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Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India Formed

The Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India (FOSII) has been formed by a group of individuals from the Linux/Open Source to accelerate the adoption of Open Source by fostering innovation and development within the country. The FOSII is comprised of senior industry professionals, technology journalists, enthusiasts, mediapersons and others from the Open Source community. Sandeep Menon, convener of FOSII and director of Linux business for Novell West Asia, said, "FOSII members belong to various facets of the Linux/OSS (Open Source Software) ecosystem, which includes the industry, academia, government and the community. introduces a social bookmarking section

Among other improvements, now has a link sharing section allowing FOSS and Free Culture people to share important "digital freedom" related links for each other.

A Beginner's Guide To LVM

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 16, 2007 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This guide shows how to work with LVM (Logical Volume Management) on Linux. It also describes how to use LVM together with RAID1 in an extra chapter. As LVM is a rather abstract topic, this article comes with a Debian Etch VMware image that you can download and start, and on that Debian Etch system you can run all the commands I execute here and compare your results with mine. Through this practical approach you should get used to LVM very fast.

Leo Brincat’s missionary zeal

Austin Gatt is a lawyer, member of Malta's Nationalist Party and currently the country's Minister for Investments, Industry and IT. He hasn't got a clue about software. That doesn't stop him making clueless remarks about Free Software in order to diss a competing party. Not lxer material normally, but keep your friends close...

Unisys Broadens Oasis Open Source Software Stacks for Linux

Server maker Unisys wants a bigger piece of the action in the open source software game and also wants to tap into the move by some companies away from mainframe and Unix servers and toward Linux platforms. Which is why the company will today expand its Open and Secure Integrated Solutions, or Oasis, product line.

Linux: Users Follow the Developers

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Jan 16, 2007 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I know I’m not the only person who doesn’t like to feel like a beginner whenever I use a computer. There are those of us who only like to use something that they can easily master within a few minutes, and then there are people who are always up for a challenge. If you tell them that they can’t do something, then you can count on them to do whatever it takes to accomplish it and prove you wrong.

HDTV for Linux: New Options

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jan 16, 2007 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Once considered to be way too complicated for the newer Linux user, HDTV on a 'Nix box often times felt just out of reach for many. Then we found that hardware designed for Linux specifically was in the works. The card is known simply as the HD-5500.

Start programs like a pro with XBindKeys

Desktop environments like KDE and GNOME make it possible for you to assign keyboard shortcuts to a number of global operations, but don't make it easy to create shortcuts to run any program you'd like. To set up shortcuts for programs, XBindKeys is the way to go.

Large academic international interdisciplinary study on FLOSS gets the real facts

LXer Feature: 16-Jan-2007

The European Commission's enterprise and industry department just released the final draft (warning: 1,8 MB) of what could be the biggest academic interdisciplinary study on the economic / innovative impacts of FLOSS*. The study was done by an international consortium, led by the United Nations University / University of Maastricht's (NL,EU) department of innovation; UNU-MERIT for short. The study was prepared by senior researcher Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, who did a tremendous amount of FLOSS studies the last few years, amongst them on FLOSSpols and FLOSSWorld.

The academic grade study has a very, very broad scope and has collected real world information that is valuable for both companies, government bodies who are thinking about migration, and decision-makers in the ICT business. The study is about the direct economic impact of FLOSS, but also about the more hidden indirect economical impact of FLOSS, and also compares scenarios of open and proprietary software futures of Europe. In addition to that, the study is also about competitiveness of FLOSS software compared to proprietary software, and also provides a few TCO comparison case-studies.

Probably most important, the study gives policy strategies to European government bodies, which can also be very useful for any company or organization. In this article, I'll discuss the key findings of this report, and try to link this with my own knowledge and experience.

A must-read for anyone who's willing to Get the real Facts!

* In contrary to US articles, European's don't mind using the term FLOSS, since English speaking people are only a small minority in today's Europe, and therefore almost nobody associates FLOSS with the dentist. If you do, please don't bother to complain; just change the associations you make.

DRM, GPLv3 is 'hot air': Linus Torvalds

  •; By Munir Kotadia and Chris Duckett (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 16, 2007 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Digital rights management and the General Public License cause a lot of 'hot air' to be exchanged but they are not a 'big deal', according to the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds. DRM is a technology used to control the copying and distribution of content such as music and films while GPLv3 is a software licence drafted by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and intended to be used to govern how free and open source software can be copied and changed.

Muni-broadband is To Linux as AT&T Is To Microsoft?

A decade ago, The Department of Justice filed its landmark antitrust case against Microsoft. Four years later, a unanimous US Court of Appeals ruled that the company had used its power illegally to protect its monopoly Windows operating system. That behavior, the government had charged, chilled competitive innovation. A reluctant DOJ concluded that the only solution was a lawsuit. How else, Microsoft's competitors asked, could the software giant be restrained? If not by the US government, then by whom?

Day Two Done and Dusted

Today the mini-conf menu consisted of Debian, GNOME, Education, Gaming, Kernel, PostgreSQL, and Linuxchix. The conference that kept outgrowing itself was the Gaming mini-conf. Beginning in a room that seated about 40 people, it soon became clear by the time that the FOSS Licensing panel started that a new room was needed.

Fluendo makes proprietary codecs available to Linux users

In response to the growing demand for proprietary multimedia codecs on the open-source Linux platform, multimedia software development company Fluendo has released GStreamer codec plugins that provide native support for a variety of proprietary media formats. Available from Fluendo's web shop, several of the plugins facilitate encoding as well as playback. In order to provide these codecs without risking legal conflict, Fluendo has properly licensed the relevant patents on the various formats from their respective holders.

How fast is your disk?

It's a known fact that although disk storage capacities are improving at an impressive rate, disk performance improvements are occurring at a rather slower rate. Here are the two techniques for measuring disk performance in Linux. With a little bit of torturing, and some fun on the way, find out how fast your hard disk drive really is.

FSM Newsletter 15th of January 2007

Welcome to Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletter—bringing you news from the free software world. Happy reading!

Open Source Challenges Vista at UK Education Show

Although Microsoft had one of the largest spaces at BETT, the leading educational technology show in the U.K., there was a strong case made for open source software. Becta, an advice organisation supported by government, published a report that advised against any sudden move to upgrade Windows pending more evaluation promised for next year. Discussion on "personalized learning" followed another report that recognized some limitations in a tightly controlled system of tests.

Forget iPhone, hail OpenMoko, the true revolution

"It is a phone which rivals Apple's iPhone as a technological concept and is yet based on completely open technologies, fully extensible by anyone and fully under control of its user. Enter OpenMoko, an attractive phone which may not currently be much of a competitor in terms of specifications alone, but beats Apple hands down on openness and therefore the disruptive potential."

Troubleshooting WordPress Errors

One of the great things about the WordPress community is the amazing number of people who develop plugins for the blog platform and make them freely available to anyone.

The Road to KDE 4: Full Mac OS X Support

Just because KDE has been designed to be portable across Linux, FreeBSD and other UNIX/X11 environments for an age now, doesn't mean we aren't up for the occasional challenge. With version 4, Trolltech released Qt for the Mac, Windows and now even embedded environments under the GPL. Since Qt is the base upon which KDE is developed, KDE is now free to offer native support for these platforms. Today I am focusing on the KDE/Mac developments for KDE 4.

Kernel developer, Alan Cox, files patent on DRM

A series of patents have been filed by the well-known Linux kernel developer, Alan Cox, asserting ownership of any DRM technology employed in software to modify the behavior of a system if certain conditions are not met. Since Red Hat and Cox himself are staunch open-source proponents, if this patent is granted it is likely that they will choose not to license this technology, and instead, sue for any use of it as a defense of OSS. Red Hat's patent policy ( states that any patents they own will be used to defend FOSS developers if attacked. It also states that their patents may be used freely in OSS under gpl. I certainly hope this is granted. Is it defendable though??

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