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This week at LWN: The Free Ryzom Campaign

Ryzom is a multi-player online game operated by a company called Nevrax. It has a dedicated following, but has never reached anything close to the level of popularity seen by some of its competitors. In fact, it has not reached a sufficient level of popularity [Ryzom] to keep Nevrax alive; that company has found its way into French bankruptcy court. The future of this game is currently in doubt.

Debian powers Australia's largest satellite network

  • Computerworld; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by cj2003 on Dec 11, 2006 2:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
Some 75 towns across New South Wales have started accessing the Internet through Debian-based satellite routers in what is said to be largest network of its type in Australia spanning upwards of 800,000 square kilometres.

Of Open Source, Security and the Naughty Stair

I had the pleasure of attending a forum the other day hosted by OASIS which is the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, a non-profit consortium focussed on developing e-business standards.

Innovators & Influencers: Between An Open Source Rock And A ...

Hovsepian was Novell's head honcho for only a few months when he inked a $442 million deal in November with Microsoft that covers Windows and Linux product integration, patent protection, and marketing. A short time after, all hell broke loose. First, the open source community accused Novell of selling its soul to the devil. Then Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer fanned the flames by saying that Linux uses Microsoft intellectual property and that Novell's Suse is the only Linux distribution with patent protection from Microsoft. It was widely interpreted as a shot across the bow of non-Novell Linux users everywhere.

Wikipedia founder remakes Web publishing economics

Free software is about to get freer. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Monday his for-profit company, Wikia Inc., is ready to give away -- for free -- all the software, computing, storage and network access that Web site builders need to create community collaboration sites.

Microsoft deal good for Linux - Novell SA chief

Other Linux companies should do similar deals with Microsoft, Novell head tells FOSS community. "We're on your side."

CLI Magic: Convert file names to a different encoding with convmv

User Level: Beginner to intermediate Recent versions of most Linux distributions support non-English languages out of the box by using the Unicode standard. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that I was able to read and write in Greek -- my native language -- on a fresh Ubuntu Edgy Eft installation without any manual intervention. Unfortunately, my happiness lasted only until I tried to open files with Greek file names. Instead of Greek characters I saw garbage.

Free Windows

  • A Division by Zer0 (Posted by db0 on Dec 11, 2006 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Microsoft
Most people that take an active interest in the Free Software movement recognize what the future holds for the PC Desktop. Linux will eventually become the OS of choice for home users.
The question is, what will Microsoft do to prevent, or at least delay it.

The answer? Free Windows.

Vote for SA's best e-commerce sites

Voting for the first ever SA e-commerce Awards has begun. An extensive nomination process resulted in a shortlist of SA's top websites across the 19 categories. Open to all, votes will be accepted until the end of December.

Bull to Supply the Most Powerful Civil Supercomputer in France to the CCRT, the Center for Research and Technology Computing

CCRT Supercomputer Will be Dedicated to Scientific and Industrial Research Designed Around Bull NovaScale(R) Servers, the Computer Will Deliver Performance in Excess of 43 Teraflops, Positioning it Among the 15 Most Powerful Systems in the World

BEA adopts virtual strategy with VMware

BEA Systems has teamed up with VMware to deliver the first instalment of a Java virtualisation strategy to rollout in 2007. The middleware vendor is planning a version of its WebLogic Server - WebLogic Server Virtual Edition - that will run on VMware's ESX hypervisor. The application server is due for release in March.

Mobile Devices Adopt Open Source

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 11, 2006 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
You don’t have to be completely immersed in the world of technology to know that we’re in the middle of an open source revolution. Even people who don’t know much about computers and technology can recognize that there’s been a rising trend for people to customize existing products and openly share information that can benefit vast numbers of people and foster creativity. Instead of just using what’s being given to us, we’re starting to take control, and this has enhanced the markets and the communities.

Sun Microsystems - doing all it can to propagate its immense software wealth

In recent times, Sun Microsystems has surprised everybody by choosing to release Java under GPL and hinting at GPLing Solaris. Now in a low key manner, it is handing out a free media kit comprising of a DVD containing the latest version of Solaris 10 and Sun Studio software as this article indicates.

Java scripts Web 2.0 response

All roads lead to JavaSun Microsystems is expected to release an updated version of Java, featuring integrated support for scripting languages and providing a migration path to enterprise Java, today.

Ubuntu Fiasco: The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a Developer

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Dec 11, 2006 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Perhaps it's just me, but I’m having a difficult time understanding Mark Shuttleworth, the Ubuntu founder, when he figured that openly trying to recruit developers from other Linux projects was a good idea. Doing so in a mailing list in the manner that he did was, to be brutally honest, in very poor taste. As luck would have it, the response has not been too exciting thus far.

What Flavors of Linux Work Best for You?

"Linux ... lends itself well to users with specific requirements," said Nate Melby, an instructor at Kaplan University's School of Information Systems and Technology. The real task is finding a distribution that suits a potential user's needs. Live CDs that can run the newest Linux versions, running dual-boot software, let consumers use their hardware for multiple purposes, he suggested.

Mandriva Linux on a stick

The popular Linux version Mandriva has been released on a USB stick for users who need to travel with their own operating system. The 2GB flash disk includes a full live Mandriva system including a 3D desktop. Plug in and log on.

Availigent Joins Open Grid Forum

Availigent, a provider of Application Service Management software for Linux-based, dynamic data centers, has joined the Open Grid Forum to accelerate the development of a common set of standards for Grid computing. Grid computing is an emerging computing model that allows many networked computers and data resources to be dynamically pooled and shared as virtual resources.

Pioneer 1124 05 Screenshot Walkthrough

Technalign, Inc. has announced it has released its new Pioneer Linux operating system to the community. The first release is the 32-bit version to be followed immediately by the 64-Bit Version. The community edition includes many features found previously in Frontier and is available for download at the website. Both Pioneer 32 and 64 include Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird and KMail email clients,, and many others.

Microsoft answers IP questions posed in LXer open letter

LXer Feature: 11-Dec-2006

Mid November, Steve Ballmer said "Linux"uses our [Microsoft Corp.] intellectual property" and "Microsoft Corp. wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation." Many people didn't understand what he really meant, among them the LXer editors. Therefore, LXer sent an Open Letter to the Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response team, and two weeks later, the answers are in (no pun intended). Check the full story for the answers a Microsoft Spokesperson gave us, which hopefully can answer some of our questions.

[ Note: The questions may be a bit clumsy, since sending them was a rather impulsive action. - hkwint ]

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