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KDE Accessibility Cooperation

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KDE

Recent weeks have seen a lot of cooperative activity between the KDE Accessibility Team and various other Free Software accessibility teams.

Also: eWeek has a nice article summarizing some of the new features of the KDE 3.5 Beta.

Novell, under pressure, will buy back its stock

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Misc

Novell announced a plan Thursday to repurchase as much as $200 million worth of its own stock over the next year, a move that dovetails with recent, loud requests for financial changes at the software company.

Real-Time Linux Primer

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Linux

Computer systems that are required to respond immediately to specific events, such as control systems in cars, airplanes, or home security systems, are based on platforms that are often referred to as "real-time operating systems" (RTOSs).

One... no... Two Things Linux Has That Windows Doesn't

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Linux

This is a perfect job for Linux. A simple script, the bash shell and free Linux applications can fix him up nicely.

How to Market Open Source Software

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OSS

Top 3 Mistakes & 5 Useful Tactics

In our exclusive interview, MySQL's VP Marketing Zack Urlocker reveals how to avoid three most common open source marketing mistakes.

OpenOffice.org Update Sees the Light of Day

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OOo

While some office suite users are still waiting for OpenOffice.org 2.0 to arrive, its parent organization has quietly released OpenOffice.org 1.1.5.

The latest OO.o (OpenOffice.org) boasts several new features. Perhaps the most significant of them is that OO.o now supports the importing of OpenDocument documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

A Lesson in Encryption, Part 2

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HowTos

You don't need a secret decoder ring to use cryptography on your system--just some keys and a few tips.

Chic Laptop Bags for Fall

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Misc

Tired of papers hanging out of your plain old, torn-up black nylon laptop bag and ready to upgrade to something bigger, more manageable or ultra-stylish? The following ten uber-cool, hand-picked bags aim to please.

Debian developers ponder trademark changes

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Linux

The leader of the Debian Linux distribution has called for changes to be made to the open source project's trademark policy, to ensure it has the appropriate level of protection against legal challenges.

Sony to cut 10,000 jobs

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Misc

Sony has announced plans to cut around seven per cent of its global workforce, amounting to almost 10,000 jobs.

OpenOffice is great alternative to Microsoft

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Software

The biggest coup of open-source software isn't that it's (usually) free for the downloading. No, it's one of the few remaining incubators for truly great apps. You'll use it because OpenOffice 2.0 is an attractive and compelling suite of office apps in its own right.

Make mine a Lite, a MEPISLite

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Linux

MEPISLite 3.3.1-2, a late beta version, is designed from the ground-up to be a fully functional Linux system that will run on a Windows 98 class machine. It is reported to run on as little as a Pentium II system with 128MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive.

I believe it.

Open-Source Success Roiling Software Field

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OSS

For every multimillion-dollar software program being sold, there's a good chance that at least one free alternative can do the same thing, at a fraction of the cost.

Symantec knows who butters their bread

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Misc

If people use operating systems less prone to viruses, or browsers that don't infect computers as easily, Symantec doesn't get as much bang for the buck out of their "buy our software or die" (tm) marketing strategy.

Announcing KDE 3.5 Beta 1

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KDE

September 21, 2005 (The Internet) - The KDE Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of KDE 3.5 Beta 1, dubbed "Kanzler".

Dell gives Linux a vote of confidence

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Linux

But it's not all good news for Microsoft, as Dell plans to sell OS-free PCs as well. With Linux becoming more popular, the company recognises there is a sizeable niche market that wants to choose which operating system to use.

The trouble with open source-it's not this stuff

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OSS

Stephen Hemminger sent me this gem from the British Computer Society "The trouble with open source" and I have to think that this is either a joke or written by someone so out of touch with today's technology market that the BCS editors published it so they could drive some website traffic.

When Bill Gates first heard about Linux

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Linux

Do you know who was responsible for telling Bill Gates about Linux for the first time? My dear husband offers up this question to aquaintances at regular intervals. Then, as they shake their heads, he replies:

OOo Off-the-Wall: Back to School with Bibliographies

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HowTos

Setting up a bibliography is hard enough, but misleading OOo examples don't help the process. Learn how to do it the right way.

ISPs should be compensated to tackle terrorism

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Misc

The European Commission will propose on Wednesday that telecommunications operators and Internet service providers should be compensated for the extra costs of collecting and storing call data to help law enforcement officers track terrorists.

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OSS Leftovers

  • How open source is benefitting SUSE, its channel partners and customers

    Open source technology is being talked about even more rampantly today. Phillip Cockrell, Vice President of Global Channels, SUSE articulates, “More than anything, open source is the core of innovation. It is by all and for all and propelling all aspects of technology development today.” SUSE, a native open source software company, which provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give organisations greater control and flexibility, is a seasoned 25-year-old player in the domain.

  • What is AOSP? Android Open Source Project, the ‘Android without Google’

    AOSP is the acronym for Android Open Supply Challenge ; that’s, ‘Android Open Source Project’. So it's simply the supply code of Android, the cellular working system of the Mountain View firm. However what’s it for? Its fundamental software is by OEMs; cellular producers obtain AOSP and make their 'ROM inventory', but additionally serves as the premise for customized ROMs and forks. AOSP, or Android Open Supply Challenge, isn’t the identical as Android Inventory . Whereas AOSP is the supply code of the working system, Android Inventory is the 'pure model' with out bloatware of any sort and solely with apps and Google providers, in addition to the native launcher. AOSP, nevertheless, is the premise of Android Vanilla , which is the model that’s distributed to smartphone producers and is topic to modifications. On it, the producer's personal purposes and providers are launched, and naturally the customization layer and the variations which can be essential for particular elements to work.

  • How to Avoid Technical Debt in Open Source Projects
  • Introducing OpenDrop, an open-source implementation of Apple AirDrop written in Python

    A group of German researchers recently published a paper “A Billion Open Interfaces for Eve and Mallory: MitM, DoS, and Tracking Attacks on iOS and macOS Through Apple Wireless Direct Link”, at the 28th USENIX Security Symposium (August 14–16), USA. The paper reveals security and privacy vulnerabilities in Apple’s AirDrop file-sharing service as well as denial-of-service (DoS) attacks which leads to privacy leaks or simultaneous crashing of all neighboring devices. As part of the research, Milan Stute and Alexander Heinrich, two researchers have developed an open-source implementation of Apple AirDrop written in Python – OpenDrop. OpenDrop is like a FOSS implementation of AirDrop. It is an experimental software and is the result of reverse engineering efforts by the Open Wireless Link project (OWL). It is compatible with Apple AirDrop and used for sharing files among Apple devices such as iOS and macOS or on Linux systems running an open re-implementation of Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL).

  • The Top 13 Free and Open Source Storage Solutions

    In this article we will examine free and open source storage solutions by providing a brief overview of what to expect, as well as blurbs on each tool.

  • Open Source Origination Technology Platform for Online Lenders

    DigiFi was founded by Joshua Jersey and Bradley Vanderstarren in 2014. It started its life as Promise Financial, an online lender, and raised $110 million in credit capital. It built up its own proprietary tech as there was no solution provider in 2014 offering an end-to-end loan origination platform that could automate the entire process. They sold off the tech to a large lending institution in 2017 and pivoted to DigiFi, one of the world’s first open source loan origination systems (LOS) which equips the lenders with flexible and modern tools to create unique platforms and digital experiences.

  • IT favors open source networking over Cisco ACI, VMware NSX

    Companies trying to avoid or lessen the use of expensive network automation software from Cisco and VMware are turning to open source tools that are often good enough for many tasks associated with managing complex modern networks. Cisco's application-centric infrastructure (ACI) and VMware's NSX are powerful technologies for operating networks built on the vendors' respective products. But many large enterprises have data centers filled with perfectly good multivendor hardware and software that very few organizations are willing to swap for an all Cisco or VMware alternative. Therefore, companies are turning to open source networking products, such as Ansible, Chef, Puppet and SaltStack, for automating many network-related chores across as much of the data center as possible, while relegating ACI and NSX to Cisco- or VMware-only portions of the network.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Open Source Software Licensing

    With the next waves of technological change, such as autonomous vehicles, blockchain, and IoT, newer, more complex OSS licenses may be drafted, and argued in the courts, to protect the interests of software innovators and the OSS community.

Open Data: Schlumberger and Waymo

  • Schlumberger open-sources data ecosystem, contributing to industrywide data development
  • Schlumberger Open Sources Data Ecosystem

    Oilfield services company Schlumberger said it will open source its data ecosystem and contribute to The Open Group Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU) Forum to accelerate the delivery of the OSDU Data Platform. The OSDU Forum is an international forum of oil and gas operators, cloud services companies, technology providers, suppliers of applications to oil and gas operators, academia and other standards organizations working together to develop an open, standards-based, data platform that will bring together exploration, development and wells data.

  • Waymo open-sources data set for autonomous vehicle multimodal sensors

    Waymo, the Alphabet subsidiary that hopes to someday pepper roads with self-driving taxis, today pulled back the curtains on a portion of the data used to train the algorithms underpinning its cars: The Waymo Open Dataset. Waymo principal scientist Dragomir Anguelov claims it’s the largest multimodal sensor sample corpus for autonomous driving released to date. “[W]e are inviting the research community to join us with the [debut] of the Waymo Open Dataset, [which is composed] of high-resolution sensor data collected by Waymo self-driving vehicles,” wrote Anguelov in a blog post published this morning. “Data is a critical ingredient for machine learning … [and] this rich and diverse set of real-world experiences has helped our engineers and researchers develop Waymo’s self-driving technology and innovative models and algorithms.”

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