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HP says there be money in Open Source, Novel gets OEMs to preload Linux. Sun drops the open Java bomb, Ubuntu Edgy is out we discuss some of the highlights, Unbreakable Linux - Just what is up with it? The City of Chicago switches to Linux and saves a ton doing it.
The free and open source software industry should follow the lead of the Creative Commons project to make it easier for developers to understand and choose open source licenses.. That was one of the main messages that emerged from a debate on open source licensing at LinuxWorld in the UK last week, with Jono Bacon, Ubuntu community manager at Canonical Ltd, leading calls for the simplification of open source selection.
The "ndiswrapper" module has been featured on this page before. It is a special sort of glue module which allows Windows NDIS drivers to be loaded into a Linux kernel. It can be found on systems using hardware (wireless adapters in particular) which is not well supported by Linux drivers; by gluing in the Windows driver, ndiswrapper allows this hardware to operate. But, since it is a mechanism created to stuff the most proprietary of binary modules into Linux, ndiswrapper was always going to raise some eyebrows.
Firefox 2 is reported to have over 2 million downloads in the first 24 hours with demand as high as 30 downloads a second at times. The Firefox team is well on the way to overshadowing the 3 million in 4 days that downloaded IE7. It takes a few days to update the statistics, as they need to get the figures in from the mirror sites, the company said.
In this article you'll learn about the types of pointer operations that can cause memory corruption and you'll also examine some scenarios that show what to consider while working with dynamic memory allocation.
Which do you like best: the satisfying, rich taste of principle in free software? Or do you prefer the less morally filling and pragmatic goodness of open source? Do you wish people would stop endlessly rehashing the whole question of "free" versus "open source?" Or do you enjoy the chance to talk about goals and philosophy? As you might suspect, since I'm bringing it up...
ZybaCafe, a complete, multiplatform tool for managing internet-cafes and cybercafe's, has been released as an alpha version. Developer A.J. Venter has said that he would like to give user a chance to try and test it out for themselves before he declares the release stable.
Heaven knows that I've written a lot of stuff about ways to find software that lets computer users crop, enhance, adjust and otherwise tweak digital photographs, but I continue to get asked about this. It's understandable considering that not only are digital cameras replacing traditional film ones, but cell phones are replacing digital cameras. I wonder what will replace cell phones? Hmmmm. Sorry for the digression.
Freelance software consultant Renaud Gaudin longed to parlay his passion for free and open source software into something that would help developing countries access and use technology. In March, he joined Geekcorps. Now he brings information and communication technology (ICT) into communities, helps them get hardware and software up and running, and then teaches local users the technical skills they need to sustain their new equipment for the long-term.
They say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but over the last year, the venerable (in Internet time) Wikipedia online encyclopedia has faced an international furor over its reliability and accuracy. The collaborative processes used to create the service have been tweaked, but concerns still rumble through the Web. Now one of the co-founders of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, has begun development of a competitive service, the Citizendium or “Citizen’s Compendium”.
UniNet and Ilizwi Telecommunications (ITel) recently concluded a deal that will see the rollout of a broadband network in the Eastern Cape. ITel is a licenced "Under Serviced Area Licencee" (USAL) for the OR Tambo district, which includes the towns of Umtata, Mqanduli, Libode, Tsolo, Qumbu, Ngqeleni, Tabankulu, Port St Johns, Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Bizana.
As in business, free and open source software (FOSS) is spreading rapidly in educational systems. Yet, despite the growing acceptance, experienced advocates are unanimous in observing that significant barriers remain. FOSS advocates in schools in Canada and the United States not only need to face the innate conservatism of those around them, but also need to plan their campaigns carefully, choosing tactics that will work and avoiding counterproductive ones. Success is more likely to come slowly, and from starting small, than from any overnight success.
Microsoft has made an interesting move into the free software market with its announcement this morning of Office Accounting Express 2007, a stripped-down version of its small business software kit. Office Accounting Express 2007 is available as a free download at http://www.ideawins.com.
A report at SmartPros describes the offering as “software as a service,” but the giveaway is a traditional client-side program, not a Web-based service. However, it does include multiple tie-ins to Web-based services that can be added for a fee.
In this exclusive 90 minute interview, Slackware creator Patrick Volkerding talks about the history of Linux and why Slackware is the oldest surviving distribution. He addresses some of the so-called shortcomings of Slackware and goes into why he still loves what he does. Definitely worth a listen. OGG file MP3 file
When I hear "Open Source PBX", my knee jerk reaction is to think the A-word. Pingtel’s SIPxchange software is an open source PBX solution, but it has no code from A-word. After all, when you say Linux, there's twenty different flavours of Linux, but they all have some core commonality.
When I first heard the announcement that Google's CEO Eric Schmidt was added to Apple's Board of Directors, I, like many others, instantly went into brainstorm mode about what this collaboration could mean for the future of Google and Apple. When you take two massive companies and combine them in even the smallest way, then you're sure to see some interesting results.
MySQL becomes pervasive by the day, with increasingly important data being stored in it. This detailed article
discusses how to quickly set up and verify a backup process for MySQL within 15 minutes (using open source Zmanda recovery manager)
There's an ancient Unix practice of keeping a system-wide phone directory in /usr/share/ with one-line entries containing name, location, and number, and a shell script named something like phone or tel that calls grep to output lines that match whatever arguments you give. You can improve on that method to create a personal contact manager with surprising speed and power.
Welcome to another of Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletters, keeping you up to date with us, and all things free software... enjoy!
In recent months, there is one thing that’s on my mind - open source revenue vs. revolution. Seriously, while the revolution is well underway within the open source community, one has to question which of these two previously mentioned ideologies will, in the end, be the deciding factor on the future of software and OS' as a whole.
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