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After testing VMware's new Player on Windows a few weeks ago, I wanted to see how it performs on Linux. While the Player is a great tools for Windows users who want to see what its like to run Linux, the inverse of that equation doesn't play out the same way. Curiously, Microsoft wasn't interested in loaning me a Windows XP image, but that was OK. I tried another operating system instead -- a Linux distribution that looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Google Inc. on Tuesday confirmed that it is using Ubuntu desktop Linux technology internally, but remained tightlipped about its purpose.
The Register, a U.K.-based technology news site, reported Tuesday that the Mountain View, Calif., search engine was developing its own Linux distribution for the desktop using the Ubuntu open-source operating system.
A Google spokeswoman confirmed that the company uses Ubuntu technology, but declined to say what for.
"We utilize the Ubuntu technology for internal use, but have no plans to distribute it outside of the company," the spokeswoman said. She also denied the company was using the name "Goobunto" internally for the software, saying, "It's just an internal system."
Take a well resourced, 10-year-old open source project with a global user community. Add support for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Semantic Web standards and some hard-core computer science research, and what do you get? In the case of Protégé OWL the answer is the best application I've seen for modeling, capturing, and sharing knowledge about the real world -- the kind of fuzzy, variable and unpredictable "stuff about stuff" that's hard to squeeze into the nice neat rectangular tables of a conventional database.
But today, I'd like to talk about an extension I added the other day that's particularly cool: Viamatic foXpose. This extension lets you view all of your open tabs as thumbnails within your browser window with the click of a mouse. After installing the extension, just click on the little window pane in your status bar to view all of your tabs at once like this:
Foreword: This whitepaper from FSMLabs describes the use of the company's RTLinux real-time Linux operating system in three research and development projects involving ad hoc wireless networking technology for military and civil service applications. The projects involve software-defined radio, saving power with directional antennas, cellular/IPv6 network interoperation.
Psychsoft, a Quincy, MA computer manufacturer, announces the 64 Bit Psyborg Extreme Workstation with Intel Dual Core Processor. The 64 bit Psyborg Extreme Workstation is designed from the ground up around the breathtakingly fast Nvidia Quadro FX 4400 video card with 512 meg of graphics memory, Intel's 600 series dual core 64 bit processor and SUSE Linux 64 bit operating system to meet the demanding needs of Graphics Designers, Architects and Scientists who need to produce high quality graphic output in a short amount of time.
Harris and BBN Choose RTLinuxPro for Mission-Critical Software-Defined Radio and Other Advanced Wireless Applications
Migration from Windows to Linux has always been one of those tasks that we've all been able to perform from one extent to another, but it hasn't been simple has it? Sure, it can be done, but can it be done easily? That is the ultimate question.
IBM is giving-away DB2 Express-C, a version of DB2 Universal Database Express Edition to the developer community. DB2 Express-C is a no-charge data server for use in application development and deployment. It provides the same core data server features as DB2 Universal Database Express Edition. DB2 Express-C offers a solid base to build and deploy all applications including: C/C++, Java, .NET, PHP, and more.
iRobot uses embedded Linux to build an autonomous UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) that does military scouting, guarding and hauling supplies.
A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months.
Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.
Nokia is contributing the core components of the Python for S60 software to the open-source developer community in order to encourage developers to take advantage of the potential for open-source mobile applications development on the S60 smart-phone platform.
The first security and stability update to Mozilla Firefox 1.5 has been released. It is recommended that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest version.
Instead of making technology predictions for 2006, the Power Architecture challenge takes prognosticators to task, debunking some classic fortune-telling myths
, showing how much successful scrying and blindfolded dart-playing have in common.
The ReactOS team has suspended development to do a code review amid concerns that stolen code from the world's most used OS found its way into the project.
Spread Firefox has translated the secret of open source's power - a huge, distributed and connected development team - into the sphere of marketing. But where are Spread Linux, Spread Thunderbird, Spread GIMP, Spread Audacity and the rest? [Ed: Seems like Glyn and Helios need to get together on this. Helios is behind the Linux4Austin project. - dcparris]
Opinion: The GPL 3 may yet change into something that Linus Torvalds can bless, and if that happens, Linux and Solaris may trade code after all.
Among other things, Enron prided itself on hiring the best and the brightest. A peak inside its email records provides a contrary view. The sample collected by Email Battles exposes sexual humorists, bathroom jokers, and outright perverts
. All in all, a rogues' gallery of sophomoric comedic wannabees. The lesson: Your email (and IM) history lives forever. Hopefully, it won't come back to haunt you like it has the employees of Enron.
Book Review -- The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques
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