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Apple Open Source Returns

Apple’s support for open source is not dead after all, despite a slew of reports to the contrary, including my own. Apple open source lives. On Monday, in a single email on its Darwin-dev mailing list, Apple Open Source Product Manager Ernest Prabhakar posted the following:

"As of today, we are posting buildable kernel sources for Intel-based Macs alongside the usual PowerPC (and other Intel) sources, starting with Mac OS X 10.4.7. We regret the delay in readying the new kernel for release, and thank you for your patience."

Using phpMyAdmin

So many open source projects depend on MySQL that it's almost impossible for administrators and other open source enthusiasts to avoid working with at least one MySQL database. MySQL's command line interface is easy enough to use, but if you don't feel like reaching for a five-pound MySQL reference book or Googling for proper SQL syntax, phpMyAdmin is a great alternative to learning MySQL commands by heart.

Confessions of a Real-World Linux Admin: "I Always Login As Root."

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Aug 11, 2006 2:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
When the Linux Ten Commandments were committed to stone, Number One was, "Thou shalt not use root for thy personal login." Too bad the masses didn't get the memo. They've left the Linux priesthood forever gnashing its teeth in denial. Email Battles captured a chat with one of the sinners.

Linux OS "just as bloated as Windows"

  • uk.theinquirer.net (Posted by henke54 on Aug 11, 2006 1:31 AM EDT)
A WEB SITE has launched into an attack on the 15 year old Linux in a tirade which puts the attack on James I in the shade. The writer or writers accuse Linux developers of being puerile while Unix is "an extremely user hostile OS". Further Linux "has always been extremely flawed, and hopeless inferior to the design philosophy of Apple - later adopted by Microsoft". The site describes nearly always members "of the Linux faith" as living in a "land of delusion".

Episode 6 of "the_source" released

  • thesourceshow.org; By Aaron Newcomb (Posted by anewcomb on Aug 11, 2006 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Podcast
Episode 6 is ready for consumption. We have a really interesting interview with Helmar Rudolph of the QUNU project. We are also starting a series of tutorials on Cinelerra.

To Iraq and back: Soldier uses Linux in war and peace

In 2003 and 2004, Jeff Schroeder served in the Iraq war, flying a tiny remote control spy plane and servicing Unix and Linux systems on the battlefield. Schroeder learned a lot of technology in the desert, and now that his time in the Army is over, he's busy working as a Web administrator for Comair Airlines, and writing utility scripts for Ubuntu, his favorite distribution. He believes Linux is going to "take over the world."

KDE-Edu Birds of a Feather Session at Akademy 2006

This year in Dublin will host the annual meeting of the KDE community, and it will be a great occasion for developers to meet, code, hold bug-fixing sessions, discussions and much more.

Review: Versora Progression Desktop 2.0 Progresses

Versora's Progression Desktop migration tool gets better with every release. Now on version 2.0, the developers have expanded the capabilities of the software and qualified it with many more operating systems. It's never been easier to transfer your settings from Windows to GNU/Linux.

[Background info on Versora. -- grouch]

Digium recieves $13.8 million in VC

Asterisk founder Digium has revieved $13.8 million after a first round of venture capital funding. The significant investment comes from Matrix Partners, a US-based venture capital firm. Digium says that it's planning to use the money to grow open source voice-over-IP solution Asterisk, and launch new offerings to the market.

[This provides additional information, compared to the earlier press release. -- grouch]

Ubuntu release fixes bugs

Team releases first maintenance release of Dapper Drake which includes more than 300 fixed bugs, security fixs and feature updates

The case for a native object database

Linux users have their choice of good relational databases. However, some applications require an approach that takes advantage of object-oriented programming. Here's some advice on when and where to use a native object database like db4o instead of a relational database.

[Thanks to NewsForge for pointing to this article. -- grouch]

8.82 per cent of UK now using Firefox web browser

About 9 per cent of the UK is using the Firefox web browser, according to new research. More than one in four Germans are using the Firefox web browser to access the Internet, the highest rate among major Western European countries and one of the highest in the world, according to data from WebSideStory.

So, if a public sector web site has not been checked for successful Firefox usage, a check ought rapidly to be done - as IE and Firefox display pages differently. Cross-browser compatibility is important.

[Standards, especially the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, should rank higher in importance than individual browser compatibility. Browsers should evolve to meet those standards. -- grouch]

Printing Avery labels with Linux

To aid users in the task of label printing, Avery Dennison offers a host of free (to download) software, including a program for the Mac released late last month. Linux still isn't supported, but that's no matter -- there's more than one open source application for Linux that lets you format text for printing on the whole universe of Avery labels, from DVD covers to business cards. Here's a look at them.

Bringing a Linux box to Work - Part 2

Part 2 of the article series detailing my attempts to use a Linux computer in a Microsoft enviroment.

Jitterbit 1.1 Released

  • Jitterbit; By Dan (Posted by doxen on Aug 10, 2006 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Jitterbit has released version 1.1 of their open source integration software. Jitterbit 1.1 is a major release that includes powerful new functionality, including support for LDAP, Hosted Web Services, Jitterpak Encryption, and XML Any.

Ubuntu LAMP Server With Torrentflux In VMware

  • HowtoForge; By Gerben Wieringa (Posted by falko on Aug 10, 2006 6:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial is meant for Linux newbies who want to try and build a Ubuntu server box as a webserver and torrent client. It is a step by step instruction on how to do this in VMware on Windows XP to get the feel of it.

[VMware is free/gratis only, not free/libre. This HOWTO may help users of MS Windows XP by providing a stepping stone toward more freedom. -- grouch]

Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage

Intel has released open-source software to give Linux full-fledged support for 3D graphics, a move that could give its graphics chips a leg up over rivals.

[Eben Moglen applauds and AMD waffles. -- grouch]

Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS, the first maintenance release of "Dapper Drake".

Open-Xchange Joins Forces with SpikeSource to Offer Spike™ Certified Solutions

Smart Collaboration™ available on Spike tested and certified Red Hat and SUSE Linux Stacks

This week at LWN: A couple of lessons on the hazards of proprietary software

The advantages of free software are not always immediately apparent to all computer users. Many people think that, since they have no interest in or ability for working with the source, its free availability is of no benefit to them. LWN readers, instead, tend to understand this issue well, so we try to resist harping on the point too much. Every now and then, however, the problems associated with non-free software hit such a level that one can only sit back and laugh - before writing a snide article on the subject.

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Impounded cars may be a major annoyance, but locking doctors out of their medical records can lead to life-threatening situations.

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