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Linux gets organized with merger of major open source groups

The two major forces behind driving the commercialization of Linux will merge to form an all embracing group. Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group will combine to form a new organization called Linux Foundation.

Talking about ICTs and development

The Meraka Institute will be holding a three-day workshop in February focused on information and communications technology and its role in advancing development.

Free Hosted Koha for Library Classrooms Worldwide

Building on the success of a pilot program at Texas Woman's University in 2006, Koha with Class provides library school classrooms with five hosted installations of Koha, free of charge. Koha is the first and most mature open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). The project is designed to give future librarians hands-on experience with library automation software and open source. Any college or university offering a program in Library and Information Studies/ Technology can participate.

Building on top of osCommerce

When Damian Hickey set out to build an e-commerce system for reservations-based businesses, he was determined not to reinvent the wheel. By choosing to modify an existing open source e-retailing system he was able to accelerate the development process, but also took on board a score of additional problems.

DistroWatch Weekly: Interview with Matteo Riondato from FreeSBIE, Mandriva Metisse, BOSS GNU/Linux

Welcome to this year's fourth issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Continuing the post-release coverage of FreeBSD 6.2, this week's issue brings an exclusive interview with Matteo Riondato, a FreeBSD developer and the release engineer of the FreeSBIE live CD. The news section then delivers the usual round-up of miscellaneous news from the distribution world, including a story about the upcoming release of Mandriva "Metisse" edition with a new 3D-enabled desktop environment. Also in the same section, PCLinuxOS launches the first experimental release of the distribution's 2007 version, Fedora Unity announces new, up-to-date re-spins of Fedora Core 6, gNewSense prepares for the release of version 1.1 - now also with KDE, and the T2 project introduces a new minimalist rescue live CD with uClibc. Finally, we are pleased to present BOSS GNU/Linux, a new Indian distribution with the noble goal of providing complete support for India's 22 official languages. Happy reading!

Sun upgrades Solaris 10 OS while upping the channel ante on Red Hat

Sun Microsystems Inc. unveiled a series of updates to the Solaris 10 (version 11/06) operating system (OS) designed to bolster Solaris' presence as a more strategic alternative to commercial Linux distributions. Sun officials say the company will make the effort to do so via the channel by offering higher margins and through Solaris support subscriptions priced at 20 to 50 per cent lower than those currently offered by Red Hat for its commercial Linux distribution.

FSG and OSDL to merge; form Linux Foundation

The Free Standards Group (FSG) and Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), two of the major non-profit corporations dedicated to promoting open source software, are merging to form a new organization called The Linux Foundation. The new organization will be led by Jim Zemlin, the former FSG executive director, and for now will continue the work of both predecessors. The merger will be legally complete in early February, but work on the practical details will begin immediately.

Of patents and promises

It will take a few more years before the fate of the DRM patent applications filed by Red Hat's Alan Cox is known. Last week it came to light that Cox had applied for two patents, both to do with digital rights management.

PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 1 Screenshots

PCLinuxOS 2007 Test release 1 is now available for download. Please note this is not the final release. PCLinuxOS 2007 final will be released at the end of the month. Features include: kernel; KDE 3.5.6; Mozilla Firefox; Flash 9; 2.1.0; Beryl, Compiz, AIGLX and Xgl for 3D graphics support; GCC 4.1.1 and updated glibc; updated bootsplash, icons, and more from the beautification project; Xdg menu system; rebuild and update of our entire repository against new GCC and glibc; simplified live CD boot options. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 1 are available at

Customizing general settings includes dozens of options for how it behaves. Available from Tools> Options, they are divided into general settings for the entire office suite and settings particular to each application. General settings are available under the general headings of, Load/Save, and Language Settings.

Linux: Marking Code Obsolete Or Deprecated

Robert Day proposed a couple of new kernel code maturity configuration options for tagging code as either"deprecated" or"obsolete". He referenced earlier confusion around the attempt to remove devfs [story] in which it wasn't clear on the current state and future plans for the code. He explained,"using deprecated code is still technically fine, but using obsolete code should be something that raises a red flag of some kind." Aside from a little confusion between the differences in definition between these two words, general feedback was positive. H. Peter Anvin supported the patch,"if nothing else, it gives some middle-of-the-roadness to the continual'to remove or not to remove' debate." Robert also noted that the"deprecated" flag would be a useful sanity check when building a kernel,"this would seem to be a quick and dirty way to prune anything that is *supposed* to be obsolete from the build, to make sure you're not picking up dead code by accident.".

Joining Forces: OSDL and the Free Standards Group are now The Linux Foundation

Sunday afternoon, the Free Standards Group (FSG) signed an agreement to combine forces with Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to form a new organization – The Linux Foundation. The result of this consolidation will be to dedicate the resources of the combined membership to "accelerate the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms."

KDE Commit-Digest for 21st January 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KHangman becomes the latest application to migrate to SVG-based scalable interface rendering. KOpenBabel is merged and the beginnings of a 3d navigation system in Kalzium. Work expands in the Umbrello/KPlato Student Mentoring program. Support for the ComicBook Archive and other improvements in okular. Work on Picture, Video and Krita "Flake" shapes in KOffice. Improvements in both the KDE 3.5 and 4.0 versions of Konsole. Language detection in Sonnet continues to mature. Import of concept code demos in Decibel. "Simple-search" user interface work, and support for indexing binary data fields in Strigi. "liveui" moves back into kdelibs. dbmodeler, a database schema modelling application (part of the Season of KDE), is renamed "grama".

SCALE preps mini-conferences, T-Shirts.

Both mini-conferences to be held at the So Cal Linux Expo are ready.

EnterpriseDB Expands With Hong Kong Regional Headquarters

EnterpriseDB, maker of the world’s leading enterprise-class database built on open source, announced today that it has expanded its Asia Pacific operations with the establishment of a regional headquarters in Hong Kong. The company also announced that it has hired industry veteran Roger Durn as the region’s general manager. More information about the company and free downloads of EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, the company’s flagship product, may be found at

Linux WiMAX Board Packages to start shipping

Hopling Technologies and Fujitsu announced in September 2006 that they would collaborate on a Linux-based Hopling Board Support Package designed to make it easier for equipment manufacturers to add innovative applications to the standards-based Fujitsu solution. The reference kit, which includes a reference board utilizing the highly integrated MB87M3550 WiMAX SoC, software package and operating manual, will be available from Fujitsu in 1Q-2007.

Expect more open source enterprise apps this year: analysts

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Jennifer Mears Framingham (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 21, 2007 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Open source Could be on the short-list when it comes to application-buying decisions in 2007. While open source applications for collaboration, content management and CRM may not have reached the maturity level of Linux or the Apache web server, they’re getting there.

The Best of Firefox Extensions Part III

We have finally reached the concluding episode of this trilogy. Some of the extensions mentioned in this article are very well-known and some people might be wondering why I have left them for last. I've done so to highlight some extensions that are equally good but not as popular. The list below is the last of 10 extensions that we think should be included among the "Best of Firefox Extensions."

Looking Glass meets Mandriva

Looking Glass is an open source development project based on and evolved from Sun Microsystems' Advanced Development division. It supports running unmodified existing applications in a 3D space, as well as APIs for 3D window manager and application development. At the moment, existing application integration is supported for Linux and Solaris x86 platforms. The platform for 3D application development is available for Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms. was testing the LG3D Mega-bundle which integrates all the software necessary to run lg3d. This includes the jdk, java3d and lg3d itself.

Open source - Offshore development center opened in Kochi

Advanced Millennium Technologies - Bangalore has opened an exclusive center dedicated for open source development center in Kochi.

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