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We are happy to announce the release of Port Report 1.11. In this release, we have fixed quite a few bugs that were in the previous release. Included in this release is the ability to follow EtherChannel aka PortChannel Ports using the Port Agreggation Protocol.
Foote Partners periodically puts out a list of the ‘hottest’ IT skills, based on the salary of jobs requiring the skill and how much that salary has risen in recent months. On their most recent list, Linux comes in second, trailing only Java.
Datalogics, Incorporated, the premier source for Adobe PDF developer technologies, today announced the availability of the Adobe PDF Library SDK on the Linux i686 (64-bit) platform. Software developers building applications on this platform can now leverage native 64-bit PDF processing capabilities of Acrobat’s core API within their own applications.
SteelEye, a supplier of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for multi vendor IT infrastructures, recently announced that their SteelEye Serviceguard Program will greatly assist users of HP Serviceguard for Linux to move effortlessly to the LifeKeeper for Linux platform.
The Gates Foundation has been a source of computer donations to public libraries in the U.S., but it only supplies them with Windows-equipped computers. An indirect effect of this philanthropy has been to boost Microsoft’s market share. “Schools should not accept ANY support from organizations promoting proprietary software and not education primarily,” argues educator Robert Pogson.
If you think Ubuntu is a just-discovered African tribe, mosey on over to Atlanta Linux Fest on Sept. 19.
The day-long event at IBM’s Northside Parkway campus is part geekfest, part coming out party for Atlanta’s growing Linux community.
witching them to Linux or a Mac really is the easiest, most efficient way to keep them out of trouble and save you some time.
Now that we have the basic system up and running, it’s easy to see that it will be a screamer. The combination of the latest AMD processor and 8GB of memory will make it the perfect platform to test out all the current virtualization options. With the hardware up and running the rest should be easy.
MG: Don’t you have to be an engineer to configure “open source” programs, apps and modules?
Bob Murphy: No. Linux, and Ubuntu in particular have gotten much easier to install. For many systems, it is as easy to install as Windows is, if you were to install it yourself. You can of course buy computers from vendors like system76 and Dell with Linux installed, if you prefer not to get your hands dirty.
Applications like OpenOffice and GIMP are as easy as clicking on an icon, are typically included in Linux, and on Windows, it’s a matter of clicking an icon, and installing like any other software.
The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Citrix Systems has become its newest member.
Nero, creators of liquid media technology, announced today the release of Nero Linux 4, the latest version of the definitive burning application for the Linux operating system. This new offering also includes a new application, Nero Linux Express 4 – designed to meet the diverse needs of Linux users with a range of experience levels. Nero further expands their Linux portfolio with Nero Linux 4 Essentials, catering to the needs of their OEM partners.
Since its inception, LightCube Solutions has run on a custom-built Linux machine. Being a former LFS developer, I hail from the Linux world of ‘Do It Yourself’, and so I prefer to use self-configured servers, tuned and set exactly the way I like. This is no Fedora or Ubuntu where a host of unnecessary packages are forced on you and custom configuration files mask the generic and standard configuration files that come with the original software. This is ultimate flexibility.
Although free disk imaging sounds enticing, Clonezilla Live is only for more advanced users. The program runs off of a Linux Live CD (or USB flash drive), and it worked perfectly for me. But to be blunt: The Linux command line and character-based dialog UI makes R-Drive Image’s character-based GUI, which most people find intimidating, look like Mac OS X.
Given what Naffis’ customers are saying and paying for, it’s understandable that he’s going in the software direction. Just announced is a new self-install kit: Companies can sign up for free online and get a 30-day free trial license for the Linux version of the software (for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or CentOS 5). There’s a predictable, one-time license fee of $2,000 (for up to 1,000 users) with maintenance fees running 5 percent to 20 percent a year on top of that, depending on services needed.
With that in mind I’d mention Linux Mint 7 Gloria is GORGEOUS. First impression wise it most definitely gets it right.
I have switched back from Crunchbang 9.04 to Linux Mint 7 XFCE CE and I’m loving it. It was always the distro I recommend to new users regardless of what I use, this has not changed. I tip my hat to everyone involved and thank you all for making me very happy.
K-micro (Kawasaki Microelectronics America), a leader in advanced ASICs, announced the availability of MontaVista Linux for the CatsEye development platform to speed up the hardware and software development time associated with complex ASIC designs. With the Linux OS ported to the CatsEye platform, the designer is free to focus on developing the firmware and drivers for their functions rather than spending time developing the OS port on the base platform.
The SDK will support development of two driver options: the Emulex Linux Target Mode Driver for customers supporting Linux-based or custom operating system (OS) proprietary hardware and storage solutions, and the Emulex Linux SCSI Target Subsystem for Linux (SCST) Driver for developers of Open Source Linux storage solutions using the SCST infrastructure. All drivers created using the SDK will be compatible with Emulex`s entire LightPulse adapter product line.
Cisco is launching a major new push into the small-business network security market. And Linux lies at the heart of the company’s strategy.
Translation: the world’s first high resolution DAB and web radio with a large, colour touchscreen and gobsmacking finger friendly Linux-based user interface.
Wind River today announced that Wind River Linux 3.0 for MIPS® architectures complies with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 4.0 specification from the Linux Foundation, a critical requirement for the telecommunications and high-end data networking markets. This includes MIPS-based multicore processors from Cavium Networks and RMI Corporation, and also extends existing CGL 4.0 support for PowerPC and x86 architecture-based processors from Freescale and Intel.
Media player specialist Archos will launch an Android-based mobile phone next year, the company has revealed.
Even as it gets caught up in a debate over the openness of its Maemo Linux operating system, Nokia has announced a developer contest designed to boost the applications available for the OS, and particularly its new N900 smartphone.
KOffice2 is still a fresh set of office tools. We released the 2.0, called platform release, just 3 months ago and work continues to make the suite more stable and to add the minimum set of features people should be able to expect.
Anand Chandrasekher, a senior vice president at Intel and general manager for the ultra mobility group, also said the company is open to joining forces with the world’s largest cell phone maker, Nokia, on a Linux-based operating system.
As mentioned above, the new Maemo 5 OS is designed to offer powerful new options that we haven’t seen on Symbian-powered devices before.
[As a] release from an open-source perspective, it’s a milestone more than it is a product release — product releases come from OS vendors and OEMs [manufacturers]. Soon you will start to see OEMs shipping netbooks with Moblin. You will see an announcement over the next week or two.
Embedded core designer ARM Ltd. on Wednesday announced a 2-GHz version of its Cortex-A9 microprocessor that may eventually appear in smartphones and smartbooks.
ARM will deliver the core IP itself during the fourth quarter, so any products based on the technology will likely have to wait until the new year.
ARM, whose processor designs are used in the vast majority of mobile devices, is increasingly becoming a power broker in the mobile web world, allying with a range of larger partners to create an open platform that is geared to the ARM architecture, rather than Intel’s x86. The latest is the Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization that recently took on responsibility for Intel’s own Linux system, Moblin.
The hardware design for iCub is publicly shared, and the software for iCub is open source. You can find the hardware specs here, and links for the software here. Recently, iCub has been in the news, with some interesting videos of its newfound capabilities, and evidence that it is one of the more advanced humanoid robots anywhere.
Since the release of OOo 3.0 our dictionaries are extensions. This made it a lot easier to deploy them and also allows to update them more frequently. It’s easy to browse our extensions repository and find dictionaries for many languages.
I just uploaded a new version of the Export Freemind extension. Now you can export any document with any headings. The mindmap structure will be based on the documents outline numbering (Tools – Outline numbering).
Over the last seven years, Google has scanned millions of dusty tomes from deep in the stacks of the nation’s leading university libraries and turned them into searchable documents available anywhere in the world through its search box.
Software developers in Russia and the Czech Republic will soon get the chance to learn more about Google’s API and developer tools right from the source at two new Google Developer Days events announced this week. The seminars will be held November 6, 2009 in Prague and November 10, 2009 in Moscow.
In the spirit of BeOS, Haiku’s boot performance is very good. In my tests, I got from the startup splash screen to a fully usable desktop in roughly four seconds. This is one of Haiku’s strengths relative to modern operating systems and it is the envy of prominent Linux distributions that are ambitiously aiming for similarly fast startup.
Jim Hogg teaches GNU Linux to high school kids 07 (2008)
Digital Tipping Point is a Free software-like project where the raw videos are code. You can assist by participating.
We had to fight hell and high water just to get Obama in there, and it’s going to be a bloody fight to the death to get him to accomplish the simplest, tiny bit of progress, and once he is gone we will be back to our previous slide to 3rd-world anarchy.
Now, then, where were we? Oh, yes, back in our little computer-geek niche, we were trying to figure out how to get people in the United States to adopt Linux.
For starters I’m going to nail my colours to the mast and declare that I am a Mac user. There: I said it! I dislike Windows. Partly this is because I come from UNIX-land — I pre-date Windows — and I expect my operating systems to make sense, and to be designed along consistent lines. Windows wasn’t designed along consistent lines; it just sort of happened, and bits got bolted on top. If operating systems were houses, Windows would be a chaotic jumbled rookery.
I was very happy with the final product: Xtra Ordinary 2009 SD Card for the OLPC Laptop. My XO now sits on my desk, between my monitor and keyboard, and is in nearly constant use. I have even used it to power our disc printing equipment, and play Heroes of Might and Magic III (the Linux version), which is our all time favorite game to play together.
There are products which simply defy categorization. Take the SmartQ 7. Its ARM chipset is a smartphone platform, yet its lack of phone functions and choice of Ubuntu operating system ultimately puts it in the Mobile Internet Device category. The HP DreamScreen is one such device. Is it a souped-up photo frame with wireless features, or a dumb-down tablet PC?
The moral to the story, summed up, is “make sure it suits their needs” and “if you’re going to switch someone to Linux, go big or go home”. Don’t be a jerk about it, above all else. My Aunt Jean was about as perfect a candidate for which one could hope… she wasn’t tied to any particular Windows applications, she was tired of the Windows headaches (patching, spyware, re-patching, driver struggles, more spyware, viruses, oh hey, did I mention patching?), but not only that, she was tired of the whole Windows user paradigm, and was welcoming a change to the user experience.
It wasn’t a tough sell, and face it, it should never be. If it is, you aren’t honestly thinking of what the user needs… you’re just thinking about being right. Yes, you ARE right, but that’s immaterial.
Let’s not forget that the user — even the non-technical one — is still what this is about.
After playing around with the live CD for a while you will realise that although there is a lot of programs packed into the CD, it is not that useful for long term use. Changed settings are lost and memory is limited. The next step is to install Linux to some free space on your hard drive to enable you to have a proper test of this exciting new operating system.
Whether you are an executive considering the switch to LAMP or a developer already deep into the code of Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python or Perl, the Enterprise LAMP Network will be your destination for resources involving the LAMP stack and addressing its readiness for enterprise use.
Open Source events tend to be rather spread out across the year. linux.conf.au starts things off in January, followed by Linux Journal staff favorite Penguicon in May, two of the major yearly conferences in July, the Linux Symposium and O’Reilly’s OSCON, the new but integral Linux Plumber’s Conference in September, and wrapping it all up, the Linux Congress in October. Added to that, just days from now, is the inaugural LinuxCon and the Geek High Holy Day, Software Freedom Day.
In this episode: The first Linux botnet has been detected, version 2.6.31 of the Linux kernel has been released and the Haiku project announces the availability of Alpha 1 of its BeOS-like operating system. We discuss Novell’s expensive foray into iPhone development, with its MonoTouch SDK, and we ask whether we should focus on other Unixes alongside Linux.
There are amazing PC laptop computers that you can buy for $600 comparing to Apple latops that are usually around $1300 and more. Apple computers are overpriced, proprietary, restrictive and protectionist. This might not be a good direction to be heading into. Could Apple prove to be even more restrictive and opressive than Microsoft?
Phoenix Technologies said Wednesday that it has signed a partnership with Intel to supply its HyperSpace quick-boot technology as part of Intel’s Atom desktop motherboards.
The study says IBM’s strategy of building specialty processors for the mainframe, such as the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) for ERP and CRM transactions and z Application Assist Processor (zAAP) processors for Java and XML transactions are key to ongoing success of the platform.
It’s entirely probable that in the near future, the heterogeneous data center will have a different meaning, referring to both hypervisors and operating systems and no specification of which is meant will be needed.
Less than a week after Linux kernel 2.6.31 was released, the kernel developers are beginning to submit changes and improvements across virtualization, power management, file systems and device driver code for the upcoming 2.6.32 version.
When releasing the 2.6.31 kernel, maintainer Linus Torvalds said the amount of device driver code has been steadily increasing since 2.6.27, but 2.6.32 will continue to aggressively add in bug fixes and performance enhancements across the entire code base.
Scribus is the leading open source solution for desktop publishing (DTP); it supports professional features like press-ready color separations and PDF output, as well as every media file type under the sun. With Scribus you can design high-end documents with a separate workflow for authors, photographers, and graphic designers in an office environment, but it is easy enough for single-user work, too. The latest release, 1.3.5, just hit the Internet, and packs a suite of new features. If you have never taken Scribus for a test drive, now is the time.
Looking for a reliable desktop publishing application for Linux? Scribus is an exceptional solution for creating PDF documents and brings professional desktop printing to Linux systems.
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/e ComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
The LGP news is piling up. First, they released Shadowgrounds, the precursor to their previously announced next title, Shadowgrounds Survivor:
We have a surprise announcement for today! While we have Shadowgrounds Survivor due out at the end of the week, we are releasing its predecessor, Shadowgrounds, immediately, as a budget title! Get the story from the beginning today, and on Friday, find out what happens next!
Running a Web-based task manager on your own server makes a lot of sense, but what application should you choose? If you are looking for a lightweight, user-friendly task management tool, you might want to give myTinyTodo a try. This little app is easy to install, it offers all the essential features, and it sports a slick Ajax-based interface.
Here’s a short list of some games that could be played by your toddler and you can find in your friendly package manager.
GNOME Shell seems to be a compositing window manager and includes some special effects but not too many. You won’t find any desktop cube or wobbly windows (things that I feel are useless anyway), but you will find a very nice user interface. The usual panels were replaced with a single panel at the top of the screen which displays an Activities applet, the focused window icon and name, the date and time. the notification area (system tray) applet and a user applet which displays the name of the user. See the screenshots at the end of this article.
For instance, if you have been assuming, as I have, that GNOME has more corporate support than KDE, and a larger budget, a look at the latest report for GNOME and KDE may surprise you. Together, the two reports give an entirely different impression than you might assume.
I should also mention that a core-cd will be released for 5.0. I don’t know the time frame for this yet, but my guess would be after the mini-dvds like usual. Responses from our core-cd are still rolling in and they are positive ones.
The end of May the Zenwalk team came to some disagreements with its project lead Jean-Philippe Guillemin and some other team members. The result is a new distro called Salix OS.
Disagreements are not uncommon, although when Zenwalk project lead Jean-Philippe Guillemin’s move to oust the previously very active team member George Vlahavas caused a number of team members to walk, the disaffection led to an entirely new distro called Salix OS. It seems team members wanted to get it back closer to Slackware.
Now that ChipPC has atom based units, I wonder how fun it would be to have Ubuntu installed as the OS Food for thought!
Only a few months ago, in March, I wrote a post called “Why is Android Stalled?” It’s hard to believe how much momentum the open source mobile operating system has gathered since then. The past couple of weeks have included a number of new milestones for Android, including promising new smartphones based on it, and an update to the operating system itself that adds several notable features. Here are the details.
It’s good to know that there are more and more handset manufacturers that use Android OS for their smartphones. Some of the Android phones that are officially introduced just recently are Motorola Dext, HTC Tattoo, and LG GW620. Let’s take a quick look at some of their important features and find out if they can compete with other Linux-powered smartphones like the Nokia N900.
Swedish startup JayCut today announced the availability of video editing software for the Moblin technology platform. The Adobe AIR-based “JayCut Mobile” app aims to let netbook and even handheld device users edit video on the go.
The updated interface looks great and works much better than the old one. The performance not only of the interface itself, but of the system in general, is much improved with Karmic. Everything is much more tightly integrated and the system is starting to look like a complete package rather than a hack on top of GNOME.
Available operating systems include Ubuntu Linux, Windows XP, and when Windows 7 launches the new OS will be an option.
Intel will work with Google on the development of its Linux-based Chrome operating system for netbooks, the chipmaker’s open-source technology chief has said.
I recently blogged about two guides on installing Chromium for Ubuntu and I included links to articles that talked about the proper way of installing it as well as enabling the support for Flash. (Because watching videos online and playing those Flash-based games on Facebook and everywhere else could get so addicting.) This recent experience with Chromium seems so much better compared to my first attempt at installing it. (Well, they did say that it’s for development purposes, and I took that chance. Not inherently a bad thing.)
You may have already figured this out – Puppy Linux is one of my favorite small size players in the distro field. It comes in many flavors, called puplets, as varied as the canine population. While they all have the same common ancestors, puplets are as different from one another as Chihuahua and Great Dane.
TEENpup is a rather interesting concept. It’s Puppy through and through, with some embellishments of its own. The speed, the responsiveness, the multi-purpose variety of programs and utilities, and the great functionality of most everything is the typical Puppy legacy. On top of these, TEENpup brings an assortment of first-class programs, great looks and the fabulous Magic scripts.
On the downside, the setup of the X server, the graphical frontend of the distro and the Wireless networking were somewhat of a disappointment. I hope these issues will be ironed in the next release, even if this means letting some apps go in favor of more and better drivers.
Mozilla has switched to a quick-paced “sprint” cycle for Firefox that it hopes will bring new features to users faster, the company’s browser architect said today.
Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace(R) Division today announced the availability of two new products designed to help developers easily create applications and products that incorporate Freespace in-air pointing and motion control technology. Hillcrest’s new products let software and hardware developers quickly create highly accurate motion control applications and devices without requiring any prior motion experience. Freespace motion control can transform a wide variety of devices including: TV remote controls and user interfaces, video game systems, wireless presenters, smartphones, medical diagnostic devices, wearable computers, virtual reality systems, interactive toys, fitness devices and more.
Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, just relaunched Mattel.com on Drupal. The site was built by Vancouver-based work [at] play.
Open source software lives or dies not by who owns it or provides support at any one time, but by how many people use it. Few users means there’s little incentive for developers to put effort into improving the code. Happily, that’s not the case with MySQL, and whatever happens there will be someone in the open source world who will look after its users.
The Linux kernel is comprised of 11.5 million lines of code, of which Red Hat is responsible for roughly 12 percent (measured in terms of lines of code changed). Even if we add in JBoss Application Server (another 2 million lines of code or so) and other Red Hat projects, we’re still left with far less open-source code from Red Hat than from others.
Take Sun, for example. Sun is the primary developer behind Java (more than 6.5 million lines of code), Solaris (over 2 million lines of code), OpenOffice (approximately 10 million lines of code), and other open-source projects.
Or IBM, with 12.5 million lines of code contributed to Eclipse alone, not to mention Linux (6.3 percent of total contributions), Geronimo, and a wide variety of other open-source projects.
Managing projects is hard work at the best of times, but there are a number of free and open source (FOSS) applications available that can help CIOs and other managers streamline the administrative aspects of project management.
Having such a pool of resources available to game developers will make it much easier to get over that first hurdle of getting a playable game, as well as making it possible to develop entire small games using free resources. This will make it easier for games to reach a “critical mass” where they can attract contributions on their own. Also, I think having cool graphics to work with will probably inspire developers who might otherwise not even consider launching a game project.
I recently started to gather information and research in order to implement for Blender some system for Voxel sculting, or free sculpting like 3D Coat has brought to light (though the term is nothing new). Currently I´m in very early stages so don´t expect to much for now, I just want to inform that I´m on the road and open to collaboration with other devs and of course any help from the community is always very appreciated and needed.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Bel Air, MD – Sourcesense, the European provider of open source solutions and The Go To Group, Inc. (Go2Group), a leader in the field of Software Production Line Automation (SPLA), today announced a broad technological partnership to extend middleware alternatives into the software development environment. With the combination of Sourcesense’s open source expertise and Go2Group’s best-practice services, the partnership aims to bring the power and value of open source solutions to customers looking for an option to today’s traditional enterprise solutions.
MonitoringForge.org launched Tuesday in beta and welcomes developers and users of open source network and systems management and monitoring applications to share their tools, experiences and plans for future work. GroundWork Open Source, a maker of open source applications offered as commercial software, started the online effort earlier this year after realizing how many projects specific to management exist. The site is meant to cull management tools – 1,700 have been verified for the site so far – and provide a venue for discussion, development and downloads.
“We formed a new group in Thailand Open Source Federation or TOSF, which is a non-profit organisation, to promote the use of open sources. We have government members and enterprise users but BOSS is a commercial entity so we decided to form a new entity but still operate as part of TOSF,” said Danupol.
Innovativ Consulting Partners, a leading open source consultant and service provider for online solutions, has contracted with The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture to develop a digital library for the school’s media. This library will be based upon the Drupal web content management system and will be a first for the University. Also included in the assignment is the design, and deployment of Shibboleth identity management and a web 2.0 based framework.
Infobright, the open source data warehousing company, marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of its open source community and Infobright Community Edition (ICE). The company also announced an array of momentum-related milestones, including more than 15,000 downloads of ICE to date, the addition of nearly 40 partners to its OEM and reseller network, as well as a customer base that has increased by tenfold. Infobright continues to expand its customer roster with online businesses, as well as telecommunications, retail and financial services companies, including recent wins at bWIN games, Smiley Media and TIPS Marketing. Additionally, in order to support a growing customer base in Europe, Infobright has opened a sales office in the UK.
Saturday September 19th 2009 is Software Freedom Day, a global day of celebration of Free and Open Source Software. One of the main goals of Software Freedom Day (SFD) is to educate the public about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.
The award for projects, “Award for Projects of Social Benefit” went to the Creative Commons initiative for it’s work in fostering common shared works. Previously, the award has been given to Groklaw, the Sahana project and Wikipedia. Full details of how to nominate are available on the FSF site.
Since VistA’s introduction in 1982, numerous independent software developers have created products based on VistA’s source code.
Such products are used in health care facilities in New York, Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere.
In April, Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) strove to build on VistA by introducing legislation to promote open-source EHR adoption among rural health care providers and small physician practices.
OpenVista’s flexible open source technology enables Medsphere to tailor the solution to the specific and evolving needs of Blue Mountain, which offers crucial medical services to residents of the Four Corners region encompassing sections of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
Over the past decade, the Defense Department, and federal agencies in general, have embraced the idea of using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software whenever possible. Why build when it’s less expensive to buy? Why reinvent the wheel?
DISA had to build these applications for a number of reasons, Nelson noted. In some cases, no commercial applications existed in the marketplace that could do the tasks needed. In other cases, software was available, though it was too expensive. Or the software did something similar to what DISA needed, but the agency would need to modify its processes to meet the workflow of the software. Or, lastly, commercial software providers or software-development-focused contractors told DISA that the software the agency sought just couldn’t be built at all, Nelson said.
Cable also claims that a move towards using more open source technology in UK government would save up to £500m per year. Roberts says that public bodies are already able to choose open source for many applications, and that the savings figure is implausible.
The expression Open Source Software has been widely used in the IT-industry recently. Full-scale programs of Open Source, from operation systems and server solutions up to office applications and graphics editors, do not need a payment for legal use, and any specialist can create modified and improved versions of such software.
A few months ago, I wrote about GISAID, which takes a rather interesting and – to readers of this blog, at least – familiar approach to sharing genomic data:
This is, of course, the same as the GNU GPL: do as you would be done by – if you want to use the GPL’d code, you can, but you must share with everyone the results of your work if you decide to share it with anyone.
The Creative Commons people rather created a rod for their own backs when they allowed this particular licence, which was bound to problematic. Indeed, it’s striking that the GNU GPL, which doesn’t allow this restriction, avoids all these issues entirely. Probably too late now to do anything about it…other than commissioning surveys, of course.
September 14, 2009—Five of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning—Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley—today announced their joint commitment to a compact for open-access publication.
The Open Humanities Press (OHP) announced recently that it is entering the Open Access (OA) book publishing market, launching five new OA book series. The books will all be made freely available online as full-text electronic files, as well as being offered as print on demand (POD) paperbacks. To get a better idea of the significance of the news I contacted a few OA advocates, and emailed some questions to OHP co-founder Sigi Jottkandt. The latter questions were answered collectively by the OHP Steering Group.
The approach is outlined in the open-access journal PLoS ONE.
The software has been developed for so-called smartphones that run Google’s Android open-source operating system.
Type the name “Jennifer Strange” into your favorite search engine and see how many hits come up.
Or try the terms “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” or “water intoxication” and look at the tallies. You get tens of thousands of results.
European Union countries are failing in the promise to make the common fisheries policy more transparent, claims a new report from FishSubsidy.org. With the policy undergoing a fundamental review, the report—“Slipping through the net: How EU countries evade new budget transparency rules”, by investigative journalist Brigitte Alfter—provides a timely overview of access to information about EU fish subsidies and illustrates how weakness in the legal framework for transparency and bureaucratic obfuscation by member states are making it harder for EU citizens to know how their money is being spent.
I’d like to advance a hypothesis: awesomeness is the new innovation.
Let’s face it. “Innovation” feels like a relic of the industrial era. And it just might be the case that instead of chasing innovation, we should be innovating innovation — that innovation needs innovation. Why? When we examine the economics of innovation, three reasons emerge.
EDAG, a German company, partners with the automotive industry to produce models or prototypes of vehicles for the future. With the EDAG “Light Car-Open Source”, EDAG has produced a zero emission electric car that is configurable inside and out.
A common complaint about proposals to use RFID (Radio Frequency Identity) to tag everything from bank notes to underwear is that it opens the way for sophisticated privacy invasion. Someone with a reader could, once RFID is pervasive, read the valuables you’re carrying, the contents of your wallet, and plan an attack accordingly. The solution so far: a kill function to disable the tags at the point of sale.
The Prime Minister welcomed the creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton, Nigel Shadbolt, to Downing Street this morning.
The Advertising Standards Authority has rejected a complaint about a NO2ID advertisement which warned of the likelihood of personal information leaking from the proposed National Identity Register.
NO2ID told the ASA that since the database did not exist, it was hard to accuse them of exaggerating. The organisation offered evidence from Schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act of 2006 to show what information was likely to be held and how it could be cross-referenced.
There are concerns on technology, cost and privacy in the decision to allot a unique identification number to every Indian. In a talk with Karan Thapar on the CNN-IBN television channel’s Devil’s Advocate programme, NANDAN NILEKANI, who has agreed to head the newly-created Authority to plan and implement this project, concedes these are legitimate concerns. And, that these can be addressed and the project is worthwhile.
As Watson rightly points out, if this scheme is adopted it is highly unlikely free software projects will be able to obtain the appropriate keys, for the simple reason that they are not structured in a way that allows them to enter into the appropriate legal agreements (not least because they couldn’t keep them). Of course, it will probably be pretty trivial for people to crack the encryption scheme, thus ensuring that the law-abiding free software users are penalised, while those prepared to break the law are hardly bothered at all.
Objection to BBC and Ofcom’s consultation seeking to allow encryption of key HD TV data including progamme information that would restrict consumer use of devices and distort the market against the public interest
It’s unclear how cheaper or even free teaching materials “harm” youth, but the speculation is that it’s more about the government not liking the content than any real worry about “piracy.”
China’s Anti-Pornography and Anti-Illegal Publications Office has booked a huge victory by preventing the country’s youth from accessing more than 4 million copies of pirated teaching materials. According to the vice director of the office, such materials “harm the healthy development of the country’s youth.”
Just the latest in an ongoing license dispute between the popular VoIP service and its developers, the lawsuit, filed in Northern California U.S. District Court, seeks an injunction and damages, which Joltid “reasonably believes are amassing at a rate of $75 million daily,” according to the suit.
While it’s hard to see how this levy could have been much of an incentive to most of the musicians who have seen a piece of it, it’s not hard to see where the real incentive lies. No doubt there is a great incentive for those who work for the CPCC as as lawyers, consultants, employees, lobbyists and others to try to get the Copyright Act amended so as to keep the levy alive by extending its reach to iPods, cell phones, and beyond.
Google is in talks with the US Department of Justice over possible changes to its controversial Book Search settlement.
Google has acquired reCAPTCHA, a free CAPTCHA service that also serves as a means of digitizing printed books and newspapers. Among other things, the Mountain View web giant is looking to juice its ever-controversial library-scanning Book Search project.
Below is an email that we received this morning from Fake Eric Schmidt about Google Fast Flip, the search company’s new news service. The email was headlined MESSAGE FOR THE NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY. Fake Eric is, we can only assume, the CEO of Fake Google. He’s also quite sweary so we had to censor him a little.
This story is just one example of legal wranglings over the ambiguities surrounding music copyright on the Internet. The gap between performers and their fans is widening and deepening in the digital age: private users, who do not make commercial use of the content they upload, many times violate copyright law without even knowing it.
UK chip-design house ARM has announced the development of a pair of dual-core processors intended to go head-to-head with Intel’s Atom line in the battle for the hearts and minds of netboook manufacturers.
According to Wednesday’s announcement, the two Cortex-A9 MPCore implementations are designed for silicon pumped up to clock rates in excess of 2GHz.
AMD HAS GIVEN Chipzilla a kick in its reptilian nadgers by releasing a quad core chip for less than $100.
Summary: Red Hat responds to Larry Ellison’s “We’re in it to win it”
Summary: “Highly confidential” memo from Microsoft’s current patent troll shows Microsoft worrying about “Linux” even over a decade ago
THE PREVIOUS Comes vs Microsoft exhibit which we dealt with showed Nathan Myhrvold ridiculing GNU/Linux and comparing it to Soviet Russia. It is no secret that Myhrvold dislikes Free software and having left Microsoft, he is now patent-trolling all sorts of companies.
The comparison between Free(dom) software and communism is always demeaning and misleading. One reader has just sent us this new piece, which he described as a “Nice article on HuffPost about Corporatists (Microsoft) vs Capitalists (Red Hat).” People must remember what capitalism and free market are about; Microsoft never complied with some of the most basic rules, which is why it spends so much time in the courtroom.
“Vinod Valloppilill, in turn, passed this to a mailing group titled “Open Source Software/Linux (Private) (Exchange DL)” (apparently a Microsoft group assigned to addressing Free software and GNU/Linux).”Today’s Comes vs Microsoft exhibit is Exhibit PX06482
[PDF], which is 5 months older than Myhrvold’s bashing of GNU/Linux that ended up as scaremongering (the sky will fall if Free software wins).
In this exhibit, Myhrvold addresses Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Paul Maritz, Eric Rudder, David Stutz, Jim Allchin, and Rick Rashid regarding GNU/Linux. Eric Rudder later passed this to Vinod Valloppilill (the author of the infamous Halloween Documents), Oshoma Momoh, and Oliver Sharp. Vinod Valloppilill, in turn, passed this to a mailing group titled “Open Source Software/Linux (Private) (Exchange DL)” (apparently a Microsoft group assigned to addressing Free software and GNU/Linux). Raju Gulabanf, perhaps someone from this mysterious group, passed it on to the “Chameleon Core Team” (chameleon is not only a SuSE mascot/symbol but also an evasive animal that’s changing its colour) and also to Jawad Khaki, Mike Nash, John Frederiksen, Jennifer Cioffi, Mike Oldham, and Jim Fredricksen. “Please handle with care,” is all he has to say about the original from Myhrvold.
So what was in Myhrvold’s highly confidential memo which needed to pass throughout the whole of Microsoft’s management, be “handle[d] with care,” and also spread among members of a group which goes under the name “Open Source Software/Linux” (apparently a group dealing with server appliances)? Let’s find out.
Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s CTO at the time, titled his message “Much ado about Linux”. That was in 1998 when GNU/Linux was in its still in diapers when it comes to viability on enterprise desktops.
It opens as follows:
There has been a lot of interest in Linux as a competitor to Microsoft operating systems recently and I thought I would add some comments of my own to the issue.
Here is a reference to 5 months beforehand:
A while back I wrote a memo on free software generally in which I took a fairly dim view of it.
Myhrvold was wrong in predicting that GNU/Linux would face challenges on the server (Microsoft’s patent trolling aside [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]). A year ago Steve Ballmer said publicly that “forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux…”
Even if Linux is on a path that ultimately bumps against economic realities, it might take years, or even a decade for that to occur. In the meantime it could be an important competitor, wreaking havoc with established OS providers. There are several ways to look at Linux as a competitor.
As a desktop phenomenon, I don’t think that Linux is very important. The application set is too limited, and they are too far behind. The place where Unix is very important (i.e. dangerous) is on the server.
This happens at an interesting time, because server based computing is exploding. The Internet creates a vast need for new servers at every level.
Here is an overview of areas all of which GNU/Linux has conquered to a limited extent:
There are four significant aspects of Linux as a server OS:
1. Linux as the OS for server appliances – boxes which provide a very limited set of Internet connectivity, email etc for a set of users in a small business.
2 Linux as the new Netware – i.e. a simple network OS that provides a fairly limited set of services: file, print, SMTP, HTTP and so forth. In this mode application availability is not a big deal because you have a fairly limited set of
3. Linux as a host for Oracle or another SQL dalabase.
4. Linux as a host for large scale custom server apps – i.e. Hotmail, Amazon.com etc.
Here is an admission about (Windows) NT’s problems at the time:
NT potentially has MUCH more to offer in this area. It also has some drawbacks (size, complexity, unneeded features). If we can strip out the unnecessary stuff, AND focus a lot of attention on the specific new technology for this area we could be very successful.
That said we really do have to worry about this area. But we need to temper the worry with some common sense. The whole point of a server appliance is to open up the market to users who could not afford to use a standard NT server – either for cost, or set up hassle etc. This expands the server market. It may also cannibalize some degree of current NT sales. However, it is not going to eliminate our server strategy altogether.
This is an old story. A new niche develops which is quite different from the industry mainstream. It catches on and grows like wild fire. Because it is a new area, the technology used to address it in the early stages is very simple, lean stuff. So, somebody at Microsoft panics and says OH MY GOD, THIS IS THE FUTURE, WE ARE SCREWED! They send impassioned email saying how everything we are doing is wrong because it is not like the dead simple stuff that is being used in the new niche.
There is some Linux mail like this in the last couple weeks.
In E-mail, Bill Gates identified “LUNIX” as a threat one year beforehand. A few years later he said that Linux was the “most potent operating system competitor [to Windows]” and on the same year (2001) Steve Ballmer said: “I’d put the Linux phenomenon really as threat No. 1.”
Going back to Myhrvold’s message (available in full at the bottom), we also have this about Novell:
We need to address the incremental opportunity of server appliances, by getting somebody focused VERY hard on this area – both with embedded NT but also with thinking through what technology that market segment will need. My guess is that in the long run server appliances are like Web TV- a product for people who either would not have bought a PC, or who will graduate up to it eventually (in this case, for the server rather than client).
Case 2 is, to my mind, a broader threat than the server appliance. Novell IS the server appliance company – it started with proprietary 286 based servers for PCs, almost exactly like the server appliances. Later they switched to software only – but not a general OS – just software for simple network services – which at that time was mainly file and print
Fast forward to the present day – the Internet has given a new lease on life to simple server services. Instead of just file and print, the current generation of simple services are driven by the Internet – HTTP, NNTP, SMTP and various others. There is an opportunity for simple, high performance server software that runs on PC hardware and is a bit more flexible than what you can do with a server appliance. The market of strict server appliances will be smaller because most users will be unable to live with all the restrictions, but still want to use cheap PC hardware to accomplish their tasks.
If Novell had not self destructed, they should own this space, not Linux. Alternatively, it should be Novell and Linux duking it out for this market. Novell’s almost complete abdication to Windows NT means that the simple server battle will be waged largely between NT and Linux.
In the long run our flexible approach to servers with Win NT will win once again over Linux as it did over Novell. Linux will be unable to keep up with the pace of development. Once again, I want to reiterate that the way to compete here is NOT to try to adopt a Linux like stance – instead we need to add technology to improve our product for this market.
Myhrvold foresaw databases moving to GNU/Linux as an underlying platform. It didn’t take long for Oracle to make its historic big move.
Case 3 is an interesting one. Large SQL databases have taken on so many low level functions that they are almost operating systems unto themselves. As a result, products like Oracle are able to support dozens of operating systems. They can easily support Linux, and are likely to do so
Our strategy in this case is again to promote product features – such as cluster support, remote admin, ZAW and so forth to one up Linux. We have to assume that it will be a viable platform for Oracle and others, because they do so much of the work internally.
His ending makes it clear that GNU/Linux is “a serious competitor.”
So, in summary I do not mean to dismiss Linux. It is a serious competitor which we have to counter with focused development and marketing activities. Unlike our usual competitors it has a unique economic model, without a centralized business behind it. In the long run this is a liability, but it can generate a lot of enthusiasm in the short run.
Summary: Another GNU/Linux distribution throws Mono out; Microsoft’s foundation may adopt more from Novell
gNewsense’s strongest point is that when you install it you are running completely free software. It was very nice to see that Mono and subsequently f-spot, tomboy et al are absent from this distro.
They would actually have to manually remove it from Ubuntu.
Miguel snuggles closer to Microsoft
De Icaza himself has no qualms about pointing out that he was kicked off the board of the FSF for “refusing to be an active part” in what he says was a campaign to rename Linux as GNU/Linux. This sits somewhat at variance with the glowing descrption of him as an open source advocate but never mind.
The CodePlex Foundation is a commercial entity. The board, set up under the non-profit rules of Washington State, has complete control over the foundation and is also self-perpetuating, according to a detailed analysis by Andy Updegrove.
We wrote about the CodePlex Foundation in:
Some people whom we spoke to hypothesise that Sam Ramji's departure may be followed by de Icaza’s appointment. Linux.com has this rather weird list of improper candidates for the most part (Microsoft-hostile folks)
Who Will Fill Sam Ramji’s Role as Microsoft’s Open Source Leader?
Obviously, Microsoft likely is already working on internal lists of desired candidates to take Ramji’s position, but at least one name has already popped up online inside the open source community.
Watch this list. Novell’s Zonker is in there too. █
“There is a substantive effort in open source to bring such an implementation of .Net to market, known as Mono and being driven by Novell, and one of the attributes of the agreement we made with Novell is that the intellectual property associated with that is available to Novell customers.”
–Bob Muglia, Microsoft President
Done so soon or gone too soon?
Summary: While Windows XP is not supported for security anymore, Windows Server 2003 development stops too
MICROSOFT has not only laid off many employees but it also lost many key developers , who were familiar with important code. That is one theory and possible explanation for the fact that XP is left vulnerable from now on; Microsoft has more or less given up on patching it.
“Those two releases, namely XP and Server 2003, come as a pair.”Servers are more sensitive than desktops to intrusion; their function makes them a more serious victim when compromised (affecting people whom they serve or served). It is therefore interesting to read about XP’s cousin, Windows Server 2003, never ever getting a third Service Pack like XP. This is surprising to some. Mary Jo Foley has some more details and implications for security may be tied to the fact that XP is left vulnerable. Those two releases, namely XP and Server 2003, come as a pair. Users/customers will be pressured to move to Vista or its sibling ‘edition’ for servers, which is terrible [1-16].
In other news, the Windows-only spyware from Sears is to be deleted along with the data it collected.
US retailer Sears has been ordered to destroy all the customer data it collected from a piece of online tracking software that consumer regulator the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said was unfairly used.
The FTC said that while customers had been warned that, once downloaded, software would track their browsing, it had in fact tracked browsing on third party websites, secure browsing including banking and transactions and even some non-internet computer activity.
Users on a given system can elevate their access privileges to LocalSystem in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, Sisk explained in an e-mail. It could cause havoc by giving an authenticated user inappropriate write, delete, and change privileges.
The company has issued an advisory on the vulnerability, which affects Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
“The web server is widely used on the internet, and is a top pick by web-hosting providers. We might see web-hosting providers targeted, and their clients’ websites breached.”
Bill Sisk, security response communications manager for Microsoft, said in an email Thursday evening that the flaw allows for privilege escalation from authenticated user to LocalSystem in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.
This month’s Patch Tuesday fixes will include critical fixes for Microsoft’s flagship operating systems, the company has warned.
It’s not just Excel and Exchange that ignore the Gregorian calendar. The Reg has also confirmed that SQL Server 2008, Windows Small Business Server, and Windows Mobile are ignorant as well.
Server 2008 looks like a bit of an odd duck – it doesn’t meet the promises made for “Longhorn” and “Blackcombe”, it’s probably neither more reliable nor more efficient than its 64 bit 2003/XP based predecessors, and unlike Vista (with which it shares some code) the kernel changes amount to rather more than just another point release in the NT schedule.
And that, I think, reflects Microsoft’s other strategic concern: that MacOS X and Linux bracket Microsoft’s market and are both reaching out to the people in the middle – the managers and MCSE decision makers who now consider Apple too consumer oriented and Linux too technical.
But it’s not just Microsoft’s own Hyper-V that isn’t quite ready for prime-time. Several other virtualization products from Microsoft’s competitors and partners aren’t 100-percent enterprise-ready, either, at this point.
Chalk that abnormality up to Microsoft’s ongoing attempt to more closely synchronize its Windows client and Windows server releases. Because Windows client and server are built from the same core and thus get patched with many of the same updates and fixes, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 are now “on par.”
Annoying. Yes, it is mentioned in the release notes – but what if Hyper-V beta had required you to set a non-US locale at install time? Do you think Microsoft would have flagged this problem more prominently?
The company is changing three key features of the hypervisor technology to try to stick to its schedule of releasing the technology within 180 days of completing its Windows Server “Longhorn” operating system, due to be finalized before the end of the year.
The strokers of beards and Volish nay-sayers have been claiming that reason is Windows Server 2008. They claim this on the very safe assumption that since Microsoft installed it, vole.com has been running like a condemned man with his legs cut off on his way to his own execution.
I asked Jason about Windows Server’s newfound security: “The first time I heard about this new feature,” he said, “I thought it was clearly a response to Linux.
Windows Server 2008 isn’t quite there yet, according to Jason’s tests.
TYPE IN windowsserver2008.com into your browser and after it thinks a bit, it takes you straight to the Apple site.
Are we in for a Windows-Vista-like experience, where even some of Microsoft’s own applications didn’t work with its new operating system for weeks, if not months?
A number of Microsoft server apps that won’t support Windows Server 2008 until the latter half of 2008, when service packs providing Server 2008 compatibility are released.
Already, Microsoft delayed SQL Server 2008 availability until later in 2008, even though the software launches with the new version of Windows Server.
Microsoft isn’t characterizing the launch announcement as a ship delay, which is possible because of the “2008″ nomenclature and the likelihood that the software will be released to manufacturing this year. My guess is that will happen around November, unless there are unforeseen development problems.
Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten…
Vista SP1 is code named “Fiji”, presumably after a pretty looking island which is paralysed by coups.
In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that Vista has “high impact” problems.
“With Alchin retiring, MarkL and MarkZ, two of the most talented architects in MS already having left, the picture gets really ugly for the Windows division,” my friend claimed, and the BV’s core team members, Ian McDonald, Jack Mayo, Todd Wanke, Clyde Rodriguez and others are starting to connect the dots.
He concluded ominously. “A trainwreck of biblical proportions looms. Pick a good seat on the sidelines, trainwrecks this large take awhile to complete. Vista may be the last MS OS for some time to come, especially if Cutler decides to play hardball.”
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