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Open source advocates step up government lobby efforts

A Canadian open source group focused on the public sector is bypassing this week's GTEC conference in favour of a direct marketing approach to members of parliament.

KDE Conference in Zaragoza, Spain

The Spanish KDE developers together with HispaLinux and ZaragozaWireless are organising a KDE Conference in Zaragoza, Spain on 4th and 5th of November. It is oriented towards people with good computer knowledge who want to get started with KDE programming and for users that want to know the present and future of graphical environments. The talks will include Antonio Larrosa talking about the KDE project and how to get involved, Isaac Clerencia about KDE Ruby & KDE 4 and Albert Astals about KPDF/Okular and "the life and death of a bug".

Compact SBC runs Linux on two-chip x86 chipset

Acrosser Technology is shipping a 3.5-inch SBC (single-board computer) powered by a two-chip Via chipset. The AR-B1652 is available with 533MHz or 800MHz "Mark" Corefusion processors, and runs a 2.4 Linux kernel. It targets low-power, low-noise applications, including kiosks, automation, and POS (point-of-sales/service).

FeriCyde Analysis: Linux Attacks Rare But May Rise

Paul Ferris discusses the inherent problems of news sources with large stock interests at stake.

Security Updates for Qt

Trolltech has issued new patch releases of all current versions of Qt. Versions 3.3.7, 4.1.5 and 4.2.1 fix a security flaw which can be triggered by transforming specially-prepared pixmaps. It is a recommended update, although no real-world security issues exploiting these flaws have been recorded so far. Distributions are also releasing updated packages, note that distributions may release security-patched updates without changing the Qt version number.

What MySQL Enterprise means for customers, contributors

Yet another company is moving toward an enterprise/open source split. Last week MySQL AB announced that it would offer two distinct versions of MySQL: the MySQL Enterprise release for paying customers, and MySQL Community Server for open source users. What does that mean for the open source community?

Report: FSG Launches Tools, LSB Developers Network With Linux Apps in Mind

To help spur the creation of a lot more applications for Linux, the Free Standards Group and technical publishing firm O'Reilly Media have launched the Linux Standard Base Developer Network (LDN), a developer's network loosely modeled after the Microsoft Developer Network.

Guest editorial: Linux and automotive: reaching a tipping point

Foreword: This insightful guest editorial anticipates the emergence of embedded Linux as a key margins driver for the automotive industry, due to its ability to run "driver-assist" applications perceived as "high-value" by consumers. It was written by Wind River's chief marketing officer, John Bruggeman.

Free Software Period To Begin In Public Organizations

A new and free software period, which brings the utilization of Linux-based operating systems with open source codes instead of Microsoft's operating systems in computers, will begin in Turkish public organizations.

Kannada-hindi-english search engine launched

A vernacular search engine on India --Bhramara -- offering web search interfaces in Kannada and Hindi besides English, has been launched here. Named after the bee that collects nectar from flowers, Bhramara endeavours to capture this metaphor in Internet search with a search engine that collects and sorts selected English and vernacular sites on India.

Merging corporations with co-ops and open source

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 24, 2006 12:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Greg Dean, a communications student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, has a new twist on open source business models. For more than a year, Dean has been working with his friends Devon Girard and Charles Latimer, as well as an unnamed lawyer, to find a way to merge the concepts of a co-operative with that of a corporation to create an open source company that he currently calls the Information and Communications Technology/ Open Source Co-op (ICT/OS). Recently, he spoke to the Vancouver PHP Users' Group about the structure that he is starting to implement.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Final to Hit Web Tuesday

Mozilla, maker of the popular open-source browser Firefox, will on Tuesday release its most recent upgrade to the software, dubbed Firefox 2.0,

Tiny Linux system boosted to 400MHz

Gumstix has juiced up the tiny Linux PC based on its gumstick-sized SBCs (single-board computers). The newly shipping 400xm-cf model boasts a 400MHz PXA255 processor, and comes preinstalled with Linux 2.6.17.

Open source consortium wins EC funding

  • ZDNet UK; By Richard Thurston and Graeme Wearden (Posted by dcparris on Oct 23, 2006 11:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The European Commission is committing millions of euros to a consortium examining the quality of open source code

Open source routers, not Cisco, winning over some IT managers

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by dcparris on Oct 23, 2006 10:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
IT managers are actively exploring ways to strip out Cisco Systems Inc.'s routers and replace them with open source routers. Open source routers are less expensive than market-leading proprietary products, but equally capable, said these IT pros when responding to a recent article on routers.

Open Source Soft-Switch Bridges The Communication Gap

FreeSWITCH, an open source soft-switch, has released news of new support for SIP to GoogleTalk gateway capabilities that not only bridge audio between the two protocols but also text messages as well

City Of Chicago Migrates To Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat announced the City of Chicago's successful migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for essential government programs, including the vehicle registration system, online job applications, restaurant inspections, ethics training and more. The City of Chicago migrated to Red Hat in order to reduce costs and improve support, performance and scalability. The city has already saved more than $250,000, and is reducing server hardware, maintenance and operating costs as a result of Oracle's certification and support infrastructure on Red Hat.

[Sounds like the winds of change are blowing around the Windy City. Now, if we can just convince Oracle to go FOSS... - dcparris

Eteration And Objectweb Announce Open Source IDE ObjectWeb Lomboz

eteration, a company specialized in Java and open source technologies, and ObjectWeb, an international nonprofit consortium of companies and research organizations who have joined forces to produce next-generation open source middleware, announced the availability of ObjectWeb Lomboz 3.2 with features addressing Enterprise Portals and Service Oriented Architectures.

Open Source Solution: Rivet Logic Joins MuleSource Partner

Open source solution provider kicks off Mule support with implementation at major financial services organization.

Control your audio from Firefox

  • Computeractive; By Chris Wiles (Posted by dcparris on Oct 23, 2006 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
You're busy working, occasionally browsing the web, while listening to your music via your favourite audio player (such as iTunes).

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