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It's important not to get too carried away with "the latest tech trend." Technology changes more rapidly than any other sector, and this year's "must have" technology is quickly made obsolete, or so it seems. However, every so often something significant comes along that truly changes the game. Mainframes yielded to client/server, which in turn was replaced by the Web as the dominant computing paradigm. I believe Linux and Open Source more broadly represent a similar game-changing force.
For its time, I didn't know how "Return to Castle Wolfenstein" could be improved upon. When Id Software and Activision released its source code in 2004, however, the open source and mod community got to work. The result was "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory," an open source effort by Splash Damage and other contributors that takes the best of the old game and actually improves upon a classic experience.
Bill Gatliff provides a walkthrough of the portions of the Linux kernel that manage interrupts and describes how Linux interacts with interrupt controllers and how to adapt code for custom hardware.
[If the link doesn't work, please let me know. - dcparris]
The Open Invention Network (OIN) hosted a panel discussion in Beijing last Wednesday, October 11th. I was fortunate enough to be invited to be apart of it, but was unfortunate enough to miss my return flight to Beijing. So, I will have to speak of this event in the 3rd person, through the eyes of Ketchum Newscans Kim Spears.
I have now officially entered my second decade using Linux and free/open source software in a meaningful way. I began dabbling with Linux as early as 1995, but in June of 1996, I began using it for real when I created my first Web site. Today, my Linux desktop takes care of all my personal computing needs, both at work and at play. Here's one man's story of how he and Linux matured together.
A not-to-be-missed update on Jack Abramoff's dealings which finally includes explicit mention of Microsoft, Preston, Gates & Ellis, and our old friends Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). A key passage: "A spokeswoman for Grassley said the chairman did not co-write the report because he had hoped it would include a broader range of groups that he believes also breached their tax status."
[Abramoff is well-known in these parts. This is just information related to the investigation of his activities. - dcparris]
Operating systems for Christians? Sound silly? It may sound silly but itfs true. Recently, two versions of Linux have come out geared towards the Christian faith. One is called Ubuntu Christian Edition and the other is Ichthux.
[Ooh! Recognition in a local media outlet! - dcparris]
Smelly code will surely cost you valuable time. How much time do you spend maintaining project build scripts? Probably much more than you'd expect or would like to admit. This article shows you how to improve a number of common build practices to create consistent, repeatable, and maintainable builds. Knock the stink off those scripts.
The so-called Portland Project that the Open Source Development Labs and freedesktop.org have been working to give Linux desktops a unified Gnome-KDE graphical interface has been released.
The new C# programming language and the Microsoft .Net framework have been gaining popularity among developers and managers alike. Does this new technology leave open source proponents out in the cold? Not anymore -- with the coming of age of Mono and SharpDevelop, a reliable set of open source tools is now available to allow the development of C# and .Net applications on Windows and on Linux.
[Well, it is about open source. - dcparris]
Firefox 2.0 is almost here, and Microsoft is expected to start pushing out Internet Explorer 7 to users via the Windows Automatic Update software-distribution mechanism by year's end. In short, the browser wars are about to begin again.
[Well, if you don't like this author, don't read his article. - dcparris]
RALEIGH, N.C. — Shares of Red Hat Inc., the largest distributor of the Linux operating system, tumbled more than 7 percent Friday after a Wall Street analyst suggested that Oracle Corp. may soon introduce its own Linux products.
You've seen the TV commercials: young white man stuck in a dead-end, low-paying job wakes up one morning, decides to sign up for classes at Foo Tech, and is transformed into a skilled computer technician working in his dream job. Apparently degrees from Foo Tech translate into good salaries and co-workers and customers who are pleasant, and do not drive you insane. Riiight. But stereotypes and hype aside, how does a person become an ace computing deity? Do you need college, certifications, apprenticeships at the feet of wizened gurus? Why would a person even want to consider a tech career? Aren't all the good jobs being outsourced? Isn't the tech industry full of unwashed grumpy guys who hate everything?
PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented distribution that masks the stability of the FreeBSD kernel behind an easy-to-use package. Its graphical system installer and point-and-click PBI package management system have been drawing in users who've never tried a BSD-based operating system before. This week the project was acquired by iXsystems, a high-end enterprise hardware solution provider. While the community is expressing skepticism of the move, the developers of PC-BSD and iXsystems both say that this partnership can only take the distribution forward.
Santa Fe, New Mexico - (Cheap Web Hosting Directory) - October 13, 2006 - Search software company, Deep Web Technologies, (DWT), has made its ''open source intelligence'' (OSINT) solution, accessible to the public free of charge. Maintained and created by DWT, the search technology and deep web solutions provider, empowers the search capabilities of federal government-sponsored sites.
The Portland Project has officially released Portland 1.0, a software framework designed to facilitate interoperability and simplify development of desktop Linux software by giving developers a common set of Linux Desktop Interfaces and tools to enable applications under development to easily integrate into both the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. This significant first release has met with relative enthusiasm from open source software development companies and Linux distributors. Already available in Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE, Portland 1.0 is also expected to appear in upcoming releases of Red Flag and Xandros.
The Apache Foundation and Doug Cutting, inventor of the open source Nutch search engine, have teamed with Baynote to expand the adoption of open source search. "The goal of Nutch is to provide effective Web site search," said Cutting. "Baynote's open source program will benefit Web developers and system administrators ... who can use one of Baynote's three Nutch-based options for their own sites."
Arcom has introduced an entry level embedded Linux development kit to support its low power PXA255 XScale-based single board computers.
Users will get Internet Explorer 7 whether they want it or not. Microsoft's upgrade to Internet Explorer will be automatically pushed to desktops later this month, but a web testing firm has warned that many companies may not be ready.
The openSUSE project has released an updated set of installation CDs and DVDs of SUSE Linux 10.1: "I'm happy to announce the availability of SUSE Linux 10.1 'remastered'. This release combines the 10.1 GM and all online updates that we have released for 10.1 so far, including libzypp, which should make the installing and working experience much smoother for everyone. We have created new CD ISO images and supplied delta ISOs from the goldmaster.
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