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Giving Back

In my last article I cited the Vector Linux developers as an excellent example of the way Open Source developers respond to the user community. All of us who benefit from Linux and/or the myriad of Open Source applications out there are part of that community.

Open source software empowers Web widget maker

When entrepreneur Adam Green introduced Michael Kowalchik to the idea of reading lists (OPML subscriptions to customizable collections of news feeds), it got the software developer fired up. "I built a prototype of a reading list browser kind of thing, and the more we talked the more we realized we had a lot of vision in common," Kowalchik says. "I said, 'Hey, do you want to partner with me on this?'" Green, who started out in an advisory role only, decided he liked Kowalchik's interactive browser widgets so much that he would invest his money and his time, and Grazr Corp. was born.

Oracle deteriorating: Sony Pictures CIO

Sony Pictures chief information officer David Cortese has slammed Oracle's aquisition strategy claiming customer service levels have dropped and its products have become "stale".

Songbird -Impressive Media Player For Linux , Windows and MacOS

  • Linux on Desktop Blog; By Ambuj Varshney (Posted by ambuj123 on Mar 15, 2007 3:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The article looks at Songbird which is a media player allows playing of Music files and Video files , it is one of the best looking media player , besides being feature rich it's features can be extended , It has potential of doing what Firefox Did in browser market to media players. Article looks at features of Songbird with lots of screenshot

Bringing Web-based applications offline

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 15, 2007 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Web 2.0 mantra suggests that you forget desktop applications and embrace AJAXified browser-based apps that you can run from any OS, anywhere, as long as you have a speedy connection to the Internet. But what about times when you can't get online? Firefox, Opera, and others are looking to make it possible run applications offline, anytime, anywhere.

A Decade of Linux & Increasingly Stronger

The GNU Manifesto, the internet, and the Open Source movement represent a landmark, joining the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century. Linux, produced by patient hard work, has made remarkable progress

Red Hat aims higher with RHEL 5

With large enterprises in its sights, Red Hat talks platforms and partnerships. Red Hat today announced version 5 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), its server operating system - but at the European launch in CeBIT the talk was not of all the technology inside, such as Xen virtualisation and JBoss middleware. Instead it was all about partnerships, packaging and support. In particular, Red Hat will now work with application developers, both to offer co-operative support and to recommend other open source software.

The fine art of PHP V5.2 memory management

There are many improvements that have taken place in PHP V5.2, and one critical area is that of memory management. To understand the implications of these new features, this article delves into memory management functions in PHP5.2, tweaking the memory manager, limiting memory usage and consides why allocation overhead and speed are a big deal.

2007 Red Hat Summit. You know you want to.

We get it. You're slammed. You can't find the time to blink. Let alone make plans to attend the 2007 Red Hat Summit in San Diego, May 9-11. Stop for a second, OK? Find the time. You'll be rewarded.

Ubuntu's Easy Business Server

The goal of Ubuntu's Easy Business Server is to provide a simple and clean web interface so that small business owners can easily setup an Ubuntu-powered server with little or no Linux/server administration experience.

Why the Office Format Wars are Not Over

Gone are the days when free software could blithely ignore what was happening in the world of proprietary code. The two approaches are now inextricably intertwined as more and more users and companies choose to run both. One paradoxical consequence of this is that as free software becomes more widely deployed, Microsoft's impact on it becomes greater. Against this background, a recent shift in Microsoft's public statements about open source assumes a particular importance.

RHEL 5 released - first look

Today sees the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5. Linux Format has an in-depth first look at the distro, and examines how Red Hat aims to become even more 'open' by using a shorter and clearer SLA, improving community involvement through its Knowledge Base, and providing the new Red Hat Exchange. And yes, it includes XGL...

WSJ: Linux homes in on desktops

The Wall Street Journal Tuesday published an informative article on how Linux is finally starting to get some real traction as the operating system of choice in business and personal desktops and laptops -- not just in servers in data centers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Released

Red Hat announces availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, the Company's most significant collaboration with customers to date; unveils plans to model services and partnerships using same open, collaborative philosophy.

PDFedit fills hole in the desktop

PDFedit is not the first tool for editing PDF files on the GNU/Linux desktop, but it does have a strong claim to being the first truly practical one. Although only at version 0.2.5, PDFedit is already a practical solution for manipulating pages and text in PDF files, as well as for salvaging content in usable formats. It suffers only from an eccentric interface and some of the instability typical of an early release.

Red Hat hopes to solidify lead with new Linux

Red Hat hopes its latest release will lock in its position as the Linux leader as more companies vie for a piece of the competitive market.

Yankee Group rebuts Linux-Watch column

Yankee Group's response to the Feb. 6th Linux Watch column "Weather alert: new Microsoft FUD storm expected." Mar. 12, 2007 The Yankee Group send us a rebuttal to a recent column by Steven J. Vaughan Nichols entitled, "Weather alert: new Microsoft FUD storm expected." Research fellow Laura Didio's response appears below, in an effort to allow our readers to hear both sides of the story and form their own judgments.

DRM won't last: Zimmermann

Crypto guru Phil Zimmermann speaks to us about the potential loss of our heritage to digital rights management. Tomorrow's archaeologists will have plenty of DVDs from our era, and no way of reading them.

Linux on a Plane: What a Pain!

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Mar 14, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
My wife and I recently came back from a business trip from Paris, and even though we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, it was a long week of living out of a suitcase, and when we boarded the plane after twelve security checks in the airport, we were both ready to try to relax and not think about the jetlag that would result from our long flight back home.

SA Open Tuesday gets people talking

South Africa's first Open Tuesday was held on Tuesday night, drawing a mixed crowd of OSS developers and potential investors. The first of what should become an important monthly event on many people's calendars, it started people talking about the possibility for OSS in South Africa to reach its full potential.

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