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Pricing your software

  • Avangate; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Oct 3, 2006 1:08 PM EDT)
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No one can tell you exact how much you should charge for your software product, but there are some things you need to bear in mind when deciding your software product pricing strategy.

Super Grub Disk delivers easy boot record recovery

Super Grub Disk (SGD) is a specialty rescue CD for emergency repairs on boot sectors. Despite its name, SGD not only manipulates the Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB), but also works with the content of other master boot records as well. Available in English, French, and Castillian Spanish, SGD also works with a variety of operating systems and supports all the basic options needed to manipulate how a hard drive boots.

Steps to get Audio to work in Debian Etch

The upcoming Debian Etch is a very promising Linux distribution with all the latest versions of software included. And coupled with the Debian's ideology, it makes a fantastic distribution. And in most cases the sound works out of the box flawlessly. But sometimes it doesn't though and this article explains how to get sound to work in Etch when it isn't working.

SAM Desktop 2006-3 Screenshots

TCS has taken some great screenshots of SAM Desktop 2006-3. "Again based on PCLinuxOS software and XFce, SAM offers you a complete desktop environment for your older hardware. With more than 1,000 packages it's smaller than the previous version, but now the complete 2.0.3 is back on the live CD with full support for English and German languages...."

Cassatt and XenSource to sellhype software together

Normally, two virtualization companies with silly names forming a sales partnership would not capture our attention. But, people actually seem to use the software from Cassatt and XenSource, so here we are.

Open Source Medications Database

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By David Uhlman (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 3, 2006 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
Uversa was recently contracted by the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County Maryland to conduct a feasibility assessment determining whether it is possible to build an Open Source medications database. The goal was to use only public domain data to produce a result that is commensurate with what is commercially available. They deserve a large amount of credit for consistently funding and actively creating open source solutions to public and community health problems.

Interview: Burn Baby Burn

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Oct 3, 2006 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
If you've ever burned or copied CDs from under a Linux distribution, chances are you've used K3b. Put simply, K3b is a CD and DVD burning application. It allows creating Audio CDs, Data collection CD/DVDs, Video CDs, and Movix CD/DVDs. It can also copy CD/DVDs, rip audio tracks and transcode them into various formats like OGG or MP3, rip Video DVD titles and transcode them into formats like xvid, and do lots more. Packt Columnist, Mayank Sharma, interviews Sebastian Trueg (Maintainer and Lead Developer of K3b) to find out how K3b has survived competition and discusses the importance of the community around it.

Porting Enterprise Apps from UNIX to Linux

Much of today’s enterprise-level software on Unix is large, multi-threaded, and multi-process, so porting it to Linux presents challenges. In this article, look at a real-world port of enterprise-level software to Linux as a checklist and for advice.

Linux Gaming Made Easy

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 3, 2006 4:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
If you are anything like me, you have likely found that running WINE powered emulation software is more trouble than it's worth. Blasphemy you say? Nah, because by playing Windows games, you are in fact supporting games designed for Microsoft.

HTML Version of PCLinuxOS October Magazine Available!

On behalf of the Magazine Project at, I'd like to announce the availability of the October 2006 issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine for online browsing in HTML format! Feedback from the community about issue one in September showed the editors that they needed to provide an easily navigated website that didn't require downloading for those users' with little bandwidth. I'm very happy to share with all of you this fantastic site: As a coordinator for the project, it makes me proud to be a part of a community driven project that actually listens to their community. Please check out the site and let us know what you think!

Alleged 'Unfixable' Exploit in Firefox

An overflow of stories concerning an alleged Firefox 1.5 exploit hit the Web over the weekend, emerging from an underground users' conference in San Diego. But after the dust has begun settling, evidence of the exploit's severity and even existence has yet to materialize from official sources, including the Mozilla organization responsible for Firefox's development.

Open source integration tool makes custom apps play nice

Alex Knezevic's IT shop at the Marena Group Inc. was awash in a mix of proprietary, open source and custom applications, and none of them were talking to each other. One year ago, the Lawrenceville, Ga., medical garments manufacturer was stocked with Intel-based servers and desktops that ran Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. And its staff of 60 had a mix of specialized manufacturing software to push more than 200,000 custom post-surgical compression garments out the door every year.

Tibco to open source, upgrade AJAX toolkit

Tibco Software on Monday is announcing its intention to offer its General Interface rich Internet application toolkit via an open-source format. The product, based on Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), is being made available via open source as part of the company's announcement of General Interface Version 3.2, which supports the Firefox 1.5 browser.

Fortify Software Introduces Fortify Source Code Analysis Suite 4.0

Fortify Software, the leading today announced the immediate availability of Fortify Source Code Analysis Suite 4.0. The latest edition of Fortify's award-winning software security suite builds on its proven record of identifying and eliminating the most security vulnerabilities, and introduces important new features that will benefit development, audit, and information security teams for enterprise deployments.

Vista hit by EC fears and McAfee ire

More bad news for Microsoft's delayed operating system Vista - the European Commission is widening an investigation into whether or not it breaches competition law. Microsoft and the Commission were already discussing the oft-delayed software.

Mandriva Linux Whiffs on Virtualization Integration

With its Corporate Server 4, Mandriva is challenging the Linux data center operating systems from Red Hat and Novell by offering broader support for virtualization technologies. It's a solid-sounding plan, but eWEEK Labs' tests of CS 4 show that it's longer on ambition than execution.

Open source router tempts company to bid Cisco firewall farewell

As open source router start-up Vyatta is scheduled to formally launches its first appliance this week, one early adopter is using the Linux-based gear to replace Cisco technologies.

DRBL: A quick and easy thin client server

Administrators interested in a cost-efficient, powerful, and easy-to-manage thin client server should consider Diskless Remote Boot in Linux (DRBL), a server-based open source application that lets organizations deploy GNU/Linux across many clients. DRBL lets clients boot a Linux image over the network, so client hard drives can retain their own operating systems, or clients can do without hard drives altogether.

Developers Gather for ODF Day

Yahoo Business reports on ODF Day at Akademy which brought together developers from KOffice, OpenOffice, IBM, Intel and government. "Dr. Barbara Held, presently serving as Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General of the European Commission Program for Interchange of Data between Administrations (IDA), stated in her keynote address, 'In the view of the European administrations and Member States, the ODF standard is at the very top of the pile by far from all other proposed open standards.'"

Sun says OpenSparc is gaining traction

Sun was set to report Monday that 60 percent of the trial units of Niagara, an open-source product, have been ordered by new customers. This indicates that the company is gaining market share from rivals such as IBM Corp.'s Power and Intel Corp.'s Itanium high-performance microprocessor architectures.

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