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The Ideals Of Open Source

  • CounterCurrents.org (Posted by dcparris on Aug 26, 2006 5:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Open source projects succeed when a broad group of contributors recognize the same need and agree on how to meet it. Linux gave programmers a way to build a better, leaner operating system; Woochi gives wine lovers an encyclopedia as refined as they are.

[Thought this might be of interest since it shows the application of 'open source' methodology to other fields of endeavor. - dcparris]

Mozilla Accepts Microsoft's Offer Of Help

Mozilla Corp. has accepted Microsoft's recent offer for help in getting the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client to run properly under Windows Vista.

Java Theory and Practice: Testing with Leverage

  • ibm.com/developerWorks; By Brian Goetz (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 26, 2006 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
In this final installment on testing of the three part series, Brian Goetz examines another technique for smoking out bugs that violate design rules: aspects. The first two installments in this series, Part 1 covering testing in integrated frameworks and Part 2 on testing with leverage, show how static analysis tools like FindBugs can provide greater leverage in managing software quality by focusing on entire categories of bugs rather than on specific bug instances.

New Open-Source Database Touts Oracle Compatibility

Unlike other open-source offerings, EnterpriseDB Advanced Server can run Oracle database applications unchanged.

Learn to Build Your Own Simple Mashup

  • ibm.com/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 26, 2006 2:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
This series chronicles the creation of the ultimate mashup, an application that not only stores data from different mashups but uses semantic technology to enable users to create their own mashups by swapping services, or even by picking and choosing data. In this part, Nicholas Chase introduces the concept of mashups, shows you how they work and how to build a simple version of one. Mashups use Java programming and a combination of servlets, JSP, software from the open source Jena project, and DB2's new native XML capabilities.

Linux kiosks come to the aid of natural disaster victims

When faced with the aftermath of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina or the Boxing Day tsunami, you might assume that having Internet access would be the last thing on victims' or rescuers' minds. But Steve Hargadon of TechnologyRescue.com found out that his public Web kiosks were an answer to prayers for people affected by Katrina, Rita, and most recently, Cyclone Larry.

The Linux Mobile Phones Showcase

This LinuxDevices guide provides pointers to our coverage of Linux-based mobile phones, feature phones, and smartphones. For Linux-based IP phones (phones for use with VoIP systems), click

High schoolers build Linux-powered robots

Linux-powered robots make great projects for high school science class curriculums, according to Maine-based high school teacher Michael Surran, in an article about the robots he and his students have created.

Interview with Brian Stevens, CTO, Red Hat

  • internetnews.com; By sean m kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 25, 2006 11:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat
Is there a better way to develop enterprise Linux software? The CTO of Red Hat thinks there is and he's on a mission to figure it out.

CentOS Linux v3.8 debuts

CentOS Distro maintainer Johnny Hughes on Aug. 25 announced the release of the eighth update to the legacy CentOS 3 series, available for both i386 and x86_64 architectures, and featuring a choice of either the GNOME or KDE desktops running on a 2.4.21 kernel.

Final Name for World Laptop

Last week, The One Laptop Per Child initiative put a name on their first laptop device. The new name is “Children’s Machine” or CM1, apparently taken from the title of Seymour Papert’s book of the same name (published in the early 90s.) There isn’t a signficant amount of technical update. I should mention, though, that the team has brought up Forth on the laptop recently. I used Forth at Atari Coin-op and I can attest to its ease of debugging hardware. Redhat is still slated to deliver a “skinny” version of Fedora Core to be shipped on the laptop.

Announcing The APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize IN 2007

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ed Dodds (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 25, 2006 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TheAssociation for Progressive Communications (APC) Chris Nicol FOSS Prize [more infohere] recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free and open source software (FOSS). The prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make FOSS accessible to ordinary computer users.

IBM Hardware Performance Counter for Linux on Power

Pmcount for Linux on Power Architecture is a Linux tool for configuring, collecting, and printing the performance counter events on IBM Power processors. This tool is necessary for analyzing performance issues and identifying or eliminating possible problems.

Interview with Eric Raymond

Open-source advocate Eric Raymond on winning over the iPod generation, the need for open source to conquer hearts and minds beyond geekdom, and why Linux advocates don’t have much time to beat Microsoft.

Prosilica releases Vision Software for Linux and QNX

Vancouver BC - Prosilica has just released a Linux GigE Vision SDK for their GigE Vision cameras. The Linux GigE Vision SDK provides programmers the means to control, and capture images from, Prosilica gigabit Ethernet cameras. These GigE Vision gigabit Ethernet cameras, which have been used in wide range of Windows-based computer vision applications, can now also be easily used on Linux computers. The SDK also includes sample code to help programmers more easily use Prosilica's cameras into their Linux-based applications.

Flexible ARM9 SBC boots Linux in 1.69 seconds

Technologic Systems is offering a freely downloadable, Debian-based Linux OS image said to boot from an SD card in less than two seconds, on the company's ARM9-based SBC (single-board computer). The TS-7300 SBC targets embedded applications requiring "extreme design security, flexibility, and reliability," according to the company.

Slackware 11.0 RC3 available

Every now and again, someone will loudly proclaim that Slackware is dead. Wrong. While it's not as popular as young whipper-snapper Ubuntu, its long-time competitor the Debians, or the solid SUSE family, Slackware is still alive and well with a healthy user community.

OpenUsability funds student projects

OpenUsability, the organization of software interface usability experts, has begun taking applications for the first in a series of funded student projects. Similar to the Google Summer of Code, selected students will be paired with mentors and set to work on projects to be completed over a three-month period, with a reward of $700 upon success. Students applying now will be competing for the first such position -- an opportunity to do interaction design for the GIMP.

The Resellers' Guide to Free Desktop Linuxes

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 25, 2006 3:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here's what you need to know about today's best free Linuxes if you're a reseller.

A Public Service Announcement for Windows NT users

There are a lot of words you can use to describe Novell/SUSE: Solid, dependable, reliable, and so on. Funny hasn't been one of them. Until now. Novell's new "It's All About Choice" website and marketing campaign has me grinning.

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