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Neuros introduces open-source media center

Neuros Technology — makers of the MPEG4 Recorder 2 “digital VCR” — has introduced the OSD, which it bills as “the first open source Linux-based embedded media center.” It costs $229.99.

Pentaho Buys the Weka Open Source Data-Mining Project

Pentaho has acquired the Weka open source data-mining project developed by the University of Waikato in New Zealand. The Pentaho and Weka teams will soon announce a road map covering their plans for enhancements including extension of Weka's analytic techniques to additional vertical industries, and integration of Weka with Pentaho's platform, data integration, and information delivery capabilities.

Dumb customers and dumber software standards

Speak out, or face the consequences

BEAWorld 2006: A senior Citigroup techie today called on customers to make their voices heard in the debates over software standards - or else.

Open Source Perst Lite OODB for J2ME Devices Released

McObject has just released a micro-footprint version of the Perst open source, object-oriented embedded database for embedded systems and intelligent devices developed on the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).

Research Looks at How Open Source Software Gets Written

Computer software systems are now among the most complex, expensive artifacts ever created by humans, and some of the most sophisticated are being built by teams of volunteers as "open source" projects, where any programmer can read the code and suggest changes. A group of UC Davis researchers has just received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how open source software such as the Apache Web server is built.

KDE enthusiasts to ponder next-gen Linux desktop

More than 200 members of the KDE community, industry partners, and interested users will be gathering next week for aKademy 2006 at the Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland to work on the next-generation desktop, KDE 4, and desktop standards.

The New Wish Book: IBM's Linux Migration Guide

When I was kid growing up, the Sears & Roebuck catalog was called the "Wish Book." Sears doesn't publish those three-inch thick catalogs of consumer yearnings any more, but I still collect a different kind of wish book. I must own half a dozen volumes devoted to leaving Microsoft operating systems behind and converting to Linux. For me it's the same sort of fantasy as people who buy travel guides and dream of moving to Bali. Someday, I keep promising myself, I'm really going to do it.

Linux Options Omitted From Vista Survey

It's either the Microsoft way or the highway for computer users according to a survey about the economic impact the Vista operating system could have in Europe.

Teradata Unveils Warehouse 8.2, Supports 64-bit SUSE Linux ...

Teradata, a unit of NCR Corp., has introduced Teradata Warehouse 8.2, a suite of software, hardware and consulting services, that builds on capabilities to infuse real-time intelligence into front-line operations, customer service and strategic planning supporting both strategic decision-making and thousands of daily operational tasks.

[Warning: 2 of the pop-ups got past Firefox when I checked it out. Just so you know. A politely worded e-mail from a large number of readers urging them to reconsider the usefulness of pop-ups would be a good thing. - dcparris]

Vancouver Community College phases in more Linux

A B.C. post-secondary institution said it intends to grow the number of Linux machines in its data centre as it replaces older hardware infrastructure with blade servers.

A visual walk through of a couple of the new features in Vim 7.0

This interesting article gives a visual introduction to a couple of new features in the latest version of Vim (7.0). The USP of vim is that you can do everything using the keys on the keyboard and need not even touch the mouse. More over, this is a universal text editor which runs on a variety of OSes.

New CEO at Sendmail

The Emeryville email security company hired Donald Massaro as president and CEO -- he was previously CEO of Mountain View-based Reconnex Corp., a company he helped to start.

Money In Open Source Document Management?

September 21st, 2006: KnowledgeTree has launched a new reseller program to promote its open source document management solution.

An improved sendfile facility for FreeBSD

The sendfile facility allows a regular file to be sent out to a stream socket. The system call was first implemented in FreeBSD 3.1. This provides many performance benefits for various server appliances. Andre Opperman has implemented an improved sendfile facility for FreeBSD that has so far shown 45% less CPU usage without TCP segmentation offload and 83% less CPU usage with TCP segmentation offload. This is a great improvement over the previous implementation.

[O.k., so it's FreeBSD, not GNU/Linux - but few stories are cuter than "Penguin and the Beastie" - dcparris]

Linux hackers get first dibs on next-gen DVR

Neuros Technology is offering Linux hackers first dibs on beta units of its next-gen DVR (digital video recorder). The Linux-powered device can record MPEG-4 video from cable or broadcast TV, DVDs, etc., and transfer it to portable media players, or serve as a network music player.

Reduce Code Noise with Groovy

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Scott Hickey (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 21, 2006 3:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Groovy's concise syntax frees developers from typical Java constructs that are required for code compilation but don't facilitate expressing what a program is really trying to accomplish. In this revival of the Practically Groovy series, focus on the important aspects of coding as Groovy developer J. Scott Hickey walks you through a series of comparisons between the exciting language normal Java code and the same Groovy code.

Dreamlinux releases v2.1 live CD

An updated live CD version of Dreamlinux, a Debian-based distribution with a Max OS X-like interface, was released Sept. 20. It sports a 2.6.14 Linux kernel along with an XFce desktop, according to the project.

Book Review: Ubuntu Unleashed

  • The Linux-Tutorial; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Sep 21, 2006 2:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
I've just finished two reviews on Ubuntu related books (The Official Ubuntu Book published by Prentice Hall, August 2006 for The Linux Tutorial site and Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks published by No Starch Press, August 2006 for Linux Magazine...appearing in the October 2006 edition) so I wasn't really interested in chapters titled "What is Ubuntu", "Installing Ubuntu" or "The X Window System". To some degree, all Linux distro instructional texts must cover the basic information about what Linux is and how it works so I'm not trying to be cynical. However, when you've read the same material in book after book, it tends to get old after awhile. I was more interested at what made this book different. What makes Ubuntu "unleashed"?

Tuning Utility for Linux on POWER Update Released

  • alphaworks.ibm.com; By IBM alphaWorks (Posted by bex84 on Sep 21, 2006 2:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: IBM, Linux
The updated FDPR-Pro supports GCC 4.1 toolchain and SuSe/SLES10, employs parallel optimization to speed up automatic performance tuning, and allows multiple pieces of output from one piece of input.

Swsoft Releases SiteBuilder 3.0 for Linux/Unix

SWsoft, a provider of server automation and virtualization software, today announced the availability of SiteBuilder 3.0 for Linux/Unix, the latest version of its browser-based website building application.

[The licensing is non-libre. - dcparris]

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