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DesktopBSD 1.0: FreeBSD for the desktop

Underneath the familiar KDE desktop, DesktopBSD is still FreeBSD; in fact, you will find more references to "FreeBSD" than "DesktopBSD" throughout the system. That's because, as the DesktopBSD FAQ says, "DesktopBSD isn't a 'fork' [of FreeBSD] -- it's a customized FreeBSD installation that mainly consists of the DesktopBSD Tools and a collection of configuration files and software for desktop use."

Fluxbuntu nBuild1 Alpha Screenshot Tour

Fluxbuntu.org states - Fluxbuntu is a Ubuntu-based derivative that uses FluxBox as the desktop environment (window manager). It is lightweight, swift and efficient compared to Gnome or KDE. These features makes Fluxbuntu suitable for vast range of computers, from low-end to high-end. OSDir has some great shots of the first ever public Fluxbuntu release in the Fluxbuntu nBuild1 Alpha Screenshot Tour.

Linux system could resolve "Wembley goal" dispute

At this year's International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) a system that goes by the Italian name of Piero, which is capable of calculating the position and movement of people and objects on the basis of TV footage, is one of the projects shortlisted for the IBC2006 Innovation Awards.

Report: The Challenges of Open Source in Non-Profits

Open source seems to present a number of obstacles to those making technical purchasing decisions in those businesses that are classified non-profit. The interesting facet of this discussion, however, is that the same business needs exist in not-for-profit institutions as it does in for-profit ones. At the end of the day, each organization has to have money in the bank to conduct its affairs. Ian Hodge files his debut report for LinuxPlanet.

Red Hat releases delayed Enterprise Linux beta

Release includes virtualisation technology based on the open source Xen project, despite Red Hat executives' disparaging comments about Xen

Solidcore Introduces Next-Generation Change Control Software for Improving IT Service Availability

Links IT Service Management with Infrastructure to Close Change Control Gap

[How in the world they figure WIndows is an 'open' system is beyond me. Oh, maybe they mean 'open to attack'. - dcparris]

Get your network's weather from Weathermap4RRD

  • Linux.com; By Walter Gould (Posted by dcparris on Sep 11, 2006 8:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
When I was investigating the Abilene/Internet2 network sometime back, I found its "network weather map," which graphically shows the load on network segments, to be an interesting tool. I thought something similar could be helpful on our network. Today, we're using Weathermap4RRD to show a high-level graphical representation of our network.

College Taps Open-Source App to Solve Costly Paper Chase

The UNC School of Medicine turns to an open-source system to reduce the costs of course materials.

Motorola E690 PDA phone looks like SLVR, runs on Linux

Before the WinMo-running Q came along, Motorola's smartphones were predominately powered by Linux. It seems that they are returning to the penguin with their next offering, the E690 PDA phone. Naturally, it rocks quite the slim profile (what else would you expect given the relative popularity of the Q and the RAZR); in fact, its styling is eerily reminiscent of the SLVR L7, less the numpad.

Pika Technologies Connects Skype to Asterisk Open Source PBX

PIKA Technologies announced the upcoming release of a new addition to the PIKA Connect product line. The second generation PIKA Connect for Asterisk is a channel driver for the popular open source Linux-based Asterisk PBX, enabling connectivity to Skype.

[It could be a really nice tool. Unfortunately, non-libre software doesn't meet our requirements. Of course, they would need a Wengophone connector anyway. - dcparris]

Ohio Linux Fest Looms!

Ohio Linux Fest -- The name says it all. Don't miss out if you live near Ohio, because the biggest Linux event in the area is about to go down September 30.

Powerful New SGI Server and Storage Solutions to Drive Research by Tasmanian Chemists, Environmental Scientists

SGI Altix 4700 Server and InfiniteStorage Solutions Allow University of Tasmania to Apply Coupled Cluster Theory to Key Chemistry Problems

Standards and the Lessons of 9/11

Last night's Nova program entitled Building on Ground Zero was memorable for many reasons, one of which was its focus on both the importance as well as the economic calculus of standards. Another was the degree to which the US is lagging in the upgrading of crucial standards identified in the wake of the 9/11 catastrophe, although a number of Asian nations have apparently taken to heart the lessons learned five years ago today.

[So how do you see this applying to open standards in the software realm? - dcparris]

Knowledgetreeâ„¢ Open Source Document Management Software exceeds ...

Leading Open Source document management system reaches significant download milestone illustrating very strong community interest

The World Remembers 9/11

On the fifth anniversary of the attack on America, I would like to take a moment and remember those that died on this day. While I and many others were going about their daily routines, America was attacked by misguided individuals who thought that murdering innocent people would make their point that America was an evil nation. Instead of seeing the worst out of America though, this event brought out the best that this country has to offer. It brought out the compassion and patriotism in all Americans. We all did what we could, from those who actually were on site to help, to those who simply prayed for the victims and the survivors.

[It's a good idea to pause from your hacking and writing for a moment to reflect on the tragedy of 11September 2001. Thanks to 'Augustus' for the pause. - dcparris]

Emrupdate.com

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Sep 11, 2006 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Emrupdate.com is an interesting website that is a:'...independent healthcare technology site for a wide range of opinions on the best and worst EMRs as well as heated discussions by thought leaders over government policy, technology trends and other initiatives and the positive or negative impact these will have on the practice of medicine.'

The Problem With Five Versions of Windows Vista

One of the great things about Amazon and other online shopping services is that they usually list items for pre-order months before they're actually released. This allows your anticipation for the product to build more and more until your wait is justified with the release of the item that you've been in expectation of.

[Let me get this straight. 5 versions of Windows Vista will confuse consumers because they're too lazy (your description here) to read the feature label, but they can choose from at least 20 different mainstream versions of GNU/Linux? It must be Microsoft's marketing prowess. Does this mean we're better at helping newcomers figure out which distro to choose? Anyway, I don't disagree about the price tag - along with other issues - driving folks to GNU/Linux. - dcparris]

Continuent: Continuent Ships New uni/cluster for PostgreSQL

Continuent uni/cluster Solution Provides Enterprises Running PostgreSQL 7.4, 8.0 and 8.1 with Advanced Database Replication, Load-Balancing and High Availability for Mission-Critical Applications

BarCamp hits Johannesburg

About 30 people gathered at the Sci-Bono centre in Newtown over the weekend to host BarCamp Johannesburg. Geeks gave talks on everything from extreme programming to "tying up your girlfriend 101".

Cimmetry Releases Linux Version of AutoVue

Cimmetry's First AutoVue Release on the Linux Platform

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