The third day of the Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS) featured Jon 'maddog' Hall talking about his dreams for the spread of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) throughout the third world as an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way of helping get another billion people on the Internet, along with an update on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, and several other talks.Read more »
JSON is a data interchange format specified by Douglas Crockford, an alternative to XML. So, it seems to me that it's useful to know his point of view about SGML syntax compared to Scrib. Remain to know if the Web would have been different from that which we know if TBL had chosen Scrib instead of SGML for HTML syntax.Read more »
Various developers are busy implimenting workarounds for serious bugs in Intel's Core 2 cpu.
These processors are buggy as hell, and some of these bugs don't just cause development/debugging problems, but will *ASSUREDLY* be exploitable from userland code.
What's going on with Xen, the open source hypervisor that was supposed to give VMware a run for its money? I can't remember how many IT trade press articles, blog posts and vendor white papers I've read about Xen in the last few years. If I had a dollar for every piece ever published about Xen, I'd be... well, not quite as rich as the Google kids, but still very well off.Read more »
What used to be created by a team of open source programmers is now being done by one or two programmers. I have seen this trend happening with a few different projects recently and found myself wondering if this is what is needed to get more, viable applications in the market - faster.Read more »
The Simple Linux Backup project announced the release of version 0.3.2 today. Simple Linux Backup is an easy-to-use program for backing up a desktop Linux system, with a friendly user interface, originator Steven J. Rosen said. It has been featured here on DesktopLinux.com.Read more »
Google has finally released a long-awaited native Linux application: Google Desktop for Linux. As with the already shipping OS X and Windows versions, Google Desktop enables Linux users to search for text inside documents, local email messages, their Web history, and their Gmail accounts. [...] Google Desktop for Linux is based on Google's own desktop search algorithms.Read more »
Google was set to launch late on Wednesday a beta version of Google Desktop search for Linux in a sign of encouragement by the search giant for Linux on the desktop. [...] Although Google has released other projects as open-source software, where it can be freely modified and redistributed by anyone, Google Desktop for Linux is proprietary.Read more »
Last Friday Mesa 7.0 had entered the world. While a number of bugs have been corrected since Mesa 6.5.3, what is most interesting with this release is the support for the OpenGL 2.0 / 2.1 API. We've been waiting on this support so that the open-source drivers can take advantage of it and it's now finally available.Read more »
Atmel has launched an interesting new chip line aimed at reducing NRE (non-recurring engineering) expenses associated with ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) development.Read more »
The non-profit, member-supported Eclipse Foundation announced the availability of its "largest-ever" release. The release includes 21 projects by 310 developers in 19 countries, and more than 17 million lines of code -- more than double the size of last year's release.Read more »
New filesystem technology for Linux includes high capacity, snapshots, copy-on-write, and on-the-fly corruption detection.
[...] The most interesting new contender, perhaps, is btrfs, which was announced by Chris Mason on June 12.
The Linux Phone Standards Forum (LiPS) today announced its plans to publish components of the LiPS 1.0 specification documents: the first content to emerge from the organization since it was founded last year by a number of mobile technology and telecommunications companies, including Palmsource, France Telecom, Orange, and Montavista Software.Read more »
Digium will probably not switch from GPLv2 to GPLv3. They are concerned about the patent ramifications, and say they want to stick with what's known.Read more »