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African VoIP Forum attracts leaders to Lagos

The third African VoIP Forum to be held in Nigeria during August has attracted a number of international and regional organisations including the ITU and senior African government regulators ministers.

With Linux, enough is sometimes too much

There's a lot more to the Linux operating system than just the kernel itself. Each Linux distribution ships with compilers, utilities, small tools, and even full-blown desktop applications. Some of that software is essential; no Linux system could run without it. In other cases, however, it's superfluous. Sometimes it's even a hindrance.

Torvalds critical of new GPL draft

Linux leader maintains his objections to provisions against digital rights managment.

[At least Stallman is fighting DRM. I don't see too many others doing that. - dcparris]

Proposal for an OpenDocument Icon

The idea is that each icon maker (desktop environments, applications, etc) will make their own icon set, suitable for their environment, but will include this image so that the user can recognize the document as an OpenDocument file. Think of PDF. KDE and Gnome have different PDF icons, but both are recognizable as PDF because of the red squiggle that is associated with PDF. Wouldn't it be nice to have something like that for OpenDocument? Having such an image would significantly improve awareness of the OpenDocument format.

ATI Display Driver 8.27.10

Today, ATI has released new version 8.27.10 of its fglrx Linux display driver, part of the ATI CATALYST suite.

[ posted for the ones who need it. I know we don't like the proprietary drivers - hkwint]

South Korean Haansoft joins Linux group OSDL

South Korean Linux developer Haansoft Inc. has joined Open Source Development Labs Inc. (OSDL), a nonprofit industry group that promotes the use of the Linux operating system in enterprises, and will participate in OSDL's Carrier-Grade Linux working group, the group said Thursday.

Howto lm-sensors

Once, our webhosting provider sent a mail about a failed CPU fan in the machine which runs our domain, announing that it would be down for something like half an hour or so to repair it. I was impressed. Since I know that this machine is running an older AMD K7, and how hot they can get, I thought: “Wow - he discovered this before the poor CPU went to meet it’s $DEITY?”

Young Coders Summer on Google

PORTLAND, Oregon -- When Narayan Newton, an Oregon State computer science student, received an e-mail from a prominent developer of Linux desktop applications, he expected it to be a complaint. "I'd submitted some bug reports," he says. Instead, Newton was surprised to learn that the programmer, Duncan Mac-Vicar, would be his personal mentor for three months, courtesy of Google's "Summer of Code" program.

Linux continues Unix bloodbath

Even the most mission-critical Unix-based central business systems are being replaced by Linux running on commodity hardware, according to delegates at the Linuxworld 2006 Conference and Expo in Sydney Tuesday.

ODF Alliance Grows, Announces Good News from Malaysia

The ODF Alliance issued a press release containing further good news yesterday, providing a good excuse to check in at their Website to see how that organization is doing. The answer appears to be rather nicely, thank you, with membership standing at "nealry 280," representing 43 countries according to the press release.

Zim youth to push OSS message at festival

Free and open source software will be punted at the Southern African Youth Festival organised by the Zimbabwe Youth Council and organisers are already using open source tools to promote the event.

First look: Freespire

Freespire is the free offshoot of the proprietary Linspire Linux distribution, formerly an outside effort, but now produced by the company itself. The first beta release is available through the Freespire Web site, both as a CD-sized burnable ISO image and as a VMware Virtual Appliance. Despite its youth and inexperience, it already exhibits considerable polish.

Note that Linspire is offering a means to use non-free multi-media codecs, and hasn't really done much to provide or support free codecs that everyone can use.

Microsoft: Getting to grips with open source

Has Redmond finally accepted that open source should be embraced, or are the company's recent partnerships with community-developed software providers simply another way to crack the competition?

[O.k., the article opens with a blatent lie from Microsoft's UK Technology Officer. The only 'interoperability they ever cared about is between different versions of Microsoft software. - dcparris]

Second GPL3 draft clarifies DRM issues

The Free Software Foundation yesterday released the second draft of the GNU General Public Licence version 3 which incorporates many of the 1000 community-suggested changes received since the first draft in January. The FSF says it is still on track to release the final version early in 2007.

Red Hat open source directory challenges Novell

With its acquisition of Suse Linux in 2003, Novell set itself up as the chief commercial competitor to Red Hat Linux for the enterprise Linux market. Last week Red Hat struck back, this time bringing the competition to Novell's home court.

[I like this author's question - where do you draw the line? If these vendors were willing to acknowledge the moral aspect of software licensing, they would know where to draw the line - dcparris]

Will All Software Go Open Source?

When open source developers gather on a panel to discuss whether "all software will go open source," you can expect the sentiment to tip that way, only with lots of arguments.

GDA Technologies Announces Availability of Advanced Mezzanine Reference Platform for Freescale's High-Performance MPC8548E PowerQUICC(TM) III Processor

Freescale Technology Forum (FTF Americas) -- GDA Technologies, Inc., a fast-growing IP and Electronic Design Services (EDS) company, today announced the market-leading availability of its Reference Platform kit for Freescale Semiconductor's Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) based on the MPC8548E PowerQUICC(TM) III processor built on Power Architecture(TM) technology.

Review: Kubuntu 6.06 LTS - An excellent Linux distribution based on KDE

Kubuntu is a well polished Linux distribution brought out by Canonical the creators of Ubuntu but with KDE as the default desktop. The latest release of Kubuntu is as robust as Ubuntu with a lot of unique features related to KDE. This review takes a closer look at this Linux distribution.

XenSource, VMware Conflict Holds Back Linux Virtualization

Community members are mediating between the two competing virtualization vendors in pursuit of a joint solution for the Linux kernel.

Dubuntu 6.06 Screenshot Tour

Dubuntu is a Chinese GNU/Linux operation system based on Ubuntu Linux 6.06. The goal of this new distribution is to provide a Linux environment focused on software development, with nice desktop evironment. OSDir has some nice shots of Dubuntu 6.06 in the Dubuntu 6.06 Screenshot Tour.

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