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Astounded in Arahuay

I recently returned from a grueling three-week stay in Peru, where I worked with the serious Ministry of Education team entrusted with the country’s 260-thousand laptop OLPC implementation. I wanted to know what the laptops had done for the kids. I told them I’m not a reporter, I don’t answer to the Ministry, and — an important disclaimer for an overpoliticized country like Peru — I don’t pander to bullshit politics. I wanted to hear if they thought the laptops were helping. After looking at me blankly for a good half-minute, Mr. Navarro shot back with “evidentemente”, “obviously”, and palpably left off “you idiot” from the end of the sentence. I appreciated the small courtesy and asked a more specific question: what changed in the 8 months since the laptops arrived?

NVIDIA 171.06 Linux Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 7, 2008 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
On the same day as the limited open-source support arriving in the xf86-video-nv driver, NVIDIA's binary display driver for Linux has been updated to officially add support for the GeForce 9600GT graphics card. This new driver update is version 171.06 (Beta) and its only change is the added 9600GT support, but that's compared to the 171.05 driver that was targeted specifically for the Tesla S870.

Review: Flock - Open Source Social Media Browser

If you are a social media hound you probably have aFlock: Open Source Social Media Web Browser Flickr Uploader, a web browser chock full of extensions, maybe a Twitter client like Twhirl, and a slew of other tools for interacting on the web. Maybe it’s time to consolidate all these tools into your web browser. That is where Flock comes in it’s a web browser for the collaborative web.

Mozilla Expands Prism Desktop EffortMozilla Expands Prism Desktop Effort

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Mar 7, 2008 8:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
Mozilla's greatest success to date has come from its online efforts with the Firefox web browser. Since at least October of last year they've been working on the Mozilla Prism effort to bring the online experience to the desktop. That effort is taking a major step forward today. Instead of struggling with Mozilla Prism to create a standalone desktop version of a Web app, there is now a point and click browser plugin to do the magic.

Amazon's Linux answer to iTunes is a winner

Are you a Linux user suffering from iTunes store envy? If so, Amazon has a deal for you. While any good Linux media player, like my own personal favorite Banshee, will let you rip music from CDs, there hasn't been a good source to buy music online for Linux players ... until now.

Facelets fits JSF like a glove

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Richard Hightower (Posted by jmalasko on Mar 7, 2008 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The mismatch between JSF and JavaServer Pages technology is a serious problem in JSF development. This article introduces you to the advantages of Facelets: easy HTML-style templating and reusable composition components.

'Fuzzy' royalties policies challenge Microsoft's open API pledge

Royalties charged by Microsoft on Windows APIs and protocols are the next hurdle the company must clear in its wooing of open source developers. Leading open source figures have questioned charges Microsoft makes on its protocols and APIs, with a call to clarify whether Windows server, client and application APIs and protocols that Microsoft has pledged to "open" will come free of charge, and how payments - if levied - would be collected.

SCO CEO McBride Gets Ready to Leave

It's been an open secret that controversial SCO CEO Darl McBride was being forced out. Now, in an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune, McBride admits that his days at SCO are numbered. In the interview, McBride said, "Clearly when we draw up a battle plan for what we've been working for the last several years, trying to get SCO's intellectual rights fought through in the courts and the marketplace, the endgame didn't have this sort of outcome for me personally."

MindTouch learns the open source walk

How do two former Microsoft employees end up heading an open source company? In the case of Aaron Fulkerson and Steve Bjork of MindTouch, the decision was based on the wish for independence and to work more closely with customers, according to Fulkerson. The two partners suffered some initial criticism because of their past employment, but have largely survived it by learning how to interact with the free software community.

SFLC to Dismiss GPL Lawsuit

The Software Freedom Law Center and High-Gain Antennas jointly announced March 6 that High-Gain will conform to the General Public License and that as a result the SFLC will dismiss its GPL lawsuit. The suit began when the developers of BusyBox, a set of embedded Unix utilities licensed under the GPLv2, asked High-Gain to provide access to its source code, which used BusyBox code. The company didn't respond, so BusyBox brought the licensing disagreement to the SFLC's attention.

Changing UIDs and GIDs without harming your server

It's important to know what happens to file ownership in AIX once you make a UID or GID change. If you don't understand the results of altering a UID or GID, you could cause serious issues to your server and environment.

NVIDIA Performance: Windows vs. Linux vs. Solaris

Earlier this week we previewed the Quadro FX1700, which is one of NVIDIA's mid-range workstation graphics cards that is based upon the G84GL core that in turn is derived from the consumer-class GeForce 8600 series. This PCI Express graphics card offers 512MB of video memory with two dual-link DVI connections and support for OpenGL 2.1 while maintaining a maximum power consumption of just 42 Watts. As we mentioned in the preview article, we would be looking at this graphics card's performance not only under Linux but also testing this workstation solution in both Microsoft Windows and Sun's Solaris. In this article today, we are doing just that as we test the NVIDIA Quadro FX1700 512MB with each of these operating systems and their respective binary display drivers.

Steve Jobs' Endangered Second Act

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 7, 2008 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the fantastic success of the iPod and iTunes, the successful launch of the tectonically innovative iPhone and the rejuvenation of Mac sales, Steve Jobs seems about to prove himself an exception to the rule that "There are no second acts in American lives." But will he in fact pull it off, leading Apple to dominate the mobile platform of the future after losing the PC to his rivals? Given yesterday's announcements of yesterday, I'm afraid not.

Approaching the Singularity at Microsoft

And you thought all Microsoft ever did was roll out endless iterations of Windows and Office in between buying some competitors and threatening to sue the rest -- but there's something going on up in Redmond, Wash., that looks like genuine innovation. Yep, Microsoft has been working on a new operating system -- one they say is unencumbered by four decades of computing history -- called Singularity. They've been hacking away at the thing since 2003, but this week saw the first public release of the code. I can barely understand what they're talking about, but it looks as if installing the thing gives you a very Unix-like command line.

Spicebird: Thunderbird, Lightning, and a dash of collaborative flavor

Spicebird is a cross-platform email and collaboration client derived from Mozilla Thunderbird. If you are a fan of Thunderbird, but need more from it than the standard build provides, you may want to give this new bird a try.

Long time .. no blog

I’ve been long interested in the differences and similarities between Debian and Ubuntu. Many Ubuntu developers are current/former Debian developers and users but I think at this point probably a majority have “grown up” in Ubuntu like I have. Because Ubuntu is so heavily dependent on Debian, it behooves us developers to understand Debian processes, policies, and yes, even politics. I thought I’d just randomly share some thoughts on Debian from my Ubuntu-biased perspective.

[Despite the less-than-inviting title, the topic here is important -- Steven]

Use Drupal to empower your OSS project community

When I started my tenure as marketing lead for the Haiku project in 2006, my highest priority was to renovate the project's Web site. Haiku had been using a custom-coded site which was showing its shortcomings as the project and the community grew in size. The admins wanted a new site that was easy to add content to and maintain, preferably based on an open source content management system (CMS) with a proven track record. The Web team chose Drupal 4.7 for the task. After working with the web team and a few other contributors for a few months, I built Haiku a new Web site that included not only more content, but most importantly more participation from the community

Cooking XML with OOP

  •; By Hasin Hayder (Posted by bhushanp on Mar 7, 2008 8:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
One of the great blessings of PHP5 is its excellent support to manipulate XML. PHP5 comes bundled with new XML extensions for processing XML easily. You have a whole new SimpleXML API to read XML documents in a pure object-oriented way. Also, you have the DOMDocument object to parse and create XML documents. In this article we will learn these APIs and learn how to successfully process XML with PHP.

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Alpha 6 Screenshots

Welcome to Hardy Heron Alpha-6, which will in time become Ubuntu 8.04. X.Org 7.3 with a new screen resolution utility that allows users to dynamically configure the resolution, refresh rate, and rotation of a second monitor; kernel based on bringing in significant enhancements and fixes that have been merged in the last few months into the mainline kernel.. Screenshots at The Coding Studio

Microsoft makes online Office play, but not for Linux

Microsoft yesterday announced a beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, an online platform were users can store documents and share them with others. Reviews of Microsoft Office Live Workspace have been varied but if you’re running Linux you won’t get to use the Live Workspace at all.

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