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OSS used in fight for human rights

In recognition of Human Rights Day, we searched the net to find some examples of open source software being used to preserve human rights and fight against abuse. We describe a few of the applications that we came across, as well as the organisations that use them.

Firefox Live, BoothCD, LiveKiosk Review Roundup

The mission for today’s article is to find a Kiosk Live option that will fit the needs of a small bookstore that wishes to provide a free-to-use PC for their customers. My options that are currently available for this test include Portable Firefox Live, BoothCD and LiveKiosk (Free Edition).

Winning Against Linux the Smart Way

Microsoft's latest attempt at making friends has backfired again. They've published a new site that claims to give people a headsup on "what Linux users are like" so they can be spotted and dealt with. Quite what the people at Novell are to make of this is another matter.

IT group to fight sexism

The launch of a forum for Australian women in open source coincides with a debate about discrimination in the industry, writes Sarah Stokely. Women working in open source IT suffer "overt hostility", according to new national group AussieChix. Founder Mary Gardiner says the group aims to encourage participation and combat discrimination with an online forum for "social and technical interaction". An amalgamation of several state-based LinuxChix groups, AussieChix was launched on March 8, International Women's Day, and arrives at a time when the open source industry is dogged by gender issues.

Novell to focus on stability: CEO

SALT LAKE CITY -- For the last couple of years, Novell has been a whirlwind of change. From its change from its own Netware platform to its all-encompassing embrace of Linux and open source technology, and from Microsoft's main network operating system competitor to a close, if controversial, partner of the software titan. But now, CEO Ron Hovsepian has one more change in mind -- less change.

Dell tests consumer preferences on Linux

Dell Inc. launched an online survey last week that it hopes will help determine what versions of the open-source Linux operating system it eventually might include in its desktop and notebook computers.

[Sander: The FUD stinks high in this article. Tread carefully!]

Mixing Politics and Linux: So Uncool

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Mar 20, 2007 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Linux has developed quite a reputation since its creation. While the world was using Windows and a select few were using the Mac OS, this new operating system comes into the picture in a sly take it or leave it fashion. It wasn’t for everyone, and the technical competence that was required to even accomplish the most basic tasks proved to be too much for anyone that had a life away from the computer.

News: Novell Rolls Out SUSE Linux Slate, Strategy, Against Skepticism By Some

At its annual BrainShare users conference today, Novell rolled out a slate of new SuSE Linux products and talked up a new, two-fold corporate strategy devised in the wake of its controversial pact with Microsoft--but not without skepticism, and even vehement opposition, among some who traveled to Salt Lake City this week.

Novell preps SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 SP1

Novell will soon release a major upgrade to its SUSE Enterprise Linux 10 line. The enhancements, announced at the company's annual "BrainShare" tradeshow, will be rolled out in the form of the operating system's first service pack: SP1.

Ian Murdock: Debian "missing a big opportunity"

Ian Murdock founded Debian GNU/Linux nearly fifteen years ago, and today it provides the foundations for many well-known distros such as Ubuntu and Knoppix. LinuxFormat caught up with Ian, who currently chairs the Linux Standards base, and asked him about Debian politics, leadership and the rise of Ubuntu...

Good-bye NetWare, Hello OES 2

Government agencies are no strangers to open source, according to an piece published today. At first blush, we imagined part of the attraction lies in cost savings, just like it does for many businesses investigating open source; however, points out we’re wrong.

Big Vendors Lend Credibility to Open Source

Government agencies are no strangers to open source, according to an piece published today. At first blush, we imagined part of the attraction lies in cost savings, just like it does for many businesses investigating open source; however, points out we’re wrong.

Open source Linux opens up the OS market

The availability of open source Linux operatings systems and software is putting pressure on suppliers of branded commercial embedded Linux products to differentiate their offerings from what is available royalty-free, according to market researcher Venture Development Corporation (VDC).

Intel IOPs gain better Debian Linux support

As Debian moves inexorably (glacially?) toward "Etch," its next release, ARM support keeps improving. Debian hacker Martin Michlmayr reports that Release Candidate 2 of the Etch installer, available now, adds support for Intel's ARM-based XScale I/O processors (IOPs), and for several IOP-based devices.

Command-Line PHP? Yes, You CAN!

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 20, 2007 1:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Give PHP a chance on the command-line interface, and you may find that it has become your new favorite shell-scripting tool. Learn how to debug PHP code from the command line and examine the strengths of PHP as a shell scripting language unto itself. Worst-case scenario: It can save you some Web server migraines.

OLPC comes up with stable Linux build

The One Laptop Per Child program reported today that after 303 builds, it finally has a satisfactory version of its Red Hat Linux-based Sugar operating system that is considered stable, according to OLPC president for software and content Walter Bender. "After a final few bugs that had hidden in corners were driven into the light, we issued Stable Build 303 along with Q2B76 firmware this week," Bender said in his weekly email report.

Free Software Helps Hospitals Prepare for Mass Casualties

  • Johns Hopkins Gazette; By Gary Stephenson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 19, 2007 11:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Johns Hopkins emergency medicine specialists have developed a tool to help hospitals prepare for disasters with the potential to overwhelm services. The Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment & Planning Scenarios computer program calculates the impact of such crises as a flu epidemic, bioterrorist attack, flood or plane crash, accounting for such elements as numbers of victims, wind direction, available medical resources, bacterial incubation periods and bomb size.

GNOME 2.18 adds personal security, 3D chess, more

With all the bugfixes how history, the GNOME project team last week released v2.18 of its popular desktop environment. For the first time, GNOME ships with a bundle of online games, chess with a 3D look, and Sudoku crossword puzzles.

Firefox Security Goes Head-To-Head With Microsoft's IE7

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser may have the lion's share of the general market, but when it comes to security types, Mozilla's Firefox open source browser is an even contender, according to a security survey released Monday.

The Fedora Desktop User Guide needs some editing

Aimed at new users, the Fedora Project's Fedora Desktop User Guide (FDUG) attempts to address some worthwhile questions: What does its audience want to do? What does the audience need to know to accomplish those tasks? What explanations and layout will help them absorb the information they need as easily and as quickly as possible? FDUG does a reasonable job of anticipating audience need, covering topics from logging in and basic desktop features to descriptions of setting up mail and managing photos and sharing directories. However, its presentation of information fails to answer the other questions implicit in technical writing, and suffers in both text and design from a lack of consistency.

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