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Free Agent: How to Compile Free Software Apps

Let me start with a controversial statement: Installing new software is almost always easier on Linux than on Windows or the Mac OS. I can already envision the angry e-mail. It'll come from the folks who write each month, certain that if they use enough capital letters and exclamation points, they'll convince me that LINUX SUCKS!!!

Pakistan takes to alternative software

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Pakistan, often criticised for software 'piracy', is placing its faith on the Free Software and Open Source options to get out of this trap and also build local skills. Also called Free/Libre and Open-Source Software (FLOSS), it is a family of software liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change and improve its design through the availability of its source code.

Outsourced applications in vogue at OpenWorld

Nothing too SaaSySilicon Valley may be rife with talk of software delivered as a service (SaaS) but at Oracle's OpenWorld in San Francisco today, the buzz was all about the traditional application outsourcing model.

R/A: Arcom rev's Linux dev kit

Arcom has updated its Linux Development Kit for two XScale-based PC/104 SBCs (single-board computers). The Entry-Level Viper/Viper-Lite Development Kit includes a 2.6-series kernel, supports boards with 200MHz or 400MHz PXA255 processors, and targets wired/wireless information terminals, instrumentation controllers, data acquisition systems, and communication products.

Using and Customizing Templates in OpenOffice.org

Templates make life easier when you use them for letters, documents, brochures, etc. but they really make life easier when you use them for labels. This article is about how to use the OpenOffice.org templates, in particular the WorldLabel templates, to print the labels you need. It shows how to download them, install them, use them as they are, and how to customize them with graphics and other features. It also shows how to use the OpenOffice.org label wizard; you can use the label wizard each time, or save the template you create in the same template repository with your WorldLabel templates.

The Future of Open Source Education and Adoption

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Oct 24, 2006 3:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
It’s been amazing to watch how the open source movement has grown from something that only a fanatical few were aware of or involved with into something that Joe and Jane Everyday User are beginning to be familiar with. Now, I’m not saying that these everyday users fully understand open source and truly get what the benefits are of this development approach, but at least we’re beginning to break down the barriers to understanding.

Xen on Etch rocks!

I tried the Debian Xen packages on Etch recently, and I must say that thanks to the Debian Kernel Team and people like DD Steve Kemp, it is pretty much child’s play to set this up.

BeaFanatIX 2006.2 beta6 Screenshot Walkthrough

BeaFanatIX is a mini Live CD. It's also a compact Linux distribution. It was originally a remaster of BeatrIX but now uses a more recent Ubuntu core (more on that below). BeatrIX itself is partly on an old version of Ubuntu, but makes heavy use of Knoppix technologies. The common ancestor of all these distributions is Debian.

Archiving and Compression

Chapter 8 from Scott Granneman's new book"Linux Phrasebook: The Pocket Guide Every Linux User Needs". Linux Phrasebook offers a concise reference that, like a language phrasebook, can be used"in the street." The book goes straight to practical Linux uses, providing immediate solutions for day-to-day tasks.

Off the Rails?

Calling all Rails developers that want to learn RubyBook review Billed as a possible Java-killer, the huge amount of interest in the Ruby programming language is in no small part due to the popularity of the Ruby On Rails framework.…

"real-time" carrier-grade Linux powers Dutch soft-switch

Hard real-time capabilities helped MontaVista's carrier-grade Linux distribution become the preferred OS for a Dutch network equipment provider (NEP) specializing in standards-based platforms for private military, police, fire, ambulance, and airport radio networks. Rohill's TetraNode Exchange (TNX) soft-switch is available in CompactPCI and AdvancedTCA models.

How to choose the right screenshot program

Because a picture can illustrate a program better than words can, screenshots are a fundamental of development and documentation. GNU/Linux has no shortage of versatile screenshot programs, both on the desktop or command line, but none is perfect for every use. I recently tried several screenshot programs. Here's my advice on what works best among the available options.

Vietnamese Hacao Linux gets Pro treatment

Hacao Linux 2.01 Professional, a Vietnamese distribution based on Barry Kauler's Puppy Linux, was released Monday by its project team. The live CD iso is only 214MB but still about three times the size of its Australian-based cousin, which ranges around 70MB.

Audio Interviews from aKademy 2006

The landmark event of the KDE calendar, the KDE World Conference, continues to surprise even its most excitable fans with the emergence of six audio interviews recorded at aKademy 2006, in Dublin, Ireland. The interviews all feature prominent current contributors, and cover a diverse and interesting mix of topics relevant to the present and future of the KDE project.

Tux Paint update ships

New Breed Software on Monday released a new version of Tux Paint, its popular open source drawing program for young children. Along with source code, downloads of Tux Paint v0.9.16 are now available for users of Fedora Core Linux, Red Hat Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Apple Mac OS X.

Deploy Customized Security Plug-Ins in DB2 9

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Kevin Yeung-Kuen See and Yung Chung (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 24, 2006 8:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux, Sun
Security plug-ins bring new versatility to your database security setup in IBM DB2 9. Read this article to determine what should be tested before deploying your own customized security plug-ins. Accompanying this article, there is a security plug-in loader program for AIX 64 bit, Linux AMD 64 bit, Linux AMD 32 bit, Linux IA 32 bit, and Sun Solaris 64 bit operating system platforms.

Announcing Fedora Core 6 (Zod)

  • Mailing list; By Fedora Project (Posted by dave on Oct 24, 2006 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Zod permits you to call him "Fedora Core 6". Tremble, Earthlings, for Zod is released from the confines of testing. Zod intends to hammer the servers of the world ... starting TODAY!

Open source advocates step up government lobby efforts

A Canadian open source group focused on the public sector is bypassing this week's GTEC conference in favour of a direct marketing approach to members of parliament.

KDE Conference in Zaragoza, Spain

The Spanish KDE developers together with HispaLinux and ZaragozaWireless are organising a KDE Conference in Zaragoza, Spain on 4th and 5th of November. It is oriented towards people with good computer knowledge who want to get started with KDE programming and for users that want to know the present and future of graphical environments. The talks will include Antonio Larrosa talking about the KDE project and how to get involved, Isaac Clerencia about KDE Ruby & KDE 4 and Albert Astals about KPDF/Okular and "the life and death of a bug".

Compact SBC runs Linux on two-chip x86 chipset

Acrosser Technology is shipping a 3.5-inch SBC (single-board computer) powered by a two-chip Via chipset. The AR-B1652 is available with 533MHz or 800MHz "Mark" Corefusion processors, and runs a 2.4 Linux kernel. It targets low-power, low-noise applications, including kiosks, automation, and POS (point-of-sales/service).

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