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10 common misunderstandings about the GPL

The GNU General Public License (GPL) is one of the most widely used software licenses -- and, undoubtedly, the most misunderstood. Some of this misunderstanding comes from hostile propaganda, but some also comes from a lack of experience in licensing issues on the part of both lawyers and lay users, and the use of standard language in conventional end-user license agreements that are unthinkingly coupled with the GPL. In all cases, the confusion is frequently based on misreadings, rumors, secondhand accounts, and what is convenient to believe.

Single-source Support Desired Even in Mixed IT Environments

The trend among application vendors to bundle required third-party components with their offerings limits the market for pure-play open source stack providers, 451 Group concluded. This development is forcing stack providers to adapt.

What If Windows Went Open Source?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 29, 2006 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Recently, there have been more and more indications that Microsoft has shown a growing interest with the concept of open source software. Still not yet wanting to give up any kind of control over development, they started off slowly with the release of their open source tool set known as WiX.

Tutorial: Use Fedora Directory Server For Manageable LDAP (Part 1)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Tuxchick2 on Aug 29, 2006 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Your boss wants LDAP. You've heard LDAP is potentially a Good Thing. But what is it exactly, and how can you successfully implement it in your organization? Carla Schroder reveals the mysteries of LDAP and begins a multi-part series on how to implement it with Fedora Directory Server.

Fedora Core 5 Live Spins Released!

Official Fedora Live images are something we all have been looking forward to seeing in the Fedora Community. Kadischi will be the tool to create such live images. Fedora Unity has recently joined forces with Kadischi to help provide testing and to release live images which we are calling "Live-Spins."

Jitterbit Announces Major New Additions to Open Source Integration ...

an open source integration solution that minimizes the cost and complexity associated with connecting applications, data and partners, today announced major new additions to its Jitterbit Professional and Jitterbit Community business integration solutions.

BarCampEarth: a local report

More than 20 BarCamps were held around the world this weekend as part of BarCampEarth, a celebration of the first anniversary of the first BarCamp. To understand the spirit of the events, and the traditions that have already sprung up around them, I spent last Friday and Saturday at BarCamp Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada. Having literally been there, done that, and got the T-shirt, I can safely say that the quality of the presentations and the chances to make connections are at least as good as at a formal conference that would cost at least 20 or 30 times more to organize or attend.

P2P Steps Into The Darknet

The entertainment industry's open-ended war against online piracy -- both real and imagined -- has spawned its share of unintended consequences. But perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, and arguably the most troubling for groups such as the RIAA and MPAA, involves the race to create a new breed of tougher, more secure

Brazil nears million Linux laptop order

The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project reported Aug. 27 that Brazil is finalizing plans for "all aspects" of its $100 laptop roll-out. Along with Argentina, Nigeria, and Thailand, Brazil had previously indicated interest in purchasing 1 million of the machines for needy children.

Mirth HL7 Engine - Community Site now open

We've just released a milestone 1.1 version of Mirth, and have just launched our new site at Head over and contribute to the messages boards, wiki, and submit any bugs to our issue tracker. As always, thanks to our users and contributors!

Find out what doesn't work with Linux

When Linux was in its infancy, hardware support was one of the biggest issues for the open source operating system. Good drivers for everything from video, audio, network cards, human interface devices, and the like had to be reverse engineered and written from scratch by hackers. Broader support these days by major PC hardware and peripheral manufactures has made the Linux hardware compatibility more widespread, but no one's claming "mission accomplished" on this yet.

Linux Installs Made Easier is a handy Web site from which users can create customized installation images for a handful of different Linux distributions.

HDRs and DAWs For Linux: The New Breed

The hard-disk recorder (HDR) is the central component of the modern digital audio studio. The most basic feature of a high-quality HDR is the capability to record and play multitrack/multichannel digital audio at various sampling rates. However, with the addition of software amenities such as non-linear and non-contiguous editing operations, support for a variety of soundfile formats, and audio digital signal processing via plugins or built-in modules the HDR is no longer simply a more or less sophisticated record/playback device.

Build a Linux-Based Single-Board WAP (Part 2)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Tuxchick2 on Aug 29, 2006 2:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Last week we learned all about Soekris hardware and what you need to make it go. Today we'll hook it up and take it for a spin, and then install Pyramid Linux.

Pyramid Linux is Ubuntu-based. It's a free download from the good folks at Metrix, available either as a source tarball or image file. Installed, it occupies about 48 megabytes. Inside that scrawny little Linux are a large number of goodies:

Can Linux save the Palm OS?

The next version of the Palm operating system will be based on Linux, as Access attempts to keep the pioneering software alive.

How to recover lost files after you accidentally wipe your hard drive

Recently I wanted to make sure I had enough space to back up my home digital videos and pictures, so I purchased a new hard drive to add to my home Linux server. I moved all the files I wanted to save onto a single hard drive and repartitioned the old hard drive so I could upgrade to a newer version of Linux. After going through the process of reinstalling the operating system, I mounted the backup hard drive and discovered that it was empty. I had some how mixed up the hard drive I used to back up all the data with a hard drive that I wanted to wipe.

Build a Linux-Based Single-Board WAP

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 11:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
I've mentioned Soekris single-board computers (SBC) many a time as great choices for routers, firewalls, and wireless access points. They're small, quiet, low-power, and sturdy. So here at long last is a howto that attempts to answer your hardware questions, and then we'll get into building a sturdy firewall using Pyramid Linux.

Mobile Operating Systems: A Question of Choice

  •; By Manikantan Subramanyam (Posted by gsh on Aug 28, 2006 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Just a decade ago, not many people were aware of the revolution coming along their way. Ordinary people were thrilled with the new features that Microsoft Windows 95 provided and Linux was still the choice of geeks. Fast forward 10 years: Even ordinary people carry extraordinary piece of hardware with them.

Where's Ethereal? It's Now Sniffing the Wire Like a Shark

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 10:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're wondering what has happened to Ethereal, one of the most popular packet sniffing tools on the planet, it's probably because you're visiting Though development on Ethereal may be dead, development on its forked successor Wireshark is alive, well and perhaps more focused than ever before.

Why proprietary software is dangerous for business-critical applications

  • Newsforge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by alc on Aug 28, 2006 9:23 PM EDT)
A friend of mine is the IT manager for a medium-sized wholesale distribution business. One afternoon in early August, a hard disk drive in one of his employer's servers started to show signs that it was dying. That hard drive contained the company's (proprietary) credit card processing software, which was chosen specifically to integrate with the company's (proprietary) inventory control and accounting software package.

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