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Linux servers key driver of ICT industry growth, says OECD

The OECD has issued the latest edition of its biannual Information Technology outlook, saying it expects the industry to grow by six percent in 2006 and identifying the main growth drivers as being Internet-related investments, Linux servers, digital storage, personal digital assistants and new portable consumer products.

Vista gets Cute (Qt)

Qt (pronounced Cute) is perhaps best known as the application development framework behind the open source KDE (define) Linux desktop. It's now ready to build applications for the competing GNOME (define) Linux desktop and is ready for Windows Vista as well.

Installation-Free J2EE Client Application

  • IBM/alphaWorks (Posted by bex84 on Oct 6, 2006 12:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM Client Application Tool for JMS is a standalone J2EE client application that does not require any installation and allows testing of messaging infrastructures without writing any JMS client code.

Linux on Your Smartphone

The Linux-based A1200 mobile phone (a.k.a the "MOTOMING") from Motorola is a clamshell unit solidly constructed around a minimalist design. The phone is compact but feels just heavy enough to be taken serious. The black (actually “Licorice”) rubberized body sports chrome-finish detailing along the sides and front panel.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look at Mandriva Powerpack 2007

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks (Posted by ReviewLinux on Oct 5, 2006 11:12 PM EDT)
ReviewLinux.Com takes a look at the new Mandriva Powerpack 2007. This Linux distro is impressive but will it handle itself when up against the likes of the upcoming Ubuntu 6.10 or even Red Hat's development playmate Fedora Core 6? We guess at ReviewLinux.Com that time will tell. Come and visit our screentour and commentary

Get your FLAC on with MP3FS

I don't know if the folks at can live day-in and day-out using only the free Vorbis, FLAC, Speex, and Theora codecs, but the rest of us routinely run into consumer devices that don't recognize and support them. But with a little help from Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) and MP3FS, you cross one incompatibility off that list. MP3FS lets you mount a directory hierarchy of FLAC audio files and transparently present them as MP3s to software and hardware devices alike.

How to "bus-proof" your open source project

  • IT Managers Journal; By Brian W. Fitzpatrick (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 5, 2006 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
People often talk about a software project's bus factor -- the number of people on your project that need to get hit by a bus to leave you with no one familiar with your codebase. In the open source world, the disappearance of even one developer can herald the death of your project -- if you don't prepare in advance.

Review: Ohio LinuxFest Logs Another Big Year

Last weekend marked the Ohio LinuxFest in Columbus, Ohio, where 1,000 attendees gathered once again to share knowledge and fellowship about their favorite operating system. Buckeye reporter Ian Hodge attended the conference and filed this review.

A compromise in European patenting debate?

A week ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA), the three major groups of MEPs that had been opposing the EPLA have unexpectedly reached a compromise agreement that means they will instead vote for the proposal.

Task management made simple with todo.txt and Tux ToDo

Keeping track of your to-do items and tasks should be simple, but often the software that people use for those purposes is anything but. Many such applications are also calendars, reminders, appointment managers, and more -- in other words, overkill. By contrast, todo.txt and Tux ToDo try to keep it simple. They take different approaches -- one's a command-line tool and the other is graphical -- but do the same thing: make managing your many tasks simpler.

GPL VoIP libraries, softphone gain enhanced security

The GNU telephony project reports that GPL-licensed implementations of two key security protocols are available for use in Linux-based VoIP (voice-over-IP) devices and softphones. Additionally, a GPL-licensed softphone based on the new implementations is already available for download, testing, and use.

Nokia: No Linux phones yet

Finnish phone maker is behind the open source movement, but it is still giving Symbian its vote for cellphones.

This week at LWN: Much ado over licenses

Selling a new license to the kernel developers was always going to be an uphill battle. They are a large and strong-minded crowd, occasionally suspicious of the Free Software Foundation and its attitude toward Linux, and happy with the licensing that they have now. Given the immense practical difficulties involved in changing licenses, there would have to be a strong incentive to get the developers to even try.
[I goofed and linked to suscriber content, I linked to an article that has been released. I'll get the kinks worked out on this though, Sorry. - Scott]

OOo gives chart module a brand new look

Want to see a dinosaur? Press the Chart button in Calc, and you will be presented with a real software relic. While other parts of have been thoroughly redesigned and updated, the features and the overall look of the chart module remain virtually untouched since version 1.0. The situation is changing, though, as a group of developers has started to work on a new chart module.

Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu

Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu

Shedding Some Light on LAMP

The acronym "LAMP" was coined by writer Michael Kunze in an article in the December 1998 issue of German computing magazine Computertechnik. Kunze was trying to show that a bundle of free software could be a feasible alternative to expensive commercial packages.

Epiware Document Management Goes Open Source

The Epiware has announced that their flagship Project and Document Management Suite — which is something like a very light version of SharePoint for LAMP environments — will be released as Open Source under the GNU General Public License.

Crystal balls with HP

HP looks to utility, aggregation and legacies. Following on from the formal launch earlier this month of the latest version of its Integrity Servers equipped with dual-core Montecito processors, HP put on a users' bash in London to drum up business from both existing and new customers.

Hack web-enables Linux config/build process

Kirk Murrin of Linux Guru Consulting has published a clever-looking hack that adds a web interface to mconfig. The hack aims to let users configure and build Linux kernels remotely, access kernel and driver documentation, and even use browser forms to add and edit source files.

Linux: 2.6.19-rc1, Merge Window Closed

Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.19-rc1 patch noting that for a number of reasons it was larger than usual, "it's a huge thing with tons of changes". He described what's in the patch, "I think we got updates to pretty much all of the active architectures, we've got VM changes (dirty shared page tracking, for example), we've got networking, drivers, you name it."

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