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Building a free software community in a PC Garage

Four Debian enthusiasts in New York City got together in 2003 and created the Community Free Software Group (CFSG), a non-profit entity to promote the use of free software in the local community. Since the group's inception, CFSG members have been busy helping young people in city neighborhoods learn how to install and run Debian Linux on hardware donated by area businesses and individuals.

Microsoft Comes Out of the Closet on ODF Plugin Project

Microsoft's announcement on plugins sounds like new news - but in fact this project has been ongoing for nine months, as Ray Ozzie let slip last October. Why announce it now?

REAL Software Ships REALbasic 2006 Release 3 for Linux; Gives Visual Basic Development Teams a Quick Path to Linux

AUSTIN, Texas, USA (July 6, 2006) — REAL Software, Inc., provider of REALbasic, cross-platform that really works, announced today that REALbasic 2006 Release 3 for Linux is available now. In addition to the over 100 features and fixes that have been added, REALbasic 2006 Release 3 for Linux has been specifically tested and optimized for use with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell.

Virtualization and the Impact of Open Source

What has caused the effective price of virtualization to head toward zero -- and how? In contrast to many who seem to feel that open source and proprietary software operate in two parallel but separate universes — that open source is used by people who can’t afford ‘real’ software, while proprietary commercial software is for organizations that need reliability, scalability, and all the other ‘abilities’ — I believe that open source is already challenging the proprietary software world.

MS: OK. OK, we'll set up an "OS" project to build an ODF killer. Er, we mean translator.

Now that others have built a translator for ODF/Open XML interoperability after the Commonwealth of Massachusetts put out a call for one, Microsoft announces it would like to sponsor an "Open Source" project to build one of its own. What need is this filling? I'd say Microsoft's need to stay in the game. Can there be any other reason to duplicate work that has already been done?

Large investments into WiMAX

No; WiMAX is not dead. For those of you who don’t know: it’s the new IEEE-802.16 standard, and now Intel, Motorola, and others are investing really big money into it.

Microsoft Bows to Pressure to Interoperate with ODF

The company is setting up an open-source project to create a series of tools that translate between the OpenXML and OpenDocument formats.

Who's Afraid of the FBI? Certainly Not Hackers.

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jul 7, 2006 12:10 AM EDT)
Since a contractor used an FBI agent's password and ancient off-the-web utilities to repeatedly crack the Bureau's network, people are starting to ask questions. Problem is, they're the wrong questions. After blowing $581 million on its failed Trilogy IT boondoggle, the FBI re-badged it, then re-sold it to Congress for another $500 million. Unfortunately, the Inspector General's report shows that the "lack of people who know what they're doing" persists. Does J. Edgar Hoover's old team have the minimal competence required to protect itself in the Internet age?

Let's Get Ron Gilbert on Our Side

  • Free Software Magazine; By Matt Barton (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Ron Gilbert can’t find any support for his new game project. Who’s to blame? Well, Gilbert cites unimaginative publishers who are too short-sighted to appreciate his concept. Perhaps it’s time that Gilbert considered the alternative to proprietary game development. Perhaps it’s time we offered him this alternative.

Sun assessing open source 'stacks'

Solaris and PostgreSQL love in

An integrated suite of open source middleware stacks featuring Solaris and PostgreSQL, potentially offered to developers as a service, are on Sun Microsystems' radar.

Switch to Ubuntu Linux

Wow - now even high profiled, long term MAC users get it: read all about it here. I guess that’s what’s happening if you (as a company; in this case Apple) give up too much of your own profile and switch to using what everyone else builds in as well.

Device Profile: Trinity Audio Group portable digital audio workstation

Start-up Trinity Audio Group (TAG) is using Linux and open source audio applications in a small, portable, inexpensive digital audio workstation (DAW) claimed capable of professional-quality recording and mixing. The Trinity DAW is based on an Intel PXA270 processor, and targets field recordists, podcasters, and producers.

Linux: 2.6.18 Release Candidate 1

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the first release candidate for the upcoming 2.6.18 kernel, "the merge window for 2.6.18 is closed, and -rc1 is out there". He noted that the changes are extensive, "the changes are too big for the mailing list, even just the shortlog. As usual, lots of stuff happened. Most architectures got updated, ACPI updates, networking, SCSI and sound, IDE, infiniband, input, DVB etc etc etc." Find the shortloghere. Linus went on described additional changes:

"There's also a fair amount of basic infrastructure updates here, with things like the generic IRQ layer, the lockdep (oh, and priority-inheritance mutex support) stuff by Ingo&co, some generic timekeeping infrastructure ('clocksource') stuff, memory hotplug (and page migration) support, etc etc."

Hardware diagnostics with open source tools

  • NewsForge; By Manolis Tzanidakis (Posted by dcparris on Jul 6, 2006 8:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Kernel
Like all pieces of electronic equipment, computers have a tendency to malfunction and break; if you have never experienced kernel core dumps or unexpected crashes, consider yourself lucky. Many common hardware problems are caused by bad RAM modules, overheated or broken CPUs, or bad sectors or clusters on hard disks. In this article we will introduce you to some open source tools you can use to trace these problems, and thus save time, money, and headaches.

Qlusters: Open Source Meets Systems Management

Recently, Qlusters announced some of the progress it is making with openQRM, its open source systems management solution for virtual environments and data center automation. Since the product was launched in January, Qlusters has seen more than 17,000 downloads, and the number of active contributors to the project has doubled. It has also garnered some recognition in the form of achieving finalist level in three categories of SourceForge's first annual community Choice Awards, and was named "One to Watch" in a recent review of open source systems management solutions by Computer Business Review. In May Qlusters co-founded the Open Management Consortium, which seeks to establish conventions and standards to enable open source integration and interoperability. Qlusters launched this group along with five other companies, and there are now more than twenty members. The cofounders include Ayamon, Emu Software, Symbiot, Webmin, and Zenoss.

Novell to bring home the bacon, according to Hovsepian

It is no secret that Novell has been losing legacy Netware customers. It is also no secret that incoming CEO Ron Hovsepian has been directed by the board to turn things around quickly – some say within six months. The question is whether putting a super salesman like Hovsepian in charge of the show is the answer or does the problem lay with Novell’s overall business strategy.

Network Appliance Targets Linux Clusters

Network Appliance recently introduced an operating system to power its storage for high-performance Linux computing clusters in large-scale computational systems.

Ebay Marketing Director Joins Open Source Company VA Software

Mike Rudolph To Lead The Marketplace Effort

Red Hat: Still Savvy

Forging ahead with the same business model for more than 12 years might seem old hat to some in the constantly changing world of information technology, but business customers say Red Hat wears it well.

Development tool availability and the rise of GNU/Linux

The issue of open source languages and the availability of development tools is a thought process I was having the other day. One of the key tools in the GNU space is the GNU C compiler. Up until its availability on Unix (long before the Linux kernel came on the scene), developing on Unix was limited to whatever tools were made available by the Unix vendor.

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