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How do you market your FOSS project?

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 24, 2007 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Blue GNU has launched a simple poll aimed at understanding whether and how FOSS projects market themselves. The 4-week project is an effort to help the community understand marketing and its impact on the progress of various projects.

YaKuake -- Quake-style Terminal

  • Obsidian Profile; By Sean Potter (Posted by obsidianreq on Aug 24, 2007 11:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE
YaKuake is a Kuake terminal emulator that acts like a videogame drop-down console. Perfect for accessing a console quickly, read on for a review.

Installing Fedora on Toshiba Satellite A135-S2246

Installing Fedora 5 on Toshiba Satellite A135-S2246 laptop. Includes Atheros WiFi. Interesting stuff is around getting Mobile Broadband Wireless Card via PCMCIA Slot to work including a solution for "NO CARRIER" error for Sprint Pantech PX-500 mobile broadband card.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 5 Screenshots

The feature freeze, upstream version freeze, and the first artwork deadline passed last week for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. With these freezes, Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 5 has been released with the last of the new features until Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Ubuntu has now adopted system-config-printer (which was originally developed by Red Hat and Fedora) for handling the printing needs that gnome-cups-manager once had controlled, CUPS being upgraded to 1.3, a plug-in finder wizard and extension manager for Firefox in Ubuntu, and the new displayconfig-gtk panel for graphically controlling your X settings. Ubuntu 7.10 is shaping up very nicely and we have one more Tribe release and then the beta release, followed by the final release of Gutsy Gibbon on October 18.


This for the “how the hell have I done this job this long & not known this already?” files. Debian has a file called /etc/rc.local which runs at the end of all the multi-user boot levels, and which you can therefore put stuff in. I’ve had trouble with autofs not starting properly on certain machines (there seems to be a correlation with SCSI or SATA rather than IDE drives, although I do not know why this should be), and putting the line /etc/init.d/autofs restart in /etc/rc.local, whilst arguably a hack, does the trick just fine.

Automated failover and recovery of virtualized guests in Advanced Platform

In our first article in this series, we introduced the Conga management interface. In this article we show how Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1’s Advanced Platform can be configured to automatically provide High Availability for Virtual Machine Guests. Using the Conga management interface, the reader is walked through the process of setting up a shared filesystem guest repository, enabling the failover settings, and demonstrating zero downtime failback.

Microsoft's Open Source Trashware

Opinion: I recently took a look at Microsoft's most active open-source projects and—there's no polite way to say this—they are all junk. OK Microsoft, you want to be taken seriously by open source? I know that's a rhetorical question, I don't believe for one moment that you're ready to really embrace open source. You just want to be able to confuse the market by being able to say that you're "open source friendly." What a crock. Microsoft is open-source friendly in the same way that a butcher is friendly to a cow.

OpenEMR 2.8.3 Released

OpenEMR version 2.8.3 and its companion FreeB 0.13 release are now available fromSourceForge. This release has had a heavy focus on billing improvements, and is a major upgrade.

Visual Studio and Eclipse compared and contrasted

All integrated development environments (IDEs) share similarities because they're all built for the same purpose. But they have differences, too. Some of these can be attributed to application domains, but others result from the IDE design. Getting started with Eclipse can be confusing. New concepts, such as plug-in architecture, workspace-centric project structure, and automatic build can seem counterintuitive at first

Comprehensive integrity verification with md5deep

Most of the ISO images and other software you grab off the Internet come with a message digest -- a cryptographic hash value that you can use to verify their integrity. While almost all Linux distributions come with utilities to read and generate digests using MD5 and SHA1 hash functions, the md5deep utilities can do that and more. md5deep computes MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, Tiger, and Whirlpool digests across Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, Solaris, and other operating systems. It can recursively traverse directories, computing sums for files under subdirectories as well.

Needed - The Two Percent Solution

Most of us live our lives as consumers, and in most countries, regardless of politics, consumers drive the market. It is a rare opportunity to be a two-percenter and the majority of us will never have a chance to breathe that rarified air. It is few that will hear the tap on the door calling us to opportunity. Knock Knock Neo.

Linux vs. BSD, What's the Difference?

Linux mavens are usually pretty sure they'll never go back to (or start using) Windows. They may like Mac OS, but usually don't jump ship for that either. But how about the other open source Unix descendant, BSD? Dru Lavigne offers a basic primer on what's different in PC-BSD for a Linux user, and what's better. In this article, I'll compare Ubuntu 7.04 (Fiesty Fawn) with the (as of this writing) upcoming release of PC-BSD 1.4.

Ingres breaks ice with JasperSoft

Ingres has rolled out its first software appliance using the Icebreaker open source chimera developed with start-up rPath. The database company has released the Icebreaker BI Appliance, integrating its Ingres 2006 database with rPath Linux and business intelligence tools from JasperSoft. The open source combo will, according to Ingres, reduce the cost and time in deploying data warehouses, in rolling out BI to new groups of users, and in managing and maintaining the open source middleware and application stack.

Microsoft Sales Tactics Breed Mistrust

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 24, 2007 1:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
A conversation between two IT management types displayed a definite mistrust of Microsoft's sales reps during a re-licensing negotiation. Yet we're supposed to trust a cmpany with a long history of dishonest behavior and a hostile attitude toward the FOSS community with the OSI stamp of approval?

NCSA's CyberCollaboratory community thrives on open source

In 1993, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) gave us Mosaic, the first Web browser with a graphical user interface. Today, the NCSA is still innovating, creating a project that monitors how global climate change is affecting plants and wildlife, one that tracks oil spills, and another that predicts the possible effects of seismographic activity on bridges and other structures. To facilitate communication and collaboration between stations, NCSA is making use of the Web infrastructure it helped to launch almost 15 years ago, in a research program called the CyberCollaboratory. Not surprisingly, open source software is an integral part of the Web-based intiative.

You install it once, stupids

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, codenamed “Etch”, was released on April 8th, 2007. Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r1, codenamed “Etch” was released on August 15th, 2007. And as usual, the media distributed these news around the globe. It is so unimportant an event, that no experienced Debian user or even developer would care less about it.

Installing Simple Invoices On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 23, 2007 11:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial describes how to install Simple Invoices on a Debian Etch server. Simple Invoices is a web-based, basic invoicing system that lets you create and manage your invoices, export them as PDF or Excel files, email them to your customers, etc. It is intended for small businesses/organizations and home users.

DE: Good Mourning, Windows (Hasta La) Vista (Baby)

My brother Willi isn't a frequent blogger. But what he is, is a teacher/instructor for M$ OS and office software. Now he explains - in German - his experiences with Vista, compares it with Linux, and comes to the conclusion that everything looks pretty 'stolen' from a user's point of view. He is using Ubuntu 6.06 LTS on his Biostar barebone machine, and recently bought a HP laptop with Vista and Office.

[wjl was kind enough to translate the post for us. Check the "read more" link for the english translation. — Sander]

CFS scheduler v20 for v2.6.22.5, v2.6.21.7 and v2.6.20.16

Ingo Molnar has just released a version 20 of his controversial CFS scheduler (currently added to 2.6.23-rc* series) for many old kernel release: “By popular demand, here is release -v20 of the CFS scheduler. It is a full backport of the latest & greatest v2.6.23-rc3 CFS code to v2.6.22.5, v2.6.21.7 and v2.6.20.16. Also, the backported CFS scheduler enables people to test suspected scheduler regressions on older codebases too, to filter out the effects of other changes.

XenSource's Levine And Citrix's Wasson Explain Future Virtualization Moves

Citrix announced Aug. 15 that it is acquiring XenSource, supplier of the Xen open source hypervisor, for $500 million. In a follow-up interview with Wes Wasson, corporate VP of worldwide marketing at Citrix, and Peter Levine, CEO of XenSource, InformationWeek learned how Citrix will try to maintain the Xen open source community, while adding to its product line.

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