This year – 2008 – could very well be regarded as the year that the term open source made it into prime time, into main stream media. We think that Google’s launch of Android towards the end of 2007 was a major contributing factor. Suddenly, everybody is an expert on the open source community. Individuals with no knowledge of how […]
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Starting in January 2009, the SIM University (UniSIM) in partnership with RedHat, Inc., will be offering an Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software. UniSIM is Singapore’s “first and only privately-funded university focusing on the upgrading and learning needs of working professionals and adult learners”.
There are not a whole lot of active Linux or BSD-based Telephony/IP-PBX distros, but the few we have are quite good and easy to setup and configure. Of the four that we have profiled on this site, only AskoziaPBX is based on a BSD (FreeBSD) distro. The others – trixbox, Elastix, and AsteriskNOW – are all Linux-based. Whether Linux or […]
Several bloggers have already reported on the Open Source Security Study released by Fortify’s Security Research Group (and Larry Suto), but we are yet to see anyone take an in-depht look at the study itself. This is our attempt to take a closer look at the study titled “How Are Open Source Development Communities Embracing Security Best Practices?”. The study […]
NetworkManager is one of those “must-have” and “must-be-installed-by-default” applications that I like to see running on any Linux or BSD desktop distro. The nm-applet, NetworkManager’s client application, is a Gnome desktop tool, and it is installed by default on the latest Gnome desktops. Similar applets exist for the K Desktop Environment – KDE, but none is as feature-rich as Gnome’s […]
Swamplayer is a software designed to stream video over a peer-to-peer bittorrent network. It is developed by the P2P Next, a consortium of public companies, research institutions and universities, from 12 European countries. The goal of the consortium is create a “Europe-wide “next-generation” internet television distribution system, based on P2P and social interaction”.
Ever misplaced a laptop, had a desktop stolen, or a server spirited away, and wished there was a means that would enable you to tracked them down? Well, there are applications that can be installed on a computer that gives you the ability to do just that, but they are all proprietary and their methods of tracking gives no privacy […]
Elisa Media Center version 0.5.1, code-named Como se pasa, has been released. Elisa Media Center is a media center application developed by Fluendo S.L., and this version runs under Linux, Windows Vista and XP (editor’s note: If you must run Elisa Media Center, why not do so on your favorite Linux distro? It works better.)
Samba, the open source file and print server for Windows clients, has been updated to version 3.2. The previous stable version was version 3.0.30, and was licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2, but version 3.2 – this latest stable release – is released under the new GPL version 3.
The Sabayon development team has announced the latest stable release of Sabayon Linux for the x86 and x86-64 architectures. Sabayon Linux is a Gentoo-based distro, and version 3.5 – this latest stable release – comes with significant improvements for both architectures.
WebInSight, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded, University of Washington project, has released an alpha version of WebAnywhere. WebAnywhere is a platform independent, Web-based screen reader that can be used on any Internet-aware PC or mobile device with audio output.
The source code to Advanced File System (AdvFS), the file system for HP’s Tru64 UNIX, has been contributed to the open source community. To ensure compatibility with the Linux kernel, the source code (to AdvFS) is being made available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
The NetBSD Foundation (TNF) has formerly made the 2-clause BSD license the default license that covers most of the source code contributed to TNF. The NetBSD Foundation produces NetBSD, which is a UNIX-like, server-oriented operating system used across a wide variety of platforms.
Installing applications on a running Linux or BSD operating system involves pointing the package manager to the distro’s package repository, assuming it is not already pointing to it, or to a third-party repository. A few distros, for example, Mint Linux and PC-BSD also have a Web-based package portal.