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LXer Feature: 23-Aug-2006

Grepping for businesses that focus solely, or even mostly, on FOSS is prooving to be quite a challenge. Open Sense Solutions is a Greenbay, Wisconsin-based provider of GNU/Linux desktop solutions. Their Groovix public access system is not only popular, but libre too. Michael Pardee was kind enough to answer the questions Don Parris threw at him.

OLPC confirms field tests, other deets

A spokesperson for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project on Aug. 22 confirmed to a report that 500 field tests of its low-cost, portable, Linux-powered computers will begin in September, with working devices set to begin rolling off the production line in November.

Puppy Linux celebrates its success

The Puppy Linux team has organized a "Media Fiesta" to recognize innovations within the mini distribution. The interactive, web-based confab is intended to bring professional Linux developers, intermediate-to-high ability users, and newbies together to share information and tips for using the distro and developing new applications.

Integrator Goes Back To School With Linux Desktops

Hargadon Computer will get a lot busier in about three weeks, after kids are back in school and teachers and school administrators realize they need to do something with their outdated classroom PCs.

Linux-based wrist PC goes to military expo

Eurotech's U.S. arm, Parvus, will demonstrate the multinational company's innovative wrist-worn PC at a military electronics conference Aug. 22-24 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Zypad WL 1000 runs Linux or Windows CE, and features hands-free operation, wireless networking, GPS tracking, and patent-pending power management technology.

Mobile Linux at heart of Japanese handset venture

Linux-based mobile phones could be a focus for a $100m collaboration between handset and chipset suppliers. NEC, Matsushita and Texas Instruments (TI) have invested $103m in a new company called Adcore-Tech to design and license hardware and software technology for next generation (3G/3.5G) handsets.

Sony Mylo Built On Qtopia Linux

Sony introduced mylo, "my life online," a couple of weeks ago. The new handheld is a Wi-Fi-based personal communicator that looks vaguely like Sony's Play Station Portable but is designed for messaging instead of gaming.

Net stack vendor picks embedded Linux partner

Net stack vendor LVL7 will base its flagship "Fastpath" products on Wind River Linux. Starting with version 4.5, expected Q2, 2007, LVL7's Fastpath stack will be optimized for Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE LE), the company says.

IBM to Use QuickTransit to Emulate X86 Linux on Power Servers

As part of a bevy of Linux and open source announcements that IBM announced last week at LinuxWorld, the company said that it had partnered with Transitive to license its QuickTransit software emulation technology. With the license, IBM plans to allow Linux binaries compiled for X86 and X64 platforms to run unmodified on its Power-based pSeries and OpenPower servers.

No English Allowed

Last week saw a bunch of rather heated comments on one of our marketing lists ( The topic had drifted off from setting up local NPOs to handle marketing funds to the creating of an English Native-Lang project for . I replied, as it was expected, that there would be no english Native-Lang project, at least in a foreseeable future. I wanted to explain the reasons behind such an answer here..

Podcast: Up Close and Personal with Tim Berners-Lee

Listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of this century and Originator of the Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium talks about how far we've come, and about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

It's Been an Open Source Kind of Summer

  • TechNewsWorld; By Michael Castelluccio (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 22, 2006 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Under the peaceful skies in Mountain View, Calif., Google has released an alpha version of a Web OS called YouOS. The team that created it is from M.I.T., and Wikipedia describes YouOS as "an experimental 'Web operating system' produced by WebShaka that replicates the desktop environment of a modern operating system on a Web page, using Javascript to communicate with the remote server."

NEC's Fault Tolerant Extensions Go Mainstream in Linux

Server marker NEC announced at LinuxWorld last week that it has worked with the Linux community to get the hooks its fault tolerant servers require to operate into the Linux kernel. Red Hat will be the first vendor to officially support these hooks, and will do so in its new Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 Update 4.

Debian Weekly News - August 22nd, 2006

The Debian Weekly Newsletter for August 22nd, 2006

Croatian government adopts open source software policy

Last month the Croatian government adopted an open source software policy and issued guidelines for developing and using open source software in the government institutions. The Croatian government is concerned that proprietary software leads to too much dependence on the software suppliers. Open source software will make the government's work more transparent, according to the government's document, entitled "Open Source Software Policy."

Boost for open source grid development

Platform Computing, an enterprise grid software solutions provider, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to hire the principals of Scalable Systems in establishing its Open Source Grid Development Centre (OSGDC). Based in Singapore, Scalable Systems is a provider of high performance and grid computing solutions and services in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

Linux heavies plan lightweight virtualization

Red Hat and Novell, the two top Linux sellers, have only just begun building Xen virtualization software into their products. But they're already planning to add a higher-level option.


Perl and PHP are two widely used languages for building dynamic Web sites. They make up two thirds of the "P" in the Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP) stack. How does their performance, using mod_perl and mod_php, compare for everyday Web programming? I attempted to find out.

Standardize Your UNIX Command-Line Tools

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 22, 2006 7:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Examine methods for standardizing your interface to simplify movements between different UNIX systems. If you manage multiple UNIX systems then the hardest task can be switching between the different environments and performing the different tasks while having to consider all of the differences between the systems. This article looks at ways that can provide compatible layers, or wrappers, to support a consistent environment.

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