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06.09.09

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: June 9th, 2009

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GNU/Linux

  • A Kernel of all things!

    Red Hat got publicity in the market share place. Being called “Linux” on Television, they watched as the term “Linux” as an operating system was spread on Television. And they continue to do so.

    That should of been GNU/Linux, that should have been Stallman watching with the Red Hat developers.

  • Content producers dig Linux too!

    Content creation used to be the stronghold of Apple and it’s OSX operating system, but recently there have been signs that content producers are more and more attracted to Linux. What made me realize that creative software on Linux had made it with the content creation crowd is this poll on the DAZ Studio forums: more than 150 Daz Studio users would like to see a Linux version.

    [...]

    To conclude I would say that content producers like the idea of Linux: its stable, comes with a lot of free creative software and do not require much administration after the machine is installed. It is also much cheaper to purchase a Linux desktop that an Apple Mac, but what currently let these users down is the lack of intuitive, easy to use and expendable creative software in some fields.

  • The Gospel of Tux

    And the people were cowed in terror and gave homage to Microsoft, and endured the many grave and perilous trials which the Windows platform and its greatly bogacious Licence forced upon them. And once again did they cry to Turing and von Neumann and Moore for a deliverer, but none was found equal to the task until the birth of Linux.

  • Invisible Linux

    At the same time you don’t need to know that Google runs Linux, that most top Web sites run Apache servers under Linux, or that your office may be running Linux right now, while what looks like your Windows desktop is actually a virtualizer.

  • Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 48

    Summary:
    Editorial: The NILFS Filesystem
    Distributions announced last week:
    · OpenSolaris 2009.06 Is Here
    · grml 2009.05 Improves USB Installation
    · Elive 1.9.28 Fixes Macbook Boot Issue
    · Untangle Gateway 6.2.0 Released

  • Sea-Change Or No Change For Wintel?

    Asked if Linux could do as good a job in a Netbook as Microsoft XP, ARM’s East replies: “Today the Linux world is not as good as Microsoft from the point of view of the user, but it’s getting rapidly better. So it will get to be as good as Microsoft and, when that happens, the genie will be out of the bottle. Because Linux is much more cost-effective than Microsoft, people will ask: ‘Why do we use Microsoft?’”

  • Desktop

    • Macs, Windows 7, and Linux

      And, I must add, have it your way at a price almost anyone can afford. The new Linux netbooks will crowd the $100 price barrier. And, as Dell just showed with its Inspiron 15n and Ubuntu Linux you can have a full-powered Linux laptop for $299.

      Or, as some of my readers have pointed out, you can jazz it up and still be under $500. “I bumped it up to a core 2 duo 2.0GHz processor and 4GB RAM for $459. Now that’s a pretty sweet laptop for under $500.”

      Exactly.

      And that’s why, if you want to save money and still have a great computer, you’ll want to consider Linux. For the price, you simply can’t beat it.

    • Product Spotlight: System 76 Pangolin Performance laptop PC

      Business thrives on mobile computing. And with mobile computing comes a need for solid, reliable, secure hardware. What better match for the on the go professional than a laptop with the power to handle any task, an operating system secure enough to work on the road, and an infrastructure offering multiple lines of support. The System 76 Pangolin Performance laptop is all that and more.

  • Server

    • Interview with Jamie Cameron, LumberJack extraordinaire

      That said, all Unix variants (and even Linux distributions) do differ a lot in the locations and format of their configuration files, which is what Webmin is primarily focused on managing. So there is still quite some work involved in supporting new operating systems.

    • Cisco AXP Contest Field Narrowed to Top 10

      Companies are growing more comfortable with the concept of open source development, but they don’t always approach it in the same way. Some try to build communities; some try to work in-house first then slowly branch out, and some just jump in with both feet and swim in the deep end from day one.

  • Kernel Space

    • Ubuntu 9.04: New Intel Graphics Drivers

      There is hope for Ubuntu users with Intel graphics. As it appears, the current 2D drivers solve most of the recent graphics problems with Intel chips, according to Ubuntu developer Bryce Harrington in a developer mailing list. Jaunty users should profit it from them as well.

    • Early Birds: Last Day to Catch the LinuxCon Worm

      LinuxCon, the Linux Foundation’s brand new conference intended to draw “the best and brightest…including core developers, administrators, end users, community managers and industry experts,” is still several months away. What isn’t several months away, however, is the deadline for Early Bird registration — if you want to catch that worm, you’ll have to get to running.

      The first annual LinuxCon, to be held in Portland, Oregon, will run from September 21 – 23, immediately before the second annual Linux Plumber’s Conference, to be held September 23 – 25. The conference is one of, if not the, first Linux Foundation conferences to feature an open invitation to all Linux users — most of the foundation’s events are by invitation only.

    • The Linux Foundation Welcomes mimio To the Fold

      The Linux Foundation has added another member to the fold. mimio, creator of the only interactive teaching platform available for Linux, joined the foundation and plans to “use popular tools such as the ‘App Checker’ to ease code development as it makes Linux applications more portable than ever before.” Having educational software and appliance vendors on the membership roster of the Linux Foundation is a terrific way to reinforce that open source technology is indeed compatible with the needs of educators and learning institutions.

    • Provider of Interactive Teaching Solutions Joins Linux Foundation
    • First Driver for USB 3.0

      After a year-and-a-half’s worth of work, Intel hacker Sarah Sharp announced that Linux will be the first operating system supporting USB 3.0.

      Linux kernel “Geekess” Sarah Sharp announced in her blog of June 7 that the first groundbreaking driver for USB 3.0 devices are now available. The driver supports the Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) for the new USB 3.0 standard.

  • Applications

    • Freeplane pushing for visibility

      It is still in alpha so it should only be used for testing for now. The Sourceforge wiki for Freeplane says “Our main goals for Freeplane are: Better Mind Map editor than FreeMind”.

    • Cedega 7.3 Released

      Now Certified: Sims 3

      We are pleased to announce the release of Cedega 7.3 with day and date support for The Sims 3. With Cedega 7.3, Members don’t have to wait to play one of 2009′s most anticipated games, you can play on Launch Day!

    • Alien-GUI: an useful software tool to grafically convert deb and tar packages to RPM

      Today, in our Linux Page (in Spanish) we added a brief news about Alien-GUI which is an interesting software developed to grafically (and automatically) convert tar, deb in RPM.

  • KDE

    • KDE On Windows Continues

      The rumour of KDE on Windows stopping is not true and just harms our project. This clearly was not the intent of the blog post and we hope those reports will be corrected. At this point we also want to thank Christian for all the hard work he has done, for fixing bugs, making packages and of course also for making the platform accepted by KDE developers.

    • Gran Canaria Desktop Summit Platinum sponsors announced: Nokia’s Qt Software and Maemo

      The KDE and GNOME communities are happy to announce the Platinum sponsors of the upcoming Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. Nokia’s Qt Software and Maemo will be the main sponsors of the event, which will be held from 3rd to 11th of July 2009 in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, Spain.

    • build brand together, adendums

      The other day I blogged about creating a shared “meta” brand we could all use to amplify our combined marketing weight. Here are a few clarifications and comments based on reading feedback here and elsewhere.

      It’s Not About Logos

      Some people thought I was talking about logos. Logos are certainly a usual (though not inviolable) part of branding, but they aren’t the totality of successful branding. As such, the idea is really not about logos, though some logo work may happen. For instance, integrating the downstream logo (if that’s how they do things) into a wallpaper or elsewhere may occur. That would be a way to satisfy and align with the distributor’s practices, but it’s not what creates or destroys the shared brand image.

    • The Agony of FOSS Branding

      For as long as the personal computer has existed, users have championed their favorite software. But FOSS users are often contributors to their favorite software and tend to have a larger stake in it. Consequently, FOSS users can be much more fanatical about software than proprietary users. The result is endless flame wars — for instance, vi vs. emacs or GNOME vs. KDE, or free software vs. open source.

  • Distributions

    • Tiny Core Linux 2.0 & Micro Core Linux 2.0

      Team Tiny Core is pleased to announce the release of Tiny Core V2.0 and introducing MicroCore a 7MB no X environment iso based on Tiny Core

    • Tiny Core Linux 2.0 released

      Only eight days after the fourth release candidate was made available for testing, Tiny Core lead developer Robert Shingledecker has announced the final release of Tiny Core Linux 2.0 and Micro Core Linux 2.0. Tiny Core is only about 10 MB in size and is based on the 2.6.29.1 Linux kernel. Micro Core is a new 7 MB separate ISO that’s based on the same core as Tiny Core, but does not include the X environment.

    • Announcement of stable 0.10.0 ISO release

      After some time in the making, the Source Mage Cauldron team would like to present you with the 0.10.0 stable ISO! This is the latest stable ISO release for installing Source Mage GNU/Linux. It comes with many improvements over the previous 0.9.6 series of ISOs.

    • Untangle 6.2 now available: supports Multiple WANs

      We are pleased to announce that Untangle 6.2 is now available for download. Highlights of the release are our new multiWAN services: WAN Balancer and WAN Failover. Also included in this release is Ad Blocker, for filtering out banner advertisements.

    • xPUD

      • xPUD 0.9 released

        The xPUD developers have announced the release of version 0.9 of xPUD, a fast, lightweight, Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a simple web-based user interface. The new release includes several improvements and new features, including an updated Wi-Fi and Ethernet network manager.

      • xPUD 0.9 – A Better Desktop For Your Computer

        We’re proud to announce a new version of xPUD, a small and fast Linux with easy-to-use user interface, is now released. Version 0.9 is full of improvements and exciting new features.

    • Red Hat

      • Red Hat goes one louder with Fedora 11

        Linux distributor Red Hat and its affiliated Fedora Project, which creates the development release that eventually becomes Red Hat’s commercially supported Enterprise Linux distro, have gone one louder this morning with the release of Fedora 11.

        The new release has incremental improvements to lots of features, much as prior Linuxes have had, and the fact that there are no earth-shattering feature changes is really a testament to the fact that the Linux kernel and its related systems software and application stack (yes, I know Linux is not an operating system, strictly speaking, but to some ways of thinking, neither is Windows) has become a mature and credible alternative to Windows and Unix. Even on laptops and desktops.

      • Fedora 11 Drives Evolution Of Open Source Computing

        The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT – News) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, today announced the availability of Fedora 11, the latest version of its free open source operating system. The community’s eleventh release includes the broadest feature set to date, spotlights developments in software management and sound, improves key virtualization components and introduces Fedora Community, a portal project beta.

      • Release Notes for Fedora 11
      • Fedora 11: Leonidas is Hardly a Spartan Linux
      • Discount Tire Grows E-Commerce Business with Red Hat Solutions

        Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer Discount Tire Company has achieved success with a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Satellite for its rapidly growing e-commerce business. With Red Hat solutions, Discount Tire has experienced increased performance, reliability, staff productivity and scalability for its critical IT infrastructure.

    • Ubuntu

      • Ubuntu Server review

        Ubuntu Server is a fast, free, no-frills Linux distribution that fills a niche between utilitarian Debian and the GUI-driven and, some would argue, over-featured Novell SUSE and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

        In our business transactions benchmarking tests, Canonical’s Ubuntu Server 9.0.4 was nearly as fast as the closest Linux cousin we’ve reviewed recently, Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.

      • GRUB 2: the New Boot Loader in Ubuntu 9.10

        UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) for Karmic Koala took place this year, between the 25th and 29th of May, in Barcelona, Spain. There were 270 blueprints that needed to be discussed during the summit, like the new professional look of Plymouth (an application that takes care of the graphical boot animation) for Karmic Koala, which will not become reality very soon. However, some of the ideas discussed at UDS will be implemented in the next version of the Ubuntu operating system, due for release in late October 2009. One of these was the “grub2-as-default” discussion, and Colin Watson had the pleasure to announce last night that GRUB 2 would definitely be the default boot loader in Ubuntu 9.10.

      • Explaining Ubuntu’s 10 Second Boot Time

        Canonical’s Scott James Remnant has now outlined more on their plans for the Ubuntu boot performance targets with Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 LTS. The main areas that developers will be working on is speeding up the X Server start-up process and improving initramfs.

      • GRUB2 To Be Used By Default In Ubuntu 9.10

        Starting with Ubuntu 9.10 (and beginning with tomorrow’s daily CD builds), GRUB2 will be the default boot-loader on new Ubuntu installations. GRUB2 will bring internationalization support, support for newer systems, and many other improvements considering this GNU boot-loader has been in development for a number of years.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Sony building Android-based Walkman and PND for 2010 launch?

      We’ll admit it, we expected to be knee-deep in Android gear by now. However, it seems like the consumer electronics industry wanted to build more mature products around versions 1.5 and 2.0 of Google’s open source OS instead. Regardless, we’re in the thick of it now having just witnessed a deluge of Android-based smartbooks / netbooks (expected before October) at Computex and Google’s own announcement that at least 18 new Android handsets will launch this year.

    • Phones

      • ARM9 workhorse cranks it up

        Atmel is sampling a faster version of its low-power ARM926EJ-S-based processor, offered with a free Linux BSP. The SAM9G10 ramps up to a 266MHz clock rate compared to the SAM9261-S’s 188MHz, boosts bus frequency to 133MHz, up from 94MHz, and consumes only 100mW in full-power mode, claims the company.

      • Is Android The Perfect Mobile Software Platform?

        Perhaps the most significant mobile platform to appear on the scene since Mr. Jobs and his team at Apple introduced the iPhone, Google’s Android offers a very compelling platform for cellular providers, mobile developers and end-users.

      • Handheld Linux download

        Hping is open-source network testing software, and some time ago one our software gurus compiled a version of Hping to run on the Sharp Zaurus, which is a fairly ancient Linux based mobile device.

    • Sub-notebooks

      • SPOTTED: Linux notebooks with ARM CPUs

        Freescale and Qualcomm have coined the term smartbook to describe Linux+ARM systems, ditching Atom+Windows for good.

      • The best netbook-friendly Linux distros

        We loved the Xandros based OS the Asus put on the original Eee PC for its simplicity and direct access to applications. Likewise Acer’s version of Linpus, installed on the Linux versions of its Aspire One netbook. For 90 per cent of the tasks anyone’s likely to perform on a netbook, they’re spot on and allow the machines to boot up in under 20 seconds.

        [...]

        Instant messenging is also integrated, but only supports Google Talk, Jabber and Salut. The exclusion of Skype and MSN will certainly get in the way for some users. There’s no word processor as standard, but Abiword is in the repositories – but that’s about it. There’s no sign of OpenOffice and a lot of other common software.

        The interface is really nice to use, but we can’t help but feel teased as this is from a complete product. Yet another distribution to keep an eye on, but not really ready for use.

      • Hands-On Review Of Jolicloud, The iPhonesque OS For Netbooks

        Founder and former CEO of Netvibes Tariq Krim is moving forward with his ambitious Jolicloud project, looking to build a better operating system for web workers with netbooks (or smartbooks or cloud computers, whichever term you prefer). A couple of days ago, we got a couple of exclusive screenshots from the team, and just a day after the startup started sending out a handful of invite codes for early adopters who wanted to get a peak at the alpha developer release. I also got hold of one and have been using Jolicloud on my Acer Aspire ONE for about four days now. These are my initial findings.

      • Kinpo Android Device: The UMPC Done Right?

        I’m a little tongue-in-cheek with my post title, but watching the video of Kinpo’s Android tablet raises a good question about UMPCs in general. Why shoehorn a desktop operating system onto a mobile device? Obvious answers to that question mainly involve applications: support, availability, compatibility, and the like. The downsides are generally worse battery life due to X86 processors and inefficient user interfaces. That particular issue is lessening with Intel’s next-genration Atom platform in the works though.

      • The incredible, expandable Linux netbook

        While I installed and run the netbook version of Ubuntu, I typically always switch over to ‘Classic Desktop’ mode (under Preferences and Switch Desktop Mode in either UNR or desktop mode). This offers an environment that’s familiar to my desktop and notebook Ubuntu, and also, I believe, offers a more advanced experience, with multiple workspaces and, after some minor tweaking, access to more tools and applications.

      • ‘Franken-Products’ Abound at Taiwan Computer Show

        Certainly, odd combinations of hardware, software and service providers were everywhere at Computex. In addition to the traditional systems consumers have known for years — those that run Microsoft’s Windows operating system on top of an Intel chip — computer makers showed off devices that rely on glorified cellphone chips and Google’s Android operating system.

      • Moorestown-based MID design debuts

        Elektrobit Corp. (EB) demonstrated a cellular-voice-enabled mobile Internet device (MID) reference design that will run Intel’s next-generation Moorestown mobile processor on the “Moblin v2 for MIDs” stack sometime next year. Meanwhile, Red Flag (Midinux) and Move Netorks (Media Player plug-in) announced support for Moorestown/Moblin MIDs.

      • Netbook has 500GB drive, “eight hour” battery

        BenQ is readying a netbook boasting an 11.6-inch display, optional HSPA, “eight hour” battery, and the largest (500GB) HDD (hard disk drive) we’ve heard of. In addition to offering the “Joybook Lite U121 Eco” for Linux and Windows XP, BenQ also announced an upcoming Android netbook.

      • Lenovo IdeaPad S10 with Intel’s Moblin V2

        Linpus is one of several Linux distributions that developers are reworking to run on top of Intel’s Moblin V2. Here is Linpus Linux Lite with the Moblin interface running on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 netbook. Linpus also showed a Moblin version with a different Linpus user interface.

      • How the $0 Netbook Might Just Help Save the Media Industry

        What should really terrify Microsoft, though, is not Linux but … yes, Google. Last week at a computer trade show in Taiwan, Asus and Acer revealed that they’re working on launching netbooks that run on Android, the free operating system Google originally created for cellphones.

Free Software/Open Source

  • OSS popularity spurs training demand

    The shift among local organizations toward open source software (OSS) is driving more IT professionals to undergo additional training to equip themselves with the right skills.

    For example, Yuma Tejima, telecom manager for Asia at Genesys Conferencing, was keen on the Certificate of Performance in Enterprise Linux Administration (Copela) because his employer was preparing to move from SCO to the Red Hat Linux platform.

  • It’s official, MS Office looks like The Gimp.

    Now this is, after 5 minutes of fiddling with pretty much every toolbar possible, how OpenOffice.org 3.01 looks on my Fedora 10:

  • OpenRemote is one year old

    I just came back from OpenRemote’s one year old birthday party, a community meet-up arranged by Jean-Luc Vanhulst from Holland. We were staying outside of Amsterdam in a hotel called citizenM.

  • Pirated software not worth the risk

    This is where open source software offers an attractive option as it is legal and affordable.

    Copy? Go right ahead

    Unlike proprietary software, users are encouraged to use, study, copy, modify and re-distribute open source programs.

    The software can be legally used on any number of computers with no restrictions.

    In practical terms, this means users do not have to pay licensing fees for each and every user and program used.

    For businesses that want to use open source programs, they should buy those which come with comprehensive support for customisation and assistance in installing new programs or security patches for new security threats.

    Linux is one open source software used as an operating system. Many companies offer different versions to suit different needs.

    Linux is also available as a subscription service, which means that business users subscribe to a comprehensive range of services and product updates.

  • RIM may go open source

    At Research In Motion’s Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando last month, Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of the BlackBerry maker candidly shared with ZDNet Asia’s sister site, Silicon.com, about touchscreen devices, CIOs and the future of the BlackBerry.

  • Databases

    • XtraDB: InnoDB on Steroids

      Last week I spent a bit of time looking at The State of MySQL and mentioned some of the “outside innovation” taking place in the community. This week I’d like to focus on one of the more significant developments: XtraDB and xtrabackup, both developed by Percona.

      Now you may not have heard much about Percona before. Founded in 2006 by Peter Zaitsev and Vadim Tkachenko with the goal of providing consulting for MySQL users, the company has grown in the last few years to employ some of the leading experts in MySQL and InnoDB internals. Several of the employees work on enhancing MySQL and InnoDB to meet the needs of their [paying] customers as well as the community at large. They’ve contributed numerous patches and ideas as well as writing on their popular MySQL Performance Blog and presenting at various conferences.

    • Enterprise Databases Grow By Leaps and Bounds

      Pricing was not disclosed. According to Greenplum, the software runs on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.2 (64-bit), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.x (64-bit), CentOS Linux 5.x (64-bit) and Sun Solaris 10U5+ (64-bit). Greenplum Database 3.3 is supported on server hardware from a range of vendors, including HP, Dell, Sun and IBM.

    • Open and shut

      Monty Widenius is waiting for a call from Oracle Corp. that he knows will very likely never come.

      The Finnish software pioneer, who founded open-source database management software company MySQL AB and sold it last year to Sun Microsystems Inc. for $1 billion, has offered his services to Oracle now that his brainchild is to be nestled inside the business software giant.

  • Statistics

    • The FreeBSD Project: numbers and statistics

      This is a presentation by George Dafernos at the Oekonux Conference (Manchester 2009). Some interesting statistics with regards to FreeBSD developers, releases, productivity etc etc.

    • 10 Million Downloads

      The Joomla Project is excited to celebrate a remarkable benchmark in the world of open source—our 10 millionth download.

  • Fog Computing

    • Cloudera CEO: Hadoop Will Go Beyond Web Apps

      “Hadoop is going to find potential markets in any industry where there are large data sets that need complex analysis,” Mike Olson Olsen, chief executive officer and one of the four co-founders of Cloudera, the startup that’s commercializing the open-source software framework Hadoop, told me earlier today. I spoke with Olson after the Burlingame, Calif.-based company said it had raised $6 million in new Series B funding from Greylock Partners and Accel Partners.

    • How to Use Open-Source Hadoop for the Smart Grid
    • Eli Lilly, NASA Build Eucalyptus Clouds

      Eucalyptus Systems, the startup behind the open source cloud computing software, has identified its first two customers: NASA and Eli Lilly. That’s an impressive start for a company that’s barely three months old.

    • Group targets open source cloud computing

      Executives from Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo are calling for developers to create an open source software standard for cloud computing. They showed their work on the effort—some of it still at a very early stage—at a gathering of researchers creating a test bed for cloud services.

      The trio joined with three academic research institutes to form the Open Cirrus group in July 2008, each dedicating computer servers with a total of 1,000 cores to form a distributed network of systems as a research platform. On Monday, three more research groups joined the effort—the Russian Academy of Sciences, South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and MIMOS, a R&D arm of Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

  • Events

    • OpenConferenceWare is Beautiful Software for Events

      An open source development team in Portland, Oregon has released OpenConferenceWare, a sophisticated free package for processing event session proposals and displaying event schedules.

    • Americas: Looking Forward to Central America Open-Source Software Festival

      The Central American Open-Source Software Festival [es] (ECSL09 for its initials in Spanish) will take place on June 17-21 in Estelí, Nicaragua. This will be the first opportunity for many enthusiasts of open-source and free software from across Central America to come together to share experiences, promote their projects, establish common objectives, and to find ways to work together. The schedule of events [es] includes workshops and panels where different members from communities will lead and participate in these activities.

    • Cobos Project: The Open Source Cobol / Mainframe Factory – Wed. 24th June at 3:00 pm (GMT), 9:00 am (EDT)

      As in certain commercial Mainframe solutions found in the market, but often at a dissuasive price, the Cobos Project enables developers to work locally: the required source files (Cobol, CICS, DB2) are downloaded on Eclipse then reloaded on the mainframe following the intervention of the developer, who can work totally autonomously on an economical workstation.

  • Google

    • 15 Cool Google Chrome Wallpapers

      We’ve seen plenty of awesome Firefox wallpapers here before, and I know some of you out there loved it. But since everybody’s talking about Google Chrome web browser, I decided to collect some cool and interesting Chrome wallpapers which users and fans have created. So without any more delay, here they are:

    • Google Wave in Research – the slightly more sober view – Part I – Papers
    • Google Wave in Research – Part II – The Lab Record

      In the previous post I discussed a workflow using Wave to author and publish a paper. In this post I want to look at the possibility of using it as a laboratory record, or more specifically as a human interface to the laboratory record. There has been much work in recent years on research portals and Virtual Research Environments. While this work will remain useful in defining use patterns and interface design my feeling is that Wave will become the environment of choice, a framework for a virtual research environment that rewrites the rules, not so much of what is possible, but of what is easy.

    • OpenX battles Google for online ad cash

      OpenX has developed its ad server through the open-source developer community over the last nine years, It has already secured $20.5m (£12.7m) in two rounds of funding.

  • Sun

    • Some Linux Critiques By Way Of A Solaris Dissenter

      A Linux/Solaris/BSD distribution is a whole ecosystem, and that’s one of the problems with the state of the whole thing right now. It’s got too little in common, by design, with other distributions. The sheer weight of the project, the burden of maintaining things that by all rights should have been made at least halfway automatic ages ago, falls on too few shoulders.

    • Open Source Tool to Simplify Mobile Programmes

      The vendor launched the open-source testing tool at its annual JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco.

    • OpenSolaris: how long will it be with us?

      One cannot expect from OpenSolaris what one gets from GNU/Linux; a project that has been running for a short time cannot be expected to match a much older one in terms of software offerings. With each release, OpenSolaris offers more packages.

    • Some notes on OpenSolaris 2009.6
  • Mozilla

    • Mozilla to Let Enterprises Build Custom Firefox Browsers

      Mozilla is readying a program that will allow companies to build their own customized browsers based on the next version of Firefox, which will be out in a few weeks.

    • Personas Reaches 5 Million Downloads!

      The Mozilla Labs team has announced that in only ten short weeks since the Personas launch, the Personas community has welcomed more than 5 million downloads! The downloads have been worldwide, with approximately 60% of them coming from outside of the United States. The community has welcomed more than 13,000 designs from nearly 9,000 artists.

    • Firefox 3.5 Preview now available for beta users

      Please note: This Firefox 3.5 Preview is intended for developer testing and community feedback. We recommend that most users wait for the official Firefox 3.5 release, which is coming soon.

    • Toronto students behind Firefox browser’s amazing overhaul

      Students from Toronto’s Seneca College have made a stellar contribution to Firefox’s 3.5 release candidate, overhauling the infrastructure and localizing the browser to many different languages. The win-win partnership between Seneca and Mozilla has led to huge improvements in the firm’s software, and jobs for Seneca graduates.

  • Business

    • Two Indiana Entities Top CIO 100 List

      University was recognized among the top 100 organizations in the nation by CIO magazine for its leadership in new software development models for higher education. The 22nd CIO 100 Awards recognized the IU Office of the Vice President for Information Technology (OVPIT) for its leadership in developing open source software with dozens of colleges, universities, and commercial partners.

    • Open ERP Open Source Management Solution

      Information Systems have played an increasingly visible role over the past several years in improving the competitiveness of business. Integrated management software is today very often a key source of significant competitive advantage. Risks and integration costs are important barriers to all the advantages you gain from such systems. That’s why, today, few small- and medium-sized companies use ERP.

    • Unlocking the potential with Open source

      The significance and usage of Open source platform is increasing more than before in the current recessionary times.

  • Government

    • Open Source City: Making Public Data a Platform for Participation

      It’s time for the City of Hamilton to start publishing its publicly available data in an open, accessible format instead of today’s hodgepodge of closed, clunky and idiosyncratic legacy formats that are hard to find and even harder to use.

    • Free and fair — and open source

      Negotiations between the State Services Commission and Microsoft for a new, three-year software licence deal failed last month, leading to Christie, who is president of the New Zealand Open Source Society, to call on the Auditor-General to vet agencies buying Microsoft software. Christie says such agencies risk lock-in, fail to consider alternatives and become too reliant on a single multinational vendor.

  • Open Access

    • Estimating Information Production and the Size of the Public Domain

      To illustrate, here are some results based on the catalogue of Cambridge University Library which is one of the UK’s “copyright libraries” (i.e. they have a right to obtain, though not an obligation to hold, one copy of every book published in the UK). This first plot shows the numbers of publications per year up until 1960 (when the dataset ends) based on the publication date recorded in the catalogue.

    • Are Commercial Buildings Ready for Open-Source Energy Management?

      Picture the lighting and chillers of commercial buildings being controlled by a system designed in the same way as Mozilla’s Firefox — through open source, the collaborative method of developing software source code. While we’ve covered open source-based home area energy management systems, the OpenLynx project, started by Anno Scholten, vice president of business development for NovusEdge, is looking to tackle the underlying software that controls the energy consumption of massive commercial buildings.

    • Online Educational Resources in Africa

      Today, Amanda Coolidge (British Columbia Institute of Technology) joins us and talks about what’s happening with Open Educational Resources (OER) in Africa. Down the line, she’ll be blogging about OER in other parts of the world as well. Take it away Amanda.

    • Transparency of politicians’ expenses goes global

      Wow – the MPs’ expenses story has taken off in a way I never predicted. That’s part of the reason I’ve not been posting regularly (not that I’ve ever been a prolific blogger). But in the past month, I’ve been inundated with interview requests from all over the world. Apart from the British media, I’ve been in Le Monde in France, El Pais in Spain, CNN and the New York Times in the USA plus various other newspapers, TV and radio from Japan, Italy, Germany, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Chile.

    • Open Access. Chapter 6 of Scholarly Communication for Librarians.
    • Free Courses Online: More Choices Than Ever

      We’ve written about free e-learning resources and tools, such as Moodle, several times here on OStatic, as well as collections of open source tutorials. Many universities are picking up on the fact that it is easy to use free, open source tools such as Moodle to provide classes online that anyone can take. U.C. Berkeley provides free online classes based on Moodle, and M.I.T. has a collection of over 1,900 free courses on its MITOpenCourseware site, many on tech topics. MITWorld also has a searchable database of free, educational videos. Here are some notable examples of classes and seminars that may be of interest to you.

  • Hardware

    • Keykeriki Open Source Wireless Keyboard Sniffer

      According to the project page, Keykeriki is intended to enable “every person to verify the security level of their own keyboard transmissions, and/or demonstrate the sniffing attacks (for educational purpose only)”. Yes, “educational purposes.” In case you don’t know, keyboard sniffers allow the user to eavesdrop on what is being typed by analyzing the electromagnetic signals produced with each keystroke.

Leftovers

  • Censorship/Web Abuse

  • Copyrights

    • RIAA: MediaSentry attacks based on “entirely fictional” laws

      As P2P file-sharing defendant Jammie Thomas prepares for her retrial this month, her lawyer has sough to have the main evidence against her thrown out. In its response, the recording industry says that the complaint is based “on an entirely fictional set of facts and law.”

    • Channel 4 to Make its Entire Catalogue of TV Programs Available Online for Free

      From July however, all this will change and PC, Mac and Linux users will be able to watch Channel 4’s complete programming history on Channel4.com.

    • Copyleft vs CopyZeroFriction

      The GPL is a license that restores liberty to the public (otherwise suspended by copyright and patent), albeit at the expense of friction (easily surmountable by coders used to it). CC-SA is somewhat similar.

    • Home taping didn’t kill music

      You are killing our creative industries. “Downloading costs billions” said the Sun. “MORE than seven million Brits use illegal downloading sites that cost the economy billions of pounds, Government advisors said today. Researchers found more than a million people using a download site in ONE day and estimated that in a year they would use £120bn worth of material.”

Mono Critique Almost a Taboo in Ubuntu Forums, Ideas, Bugs, and Mailing Lists

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Ubuntu at 5:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“I saw that internally inside Microsoft many times when I was told to stay away from supporting Mono in public. They reserve the right to sue”

Robert Scoble, former Microsoft evangelist

Summary: There is no route through which to communicate with Ubuntu regarding the Mono problem

IN the Ubuntu Web site where ideas are being proposed, some appointed moderators were seen diverting people who raise concerns about Mono to bug reporting sections. But Jeff Enns makes the fair point that: “you are not describing a bug with mono. The forums would be a better place for discussion, not bug reports. Thank you.” Tony Manco spotted this one yesterday.

“[P]eople who voice concerns about Mono are sent around in loops and their freedom of expression is hence compromised.”So basically, people who voice concerns about Mono are sent around in loops and their freedom of expression is hence compromised. It’s the same in the forums and even in the mailing lists (although raising the issue more politely would not hurt). Thanks to Tony Manco for noticing and notifying about this. Those who express dissatisfaction with the inclusion of Mono by default* are treated as though they are enemies. But why? By whom?

A Microsoft-born company (well, created by former Microsoft employees**) that advances Mono further is now given a spot in OStatic. Their article is not about their advancement of Mono***, but it does show how Microsoft can intersect with channels of communication about Free/open source software.

Another one of our readers says that Miguel de Icaza “FUDS Google Chrome. He’s concerned that it might violate the LGPL.” Here is part of his message:

We are on a similar situation with Moonlight where we ended up distributing proprietary codecs for VC1 (also MPEG-LA licensed) instead of the open source ffmpeg.

Today our answer for those that want to use ffmpeg (and it is my personal choice as well, since I rather dogfood open source software) is to compile Moonlight from source code and use the ffmpeg code themselves instead of depending on proprietary codecs to be installed.

The codecs that the user relies on are imposed by the publisher, not chosen by the receiver. This means that pretending that Microsoft Moonlight is fine without Microsoft binaries is purely deceit. It ought to be added that APIs too (e.g. Silverlight) can be a patent liability, with or without codecs.
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* Choice is fine, but to force patent liability upon people is plainly dangerous, maybe irresponsible.
** MindTouch was last mentioned here as it helps a certain Microsoft land grab.
*** There is at least one Microsoft employee who is even working directly on Mono.

Important Precedence: IBM Threatens to Sue Microsoft Over Propaganda Site

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Windows at 4:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Microsoft did sponsor the benchmark testing and the NT server was better tuned than the Linux one. Having said that, I must say that I still trust the Windows NT server would have outperformed the Linux one.”

Windows platform manager, Microsoft South Africa
Reference: Outrage at Microsoft’s independent, yet sponsored NT 4.0/Linux research

Summary: Another manufactured ‘benchmark’ from Microsoft gets the wrath of rivals

ABOUT A month ago, 18 companies sued the Swiss government for dealing with Microsoft behind closed doors and signing expensive (probably overpriced) deals by completely excluding competition [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]. This set an important legal precedence and IBM may be setting another one right now. Sadly, as far as the news is concerned, this story is only covered by a Microsoft spinner from Ziff Davis (they work with Microsoft [1, 2, 3, 4]). The author does not even bother giving voice to anyone from IBM’s side, so it’s virtually ghostwritten by Microsoft employees. The gist of the story is this:

IBM lawyers have contacted Microsoft about the “Who Knew?” site, which claims that customers will save money and get better performance by running WebSphere on Windows Server 2008, instead of on IBM operating systems.

The dispute here must be over deliberate deception. Microsoft has never any qualms about misrepresentation of facts and faking of benchmarks. See quote at the very top. “Get the Facts”, “Linux Personas”, "It's better with Windows", “[Vendor] recommends Vista” and other paid-for messages (advertisements) are disguised as “facts” or endorsements, so this is not acceptable. GNU/Linux is not the only victim .

“Microsoft has never any qualms about misrepresentation of facts and faking of benchmarks.”Let’s take VMware for example. It was a long time ago that Microsoft commissioned the Yankee Group to attack VMware’s business [1, 2]. Yankee consequently pulled the report (VMware did not accept this libelous attack), but Microsoft still hosted its copies of the propaganda it had paid for. Microsoft later proceeded to creating anti-VMware Web site/s. In a similar vain, Microsoft is using ACT to create pro-software patents Web sites in Europe.

When will this end and why does Microsoft still wonder if circles in IT distrust it, to say the very least?

From Live Search to Dead Search (aka “Bing”)

Posted in Google, Microsoft, Search at 3:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sinking

Summary: Microsoft’s renamed engine drops to oblivion shortly after its launch

ACCORDING to this new report, Microsoft’s biased and potentially law-breaking search/decisions engine [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] is reaching the end of the road quite so soon, despite approximately $100 million in marketing.

To Microsoft, the online business is crucial for survival as debt comes knocking on the door. Here is the latest Mirosoft investor who seemingly loses hopes:

We’ve owned shares of Microsoft (MSFT) for almost seven years — with nothing to show for it. I’ve been wrong on the stock, and something is wrong at the company. What is it?

[...]

It appears to me, however, that the wide variety of options presented by the internet makes it a much harder beast to control through monopolistic practices. Switching from one website to another is effortless. Most publishing now happens online, so proprietary formatting is gone. As a writer, I used to have to worry constantly about whether the format of my documents would carry over to the recipient. Not anymore. Almost everything is plain text anyway, or rich text, and both of those work anywhere. Blink! Just like that, compatibility with Word disappeared as a reason to keep paying money to Microsoft.

[...]

Exhibit one is the new Microsoft Bing. Have you seen it yet? It’s the company’s latest attempt to gain market share in internet search, where it just can’t get any traction. Its inability to make headway in online search shows that it’s stuck with the desktop, the very real estate that’s declining in relative value because people spend less time there than before. Nobody is going to stop Googling stuff in favor of Binging it.

It’s so lopsided online that Yahoo (YHOO) isn’t interested in doing any kind of deal with Microsoft. Remember a little over a year ago when Microsoft tried to buy Yahoo, and Yahoo snubbed it? That’s still going on. Yahoo feels more confident in its battle against Google (GOOG) without Microsoft on its side. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said last week at Bank of America’s 2009 Merrill Lynch tech conference, “I personally think we would be better off if we never heard the word Microsoft.” That’s a pretty clear repudiation.

Bing is a convenient case-in-point for what ails Microsoft. It calls itself a “decision engine,” which is already lame. When I search online, I’m no more making decisions than when I drive my car and “decide” at an intersection whether to turn or keep going straight. Sure, life is a series of decisions, but what I’m doing online with search is searching. I may be finding information to help me make a decision, but the main thing I’m doing is searching. So, already, the attempt to differentiate falls flat.

Beyond that, Bing is no better at helping me make decisions than the search results at Google and Yahoo. Besides, its real game becomes clear with its focus on buying things and enticing me with its garish cashback feature. That part is inelegant and transparently against my interests. Cashback pops up from the most expensive options, and tempts me to get a 5% rebate by paying 25% more on the price. This is straight from the playbook of discredit cards and the worst retail practices. Once I wised up to cash-back being a con from Redmond, the entire set of search results from Bing became suspect. If it’s skewing the shopping results toward expensive items so it has a profit margin that enables it to give me 5% back and still retain a slice for itself, why wouldn’t it skew search results in some way?

[...]

Disclosure: Author owns MSFT shares.

When more investors lose faith, they’ll take their money elsewhere. This leaves Microsoft less capable of operating without more loans.

“I’m going to f—ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to f—ing kill Google.”

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

What on Earth is the EPO Doing?

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Patents at 2:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Software patents protest against EPO

Summary: The EPO seems to be almost promoting or marketing patentability of software

SOFTWARE patents were rejected in Europe, but amid turmoil, the EPO is selling out to corporations. It does not even care about a democracy, nor does it pay attention to Spanish citizens for example.

The EPO continues walking down the wrong path. A new brochure titled “Patents for software?” has just been release by the EPO. Software patents are not legitimate in the EU. So why even produce such a brochure with a question mark as an excuse?

As the president of FFII puts it, “EPO teaches software programmers they have to read and understand 60.000 patents before writing code.” The EPO has some other new additions to its Web site; to quote from this page:

Computer-implemented inventions

* Patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO, module I NEW!
* Patentability of computer-implemented inventions at the EPO, module II NEW!

What on Earth is the EPO doing?

The Pirate Party, which toys with the propaganda meme (and straw man) that the copyright cartel arrogantly calls “pirate”, is opposed to such abusive intellectual monopolies. Perhaps the party is worth supporting and publicly promoting*. From their site:

The Pirate Party has a constructive and reasoned proposal for an alternative to pharmaceutical patents. It would not only solve these problems, but also give more money to pharmaceutical research, while still cutting public spending on medicines in half. This is something we would like to discuss on a European level.

Patents in other areas range from the morally repulsive (like patents on living organisms) through the seriously harmful (patents on software and business methods) to the merely pointless (patents in the mature manufacturing industries).

Europe has all to gain and nothing to lose by abolishing patents outright. If we lead, the rest of the world will eventually follow.

If people don’t stand up and oppose software patents, they too will likely pass. Microsoft pays lobbyists a lot of money to accomplish this goal by corrupting politicians.

“Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. “Don’t bother us with politics,” respond those who don’t want to learn.”

Richard Stallman

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* It already has a seat in parliament, which gives it legitimacy as well as endorsement.

Links 09/06/2009: AbiWord v2.7.3 Released, China Spying Obligatory

Posted in News Roundup at 2:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

  • It’s COOL-ER with Linux

    It could be your choice of eight cool colors, its magical portrait/horizontal page display, its high resolution (800×600) display or its extremely long battery life (8,000 page turns–it only uses battery life when turning pages). More likely it’s that the COOL-ER reader is over $100 less expensive than the Kindle!

  • Doing the geek thing with Linux
  • Podcast 56 Gentoo Developer Joshua Jackson (tsunam)

    In this episode I interview Joshua Jackson (tsunam) longtime Gentoo Developer, currently x86 lead, a board member (Treasurer) of the Trustees overseeing the Gentoo Foundation. If you have any questions, you can reach me at david at linuxcrazy dot com, or on freenode irc, channel #linuxcrazy.

  • Desktop

    • Squeezing Lenny didn’t make a lemon.

      The new testing distribution, which is code named squeeze/sid, is quite different from stable. They have done away with kde3 and moved to kde4 so it was quite a large upgrade. In the end everything worked out. I didn’t trash my computer and it provided its web services, chat services, database and other services with no interruptions apart from the kernel reboot and the actual service restart when upgraded. I was very impressed with it all. I didn’t even lose my ssh connection once and after the reboot I could log straight back in.

    • Install it forward

      As for me, I have installed another netbook with Ubuntu yesterday and another one scheduled for installation. Let us make it motto for Ubuntu, “Install it forward!”

    • Why Windows is not yet ready for the Desktop

      I don’t spend my time telling other people which OS should or shouldn’t suit their way of working. But it seems there are people who do, and like to get blog hits for it.

      The problem with these “critiques” is always that the author is carrying around the self-serving assumption that their preferred OS embodies the only real way to organize a software ecosystem, and all others have inferior value. Moreover, since they are naturally only looking for a way to justify their existing pre-conclusion, they are often sadly misinformed about most of their “complaints”, half of which are either entirely subjective, or just flat-out wrong.

    • Damn you, Windows 7 RC, Damn You!!

      so, there I was, happly installing my dev tools when suddenly BSOD! a Blue Screen! in less than 2 hours of use! AAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH! * thorws rotten apples at myself” *

      Now I’m downloading mandriva 2009.1 spring to regain my honor.

  • Kernel Space

    • Testing Out ATI Kernel Mode-Setting On Ubuntu

      Kernel mode-setting for Intel graphics hardware can already be found in the mainline Linux kernel and will be included by default in the release of Ubuntu 9.10 later this year. While Intel’s kernel mode-setting support has been maturing in a steadfast manner, this support has not been moving along quite as fast for ATI and NVIDIA hardware. It is possible we will see ATI/AMD kernel mode-setting along with the necessary memory management support enter the Linux 2.6.31 kernel and potentially see this feature appear in Ubuntu 9.10 as an end-user option, but currently this support is still deemed under development.

  • Applications

    • 6 best orthodox file managers for Linux

      In the 90s the Linux GUI was a far cry from the present-day Compiz-laced bells and-whistles graphical interfaces and there was no Konqueror and Nautilus. But you didn’t use an orthodox file manager just because it was lightweight. You used it because it worked, and with a couple of keystrokes could compress a file, generate an MD5, and copy it across the galaxy.

    • 6 of the Best Free Linux CAD Software

      Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer technology for the design of objects, real or virtual. It often refers to the drafting (technical drawing and engineering drawing) of a part or product, including entire buildings. However, CAD software is used in a wide variety of other fields such as electronics and woven fabrics.

    • Four Astronomy Apps to Help You Watch the Skies

      Stellarium – With its realistic 3D images of planets, stars, and the entire Milky Way it’s hard to beat this app’s “wow” factor. Eye candy aside, Stellarium is a powerful learning and teaching tool that contains catalogs of up to 210 million stars. It’s approachable enough for home use, but robust enough to be used in planetariums and domed facilities.

      Nightfall – This app is for the closet astrophysicist. It creates “animated views of eclipsing binary stars, calculates synthetic light curves and radial velocity curves, and eventually determines the best-fit model for a given set of observational data of an eclipsing binary star system.” In other words, it’s great for things like measuring the mass of stars. If you just want to find Orion’s Belt in the night sky, try one of the other apps.

    • AbiWord v2.7.3 Released

      The AbiWord team joyfully announces AbiWord v2.7.3, the 4th snapshot of the development series that will lead to AbiWord 2.8.

      This snapshot allows interested developers, testers and users a sneak preview into the future of AbiWord.

    • On the menu

      I have mentioned a couple times that I have been running without X for quite a while, on my main system. Here’s what’s running on it; some of this appears on the Software page, but some isn’t really listed there.

    • Open Source Network Diagramming..

      At this point when you run kivio, you’ll have all the added stencil packs as well as access to all the DIA stencils. This leaves you with somewhere around 80% of all the functionality that you would have in Visio.

    • Test-driving Chrome for Ubuntu

      Overall, I’m impressed with Chrome so far. Its tiny resource footprint is likely to score big points with Linux geeks who like their machines to run as efficiently as possible, and with users seeking a more responsive browser than the mainstream offerings. The current lack of integration into Gnome and the inability to change search engines (not to mention most other preferences) is discouraging, but we should spare final judgement on these issues until Chrome’s Linux port becomes stable.

    • Five Essential Apps for the Ubuntu User

      Ubuntu really shows the flexibility and potential of the Linux desktop. And the various applications – like the five discussed in this TechTip – add to that flexibility.

      Are you an Ubuntu user? If so, what are some of your favorite applications? Leave a comment and share your favorites.

  • KDE

    • Editing Videos With Kdenlive

      This is only a brief introduction to a powerful video editing tool. While it is still under heavy development and far from perfect, it looks like a very promising video editing application. The Kdenlive site has documentation, video tutorials and an active forum if you want to learn more. I have found that nothing beats hands-on experience. Make a few test videos and learn all of the features, and after you have mastered them, you can begin creating your future award-winning productions.

    • 10 KDE 4 desktop widgets to make you more productive

      If you’ve taken a look at KDE 4, you will have noticed significant changes to the desktop. Many people feel these changes have made the KDE desktop less usable. By default, I would say that is certainly the case. But with KDE 4 comes one addition to the desktop that helps it out significantly: widgets — tiny applications that reside on the desktop and serve one or more functions. Most new KDE 4 users have yet to experience what these widgets have to offer. But if you’re not taking advantage of these added tools, you’re not getting the full KDE 4 experience.

      Quite a few widgets are available for the KDE 4 desktop. Some serve little to no function. Others, however, can make your day-to-day computing life much easier. Here are 10 widgets that will make you more productive.

  • Distributions

    • Macpup – Puppy on steroids

      Puppy Linux is a 100MB Jack of all trades Linux distribution, mainly used as a light, fast live CD distro. It’s one of the more popular small distributions. I’ve reviewed Puppy twice already, loving it better each time.

    • Slackware

      • Wolvix Linux 2.0 Beta 2 Review

        Wolvix is based on Slackware and, according to the Wolvix site, is geared toward the home user. Wolvix uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment and provides a somewhat greater range of apps than some of the other distributions.

      • First look at Absolute Linux 12.2.5

        My original conclusion was that there was nothing wrong with Absolute Linux but that it really wasn’t a particularly compelling distro. There just isn’t anything that makes it stand out from the crowd. Add a raft full of broken applications and configuration tools and a repository problem and there is now a compelling reason to give this release a pass. If the concepts Paul Sherman detailed in his interview sound appealing to you, my advice would be either to try 12.2.4 or wait for 12.2.6 and hope that it’s significantly better.

    • Red Hat

      • Fedora teams’ call to action.

        So in the vein of this post, I want to issue a challenge to each of our teams, to do two things during the next 10 days that will help make Fedora 12 the best release yet, and help make the Fedora community an even better place to contribute to free software:

      • Fedora 11 and Ext4: The Straight Bits

        Let’s face it–We’re addicted! To files that is. More importantly, we are addicted to the massively large and ever increasing storage devices upon which we store those files. Make no mistake though, like any addiction, storing content comes at a cost and usually those costs are paid at the filesystem level. We all want more space and we all want better performance when it comes to disk I/O and a junkie’s wishlist never ends.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Palm’s Linux smartphone debuts

      As promised, Palm’s Linux-based smartphone went on sale Saturday, available exclusively for Sprint networks, says eWEEK. Early reviews have been favorable, although analysts worry about the lack of software and the ability of Sprint to effectively market the Palm Pre (pictured), says the story.

    • Dell’s new inexpensive Linux notebook

      The Dell Inspiron 15n comes with Ubuntu 8.10 pre-installed. Lots of computers do that these days. What’s different is that the 15n is a full-sized notebook with a netbook price-tag of $299.

      The latest Dell Linux notebook comes with a 15.6″ display with a maximum resolution of 1,355×768. It is backed up by an Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) X4500MD chip set.

Free Software/Open Source

  • A Class on Open Source Courseware

    The most widely-known free courseware system is Moodle, which has the highest market share of any CMS (open or closed) after Blackboard. Moodle was created at Curtin University in Australia, and is developed by a tight-knit team still led by the original creator.

    Moodle is designed around a “social constructionist pedagogy” education philosophy, emphasizing interaction between students and between teacher and student. Consequently, although it can easily handle traditional classroom tasks like assignments and quizzes, it also incorporates a wide range of built-in communication-oriented tools, such as wikis and discussion forums. Moodle is implemented in PHP and can use any SQL database as a backend; although it was originally (and continues to be) developed on Linux, and operating system that supports PHP and a database server can be used to host a Moodle Web site.

  • Government

    • Government considers US-style open source data website

      The UK government is considering launching an open source data website, similar to the data.gov site launched by the US government in May.

    • FOSS can work in the Free Market

      That is why non technical users should be involved with FOSS funding, they can’t direct development through their own skills, but they should be able to direct development (even if just slightly) through their purchase of developer time.

  • Licensing (Projects Set Free)

    • Engine Room Audition…

      The code is generally not half bad, though after a year where I’ve really concentrated on enhancing my coding skills (reading Andrei Alexandrescu, learning template meta-programming and such like, delving deeper into boost), it’s not the way I’d do it now. It was written in six weeks, on a brutal deadline, so signs of rushing are sometimes apparent (though most of the effects themselves were developed over the previous couple of years). Also, this stuff is way overdue to be ported to the GPU.

    • Google Open Sources Page Speed Performance

      To make sure Web pages load quickly and perform as expected, Google uses a Firefox add-on called Page Speed. It’s integrated with Web development toolkit Firebug and provides immediate feedback on ways to improve sites that are sluggish to load. Google has announced a decision to open source Page Speed and share it with the Web-building community.

Leftovers

  • Censorship/Web Abuse

    • Friends of the Presidency on Criminal Law Aspects of ACTA

      Negotiations are currently under way on a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) containing measures to combat piracy and counterfeiting. This working party will discuss any criminal law aspects of the agreement that may arise.

    • China demands new PCs carry spyware

      There comes a time when despite the allure of the market, Western industry should band together and turn its back on China. A time when the computer and Internet industry realizes that the censorship-and-repression tax the government is intent on levying is too high a price to pay.

    • China wants parental control of all PCs
    • China’s Censorware: What about GNU/Linux?

      News is breaking that the Chinese government will insist on censorware being shipped with all PCs:

      China plans to require that all personal computers sold in the country as of July 1 be shipped with software that blocks access to certain Web sites, a move that could give government censors unprecedented control over how Chinese users access the Internet.

      [...]

      This turns out – surprise, surprise, to be a Windows executable, which raises a question: what will the Chinese government do about GNU/Linux? Will they simply ignore that platform, or insist that a GNU/Linux version be developed?

    • In the name of national security

      Under a new proposed Bill, the government is arming itself with the power to block websites without the right to be heard. Why is no one talking about it?

    • Copyrights

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