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SheepShaver is an open source PowerPC MacOS run-time environment. That is, it enables you to run PowerPC Classic MacOS software on your computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a PowerMacintosh ROM image to use this program. SheepShaver is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Ken Fisher writes: "Stallman recently decided to do an e-mail interview with LinuxP2P.com, touching on P2P, DRM, the GPL, Creative Commons, and a handful of other topics primarily relating to the world of intellectual property. The interview touches on a number of topics that I won't repeat here, but I do want to just briefly comment on one trend that I see solidifying in discussions of intellectual property law that is coincidentally represented by Stallman's comments."
...making Linux just a little more fun!
The free software movement was inspired by the ideals of academic research, and in the last few years it has given some of the fruits of that inspiration back to academia. One of the largest open source projects in academia is the Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSP) -- a specialized content management system, comparable to WebCT. Its functions are to assist universities in administering Web servers, teachers in preparing online course components, and both teachers and students in designing and using portfolios, which are academically oriented personal Web pages. Despite some flaws, the project fulfills its functions well.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced in a press release that the Office’s representatives will hold a meeting on February 16, 2006 focusing on open source software.
Maybe it points to a too-orderly nature, but I don't like Firefox's habit of opening small new windows for downloads, extensions and the like. So when the Download Manager Tweak add-on stopped working with the latest Firefox upgrade I went searching for another that would at least put the download manager back in a sidebar.
A top exec says Sun is "dead serious" about an open-source push for its Sparc chips. Critics say it's trying to save an endangered species.
Asterisk got the nod over a traditional PBX system because of its lower cost and richer features
David Baron recently wrote a tool that testers can use to help reduce memory leaks in Firefox. With this tool, you can find out what leaks you encounter during your normal browsing patterns and report useful bugs when you encounter leaks.
The free software revolution comes to Venezuela
Google Inc. is advising users of Gmail Chat to disable the Firefox browser plug-in AdBlock when using the new instant messaging feature embedded within the search engine's Web mail service.
In a response to a support question, the Mountain View, Calif., company said AdBlock, which is used to block advertising on Web pages, "often interferes with Gmail's chat features, causing Firefox to crash."
Senator Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach, Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment & Constitutional Amendments Committee today announced a hearing by the committee to look at how private companies, as well as state and federal agencies, have begun using "open source software" and where it can or should be used in California's electoral system.
The $80 D-Link DWL-922 Wireless G Network Starter Kit includes everything you need to get started using wireless Ethernet in your home. It works with Linux clients, but it has some problem areas that Linux users need to be aware of before making a purchasing decision.
Louis Gutierrez took over Peter Quinn's old job as Massachusetts State CIO yesterday. He also got a major vote of confidence from Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Don Tennant, who says that, " If anyone can calm things down and get Massachusetts' IT priorities back on track, it's Gutierrez."
In 2003, the Meraka Institute's Digital Doorway project switched to free open source software to power its educational computer kiosks throughout South Africa. Lunga Madlala caught up with project leader, Ronel Smith, to ask how the project is progressing.
At the two-year mark, Dave revisits some of the core Linux audio applications to see what's new.
Xgl -- X over OpenGL -- is a rendering technology for Linux that takes advantage of current 3D rendering hardware. Apple's Mac OS X operating system already offers such capabilities. The initial special effects Novell is demonstrating for SuSE Linux are somewhat reminiscent of what the Apple operating system can already do in terms of offering transparent windows and windows animation.
Server virtualization and cost reduction are Red Hat customers' top wants today, says Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens. His team plans to deliver both by delivering commoditized virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 (RHEL5), the company's upcoming new Linux distribution release.
What close-to-release technologies does Red Hat have in the works?
Brian Stevens: We're in the middle of our development cycle for our next major release. When you build a major release, you have the opportunity to write to do more compelling technology solutions.
Just in time for the X.Org Developer's Conference (XDevConf) in Santa Clara, Calif., Novell is releasing improvements to the Xgl framework and the Compiz compositing manager to the X.org project.
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