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HP Appoints New VP for Open Source, Linux

Longtime HP employee Christine Martino brings a more business and operational focus to the role than did her predecessor.

Performance Technologies' NexusWare(TM) Linux-Based Software Suite Named Product of the Year by INTERNET TELEPHONY(R) Magazine

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Performance Technologies (Nasdaq: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software, today announced the company's NexusWare(TM) Linux-based software suite was named Product of the Year for 2005 by INTERNET TELEPHONY(R) magazine.

A big step for Linux in China

  • BusinessWeek; By Steve Hamm (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 1:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
China has long been seen as a fertile ground for Linux and other open source software. In a country where more than 90% of software in use is pirated, it seems like a natural fit. Chinese entrepreneurs can use open source as a foundation for a new generation of home grown applications and services. Yet the proliferation of Chinese Linux distributions was a worry. If they weren't compatible with each other, the opportunity could be lost to create a rich open source ecosystem.

Well, that worry seems to have been resolved. On Jan. 13 in Beijing (still the 12th in NYC, where I am), the government and the Free Standards Group--an open-source outfit from San Francisco--announced an initiative to get all Chinese Linux distributions to comply with the Linux Standards Base. That's a core set of common elements that assures that a Linux application will run on multiple versions of Linux.

Review: Grafpup Linux live CD for graphic designers

What would you get if you were to combine good graphic programs such as the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), Inkscape, and CinePaint with other open source biggies such as Scribus and Nvu? The answer: Grafpup Linux, a live CD heaven for all graphic designers.

Linux Advisory Watch - January 13, 2006

This week, perhaps the most interesting articles include hylafax, hal, poppler, pdftohtml, libpaperl, xpdf, gpdf, and apache2. The distributors include Gentoo and Mandriva.

eThekwini municipality builds on open source

Best know for its beaches and tourists Durban has been quietly building its Internet and Intranet services using open source tools including Plone and Zope. Now that the project is done developers and managers say it was a challenging task but one well worth the effort.

Us patents get open source friendly

The US Patent Office is working with open source developers to improve the way patents are applied to software. The US Patent Office is working with open source developers to improve the way patents are applied to software, reports The Register.

Firefox Extension Draws Code Chart

This Firefox extension called View Rendered Source Chart will graphically show you sections of defined code in a web page. Really an advanced form of syntax highlighting or intellegent indenting might be a way to think of this extension.

Bringing software freedom to war-torn Burundi

Twelve years of civil war has left the tiny east African country of Burundi with practically no ICT infrastructure. Open source pioneer and chairperson of the East African Center for Open Source Software, Victor van Reijswoud, intends to set up a branch in the capital, Bujumbura, to encourage OSS use in business, government and education.

Linux: Using 1GB of RAM Without HighMem

Jens Axboe began anlkml thread saying, "it does annoy me that any 1G i386 machine will end up with 1/8th of the memory as highmem." He then provided a patch that adds a kernel configuration option to control how memory is divided among kernel space and user space

Oracle wraps up SOA goodies

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Jan 13, 2006 7:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Oracle has bundled a set of its web-service-enabled middleware to help customers deploy the infrastructure needed for service-oriented architectures (SOAs). The company's SOA Suite consists of Oracle's Fusion Middleware and is designed to support IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic and JBoss application servers and messaging buses in addition to its own Oracle application and messaging software.

Device Profile: Buffalo LinkStation

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jan 13, 2006 6:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Buffalo Technology used embedded Linux to build a compact network attached storage device with a capacity of 160 to 450 gigabytes. The LinkStation Home Server features gigabit Ethernet connectivity and the capability of streaming multimedia content to media players that comply with DLNA

Formation of the KDE Technical Working Group in Progress

The first Technical Working Group for KDE is now being formed, with elections due over the next few weeks. The Group will help the hundreds of KDE contributors come to technical decisions and smooth processes such as major releases. It will also provide technical guidance to KDE contributors. Seven members of the KDE e.V. will be elected for an initial six months. After this period the Group will be evaluated, and if it proves successful elections will take place once every year. All members of the KDE e.V. are invited to take part in the election. If you are a contributor to KDE and you would like to take part in the decision making process, you are welcome to apply for membership. Further details can be found in the Technical Working Group's charter. Read on for a little more background.

WMF vulnerability actually intentional?

Steve Gibson has alleged that the recent WMF vulnerability was not mearly a vulnerability, or even an accident, but a case of malicious software design by a person or persons unknown at some level within Microsoft designed to allow the running of code on machines with security levels set to full.

There Is No Open Source Community

Conventional wisdom says that powerful individuals drive open source by working against the grain to institute a methodology of sharing that would balance the power between software vendors and users.

While this makes for an entertaining narrative, there is quantitative evidence to the contrary. The reality is that placing too much emphasis on individual players in the open source movement ignores overarching economic trends that drove open source development and adoption.

NASA's Mars rovers blaze path for open source in space

The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, controlled by ground systems that were among NASA's heaviest use of open source to date when launched in 2003, are still working on the Red Planet, long after their mission was slated to end.

The Open Road Of Open Source

  • CRN; By Jennifer Lawinski (Posted by tadelste on Jan 13, 2006 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For some solution providers, providing customers with solutions based on open-source software is becoming not only an option to consider when doing development projects, but a primary focus. Cignex Technologies, a solution provider and consulting firm in Santa Clara, Calif., has seen open-source technology projects become a major part of its business since the company opened its doors five years ago.

Ethekwini municipality chooses open source

  • Mail & Guardian Online (Posted by tadelste on Jan 13, 2006 2:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The movement towards open-source software and standards in South Africa has received another boost from a government project, with the eThekwini (Durban) municipality basing its intranet and internet portal,, entirely on open-source tools.

Sun recommends open source software for LatAm

[Ed: From, the "You're Not Kidding This Time, Right?" department we get:]

( Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Mexico and Latin America ought to opt for open source software as a means of closing the digital divide, Mexican daily Reforma quoted Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) president and COO Jonathan Schwartz as saying during a recent visit to Mexico.

According to Schwartz, the principal benefit of open source is being able to avoid paying license fees because the software is developed by a community of manufacturers worldwide.

African FOSS is on a firm footing: Kagai

Co-ordinator of the Free Software and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa, Bildad Kagai, is preparing to hand over the reigns of the regional association to the Meraka Institute at Idlelo2. Lunga Madlala caught up with him.

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