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Scalix Corp. this week introduced an enhanced version of the free, unlimited-use version of its open source-based email/calendar software. The new version of Scalix Community Edition increases the number of users with access to advanced enterprise functionality from five to 25 users, the company said.
Network programming can be cumbersome for even the most advanced developers. REALbasic, a rapid application development (RAD) environment and language, simplifies networking yet provides the power that developers expect from any modern object-oriented language.
At this week's Supercomputing show (known by the catchy moniker, SC 05) in Seattle, Linux was king and Microsoft announced its plans to sell some supercomputing bling-bling, which is as sure a sign as any that supercomputing isn't what it used to be. Sure, it's faster and more powerful, but it's not contained solely in the exotic realms of academia. Redmond taking interest is perhaps the greatest litmus test that something has gone mainstream.
There are many peer-to-peer protocols, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some of them are not well known, others are infamous, while still others have faded away and gone out of use. This article shows how easy it is to publish your content online by using BitTorrent.
IBM has published the following technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . !
Sony BMG has just posted a series of Web pages that should help consumers who have purchased music CDs tainted with its flawed anti-piracy software exchange them for the same titles without the software.
[Isn't that special.-tuxchick]
Magnatune is the Internet record company that rejoices in the slogan "We are not evil." One of the key planks of Magnatune's business model has been its commitment to what it calls "Open Music":
The third and potentially final release candidate of Firefox 1.5 is fast approaching launch, according to Mozilla Europe on Thursday morning.
"Release candidate three will happen very soon — in the next few hours or days," said Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe.
LinuxDevices.com is pleased to publish the proceedings from the Seventh Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Lille, France, November 3-4, 2005, at the University for Science and Technology of Lille (USTL). The papers span a broad range of topics, ranging from fundamental real-time technologies to applications, hardware, and tools.
As usual, the conference was organized by the Real-Time Linux Foundation. The links below will lead you to a summary of each talk, and to a link for downloading the associated paper (PDF file). Enjoy . . . !
Groklaw's akStan found something truly useful. He was looking for a paper on symmetrical-components analysis of three phase electricity, he tells me, but he found a patent course instead, on MIT's Open Courseware web page.
Dr. Robert Rines, who has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, taught the class from his book, Create or Perish, and the book is available, by chapters as PDFs. The course homepage has a graphic showing Thomas Edison's 1879 patent application for an "Improvement in Electric Lights." The final chapter is interesting, because he talks about some of the problems with the patent system, but you know about all that already. What is probably the most valuable chapter for us to read is the one on how patent law works, chapter 3 [PDF]. It explains what can and can't be patented. They keep stretching that line, of course.
The GStreamer technology at the heart of PiTiVi has been in development for six years. It provides a means of stringing together different components to satisfy various multimedia needs. As an example, an application can read in a file, send it through a decoder plugin, run it through an effects plugin, and then display it to the screen or create an encoded file. GStreamer provides a comprehensive means of hooking together these different plugins in an infinite number of combinations. The plugin architecture opens up the development process to allow anyone to make GStreamer plugins for a range of different needs
"We saved seven salaries worth over one year. It was so dramatic they gave me a big raise and I was promoted from system administrator to IT manager. And because of the savings we get more productivity out of old hardware."
IPv6 is not a pipedream. Founder of the IPv6 Forum Latif Ladid took time out from the IPv6 summit in Canberra to talk to Computerworld about why the new Internet Protocol is a pie to be consumed here and now.
Tom's Hardware has reviewed a USB dongle based on a miniature 1-inch hard drive. The Zinside H2 is based on a Cornice 3GB "Storage Element" drive, and comes with a Ubuntu Linux installation CD that the publication used to install the older "Warty Warthog" release, creating a portable but slow Linux desktop.
While there are of course proponents and detractors on both side of the line, many analysts have identified open-source software and nonproprietary formats as building up strong momentum against Redmond. But the open-source movement does have legitimate detractors.
[Ed: This article is well-balanced - partly truth and partly fiction. - dcparris]
If switching operating systems is something you're considering, don't forget to think about how your decision might limit future hardware purchases. There are tons of things that Linux and BSD will run on, but like all other ventures into the untested waters, you can never be certain that everything will work. Perhaps it's beneficial to purchase hardware from a manufacturer that has tested these devices alongside their operating system?
The Eclipse platform allows pluggable components -- plug-ins -- to help create a rich graphical user interface (GUI) application. With Eclipse you can enhance a user's app experience by adding views to the GUI. This article will teach you how Eclipse makes it easy to link views and provides ways to adapt view linking to non-UI scenarios.
ThePlaceforitAll.com has posted instructions for installing Linux onto Apple's iPod nano, providing video-playback capability in full-color with new movie support in iPod Linux. Detailed instructions denote each step of the process, providing graphic illustrations where necessary to complete the installation process. Earlier this month, iPodNN noted that iDoom offers support for the Nano in full color, providing the Nano has iPod Linux installed.
Angela Lee, Google’s International Product Manager, followed the Blog Search Session here at CNET Japan’s Fall Innovation Conference with a overview of Google’s global mission, and growth in Japan’s search market. Angela introduced herself to the crowd a bit and then described Google’s mission to organize the world’s information.
The third release candidate for the upcoming Firefox 1.5 browser has been posted for download as the open-source Mozilla Foundation strives to attract new users.
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