About 200 seasoned and budding programmers from all over India gathered at the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi earlier this month for FreeDel 2006, a two-day event on FOSS in education organized by the Delhi chapter of the Indian Linux Users Group.
The software industry has succeeded in gaining a reputation for rushing buggy products to market. Deserved or undeserved, this label is sticking like glue, and that’s where specialised software testing companies come into the picture. As usual, some Indian companies have latched on to this opportunity.
The popular distribution formerly known as Mandrake, and with no Purple Rain to be seen, will include in its next 2007 release Transgaming’s Cedega engine to play mainstream Windows gaming titles out of the box.
There was a time when the only storage a small business required was a filing cabinet and the odd cardboard box or two. But increasing reliance on electronic data processing has seen demand for fast, reliable and secure storage – mostly magnetic disk – grow exponentially in recent years.
European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has acknowledged that there are "legitimate concerns" about proposals to create a pan-European patent litigation system. Addressing the European Parliament's plenary session on Thursday, McCreevy said industry is not happy with either the proposed Community Patent system or the EPLA (European Patent Litigation Agreement).
Alfresco Software is readying the final piece of its open-source enterprise content management (ECM) software suite with the unveiling of a preview of its Web content management product.
TCS has taken some screenshots of the fresh new Ubuntu 6.10 Beta. "The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Beta Release of Ubuntu 6.10 - code named 'Edgy Eft'. Highlights include: GNOME 2.16; OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 RC2; X.Org 7.1; task selection for easier installation of mail servers, web servers, etc.
Trademarks, licensing agreements, branding, and other fundamental product issues remains unchanged
This week the People Behind KDE series is featuring Philip Rodrigues. He mostly is active as a documentation contributor, but he also does user support and some coding.
As an MP3 and MPEG player, the Hauppauge MediaMVP lets you play digital media through your television set. It is the smallest, and on of the least expensive, non-handheld Linux systems out there. Go inside this tightly purposed embedded device, exemplifying compact Linux implementation on minimal hardware.
Konversation developer Eike Hein noticed KDE appearing on new US drama Heroes. This follows previous outings on 24, Alias and the making of Lord of the Rings. Kopete is the star of the episode, but you don't have to be a hero to make use of KDE's multi-protocol instant messenger.
Macraigor Systems is shipping a tiny, low-cost USB-interfaced JTAG debug tool with support for Freescale processors. The usb2Sprite connects via USB 2.0 to the development system, and provides access to the on-chip debugging features of Freescale's ColdFire processors and DSP 56300 digital signal processor, according to Macraigor.
Sabayon Linux, a live DVD that is claimed to transform a computer into a Gentoo system in less than five minutes, now has a smaller cousin: Sabayon MiniEdition, available for download as of Sept. 27.
Continuing its push to facilitate more collaborative product development across the manufacturing enterprise, SolidWorks Corp. this week unveiled an updated version of its eDrawings e-mail-based tool that enables users of Microsoft Office, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Google SketchUp software to view, mark up, and measure design data without having CAD software installed on their systems.
Intelligence agencies’ concern about secrecy is an obstacle to good intelligence, which is broadly required to counter any type of asymmetric threat.
Canonical, Ltd. is the company behind Ubuntu: one of the fastest-growing Linux distros on the market today, and certainly one of the most respected among experienced Linux users. Since its inaugural release in October, 2004, Ubuntu has earned a significant and very loyal following among desktop Linux users. More recently, Canonical announced plans to make Ubuntu a player in the enterprise Linux market, including a new server release and extended support packages tailored for business users.
Ever since the word (neigh, rumors) got out about a possible new version of the GPL being worked upon, people have been restless. There were talks about the issues this new version might and should address even before any official announcement was made by the Free Software Foundation. that GPLv3 was a possibility. Now that two drafts have been released, there are still talks, people are still fuming about the issues this new version addresses and the way it does so and discussing the need for all the trouble.
What does it cost to set yourself up at home with a decent computer, internet and e-mail access, plus all the software you’ll need? Buy your computer from a mainstream retailer and you’ll pay £1,000 or more. Add in the cost of the software and you might have to double that figure. But you can slash that bill, and avoid further enriching some of the world’s biggest companies.
Taiwanese integrator E-Way Technology Systems is shipping a tiny, 200MHz x86-compatible mini PC for $99, in single quantities. The TU-40 is passively cooled, comes with 128MB of RAM, and can run lightweight versions of Linux, such as Puppy, the company says.
With business intelligence (BI) heading more widely into Linux these days, vendors are adding more open source componentry in a variety of places, much to the glee of users ranging from financial services firm Tradewinds to health care IT specialist Nequalsone. Jacqueline Emigh reports.