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The Value of Free Software

  LXer Feature: 12-Jul-2006

Evolution's usefulness has long been hampered by the lack of a single feature. Because it is free software, one organization knew the feature could be added, either by themselves, or by paying someone to do it for them. Find out what they did, why and how they did it, and how you can get the patch for yourself.

[Updated at 12:05 US Eastern Time - dcparris]

Desktop Linux Defined: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

They say that lightning never strikes twice, and for all I know, it never has. But will it? The question on my mind right now is whether or not it counts if lightning strikes once at home and once in the enterprise. That's the dilema of the day. Let’s put it this way… outstanding bugs aside, Novell hit a home run with SUSE Linux 10.1. There is no question that it is one of the most impressive desktop Linux distros ever released. Currently, it’s the second most popular desktop Linux distribution in the world (according to page hit rankings) with Ubuntu coming in at #1 and Fedora at #3. Those three distros, in my opinion (and apparently everyone else in the world), are at the top of the desktop Linux heap.

MEPIS ships v6.0 RC3, delays final pending license audit

MEPIS founder and chief maintainer Warren Woodford on July 10 announced the availability of the third release candidate of SimplyMEPIS 6.0. Woodford also announced that due to a license audit, the final SimplyMEPIS 6.0 bootable CD has been rescheduled for release around July 18.

Free Software Advocates Gear Up for EU Patent Policy Battle

"This is an even bigger battle than the last one," said NoSoftwarePatents campaign founder Florian Mueller. "The software patent directive would have made software patents more enforceable in Europe, and that would have been bad enough, but the European Patent Litigation Agreement would effectively result in more enforceable software patents and encourage patent litigation in Europe."

Microsoft Fined €280.5 Million by EU Commission: "No Company is Above the Law"

Microsoft has been fined €280.5 million, the first time the EU Commission has ever had to do so, and, Neelie Kroes stated at the announcement, hopefully the last.
Groklaw's Sean Daly attended the press conference by feed, and shares with us his notes. Transcript to follow.

Laszlo Systems to Present Two Sessions at This Month's OSCON 2006 Convention

SAN MATEO, Calif., July 11 /PRNewswire/ --

A simple Linux backup method

  •; By Steven J. Rosen (Posted by dcparris on Jul 12, 2006 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article describes a simple backup method that I use every day to backup my home Linux systems. It's an easy method that non-technical Linux users can use to backup their important data. We'll discuss the decisions you have to make in order to do a thorough backup.

China gaining on U.S. chipmakers, CEO says

  • CNET; By Michael Kanellos (Posted by dcparris on Jul 12, 2006 4:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Semiconductor industry in China is improving rapidly, and the country could achieve technological parity with the U.S. in a few years.

[Not really about FOSS, but might be of interest to some of our readers - dcparris]

Open source Gnome Partition Editor gets easier

Open source developers released a new edition of the Gnome Partition Editor (GParted) earlier this month. Though it is based on Linux, updates to the bootable versions mean people without Linux skills can now use them.

WebKit Ported to Qt 4

  • KDE Dot News; By George Staikos (Posted by dcparris on Jul 12, 2006 2:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Today the KDE team announces a new project to re-synchronize our HTML engine, KHTML, with the WebKit engine. Code named Unity, the project has so far focused on porting the WebKit engine to Qt 4 with minimal changes to the existing code-base. WebKit is a derivative of the KHTML engine developed by Apple Computer Inc.

Linux flies with real-time Ada apps on Euro UAVs

EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) is using virtualization software from Sysgo in a design aimed at reducing avionics system costs in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). PikeOS enables multiple software platforms to share one hardware platform, while "opening the door" to Linux and other open-source components for non-critical applications, Sysgo says.

Pentoo Linux releases mini distro live CD

The Switzerland-based Pentoo Linux project team has released its first live CD, Mini-Pentoo 2006.1, team spokesman Michael Zanetta announced on July 7. The 208MB Gentoo-based "mini" distribution features a number of tools for auditing and testing a network, from scanning and discovering to exploiting vulnerabilities, the team said on its website.

Independent Data and Formatting with Microformats

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 12, 2006 1:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Microformats are one small step forward toward exporting structured data on the Web; a new way to embed structured data within standard XHTML code. Discover how to read and write the new microformats for the Web.

Transite Technology Selects Xenos terminalONE(TM) to Manage e-Commerce Transactions

TORONTO, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Xenos Group Inc. (Toronto: XNS), a leading provider of solutions that capture, transform, transport and present electronic data and documents, announced today that Transite Technology, Inc., of Raleigh, North Carolina, has purchased Xenos terminalONE software to automate electronic transactions throughout its business and to the company's customers and their trading partners. terminalONE is an end-to-end transaction gateway solution that expedites business transactions over the Internet and across disparate platforms.

Report: Linux Vendors Try To Beat Microsoft To Widespread Virtualization

With Microsoft trying to ramp up its Windows Virtual Server for release next year, Red Hat, Novell, Xandros, and other Linux vendors are pulling out the stops toward virtualization in hopes that Linux might start to beat Windows as the base operating system of choice among enterprises and small businesses.

National Lampoon is serious about open source tools

National Lampoon, a venerated venue of collegiate comedy, stopped publishing its print magazine seven years ago, and needed an online home to make available its vast archive of articles, videos, graphics, and music. It also needed a way to keep making money without magazine ad and retail sales revenue. But hand-coding static Web pages every time the site needed to be updated created so much work for Lampoon CTO Scott Mulder, it wasn't funny. An open source content management system called Joomla put the smile back on Mulder's face.

Nuts and Bolts of Network Neutrality

Excellent paper (pdf) by Prof. Edward E. Felten of Princeton University about the technical backgrounds of Network Neutrality. A must-read for everyone who cares about Network Neutrality, even when you are not a networking guru. Ready to digg at:

A Closer Look at Damn Small Linux

  • SYS-CON Media; By Russ Ethington (Posted by dcparris on Jul 11, 2006 10:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this article you will learn how to turn a blank CD and an inexpensive USB keydrive into a powerful, portable, take-along operating system complete with modern applications like Firefox, a Web server, and multimedia tools. All this can be done using free Open Source Linux software.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Hardware Mysteries Explained

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 11, 2006 10:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
t's fun and useful to explore pure IP telephony, but most folks want PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) integration as well. (PSTN is also known as POTS: Plain Old Telephone Service.) An Asterisk server can interface with "legacy" systems, which means "not IP," or your ordinary old digital and analog telephone systems.

Linux Hardware Compatability

A new databse is up documenting linux hardware compatability. Broken down into such areas as motherboards, graphics cards, plug-n-pray peripherals, etc it has a decent list now and they want more input on what works and what doesn't.

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