In production and development, open source is a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product's design and implementation details. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source]
I really like this project, and was quite impressed by the quality of maps!
OpenStreetMap is an editable map of the whole world, which is being built largely from scratch using GPS traces, and released with an open content license. The OpenStreetMap License allows free (or almost free) access to our map images and all of our underlying map data, and the project aims to promote new and interesting uses of this data.
OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
Check out the wiki if you want to get involved in the process.
View of Zürich city
|NO Software Patents in Europe - 10 days of web strike Vs 20 years of patent nightmare|
|In the next few days, the European Parliament will decide about the legalisation and adoption of so-called "software patents" in Europe, which are already used by large companies |
in other countries to put competitors out of business. This can lead to the termination of many GNU/GPL software projects, at least within Europe, because
the holders of the over 30,000 already granted "software patents" (currently without a legal foundation) can claim exclusive rights and collect license fees
for trivial things like "progress bars", "mouseclicks on online order forms", "scrolling within a window" and similar. That way, software developers will have to pay the
"software-patentholders" for using these features, even in their own, completely self-developed applications, which can completely stall the development of innovative software
for small and medium companies. Apart from this, the expense for patent inquiries and legal assistence is high, for even trying to find out if the self-developed software is
possibly violating "software-patents", if you want to continue to market your software. Contrary to real patents, "software-patents" are, in the current draft,
monopolization of business ideas and methods, even without any tangible technical implementation. more on http://bh.udev.org/
Thanks to the open source community!
This site is existing and running virtually at nearly no licence cost and use top of the art open source technology!!!
|PHP scripting language||www.php.net|
|GIMP graphical editor, as powerful as photoshop||www.gimp.org|
|Jedit The best JAVA Text editor||www.jedit.org|
|Suse 9.0 my operating system||www.suse.com|
|VirtualDub||Video editing solutions||www.virtualdub.org|
|Opera||My Favorite browser, not open source but at least|
exist on nearly all platforms.
Open source is the future!
By David A. Wheeler
Revised as of May 9, 2005
This paper provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software (abbreviated as OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS) is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures. This paperâs goal is to show that you should consider using OSS/FS when acquiring software. This paper examines market share, reliability, performance, scalability, security, and total cost of ownership. It also has sections on non-quantitative issues, unnecessary fears, OSS/FS on the desktop, usage reports, governments and OSS/FS, other sites providing related information, and ends with some conclusions. An appendix gives more background information about OSS/FS. You can view this paper at http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html (HTML format). Palm PDA users may wish to use Plucker to view this. A short briefing based on this paper is also available in PDF and OpenOffice.org Impress formats (for the latter, use OpenOffice.org Impress). Old archived copies and a list of changes are also available. READ MORE HERE
What sets Joomla! apart from the rest is our dedication to keeping things as simple as possible, while providing the most features possible. Finally, non-technical people can have complete control over their websites without paying exhorbitant amounts for closed, proprietary software.
Joomla! is more than just software, it is people. The community behind Joomla! includes developers, designers, systems administrators, translators, content writers, and most importantly the end users. We welcome you to our community, and look forward to the future with great excitement! from http://www.joomla.org
MySQL is a multithreaded, multi-user, SQL (Structured Query Language) Database Management System (DBMS) with an estimated six million installations. MySQL AB makes MySQL available as open source software / free software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), but they also sell it under traditional commercial licensing arrangements for cases where the intended use is incompatible with use of the GPL. [Wikipedia]
MySQl is powering a lot of open source application all over the world (for example my homepage with Joomla CMS, phpnuke, postnuke ...), a lot of internet provider let you define at least 1 to 5 database.
Wine is a project to allow a PC running a Unix-like operating system and the X Window System to run x86 programs for Microsoft Windows. Alternately, those wishing to port a Windows application to a Unix-like system can compile it against the Wine libraries. The name was derived from the recursive acronym "Wine Is Not an Emulator" (it implements a compatibility layer), although some have used the unofficial expansion "Windows Emulator". Although the forms "WINE" and "wine" of the name are sometimes used, the developers have agreed on the now correct "Wine". [Wikipedia]
Note I have personally already tested following major tools (which I can not live without) under my SuSE box: XMLspy, Beyond compare, HP49 emulator without any pain using a daily build of WINE (beginn of 2005)This is release 0.9 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. After 12 years of development, this release marks the beginning of the beta testing phase. Everybody is encouraged to try it; while there are still bugs, most applications are expected to at least install and do something useful. from release 0.9 anouncement
IT IS MANDATORAY TO COMPLETELY REMOVE ALL VERSION < 2.6.0 BEFORE INSTALLING THIS NEW ONE!
Go to the Extension Manager under the tab Manage, enter in filter "tag", select all and click Actions – Uninstall
Reason: I did change a lot of folder name and file casing casing to be more Joomla compliant
Don’t be scared you will not loose any Tags or data from your database! uninstalling do not remove currently any tables!
Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!
European Parliament says no to software patents, yes to innovation
Strasbourg, 6 July 2005 -- The European Parliament today decided by a large majority to reject the software patents directive. This rejection was the logical answer to the Commission's refusal to restart the legislative process in February and the Council's unwillingness to engage in any kind of dialogue with the Parliament. The FFII congratulates the European Parliament on its clear "no" to bad legislative proposals and procedures. read more HERE
With new features, advanced XML capabilities and native support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, OpenOffice.org 2.0 gives users around the globe the tools to be engaged and productive members of their society. from http://www.openoffice.org/index.html
The Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 technology and mobile companies, developed Android: the first complete, open, and free mobile platform. To help developers get started developing new applications, we're offering the Android Software Development Kit.
At http://source.android.com/download they describes how to set up your local work environment, how to use GIT to get the Android files, and how to build the files on your machine. The source is approximately 2.1GB in size.
Try android emulator for FREE
Inkscape is an open source drawing tool with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, and CorelDraw that uses the W3C standard scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supports Creative Commons meta-data, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, Postscript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional planned work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and the establishment of a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.
To be convinced by the quality of operations performed by inkscape, a look at the screenshots section is invaluable. As usual in the open soure world, the code has been made to be highly portable, understand that inkscape is available for download for Linux, MacOsx and windows...
For any "Bitmap only" operations on pictures files, I recommend to use the complementary open source Tool GIMP
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