme-based speech synthesis system that is available under version 2 of the Gnu General Public license.

Sizing up Oracle's open source tactics

  •; By Mark Brunelli (Posted by grouch on Jul 7, 2006 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Oracle
Oracle's recent maneuvers in the open source software market are all about the upsell, according to one IT industry analyst.

Netcore bets on Linux

  • Express Computers; By Vinita Gupta (Posted by grouch on Jul 7, 2006 6:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Netcore plans to widen its client base through partnerships and by creating awareness about its Linux-based products.
Netcore’s reasons for using Linux-based solutions are its open, secure, reliable and stable standards-based nature.

Installing Ubuntu ( training videos)

In our first set of training videos we showed you how to download Ubuntu GNU/Linux and run it from a CD without installing it. Today, in two short videos, we install Ubuntu on our hard drive.

About the videos: They're in AVI format, encoded with the free XviD codec, compatible with media players available for almost all popular desktop PC operating systems. If -- and this is unlikely -- your computer does not have the XviD codec installed, you can get it here or through your favorite free operating system's software repository. Windows and Mac users can find easy-to-install XviD binaries here.

A great operating system is about details

A couple of weeks ago I found time to install Dapper Drake, the latest Ubuntu Linux release. In the same week my wife bought a brand new MacBook. The inevitable comparison got me thinking about what makes an otherwise good operating system great.

CEO Interview: Havaard Nord, co-CEO of Trolltech

This interview with Trolltech Co-CEO Haavard Nord took place the day after Trolltech's IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Nord candidly describes Trolltech's products, markets, and plans, which include broading its phone software platform through one or more acquisitions. Enjoy . . . !

Building a free software community in a PC Garage

Four Debian enthusiasts in New York City got together in 2003 and created the Community Free Software Group (CFSG), a non-profit entity to promote the use of free software in the local community. Since the group's inception, CFSG members have been busy helping young people in city neighborhoods learn how to install and run Debian Linux on hardware donated by area businesses and individuals.

Microsoft Comes Out of the Closet on ODF Plugin Project

Microsoft's announcement on plugins sounds like new news - but in fact this project has been ongoing for nine months, as Ray Ozzie let slip last October. Why announce it now?

REAL Software Ships REALbasic 2006 Release 3 for Linux; Gives Visual Basic Development Teams a Quick Path to Linux

AUSTIN, Texas, USA (July 6, 2006) — REAL Software, Inc., provider of REALbasic, cross-platform that really works, announced today that REALbasic 2006 Release 3 for Linux is available now. In addition to the over 100 features and fixes that have been added, REALbasic 2006 Release 3 for Linux has been specifically tested and optimized for use with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell.

Virtualization and the Impact of Open Source

What has caused the effective price of virtualization to head toward zero -- and how? In contrast to many who seem to feel that open source and proprietary software operate in two parallel but separate universes — that open source is used by people who can’t afford ‘real’ software, while proprietary commercial software is for organizations that need reliability, scalability, and all the other ‘abilities’ — I believe that open source is already challenging the proprietary software world.

MS: OK. OK, we'll set up an "OS" project to build an ODF killer. Er, we mean translator.

Now that others have built a translator for ODF/Open XML interoperability after the Commonwealth of Massachusetts put out a call for one, Microsoft announces it would like to sponsor an "Open Source" project to build one of its own. What need is this filling? I'd say Microsoft's need to stay in the game. Can there be any other reason to duplicate work that has already been done?

Large investments into WiMAX

No; WiMAX is not dead. For those of you who don’t know: it’s the new IEEE-802.16 standard, and now Intel, Motorola, and others are investing really big money into it.

Microsoft Bows to Pressure to Interoperate with ODF

The company is setting up an open-source project to create a series of tools that translate between the OpenXML and OpenDocument formats.

Who's Afraid of the FBI? Certainly Not Hackers.

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jul 7, 2006 12:10 AM EDT)
Since a contractor used an FBI agent's password and ancient off-the-web utilities to repeatedly crack the Bureau's network, people are starting to ask questions. Problem is, they're the wrong questions. After blowing $581 million on its failed Trilogy IT boondoggle, the FBI re-badged it, then re-sold it to Congress for another $500 million. Unfortunately, the Inspector General's report shows that the "lack of people who know what they're doing" persists. Does J. Edgar Hoover's old team have the minimal competence required to protect itself in the Internet age?

Let's Get Ron Gilbert on Our Side

  • Free Software Magazine; By Matt Barton (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Ron Gilbert can’t find any support for his new game project. Who’s to blame? Well, Gilbert cites unimaginative publishers who are too short-sighted to appreciate his concept. Perhaps it’s time that Gilbert considered the alternative to proprietary game development. Perhaps it’s time we offered him this alternative.

Sun assessing open source 'stacks'

Solaris and PostgreSQL love in

An integrated suite of open source middleware stacks featuring Solaris and PostgreSQL, potentially offered to developers as a service, are on Sun Microsystems' radar.

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