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How to tell good code from bad, redux.

A couple of days ago I asked a question of Technocrat, that question was "How do I, a non coder, tell good code from bad?" and had the rider "Do not tell me to ask another coder." Despite more responses than most other articles, I did not come away with an answer that I could give to anyone else.

Blue Cliff VOE Readiness Training May 8-11, 2007

Blue Cliff, Inc. isannouncing (PDF) VOE Readiness Training May 8-11, 2007 at the Manoa Innovation Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.'...Join the Blue Cliff trainers and get a jump start as they offer“hands-on” learning for implementing VOE. Blue Cliff, Inc. has developed successful methods and support materials to ensure VOE adopter success. The Blue Cliff team has over 80 years of proven experience, successful implementations and satisfied clients...'

It's Time We Had A Talk

If you disagree with what we are doing, you don't have to participate in it. You have every right to be vocal about your attitude and opinion on projects such as this. But to come onto my website and "flashporn" it like you did two days ago, that is unexcusable. The idiots that did it made the mistake of congratulating themselves in a forum on myspace and I was able to google it and find out exactly who they are...I mean besides idiots. You have no right to lie, gossip and damage our efforts because of your Abby Hoffman set of political ideals.

WiFi bug found in Linux

A bug has been found in the MadWiFi Linux kernel device driver for Atheros-based WiFi chipsets that can allow an attacker to take control of a laptop - even when it is not on a WiFi network. The MadWiFi development team have released a patch. However, not all Linux distributions have yet built the patch into their code.

Dear Mr. Gates: Save Vista, Open-Source It

Since Microsoft can't get the bugs out of Vista, why not turn the code over to the people who've shown they can fix intractable software: the open-source community.

Palm plays catch-up with Linux-based OS

In a long-anticipated move, Ed Colligan, president and CEO of Palm, Inc., told investment analysts this week that the company plans to release Linux-based mobile devices by the end of the year. Reaction from the mobile computing community ranged from excitement to caution.

OLPC Sugar User Interface Reviewed

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 13, 2007 10:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
By now, everyone has at least heard of the noble project to bring the world of computing to children in countries where this might not normally be possible. It's been appropriately called the One Laptop Per Child project.

VDC's report on the Embedded Systems Conference 2007

Venture Development Corp. (VDC) recently attended the 2007 Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif. This guest column from VDC's "Embedded Systems Bulletin -- April 2007" presents a summary of the event.

Akademy Conference Programme Available

The programme for aKademy's conference is now available. With KDE 4 technologies now moving into place the talks give a superb overview of the state of the art on the free desktop. Themes include KDE 4 pillars, language bindings, applications, quality control, libraries, operating systems & distributions and community. The conference closes with the most important event in the KDE calendar, the annual aKademy Awards given to the most dedicated of KDE developers.

Wine 0.9.35 Released

Wine 0.9.35 was released today. Broken aRts sound driver now removed for good, many fixes to the Quartz DLL sound support, file I/O performance improvements, the usual assortment of Direct3D fixes and bug fixes.

Linux Professional Institute Announces First LPIC-3 Certified Professionals

he Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (, announced the world's first recipient of the LPIC-3 Core certification: Kazufumi Ichikawa of Japan.

ActionScript 3.0 and Mozilla's Tamarin

ActionScript 3.0 is a powerful object-oriented programming language that signifies an important step in the evolution of the Flash Player Runtime. The motivation behind ActionScript 3.0 was to create a language ideally suited for rapidly building rich Internet applications. Learn how to Script Adobe movies and applications with the next-generation Flash Player Runtime and Mozilla's Tamarin open source project.

Mobile Phones VoIP services start-up uses Open-Source Technology

Recently, I came across a start-up company offering VoIP services for mobile phones. Apparently, they have built the service using almost exclusively open-source technology, such as Asterisk PBX, Debian GNU/Linux and MySQL. Have you had any chance to test the technology? What do you think about it?

Shuttleworth tips Ubuntu "Gutsy Gibbon" plans

With the release of the next Ubuntu -- version 7.04, aka "Feisty Fawn" -- only days away, Mark Shuttleworth, the distribution's leader, announced plans for the next version: "Gutsy Gibbon." In a note to the Ubuntu developers, millionaire Linux visionary Shuttleworth said that Gutsy Gibbon would be released in October 2007.

Indy 500 and Linux Not Newsworthy?

There's a HUGE piece of news out there for Linux as an operating system...and I have only seen it published on, and LINUX IS GOING TO THE INDIANAPOLIS 500!! This is HUGE for ALL Linux distributions...not just one. This is something that can show all those people out there what the Linux community is all about...collaboration, community, camaraderie, and that can't be found in commercial ventures. But where, oh where, is the community reporting this news? The interesting thing is, they aren't...and It's very odd as to why they aren't there reporting this and rallying around it.

OLPC XO Test Build

We've heard a lot about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, which aims to provide a $100 laptop for developing nations, and we've heard a bit about its Sugar interface and other technical abilities, but recently we spent the time with QEMU and a test build of the OLPC XO operating system (Fedora based) to see how it really shapes up.

OSS certification gets lukewarm response

Open source is all the rage but, interestingly, neither Red Hat nor Novell's Linux certifications were among the top 20 professional certifications in ZDNet Asia's IT Salary Benchmark 2006 survey.

Linux and Solaris face off

Earlier this year, we asked our readers why people thinking of Linux aren't also thinking of OpenSolaris (or vice versa), now that both are pukka OSS operating systems.

How To Install Internet Explorer On Ubuntu (Feisty Fawn, Edgy Eft And Dapper Drake)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 13, 2007 1:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This guide shows how to install three different Internet Explorer versions (6.0, 5.5, and 5.0) on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, Edgy Eft and Dapper Drake desktops. This is good for people such as web designers who have switched to Linux but still need to test their web sites in Internet Explorer. In addition to that, there are still a few web sites out there that work only in Internet Explorer.

Debian redefines itself with new release

For much of its history, Debian has been the major noncommercial, philosophically free distribution. Now, as Debian developers and users have deserted the distro for Ubuntu, does Debian have a purpose any more? Debian 4.0, which was released this week, represents a collective effort to answer that question. The philosophy behind the release is best summarized on the home page for the Debian on the Desktop subproject, which states, "We will do everything we can to make things very easy for the novice, while allowing the expert to tweak things."

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