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Windows vs. Open Source in 2007

The open souce arena is forming a rather formidable fan following. In the beginning this was a small community known onl to a niche audience but today we see a different pisture. Commercial software and the the open source software seem to be at the same footing.

DSP Group to Demonstrate WiFi Phone & Personal Communicator Platforms at the Upcoming CES

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DSP Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSPG), a worldwide leader in developing and providing chip-set solutions for residential wireless connectivity, announced today the availability of its new product demonstrations at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. -- WiFi multimedia enabled dual band 802.11a/b/g solution supporting the following functionalities: Voice over WiFi, Music streaming and Photo sharing from Home Entertainment Center according to DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard, Instant Messaging (support for Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, ICQ, and GoogleTalk) as well as Internet Radio streaming. All of these features are running under Linux OS, with advanced MMI applications.

Linux: 2.6.20-rc3 Fixes Corruption Bug

A few hours before the new year, Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.20-rc3 Linux kernel,"in order to not get in trouble with MADR ("Mothers Against Drunk Releases") I decided to cut the 2.6.20-rc3 release early rather than wait for midnight, because it's bound to be new years _somewhere_ out there. So here's to a happy 2007 for everybody." In good humor, he noted that the new kernel would be available on all the kernel.org mirrors by the time everyone's New Years celebrations had concluded,"it's probably going to be up-to-date by the time the hangovers are mostly gone. At which point the first thing on any self-respecting geek's mind should obviously be:'is there a new kernel release for me to try?'" Regarding the changes in the new release candidate, which include a data corruption fix [story], Linus summarized:"The big thing at least for me personally is that nasty shared mmap corruption fix, but there's a number of other changes in here, many of them just documentation (and some media and network drivers). Shortlog and diffstat appended."read more

Puppy Linux 2.13 Screenshots

"The final release of version 2.13 has been uploaded. This build has the complete suite of kernel drivers. More compact builds with a subset of the full driver suite and different selections of applications will follow soon." From the release notes: "NdisWrapper upgraded to v1.33, which fixes the problem; Soxgui, a great little front-end for SoX and FFmpeg, which can perform various operations on audio files, including file format conversion; Geany text editor upgraded to v0.10; Isomaster ISO file editor tool upgraded to v0.6; SeaMonkey upgraded to v1.0.6...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Puppy Linux 2.13 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Dunc-Tank continues to make splash

Dunc-Tank, the unofficial organization set up to fund selected Debian activities, has made its first experimental payment to release managers, but community members are still debating whether a missed deadline and the alleged demotivation of some programmers make the experiment a failure.

The Real Firefox-Killer

Firefox fans will be facing 2007 with more tranquillity than they did 2006. A year ago, it was clear that Firefox's free ride was about to end: after an astonishing five years of inactivity, Microsoft was finally launching an updated version of Internet Explorer. There seems little doubt that much of Firefox's success is down to the fact that Internet Explorer was so bad, both in terms of the eternal round of security problems and its general technical tiredness (half a decade is a very long time in computing.)

Pull in HDTV with Linux and the HD-5500

  • Linux.com; By Paul Virijevich (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2007 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I've spent the past few years using an ATI TV Wonder analog video capture card running under Linux. Although this card has served me well, times and technology have been a'changin'. That's why I recently purchased a pcHDTV HD-5500 to see if HDTV was all it was hyped up to be. I can report that HDTV under Linux is not only possible, it's downright fantastic.

Free Culture Foundation enters the copyright debate

"Just before new year, on December 31st 2006 the Free Culture Foundation site has been launched. The site appears to be mimicking the Free Software Foundation in form and also presents four core freedoms on which the Free Culture Movement should be based, to use, create, share and learn. On Libervis.com we have been discussing the need for defining core principles of the Free Culture Movement before and the FCF might just be filling the gap."

Linux File Services: Good Things Arrive in Fours

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2007 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Neither the ext4 filesystem nor Samba 4 are ready for prime-time yet, but they are chock-full of promise and potential, so let's take a look at what they are promising to deliver.

Ajax-enabled Animated Flash Charts for Web Applications From ...

FusionCharts v3 Lets Users Create Animated, Interactive and Data-Driven Flash Charts & Graphs for Web Apps

Network neutrality supporters target Congress

AT&T made a pragmatic decision to embrace network neutrality this past week. The goal was to grease the skids for the company's proposed merger with BellSouth, of course, but the move could have broad ramifications in the industry. Why? Because the AT&T agreement is the first of its kind, and it has given network neutrality supporters designs on a larger prize—industry-wide legislation.

Ubuntu User and Member Ryan Lortie Writes Open Letter to Free ...

He raises some big points dealing with the goals of the FSF and how to accomplish them

Best OF ECT NEWS Copyright Law Key to Global Free Software Model

The existence of legal systems without robust enforcement of copyright law, in countries where software development is a highly robust enterprise, is a serious threat to the free software model.

The year of the Linux desktop!

You'll see these words in more than one article penned by the pundits. Every year since about 2003 has been called the year of the Linux desktop - and then, when that fails to transpire, those who predict these things set about rehashing their predictions for the next year.

Firefox 3 To Support Microformats

We first looked at microformats back in September at the Web Apps Summit, but in spite of the promise of microformats, not many sites have been quick to adopt them. However that may change soon since Mozilla says that Firefox 3 will support microformats. But before we get into Firefox 3, there’s a new add-on, Operator, available now that brings the power of microformats to existing versions of Firefox.

Book Review: Core Python Programming - 2nd Edition

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Jan 3, 2007 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
This review takes a first hand look at one of the most comprehensive book on Python which is targeted mainly at people who are new to Python and who wish to learn this wonderful language.

Audi's new luxury cars engineered on Linux

For several years, German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, has been steadily migrating its engineering systems over to Linux. The company hopes to finish the job in 2007 and have the bulk of its servers and workstations running 64-bit Linux by the end of the year.

The Road to KDE 4: SVG Rendering in Applications

  • KDE News; By Troy Unrau (Posted by JLP on Jan 3, 2007 9:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: KDE
Since KDE 4 development is in full swing with plans for a KDE 4.0 release sometime later this year, I thought I'd put together a weekly piece entitled The Road to KDE 4. The idea is to have a short overview of one or two of the features that show progress in KDE 4. For my first issue, the goal is to show off some of the great SVG work that has taken place so far.

Market analyst predicts enterprise Linux surge

Nearly half the world's large businesses will use Linux on desktops or in servers by the end of 2011, Saugatuck Technology predicts. "The data are especially impressive when looking at the expected growth in the number of companies moving beyond 'proof of concept' by the end of the decade," the analyst firm said.

Big Blue cheaper than Red Hat

Fresh light on mainframe total cost of ownership reveals Big Blue's big iron is cheaper than a roomful of servers. Research house Illuminata's report, "IBM System z TCO: Man Bites Dog," shows that running 10 to 50 applications on a mainframe costs less than running the same workload on a one server/one application basis where the servers run Linux or Solaris.

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