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Aussie CIOs get clearer vista on open source

Local chief information officers at a Sydney conference this week were more interested in talking about open source and standards-based software than Microsoft's new operating system.

OpenBeOS: It's Alive and Well

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 7, 2007 1:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
As we witness the release of Windows Vista to the world at large, I thought it was interesting to see the evolution of BeOS coming back into the spotlight. Today, the spirit of BeOS remains alive and well in OpenBeOS' latest incarnation, known as Haiku.

Faking the FOSS

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jabari Zakiya (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 7, 2007 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do your ever wonder if some self-proclaimed open source projects really 'get it' what it means to truly be about being 'free and open source' versus just using FOSS for other means? Sometimes I really have to wonder, because I keep running into examples where projects touting open source software engage in behavior where they glaringly contradict the holistic and philosophical embrace of its ideals. There's a lot of faking the FOSS going on out there.

Open Source: Understanding the Core Principals

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 7, 2007 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Earlier today, I stumbled upon an article that was filled with reader comments stating that the sellers of open source software are to be dismissed as scam artists. Those in this crowd that actually understand the legal bindings of the individual license(s) and definition of open source generally pointed out that they feel such sales are unethical - just not illegal.

ROX Desktop provides light, quirky alternative to GNOME and KDE

The ROX Desktop is a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE built around the ROX-Filer file manager. The project's name is an abbreviation of "RISC OS on X." The ROX Desktop's performance is reminiscent of IceWM, and it's noticeably faster opening programs than GNOME or KDE. However, its speed comes at the expense of a needlessly redundant default configuration, and some users may balk at some of the assumptions its design makes about how they prefer to work.

Rugged automation controller runs Linux

United Electronics Industries (UEI) is shipping a rugged Linux-based programmable automation controller based on a PowerPC processor. The UEIPAC Cube is available with extensive I/O options, and targets unmanned vehicles, environmental control, and test stand applications such as hardware-in-the-loop simulation.

A Beginner’s Dozen of No-Cost Computing Tools

Ah, survived the holidays! But if your bank balance is anything like mine right now, you’re looking for ways to save money. Here’s one means of economizing -- stop buying computer software. No, I’m not advocating becoming a pirate. Johnny Depp can pull it off, but I wouldn’t recommend it for educators. (Too few of us look that good in mascara.) Instead, take a serious look at some high quality software that is now available -- at no cost.

Unisys, Oracle partner on Linux conversions

Featured in the expanded arrangement are specific blueprints that demonstrate how to redeploy applications. For example, the companies have been building a blueprint, or "proof point," on moving from an IBM CICS environment onto Linux running Oracle Fusion Middleware and the Oracle 10g database on Unisys ES7000/one Enterprise Servers.

GNU and FSF News

This is the first in what will hopefully be monthly summaries of news from the Free Software Foundation and GNU project. This summary has been distilled down from press releases, blogs, email lists, and website news pages. The idea is to provide a concise summary of the latest FSF/GNU news for those who don't have the time or interest to find and read all the original news sources within that community.

Proprietary software will kill PC in 30 years, conference told

If proprietary software continues to dominate, within 10 years no one will be able to store any file and even view their own content without first paying a service provider to see it and the PC as we know it will be gone within 30 years. Those were just two of the predictions made by German Linux consultant Klaus Knopper, creator of the Knoppix live CD computer operating system, at the three-day Open Source conference, LinuxAsia 2007, in New Delhi.

Debian release may slip to March

The release of the upcoming version of Debian may slip to March, according to one of the two release managers for the Linux distribution.

XForms as an RSS Reader/Editor

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 7, 2007 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
RSS, Atom, and other syndication strategies involve making XML data available for download. This article explains how to create an XML reader and editor using XForms. XForms, which is designed to view and edit XML, is the perfect environment for an XML editor and reader.

Novel approach to novels

Book publishers Penguin has launched an interesting new project that will apply the wiki style of collaborative editing and writing to the novel in their experimental project, A Million Penguins.

The Contradictory Nature of OOXML (Part II) – 19 Nations Respond

With Microsoft's OOXML formats at last under review by Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) of global standards bodies ISO and IEC, things are heating up dramatically in the battle between ODF and OOXML. When the deadline for the one month contradictions period of the ISO/IUEC Fast Track closed on Monday afternoon, JTC 1 had received responses from a total of nineteen national bodies, with most or all of those responses including formal "contradictions" under applicable rules.

BBC slammed for Microsoft lock-in

The Open Source Consortium (OSC) has slammed the BBC over plans to lock online TV viewers into Microsoft products. The accusations come after the BBC announced that its new on-demand services will be limited to Microsoft Windows. A report from the BBC Trust said that services will be unavailable to consumers who do not use Microsoft software or have an up-to-date version of Windows.

Open source will always have Paris

Got to hand it to the Open Source community. They are kind of spinning their wheels here in North America, but they made some headway in, of all places, France. They are giving 175,000 school kids USB keys loaded with open source software. This will come at a cost of 2.6 million Euros (roughly $3.97 million). So much for it being free. At least to the kids it's free and that is the point.

Time-Zone Processing with Asterisk, Part I

Last year, I took a trip to Asia. To stay in touch, I carried a GSM world phone, capable of receiving telephone calls in the countries I was visiting. The capability to receive calls with the same mobile phone number I use at home while halfway across the world seemed incredibly cool-at least until the first call came in! Mobile phones hide the location of the phone, which cuts both ways. A colleague had decided to call me in the middle of the day on a Friday, which had awakened me very early on Saturday morning, because the phone "hid"my faraway location from him.

Hp Puts Solaris on More X64 Servers, Partners for Solaris Emulation

It might seem like Hewlett-Packard can't decide to love or hate rival Sun Microsystems. Today, HP significantly broadened its certification for Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on its ProLiant rack and tower servers and BladeSystem blade servers. But on the other hand, HP has partnered with Transitive to jointly engage with Sun's customers to see how they might deploy that company's emulation technology. What HP loves, you see, is the money that some Sparc shops want to spend as they migrate to X64 iron.

Bull Wears Red Hat

Not so fast, Microsoft, Novell, and Oracle—Red Hat’s upcoming release of its enterprise Linux operating system will keep it on top for business use of Linux, an analyst said on Tuesday. The operating system version, dubbed RHEL5, is slated for March. The system’s advanced features and the company’s market entrenchment will ensure that Red Hat triumphs over its rivals, WR Hambrecht+Co analyst Robert Stimson said in a report. Mr. Stimson also predicted sales growth of 44 percent and earnings increases of 31 percent for the fiscal year ending February 28.

Measure Network Performance: iperf and ntop

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 7, 2007 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week we learned how to use iperf to measure network throughput, jitter, and datagram loss. Today we're going to learn more excellent ways to measure network performance using iperf and ntop, but first I have a couple of corrections to make.

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