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Why desktop Linux might not take off

You might expect the article "Why Desktop Linux Will Not Take Off, and Why You Don't Want It To," by self-styled "former Linux evangelist" Martin Girard, to simply be a troll. Girard likens Linux to early transistor-radios with clear cases, enabling users to see their intricate inner workings.

[Sheesh! I should think the more accurate comparison would be one of those dual-mode 4-wheel drive vehicles. They normally drive in 2-wheel drive mode, but you can stop and turn the knob on the wheel a notch to put it in 4-wheel drive mode. Some of those things even let you switch modes from inside the vehicle these days. The additional capability is there if you need/want it. If not, don't use it. That shouldn't be so confusing. - dcparris]

Researchers find (more) severe flaws in Diebold voting machines

A group of Princeton computer scientists has published a study that examines flaws and vulnerabilities in Diebold's AccuVote-TS voting machines.Complete with a video that demonstrates the ease with which the electronic voting machine can be compromised, the study provides chilling insight into the serious risk of election tampering and fraud created by modern voting technology.

Open source creeps into mapping software

Commoditization of Web mapping tools compels Autodesk to release the source codes of its once-proprietary MapGuide software.

[Cool! - dcparris]

Professor gives students the option of purchasing lectures online

  • Technician Online; By phefner (Posted by phefner on Sep 14, 2006 3:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Independent Music Online, a music service based on FLOSS, recently started offering the online lectures of a North Carolina State University Professor. On campus, there has been a mixed reaction by both the University and the Students.

[There's a note on the music site that the professor has, for the time being at least, removed the lecture files. Keep your eyes peeled. - dcparris]

Are Open Source Software Tools Better than Commercial?

A recent poll asked to compare the quality of open source and commercial software development tools. And the winner is... not obvious ;o)

Digging Deeper Associated Press, MSNBC Video to Support Macs ...

There is nothing more frustrating for Macintosh users or those who use the Firefox browser than going to a video site and hitting a wall demanding Windows and the Internet Explorer browser. But when the Associated Press’ Online Video Network first launched last spring in conjunction with Microsoft, the requirements for users were just that: Windows and Internet Explorer. The idea behind the OVN is that Microsoft provides the video hosting, technology and ad sales; AP provides the video content; and small and medium news site partners show the videos on their sites for a split of revenue with Microsoft and the AP.

[Fine. Firefox users and Mac users benefit. What about GNU/Linux users? - dcparris]

NASA tests Linux-based planetary surface exploration robots

A Linux-based NASA lunar rover is on maneuvers -- and Internet webcams -- this week in the Arizona desert near Meteor Crater. The K-10's maneuvers are related to a NASA project tasked with building extra-vehicular activity (EVA) hardware and developing EVA procedures for planetary surface exploration.

[I wonder if they would send up a stuffed penguin and let the robots drop it off? - dcparris

New Eclipse IDE Eases Open Source SOA

  • ADT Magazine; By Kathleen Richards (Posted by dcparris on Sep 14, 2006 12:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Eclipse
Open source platforms offer flexibility and faster time to production if your team is adept at hand coding and working with command lines. LogicBlaze, sponsors of an open source SOA distribution, released an Eclipse-based development environment last week that is designed to do some of the heavy lifting for you.

Red Hat Releases Enterprise Linux 5 Beta

Red Hat has released its Xen-enabled Enterprise Linux 5 code into beta testing but won't likely ship the final code until early 2007.

People Behind KDE: Allan Sandfeld Jensen

Tonight in the two-weekly People Behind KDE series we are featuring Allan Sandfeld Jensen. He is a KDE core developer, mostly active for KHTML and KDE multimedia. After reading the interview you will know what his personal "carewolf" looks like, together with all other personal things you have to know about this developer.

Linux: The Flash And The Fish

Flash Player 9 for Linux made its public debut (finally) at a controlled demonstration during a conference. Meanwhile, a number of people have suggested ways that Ubuntu Christian Edition will work for its users.

Linux Reality - Episode 31 - Pat Davila on An Introduction to Video Editing with Kino

In this episode: a very special guest host, Pat Davila of The Linux Link Tech Show, explains how to import, edit, and export digital video to and from Kino. Additional articles of interest are here and here.

Microsoft Promises Not to Sue

“Microsoft irrevocably promises not to assert any Microsoft Necessary Claims against you for making, using, selling, offering for sale, importing or distributing any implementation,” the company stated in the “Open Specification Promise” published on its web site.

[I'll believe it when I see it..MS not suing that is. - Scott]

Baidu Tests Open Source Waters

China is hoping the participation of Baidu -- a big player in the domestic Internet search market -- will help upgrade the nation's overall OSS application level. Under the contract, Baidu and CSIP will jointly push OSS application of Baidu's products. Baidu, in turn, will choose appropriate products for sharing in the CSIP's OSS community.

Open Source App Connects Professors, Students

Rutgers used to use WebCT, a similar piece of course-management software, until a new version of WebCT was developed. The university considered this too expensive, however, hence the switch to Sakai, said University Director for the Office of Instructional and Research Technology Charles Hedrick.

VIA Announces World’s First Carbon Free Processor

The VIA C7®-D processor continues a path of power-efficient processor innovation, ideal for organizations looking to reduce their Carbon Footprint

[This is not Open Source releated but I thought it newsworthy none the less. - Scott}

Build a Linux-Based Single-Board WAP (Part 4)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 13, 2006 4:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In our previous installments we got our little Soekris board up and running, installed Pyramid Linux, and built a nice stout iptables firewall. Today we'll build a wireless access point, so that you can have both wired and wireless clients on your LAN. Some security-conscious admins prefer using a standalone WAP, rather than combining it with a firewall/gateway. It's simpler to build a dedicated WAP, so that's what we'll do today. You are welcome to put it together however you like

Ohio LinuxFest 2006: Plans, presentations, and penguins

Linux and open source software users in the Buckeye State who want to network with several hundred of their colleagues will get the chance when Ohio LinuxFest 2006 gets underway later this month. The one-day conference, to be held on Saturday, September 30, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, features presentations, exhibits, an after-conference party, and a special appearance by some live penguins.

Mastering Ajax with DOM-based Web applications

  • IBM/developerworks; By Brett McLaughlin (Posted by solrac on Sep 13, 2006 3:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
This article shows you how to build a simple Web page that has some nice effects, all created using JavaScript to manipulate the DOM.

Becoming a free software developer, part III: Programming for the ...

  • Free Software Magazine; By Rosalyn Hunter (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 13, 2006 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I finally began learning python. I wrote my last program in the 80s in Apple Basic, and here I am again starting to learn a new language. I can already guess what my biggest problem will be. I am incredibly impatient. How can I learn to program when I refuse to read the documentation all the way through?

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