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Report from the Decibel Hackathon

At the Decibel Hackathon sponsored by and basysKom GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany last weekend, hackers from the KDE community met to discuss the handling of contact data in KDE 4. Read on for a summary of the event.

Mesh drivers target Linux device makers

Meshcom Technologies of Finland is readying a mesh networking driver aimed at Linux- and Windows-based device vendors. MeshDriver 1.0 will be commercially available to vendors wishing to build products that form self-healing mesh networks optimized for throughput and performance in fixed and mobile network environments, the company said.

[I will be installing one of these at Sky Harbour in the next month. - Scott]

Adobe's Flash developers need to learn from Saudi Arabia

The biggest video problem open source developers need to solve isn't with video editing software, but with Internet video delivery, which is currently dominated by Adobe Flash. There are several good reasons why Flash is the most popular method of putting video on the Internet, but Macromedia (since purchased by Adobe) made a horrible decision when it released Flash 8. Its choice of a proprietary video compression codec makes a free replacement for Flash not only desirable, but necessary -- and I mean for business reasons, not just because of software ideology.

HP Gearing Up to Resell Oracle Linux

Turns out Oracle CEO Larry Ellison does have a few friends and one of them is HP. Earlier this week Ellison claimed that Oracle had displaced Red Hat at search engine giant Yahoo. But neither Yahoo nor Red Hat completely agree with Ellison's claim. Ellison also said Oracle had signed HP, CDW and Dell as resellers for Oracle's Enterprise Linux. Oracle entered the Linux support business last fall when Ellison announced he would be undercutting Red Hat by offering direct Oracle support.

Same Slime, Different Day - updated 4Xs

More unpleasant insinuations, as you may have noticed by Paul McDougall on Information Week with the unbiased (ha ha) title, "IBM Helps Fund Web Hosting For Anti-SCO Site Groklaw." Yessir. No point of view there. What a stretching of facts to suit a purpose! May I please be the first to say out loud what you are all thinking? -- So what?

Mirth 1.4 Released with HL7 v3, X12 and EDI Support

The Mirth project is announcing the release of Mirth 1.4, with HL7 v3, X12, EDI and XML message support. Mirth 1.4 includes over 60 bug fixes, improvements and features, as well as a new, powerful development and mapping environment. Other new features include HTTP, SMTP and RTF support, application routing functionality and medical imaging support (binary image data encoding). Also stay tuned for the upcoming Mirth webinar which will be officially announced in the coming weeks.

Install and Configure Red Hat Linux 4

Learn how to install and configure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 on IBM standalone rack servers. The examples illustrate installation on x86 systems, but the examples can apply to a variety of hardware architectures, including x86_64, IA64, S/390, and ppc64.

Ubuntu 7.04 Beta Released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04. Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support.

Linux and Opera used in Malawi to fight HIV

Opera Software reports that Linux and the Opera browser are being used by a non-government organization combatting HIV AIDs in Malawi. The Baobab Health Partnership runs Opera in fullscreen"kiosk" mode on low-powered, Linux-based network terminals used to register new patients and track patient treatments Read more onLinux Devices

Php Search Engine Showdown

It's a universal frustration. You just know that the piece of information you're looking for is somewhere on a site. You click one link, then another, and another. You go back to the home page and try a different branch of the site. After dozens of clicks, you still can't find the information you need. Then it's back to Google and on to another site. At last you find one with an internal search engine. You enter your search term, and voilá!--the information you need pops up in less than a second.

Ubuntu 7.04 Beta released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04.

Mozilla: 3D parties and meetings will be the norm within ten years

The virtual world phenomenon of Second Life will transform the Internet within the next 10 years, and the browser will have to change just as fast to keep up, said Mozilla's Window Snyder. According to Window Snyder, security chief at Mozilla, business travel, telecommuting, and even the basic things people expect in day-to-day business will be affected. Instead of flying from office to office, meetings will held virtually.

Third SimplyMEPIS 6.5 release candidate adds Beryl

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Release Candidate 3 (RC3) today was uploaded to the MEPIS subscribers' pool and propagated to the public mirrors -- only nine days after RC2 was released. It features a 2.6.15 kernel, a KDE default desktop, and Beryl 0.2.0 Final.

Resurrect your old PC

Don't dispose of your old computer Throwing away a PC really is a waste, re-use or recycling are always preferable options. Usually an old PC still work well but many think that is obsolete and a computer outdated is annoyng and it must be replaced. We can recycle our computer !! We can donate our computer !! We can get new life our PC !! How can I recycle it ? What software have i to use ? Operating System ? Well , Linux breathes new life into old hardware !!!!!

How To Set Up A FreeBSD Wireless Access Point

This guide explains the process of setting up a FreeBSD system that will act as a wireless router (as well as a wired router) that takes advantage of the ported version of OpenBSD's PF packet filter.

Oracle's Linux Claims Are a Head Scratcher

You can't always take everything you hear in the technology industry at face value. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said on his company's Q3 2007 conference call today that Oracle has displaced Red Hat at Yahoo. Officials at both Red Hat and Yahoo, however, see it differently.

Release-critical Bugreport for March 23, 2007

Bug stamp-out list for March 23, 2007

Open source at CeBIT 2007

Although CeBIT has been shrinking steadily for the past few years, there were still plenty of interesting things and exciting products on display at the big trade show earlier this month, especially if you are interested in open source.

Deadline for Google's Summer of Code 2007 Approaching

As we reported last week, KDE will be taking part in Google's Summer of Code again. The deadline for student applications is approaching now, so be quick sending in your ideas before March 26th. If you are a student and would like to spend the summer on a cool Free Software project, do apply for one of the scholarships.

BalanceNG: A simple approach to load balancing

Load balancing software uses multiple hardware devices to spread work around and thereby speed performance. While Linux Virtual Server may be the best-known option for Linux networks, another alternative, BalanceNG, a simple, lightweight utility, may be a better choice for some organizations.

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