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Portable open source software

A live CD Linux distribution can offer a full-fledged computing environment on a CD or DVD, but if you have access to a Windows-based machine, a removable storage device with Windows portable applications might be a better option. Luckily, using a Windows machine doesn't mean you can't use open source software. Many of the most popular portable applications are, in fact, open source: applications like, Thunderbird, Firefox, and Gaim. Let's take a look at some of the lesser-known and most useful portable applications you can put on your USB flash drive or mobile hard disk.

Canada census developers add Linux support

Statistics Canada has responded to concerned free software users by adding GNU/Linux support to the online census. While other free operating systems remain unsupported and issues about security and policy remain, this response is an important first step in ensuring open access to Canadian government online services.

Gnu Classpath 0.91

RMI activation daemon and persistent naming service tools are now included. Print service discovery, single document print jobs and support for client-formatted print data through CUPS has been added. Support for custom mouse cursors, system clipboard and selection access has been implemented.

32-bit browsing in a 64-bit system

The problem: you've taken the trouble to hand-build your finely tuned 64-bit computer, and you've installed your favorite 64-bit flavor of Linux -- but the cretins who run the World Wide Web are still putting up content viewable only on 32-bit Intel-compatible Web browsers, either designed for their in-house plugins that they supply only as 32-bit binaries, or in compressed media formats for which players are available only as 32-bit binaries. What are your options?

GPL concerns halt Kororaa live CD

The Kororaa Live CD project has been temporarily shut down by questions over the legality of its distribution. The highly popular Live CD included the Xgl features which apply 3-D eye candy to the desktop. It also included binary only versions of Nvidia and ATI drivers, and that is the bug in the ointment.

LiMP 2.2 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 16, 2006 11:27 PM EDT) reports - Linux Multimedia Player is a tiny Linux-based Live distribution that converts your computer into a multimedia player. It supports most of the known formats (MPEG 1 and 2, DivX, WMV, qt-mov, Real, MP3, WAV, WMA, and Ogg, VCD and DVD). It has auto-detection of harddisk (IDE, SATA, or SCSI) and sound, video, and network cards, USB storage device and supports all cards as of kernel 2.6.15. It identifies the filesystems and mounts them in the folder “START”.

OSDir has some nice shots of LiMP in the LiMP 2.2 Screenshot Tour.

Nigerians partner on rugged Solo computer

The challenges for IT in places like Africa, where a number of developing nations reside, are formidable: power grid issues, metered telephony in many cases, and the heat, sand, or storm conditions that make hardware difficult to maintain. One group in Nigeria, the Fantsuam Foundation, is partnering with expLAN Computers, Ltd. of Devon, United Kingdom, to developing a computer that addresses hardware issues. The effort is called the Solo Computer Project.

Database development with Apache Derby

This article -- focusing on the database developer role -- presents the basic data types you can use to store data in an Apache Derby database.

Red Hat | Asia Pacific News | Vol. 10

Debian Weekly News - May 16th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 16, 2006 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian

Free Linux / Windows Oracle Database 10g Express Edition

"Oracle announce new free product for Linux/Windows users":

Mayandar: Personal note - It's possible that Oracle is moving to Free/Open Source?? or It take a chair for GNU/Linux big game? -

DistroWatch Weekly: SUSE 10.1, Kororaa controversy, "least popular" distributions

Welcome to this year's 20th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. With a successful SUSE Linux 10.1 release freshly behind us, the attention of distribution watchers can once again turn to Ubuntu, as the project's final two weeks of "Dapper" development focuses on bug fixes and polish. Has Kororaa broken the GPL by including proprietary kernel modules on their live CD? Nobody knows for sure, but even if it hasn't, the controversy means that the project's developers might stop all work on their Xgl edition.

Sun puts its weight behind Ubuntu Linux

Sun Microsystems plans to offer support for the Ubuntu server Linux distribution on its T1 server line, the company said at the JavaOne industry conference in San Francisco. "We will be aggressively supporting the fork that Ubuntu has been doing," Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the conference.

Nokia, Google Detail Linux Tablet Collaboration

  • eWEEK Linux; By Henry Kingman (Posted by dcparris on May 16, 2006 6:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Nokia says it will offer an upgrade for its 770 Internet tablet that will bring better memory performance, VOIP capabilities and a pre-installed Google Talk client.

Will Maxthon's Windfall Illuminate Microsoft?

After Maxthon gulped down yet another infusion of cash from yet another venture capitalist, observers are wondering what's next for the better-than-IE browsing platform based on Microsoft's rendering engine. Will the cash allow Maxthon to withstand a coming onslaught from the new, improved Internet Explorer 7? Or is the money intended to buy lipstick for an upcoming sale to a well-known suitor?

Fedora Weekly News Issue 46

Reader Beware as ODF Coverage Increases

There have been a number of stories published on-line in recent days that warrant both comment and qualification. That's both good news and bad news.

Sun promises to Open Source Java

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by keithcu on May 16, 2006 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
When Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz repeated Greens' statement on stage, the audience cheered. "The question is not whether we will open-source Java, the question is how," Schwartz reiterated.

Can You Prove Your E-Mail Isn't Spam?

There are some simple steps your company can take to demonstrate that the e-mails you're sending aren't spam. If you're not taking them, many recipients are now ready and willing to filter your messages into the trash.

Screw the Digital-Rights Bugaboo

I have mixed feelings about so-called digital-rights management and its benefits. My concerns don't stem solely from DRM itself, but from the fact that it's not only illegal to crack DRM systems—it's essentially illegal even to think about cracking them. This, of course, stems from the onerous Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It and other laws and structures were pushed into play by lobbyists for the movie and record industries.

[It is hard to believe that I actually agree with Dvorak about something! - SamShazaam]

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