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GNU/Linux

  • Windows for Linux

    Two uncertain years have taken their toll on people’s and business’ willingness and ability to budget for new PCs or even upgrade existing Operating Systems. This is golden for Linux since it is free. Not so golden for Microsoft.

  • Glaxo’s ‘Linux Approach’ – PR Stunt or Candle in the Gloom?
  • Server

    • Linux Powers 91% Of The World’s Top 500 Fastest Supercomputers

      The Top 500 Project lists the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world biannually. They have released this year’s list and in terms of the operating system used it is Linux all the way with more than 90% of the supercomputers running on Linux.

    • Linux Adds to Super Computing Dominance: Good News for Linux Users

      So why do Linux users care? Because the work accomplished by the Super Computer manufacturers (IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Cray and so on) is poured back into the kernel and ends up helping all users. Just remember that today’s desktop PC was considered a super computer not that long ago. Advances in multi-core technology driven by super computing requirements of a few years ago are now used by financial services companies in trading applications to power their business.

    • Cartika Increases Density by 5X while Improving Uptime and Performance With CloudLinux

      Cloud Linux Inc., an innovative software company dedicated to serving the needs of hosting service providers, today announces that Cartika, an industry innovator in cloud hosting services has increased density on its shared hosting servers by 5X using CloudLinux.

  • Audiocasts

    • EU targets toxic chemicals in electronics

      A group of chip makers including IBM, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments have set up a new software-engineering foundation called Linaro. The foundation is dedicated to improving Linux distributions such as Android, MeeGo and Ubuntu used in consumer devices. There are around 20 engineers already working at Linaro, but the foundation will soon have over 100.

  • Google

    • Google to allow developers to use Chrome operating system for free

      Internet giant Google will launch its Chrome operating system in the Australian spring, with developers now eager to get their hands on the open-source software.

    • Chrome OS Strives to Replace Desktop Culture

      Google’s Chrome OS is coming to a netbook near you sometime later this year. The Web-centric, Linux-based, open source platform will offer a lightweight, cost-effective alternative operating system for portable computing. Eventually, Google plans to expand the scope of Chrome OS to take on Windows on the desktop as well–a goal that requires both a solid operating system and a significant culture shift.

  • Ballnux

  • Kernel Space

  • Applications

  • GNOME Desktop

  • Distributions

    • Pardus Linux 2009.2 Has KDE SC 4.4.4

      The Pardus development team released a few minutes ago the new Pardus 2009.2 Linux-based operating system. Powered by the Linux kernel 2.6.31.13 and built on top of the newly released KDE Software Compilation 4.4.4 environment, Pardus 2009.2 (codename Geronticus eremita) comes with an amazing installer and bleeding-edge applications such as the OpenOffice.org office suite 3.2.1.3, the Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3 web browser or The GIMP 2.6.8 image editor.

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat foresees $1 billion in 2012

        Already one of the Triangle’s most successful technology companies, Red Hat soon could reach a big milestone. CEO Jim Whitehurst said during a meeting in London on Thursday that he expects $1 billion of revenue in 2012.

      • Bullish Average Crossover for Red Hat Inc. (RHT)

        The stock price of Red Hat Inc. crossed above the 50-day moving average on lighter than usual volume. The crossing of the stock price above the 50-day moving average may signal the beginning of a noteworthy bullish trend. Traders use moving averages to identify changes in trend, those who can make those trends work in their favor will increase the number of winning trades.

      • Red Hat to Webcast Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2011

        Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, will discuss results of its first quarter fiscal 2011 on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET.

      • Scholarships for open source contributors

        The Fedora Scholarship program, sponsored by Red Hat, recognizes one high school senior per year for contributions to the Fedora Project and free software/content in general. With a selection process that looks at the student’s contributions to Fedora and other free software projects and uses members of the Fedora community as references, it’s a little different from most scholarships you might be used to seeing. In addition to $2,000 USD for each of 4 years of an undergraduate education in any field of the recipient’s choice, the scholarship includes 4 years of annual all-expenses-paid trips to the nearest FUDCon, the Fedora community’s main gathering of contributors, which happens once per year in different parts of the world.

      • Fedora/Linpus

    • Canonical/Ubuntu

      • Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1 Is Ready for Testing
      • Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 1 Released
      • Canonical Delivers Ubuntu Advantage Service Offering for Linux Desktop and Server Users

        Canonical is preparing to introduce a new service option for Ubuntu Linux users, known as Ubuntu Advantage.

        Slated for official release on June 7, Ubuntu Advantage is a comprehensive service that combines systems management tools, technical support, access to online resources, training and legal assurance, Canonical officials said.

      • Shuttleworth: Excited by Linux on ARM movement

        As well as making for a consistent platform for Linux across all major ARM devices, the other major advantage of the initiative, says Shuttleworth, is that it will speed up time to market for developers. “If you can develop your software for ‘linux on ARM’, rather than a specific CPU, you can choose the right hardware for your project later in the development cycle, and reduce the time required for enablement of that hardware.”

      • Variants

        • Vinux, Linux For Blind

          Vinux community has announced the 3rd release of Vinux – Linux for the Visually Impaired, based on Ubuntu 10.04 – Lucid Lynx.

        • Peppermint OS: Another member of “Team Linux”

          The first question that springs to mind when hearing of a new Linux distribution is not “what does it do?” but “why?” It would seem by now that virtually every possible angle has been covered, and that a Linux distribution must exist for almost any use case one could conceive of. Yet the recently-announced Peppermint Linux is slightly different in that it seeks to bridge the gap between standard desktop computing and “cloud” computing.

        • Lucid Puppy – Linux for Legacy Computers

          One of the original targets of Linux was the under-powered computer gathering dust in the closet destined for electronic disposal. While that sounds like a noble goal, it isn’t reality for the majority of today’s Linux distributions. Xubuntu says it’s for the limited resource computer, but even it has a minimum memory requirement of 256 MB. You probably won’t have a very pleasant experience running Firefox on a machine with less than 512 MB of memory.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Moore’s Second Law fuels open source chip group

      Even if your name is IBM. Or Texas Instruments. Since they don’t want to go home, they’re getting together with friends. Linux will benefit.

    • NETGEAR Announces Technology Collaboration With SamKnows for FCC’s National Broadband Speed Test

      WNR3500L Open Source Linux Router to be FCC’s ‘Test My ISP’ Speed Sensor for the voluntary consumer measurement plan announced today

    • Industry 1st Embedded Asterisk® Motherboard Released

      OpenVox Communication Co. Ltd, a global provider of open source asterisk® telephony hardware and software solutions, has announced today that the industry first design-for-asterisk industrial embedded motherboard-IPC100 is released to the Open Source community. The IPC100 series motherboards can work flawlessly with OpenVox Mini PCI cards-A400M/B100M/B200M/B400M as well as any combinations to build a complete embedded IPPBX.

    • QuokkaPad open-source ereader/tablet almost on sale

      Open-source ereaders aren’t exactly new – the txtr promises to give access to its underlying architecture, for instance – but the Australian QuokkaPad may have taken the longest to reach the market. The 8-inch LCD 800 x 600 touchscreen tablet is based on a 400MHz MIPS processor, and usually runs Linux 2.6.24.3 with the GPE Palmtop Environment UI on top; however, there’s also room for two other kernels, such as Android or Windows CE.

    • SAP invests $10M in DeviceVM’s browser-and-cloud OS

      Enterprise software supergiant SAP has poured ten million dollars of investment from its SAP Ventures arm into DeviceVM, whose Linux-based Splashtop quick-boot operating system is pre-installed on many of the top brands of notebook and netbook computers.

      [...]

      SAP’s goal for DeviceVM is to create an enterprise-IT grade version of the same type of software Google plans for its Chrome OS operating system: A quick-booting — three seconds on a Lenovo — rock-solid Linux boot with only a standards-compliant browser and a few other essential apps onboard. Such a lightweight configuration is easier to maintain and, at least in theory, less prone to bugs and security problems.

    • SAP Ventures Sinks Cash Into Instant-on Platform Vendor

      The Linux-based Splashtop runs separately from a device’s underlying OS and includes a number of applications, including a Firefox-based browser; music, photo and chat functionality; and Skype calling.

    • Finally, a Plug and Play Linux Computer For Small Business

      Midwest Server Repair LLC, a small home based computer business based 12 miles from the University of Notre Dame, has created a Linux PC, which, serves as an alternative to the modern Microsoft computer.

    • Phones

      • Industry throws weight behind mobile Linux

        Joint venture formed to further mobile operating systems based on Linux, as HP CEO confirms Palm buy was all about WebOS

      • CounterPath launches Linux softphone

        CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV; OTCBB: CPAH), an award-winning provider of desktop and mobile voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) software solutions, today announced Bria for Linux.

      • CounterPath unveils Bria for Linux softphone

        CounterPath, a provider of desktop and mobile voice over internet protocol (VoIP) software offerings, has unveiled a new retail version of Bria for Linux softphone client that features support for multiple VoIP accounts and Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04.

      • Growth of Linux-Based Smartphone Shipments Will Outstrip Growth of the Entire Smartphone Market in 2010, Says ABI Research

        ABI Research anticipates that Linux-enabled smartphones, led by the success of Google’s Android, will comprise 33% of the worldwide smartphone market by 2015. With more than 60,000 smartphones shipping per day, Android has catapulted ahead of other Linux mobile platforms.

      • Google’s Android favored for phones, tablets

        Victoria Fodale, an analyst at ABI Research, said Tuesday in a research note that the Scottsdale, AZ-based marketing research firm anticipates that Linux-enabled smartphones, led by the success of Google’s Android, will comprise 33 percent of the worldwide smartphone market by 2015. “With more than 60,000 smartphones shipping per day, Android has catapulted ahead of other Linux mobile platforms,” according to the note.

      • Linux Proving Disruptive In Smartphone Market

        More than 60,000 smartphones ship per day and the Android has leaped ahead of other Linux mobile platforms, said Victoria Fodale, a senior analyst at the firm.

      • Indian IT supplier to white label Linux smartphones
      • Android set to dominate smartphone market

        According to research published by analyst firm ABI, Linux-enabled smartphones, led by the success of Google’s Android, will comprise 33% of the worldwide smartphone market by 2015. With more than 60,000 smartphones shipping each day, Android has catapulted ahead of other Linux mobile platforms.

      • Browse the Web with Opera on Acer LumiRead

        Opera Devices SDK 10.30 for Linux uses Opera Presto 2.5, the same core engine as Opera Desktop and Opera Mobile. It has a great support for web and industry standards. It also provides support for extended validation certificates and fraud protection, which ensure users can browse safely with the Acer LumiRead.

    • Nokia/MeeGo

    • Android

      • Dell Tweaks Android Mobile Software Strategy

        So far, Dell has kept much of its Android software work under wraps. When it exhibited its Aero phone at the CTIA trade show in March, it kept the handset powered off.

      • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro Coming to UK

        A remarkably small device given its functionality, the Pro weighs in at 118 grams and measures 9 x 5.2 x 1.7 cm. Inside this tiny shell, Sony Ericsson has managed to squeeze a 600 MHz processor, allowing the Mini Pro to run applications without a hitch. Running on version 1.6 of the open-source Android OS, the X10 Mini Pro has access to plenty of applications to use this processing power on. With over 38,000 applications on the Android Marketplace, and more being added every day, there is something for everybody. Open-source tools and support allow you to create and publish your own applications as well, should you be unable to find what you’re looking for.

    • Tablets

Free Software/Open Source

  • Bigger than English

    The reason his organisation usually focuses on open source software is because it is licensed in a way which allows for the language of its interface to be changed easily. The opposite of open source software is proprietary software, where the company that develops it forbids you to change it.

  • BBC Radio uses open source to push out live text service

    The BBC is using open source technology to provide visitors to its 10 national radio websites with a live text service.

    The live text tells users what’s on air now and what is coming up, whether it be the current number 1 on the Chris Moyles show, football match commentary on Radio 5 Live or the latest comedy on Radio 4.

  • Africa

    • Open source could be Africa’s technological solution

      That major computing companies are unlikely to want to invest heavily in Africa is not lost on the continent’s brain trust.

      Sure, there could be some investment in major cities, but for the most part, the continent’s on its own. The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa is fine with that. OK, perhaps “fine” would be overstating it, but FOSSFA knows that’s the reality and so is bringing together the most skilled computing minds together to develop and distribute applications throughout Africa in local languages.

    • Tectonic relaunches

      Tectonic, one of the only websites in Africa specialising in open source news, has been relaunched.

      The site, which closed down in July last year, began publishing again on June 1.

      Tectonic editor and founder, Alastair Otter, closed the site last year saying that other projects and pressures had made it difficult to keep it running. “At the time I was involved in a number of other projects and the added pressure of maintaining the site, which wasn’t my primary job, became too much.”

  • Events

    • TransferSummit – The practical magic of open source

      The event, says Gardler, is a salute to “the spirit of traditional business-academia knowledge exchange” but he emphasised the practical nature of TransferSummit; “Unlike other events, our reach goes beyond the theoretical: we’re focussing on the strategic solutions that improve collaboration between commercial and academic concerns”. The aim is to allow participants to understand, share and discuss the strategic and tactical mechanisms, such as community outreach, academic / business partnerships, spin-outs, start-ups, applied research, intellectual property licensing and collaborative think tanks, so that they can grow their organisations effectively and in an open source way.

    • Presentations Now Available From Apache Lucene EuroCon Conference
    • Libre Graphics Meeting 2010

      The fifth annual Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) took place May 27-30 in Brussels, Belgium, bringing together the developers of the open source creative application suite: GIMP, Krita, Inkscape, Scribus, Rawstudio, Blender, and a dozen other related projects, such as the Open Font Library and Open Clip Art Library. As is tradition, most of the projects gave update presentations, and both time and meeting space was set aside for teams to work and make plans.

    • Datacenter Barometer: The Next Generation of Open Source Development

      No, this isn’t egoism talking–it’s all about the 6th International Conference on Open Source Systems, hosted at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Databases

  • Oracle

    • OpenOffice 3.2.1 fixes bugs, updates logo

      The OpenOffice.org development team have issued the first point update to the 3.2.x branch of their open source office suite for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Solaris. The maintenance update addresses a number of bugs and security issues found in the previous 3.2 release, but adds no new features.

  • CMS

    • WordPress 3 RC shows open source polish

      WordPress is one of the great open source success stories with both its software and the WordPress.com site itself. Google ranks WordPress.com the 12th most visited site on Earth with 120 million unique visitors.

      WordPress version 3 is now in the final phases of development with a release candidate now out for early testers on self-hosted WordPress installations. Those that use WordPress.com however don’t have to wait. WordPress is leveraging it’s massive 120 million unique visitor base to actually help test the latest version of WordPress 3.

      [...]

      So what’s new in WordPress 3?

      Lots, but at the top level WordPress 3 gets a new custom menus system (that’s now deployed for WordPress.com users). That’s going to be a big deal for many users, as it will lead to a new generation of theme development.

  • Business

  • Project Releases

  • Government

  • Openness

    • GnuBio launches as open-source genome sequencing startup

      GnuBio is a new Harvard University spinout that is poised to become an “eBay of Biomarkers,” according to founder John Boyce. Boyce, who spent several years at Cambridge-based genome sequencer Helicos Biosciences Corp., has joined with Harvard professor of physics and engineering Dave Weitz and Jessica Tonani, former associate director of product marketing for Santa Clara, Calif.-based gene sequencing company Affymetrix Inc., to create a company that is part genome sequencing, part database management, part social network. It promises to join together millions of biologicial samples that are currently siloed at institutes around the world, and to do it using an open source platform.

    • On The Scene: On the map and in the future

      Open Source Bridge is a completely volunteer-run conference dedicated to the concept of “open source citizenship:” in which developers learn from one another and connect across projects.

  • Open Access/Content

    • Study: Wikipedia Accurate But Poorly Written

      Take that, Wikihaters. A new study says Wikipedia is as accurate a source for cancer information as a professionally reviewed resource — assuming you can wade through the lousy prose.

      Cancer researchers from Thomas Jefferson University compared the accuracy of oncology information on the popular open-source encyclopedia with that on the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query (or PDQ), a professional database that is peer-reviewed and edited. Both were fact-checked against textbooks to see whether cancer patients can trust the information they’re getting online.

  • Standards/Consortia

    • Smokescreen Project Promises ‘Flash Without the Plug-in’

      A new open source project converts Flash animations to JavaScript/HTML5 on the fly, allowing them to be viewed in any modern web browser without the use of a plug-in.

    • Smokescreen Does Flash Without Flash
    • Google adds VP8 / WebM support to Chrome Dev channel

      The Google Chrome developers have released the latest developer channel (a.k.a. the Dev channel) version of Chrome. Version 6.0.422.0 of its WebKit-based web browser features a number of bug fixes and adds support for the latest open WebM / VP8 video format introduced by Google as part of the WebM Project. Once Google considers the Dev builds to be stable enough, they are promoted to its Beta channel for future testing.

Leftovers

  • College Students Lack Empathy

    Playing videogames and constantly checking Facebook for status updates could be killing empathy among college students, according to a new study from the University of Michigan (UM).

  • Environment

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