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Is Ubuntu Linux for You, Too?

Like cold fusion or a painless weight-loss plan, a user-friendly version of Linux remains elusive. But developers are getting closer with Ubuntu -- a free, Linux-based operating system that appeared in October 2004 and is winning over waves of converts, including high-profile geeks like Cory Doctorow.

Patent rulings could destroy open source software

US courts are endangering the very existence of free and open source software, according to a leading digital rights pressure group. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the US Supreme Court to reverse lower courts' patent decisions.

Ncftp: Weapons-grade FTP on the Linux command line

It doesn’t matter how drag’n'drop GUI based FTP clients are, there comes a time when only the terminal will do. Certainly, at the least, for those times when X isn’t up.

African Wi-Fi hot spots come of age

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Russell Southwood (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 29, 2006 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Initially, paid-for Wi-Fi hot spots proved a difficult sell in developed countries. And in the more price-sensitive African markets they are often viewed as a luxury and have been very slow to take off.

Web Analytics: The Results of Tabbed Browsing

Web browsing behaviors are constantly changing. As a result, analysis of those behaviors must evolve to match those changes. A recent change that has become more prevalent over the past few months is tabbed browsing. The Firefox browser made tabbed browsing much more common, and now Microsoft has added it to Internet Explorer.

A Tryst with Debian Etch Beta 3

This is a down-to-earth review of the latest Linux offering from Debian — Etch Beta 3 which optionally sports a very intuitive GUI installer. The review looks at the pros and cons of Debian Etch Beta 3

Test Applications Using Eclipse TPTP

Test, profile, and monitor your applications with an advanced, extensible platform in this installment of the "Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform" tutorial series. Learn how to use Eclipse TPTP testing features to measure the response time of your Web application. Then, discover how to create and manage improved JUnit tests and create computer-directed manual testing.

Puppy Linux 2.10 alpha emerges

A new development build of the Puppy Linux live CD was released Aug. 28 for testing, founder and maintainer Barry Kauler announced on the project website. Puppy Linux v2.10 alpha uses the JWM desktop environment and is based on a 2.6.16.7 kernel.

Vmware exec sees virtualization, virtual appliances boosting ...

Although server virtualization is an equal opportunity platform for all operating systems, it is and will continue to be a boon to enterprise Linux adoption, says VMware Inc.'s director of data center products Patrick Lin.

Ten from IBM: mobile Web services, SoC design, UNIX tools, mashups ...

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration.

Howto install OCS Inventory NG

My boss wanted OCS Inventory NG. That is a cross-platform inventory and software deployment program, licensed under the GNU GPL, and freely available from Sourceforge. And tho the server comes in versions for Linux and Windows, he wanted the Linux version. So here is what I did to get it running..

Bits from the DPL: Freedom and etch

As a project, Debian is heavily committed to the ideals of free software. That's not news to anyone reading this, I'm sure, as it's something we've constantly worked to improve, whether that be by establishing our Social Contract and the Debian Free Software Guidelines or by working with other organisations such as Software in the Public Interest, the Free Software Foundation, the Open Source Institute, or Creative Commons to further promote those ideals.

Touch Drivers: Elo Offers New Touch Drivers For Linux And Mac OS

Elo TouchSystems, the global leader in touch technology and a division of Tyco Electronics Corporation, has developed a new range of touch drivers for both Linux and Mac OS X. These new offerings complement Elo’s already extensive range of touch drivers for Windows, Macintosh, and legacy operating systems such as DOS and OS/2.

10 common misunderstandings about the GPL

The GNU General Public License (GPL) is one of the most widely used software licenses -- and, undoubtedly, the most misunderstood. Some of this misunderstanding comes from hostile propaganda, but some also comes from a lack of experience in licensing issues on the part of both lawyers and lay users, and the use of standard language in conventional end-user license agreements that are unthinkingly coupled with the GPL. In all cases, the confusion is frequently based on misreadings, rumors, secondhand accounts, and what is convenient to believe.

Single-source Support Desired Even in Mixed IT Environments

The trend among application vendors to bundle required third-party components with their offerings limits the market for pure-play open source stack providers, 451 Group concluded. This development is forcing stack providers to adapt.

What If Windows Went Open Source?

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 29, 2006 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Recently, there have been more and more indications that Microsoft has shown a growing interest with the concept of open source software. Still not yet wanting to give up any kind of control over development, they started off slowly with the release of their open source tool set known as WiX.

Tutorial: Use Fedora Directory Server For Manageable LDAP (Part 1)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Tuxchick2 on Aug 29, 2006 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Your boss wants LDAP. You've heard LDAP is potentially a Good Thing. But what is it exactly, and how can you successfully implement it in your organization? Carla Schroder reveals the mysteries of LDAP and begins a multi-part series on how to implement it with Fedora Directory Server.

Fedora Core 5 Live Spins Released!

Official Fedora Live images are something we all have been looking forward to seeing in the Fedora Community. Kadischi will be the tool to create such live images. Fedora Unity has recently joined forces with Kadischi to help provide testing and to release live images which we are calling "Live-Spins."

Jitterbit Announces Major New Additions to Open Source Integration ...

an open source integration solution that minimizes the cost and complexity associated with connecting applications, data and partners, today announced major new additions to its Jitterbit Professional and Jitterbit Community business integration solutions.

BarCampEarth: a local report

More than 20 BarCamps were held around the world this weekend as part of BarCampEarth, a celebration of the first anniversary of the first BarCamp. To understand the spirit of the events, and the traditions that have already sprung up around them, I spent last Friday and Saturday at BarCamp Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada. Having literally been there, done that, and got the T-shirt, I can safely say that the quality of the presentations and the chances to make connections are at least as good as at a formal conference that would cost at least 20 or 30 times more to organize or attend.

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