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OpenMoko needs your help

Sean Moss-Pultz has relayed an announcement email, titled "Crossroads", on the OpenMoko mailing list. They need your help in finding the right wifi vendor, one with free (GPL) drivers, and they have a shortage of developers.

A dozen tips for testing free software

One of the best ways you can participate in the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution is by helping to test software and reporting bugs and issues to project developers to help them improve their code. Even in the wild and woolly, sometimes undisciplined approach to development that we see in FOSS projects, there are ways to test more effectively. Here are more than a dozen tips suggested by testing gurus and developers that can help you become a successful tester.

When the Planets Align...

Tuomo Valkonen, who you may know as the author of the Ion window manager has a rant about the brokenness of the megafreeze development model, where a Linux distribution attempts to stabilize the entire system. As an upstream contributor, I find it highly frustrating to release a new version of my software and have users contact me for about ancient versions I no longer want to support.

Linspire and Ubuntu team up agains MS

In a bid to promote the mainstream adoption of Linux, Canonical and Linspire announced a technology partnership. Linspire will start to base Linspire/Freespire on Ubuntu, while Canonical will in turn use Linspire's CNR application delivery service.

An alternative anti-theft mechanism for OLPC

The anti-theft mechanism for the One Laptop Per Child computer has some problems because it depends on a central authority. An alternative mechanism that relies only on the laptops is possible. This alternative relies on biometrics (but doesn't trust those) and information provided by a laptops' peers.

Back to school - tuXlab reviewed

Given a copy of the Linux- based educational software package tuXlab to review, James Archibald revisits school days and gives it a run through.

Microsoft, Novell add detail to technology partnership

The joint technology will focus on developing a virtualisation package for Linux and Windows servers that lets customers run SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 as a guest operating system on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 and on the next version of Microsoft Windows Server, codenamed Longhorn.

Vyatta Open Source Router Has Dell in Tow

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Mar 13, 2007 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Dell might not be offering Linux pre-installed on its PCs yet, but that doesn't mean you can't get Dell hardware for running a Linux router. It's all in Vyatta's latest commercial release of its routing software, which the company said is proof the open source model can work where networking is concerned.

Novell Crushes Windows in Schools

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 13, 2007 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Novell
Do these numbers make sense to you - $2,500 versus $100,000? This is the price difference felt between migrating over to Linux or instead, upgrading to the next version of Windows. What's interesting is that I’m noticing that more often than not Novell is the company making this possible for schools.

The Battle of Media Centers for Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 13, 2007 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
If there is one thing that seems to be standard in the open source world, it would seem to be the abundance of overlapping projects that might be better suited to work together rather than completing software visions on their own. Today, we are going to look at the trend and even consider some examples.

Ip-stb streams hi-def video over UWB, runs Linux

Sigma Designs and Japanese IP set-top box (STB) specialist Celrun are demonstrating a Linux-based STB supporting WiMedia Ultra-wideband (UWB) networking, this week at the IPTV World Forum in London. The Celrun 900H uses Sigma's SMP8634 media processor and "Windeo" UWB chipset, and runs a 2.4-series kernel.

Embedded Linux is made for Xilinx developers

BlueCat-ME makes LynuxWorks the first embedded RTOS provider to enable developers to work with Linux on both PowerPC and MicroBlaze architectures and the popular LynxOS for PowerPC.

Dealing with Runaway Processes

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Mar 13, 2007 3:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE, Linux
Have you ever been using your Linux distro and suddenly found a program won’t close? It’s frustrating when an application hangs. In Windows, one could right click on the taskbar and choose “Task Manager” and kill the hanging process (which doesn’t always work BTW). In Linux, you can also kill these hanging processes.

Castro Loves Hippie Software

  • FrontPage; By Humberto Fontova (Posted by dcparris on Mar 13, 2007 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Take in equal parts: lyrics from John Lennon's "Imagine," Steve Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" and simmer. Then add a pinch from "Age of Aquarius." Now you have the "Manifesto" of The Free SoftWare Foundation, founded by software guru Richard Stallman, famous foe of commercial avarice and stalwart friend of freedom.

Guide to Deploying a FreeBSD 6.2 Server

  • Open Addict; By Jonathan Horne (Posted by rlmorgan on Mar 13, 2007 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This document will show the steps to take to deploy a FreeBSD server. This server will have the latest stable from the Apache 2.2 tree, PHP 5, MySQL 5.0, Sendmail with SMTP-AUTH, Webmail, Bind DNS, SNMP, synchronized local time, and Webmin. I have also included steps to take to build a network graphing solution with Rrdtool/Cacti.

Tories want open source government

Making all government IT projects open source would slash Whitehall’s annual IT bill, in a move that could save taxpayers £600 million a year.

Who can you trust?

In a week when the SANS and Qualys @RISK threat vulnerability newsletter reported that four out of the top five most critical vulnerabilities were associated with security products - in this case Snort, SupportSoft, Trend Micro and VeriSign - the remaining place in the top five went to Mozilla's Firefox. It is appropriate to ask who we can trust to build and develop secure applications.

Review of Damn Small Linux 3.2

During the time when so many Linux distributions throw everything and the kitchen sink into a DVD, it's nice to use a product like Damn Small Linux where the focus is on keeping the system compact. Do you need 6 text editors and 11 e-mail clients? Most people really only have one favorite app for a particular task anyway. So how does Damn Small Linux measure up?

Fsm Newsletter 12th of March 2007

  • Free Software Magazine; By Bridget Kulakauskas (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 13, 2007 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hello readers, and welcome once again to Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletter, keeping you up to date with all things free software! Enjoy!

Wikia Unveils Additional Open Source 'Magazine' Sites

New interactive communities focus on ever-broadening set of topics--now including music, cars, gaming and health

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