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Linuxfest Northwest This Weekend

Here’s a tip for Pacific Northwest free software fans; Linuxfest Northwest is this weekend. This is a free, community-organized showcase for open source in the area. The insider tip (from Brian Aker) is that you shouldn’t miss it.

There’s a Linuxfest Northwest talks schedule online, with plenty of subjects and several good speakers — including George Dyson, Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Danny O’Brien, Eric Wilhelm, Peter Scott, Keith Lofstrom, Chris Dawson, Tim Maher, Tim Bray, Eric Harrison.

If you’re in the area this Saturday, grab a friend or colleague you want to introduce to Linux and F/LOSS and go.

WLANs, WPANs, and WMANs...Oh My!

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Apr 27, 2006 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Wireless networks present enormous advantages and just a few drawbacks but one thing is certain...they're not going away. But just how many kinds of wireless networks exist out there?

Linksys ships Linux-based 802.11n WAP

LinkSys is shipping a Linux-powered wireless access point (WAP) claimed to offer four times the range and 12 times the speed of WAPs based on 802.11a/b/g standards. The WRT300N is based on a draft 802.11n specification, and is the first in a forthcoming "Wireless-N" line, the company says.

Soweto's dreadlocked hacker pushes free software

Kgabo Sepuru says he's passionate about freedom, and it shows. He's been a software developer for nearly 15 years and is one of the driving forces behind free and open source software in South Africa's most famous apartheid-township, Soweto.

2nd International GPLv3 Conference concludes

The 7th International Free Software Forum (FISL) in Porto Alegre, Brazil has concluded, and thousands of free software users, developers and activists are now probably headed back to their homes, or enjoying a vacation elsewhere in Brazil's beautiful fall weather. Among those attending the four-day conference were representatives of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), and the new Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA).

Banks 'should give back to open-source community'

Wall Street is making increasing use of open source, but the financial world should contribute more code in return, experts say.

Fear And Loathing In Googlemania

For those poor lost souls still actually using Internet Explorer, they'll see something new on the Google homepage: a promo for Mozilla Firefox. A link directly beneath the search bar reads "Firefox with Google Toolbar, tabbed browsing, safe surfing." Directly beneath that is an example of what the toolbar looks like.

Linux nearing tipping point in goverment?

This research report by a third-year graduate student examines the growing use of desktop Linux among governments in the U.S. and globally. Drawing on published research and comments from industry analysts, the author hypothesizes that desktop Linux may be nearing a tipping point within government settings, after which adoption can be expected to accelerate.

Open-Xchange Announces Comprehensive Feature Upgrade for Community Edition

  • (Posted by sharonpr on Apr 27, 2006 12:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
More than 100 Improvements Extend Usability, Security and Integration Capabilities for Leading Open Source Collaboration Suite

Citigroup buys into open source

Linux on Wall Street: But open source systems don't offer a 'significant' competitive edge, and the cost benefits are 'frothy and overhyped'

Template Monster Launches New PHP Site

April 26, 2006 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Template Monster (, a provider of website templates that enable users to quickly and efficiently develop high standard websites, recently announced the launch of a new website dedicated to PHP - (http://www. The site contains numerous tutorials and materials providing tuition on PHP, MySQL, and a range of Content Management Systems (CMSs).

Virtualization with Xen, Part 3

Since Thursday last week, I splitted up an old machine into 4 virtual ones, like I reported here and here. Now, after a bit of fine-tuning, I got all but one unused one running fine.

Group bug: Flaws flagged in IE, Mozilla, Safari

Newly disclosed, unpatched flaws in three browsers could make the web a more dangerous place to surf, security experts have warned.

Database and support duo take on Oracle

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Database spin-out Ingres is getting a little enterprise support from netCustomer in its unfolding strategy of challenging Oracle in the database market.

Free Software Education

On Saturday evening, April 29th, Irish Free Software Organisation will host two lectures by international free software advocate Federico Heinz. Heinz is the president of Free Software Foundation Latin America and is one of the nine official GNU spokespersons.

Linux on desktop warming up

  • Network World; By John Dix (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Linux on the desktop is still mostly a pipe dream because few large organizations are ready to make the switch, but that didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of proponents at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston last week.

Ie7 For XP Beta 2: Has Firefox Met Its Match?

The new public release of Internet Explorer Beta 2 is, according to Microsoft, more stable and ready to be used. But is it ready to go up against Firefox?

Red Hat Eats JBoss / Oracle to Market Linux? / LJE's Stack? ...

Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss made perfect sense to me. Red Hat has far more credibility if it is providing a whole software stack than if it is just offering various Linux packages. Also both Red Hat and JBoss have been targeting the corporate market and, as a single company, there should be significant economies of scale open to it. It also evens up Red Hat's competitive battle with Novell.

How to share core databases between Unix and Linux

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by solrac on Apr 26, 2006 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Examine how to use the Network Information Service (NIS) to make UNIX and Linux work together, and how to use the Network File System (NFS) to share file systems, both with direct links and through the automounter.

A draft law in France unnerves Web firms

  • International Herald Tribune; By Thomas Crampton (Posted by dcparris on Apr 26, 2006 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Nonetheless, a draft law now best known for potentially forcing Apple Computer to open its music store to devices other than its own iPod, has also outraged software companies outside the sphere of entertainment."

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