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  • The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy

    06/24/2014 1:46:00 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 19 June 2014 | The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy
    Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.... ...Drawing on principles set out in his latest book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust, he told the audience that all the major preconditions for revolution – set out in his 1976 graduate thesis – were now present in the United States and Britain.... "...We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process during which human society grew in scale...
  • Thunderbird ( Mozilla ) Email replacement(?) "Fossamail"

    06/07/2014 10:15:48 AM PDT · by taildragger · 17 replies
    PaleMoon ^ | taildragger
    Welcome to the FossaMail homepage! FossaMail is an Open Source, Mozilla Thunderbird-based mail, news and chat client for Windows, brought to you by the Pale Moon developer (and therefore not affiliated with the Mozilla Corporation). It is an optimized and reconfigured re-build of Mozilla Thunderbird ESR.
  • The Case For Making Windows XP Open Source (And Why It's A Bad Idea)

    04/26/2014 4:34:06 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 24 April 2014 | Tony Bradley
    It has been over two weeks now since Microsoft support for Windows XP expired. So far, the world as we know it has not come to a grinding halt for Windows XP users, but that isn’t a reason to let your guard down—it’s really just a matter of time. With hundreds of millions of Windows XP systems still in use by businesses, government agencies, and individuals around the world, maybe Microsoft Microsoft should make the operating system open source and let developers take over. When May 13 rolls around, things might start to look different. Many XP users viewed April...
  • Microsoft offers users $100 credit on a new PC to switch from XP

    04/04/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT · by null and void · 59 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 3/21/2014 at 10:35 am | Blair Hanley Frank
    Microsoft really wants people to stop using Windows XP. The company launched a new promotion that offers XP users $100 off the purchase of a new PC that costs more than $599 through the Microsoft Store from now until June 15. Buyers will also get 90 days of free support and free data transfer from their old XP-powered PC. Microsoft is ending support for XP, which has been around for more than a decade, in April. That means any security flaws found by attackers after that point won’t be patched, leaving users who are still clinging to their old computers...
  • So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

    04/02/2014 9:55:23 PM PDT · by Theoria · 58 replies
    NPR ^ | 02 April 2014 | Alix Spiegel
    The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich's answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn't feel much pressure because this wasn't her full-time gig."I'm just a pharmacist," she said. "Nobody cares about me, nobody knows my name, I don't have a...
  • Bobby Jindal, with an eye on 2016, to unveil plan to replace Obama health-care law

    04/02/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/02/2014 | By Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination. Jindal, a former state and federal health official, said his plan is one of many policy proposals he will release in coming months, making clear that he wants to be seen as a policy-driven problem solver. In his 26-page plan, Jindal lays out a lengthy critique of the health law — which he refers to throughout as “Obamacare” — and reiterates his belief that it needs...
  • MOZILLA, MO’ PROBLEMS: RITUAL SACRIFICE IN SILICON VALLEY

    04/02/2014 2:38:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/2/2014
    Silicon Valley is in an uproar. Angry blog posts have been written, resignations tendered, and boycotts organized, with no sign that the furor is likely to abate. Seeing such ruckus, a casual observer might assume that some fallout had finally resulted from the shocking revelation that several of the largest names in the technology industry—including Google, Apple, Intel, and others—have secretly colluded to drive down wages among software engineers and executives for the better part of the past decade. In fact it concerns nothing of the sort, but rather the appointment of a man named Brendan Eich to the role...
  • BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

    03/25/2014 1:23:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 84 replies
    The Register ^ | 3/25/2014 | Jasper Hamill
    A pair of gay developers have launched a boycott of Firefox in protest against the Mozilla Foundation's decision to appoint a CEO who appears to be an opponent of same sex marriage. Mozilla co-founder and Javascript creator Brendan Eich was awarded the top job yesterday.Hampton Catlin, creator of Wikipedia Mobile and CSS extension language Sass, said he would no longer develop apps for Firefox after Eich's appointment. The dev cited a six-year-old database of donor contributions to campaigns in support and opposition of Proposition 8 listing Brendan Eich, (Employer: Mozilla) as a $1,000 contributor to a campaign in support of...
  • New Mozilla CEO Is Allegedly Anti-Gay Marriage -- Firefox Developers Boycott

    03/25/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Betanews ^ | 3/24 | Brian Fagioli
    Gay marriage is not a gay issue, nor is it liberal or conservative. It is an equality issue, since basic rights of Americans, who happen to be gay, are threatened. As more and more people wake up from the slumber of ignorance and see the light in supporting gay marriage, there are still people that refuse to evolve. You can hate anyone you want, and if you hate gay people, that hate is your burden to live with. Quite frankly, gay people do not need your love or approval, although I'm sure it would be appreciated. What they do need...
  • Brendan Eich, Mozilla's Alpha Nerd, Takes Over as CEO (Q&A)

    03/25/2014 12:06:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNET ^ | March 24, 2014 | Stephen Shankland
    The inventor of JavaScript and the Firefox developer's chief technology officer now is running the show. Top agenda items: Firefox OS and Mozilla services.Brendan Eich, the programmer who invented JavaScript in a 10-day burst of activity at Netscape in 1995, now is the chief executive of Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that develops the Firefox browser and Firefox OS mobile operating system. Eich worked on the Netscape Navigator browser and -- after Microsoft won the first browser wars of the 1990s -- on Mozilla's effort to make something useful of the Netscape open-source code base. Although Mozilla succeeded in restoring competition...
  • The Ultimate Guide to Open Source Software

    12/19/2013 9:18:20 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 29 replies
    Datamation ^ | 17 December 2013 | Cynthia Harvey
    For the fifth year in a row, Datamation is closing out the year with a big, big list of all the software we've featured on our monthly open source software guides. This year's list is the longest ever with 1,180 projects in 143 different categories from Accessibility to Wine and Beer.We refreshed the list with all the new applications we've highlighted this year, and we dropped those that hadn't been updated in a while. Please note that the list is organized by category and alphabetically within each category — the numbers don't indicate rank or quality.We hope you enjoy this...
  • FSF responds to Microsoft's privacy and encryption announcement

    12/08/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    Free Software Foundation ^ | Published on Dec 05, 2013 03:30 PM | by John Sullivan
    Microsoft announced a new effort to "[protect] customer data from government snooping." FSF executive director John Sullivan issued the following statement on Thursday, December 5th: "Microsoft has made renewed security promises before. In the end, these promises are meaningless. Proprietary software like Windows is fundamentally insecure not because of Microsoft's privacy policies but because its code is hidden from the very users whose interests it is supposed to secure. A lock on your own house to which you do not have the master key is not a security system, it is a jail. Even on proprietary operating systems like Windows,...
  • Open source races to the top

    07/31/2013 6:46:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | 29 July 2013 | Eric Knorr
    Last week's OSCON conference served to remind us that open source software is setting the pace. We've come a very long way from the old saw that "open source doesn't innovate." Instead, you might ask: Is innovation in enterprise software happening anywhere else other than in open source land? Hadoop is at the center of the big data trend. OpenStack has the momentum in private cloud. Open source frameworks and IDEs absolutely dominate app dev, while all the leading NoSQL databases are open source. Do I need to mention that Android now powers more smartphones than any other mobile OS?...
  • Six Men Charged With Terror Offences

    09/25/2011 11:24:01 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    News.Sky.com - SKY NEWS ^ | 6:18am UK, Monday September 26, 2011 | David Crabtree, Midlands Correspondent
    SNIPPET: "A seventh man, aged 20, was arrested on Thursday and continues to be questioned." SNIPPET: "Irfan Nasser, 30, from Sparkhill, and Irfan Khalid, 26, from Sparkbrook, are accused of travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training, including bomb making, and weapons and poison making; as well making a martyrdom video and planning a bombing campaign. Ashik Ali, 26, from Balsall Heath, and Rahi Ahmed, 25, from Moseley, face charges related to planning a bombing campaign in the UK, including constructing a home-made explosive device for terrorist acts and stating an intention to be suicide bombers. Two other suspects - Bahader...
  • When open-source eats itself, we win

    02/06/2013 10:49:48 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 February 2013 | Matt Asay
    Open ... and Shut For years the headlines have been about open source cannibalising proprietary software. But what happens when open source starts to cannibalise itself? In some markets, open source rules the roost. For example, Drupal, Joomla, my old company Alfresco and other open-source content management systems regularly duke it out for supremacy, depending on the workload. In application servers, JBoss and Tomcat spar. In cloud, Cloudstack, Eucalyptus, OpenStack, and others battle. But web servers? That's a market that Apache won ages ago, with no open-source competition to speak of. That is, until recently. In the past few years,...
  • "Tears of Steel" Released by Blender Foundation

    09/26/2012 10:37:18 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 4 replies
    Tears of Steel ^ | 26SEPT12 | Blender Foundation
    Fourth "open movie" released today by the Blender Foundation. Watch it!
  • Linus Torvalds: Corporations are good for Linux

    07/14/2012 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    A tidbit buried within an hour long video: http://youtu.be/MShbP3OpASA At about 19 minutes, he starts talking about IBM, and how there was a drive to sell Linux. And he goes on to point out how easy to use interfaces just weren't a high priority until the commercial interests came in and did a lot of the boring stuff. They did Q and A. And other things he eludes to but doesn't specifically list. I point this out because I myself have run into a lot of the total anti-commercial venom from various people over the years, and that doesn't have...
  • Linux succeeded thanks to selfishness and trust

    06/13/2012 9:13:56 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 June 2012 | Leo Kelion
    Linus Torvalds developed Linux in 1991 while at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He became a US citizen in 2010.Linux creator Linus Torvalds has won the Millennium Technology Prize and an accompanying cheque for 600,000 euros ($756,000; £486,000) from the Technology Academy of Finland.He was nominated for the award in recognition of the fact he had created the original Linux operating system and has continued to work on it, deciding what modifications should be made to its kernel - the code that lets software and hardware work together.Today variants of the system power much of the world's computer servers, set-top...
  • A Two-Second Boot Time With systemd

    05/15/2012 7:03:07 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Phoronix ^ | May 14th | Michael Larabel
    Lennart Poettering has written a guide for optimizing systemd to the extent that a two-second boot-time or less for this popular free software project. The systemd optimization guide can be found on the FreeDesktop.org Wiki. While right now there's many manual steps to lower the systemd-controlled boot-time, the goal is to eventually incorporate these tweaks into upstream distributions as the defaults. "It is our intention to optimize the upstream distributions by default (in particular Fedora) so that these optimizations won't be necessary. However, this will take some time, especially since making these changes is often not trivial when the general...
  • The Most Awesome, Least-Advertised Fedora 17 Feature

    05/07/2012 11:20:58 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 36 replies
    There's one feature In the upcoming Fedora 17 release that is immensly useful but very little known, since its feature page 'ckremoval' does not explicitly refer to it in its name: true automatic multi-seat support for Linux. A multi-seat computer is a system that offers not only one local seat for a user, but multiple, at the same time. A seat refers to a combination of a screen, a set of input devices (such as mice and keyboards), and maybe an audio card or webcam, as individual local workplace for a user. A multi-seat computer can drive an entire class...
  • A Call To "Kill All Proprietary Drivers For Good"

    04/05/2012 5:44:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Phoronix ^ | March 29th | Michael Larabel
    UPDATE: I have been contacted by Qualcomm PR regarding this expected presentation next week. The content of the Qualcomm Atheros developers was not approved by Qualcomm's legal department and the views to be expressed will be of their own personal beliefs. Next week at the 6th annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be speaking about their Linux device driver development experiences and will go as far as calling for all proprietary drivers to be killed for good. They talk not just about killing proprietary drivers for Linux, but for all operating systems. Can...
  • Bootstrapped Startup Saves Over $100K By Dropping IE

    04/02/2012 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 14 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 4-1-2012 | Tyler Rooney
    t’s not every day that you start a business and quickly decide to say “no” to 70 percent of your potential customers. In retrospect, this turned out to be 4ormat’s secret weapon. At 4ormat, our goal is to provide an easy way for creative professionals to create and manage an online portfolio website. Although the portfolio itself looks great in all browsers, to this day, the portfolio building interface does not support Internet Explorer. And we don’t just mean IE6 or even IE7. We mean every version of Internet Explorer.
  • The open source movement enlarges its shield

    03/07/2012 7:36:05 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 6 March 2012 | Roger Parloff
    An alliance of technology corporations, including IBM, is expanding the scope of patent protection it provides to developers, vendors, and users of open source software such as Linux. The move cuts against the grain of major companies going after each other, filing suit over patent infringement. The consortium, known as the Open Invention Network, already provides an array of patent protections to certain Linux and open-source applications found on corporate data-center and back-office servers. Today's announcement will extend those protections to more than 700 additional open-source software packages, including Android, Google's (GOOG) smartphone operating system; OpenJDK, a popular programmers' development...
  • Intel Wants YOUR Linux Questions, Feedback

    01/13/2012 11:23:01 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Phoronix ^ | January 12th | Michael Larabel
    Intel's Linux graphics team is seeking any questions or feedback that Phoronix readers have concerning their open-source Linux graphics driver stack. ... Before anyone asks, this is only about the driver developed by the Intel OSTC team for hardware with true Intel integrated graphics -- Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Ironlake, i915, i945, etc -- and not the notorious Poulsbo or now the Medfield situation. This is also only about graphics and not any other area of your Intel Linux desktop/notebook/netbook/tablet. Go forth and post!
  • Fedora 17 Has More Features: GIMP 2.8, GCC 4.7, oVirt, Etc

    01/10/2012 11:55:21 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 32 replies
    Phoronix ^ | January 10th | Michael Larabel
    The Beefy Miracle already has a beefy list of possible changes like maybe the Btrfs file-system by default, multi-touch advancements, GNOME Shell software rendering, and many other features, but now there's even more. At the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting on Monday (9 January), several more Fedora 17 features were approved. Here's the features that were just approved to be part of the Beefy Miracle:
  • Open-source skills best hope for landing a good job

    11/30/2011 7:04:53 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | 29 November 2011 | Matt Asay
    In the midst of a weakening global economy and rampant uncertainty as to when the recession will lift from North America and Western Europe, one thing is certain: open-source technology skills may be the best hope for landing a good job. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, open source claims five of the top 10 keywords in Indeed.com's job listings, with Hadoop, Puppet, Android, and jQuery making the list, along with HTML5, a proxy for various open-source projects like ext-JS, SproutCore, etc. But before you rip up your Microsoft Certified IT Professional certification, it pays to balance rising trends...
  • Doom 3 Source Code Published Under The GPL

    11/23/2011 6:29:18 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies
    Phoronix ^ | November 22nd | Michael Larabel
    The Doom 3 source-code -- based upon the id Tech 4 engine -- is now available as open-source software to the gaming community under the GNU GPL license. Pushed onto GitHub is the Doom 3 source-code. This comes after John Carmack had to work-around Carmack's Reverse due to legal issues. The source drop is right in line with what we were expecting. More details to come soon on the open-source drop of Doom 3, which will hopefully spark a new wave of more impressive free software games.
  • Fedora 16 Released

    11/23/2011 6:26:25 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    OSNews ^ | November 8th | Hiev
    "The following are major features for Fedora 16: enhanced cloud support including Aeolus Conductor, Condor Cloud, HekaFS, OpenStack and pacemaker-cloud; KDE Plasma workspaces 4.7; GNOME 3.2; a number of core system improvements including GRUB 2 and the removal of HAL; an updated libvirtd, trusted boot, guest inspection, virtual lock manager and a pvops based kernel for Xen all improve virtualization support."
  • KDE Performance Boost Ahead

    09/14/2011 4:58:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    Ostatic ^ | August 30th | Susan Linton
    Have you experienced performance issues when using KDE? If so, then you aren't the only one. While things have been improving as KDE 4 matures, some users still have registered complaints. And one KDE hacker is trying to address them. Martin Gräßlin had begun working towards "rendering at 60 frames" per second. Gräßlin stated in a blog post today, "I could not imagine how a frame could take longer to render than the 16.67 msec." But after some thought he realized where a couple of bottlenecks may be hiding. In testing the effect chain performance, Gräßlin discovered a bug that...
  • GIMP 2.7.3 adds Single Window Mode

    09/02/2011 11:11:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | August 30th | Michael Reed
    GIMP 2.7.3 has added one of the most requested features in the program’s history: a single window mode. Version 2.7 is part of the development branch, so unfortunately, the feature won't hit most distro repositories for a while. As I said, because 2.7 is a development branch, most distributions won’t add it to their repositories, and this means that you’ll have to build it yourself. It’s a shame, in a way, because the new window mode might be viewed as a ease of use feature that less advanced users would appreciate. According to this(link) page, it looks like version 2.8...
  • Facebook trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’

    07/07/2011 8:55:49 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 126 replies
    Giga OM ^ | July 7, 2011 | Derrick Harris
    According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to “a fate worse than death,” and the only way out is “bite the bullet and rewrite everything.” Not that it’s necessarily Facebook’s fault, though. Stonebraker says the social network’s predicament is all too common among web startups that start small and grow to epic proportions. During an interview this week, Stonebraker explained to me that Facebook has split its MySQL database into 4,000 shards in order to handle the site’s massive data volume, and is running 9,000 instances of memcached in order to keep...
  • Why I was wrong about Microsoft

    04/05/2011 5:14:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 26 replies
    The H ^ | 4 April 2011 | Glyn Moody
    I have been reporting on Microsoft all my journalistic life, and believe me, that's quite some time. To give you an idea how far I go back with Microsoft, let's just say I remember the occasion when I was given a personal demo of a hot new product that Microsoft was about to launch – a graphical spreadsheet for the Macintosh, later known as Excel. I was particularly impressed by the evident passion of the person demonstrating the beta code – he clearly really enjoyed his job. But perhaps that wasn't so surprising, since his name was Bill Gates.Of course,...
  • No Conspiracy Theory Needed: Tor Created for U.S. Gov't Spying

    03/29/2011 1:54:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Network World ^ | 03/28/11 | Ms. Smith
    An interesting discussion started on tor-talk about Iran cracking down on "web dissident technology" before Cryptome posted, "TOR Made for USG Open Source Spying Says Maker." There is an interesting post on Cryptome, TOR Made for USG Open Source Spying Says Maker, in which one of Tor's creators, Michael Reed, says to look at why the government created Tor from a common sense point-of-view instead of as conspiracy theory. The Tor Project is free software that lets people be anonymous online but it's not an invisibility cloak that's meant to protect privacy. People use Tor to be anonymous for all...
  • The Ghosts in My Machine, Chapter 3

    11/07/2010 9:25:31 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 11 replies
    High Level Logic (HLL) Open Source Project ^ | November 7, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    Chapter 1Chapter 2Prepare yourself for a surprise ending. Do that now to avoid confusion later. Around 1990, I met with an industrial engineering professor who had been working for years with artificial intelligence technology. We had a long chat about the possibility of completely automated factories. This was still a decade before frequent online purchasing and customer management systems. But it seemed reasonable to contemplate a future in which everything from initial customer contact, sales, accounting, instructions to the factory floor, robotic manufacturing on demand, packaging, right out to the shipping dock would be fully automated. Even if you've never...
  • Microsoft holds Androids hostage in open source wars - Redmond threat level: bright orange

    10/29/2010 8:00:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 29th October 2010 06:00 GMT | Matt Asay
    Open...and Shut For years Microsoft has raged — and whined — against the open source machine, once going so far as to castigate open source as being "un-American". Something must be wrong with a development model, as Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Jim Gray once lamented, that evaporates the possibility of profit in software sales. And yet open source has marched on, eventually claiming mainstream acceptance as it helped highly capitalistic companies such as Google create hugely profitable businesses. While these companies thrive, however, Microsoft remains cautious, as evidenced in its product strategy and in its hiring patterns. As Microsoft has watched...
  • Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists [Update: GUILTY!]

    07/21/2010 3:42:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 41 replies · 1+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Virginia Man Accused of Providing Material Support to Terrorists ALEXANDRIA, VA—Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Va., was arrested today on charges that he provided material support to al Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Chesser was arrested and the charging documents were made public. “This case exposes the disturbing reality that extreme radicalization can happen anywhere, including Northern Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney...
  • Religious, Comments

    08/16/2010 6:38:53 PM PDT · by learner · 287 replies · 3+ views
    Learner | August 16,2010 | Learner
    I am sick and tired of this site being taken over by Catholics ( of which I am one ) stories or proverbs. This is a news site not a religion site. Go do that somewhere else. I am not opposed to your prostilazion(sp), just not here. We lose credibility if any religious group dictates or can be quoted from this site. As a long term member of this site I regret posting this information, but the site has been buried in Catholic stuff recently and it should be shunted to some separate page.
  • $200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math

    08/01/2010 2:48:35 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 33 replies · 5+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | Ashlee Vance
    INFURIATING Scott G. McNealy has never been easier. Just bring up math textbooks. Mr. McNealy, the fiery co-founder and former chief executive of Sun Microsystems, shuns basic math textbooks as bloated monstrosities: their price keeps rising while the core information inside of them stays the same. “Ten plus 10 has been 20 for a long time,” Mr. McNealy says. Early this year, Oracle, the database software maker, acquired Sun for $7.4 billion, leaving Mr. McNealy without a job. He has since decided to aim his energy and some money at Curriki, an online hub for free textbooks and other course...
  • "Can Open Source be secure" BCS riposte

    07/29/2010 6:07:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    Advogato ^ | 27 July 2010 | lkcl
    An article published by the BCS was brought to my attention, and it was full of such glaring omissions and implicit attacks on free software that it had to be dealt with. initially written as a comment, it quickly extended way beyond the length of the original article...i am very confused. the BCS is supposed to be a reputable organisation, yet this article - every paragraph - is complete horse-****. i thought about saying otherwise, so that the chances of this comment not being censored are reduced, but i cannot think of any other words to choose which express clearly...
  • Marten Mickos Says the Cloud Won't Kill Open Source

    06/16/2010 3:35:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 177+ views
    Network World ^ | Jun 16 2010
    here is a fervent debate going on in the open source community about cloud computing. Will the cloud kill open source? [2] Will multi-tenancy services make cloud providers need to hide the source, as a recent Forbes article [3] suggests? I recently went to the best expert I could find on the matter to ask: Marten Mickos [4]. Mickos is the CEO of "private cloud" software (aka virtualization) maker Eucalyptus Systems [5]. He earned himself Open Source Hall of Fame status as the charismatic former CEO of MySQL. Mickos was adamant that open source not only won't kill the cloud,...
  • Ubuntu 'more secure' than Windows, says Dell

    06/14/2010 8:03:57 AM PDT · by Gomez · 43 replies · 890+ views
    Dell reckons Ubuntu offers more protection than Windows online as it convinces consumer PC shoppers they shouldn't be scared of Linux. In a statement flagged here by TheVarGuy.com, Dell picked on security as one of ten reasons why people should buy PCs running Canonical's Linux rather than Microsoft's operating system. According to Dell's site (here, and a PDF here (pdf) in case the page is moved): 6) Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows: The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux. Dell does not provide further details, but continues to...
  • Google, Mozilla, And Opera Take On H.264 With The WebM Project, A New Royalty-Free Video Codec

    05/19/2010 4:47:39 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Tech Crunch ^ | May 19, 2010 | Erick Schonfeld
    Just when the H.264 video codec is starting to take over a large portion of new Web videos, along comes Google to shake things up again. Today, along with Mozilla and Opera, it is launching the WebM Project, an open, royalty-free codec that can run in HTML5 browsers without the need for Flash. Up till now, the battle between Flash and HTML5 video has centered around the H.264 codec, which is gaining broad adoption. Apple supports H.264 in all of its devices such as iPads and iPhones, and it is one of the technical reasons Steve Jobs cites for why...
  • Novell Wins Again - Jury Rules Copyrights Didn't Go to SCO!

    03/31/2010 6:04:31 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies · 622+ views
    Groklaw ^ | 30 March 2010 | Pamela Jones
    It's over. The jury has found that the copyrights did not go to SCO under the APA or anything else. The verdict is in. Novell has the news up on their website already, but I heard it from Chris Brown also. Here's the brief Novell statement:Today, the jury in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell issued a verdict. Novell is very pleased with the jury’s decision confirming Novell’s ownership of the Unix copyrights, which SCO had asserted to own in its attack on Linux. Novell remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on...
  • Ubuntu 10.04 in Beta, Stable Release in Apri

    03/22/2010 3:53:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 928+ views
    notebooks.com ^ | 3/22/10 | Kevin Purcell
    Ubuntu is Linux for the rest of us. It is simple to install and use. Despite that, not that many users are on board with estimates of 1-2% of all computer users running various Linux operating systems. But with the release of Ubuntu 10.04, there might be a few reasons to give it a try. It is currently in beta, so you may not want to install it on your primary computer. The stable release will come on April 29 according to the Ubuntu web site. You can download a live DVD image to give it a try. A live...
  • Running Nine USB-Based Displays On Linux (linux powered mac mini) (video)

    03/15/2010 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 440+ views
    Phoronix ^ | January 26th | Michael Larabel
    These graphics processors may not be as powerful as the discrete ATI/AMD and NVIDIA offerings, but they're low-power and there is no limit to how many can be connected to a single system (besides USB 2.0 bandwidth deficiencies). This is also running a fully open-source driver stack. AMD previously showcased a 24 monitor setup on Linux using their Eyefinity Technology, but that required four high-end ATI Radeon graphics cards and their proprietary driver stack in an unreleased form.
  • Playing freeciv with the Gadsden Flag

    03/12/2010 4:49:33 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 516+ views
    I don't know how many of you ever play Freeciv, but I made a flag template replacement for those interested.
  • The Government Is Monitoring Facebook And Twitter

    12/14/2009 9:15:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 160 replies · 4,203+ views
    The Government Is Monitoring Facebook And Twitter By Noel Sheppard Created 2009-12-14 11:59 "The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters." So ominously began an editorial [1] in Sunday's New York Times. Those with accounts at such websites should pay attention, for according to the Times, and other sources, Big Brother is watching you: The Wall Street Journal reported this summer that state revenue agents have been searching for tax scofflaws by mining information on MySpace and Facebook. In October, the F.B.I. searched the New York home of...
  • Super OS 9.10 - Karmic Koala with Muscles

    01/10/2010 8:14:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 1,123+ views
    Hacktolive.org announced today, December 29th, yet another version of their Ubuntu-based Linux distribution... with "super powers." Super OS 9.10 (formerly known as Super Ubuntu) includes patches, tools and technologies that are missing from a standard Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) default installation. Among the applications present in the brand-new Super OS 9.10 we can notice powerful web browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera; a version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser with the Moonlight and Flash plugins; the VLC player with support for DVD playback and most of today's video and audio formats; a Live USB creator; support for portable...
  • Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

    12/29/2009 8:11:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 1,274+ views
    Computerworld ^ | December 29, 2009 | Glyn Moody
    One of the unusual aspects of open source is the fact that the software development philosophy spills over into the way that the project is run. This means that how and why things are done, and by whom, is plain for all to see. Contrast that with Microsoft's approach, which mimics the black box of its software: mostly, all we ever get to view are the results, and rarely the cogs and gears behind those results. Sometimes, though, some apparently obscure document grants us a rare insight into what is happening deep in the bowels of the Microsoft machine. Here's...
  • Your 2009 Code Word Was Ubuntu

    12/24/2009 4:26:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 890+ views
    ZDnet ^ | 12/23/09 | Dana Blankenhorn
    If there was one word that could get Open Source readers more passionate than Microsoft in 2009, it was Ubuntu. Ubuntu is not the most profitable Linux, and it’s not the distro with the biggest penetration of any major market. But partly due to its commercial arm Canonical, based officially on the Isle of Man but actually located in London, Canonical’s charismatic CEO, Mark Shuttleworth, and to its desktop ambitions, it is the Linux distro you most liked reading about. I was only dimly aware of this at the start of the year. But I learned. Ubuntu 9.04 to be...