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The Firefox development team returns from Redmond

Back in August, Ars reported that Sam Ramji, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, invited members of Firefox's development team to the Microsoft campus. At the time, it was unclear whether the Firefox team would actually accept the invitation. Now, roughly one month later, we have discovered that a handful of Firefox developers did journey to Redmond, and one member of the team kept track of the experience in his blog.

Proactive Business-Oriented Weather Forecasting

  • IBM/alphaWorks (Posted by bex84 on Oct 5, 2006 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Deep Thunder is a web-based business-oriented service that provides weather forecasts precisely and quickly enough to address specific business problems and streamline weather-sensitive operations.

Open source CRM meets SaaS CRM

Open source and on-demand CRM are experiencing a convergence of sorts, brought together by online application exchanges. Mirroring's AppExchange platform, Cupertino, Calif.-based SugarCRM today launched its own marketplace for business applications based on its open source CRM tool.

Fundamentals of POWER5 Assembly Language

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jonathan Bartlett (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 5, 2006 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The POWER5 processor is a 64-bit workhorse used in a variety of settings. Part 1 of this Assembly language for Power Architecture series is an introduction to assembly language concepts and the PowerPC instruction set. The series as a whole will introduce assembly language in general, specifically language programming for the POWER5.

Getting Cheeky At the Ohio LinuxFest

LXer Feature: 5-Oct-2006

We finally got around to getting a few photos from the 2006 Ohio LinuxFest on-line. Enjoy!

Firefox Gains Ground On Microsoft's IE

For the third consecutive month, Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox has posted a half a percentage point or more gain in market share, a Web metrics company said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Internet Explorer's still-commanding lead has slipped slightly.

Library system migrates from Linux -- to more Linux

The six branches of the Howard County Library system in Maryland provide 300 computers to their clients. This week, every computer has been upgraded from a "homegrown" Linux kernel, to Groovix, an Ubuntu Linux derivative.

Linux, PDAs and consumer goods drive IT growth

Internet-related investments in Linux servers, PDAs, digital storage and new portable consumer products will be the highest growth areas in the global IT market in the next year, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Fonality Acquires trixbox, World's Largest Asterisk Based Community

Pledges Capital to Keep trixbox Free (as in Freedom & Beer)

Construction Material Giant Selects MySQL Network for Flexibility ...

The Lafarge group, a global leader in building materials, has selected the MySQL® database to operate the real-time management of the different sales and dispatch phases of its Aggregates & Concrete business. The system is already installed at over 100 quarries, with plans to service up to 250 production sites in Europe by the end of autumn 2006.

D-link to market unlocked Linux mobile phone

D-Link will market an unlocked, dual-mode WiFi and GSM/GPRS phone, according to an online publication based in New Zealand. The "V-Click" phone appears to be a rebranded Linux- and Qtopia-based phone design created by Taiwanese ODM (original design manufacturer) Wistron NeWeb Corp.

The Linux Action Show! reviews Enlightenment DR17 and Fedora Core 6 Preview

In their latest episode, the Linux Action Show goes hands-on with Fedora Core 6 Preview release, including running FC6 on Intel Mac hardware. Then kicks the tires of the Enlightenment DR17 window manager using the eLive live CD.

Louis Gutierrez Resigns: Deja Vu on Beacon Hill

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 4, 2006 11:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a case of deja vu that is becoming bad news for Massachusetts residents in particular, and ODF supporters in general, another Massachusetts CIO has resigned in protest. This time it is Peter Quinn's successor, State CIO Louis Gutierrez.

Qt 4.2 Released

Trolltech has announced the release of version 4.2 of Qt. The main features of this release are CSS-like desktop stylesheets, a new graphics view class, Qt/Mac look-and-feel improvements including the ability to host Carbon widgets inside Qt widgets and tighter cross-desktop integration. See the Qt 4.2 intro for a detailed list. The source can be downloaded for X11, Windows or Mac.

Ohio LinuxFest 2006 brings a record crowd

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 4, 2006 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than 1,000 people turned out on Saturday for the Ohio LinuxFest 2006 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The LinuxFest featured big-name speakers such as Jon 'maddog' Hall, Chris DiBona, and Jeff Waugh, and live penguins from the Columbus Zoo.

Red Hat hires ex-IBM channel exec

Linux seller hires Mark Enzweiler, a veteran of Lenovo and IBM, to be its vice president of North American channel sales.

Linux prominent at ESC Boston

Market research firm Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has published its annual re-cap of the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), held in Boston the week of Sept. 18. VDC's report highlights several announcements of potential interest to developers and companies in the embedded Linux market.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Making VoIP Calls Sound Good

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Oct 4, 2006 7:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The long-term solution is a better-quality Internet, with fatter backbone pipes and real QoS (quality of service.) We should see considerable improvement as IPv6 is implemented, because it offers genuine QoS, more efficient routing, and less reliance on NAT (network address translation). QoS in IPv4 is pretty much a joke; many routers don't support it, and even where it is supported, there are several competing, incompatible implementations. If your friendly neighborhood service provider offers real IPv6 service, hop aboard and start getting familiar with it.

Government Department goes for Open-Source Tech

The Companies Office, a unit of the Ministry of Economic Development, has launched a new website. What is special about the new website is that it is based on ‘Open Source’ software. It is only the third government department to do so but the first one of the “top five” Government sites in NZ (by number of visitors).

Seven Linux distros fight over one old ThinkPad

You might never read a more complete, detailed comparison of Linux distributions tested on one old ThinkPad than our own executive editor Rick Lehrbaum's new article published here at The comparison pits Freespire, Kubuntu, Linspire, Mandriva One, SimplyMEPIS, PCLinuxOS, and Xandros against each other.

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