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Release-critical Bugreport for December 22, 2006

Bug stamp-out list for December 22, 2006

Airbus is banking on open source

The development of vital computer systems to be used and maintained for decades in aerospace and automobile construction is preconditioned on development tools the specifications of which elude most classical software products. Therefore a consortium of companies centered on the aircraft manufacturer Airbus has decided to make sure -- by launching a project dubbed TOPCASED (Toolkit in Open source for Critical Applications & Systems Development) -- that it gets its hands on such tools.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 Beta 3

We are pleased to announce that the third Beta release of Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 is now available. Thanks to many reports and suggestions, this release contains some critical fixes and improvements in the installer and other software.

Review: VectorLinux 5.8

VectorLinux, a lightweight, fast Linux distribution for the x86 platform, just released its new version 5.8 this week. This user-friendly distribution makes the average computer user's life easy by supplying office software, Web browsing, photo editing, and archiving on top of a fast, clean Xfce window manager.

VMware opens Mac virtual machine tech to public

Virtualisation software specialist VMware has posted a pre-release version of 'Fusion', the Mac version of its desktop virtualisation software. The public availability of the beta release was accompanied by VMware competitor Parallels' posting of a update to its own Mac virtualisation tool.

Linux: Red Hat's Hat Trick

Red Hat shares jumped more than 12 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the Linux distributor posted financial results that topped analysts’ estimates. Excluding one-time items, the company posted a profit of $29.6 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to $22.7 million in the year-ago quarter after adjusting for stock compensation and tax expenses. Analysts polled on Thomson Financial estimated the software company would report earnings per share of $0.12 and revenues of $104.16 million versus $73.11 million in the year-ago quarter.

Development board aims Linux at graphics-intensive apps

Bitsim is shipping an evaluation and development board that targets 2D graphics-intensive embedded applications, such as instrumentation and gaming devices. The "Badger" board is based on an ARM9 processor and Altera Cyclone II FPGA (field-programmable gate array), and apparently is accelerated by Bitsim's "Badge" softcore processor.

Genealogy with GRAMPS

  • Free Software Magazine; By Ryan Cartwright (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Genealogy is a burgeoning hobby and to help the home genealogist, a whole range of software is available. Much of it is commercial but here I’ll look at one of the most popular free software options—GRAMPS. Charting your family history needn’t mean compromising on licensing.

Linux Migrations Made Simpler

Running a Microsoft Windows NT server these days is a brave (or, perhaps, stupid) thing to do: Support for the product has finished, and as far as Microsoft is concerned, the product should be put in a rest home for retired software. Windows Server 2000 is also getting long in the tooth, and in a few years it too will reach the end of its support lifecycle and be looking for its rocking chair and slippers.

Tiny Linux-based DVR has potential, reviewer says

Neuros Audio's tiny Linux-based DVR (digital video recorder) has lots of potential, if community enthusiasm continues, according to a review at The "Open Source Device" (OSD) is already capable enough for users simply wishing to record or transcode TV for playback on hand-held devices, the reviewer says.

Editors' retrospective -- Linux Devices in 2006

As 2006 winds to a close, the editors of have assembled a retrospective aimed at highlighting major trends and events in the world of embedded Linux. Of the approximately 1,200 stories we published this year, these were the most important, in our opinion.

Red Hat earnings shrug off Oracle threat

Linux seller's net income drops, but revenue rises; executives say competition from Oracle hasn't taken customers away.

ASP.NET: Is It Too Difficult?

"There is no doubt in my mind, that ASP.NET is the most powerful and versatile platform for web applications at the moment."

[I am in the process of learning how to use ASP.NET at work, so far just getting the .NET framework downloaded and other dependent software in order to run it has been the challenge. I'll let you know how it goes - Scott]

Update sweetens Ubuntu-based Linux Mint

The project team for Linux Mint, one of the first "customized" Ubuntu distributions, this week released its 2.1 version, featuring a 2.6.17 kernel, the GNOME desktop environment, and an expanded set of browser plugins and multimedia tools.

Jeremy Allison Leaves Novell in Protest

Jeremy Allison -- best known as one-half of Samba's leadership team with Andrew Tridgell -- has resigned from Novell in protest over the company's patent agreement with Microsoft. Allison, who left HP to join Novell in April of 2005, will leave the company at the end of the month. He was Novell's Lead Developer on the company's Samba team.

The battle for wireless network drivers

BSD and Linux programmers have had a lot of success in creating drivers for new computer hardware in a timely manner, but much of their effort has been without the support of major hardware manufacturers. Intel, Marvell, Texas Instruments and Broadcom, though separate and competing entities, seem by one consent to prevent non-Microsoft operating systems from working properly with some of their most widely-used network chips.

Librarians stake their future on open source

A group of librarians at the Georgia Public Library Service has developed an open source, enterprise-class library management system that may revolutionize the way large-scale libraries are run.

Get Started with Apache Maven 2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sing Li (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 22, 2006 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
With the increased availability of robust, enterprise-grade open source components, today's software projects require dynamic collaboration among project teams and often depend on a mix of globally created and maintained components. In its second generation, the Apache Maven build tool was designed to take on these modern challenges. This tutorial gets you started with Maven 2.

Looking into the FSF's BadVista campaign

BadVista is the latest in a series of activist campaigns launched by the Free Software Foundation (FSF)in the last eight months. It follows the highly successfulDefective By Designcampaign against so-called Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies, and an unnamed effort to encourage the activist media to make free software part of their agenda. Released on December 15, the campaign currently takes the form of a blog site coordinated by John Sullivan, a program administrator at the FSF. The site features a logo with its name over a quartered flag reminiscent of the Windows logo, but in black and with what appears to be a skull in one corner. So far, the contents is mostly the announcement of the site, an explanation of its purpose, and a news aggregate about the problems and limitations of Microsoft's Vista operating system.

Talent In An 'Open Source' Media World

  • MediaPost Publications; By Dave Morgan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Everybody knows that the media world is undergoing extraordinary changes from the digitization of content and the growth of digital platforms like the Internet. Predicting who will win and who will lose in this transformation has been both a parlor game and a game of high-stakes finance for everyone involved. While there has been lots of speculation as to what might happen to different companies, what hasn't been talked about as much is, what will happen to media industry people?

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