There is no shortage of news this week for those of you following the dot, but to top it all off, I'm pleased to announce that the KDE Project has released another beta for the highly-anticipated KDE 3.4. And again, we're asking you to give it a good testing and report all problems you find on bugs.kde.org. A full announcement is available as well the info page listing source and binaries. Your input is valuable to us and will determine the success of this upcoming major release.
James Gosling says that open source businesses are more hype than reality and that the whole debate on open sourcing Java is "very weird".
As promised KDE Dot News brings you the second part of the two-part interview about Kontact and Kolab. This part focuses on Kontact, the Personal Information Management suite for KDE made with the combination of KMail, KOrganizer, KAddressbook and other programmes.
Open source/free software solutions are gradually increasing Having been viewed for many years as an unprofitable, hobbyist approach to software development by many, open source has matured into an effective alternative to proprietary software. Some even believe the sector may be entering its golden age, with more researchers and companies, governments and home consumers using non-proprietary products.
iBATIS is an open source object-to-relational mapping data layer that has gained popularity in the Java and J2EE worlds. This article covers the iBATIS syntax, and the accessing of data sources.
HP is readying several major announcements that will show that it is working hard to increase its share of the burgeoning Linux server market
There will be a PGP/GnuPG keysigning at LinuxWorld in Boston on February 15, 2005. All those interested in participating should see the event notice and associated keyring at biglumber.com.
Open-source database maker MySQL announced that it has ported its MaxDB database from X86 to Power architecture servers running Linux. MaxDB is not to be confused with the real MySQL database, which is also open-source.
Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Barth told us privately that the mipsel architecture is back in the list of supported architectures for testing. It's been reported that Bdale Garbee's young daughter Elizabeth, who has been a Debian user since she was nine, will deliver a talk about extending Tuxracer at the upcoming Linux conference Australia.
The second beta of Mandrakelinux 10.2 is available. New: three 700MB ISO files via BitTorrent or list of FTP mirrors; full copy of CD to HD during the installation is now available; cosmetic improvements in MCC; new ALSA sound architecture with source mixing.
Broad Community Input Defined DCL Capabilities and Requirements, Adding New Focus on Security, Hot-Plug, Clustering and Storage Advancements
The folks at the corporation that used to be called "Big Blue" and to which I nowadays refer to as "I Buy Microsoft" due to its reluctance to migrate to Linux internally has let go its commercial Rexx programming language product. This is now open source and handled by an independent association. The first open source version of the Open Object Rexx interpreter was made available for download last Monday.
Linux vendor MontaVista Software Wednesday released an initiative that it said should encourage development of Linux smartphones and other mobile devices.
Anyone that watches the free software, open source and gnu/linux related news these days has easily been able to notice the increasing amounts of articles that spread fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about free (as in freedom) software. Some are pretty obvious to people that know, others are more subtle. In order to help fight this dreadful trend we have to be able to identify and inform the wider public of such FUD. Thus, i present you the FUDZilla, a FUD blacklisting project at libervis.com.
IBM today lifted the lid on a range of entry-level Unix and Linux servers based on its Power5 processor architecture. "Never before has IBM offered a eServer p5 system to the Unix marketplace at a starting price under $4,000," the company claimed.
In addition to the same old accusations of lack of familiarity, applications, and support, Linux on the desktop may be facing an attack against its one clear advantage -- price. Microsoft may be willing to make deep price cuts to staunch a potential market outflow to Linux, according to Amy Wohl, a longtime software industry observer who presented a Linux desktop achievement report at the recent OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit in San Francisco.
A look at two open-source refactoring tools, Eclipse for Java and Bicycle Repair Man for Python.
Open Source web browsers are causing untold damage to businesses around the globe, according to Microsoft security specialist David Keppelmeyer. Keppelmeyer believes the sudden rise in popularity of browsers such as Firefox competing for Internet Explorer's market share is not only an attack upon Microsoft, but is directly "squeezing more attacks upon IE users."
Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of MIT's Media Labs, says he is developing a laptop PC that will go on sale for less than $100 (£53).
Unfortunately, the cute FreeBSD daemon is sometimes treated with misunderstanding in the religious and cultural context. That's why The FreeBSD Project is announcing a public competition for the new logo design.