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Open Source & The Fallacy Of Composition

Recently I posted about the Fallacy Of Composition (which says that an advantage shared by everyone is not an advantage) and how it applies digital music: If everyone can make and distribute music cheaply, the price they can charge goes down and they all make less money. It should apply to open source as well. Is there an escape route?

[Ed: Just 10 years ago, I predicted that there would be fewer big enterprises and more "mom & pop" shops. In some ways, that seems to be playing out today, especially in the libre software community. Mind you, I see a return to the Middle Ages, not a whole new way of doing business. - dcparris]

Open-source player Alfresco receives $8M in VC backing

  • Computerworld Australia; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Feb 8, 2006 6:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Alfresco Software has closed US$8 million in Series B venture capital (VC) funding, the open-source ECM (enterprise content management) software startup announced Wednesday.

Google's Next Billion

Russell Shaw has some great analysis on what Google could be up to. It seems logical based on his analysis that we will soon see Google competing with Microsoft Office. It would further seem that this software could indeed be free meaning Microsoft’s cash cow is in jeopardy of being slaughtered.

Hacking dictionaries

  • NewsForge; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on Feb 8, 2006 3:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Like many features in free and open source software,'s spellcheck, hyphenation, and thesaurus dictionaries are based on code from earlier projects. You can learn the basics about them from the Lingucomponent Project, but detailed information is difficult to find. Thanks to an email message from a reader and a discussion on the mailing lists, I realized that no one had prepared instructions on how to edit the dictionaries. I began to investigate, using nothing but a file editor and persistence. The investigation was a mixed success, but I did learn enough to make some basic hacks and to note where more advanced methods were needed.

Darwine Progress Report (and some binaries)

  • Open Source Toolbox; By Uri Sharf (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 8, 2006 3:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
WINE is available for Linux and *BSD and makes it possible to run Windows applications unchanged. It is now possible to run some applications on Intel based Mac OS X . The code is available in WINE's CVS repository and a unofficial binary is available from here.

Must Linux buy its way onto the desktop?

As you may know, Google is close to making a deal with Dell in which the search giant will get to preinstall its software package on Dell PCs. What you may not know is that Google may be spending a billion dollars over three years for the privilege.

Sheepshaver runs Mac OS Classic apps on Intel-based Macs

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).

Richard Stallman casts aspersions using Mace of Dissing +5

  • Ars Technica; By Ken "Caesar" Fisher (Posted by dcparris on Feb 8, 2006 1:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Ken Fisher writes: "Stallman recently decided to do an e-mail interview with, 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."

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  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by tadelste on Feb 8, 2006 12:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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Review: The Open Source Portfolio Initiative

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.

Uspto Holds Open Source Software Community Meeting

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.

Sidebar Plugin for Firefox Mimics Opera

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.

Sun's next goal: A Linux ecosystem

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.

Emergency response team picks open source telephony

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dcparris on Feb 8, 2006 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Asterisk got the nod over a traditional PBX system because of its lower cost and richer features

Sick of Firefox's Memory Leaks? Help Fix it!

  •; By Jesse Riderman (Posted by tadelste on Feb 8, 2006 8:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Free software liberates Venezuela

The free software revolution comes to Venezuela

Google: Gmail Chat Users Should Disable Firefox AdBlock

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."

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 122:
We talk to Judd Vinet, founder of Arch Linux
Finding jems at computer shows
Pat talks about CUPS and setting up a network printer
Dan is in Las Vegas
Linc gives us an update on his new old Mac
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

California to Hold Hearing on FOSS in Election Systems

  • Government Technology (Posted by bstadil on Feb 8, 2006 7:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Test drive: D-Link DWL-922 Wireless G Network Starter Kit

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.

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