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Arm joins Eclipse open-source software community

ARM has joined the Eclipse Foundation, an industry group which promotes the use of open-source software for embedded system development.

Giving money back to LPI achievers

The Geek Freedom League is making good on its promise to refund Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam fees to 50 geeks who have successfully completed a Level 1 certification.

Kubuntu not quite right for a Tablet PC

Linux is known for running well (or at least running) on older hardware and exotic platforms. I attempted to install Kubuntu Dapper Drake (6.10) on a Compaq TC1000 Tablet PC. I discovered that while Linux may install on nearly every platform, and run faster than its proprietary competition, it may not always be the best-fitting choice for every environment.

IBM gets start-ups hooked early

IBM is reaching out to venture capitalists by offering technology and go-to-market help for software start-ups they back. According to IBM, use of its software, servers and consulting from staff in 30 Innovation Centers worldwide will help young companies get to market quickly and reduce development costs of advanced and emerging technologies in Web 2.0, software as a service (SaaS), security, virtualization and wireless. All services will be provided free of charge.

A practical guide to JAXB 2.0

JSR222 specifies the Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.0. JAXB 2.0 specification is implemented in Java Web Services Developer Pack (JWSDP) 2.0. JAXB 2.0 has some new features that facilitate the marshalling and unmarshalling of an XML document. I have used both JAXB 1.0 and JAXB 2.0 and have found that JAXB 2.0 generates less code and has some additional features.

Recall proposal puts Debian leader in dunc-tank

Debian Project Leader (DPL) Anthony Towns may face a recall vote over his involvement with Dunc-Tank, a non-official group that proposes to collect donations to pay Debian release managers to ensure that Debian etch is in early December as scheduled.

[Let's hope this matter is resolved to the benefit of the Debian community and their users. - dcparris]

Python slithers to 'significant' release

Five-year milestoneThe open source community this week hailed the most significant update to Python in five years.

C++ Futures: Lambda Functions

Like the Lambada, only differentColumn The use of "lambda" originates from functional programming and lambda calculus, where a lambda abstraction defines an unnamed function. Lambda functions or Lambdas in C++ are one of the more interesting things to look forward to in the next C++ standard; giving us the ability to treat functions as first class objects at last; composing them inline and treating them as class objects. Up until now we've scraped by with pointers to functions, and various libraries like Boost Lambda, both of which approaches suck.

Caterpillars And Butterflies: Movements Debate Meaning Of ‘Free’ Culture

  • Intellectual Property Watch; By Monika Ermert (Posted by dcparris on Sep 22, 2006 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
BERLIN - A debate is ongoing between “open source” (OS) software developers and devotees to Creative Commons licenses over the right way to promote free culture. Creative Commons licenses, under which some rights are reserved, are too restrictive for some in the OS community.

[Well, I have to say, I am puzzled by Lessig's viewpoint. I don't know who killed objectivity, but freedom is freedom. There are even degrees of freedom. However, if we say that different communities can define freedom for themselves, then we may as well say that the Chinese have defined freedom for themselves, and are thus a free people. It won't make them any more free, but then that's not our definition of freedom. Likewise, Microsoft has attempted to redefine "open" - it isn't the same as ours. I don't think I care for all this Postmodern thinking. - dcparris]

LXer To Launch New Look Sunday Night

LXer Announcement: 22-Sep-2006

For the past couple of months, LXer has been beta testing a new look aimed at improving the site's appearance and usability. The time has come to launch.

Optimizing open-source signal processing software

  • CommsDesign; By David Katz, Tomasz Lukasiak, and Rick Gentile (Posted by dcparris on Sep 22, 2006 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Open-source algorithms hold many advantages, but they present optimization challenges. This article show how to succesfully port open-source algorithms to an embedded processor, using Analog Devices' Blackfin as example.

Linux XP Desktop project debuts English version

Linux XP Desktop 2006, a Russian-language Linux distribution that mimics Windows XP, on Sept. 21 introduced its first English-language version. The Russia-based project claims that its distribution provides "extensive" compatibility with Windows XP, including an XP-like theme and icons, plus the ability to run thousands of Windows applications.

[Is this an abuse of libre software licensing? I recommend caution here folks. - dcparris]

Presenting source code text with Eclipse CDT

Discover how the Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT) text editor events works best for you.

Desktop Linux distributions -- from A to Z

There are hundreds of Linux distributions. has published a list of the ones we think are especially interesting for desktop Linux users -- from Arch Linux to Zenwalk -- and we plan to update the list on an ongoing basis.

IBM alphaWorks Takes a Look Back and Moves Forward

As part of its 10th anniversary, IBM’s alphaWorks took a look at how things started and what’s yet to come.

Where are the Linux Workplaces?

  •; By David Heffelfinger (Posted by dcparris on Sep 22, 2006 4:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
When I was in college, lower level CS course assignments were done in DOS PC's networked through Novell Netware. Once a student got to take higher level courses, he/she was given an account into one of the department's SunOS Unix servers. Most students from basic courses suffered from "Unix envy", the Sun boxes were perceived as being much more powerful than the humble PC's. As a I entered the workplace, I brought my college perception that Unix workstations are more powerful than PC's with me.

GNOME plans October Boston summit

The GNOME development will host its sixth Boston Summit Oct. 7-9 at the MIT Media Lab. The Boston Summit is a three-day "hackfest" for GNOME developers and contributors, the team said on its website.

Ati releases Catalyst 6.9 for Win and Linux

ATI HAS JUST released the new Catalyst driver. To our surprise, the new drivers bring in Crossfire support for Intel's latest 965 chipset. ATI claims the Crossfire works in Direct 3D applications but it doesn't work on OpenGL.

[This article might be of use to readers who use ATI's cards. - dcparris]

How Much Abuse Will You Take from Microsoft?

Opinion: Instead of being masochistic, users of Internet Explorer and Windows should try Linux, or at least Firefox. (Linux-Watch)

LPI Exam 102: Linux Documentation

In this tutorial (the fourth in a series of nine tutorials on exam 102 topics), Ian Shields introduces you to Linux documentation. Learn how to use and manage local documentation, find documentation on the Internet, and use automated logon messages to notify users of system events.

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