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Microsoft tries to recruit me

Your amusement item for the day. A Microsoft recruitment letter to me, and my reply. --

Eric S. Raymond

Announcing the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

  • Mailing list; By Matt Zimmerman (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.

Reduce the risk, hire from open source

  • 37signals; By David Heinemeier Hansson (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 5:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
In the wake of open source, traditional hiring practices seem like an unnecessarily risky way to hire new employees. Especially for small teams where each hire can make it or break it. Why bet the composure of your collective on abstract indicators, hearsay, and a biased bio?

Despite frustrations, Katrina volunteers keep trying

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As expected, there are fewer volunteers to help with computer usage and computer-related issues at the Austin Convention Center during the normal business week than on the weekends. This morning, for example, I couldn't move down the line of public Internet access stations more than a few feet at a time without being asked if I could help someone with something.

Linux is key to high-tech Spanish venture

Entrepreneurs in the Spanish city of Cordoba have devised battery-powered sightseeing cars with computers that talk... One key to the project... was using the free, open-source Linux operating system.

To David Coursey @ eWeek: Why Massachusetts Made the Right Decision

Howdy David. I need to point out some misperceptions in your analysis of the Massachusetts open document format decision. I've cc:'d Eric Kriss, Secretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance from that state. who may be able to shed more light.

Will SCO be around to collect if it wins?

In reading through the latest earnings announcement from SCO Group, the burning question is whether the company will be around to collect even if it should win the lawsuits it has pending against IBM, Novell, and AutoZone. The IBM case, which is likely to be the first one up, is not scheduled for trial until February 2007. Meanwhile, the company has less than $13 million of cash on hand, and is spending more than $2 million a month on average -- you do the math.

Free software transforms Web service business

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Robert Dayton owns, a network of process servers that deliver subpoenas, summons, and other legal documents for clients. One day in 2000, Dayton shut himself in his office with a stack of books and taught himself to program in Perl and PHP. He didn't come out until he'd written a complete Web application for his court documents processing service.

Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein, Xandros Co-founder & Chairman

  • Xandros; By Xandros CEO, Andreas Typaldos (Posted by tadelste on Sep 8, 2005 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ximian; Story Type: News Story
"I have the sad duty to announce that Dr. Frederick H. Berenstein, our co-founder and Chairman, died on September 6, 2005, after a courageous battle over many years," Xandros CEO, Andreas Typaldos, announced today. "Beyond Rick’s vision, inspiration, and leadership, which our industry, our company, and all of us will miss, I will personally miss his example of quiet courage, and his indomitable will, and determination. It is that courage and will, which enabled him to fight his illness, that also inspired Rick to push Linux forward, ahead of most other people, through visionary investments in companies such as Ximian, CodeWeavers, and finally Xandros. His belief in the inevitability of Linux, from the days when I first met Rick in 1999 as one of his founding group of investors in Linux Global Partners, the Linux incubator that he had co-founded with Wm. Jay Roseman, was infectious and hard to argue with," Typaldos continued. "There simply will not be another like him."

Interview: Guide Gets Readers Away From Windows Gotchas

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
People who are new to Linux have a wide choice of introductory books. A recent addition to the market is "Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux" from Prentice-Hall Publishers. Ibrahim Haddad caught up with van der Linden recently spoke to him to find out why he wrote it and what van der Linden sees as the important trends in Linux.

Or you can listen to him over at ITConversations

Announcing Foresight Desktop Linux 0.9

We are happy to announce the availability of Foresight Desktop Linux 0.9!

Software Freedom Day struggles in Europe

  • CNET; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intended to highlight the virtues of open-source and free software, the worldwide event is most popular in developing countries.

Ars Technica Introduces Linux Mozilla Firefox Extension Development

The latest edition of Linux.Ars has an excellent, Linux-oriented introduction to Firefox extension authoring written by Kris Kowal. It includes complete source code and build scripts for Stantz, a Firefox extension designed to complement the Venkman JavaScript debugger. This article is a good read for Linux users who are interested in learning how to make new Firefox extensions.

Using WireFusion for 3D animation

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Demicron recently released a Linux version of its WireFusion Web3D animation program, aimed at making animations easier for Web designers. With WireFusion you can make 3D objects spin or fly around or zoom in and out. You can design 3D worlds, where customers can move around through virtual show rooms. And you can make simple animations, such as a clock where the hands move and display the correct time. A quick look at Demicron's animation gallery (with a Java-enabled browser) will show you what WireFusion can do.

Gartner Evaluates Progress Of Linux

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Linux 2005 illustrates how, over the past two years, Linux has matured as an established operating system environment, primarily on one- to four-processors. However, Gartner found that for eight processors and beyond, Linux must demonstrate performance, security and application proof points based on the 2.6 version of the kernel and that the biggest test continues to be whether it can function as a data center server for mission-critical applications.

Microsoft marketeer goes open source

Laszlo Systems, the creator and sponsor of the OpenLaszlo platform for Web application development, has hired Kent Libbey away from Microsoft to fill the position of chief marketing officer.

Open source secrets laid bare

  • Mail & Guardian Online (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever since computer programmers began collaborating online to build software applications, the "open source" movement has been developing into a serious rival to the multinational software companies. Since the term was coined in the late 1990s, open source has rapidly matured from an egalitarian approach to software design into a movement whose practices underpin the internet. More recently, it has begun to represent the seed of an ideology, whose approach to openness and sharing is spilling over into the wider world.

Ars Technica Introduces Linux Mozilla Firefox Extension Development

  • mozillaZine; By Ryan Paul , Ian Smith-Heisters , Kris Kowal (Posted by tadelste on Sep 8, 2005 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
I'm sure many of you are excited about today's GNOME release and the release of Firefox 1.5 beta 1. Kris and I decided to write Linux.Ars sections about GNOME and Firefox customization in order to celebrate the releases. In this edition of Linux.Ars, Kris will teach you how to use command line build tools to construct a complete Firefox extension, I will teach you how to add context menu items to Nautilus using the Nautilus Actions extension, and Ian introduces an LDAP utility called Luma. I want to personally thank those of you who sent me e-mails with comments and suggestions! Linux.Ars is all about you, so don't be afraid to get involved! Want to do a section for a future edition? Have a suggestion for a topic that you want us to write about? I would love some feedback. Feel free to send me or post in the discussion thread comments, complaints, suggestions, requests, free hardware, death threats, or disparaging remarks about my assorted deficiencies. Keep those comments coming!

Open source community zaps SuSE bugs

Novell has announced that its latest operating system, SuSE Linux 10.0, will hit the shelves in early October 2005. The platform is the first to incorporate input from the project, a recently launched community initiative sponsored by Novell that aims to promote the use of Linux everywhere. Novell said that the involvement of this group means that SuSE Linux 10.0 includes code changes and bug fixes initiated with developer input from across the worldwide Linux community.

Microsoft appeals EC open source interoperability sanctions

Microsoft Corp has filed a new appeal against European Commission antitrust sanctions in an attempt to expedite a decision on whether it will be forced to share communications source code with open source software vendors.

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