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Fred Trotters Session at LinuxWorld

I will be moderating the"Who is doing what" session in Free and Open Source Healthcare Software at this years OSDL sponsored Healthcare day at LinuxWorld. If you would like me to mention your project or efforts in FOSS medicine, please do not hesitate to contact me.

OpenDocument Day at Akademy

This year at Akademy, Tuesday 26th September will be OpenDocument Day. The OpenDocument format (ODF) is a Free document file format for saving and exchanging office documents. KOffice was the first office suite to support OpenDocument and other programs have been following suit. OpenDocument Day at Akademy offers software developers interested in ODF to exchange ideas, build relations and collaborate on all things ODF in an informal setting

Socialtext Releases Commercial Open Source Wiki

Contains All Of Socialtext's Enterprise Grade Code Aside From Enterprise Management Tools

[Socialtext previously announced they would open-source their code. Looks like they kept their word. -- grouch]

Ingres grabs Thinking Instruments

The open source database provider said it has purchased former CA service provider and reseller partner Thinking Instruments, to "immediately broaden its corporate" reach in Germany and the Middle East.

Vdrift: Open Source Racing on the Mac

VDrift is an open source drift racing game currently in development, and recently released as a Mac OS X build in addition to Windows and Linux. On par and as fun as any racing title out there, the game allows players to drive 19 different cars on a dozen tracks both in practice mode and head to head over the Internet and local networks.

Use Fedora Directory Server For Manageable LDAP

Raise your hand if you've had this conversation with your buzzword-vulnerable boss:

PHB: "We need to move to LDAP."
Long-suffering admin: "For what exactly?"
PHB: "We need to move to LDAP."

So, before we get into exploring the wonders of Fedora Directory Server, let's give that question a meaningful answer. Why should you consider using LDAP?

Freespire Beta 2 Screenshot Tour quietly reported - This is the second BETA release of Freespire (Build 0.0.76). This is the main installation CD for our community-driven, Debian-based Linux distribution which legally supports (or has one-click access to support): MP3, DVD, Windows Media, QuickTime, Java, Flash, Real, ATI drivers, nVidia drivers, Adobe Acrobat Reader, proprietary WiFi drivers, fonts, and so on. Provides free access to the entire Freespire open source application pool using apt-get. OSDir has some great shots of Freespire Beta 2 in the Freespire Beta 2 Screenshot Tour.

Microsoft's New Home Page Shuns Firefox

The vendor is revamping its home page and has a preview available. Firefox users, however, are redirected to Microsoft's generic "page not found" message and screen.

Appeasement Isn't Working

Open source and unencumbered drivers for 3D acceleration on Linux are lagging behind their proprietary counterparts. When 2D hardware goes away and everything requires 3D hardware, what options are there for people who use free software? Old hardware… unless something changes. Yes, I’m being deliberately provocative. No, I’m not really kidding.

Nec, Panasonic may deepen Linux phone alliance

Responding to tough competition from comparative giants Nokia and Motorola, Matsushita (Panasonic) and NEC may form a joint venture around Linux-based mobile phones, according to several business papers in Japan, as reported by Reuters. The venture may focus on Linux OSes and applications, mobile phone hardware, and/or mobile phone chips, and may include Texas Instruments, the news agency reports.

Wiki start-up taps open source to lure new users

A wiki software start-up is releasing two products into open source to help get more developers familiar with its commercial products. MindTouch, founded by former Microsoft employees, on Tuesday announced the creation of an open-source project around MindTouch Dream, software for building distributed Web applications using Microsoft .Net development tools.

Myths, Lies, and Truths about the Linux kernel

Ottawa Linux Symposium 2006 Keynote Presentation about the myths and truths of linux kernel development.

Forfás report opens door to open source

  •; By Gordon Smith (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 25, 2006 10:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new report from Forfás has highlighted the growing opportunity to be gained from open-source software (OSS) for Irish independent software vendors and the higher-education sector. OSS is growing far faster than the industry average for the traditional proprietary software model.

ClarkConnect - Enterprise Linux for Your Home

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Jul 25, 2006 9:41 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Ever wonder how you could get a solid Security Enhanced Enterprise Grade Linux Router/Server with ftp, apache, traffic shaping, pop-up blocker, content filter, intrusion detection/prevention, and other nice handy tools that every robust server should have...and here's the kicker...installed and running in about 30 minutes in your home?

Mark of the Microsoft Beast

If you've looked for a Linux laptop lately on any of the major OEM Web sites, you've seen it: the mark of the beast. The phrasing goes "Dell|Lenovo|HP|Acer recommends Windows XP Professional." What it means is that by virtue of a Microsoft marketing agreement, the OEM can make more money in the US by not pre-loading Linux than it could if it did. Things are different elsewhere.

Microsoft Upset Over Groklaw's Article on ODF

I guess Microsoft is upset that I showed you screenshots that proved that there is no Save As function for ODF in the usual menu in Microsoft Word 2007. If you read Dutch, here's an article attacking Groklaw, with a lot of blah blah blah about it being alpha code and it's not fair and someday it will happen and all that jazz. But there still isn't a Save As option for ODF in that menu. Period. And according to the article, as I read it, there never will be...

Live migration of Xen domains

Virtualization is all the rage these days. Advances in x86 performance, as well as the increasing energy requirements of servers, make efficiently provisioning machines a necessity. Xen, an open source virtual machine (VM) monitor, works with just about any Linux distribution. One useful feature for shops that care about high availability is Xen's ability to migrate virtual machines while they are running. By using VM migration, you can pool computing resources just as you can pool storage. Here's how.

Debian Weekly News - July 25th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 30th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Christoph Berg implemented an overview page for tasks in the packages overview. He also announced that the repository has been moved to Subversion and that notifications are now handled by the Package Tracking System directly.

LXerFest Charlotte 2006

LXer Announcement

A few LXer readers are meeting up with Editor-in-Chief, Don Parris in Charlotte, North Carolina this coming Saturday... welcomes community participation

The founder of explains the goals of and expresses a desire to build a community around the site to help further improve it. New forum section has been opened at for that purpose and is accessible through

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