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Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. There is no rest for the developers of most distributions - following new development releases of SUSE and Ubuntu last week, the first test release of Fedora Core 5 is also expected shortly. What do you think of the new Mandriva 2006 and how does it compare with other KDE-centric distributions, such as Kubuntu 5.10? A long-time Mandriva user offers his views. Also in this issue: a new release of TheOpenCD, a quick look at RR4 Linux and an observation about the changing attitude of Microsoft towards Linux. Last but not least, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, affectionately known as GIMP, is exactly 10 years old today. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
Yunus Bookwala has published a tutorial dealing with setting up a WLAN HotSpot on a Linksys WRT54GS router using OpenWrt, ChilliSpot, and FreeRadius.
Today we interviewed Tim Baggett who used a bunch of Open Source applications to map a balloon race!
"We needed a mapping system for tracking long distance balloon flights that served two purposes. One was for the benefit of the race organizers who constantly monitor the position of the teams flying the balloons, while the second purpose was to provide real-time tracking updates to a web page so the general public can watch the event unfold. It's a bit like watching a three day horse race! After exploring several other possibilities for a solution, I settled on using the UMN MapServer, PHP MapScript, GDAL/OGR, Postgres/PostGIS and Apache2 on a RedHat Fedora3 system."
RELTRONICS offers a wide range of services including Novell and Suse Linux operating systems installation. They also provide administration and customisation of the Linux operating system and installation of various Linux software.
Linux is Linux and, sure, there are several other great desktops out there. Can I argue that Ubuntu hasn't made great strides in this area? Hell no. They most certainly have, and their progression has been duly noted as so many others have before them and are currently making. Although many might not see the difference, corporations such as Mandriva, Novell/SUSE, and Linspire strive to understand and cater to the lowest common denominator: the average consumer. Almost every other distribution available is a “geek only” thing no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise.
The Generative Internet is more than a seminal brief on behalf of the Net. It provides the intellectual and legal foundations for many arguments to come.
Although IBM already supports a free open source database engine called Cloudscape which provides a migration path to DB2, IBM feels that a free starter edition of DB2 could attract developers that would otherwise use an open source solution. A free DB2 version could also possibly prevent potential IBM customers from adopting the proprietary database solutions distributed by IBM's chief competitors in the database market. Microsft and Oracle both offer their own free starter editions: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, and Oracle Database XE.
At ccMixter, musicians and DJs are using Creative Commons licensing to share music content and build a community of artists, thanks to the open source back-end system ccHost, an infrastructure designed to facilitate storage, tracking, and sharing of multimedia content.
Banks worldwide are opting for the predictability and familiarity of Microsoft's Windows for application servers over Linux, according to a global financial services software company. [Ed: The article mentions only Australia and India. What about in the other 191 countries? - dcparris]
This week is all about simplicity. Mirdir provides a quick and easy way to make an ad hoc backup of important data. With it you can copy a file or directories to your keydisk, or save redundant copies of data you can't afford to lose. It tries to do only one thing, and do it well: mirror a directory.
Florian Mueller, the founder of the NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign that successfully opposed a European patent bill this year, believes that "those announcements by the OIN and the OSDL grossly overstate the effectiveness of those partially ill-conceived approaches. By misleading people they don't put us any closer to a real solution, but even further away from one."
"I'm a Linux advocate. I always want Linux to win. But, I refuse to lie to myself when it comes to Apple's potential with Mac OS X," Tom Adelstein writes for LXer.com. "OS X for Intel would change the PC landscape like no other operating system has or could. Apple should open-source their operating system, port Openoffice.org to Aqua and bundle it for Intel PC's. Offer it for $199 for a home edition and $299 for a professional edition and the world will say goodbye to Windows for good." [Ed: This is MacDailyNews' take on Adelstein's article.
ALISO VIEJO, California, Nov. 9, 2005 - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading commercial provider of open source information technology solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, will be expanding his role by assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his current position as Chairman of the Board, effective December 1, 2005. As CEO, Kizer will leverage his more than 25 years of experience in healthcare to focus and direct Medsphere's rapid growth in the healthcare IT sector. Former CEO Larry Augustin will continue to assist Medsphere as a board member and strategic advisor to the company.
This man maintains KDE's text editor Kate and the associated KTextEditor interface. He also keeps three cats and disappears from his girlfriend for a week each year in the name of KDE.
How can 19,000 people spend a week in the desert talking about "bridging the Digital Divide" between the First World and the Third World and have nothing to say about open source?
The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its server software with free and open-source alternatives, and to install open-source applications on desktops, city officials said last week.
[Ed: After learning of Munich's slow-down, it's certainly good to see Paris is not merely speeding up, but also contributing to the community. - dcparris]
At LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, it occurred to me that I had overlooked a very important Open Source business model, the Membership Model. Confronted by a keynote speech by Stuart Cohen, the leader of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) (www.osdl.org), it became clear that I had jumped into the Advertising and Conversion Models too quickly and had to back up and deal with the membership phenomenon.
Linux is not Windows, and although there are some similarities, you must realise that there may be a few "new ways of doing things" to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux. Linux is an open-source clone of UNIX, a secure operating system (OS) that predates DOS and Windows and is designed for multiple users. The items in the following list generally apply to any UNIX-based *nix system, such as Linux and the various BSD's. For the purposes of this article, assume that it's all Linux.
Advocates of free software and open-source software were neither protesting nor dancing in the halls of the Kram conference and exhibition center at the Internet summit in Tunis. A few critics, including Richard Stallman, questioned why they even came
Net telephone service Skype Technologies is set to make its first appearance in a U.S. retail store.
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