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LXer Feature: 08-Apr-2007
A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source. Happy Easter!
Indian engineers are helping to fuel the increasing world-wide popularity of the `free-and-open' Linux platform for a host of handy consumer devices from mobile phones to music players to portable life-saving devices — and they are doing this using internationally used chip platforms.
IBM's Eishay Smith, Enfold Systems Alan Runyan and a few others will be speaking at a one day symposium in Houston entitled 'Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Healthcare: Progress and Promise' This will be held at:
School of Health Information Sciences, UT-Houston
University Center Tower
7000 Fannin, 14th Floor
Tuesday, April 24th
Read on for the full agenda and registration info.
Thunderbird 2 Release Candidate 1, the preview release of the next versino of the Thunderbird email client, is now available for download. Our testing community and users who want to get a sneak peek at the next version of Thunderbird should download and install this release candidate. The release notes have a detailed list of what's new in Thunderbird 2 RC 1.
Red Hat's stock took one of the biggest hits last week of all the Disruptive Technology Portfolio companies, declining 5.8%. The open source software provider two weeks ago reported fourth-quarter results that were in line with expectations. However, word that multiyear contracts accounted for a quarter of bookings raised concerns that the company may be under pricing pressure and was likely the primary cause of the decline.
Content sharing tools let people keep track of their friends and all their related pictures, blogs, and other information.
MontaVista has released a new version of its Eclipse-based toolsuite for embedded Linux application development. Application Developer Kit (ADK) 5.0 features an "all-plugin" architecture for better cross-vendor tools interoperability, supports MontaVista's new real-time oriented Pro 5.0 distribution, and comes with powerful analysis tools and virtual targets, the company said.
Sunrise Browser is an open source Web browser for Mac OS X intended for use as a Web developer's tool. It is not a groundbreaking achievement in that regard, but it is worth checking out due to its innovative and often unusual user interface choices.
"There's less concern about which OS you're on and, in fact, we're not going to cap it, we're going to see what happens with our users. We don't have a target, but I expect Linux usage will go up," said Scott Handy, vice president for Linux and open source at IBM.
Drivers that already ship with the Linux kernel, such as those for storage, wired networking, power management, and USB ports, won't be a problem, but others will.
The winner of the election is Sam Hocevar. I would like to thank all the candidates for their service to the project, for standing for the post of project leader, and for offering the developers a strong and viable group of candidates.
If you're even an occasional XML programmer, and you don't yet use XPath, you have an opportunity to multiply the performance and maintainability of your applications. This article details a few specific examples that demonstrate what a difference query methods can make in even simple XML processing.
The Puppy 2.15CE (Community Edition) is the result of collaboration of a team of Puppy enthusiasts. It is built upon version 2.14 but with many enhancements. In particular the guys have worked on an improved user-interface and nice out-of-the box first impression
After a few months' delay—during which the Free Software Foundation mulled over how to make the world safe for GNU-manity in the face of Microsoft and Novell's patent, collaboration and baby-seal-clubbing accord—there's a new draft of the GNU General Public License out for comment.
A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo. I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
Committee A met in a conference call today for the first time since the release of the third draft of the GPLv3. In the interests of privacy and confidentiality, I won't report specific details of the call. I will talk a bit about how my perceptions changed as a result of the conversation. These are the two core ideas I carried away, and I'll leave it to others on the call or representing the FSF or SFLC to correct any misperceptions.
Lower prices and more flexibility will add to the appeal of download sites, says David Prosser
[Not directly related to GNU/Linux, but thought some might appreciate the story nonetheless. Oh come now, you knew all along Steve wasn't just being a nice guy! - dcparris]
Explore the innovation of open source solutions available from IBM and see the power and flexibility of an open community development environment.
I'm gonna be busy, because both Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux have issued updates. Here are the announcements at Distrowatch for Puppy 2.15 and DSL 3.3.
If you need your data to be available in all your offices -- even if the central office goes up in smoke one day -- Radiant Data's new PeerFS 4.0, which now supports multiple 64-bit Linuxes, might be just what you need.
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