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The Battle For Wesnoth Game Review

  • Phoronix; By W.Russell (Posted by phoronix on Oct 26, 2007 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill TBS game. The genre turn-based strategy, or TBS, is very self-explanatory. It is, simply put, a game where-as the game flow is broken down into turns or rounds and the game plays from there on. Although there are many other fantasy-themed titles floating around the Internet, this one does stand out of the crowd with its many intriguing features. For starters, the game offers nearly 200 forms of units along with 16 variations of races and six factions to choose from. The game allows the users to become creative and embark on their own personalized journeys. From conceiving your own units and characters to forging the worlds you dream of being in, the Battle for Wesnoth is a must-have download for any gamer out there.

Quickstart: Debugging Ruby on Rails Applications

This article is for those that are new to Ruby on Rails, or those that have not spent the time learning the various debugging techniques.

Government Microsoft's $23 million Vista patsy: consultant

  • ITWire; By Stan Beer (Posted by conz on Oct 26, 2007 10:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While the rest of the world is shying away from Windows Vista and looking to deploy Linux across schools, the Victorian State Government in Australia is behaving like Microsoft's patsy by side-stepping competition and adopting Vista in schools, according to a leading local IT consultant.

South African Government Adopts ODF (and not OOXML)

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standrads Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 26, 2007 9:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While many nations, agencies, cities, U.S. States and other governmental units have considered mandating the use of Open Document Format since Massachusetts announced its intention to do so in August of 2005, comparatively few have actually done so. Now, one of the early and consistent supporters of ODF has taken the plunge, and done so. That nation is the Republic of South Africa.

World's toughest jobs: Microsoft's interoperability chief

He's faced with the unenviable task of convincing the world that Microsoft wants to play nicely with competitors - and also convincing the troops and top management that it's worth it. "It's a mixed bag," said Tom Robertson, general manager of interoperability and standards at Microsoft, when asked after his keynote at Interop 2007 in New York how company employees feel about his mission. "Everyone has to recognize … that there is a cultural shift going on."

Who Really Won in Microsoft vs. the EU?

My colleague over at Microsoft Watch, Joe Wilcox, declared that "Microsoft bowed before the EU and took its whipping." Eh, after a couple of days to look at the decision, I don't think so. At best, I'd say the European Union got the more favorable end of a draw.

Microsoft Healthvault Patient Safety in Question

Connectologist Tim Gee considers patient safety and HealthVault: Many have criticized HealthVault regarding privacy and security concerns, or perceived limitations of HV as a personal health record (PHR). I suspect that HV is challenged more by the market's perception of Microsoft's long running security issues than with any actual shortcomings of that type in HV. And since HV is not a PHR, but rather a "platform," criticisms about any lack of PHR features is not relevant. One topic I've not seen addressed is the safety and effectiveness of the data within HV - and I don't mean "safety" as in the data is secure from unauthorized access or misuse.

Distributed Image Management for Linux Clusters

Discover a scalable image management tool that allows blades to run a Linux distribution over the network without a local disk. Operating this tool, Distributed Image Management for Linux Clusters, requires no modifications to the image. Its new version supports blades for IBM BladeCenter with the Cell/B.E. processor, including the QS20 and recently announced QS21.

Transifex, Fedora and Upstream L10N

Free software is used all around the world, and as such it needs to be translated to all kinds of different locales. Fedora has a very active translation community, and they decided it was time that some better tools existed for contributing translations and integrating with upstream. To find out more about this, I talked with Dimitris Glezos, discussing the new Transifex project, what it was like to work on a Google Summer of Code Project, and much more...

RAP severside vs Google Web Toolkit clientside

Is serverside Java, SWT, JFace, and the Eclipse Workbench enabled Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) better than the slower clientside enabled Google Web Toolki?

Profitability first, then open source, works for Projity

Projity is a company that provides two alternatives to Microsoft's popular Project application. Project-On-Demand is software-as-a-service (SAAS) code that runs in any browser and is available via a monthly subscription. OpenProj is a desktop version of the application that is built on Java and is licensed with the Common Public Attribution License (CPAL). Though Projity only recently "open sourced" its project management application, CEO Marc O'Brien says that the company's plan "the entire time" was to eventually do just that.

OOXML vs ODF: where next for interoperability?

Gary Edwards of the Open Document Foundation has a fascinating post on the important of Microsoft Office compatibility to the success of the ISO-approved Open Document formats. It is in places a rare voice of sanity. In Edwards’ opinion, there are technical and political reasons why seamless ODF interop cannot be baked into Microsoft Office. Therefore the Foundation is now working on interop with the W3C’s Compound Document Format.

Compiler Misoptimizations

"Basically, what the gcc developers are saying is that gcc is free to load and store to any memory location, so long as it behaves as if the instructions were executed in sequence,"Nick Piggin noted, describing a linked discussion on the GCC development mailing list. He explained his concerns,"for x86, obviously the example above shows it can be miscompiled, but it is probably relatively hard to make it happen for a non trivial sequence. For an ISA with lots of predicated instructions like ia64, it would seem to be much more likely. But of course we don't want even the possibility of failures. The gcc guys seem to be saying to mark everything volatile that could be touched in a critical section. This is insane for Linux."

FSF Compliance Lab online meeting addresses license questions

The Free Software Foundation's (FSF) Free Software Licensing and Compliance Lab held a public question and answer session in an IRC meeting last night. The meeting was conducted by Brett Smith, the licensing compliance engineer at the FSF. Smith began by addressing some of the recent FUD surrounding the GPLv3 license, then moved on to answering some of the questions and misconceptions regarding it.

What 10,000+ People Say About Linux Graphics

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Oct 25, 2007 11:44 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This past Sunday we started our first-ever Linux Graphics Survey that looked at the usage of X.Org display drivers, hardware, and the display features being sought after by Linux desktop users. In less than four days, we received over 10,000 survey submissions! This survey will be going on until November 21, so if you haven't yet participated you still have plenty of time to do so. But for those of you that have already taken the survey, what are the results so far? Well, below are the percentages from all of the responses collected before 10:00AM PST today. In Late November when the survey has ended, we will present the final results.

Forbes columnist Dan Lyons says he really likes Linux, no matter what anyone else says (video)

During a session at the 2007 Online News Association conference in Toronto, Canada, I had a chance to point my video camera at Forbes columnist (and Fake Steve Jobs blogger) Dan Lyons. He told me that people who say he dislikes Linux are not being fair to him; that out of 70 articles he's written about Linux, 67 have been positive, and he absolutely denies that he is paid by Microsoft to write what he does about Linux, Apple, or anything else.

Should we really be *happy* about AMD's release of specs?

"It is AMDs duty to release both specifications and drivers for their cards. It is the ONLY ethical and fair thing to do. So to be happy that they released specs is like a chained man being happy for having its one arm being unchained even though the other is still tight under lock."

Designing Web Navigation

The key to Kalbach's expertise in writing this book is his current role as a Human Factors Engineer at LexisNexis. For those of you who don't know, Human Factors or Usability is the study of how well web users with varying degrees of experience and skill are able to maneuver through your website. While you may think you've designed and launched a really cool website or the average home user, if my Mother can't figure out how to get from the home page to the product page she wants to look at or can't find her way from the product page to where she needs to go to either download a demo or get to the shopping cart, you're website turns out not looking so cool.

Linux in 1910, according to Google Timeline

Fire up the De Lorean Marty, we've got to go back and correct the Linux time line!

Ripping and Encoding Audio Files in Linux

  • PolishLinux.org; By Rafał Topolnicki (Posted by michux on Oct 25, 2007 7:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Listening to the music played back from original audio CDs on a home computer creates clear discomfort — the CD drive is being blocked and the CDs have to be changed again and again (unless you have a home jukebox). Now it’s time we learn to rip (grab) our own audio collection and save it to a hard disk in the form of .mp3, .ogg, or .flack files.

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