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Really Open Source

  • Inside Higher Ed (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Few projects in academe have attracted the attention and praise in recent years of OpenCourseWare, a program in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is making all of its course materials available online — free — for anyone to use.

Accountant closes Windows on Linux

Linux may be nibbling away at Microsoft's Windows footprint, but one small business has well and truly shut the penguin out in the cold. Perth-based chartered accountants Marshall Michael Corporate Consultants recently completed an upgrade of its two Windows NT servers and, as a result a Linux firewall was decommissioned.

Why use Open Source when Microsoft products are so cheap...?

Australian public schools have an agreement with Microsoft, that entitles them to use the full suite of 'serious', school-related software from that company, for a nominal fee (nominal for the schools that is, there 'might' be hidden costs involved at higher level). Since there's nothing wrong with Microsoft software, why would a school choose to use Open Source software instead, gaining no economic benefit therefrom.

KDE 3.4.2 Released

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 8:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE 3.4.2 has been released. This is the second translation and bugfix release to the 3.4 series, it includes all security updates to date, numerous minor fixes and improved translations including a new Afrikaans translation pack.

Is That Software Really Free and Open?

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many times I see the term "open source" mis-applied. People often assume that any software that has the source code available is open source because they can change it themselves. However, it is often the case that much of this software does not give one the right to distribute the modifications, hence it is not truly open source.

Financial Services Companies Lead the Charge to Linux

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by on Jul 29, 2005 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We started these projects out of necessity, because we had outdated systems or systems that were too expensive to run," says Ole-Bjorn Tuftedal, the city of Bergen's chief technology officer. "We ended up finding that Linux was in every way a viable alternative as a server operating system in an enterprise environment."

Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla

Ever have trouble getting your Internet Explorer-specific Web applications to work with Mozilla? This article covers common issues associated with migrating IE applications to the open source Mozilla-based browser. You'll first learn basic cross-browser development techniques, and then develop strategies for overcoming the differences between Mozilla and Internet Explorer.

jMemorize -- learning made easy

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The flash card is one of the simplest learning aids ever invented. In fact, it's so simple that it's hard to imagine how it can be improved upon, given that it is just a piece of paper with a question on one side and the answer on the other. In the 1970s, German psychologist Sebastian Leitner proposed a selective learning system, the purpose of which was to make learning using flash cards more efficient and less time-consuming than the traditional method. Leitner's system divides flash cards into groups, and how often you review the cards in a group depends on the group's level of difficulty. This method works not only with conventional paper flash cards, but also with computerized flash cards such as jMemorize.

Hoary Hedgehog on the Desktop - Ubuntu 5.04

  •; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Jul 29, 2005 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Based on Debian Linux and promoted by Mark Shuttleworth Ubuntu Linux has gained a loyal following since it's inception. Today we'll be taking a look at Ubuntu "Hoary Hedgehog" and seeing what this South African based distribution with a global appeal is all about.

Opening up challenges to Microsoft

How does Microsoft face the growing challenges from open source, asks technology commentator Bill Thompson?

Microsoft Still Targets Linux Users

Despite some cooperative efforts, software giant still champions Windows over open source.

tuXlab plans mega install in Eastern Cape

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
tuXlab, the programme that installs low-cost Linux-based networks into schools in South Africa, is planning a 12-school rollout in the Eastern Cape province next month. And they are planning to do all 12 schools in just three hours.

Device Profile: Gamepark GPX2-F100

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 5:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Korean handheld vendor Gamepark has announced a new portable media player and gaming device based on embedded Linux. The GPX2-F100 features dual ARM9 processors, USB 2.0, a 3.5-inch color LCD, media playback software, and support for both native and emulated games. A Linux SDK (software development kit) will be available

Mozilla Foundation Hires New People and Assigns New Roles

  • mozillaZine (Posted by on Jul 29, 2005 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla Foundation President Mitchell Baker sent us a link to a weblog post she wrote about new people and new roles at the Mozilla Foundation. The entry describes the work that new employees Mike Schroepfer and Mike Shaver will be doing and discusses some new tasks that existing employees Chris Hofmann and Chris Beard will be taking on. The Mozilla Foundation has been hiring aggressively in recent months and now has around forty people on its payroll.

News: IBM Launches Products, Program Around Linux Clusters

At a big press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday, IBM made a set of announcements--a new mainframe system, a development "community" for blades, and a new virtualization software platform--that looks likely to carry a range of future ramifications for Linux developers and administrators. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

A PBX for everyone with Asterisk@Home

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Asterisk, the open source private branch exchange (PBX) from Digium, has the power to change the telecommunications industry in much the same way that Linux is changing the operating systems market, but it needed work to simplify installation and configuration. The recent release of Asterisk@Home, a Linux distribution dedicated to making Asterisk easy to install and configure, is a big help.

Oz open source consultancy accuses Microsoft of unfair practices

Australian open source consultancy Cybersource has said it will file a formal complaint with the country's competition commission against Microsoft for engaging in unfair practices. Accusing Microsoft of stifling competition in the marketplace, Cybersource will provide the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) with a whitepaper entitled "The cost of software monopoly: how Australian consumers lose", accompanied by a formal complaint. Cybersource claims that Microsoft's practices are costing end users A$200 million (£86.5 million) a year

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r0a Screenshot Tour

Debian recently reported - The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 3.1 codenamed ``sarge'' after nearly three years of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of eleven processor architectures, includes KDE, GNOME and GNUstep desktop environments, features cryptographic software, is compatible with the FHS v2.3, and supports software developed for the LSB. OSDir has screenshots of 'repaired' 3.1r0a release.

3 Questions: Ethical Use of Open Source

  • ITBusinessEdge (Posted by dave on Jul 28, 2005 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
With Joerg Schwarz, who recently conducted research on the ethical issues surrounding open source software and licensing. Question: What are the components of ethical use of open source software in the enterprise by IT professionals?

KDE Keeps Advancing

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jul 28, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
The latest open-source K Desktop Environment offerings improve both its desktop interface and its office suite.

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