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Proprietary software will kill PC in 30 years, conference told

If proprietary software continues to dominate, within 10 years no one will be able to store any file and even view their own content without first paying a service provider to see it and the PC as we know it will be gone within 30 years. Those were just two of the predictions made by German Linux consultant Klaus Knopper, creator of the Knoppix live CD computer operating system, at the three-day Open Source conference, LinuxAsia 2007, in New Delhi.

Debian release may slip to March

The release of the upcoming version of Debian may slip to March, according to one of the two release managers for the Linux distribution.

XForms as an RSS Reader/Editor

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 7, 2007 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
RSS, Atom, and other syndication strategies involve making XML data available for download. This article explains how to create an XML reader and editor using XForms. XForms, which is designed to view and edit XML, is the perfect environment for an XML editor and reader.

Novel approach to novels

Book publishers Penguin has launched an interesting new project that will apply the wiki style of collaborative editing and writing to the novel in their experimental project, A Million Penguins.

The Contradictory Nature of OOXML (Part II) – 19 Nations Respond

With Microsoft's OOXML formats at last under review by Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) of global standards bodies ISO and IEC, things are heating up dramatically in the battle between ODF and OOXML. When the deadline for the one month contradictions period of the ISO/IUEC Fast Track closed on Monday afternoon, JTC 1 had received responses from a total of nineteen national bodies, with most or all of those responses including formal "contradictions" under applicable rules.

BBC slammed for Microsoft lock-in

The Open Source Consortium (OSC) has slammed the BBC over plans to lock online TV viewers into Microsoft products. The accusations come after the BBC announced that its new on-demand services will be limited to Microsoft Windows. A report from the BBC Trust said that services will be unavailable to consumers who do not use Microsoft software or have an up-to-date version of Windows.

Open source will always have Paris

Got to hand it to the Open Source community. They are kind of spinning their wheels here in North America, but they made some headway in, of all places, France. They are giving 175,000 school kids USB keys loaded with open source software. This will come at a cost of 2.6 million Euros (roughly $3.97 million). So much for it being free. At least to the kids it's free and that is the point.

Time-Zone Processing with Asterisk, Part I

Last year, I took a trip to Asia. To stay in touch, I carried a GSM world phone, capable of receiving telephone calls in the countries I was visiting. The capability to receive calls with the same mobile phone number I use at home while halfway across the world seemed incredibly cool-at least until the first call came in! Mobile phones hide the location of the phone, which cuts both ways. A colleague had decided to call me in the middle of the day on a Friday, which had awakened me very early on Saturday morning, because the phone "hid"my faraway location from him.

Hp Puts Solaris on More X64 Servers, Partners for Solaris Emulation

It might seem like Hewlett-Packard can't decide to love or hate rival Sun Microsystems. Today, HP significantly broadened its certification for Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on its ProLiant rack and tower servers and BladeSystem blade servers. But on the other hand, HP has partnered with Transitive to jointly engage with Sun's customers to see how they might deploy that company's emulation technology. What HP loves, you see, is the money that some Sparc shops want to spend as they migrate to X64 iron.

Bull Wears Red Hat

Not so fast, Microsoft, Novell, and Oracle—Red Hat’s upcoming release of its enterprise Linux operating system will keep it on top for business use of Linux, an analyst said on Tuesday. The operating system version, dubbed RHEL5, is slated for March. The system’s advanced features and the company’s market entrenchment will ensure that Red Hat triumphs over its rivals, WR Hambrecht+Co analyst Robert Stimson said in a report. Mr. Stimson also predicted sales growth of 44 percent and earnings increases of 31 percent for the fiscal year ending February 28.

Measure Network Performance: iperf and ntop

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 7, 2007 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week we learned how to use iperf to measure network throughput, jitter, and datagram loss. Today we're going to learn more excellent ways to measure network performance using iperf and ntop, but first I have a couple of corrections to make.


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A hacker's-eye view of Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet

This detailed, hands-on review examines Nokia's Linux-based N800 Internet Tablet first as a consumer electronics device, and then as a platform for open source software development. Reviewer Jerry Epplin infuses the review with crotchety humor and deeply technical insights.

Fldigi and amateur radio on Linux

Dave Freese has just released version 1.2 of Fldigi, a popular new program for Linux and FreeBSD which enables amateur radio operators to join their radios and their computers at the hip and create a new kind of ham shack: a digital ham shack. Here's the story behind both the rising popularity of "sound card" digital modes in amateur radio and how Fldigi lets you enjoy enjoy them on Linux.

Performing Brain Surgery On Yourself

Some years ago Linux creator Linux Torvalds famously compared changing operating systems to “performing brain surgery on yourself”. I’ve quoted him often because so many people seem to have unrealistic expectations when they pick up a Linux DVD or CD-ROM. I’ve recently received a couple of e-mails in response to my articles here on O’Reillynet that illustrate Linus’ point beautifully and demonstrate part of the problem Linux has faced in gaining greater acceptance on the desktop.

The Real Point of Unbreakable Linux: Breaking Red Hat

Following my recent article in which I wrote that neither I, nor several financial analysis firms, were aware of any companies that were planning to deploy Oracle's Unbreakable Linux, a handful of companies have told me that they are giving Unbreakable Linux a try. What I think is interesting is why they're giving it a try, and what it tells us about Oracle's intentions towards Red Hat.

Offer Live Help the Open Source Way

There's little doubt that many e-commerce businesses embrace open source applications such as OS Commerce. The problem is that using open source software isn't for the faint of heart as you need a certain level of technical expertise to deploy and manage these applications. While you don't have to pay to use open source applications, providing the integration, implementation and maintenance for the servers hosting the "free" software can be costly and time-consuming.

Top 5 OSS Action Leaders

I know that the original question was "Who are the top 5 OSS thought leaders", and that's been covered by several folks already. I'm going to ask a similar, but different question.

Speaking UNIX: Command-line locution

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Feb 6, 2007 10:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
UNIX has a dialect all its own, and its vocabulary of commands is quite large. But you don't have to learn everything all at once. Here, discover more command-line combinations and expand your mastery of the UNIX language.

Linux Distro rPath Gets Venture Backing

Commercial Linux distributor rPath, which has a variant of Linux and a build system for creating and deploying software appliances based on Linux, last week said that it has closed its second round of venture capital funding.

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