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Much has been made of the argument in Open Source circles about the benefits that Open Source offers developing countries, as opposed to expensive or pirated versions of Microsoft. Some of the more common arguments run, contra-Microsoft, that the expensive and proprietary software that runs on Windows is holding back the developing world. Most imply, directly or indirectly, that somehow Microsoft is haggling with poverty. That is, school kids in China, Pakistan, and Guatemala are being denied access to modern education and technology via the proprietary licensing schemes of MS and the Software that runs on it. So it might be. However, what seems to escape such poverty calculations is the true impact of network security and viruses on developing countries and the impact on the World in general. Specifically, the impact that computer security has on development when networks are based on pirated, outdated, or generally insecure software. The largest and most obvious case would be China.
Embeds SupportSoft service automation technology in the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird email client.
The imminent launch of XenSource's first commercial open source solutions will kick off commoditization in the virtualization software market and threaten VMware's bread-and-butter revenues, observers predict. XenSource, the Palo Alto, Calif. startup that also oversees the open source Xen project, will launch its first management and automation solutions based on the open source Xen 3 virtualization engine in two weeks, said Simon Crosby, founder and vice president of strategy for Xensource.
In the process of my work on the testing security team, I've noticed that many developers still seem to be unfamiliar with how to use the new version tracking features of the Debian BTS.
The Open Source Development Labs Inc. (OSDL), which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and strives to be the "center of gravity" for Linux, is currently conducting a Desktop Linux survey, and DesktopLinux.com readers are invited to take part.
Release 0.18 of Open Clip Art Library, containing over 6,900 scalable vector graphics (SVG) files created by more than 500 artists, is now available for download and use, project developer Jon Phillips said Monday. The Open Clip Art Library is a cooperative effort between artists and users.
Coraid is shipping an ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) NAS (network-attached storage) server that can connect size-unlimited heterogeneous networks to unlimited amounts of add-as-needed storage, the company says. The CLN/20 is powered by a modified Debian Linux NAS distro soon to be available separately.
LTSP's Jim McQuillan wrote on the LTSP site that there are some differences between Ubuntu's implementation of LTSP and the current version LTSP 4.1.1.
"But we have worked very closely with the Ubuntu team to help ensure that it works very well, and I must say that I'm very impressed with the results," McQuillan wrote.
Nonprofit enlists Adobe, IBM, Intel and HP to make Linux more attractive to desktop software developers.
When new hardware that supports virtualization technology comes on the market next year, IT managers will have more to choose from than popular software from VMware Inc. and Microsoft.
Windows shops will likely be looking over the Xen 3.0 hypervisor and commercial products built on this release, such as software from XenSource Inc., in Palo Alto, Calif. Xen is an open source alternative for x86 computers that can execute multiple virtual machines, each with its own operating system (OS), on a physical system. The latest release, Xen 3.0, is expected out in early November.
Vision(TM) X115 solution enables more compact handsets with in-demand multimedia features, while cutting costs by up to 20 percent
India's Canara Bank has opted for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as the platform to automate more than 1,000 branches of the bank across the country, according to Red Hat Inc.
Aims to Promote Linux Software Development in Greater China and Enhance its Popularity
Ruby is a single inheritance language, but it offers some advanced features that Java technology does not, such as closures (think anonymous inner classes on steroids) and mix-ins. This article introduces using the Ruby Development Tools (RDT) plug-in for Eclipse, which allows Eclipse to become a first-rate Ruby development environment. Ruby developers who want to learn how to use the rich infrastructure of the Eclipse community to support their language will benefit, as will Java developers who are interested in using Ruby.
Introduction This is the main Web site for the Open Source Academy, its aim is to encourage the use of Open Source software by local authorities throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, this server will be used to host pages for a similar initiative aimed at SME's across the EU.
We've all heard the hype about how Sun and Google may someday, somehow, produce a version of StarOffice or OpenOffice.org that you'll access online through your browser instead of installing an office suite on your hard drive. Even though I think "The Network is the Computer" makes a fine marketing slogan, I am still going to keep most of my software where it belongs: on my own computer. Here are three reasons why.
Microsoft has claimed the cost of software is not an important issue in the developing world.
Steve Stecklow writes "Jon Lech Johansen dropped out of high school after just one year. He lives alone most of the time, except when he stays with his parents in his native Norway. The 21-year-old doesn't drive, rarely goes to parties and says he has no close friends, except his father. He spends about nine hours a day in front of his computer screen.
"Yet this reclusive young Norwegian is the man who may be the entertainment industry's worst nightmare. Mr. Johansen, Hollywood executives claim, has done more than almost anyone in the world to ignite the explosion of movie piracy on the Internet, costing them billions of dollars in lost sales. He scoffs at that."
In our view, if Hollywood would provide the Linux software to watch the movies we bought as they do with Microsoft Windows and allow us to watch them on our personal computers, then maybe they would not have a problem. -Ed
BEIJING, Oct. 17 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology Limited (Nasdaq: CNTF), a handset application software and handset solution provider based in China, today announced updated financial guidance for the third quarter ended September 30, 2005 and the full year ending December 31, 2005. Based on preliminary information, the Company expects revenues for the third quarter 2005 will increase to approximately US$23 million or approximately 10% over the second quarter of 2005, with net income of approximately US$11 million for the third quarter of 2005. T
Welcome to our issue number 18 of Fedora Weekly News.
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