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Although New Zealand organisations have been late adopters of the technology, local end-users and tech companies accept that open source is here to stay.
Mimos Bhd is organising the 7th ASia Open Source Software (OSS) symposium to strengthen international collaboration in establishing an Asian Open Source Ecosystem.
In a statement on Feb 27, Mimos said the Asian Open Source Ecosystem would enable governments, communities and industries across Asia to continuously interact and collaborate in open source implementation.
Last Thursday, when I wrote about Dell's new Linux desktop, was one of the most frustrating days of my professional life. My eWEEK colleague John Spooner and I tried our best to get Dell to confess that they really had released an honest-to-God Linux desktop.
But Dell simply wouldn't do it.
More than 3,000 FOSS enthusiasts gave up their weekend and traveled from all over the world to attend the sixth annual Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brussels last weekend.
Open-source VoIP developer, SIPphone, has announced its acquisition of $6 million in venture capital funding, which will help it extend its Session-Initiated Protocol (SIP)-based network. The peer-to-peer network will soon be available over non-PC devices, including adapters, routers, Wi-Fi phones, and dual mode cell phones.
US Robotics (USR) publishes source code for a variety of network devices based on Linux, including wireless access points, combo router/NAS servers, and DSL broadband routers. Downloads for its USR5461 wireless access point suggest the device runs Linux 2.4.20, and fits a uClibc-based filesystem within 2MB.
People reject Linux desktops for illogical reasons, says IT consultant and developer Jono Bacon. For example, they fault Linux OpenOffice desktops for not having all the features in Microsoft Windows Office, even though few actually use all of the Microsoft stuff. So, in essence, they're saying they want desktops cluttered with unnecessary features.
Bacon discusses the impact of such irrational views regarding Linux desktop adoption in this interview. He also opines on what developers should be doing to reverse-engineer people's fuzzy thinking and make it easier to adopt Linux and open source. Bacon co-authored Linux Desktop Hacks (O'Reilly Media) and is an applications development specialist at OpenAdvantage, an open source software consulting organization that provides free services in the West Midlands region of the U.K.
A trip to Nairobi, cocktails with Microsoft, and a conference room full of African free software advocates. Alastair Otter checks in with the growing African free and open source movement to see how things are going.
Opinion: Perhaps because its partner Microsoft doesn't want it (or any other major PC vendor) to. (DesktopLinux)
are available of Mandriva's One 2006.0 Beta, following today's release announcement
"This live CD is a complete Mandriva Linux system, which you can use directly from the CD or install on your hard drive. It includes OpenOffice.org, KDE, Firefox, GIMP, Amarok..."
3D graphics on X - XGL vs AIGLX. This article delves into the inner workings of XGL and AIGLX. It shows that there are many similarities between these two competing/co-operating "rivals" and plenty of room for growth.
Hot on the heels of Gentoo's announcement
of their 2006.0 release, OSDir has published a Gentoo 2006.0 Screenshot Tour
which give us a walk-through of installing Gentoo with the first ever Gentoo Linux LiveCD.
The complete 2005 archive
of Linux Format magazine interviews are now available on their site. They include face-to-face discussions with notable personalities in the Linux scene including Michael Robertson, Alan Cox and Mark Shuttleworth. Topics include the GPL v3, running as root in Linspire, the Ubuntu vs Debian debate and much more.
IBM, Novell and Parity Communications today announced that they are contributing code to an open source initiative -- code-named "Project Higgins" -- that will spawn a new generation of security software, giving people more control over their personal online identity information. Project Higgins builds upon a concept developed by Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Company Nominated for Best Company Category, and Its SSH Tectia(TM) 5.0 Client/Server Solution Nominated for Best Solution Category
This would be the most phenomenal turnabout in the history of desktop computing. There's just one fly in the ointment.
Jesper Juhl summarized a recent experiment of compiling the latest Linux kernel 100 times with various configurations, resulting in 82 failed builds and thousands of warnings. Most of the builds utilized
make randconfig which generates a random .config, and further inspection revealed that a significant percentage of these builds failed due to known configuration issues. Regarding warnings, Adrian Bunk pointed out that for most normal configurations things are much better, "not that our current situation [is] perfect, but the number of warnings in .config's people usually use isn't that bad."
Jesper acknowledged that things aren't as bad as they first look, but went on to explain that he's trying to motivate more people into helping track down warnings and build errors, "there's a lot of focus on implementing new features - and that's great - but there's little emphasis on fixing the problems we have and already know about - I'd like to see that change, and my post was mainly an attempt at making that happen :)" Adrian agreed that this is a good goal, then pointed to thekernel bug tracker noting that most build errors are known, "and in these cases, the bugs in unmaintained areas of the kernel like APM or the floppy driver are the worst ones."
After years of going to "Linux Today" for news regarding Linux and, especially, for insightful comments regarding these, I have come to realize that the site is not what it used to be. On Digg.com [Ed: Popular article reposted -tadelste]
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