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Win4Lin Pro Desktop 4.0 lags behind free alternatives

One of the oldest virtualization products, Win4Lin, is starting to show signs of aging. Win4Lin flourished in 2000, when competition was sparse and expensive. But seven years on, not only are there several virtualization products, but almost half a dozen are available for free. With no visible improvements over its previous version, Win4Lin Pro Desktop 4.0 is now outdated and outclassed.

Ten Open Source Security Apps Worth Considering

Are open source security tools really as secure as those available for sale? Yes, say a growing number of enterprises. While some are understandably hesitant to employ solutions that are openly available to hackers and users alike, many organizations are finding that open source tools not only cost less, they are at least as secure as commercial products, if not more so.

SNOWMED transferred to an international body, ready for inclusion in FOSS

The College of American Pathologists has justTransferred SNOWMED CT toInternational Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). It is now available for use inside any of theIHTSDO Member countries if you are in the US, you can still get it fromNational Library of Medicine viaUMLSKS. However you still have to agree to the License Agreement for Use of the UMLS® Metathesaurus. It provides for some very FOSS unfriendly terms... included after the gap.

Bits from the DPL

It's already been 10 days since I started my DPL term and I haven't made any formal announcement yet, so here it is. It's a bit late to comment on the elections, but let me thank all other candidates anyway, with extra sympathy for Steve McIntyre who for the second time came second by less than 10 votes and Gustavo Franco who had a platform very similar to mine yet wasn't rewarded with as many favorable votes. Also many thanks to Anthony Towns, my predecessor, and Steve McIntyre again for making the switch as comfortable as possible.

People Behind KDE: Tom Albers

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to The Netherlands to talk to another developer of the KDE-PIM realm. Saving both your hands and your email frustrations - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Tom Albers.

Has Fedora Lost Its Charm?

Don't get me wrong, Fedora is an excellent distribution but it seems to be losing some of its speed. I will still likely use Fedora 7 on a number of personal machines in hopes that Fedora 8 rebounds, but I certainly have been tempted to install Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.

Adobe Open-Source Move Sets Showdown with Microsoft

Adobe's plan to open-source its Flex Web development framework offers at least a partial open-source alternative to Microsoft's Silverlight and Extensible Application Markup Language.

First Ubuntu Live conference set for July

Registration opened today for Ubuntu Live, the first official conference dedicated to Ubuntu. The three-day conference will be held July 22-24 in conjunction with the O'Reilly 2007 Open Source Convention, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. The conference will showcase a wide-ranging program of expert-led sessions and tutorials to inform and educate the growing Ubuntu community, from power users to the simply "Ubuntu-curious," an O'Reilly spokesperson said.

Adobe to Open Source Flex

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced plans to release source code for Adobe Flex as open source. This initiative will let developers worldwide participate in the growth of the industry’s most advanced framework for building cross-operating system rich Internet applications (RIAs) for the Web and enabling new Apollo applications for the desktop. The open source Flex SDK and documentation will be available under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).

$175 OLPC deals blow to open source, guarantees Microsoft’s continued dominance

Yesterday Nicholas Negroponte, former director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab now head of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child project, gave analysts and journalists an update on the OLPC project. Two big changes were announced - the $100 OLPC is now the $175 OLPC, and it will be able to run Windows.

[Like we didn't see this coming. Is there anything Microsoft can't do?, besides make a decent Operating System? - Scott]

Announcing Fedora 7 Test 4 (6.93)

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of the fourth and final test release of Fedora 7.

Qantas ditches Linux for AIX

Airline looks to IBM's Unix-based AIX platform to handle internal finance systems, says "stability issues" a factor.

[Stability Issues, are they kidding? Talk about a talented salesperson.. Oh well, at least its not M$ - Scott]

Linux Community, Meet Your (Race Car) Driver

  • Tux500.com; By Bob Moore (Posted by bobm77 on Apr 27, 2007 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In the second installment of the Tux500 Audio Blog, it's my pleasure to introduce you to Stephan Gregoire. Stephan is the driver of the #77 Chastain Motorsports entry in this year's Indianapolis 500. He'll also be representing the Linux community in it's biggest marketing effort to date! Come on over, and allow Stephan to introduce himself...

Getting things done with Tracks

I broke down and read Getting Things Done (GTD) in February (after letting the book sit unopened on the couch for a month). When I finished, I was determined to adopt the popular organizational method. I searched for a solid software tool to track projects and next actions, and found dozens of desktop-oriented applications to choose from. One of the GTD axioms is to collect all of your tasks, projects, and lists in one place; since I regularly use four PCs and laptops and a mobile phone, finding a GTD-aware tool that would run as a Web app was paramount. I settled on Tracks; it is open source, easy to use, and accessible from anywhere.

Is Microsoft's monopoly kaput?

In just a few short days our choices in desktop operating systems seem to have tripled. Not only has Dell agreed to distribute Linux on certain desktop models, but it's also given XP a new lease on life. Responding to user requests on its Ideastorm site, Dell has agreed to offer consumers the option to get XP and not Vista on select Dimension desktops and Inspiron notebooks -- at least until Microsoft sends XP off to the OS boneyard in January 2008. Even Michael Dell is running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn on one of his home notebooks.

OpenSUSE drops ZENworks, opens YAST

Novell openSUSE project has had a recent history of trouble with its update programs. Now, to make updating openSUSE more pleasant, the project is dropping its support for ZENworks and opening up YAST to community development. In an openSUSE development list management note, SUSE Project Manager Andreas Jaeger wrote, "OpenSUSE is focusing on native software management by using YAST and Libzypp, the package management library."

No fame, no blame, we win anyway

"This is the attitude I think should be demonstrated by the team of the project: it already won. The community already won. We won. Almost 10 thousand dollars is in the bank and we'll use it, one way or another, to promote the biggest collective representative of Free Software, GNU/Linux."

Linux Sugar Spreads Computer Literacy to Children

The OS for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a port of the Linux kernel but with a unique interface called Sugar. In this article, learn about the Sugar human interface, and how to virtualize, use, and develop for Sugar. OLPC is targeted towards children around the world, with the missions to develop a low-cost laptop (USD100) with a novel user interface and applications that allow children to experiment with tools for expression and learning.

Oracle's Unbreakable Linux...All about Microsoft?

I had lunch with a friend today that is making me reconsider some of my previous comments on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux moves. I still think the company went about it in the wrong way, but it makes more sense to me now. What If Oracle's move against Red Hat was not about Red Hat at all? What if it was in response to the Microsoft threat?

Robots for the rest of us

Carnegie Mellon University unveiled a new project Thursday designed to help people make robots from parts found at the local hardware store.

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