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Meet on Free Software begins

  • Newindpress (Posted by dave on May 29, 2005 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“Public-funded software must be open to the public and sharing of knowledge only enhances its richness,” said Italian senator Fiorello Cortiana at a four-nation international conference on Free Software which began at the Technopark here on Saturday. The two-day conference is being organised by the Society for the Promotion of Alternative Computing and Environment (SPACE), Hipatia and the Free Software Foundation-India.

Introducing Rexx, the easy Desktop Linux scripting language

  • (Posted by dave on May 29, 2005 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article by Howard Fosdick, author of the Rexx: Programmer's Reference, tells you everything you need to know to get started using Rexx on your Linux desktop. Linux features powerful scripting languages like Bash and Perl, but these may not be suitable for end user scripting. Rexx, on the other hand, has proven ideal for desktop Linux users, according to Fosdick, yet it combines both ease of use and power, and is available in a three basic forms including procedural ("classic" Rexx), object-oriented, and Java-compatible versions.

Linux, outside the (x86) box

It's obvious -- Linux has become an attractive option for non-x86 platforms. Why? In the early days, Linux ran on just a narrow range of systems, mostly processors compatible with the Intel 80386 processor. But the drive to get the first shell prompt on a new piece of hardware motivates people to do crazy things, targeting a variety of processors that "everyone knows" are not viable Linux platforms, such as handheld computers, watches, game consoles, and a variety of workstations and servers.

Intel quietly adds DRM to new chips

Microsoft and the entertainment industry's holy grail of controlling copyright through the motherboard has moved a step closer with Intel Corp. now embedding digital rights management within in its latest dual-core processor Pentium D and accompanying 945 chipset.

Novell Linux announcements point to possible future of Novell education

A couple of weeks ago we were speculating about the possibilities of a Certified Novell Engineer educational track for Open Enterprise Server. I mentioned the possibility of somehow combining the NetWare 6 CNE with the Certified Linux Engineer certification Novell offers for SuSE Linux (NetWare and SuSE are the two components of OES).

O'Reilly book aims to resurrect shell scripting

  • (Posted by dave on May 28, 2005 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
O'Reilly has published a book on the classic Unix art of shell scripting. "Classic Shell Scripting" describes common Linux tools and shows how to use bash to combine them into scripts that can automate simple and complex tasks.

Executive Interview: Michael Kelley and John Cook of PalmSource

  • (Posted by dave on May 28, 2005 3:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
This installment in's "Executive Interview" series explores PalmSource's plans with respect to morphing Palm OS into a middleware and application stack that runs on top of Linux, with an aim of targeting mobile phones and other wireless-enabled devices.

Security Management Solutions for Eclipse

The Linux based tools from IBM’s software group uses the Eclipse framework as a vehicle for delivering a number of Security Management solutions.

Creative Commons launched in SA

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on May 28, 2005 12:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Founder Larry Lessig joins African counterparts to launch South African chapter of organisation working to challenge and re-define the notion of intellectual property rights.

Pick a Linux, Any Linux

The amazing creative frenzy that characterizes Linux is both a blessing and a curse: a blessing in providing a multitude of different Linux distributions to choose from, and a curse in providing a multitude of different Linux distributions to choose from.

Open-Source GPL Rewrite on Fast Track?

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 28, 2005 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The next edition of the most popular open-source software license, the GPL, may show up sooner than expected and will cover patents, says primary author Eben Moglen.

First-Round Voting in 2005 Readers' Choice Awards

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 28, 2005 7:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
First-round voting now open.

Interview with KDE-PIM Hacker Daniel Molkentin

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on May 28, 2005 7:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
Daniel Molkentin, from the beautiful city of Königswinter in Germany, is one of the maintainers of Kontact and has also been involved in many other parts of KDE. He is one of the developers visiting the NL-PIM meeting this weekend. This meeting, sponsored by NLnet, Trolltech, NLUUG and many more companies, will allow Daniel and the other KDE-PIM developers to get together to further improve the KDE-PIM applications and framework. In this interview we talk about Daniel's involvement in Kontact development, the NL-PIM meeting and future plans for KDE-PIM.

The table of analogs of Windows software in Linux

  •; By Fiodor Sorex (Posted by VISITOR on May 28, 2005 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
One of the biggest difficulties in migrating from Windows to Linux is the lack of knowledge about comparable software. Newbies usually search for Linux analogs of Windows software, and advanced Linux-users cannot answer their questions since they often don't know too much about Windows :). New list of Linux equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software is ready to use.

From the Editor, July 2005: Win-Lose Situations

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Can't we all just get along? The answer is no, we can't, so we'd better at least be polite about it.

Tutorial: WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 3

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 5:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Did you know that your new WiFi-equipped iPAQ can be used as a VoIP communicator? How about your Linux notebook? Rob Reilly continues his series on PDA/Linux interoperability with this look at Skype.

'in India, open source usage is a best kept secret'

  • Sify (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 4:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software is gaining favour among developers so much so that even the government departments are now looking at getting into this development mode. As a prelude, the Anna University in Chennai, too has announced its plans to set up the first national resource centre on free and open source software soon.

Changes in open-source licensing hot topic at LinuxWorld

  • Monsters and (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 4:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The move away from one-size-fits-all licensing is a hot topic at the LinuxWorld show. However, analysts say that the real changes in open-source software development may be coming from the enterprise businesses that support it.

Rendering Everything as Text

  • (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ah, the days of plain-text everything are long gone, what with media files (hooray!) and encumbered binary blobs (boo!). Is the solution to give up your comfortable, efficient, and effective text-based tools? No way. Philip Hollenback proposes that you can render any data format to meaningful text for mail reading, indexing, and more. Here's how.

IBM's Cell Processor Going Open Source?

IBM, Toshiba and Sony plan on releasing full specifications and software libraries in an attempt to get support from the Open Source community.

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