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Announcing FUDCon Boston 2007

On Friday, February 2nd, Fedora enthusiasts will gather at Boston University for the annual appearance of the world-famous groundhog Fedora Phil. According to legend, if Fedora Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of Fedora test releases.

Goodbye VHS, farewell fair use

As VHS tapes and VCRs head the way of Betamax and phonographs, commentator Bill Hammack warns that the right to fair use is in danger of disappearing right along with them.

New Linux mobile phones to use integrated multimedia stack

Sasken Communication Technologies says its multimedia application/codec stack was licensed by Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) for several Linux mobile phones due in early 2007. The phones will run Sasken's "Multimedia Subsystem Solution" (MSS) stack on a MontaVista Linux kernel and TI OMAP application processor.

Portrait: Rafe Levien, font-designer and free software contributor

Rafe Levien sees himself as one of a small but growing collection of people working to reconcile the free software and typographic communities. Most font designers, Levien says, "have a real suspicion of the free software ethic. It's only in the last year or two that we've seen some bridges being built between these two worlds."

Microsoft Hands Out 16,000 SUSE Linux Subscriptions

Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and AIG Technologies have already signed up for the SUSE Linux enterprise subscription certificates Microsoft is offering under its recent, controversial deal with Novell.

A first look at Thunderbird 2.0

After many months of development, Thunderbird 2.0 is almost ready to debut. The Mozilla Foundation released the first beta of Thunderbird 2.0 last week, and I've been using it to manage my mail since then. The new release boasts tagging, history navigation, new mail alerts, improved extension support, and a number of other features. Thunderbird 2.0 won't knock your socks off with exciting new features, but it's a nice, gradual improvement over the Thunderbird 1.5 series.

Trolltech rev's Linux device UI stacks

Trolltech has enhanced its dual-licensed software stack for mobile device UIs (user interfaces), and has moved more of it to GPLv2. Qtopia 4.2.0 features new VoIP (voice-over-IP) and WiFi capabilities, while the Open Source Edition now includes everything in the commercial version except DRM (digital rights management) and telephony components, the company says.

Why Webbrowser statistics lie and just don't say anything

Recent webserver statistics say that Microsoft's webbrowser has a portion of more than 90% of all browser used in the word wide web. They want to make one believe that even Netscape is no longer relevant at all. Well, most people I know do not use MSIE but Mozilla, Netscape or other alternative browsers, even the majority of people that use Windows I know don't use MSIE. So what might be the reason for this discrepance of available statistics and personal experience?

Build a Sample Project with Eclipse Cell BE SDK

In this introductory walk-through, updated for the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) SDK V2.0, explore the Cell BE processor IDE with a click-for-click lesson on how to construct a simple project. Also, get step-by-step instructions on how to create, build, and run POWER Processing Unit (PPU)-and Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU)-managed make projects.

Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL Now Available for Ubuntu

Zmanda Inc., a provider of open source backup and recovery software, announced that Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL, its enterprise-class backup and recovery solution for MySQL databases, is now available on Ubuntu. ZRM for MySQL now supports all major Linux distributions.

Linux Mint 2.1 Screenshot Walkthrough

A new stable version of Linux Mint has been released: "Linux Mint 2.1, code name "Bea", is out and available for download." Here is a brief list of some of the changes since version 2.0: "OpenOffice 2.1; mintDesktop, which adds a lot of desktop improvements; quick access to the computer, home places and terminal; ability to delete files directly without sending them to the trash; mintDesktop home folders...

SPI to transfer domain names to OSI

Software in the Public Interest's (SPI) board of directors has voted to approve the transfer of the and domain names to the Open Source Initiative (OSI). The move is welcomed as a goodwill gesture by OSI, but has already generated some hostility from SPI's constituency.

Mandriva announces plans for Mexico

Mexican local office begins operations in order to offer Mandriva Linux solutions to organizations and people all over the country. It is a fact: Mexico is joining the world's enthusiasm for open source technologies. Linux plays a key role in over 16,000 small and medium businesses in this country, and well-known Mexican corporate groups, such as Comision Federal de Electricidad (the largest supplier of electrical power), employ open source.

Do Ruby on Rails with Ajax nails

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jack D Herrington (Posted by solrac on Dec 20, 2006 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Its well known that Ruby on Rails provides an excellent platform for building Web applications, but did you know how well it works with Ajax? This article takes you through the steps of building a Rails web application and then dives right into using Ajax features to give your application the Web 2.0 rich user interface experience.

Canonical Partners with LynuxTraining to Develop Ubuntu Training Courses

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has partnered with LynuxTraining Sàrl to develop the first dedicated Ubuntu training courses for the 'Ubuntu Certified Professional' status. UCP is a training certification based on the LPI level 1 certification.

Clearapp extends support to open source Java platforms

ClearApp Inc, which manages the performance of Java applications, has added coverage of Java open source platforms JBoss and Apache Tomcat in the new version 6.1 of its QuickVision product. That's in addition to coverage of mainstream IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic platforms.

Do you have a mature testing process?

Or is it just an overhead getting in the way of release?How mature is your testing? Do you slip in a few tests if you have time after the final compile, or are your requirements each defined by a set of tests before you start? Do you review the quality of what you delivered afterwards with a view to doing better next time– or avoid such post-mortems, in case they provide a further opportunity for promoting the guilty and sacking the innocent?

New Linux Software Development Kit Available for Philips SpeechMike Products

Vienna, Austria – Royal Philips Electronics today announced the commercial availability of a new Linux software development kit (SDK) for its new generation of Philips SpeechMike products. Systemwide integration of the new SDK enables users at large legal firms and healthcare organizations to control SpeechMike functions – such as the 4-position slide switch, function buttons, trackball, LED, power mode, scroll wheel and barcode information – within the Linux operating system. The SDK also allows the Philips Foot Control 210 to operate with the Linux system. Philips is believed to be the first vendor to support professional dictation applications in the Linux environment.

Latest EnGarde live CD boasts kernel-level security controls

Guardian Digital last week released an EnGarde Linux Secure Community 3.0.11 live CD, featuring a 2.6.17 kernel, several bug fixes, a number of enhancements to the Guardian Digital WebTool and the SELinux Control Console, and several new packages available for installation, the company said.

Linux Tips: Best of Both--Windows and Ubuntu on a Single PC

"Linux rocks!" "No, it's lame--stick with Windows!" Visit any Web site or online forum where impassioned computer users debate the relative merits of operating systems, and you'll find endless disagreement. The only way to determine which operating system fits your needs is to run both on the same PC, configured for dual-booting. You also need to be able to access your data files from either OS, which is the trickiest part of the process.

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