opensource

In production and development, open source as a development model promotes a universal access via a free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone. [read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source]

  • Free 96-page report details benefits of Open Source software

    Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) has published a 96-page reporton Open Source software and its potential benefits to business and government. This whitepaper provides an introduction to the report and its findings.
  • U.S. Governments Advised to Use Open Source


    Nothing seems to stop the open source shift

    LinuxDevices is reporting that non-profit public policy research group, Committee for Economic Development, has released a 72-page report that takes a look at open standards, open source software, and 'open innovation.' From the article: 'The report concludes that openness should be promoted as a matter of public policy, in order to foster innovation and economic growth in the U.S. and world economies.' The full text [PDF] of the report is also available for download from the CED site."



  • 1091 open source web design for Your new homepage!

    Open Source Web Design is a community of designers and site owners sharing free web design templates as well as web design information. Helping to make the internet a prettier place!
    The Open Source Web Design project was founded in September 2000 by Frank Skettino ( bkenoah ) as a way for the average Joe-Hacker to have a quality, organized web design template ready for him when he's ready to share his ideas on the World Wide Web. We understood that many hackers would like to have a place to share their ideas on the Web, but are too busy to create a decent layout. This results in a poorly organized page or none at all. With OSWD, we hope to solve this problem.


    If You also search a new templates design for Mambo, I recommend You to visit as soon as possible www.mambohut.com and their demo server at http://demo.mambohut.com/
  • 2006 SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards results

    The first annual SourceForge.net Community Choice Awards results are available online. Voting were closed on March 23.

    For all of You who are still not knowing the best open source apps out there, it is worth reading

  • 3 New Zelda Quests following a link to the Past

    zeldaroth

    These are Zelda's amateur game, entitled Return of the Hylian, made in C++ and with the SDL libraries. 

    The Legend of Zelda: Return of the Hylian / Oni-Link Begins / Time to Triumph is a trilogy of fan games that take place after the events of A Link to the Past. Originally made in French in C++ by Vincent Jouillat, it was translated to English by Lobaluz. The games utilizes many graphics and pieces of music from A Link to the Past. Time to Triumph has been released in English, introducing a past, present, and future concept using the Ocarina. In addition to the Windows version, the games have been ported to the following platforms: MacOS, Amiga OS 4, Linux, Pandora, Sony PSP, and the Dingoo A320.

  • A Deluge of Facts Killing OOXML (Office Open XML)

    A good article with a lot of points against OOXML, and why this file format MUST BE REJECTED by the ISO National Bodies.

    Microsoft’s position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS 29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position Microsoft’s OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short, Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will allow it to push through a specification which elevates its own interests over that of truly competitive, open international standards.  

    A Deluge of Facts KOs OOXML (Office Open XML)

     

  • A desktop review

    This page was last modified on Mon, 16 Aug 2004 17:06:24 GMT

    SUSE 9.0
    a desktop review
    My experience installing Linux and some throughts...
    When you finish this article, You may want to read the round 2 HERE

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2003 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    -> this page is getting bigger and bigger with the time, I will also start soon a SUSE section and divide this page into smaller sections.

    I decide to buy the professional edition instead of downloading all cd from ftp.suse even if I have a 2MB internet line. You must support company like Suse or Mandrake which develop linux distributions and buy their package. All versions or patchs can be acquire freely and download from their FTP or HTTP mirror..

    If you still hesitate about Linux, I would recommend You to try a Live Eval of Linux. A live eval is a set of applications and a fully functionnal Linux (nearly 2Gb) compressed on 1 CD and It does not require a hard disk to start!

    * Knoppix live cd, the fastest and first version, highly recommended since Divx, DVD, NTFS drive are recognized as default.
    "KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." fromwww.knoppix.net

    You can use knoppix and have a home on USB disk. K, Knoppix, Configuration, Create Persistent home dir, then boot with the option:
    knoppix home=scan

      *Gnoppix live cd
    "Gnoppix is a linux live cd based upon Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody). It can be compared to Knoppix but GNOPPIX uses GNOME as desktop environment." from
    http://www.gnoppix.org/faq/index.html
    * Suse live cd which did not convince me at all, this bootable cd take too much time and user interaction to initialized itself: more than five minutes are required. Moreover NTFS drive are not recognized.
    * Mandrake Move live cd was developed to work with a USB stick to save user data permanently. This is another step for Linux, you can take any PC in the world, insert this CD, restart it and have a runnable Linux system and tools you're familiar with.
      * Pclinux review
    "PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview 4 is a live Knoppix style cd based on Mandrake 9.2 that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2 GB worth of system and programs on one CD
    including a complete X server, KDE 3.1.4 and Gnome 2.4, and large packages like OpenOffice 1.1final and Mozila 1.5 plus plugins. Since it runs solely off the CD, PCLinuxOS makes an excellent portable Linux demo or system rescue disk, but its completeness makes it a good general purpose desktop as well. PCLinuxOS should work on most modern computer hardware. Recommended memory to run is 256mb or more."
      * GeeXbox turns your PC into a dedicated media player. It boots a version of the Linux kernel, and then uses the popular mplayer to allow you to play DVDs, VCDs, or regular audio CDs. It also allows you to play pretty much any multimedia file from your hard drive, and can mount Samba shares as well. Best of all, the ISO is a mere 4.3 megabytes...
    Download it HERE
      After knoppix...welcome flonix
    "a linux system that can reside on a USB key!!!! (use less than 60Mo). It is based on knoppix and let you start linux everywhere if you can boot on USB!
    You can:
    - play dvd, burn CD, watch and edit pictures, scan, browse internet,
    word processing, sync a Palm PDA,
    read PDF files, start a webserver and more....
    read more here:
    http://linuxdocs.tuxfamily.org/flonix/doc/wakka.php?wiki=EnPresentation

    * can be download freely

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop  

    My Background:

    Can be read HERE and my experience with Linux? I am using Cygwin with ssh at work to connect to the HPUX development system, deployment, release management is done with ANT and bash scripts.So I am only a user but I use to write some FAQs in the past when I was using Linux at highschool (a small part is reproducedHERE, sorry it is in french ).

    My collegues ofXDreamTeam have installed a SUSE on a dual AMD64 Opteron server, and they will write a review soon.

    Some sentences you may hear about Linux:

    Linux user interface is ugly, Xp is better!
    Who can still says this?, look at this KDE 3.2 pictures

    (click to enlarge). KDE default user interface for Ark Linux, Conectiva, Knoppix, Lindows,
    Lycoris, Mandrake Linux, SUSE Linux, TurboLinux and Xandros.

    Moreover you can choose another desktop manager, instead of KDE, a lot of people prefer Gnome. If you still can't live without Windows, try this windows manager under linux http://www.xpde.com/index.php

    Suse (or Linux in general) is difficult to use!
    Not so much, in fact the tool YAST: "Yet Another Setup Tool" do a great job when dealing with the configuration of your computer, softwares and hardware can be configured in a hierarchical control panel. I found it even better than the equivalent of "Windows world". What can be disturbing is the organisation of files and program on disk. I would say that someone who never use Windows before will have the same learning curve and encounter more or less the same difficulties with linux, the only drawback I see is that no so much friends can help you (and give you tools for which you have no licence ;-) ) since Linux as a desktop is not so much floating around. Now if you are a Windows user like me (since 10 years), you will encounter some difficulties, I prefer to say "forget some bad Windows habits", like

    • Windows make no differences between upper and lower case filename, but Linux does! which is normal because we also make this distinction when we write letters and office documents.
    • Windows use drive letter and this is a pain to maintain especially when you need to configure software, Linux use a directory base mapping, symbolic links can be created on files or directories. Example: 2 documents folders can have different name but point to the same folder:
      For example you have a website which is located in a directory "MywebsiteV1.12" and you want to have only one reference in all program that use your homepage (typically in configurations files), all you have to do is to open a terminal and type:
      ln -s MywebsiteV1.12 httpdocs

      and use everywhere httpdocs instead of the path to MywebsiteV1.12in configuration files. The same apply if you want to alias office documents or media files (reference the same file under different names but always use the same target)
      this is a lot more powerful than the Window's shortcuts.

    • Windows has a limited command line size, and limited number of subdirectories.
    • Even on XP, you must sometimes restart your PC because the program XX has freeze and can not be terminate.
      Bill Gates said in an interview: "instability do not come from Windows itself, but merely from applications installed" For Me, a good OS must protect the user/itself from system crashing, XP isn't good at this, Linux is a little better.
      On Unix a # kill -9 pidProcess has a lot of chance to succeed and you can even restart some part of the system, without restarting the whole (restart the network server or the soundcard). Try also CTRL-ALT- ESC to kill graphically a process!

    Why choosing Linux now?

    http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/switchsuccess.html A very good article, how you can switch with success and what your motivation can be

    Here are the personal reasons why I am switching to Linux, You may find a lot of website which may present You better arguments:

    • Suse (replace with any Linux distribution) come with a lot of applications (= packages) to do almost everything, not all of them are of the same qualities, or can be compared to commercial applications, but in linux world they do not require any licences! (some of them are freeware, giftware, shareware through)
    • I want to live in a world where, I can search and solve problems instead of restarting the machine which is for me not a solution....(I am a developer and like challenges, restarting is like loosing a race fsor me) yeah as today 16.12.2003 I am FREE with LINUX, even if this freedom will have a cost (a relative complexity in usage at the beginning)
    • Virus threat, less virus are living in Unix world. At least till today.
    • You can still run Windows and Linux together thank to a great multi boot menu (no System commander, Partition Magic, old text based LILO required)
    • Real Multi users system, program are running with user right privileges.
    • Linux is gaining market place, I do not want to loose connection with the market reality.
    • The community is extraordinary! they develop at a speed never seen before, even If I am convince that too much project are started and do the same things with more or less success . Look at Mono (.NET platform on Linux) which already support 99% of .NET ASP. Ximian (acquired at the beginning of 2003 by Novell and Suse) will continue to support the effort of Mono development.
    • Linux is modular, there is like 120 distributions, 30 are dying per year and are replace instantly. Look at Flonix (Linux on a USB stick 64Mo, burning, browsing internet, webserver, GUI), or Knoppix ("From zero to GNU linux in five Minutes") this is great. Linux can be start on nearly all plattform (portability) and does not require good machine (Windows Longhorn will require 1Gb of memory (dixit Microsoft) so understand 2Gb to work flawlessy).
      Linux was first developed for 32-bit x86-based PCs (386 or higher). These days it also runs on Compaq Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC, Sun UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH, IBM S/390, MIPS, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64 , CRIS architectures. This includes Handled, celullar phone, gaming station like Xbox, Dreamcast.
    • Everything is free, thanks to the open source community: Apache is the best/most used webserver, Tomcat the best servlet runner. Of course, the open source community has to find now a economical model. I am convince that developing is like speaking, you can not stop people to talk or think.
    • Each days, I enjoy the use of CygWin under windows (for developing or maintaining this homepage), combining unix tools like: grep, sed, awk, and others...using ssh is now natural and I am feeling sad when I must start the poor Windows command.com terminal.
    • I am using products from the open source coomunitysince 3 years now, at work: mainly the Apache Fundation and their frameworks, at home a lot of tools: virtual dub, videolan, GIMP,... and this all under Windows 2000. I am totaly satisfied by these tools, so why not replacing also windows by a totally free and open source system.
    • I can install Suse Linux everywhere (on all PC I have, currently 3 desktop) and has no annoying licence scheme or registration process and even give it to friends as long as I give it for free.
    • There is a difference between "choice" and "apparence of choice", before choosing an OS (Operating System) was easy:

    - On one side Windows, which cover more than 90% of the market, is shipped with new PC, has many softwares of good qualities. All your friends (normal users not geek), companies or your office, are certainly running under Windows. This is good but you do not install Windows because it is your choice, you install it because it is common to install it.

    - On the other side, alternatives OS: Mac, Linux, BeOS (I am also a big fan of BeOS) are installed by people who want to try something different, (remember the moto "think different" from Mac corp). Geek users accept some instabilities because they want to improve the system, or even help at the source code level. End users give a try or installed it at home because they discover it at their universities.

    This was before, before mean "Linux without good support of hardware ( I remember installing Mandrake 9.0 and fighting 10 minutes to find a USB driver for my Microsoft mouse), without good desktops manager (Now this time is over thanks to KDE and Gnome), without a huge base of applications" Now this is slowly changing, On the server side, there is already a big change, HP, IBM and major actors are now committed to Linux and that is great. Now you have the choice, because now you can hesitate between Linux and Windows and/or even dual boot both (It has never been so easy as today because dual boot is integrated in many Linux distributions)

    SUSE home for the version 9.0 is http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/index.html
    SUSE has a page which present 10 reasons to choose Linux Suse http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/10_reasons.html
    SUSE has also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page here: http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/faqs/index.html

    Choose a file system
    ext2 or ext3 or ??? a good articles can be found here:http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs

    Installation

    Great menu everywhere for installing the OS, 10s after having insert the CD (and choosing a resolution with F2 - default is 1280x1024), the linux Kernel is loaded and guide you through the installation process.

    Personnaly what I dislike is the number of "package" (understand application, with strange name and strange revision number) given, like 10 tools to do the same task...I know I do not want to see any new Microsoft take the advantage under linux, but why the open source community does not concentrate on GUI. A user will remember that the GUI was horrible even if the program has done its job. That is my point of view. As a developer, I do not care but as an end user....

    I decide to install everything, this take nearly 3 Gb of hard disk, Yes it is much but do not forget that XP take alone 1.2Gb without any office, photoshop, and so on. In this case the installation took 37 minutes, too long? You can also send complaint to hard disk manufacturer!

    The partition manager compute the best option depending on your configuration, in my case I reserved 80Gb for Suse but on my secondary disk. By default linux want to modify the primary disk (and move windows data if needed), I switch to manual mode and only say click on "use everything" of the second disk. YAST then install then a small graphical boot manager on disk 1. This allow me at boot to start Windows if it is needed.

    One page display a resume of all settings choosen, you may change the value of each section by clicking on the topic title. No technical words at all, You must only choosing some options in selection boxes.

    Due to the huge number of Linux tools, you must also deal with 5 cd or one double face DVD, each disk may copy data during 15 minutes depending on options you have selected. (I forget to say that my CD drive is an old 16X). The estimated time to complete installation is quite accurate.

    After completing the first disk the system restart and continue on CD2, a windows show you the list of package copied in realtime, you must just wait (Suse is made of more than 7000 packages or programs).

    The system asks then for the root password, You can use the whole keyboard layout (letters, numbers, special characters) except accent (éà è) and umlaut (öüë), I choose a highly complex root paswword and write it down, till I have time learn it. Some word about security, program on unix system are running under user privileges, that mean that a potential virus MAY only destruct your data, and no data of others users (most of Unix virus try to replace some binary executable to gain a higher level access or may install a trojan horse)

    The 2 integrated networks card were detected automatically (mainboard ASUS nforce 2 desluxe has a 3COM and Nvidia 100MB network card),

    The system then ask if you want to download new packages and security upgrades from internet. This is higly recommended. No compagny in the world can ship a perfect code, this is True even in Linux world. I am pretty convince bugs handling is better in opensource paradigm, because nearly all users can see the source code (OK, I admit NO all users are developers, but there is a lot of great skilled developer which in their spare time review code, not to speak about university students which may have a lot of time :-) ). On the other side, take any business compagny:

    • They first try to reproduce the bugs and know how many users are affected (which is OK),
    • Worse, They try to minimize effects resulting of a bug (to avoid some political problems with clients, but correct the bug as fast as possible in the background),
    • They speak about money all the time (but I am happy to get paid as a developer ;-) ), can we ship in delay? can we not correct this for the next release?

    In opensource world, Linux developer consider this as a hobby and may try to correct everything or at least move the delivery date.

    Back to the installation, I choose stand alone, because I do not want to use this linux box as a server. In Mandrake, this is a little better, since you can choose the security level: (Mandrake install may activate the firewall for You during the install), or block installation of some packages which can help a hacker (like ssh, webserver, VNC).

    I strongly recommend You to deactivate auto login, security come always at a cost, I do not want that somebody simply restart the computer to gain access to my data and read private documents: Yes you will have to enter your password at each restart. Password is limited to 8 characters...which is somehow strange The password length is limited to 8 character because the default password encryption methd is set to DES (most compatible but SUSE also allow md5 or blowfish which have no length limit but at the cost of more cpu power and the loss of backward compatibility across other systems or old software). You can change this underYast - Security and Users Password settings

    Finally the release note of suse 9.0 is displayed, You can read it to be sure that nothing has changed since the manual printout.

    YAST, then dectect hardware and set a graphical resolution.

    ATTENTION, always use the test button to validate any refresh rate and resolution before applying changes, otherwise you may have a black screen at the next logon! If it ever happen, the only way is to reboot and choose "safe mode", logging as root, go to /etc/X11 and open the file X86Config....or rename the previous backup done by YAST (backup named X86Config.YAST). I have also done this mistake

    Choose "safe mode" in booting menu
    logging using user root
    # cd X11/etc
    rename the old X86Config to X86Config.old
    # mv X86Config X86Config.old
    then restore the YAST backup if it exist
    # mv X86Config.YAST X86Config
    CTRL-D
    or type Exit
    restart the PC

    Manual upgrade of all drivers to the their latest status
    In my case I went to www.nvidia.com and download all latest rpm (rpm are like setup.exe in windows world),

    To resume: Suse has now a very good and reliable installation system. YAST is now mature, detection of most hardware is good (at least on my system). I think it is even easier to install SUSE than an equivalent Windows system, mainly because partiioning is better support in YAST

    How to install RPM

    There is many ways to install RPM. In facts, choose the one you prefer. Note that you must be loogged as root to install any application.

    Method 1: With Konqueror: click on RPM filename and after the download completion right click and choose "install packet with YAST"
    Methhod 2,3,4,5 can be found on this page http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/04/wessels_packageinst.html

    Install divx codecs and drivers

    For some legal issues, SUSE can not deliver Divx drivers in the distribution, but they can be download at www.divx.com/divx/linux/
    This internet page propose binary version of all major Linux program http://packman.links2linux.org

    One of the best player can be found at www.xinehq.de , Caffeine (installed as default) is only a frontend GUI and use the runtme libs from Xine.

    Emulation

    You can use one of the following to use some of your windows applications: www.winehq.comand for directX games www.transgaming.com (even without recompiling the game!!!) and this even without installing Windows! Vmware www.vmware.com is a commercial alternative but required a fully licensed windows images. MORE TO COME...

    Killer apps

    These applications are installed as default,
    Open Office (OO), which can open nearly all Microsoft office documents, GUI is not as good as MS Office but it do the job. Some powerpoint made with MS Office have some strange alignment, but MS Office represent correctly document created with OO.
    GIMP a program for manipulating 2D images (like photoshop), run also on Windows because of the porting of GTK (open source 2D library)

    from www.gimp.org in about the GIMP

    This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone,etc.
    Tile based memory managent so image size is limited only by available disk space.
    Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
    Full alpha channel support
    Layers and channels
    A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
    Advanced scripting capabilities
    Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
    Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
    Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool.
    Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format.
    Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
    File formats supported include gif, jpg, png, xpm, tiff, tga, mpeg, ps, pdf, pcx, bmp, and many others.
    Load, display, convert, save to many file formats.
    Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
    Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
    Over 100 plugins already available.
    Supports custom brushes and patterns
    Much, much more!


    Playing DVD, MP3, all tasks can de done under Suse without having any licence!!!! I recommend you to donate some money to the authors if you like their programs (so that they can pay their homepage hosting at least)
    Opera Opera is a religion. All those features, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, embedded mail client, drag-around panels, skins, GREAT standards-support, it's so fast, easyness of bookmarking, the "magic-wand"... and the list goes on and on...It is not open source but I like it so much.

    Files manager

    I am a big fan since 1991 of Norton Commander (I was using NC 1.0 on floppy disk), In windows I am usingWindows Commander a lot to order million of files.
    http://www.rmonet.com/commander/ This page contains nearly all file commander clones of Norton Commander.
    http://www.xnc.dubna.su/ XNC 5.0
    http://krusader.sourceforge.net/

    Forums and Help

    French
    www.linuxfrench.net
    www.linuxquestion.org

    English
    http://librenix.com/ news site on linux
    Great forums

    Others reviewsyou can submit me a new linkHERE

    http://www.unixreview.com/documents/s=8925/ur0310l/
    http://www.arstechnica.com/etc/linux/index.html
    http://madpenguin.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=503
    http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/11/11/1929234
    http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5157
    http://www.linuxnetmag.com/de/issue9/m9rh_suse1.html Suse vs Redhat
    http://www.internetwk.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=17300233

    How to/tutorials

    http://www.usalug.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=8161 Step by step install of SUSE 9.0 using FTP (non need to download and burn the iso's)
    http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~secollet/ Linux on HP Compaq NX7000 (that's my notebook at work)

    Links

    http://distrowatch.com/index.php?language=EN "This site is an attempt to provide a basic feature list and a package comparison table of major, minor and regional Linux distributions"

    Links with reference to this article

    When you finish this article, You may want to read theround 2 HERE

  • A desktop review

    SUSE 9.1
    a desktop review
    installing and/or migration to Linux SuSE 9.1

    WORK IN PROGRESS, running SuSE 9.1 since tuesday 11 May 2004....
    SuSE 9.1 soon running on compaq nx7000 notebook

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2004 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, TheLinux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Maxtor USB/Firewire onetouch 250Gb
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.1 and the KDE 3.2.2 desktop  

    What does SuSE 9.1 brings?

    I wont go through the list of changes and goodies shipped in this release sinceSuSE itself has also a great pageHERE (professional edition) andHERE (personal edition). Note that SuSE is selling at a very attracting price the personal edition (49$) with limited server capabilities and no commercial programs.

    beautifulDesktop.jpg
    beautifulDesktop.jpg

    Migration from 9.0 to SuSE 9.1

    This time I retrieve the SuSE professional DVD from colleague and did not buy it, as I prefer to wait for another major release. But wait this is a major release ofLinux, I think that the release number is really not so well adequate and do not reveal the number of changes does both in kernel (2.6) and desktop (kde 3.2)

    If you copy the DVD, You will get no support from SuSE directly (but you will always find help on internet), also a great help section is provided in electronic format, downside it wont be readable without a working SuSE.. FTP online update is due around the 6 June 2004....

    Since I have a running version of
    Linux, I decide this time to update the previous SuSE 9.0 through the YaST menu (Boot and choose Update System), after 21 min update, I was booting into my new desktop with my old settings. The boot time seems to take forever, it "SEEMS" to me that it is a loooot slower.

    With this version, SuSE and Novell are now showing us their commitment to the open source community and have alsoGNU their famous configuration tool: YaST. This is also a strategical move since they want that the maximal number of third companies develop new modules for it (IBM,....). That is a good news since a lot of people always complains on the licensing scheme of YaST. In the meantime, YaST is now a lot more polished...understand the ubiquity of the YaST logo and eye candy colors. Even the installation process has been redesigned with fancy graphics.

    YouInPaleBlue.jpg
    YouInPaleBlue.jpg

    Coming from Windows?

    - In order to help users to make the transition to Linux, drives (in Linux world, it is better to say devices) are a now stored under the famous icons "My Computer" and mount a lot more faster than under the 9.0. I only regret that the system choose so bad name as default (Is it needed to display a cryptic UUID in the name of devices????).

    myComputer.jpg
    myComputer.jpg

    - Dual Booting Windows and SuSE is as easier as before, and has not changed. the boot loader grub with its fancy colors is a lot better than M$ one. That should at least convince You to make a try ;-)

    - SuSe is now earlier hiding, during the boot, all ouput statements done by the kernel. I must agree that nearly no one can understand all barbarians technical terms, I still recommend to press sometimes the key 'F2' to newbies, seeing if a devices did not init. may be valuable under certains conditions. (mainly hardware crash)

    - the most disturbing things for a newcomer is that you do not need to double click on folder or file to do an action, to approach the windows phylosophy, go the KDE control panel, in  "peripherals", "mouse", and checked the radio button "Double-click to open files and folders (select icons on first click)". Maybe SuSE should set this as default...

    - During installation, the auto login feature is checked as default. Forget this bad windows habit. If SuSe is already login the system automatically, start YaST, in "security", "Edit and create groups", select your user and click on button "Expert Options" and select "login settings", uncheck "auto login". Remember security come at a cost.

    What I dislikes

    • I was one more time catch by the death black screen, (I must be really dumb because that is the second time ) the autodetection of monitor (my SAMSUNG 191N was detected as SAMSUNG 4N) lead to a black screen, Maybe SuSE, should always test (with SAX2, the graphical display adapter cntrol panel of course) what it has autodetect and ask the user to confirm the detected settings.
    • Icons in the taskbar are a little bit oversized as default, bigger and it look like a desktop for kids who need to click on big icons in order not to click beside :-)
    • DVD playback is still not working (but in Knoppix, and Lindows it is), one more time You will have to hunt for the library libdvdcss2 (packman is no more providing binary rpm, you must compile them now due to a change in germany).
      Here you can find a tutorial and ALL library for XINE (with libdvdcss2) Daily xine RPMS
    • Since SuSE is a big supporter of Reiserfs, why not providing a graphical tool for repairing devices? with a expert system? one more time typing some cryptic commands may discourage a lot of users.
    • Impossible to write on NTFS drive, I have not found any captive rpm for SuSE 9.1.
    • Packages conflicts....why not embeding apt-rpm? or providing always package statically compiled in order to avoid dependancies?

    What I like

    controlPanel.jpg
    controlPanel.jpg

     

    patchUpdate.jpg
    patchUpdate.jpg

    What I like/dislikes

    • The default install provide a lot less user choice: only one chating system (Kopete) instead of the plethore in SuSE 9.0
    • No 3D hardware installation as default, you need to complete the installation and then in YaST grab the latest proprietary Nvidia/ATI drivers. It is only annoying.
    • YaST warn You of conflicts and dependancies but do not propose a "real" alternative, either "do not install" or "continue with risk of instability", why not:
      • Adding a third possibility: "download the missing dependancy now" or
      • Propose a UUID link on which user can click to locate the ressource (through a UDDI server), normal users don't want to write down the name of some library libdvdcss2 -1.0.6.7 p23.rpm is a pain to retain !
      • Export the list of dependancies to resolves in a new windows to shows You which library are missing, or has been installed in realtime
      • Do nothing an find a better approach...
    • The only "GOOD" repositories of RPM are not given by SuSE. (understand full of rpm not approved by companies : dvd support, win32 codecs,....) but I think this is common to all distributions: without volunteers building rpm, it will be quite difficult to live in a wwhole linux world, or at least at the beginning since not all users want to know how to compile sources versions of their favorite programs.

    What I would like to see

    • The ability to download any program through YaST (even non free or non supported: codecs,aMule and others), why not like ineclipse having internet page providing a XML descriptor for installing new packages and that YaST can understand?. I mean this can be a great step forward for the average user.

    • Better commitments ofNvidia,Linux can be a great playing plattform if hardware manufacturer develop or give some technical help to the community for improving drivers.

    Exploring Multimedia capabilities:

    • Noatun is no more installed as default, Kaffeine (another interface to the famous XINE multimedia engine) is present but no interesting codecs are installed. Multimedia is, at least for me, UNUSABLE, and you need to quickly install MPLAYER/Kplayer with the full range of codecs if you want to read any DIVX, XVID, Indeo contents... I was searching Kplayer in /opt/kde3/bin/ and in YaST installer, but didnt find it. That's bad! You can find the latest version at sourceforge
      www.sourceforge.net/kplayer

    mplayerRunning.jpg
    mPlayer running with a special skins

    • Inserting a blank CD and K3b pop up and propose You to do your compilation

    • Gimp 2.0 is also included with SuSE Linux Professional, this version 2.0 has a new GUI and nicer icons.

    preliminaryConclusions

    WORK IN PROGRESS, running SuSE 9.1 since tuesday 11 May 2004....

    With SuSE 9.1, you get a high quality distributions, and even if all thecons and drawbacks apply to this new release. It is definitelyworth the update! Suse is getting even better with every release. Novell buying them has it seems already a positive affect with how the applications are running.

    Even if this release is nearly filling all my expectations I am already excited about the future of SuSE, when will the version 10.0 be shipped?

    Links

    http://linux01.gwdg.de/apt4rpm/ how to set up atp 4 rpm for SuSE.

    RPM
    http://packman.links2linux.org/
    http://rpm.pbone.net/
    http://www.suserpms.cjb.net/
    http://guru.linuxbe.org/

     

  • A lot of binary GPL/open source data

    A lot of binary GPL/open source data stuff for Mambo....
       
    Ranking of articles440 ranking images Simply copy two pictures:
    • one for Off status to your /templates/{nameofyourtemplates}/images/rating_star_blank.png
    • one for ON status to your /templates/{nameofyourtemplates}/images/rating_star.png
    Smileys128 pachagesuse he modified version of AkoComments 2.0 (version unnoficial 2.5)
    Templates345 themes from PHPBBAttention YOu must convert them to use them under Mambo!!!
    Ready to use Templates can be freely downloaded at www.mambohut.com
  • Adobe To Release Full PDF Specification to ISO


    "Adobe announced it will release the entire PDF specification (current version 1.7 ) to the International Standards Organization (ISO) via AIIM. PDF has reached a point in its maturity cycle where maintaining it in an open standards manner is the next logical step in evolution. Not only does this reinforce Adobe's commitment to open standards, but it demonstrates that open standards and open source strategies are really becoming a mainstream concept in the software industry.
    read more at desktop linux here.


  • Against Microsoft! (M$)

    (I am and you?)

    Purpose

    This page is dedicated to all persons who want to find alternatives to Microsoft (and we are each days more). Personnaly I now hate Microsoft's politics of innovation, Microsoft's ideas against the open source community, and the way they acquire new technologies with their money: no heart at all. Moreover with my firewall, I discover that a lot of their applications use Internet Explorer to send data on the port 80: Direct X install, MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer, MSinstaller and so on. i already hear some of You saying: "yes We (M$) send data using webservices mainly because We (M$) want to improve your experience with windows XP"
    A lot of the alternatives below are now free, thanks to the open source community. If in the past a lot of complains have rised, mainly on usability and graphical user interface of free software, many of them can now compete with M$

    Microsoft's main weaknesses? It seems to me that security, stability, and standards compliance are three areas where open source really has the advantage over proprietary software!

    • In todays society a new computer is like $600, and windows is $200, You could cut the cost by 25% just by using a open source os. and it would be more secure.
    • To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it.
    • Windows Xp is stable as long as you decide to restart it every day by your own! (try not to do this 1 week long, for example go in sleep mode, you will see how much it is insstable :-( )

    REASONS TO AVOID MICROSOFThttp://www.lugod.org/microsoft/

    The explanation for what microsoft products improve or are 'good'is very simple. When microsoft has had significant competition it has competed on features, price and quality. As soon as the competition was eliminated all significant improvement stopped. This explains excel (quite good because of lotus), IE (improved until netscape became insignificant) etc...
    This is why the MS monopoly has been so damaging it has stagnated development and led to a much lower level of quality than would have been the case without it.

    Why are Microsoft so popular, or why have they been so in the past? To me this is not a difficult question to answer.
    In the past, (a fair few years ago now) the users of a number of other operating systems/formats (the Amiga and the UNIXes, primarily) believed and made themselves out to be vastly superior to the rest of the human race. Elitism was a real problem. Granted, the UNIXes in particular genuinely were technically a lot better, but the attitude of "If you don't understand it, you don't have the right to use a computer in the first place," did not help expand computer use beyond specialised areas, nor did it help those few hapless individuals back then who were not technically minded or of above-average intelligence, but who were still forced for whatever reason to use a computer.
    Enter Microsoft. They were a company with the now oft-quoted philosophy of, "a computer on every desk and in every home." Granted, it may well have been their philosophy mainly for monopolistic reasons, but it was still very different from the exclusive attitudes which prevailed among users of other systems at the time. The major contrast is that UNIX operating systems make the assumption that the person at the keyboard is a) intelligent, b) willing to invest time solving problems, and c) most likely has some degree of technical knowledge already, and proceed on that basis. Windows' philosophy on the other hand is that the person using it either a) is relatively unintelligent, or b) *is* reasonably intelligent, but has no desire to go to the effort of using whatever brains they might have. Windows' subsequent popularity is in my mind direct evidence of the validity of this philosophy.
    Windows is the McDonald's of software. It is technologically monumentally inferior to any other operating system in existence, but it is quick to use, convenient, is generally very aesthetically pleasing on a superficial level, and above all is designed with the idea in mind that the person using it has the desire to exert the least possible amount of effort (intellectual or otherwise) in order to accomplish a given task.
    Despite how disparaging that assessment of Windows might have sounded, the fact that it gave the layperson the ability to use a computer in earlier years was an extremely positive and important thing. When you have a group of starving children, if easily digestible junk food is the only thing on the menu, it will at least allow the children in question to survive, and is therefore desirable until a more nutritious alternative is available. I believe Microsoft's popularity is now waning, and will continue to wane. The reason for this is that initially, their entire reason for popularity was that they allowed people a way of using computers which was easy but at the same time technically very deficient. At the time, for non-technical people Microsoft were the only alternative, and so Windows' insecurity, instability and unreliability was something that simply had to be endured. Now that other operating systems which are excellent technically are reaching levels where they are also as easy to use as Windows itself, non-technical users no longer need to settle for Microsoft simply because the alternatives are too difficult for them. They can finally have an operating system which is not only easy enough for them to use, but which has a far greater level of stability than anything Microsoft can give them...They have the opportunity to have the best of both worlds.

    So if a user is comfortable with windows, why would they want to switch to Linux?
    It's pretty simple: you don't have too. You're free to use whatever you like and you shouldn't be locked down to a specific system or be forced to switch to another one. As long as you know what you are doing, losing or gaining, it's all fine. Read more reasons why you may want to switch to Linux here

    What is GNU/GPL?
    The GNU GPL is a license commonly used for many free software projects, such as the Linux Operating System Kernel. The GPL licenses software free of cost, but requires any redistributor to provide the full source code. To resume, any company in the world can use a GNU/GPL project as a start or integrate it in a commercial product as long as all source code changes is shipped with the product! That is great! why reinvent the wheel?

    12.12.2003 I decide to buy Suse 9.0 and switch my 2 PC to linux, and to work actively for the open source community

     

    Microsoft (M$)
    /Others
    AlternativesRemarqs
    Internet ExplorerOpera
    www.operasoftware.com

    Netscape

    Mozilla

    Firefox
    www.mozilla.org/firefox

    Internet explorer is maybe now the worst browser on earth..
    • It has so many security flaws, that no internet page is ever capable of list them all,
    • Is accepting nearly every bad html code, -> in fact it promote bad coding and bad design guidelines on internet
    • Is not respecting any W3C standards (internet commission for standards)
    • is not portable, no way to run it on linux, mac os, beos
    • US-CERT Computer emergency readiness team recomend to avoid IE: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/713878

    -> throw it away. As a bonus, you will have less spyware as most of the malicious javascript/activex code is tuned and is based on design and security flaws of internet explorer...

    OperaIf you try it you wont go back to IE: Mouse gesture, panel organisation are better. Highly skinnable. Small memory footprint and it is SO fast. Cost 29â?¬ End of year 2003, acquire 1 get 2 licences!!!! If you want to learn more about Opera, first take a look at a wide-ranging examination of its features. Then read this documeent "30 Days to Becoming an Opera7 Lover." And learn how to configure the browser.

    Firefox:
    Once it is started, it is as fast and rendering page faster than IE

    Sick of IE? Scrap It Completely or Beef It Up Mozilla's release of Firefox this month prompts us to reconsider: "Should IE be put out to pasture?"

    Media PlayerVLC
    www.videolan.org

    Winamp 5.0
    www.winamp.com

    BsPlayer

    VLC: "The VideoLAN project targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes. VideoLAN also features a cross-platform multimedia player, VLC, which can be used to read the stream from the network or display video read locally on the computer under all GNU/Linux flavours, all BSD flavours, Windows, Mac OS X, BeOS, Solaris, QNX, Familiar Linux..."
    Is getting better with each release. Now a lot of video who do not work on Media Player
    are working on VLC. Open source and multi plattform. Free of use.Interface still slow and ugly but latest version now support skinning.

    Winamp 5.0: I am using it since 4 weeks now, stable and great quality of output, it outpass the media player in all domains! NEW a part of winamp 5 will be open source!

    Windows FirewallKerio personal firewall
    www.kerio.com
    Install a firewall and block all Microsoft applications when they try to send packet on port 80 and others. Free for personal use.
    Office 2003www.openoffice.orgFree of use. Use virtually any office documents. This tools has never been so atractive as today. Moreover don't let M$ create closed source format as it lead to a monopole. Prefer the XML native format of Open Office.
    MSN Messenger
    ICQ
    YAHOO Messenger
    Miranda IM
    www.miranda-im.org

    GAIM (linux/windows others)
    www.gaim.org
    All these instant messaging tools are proprietary and full of spy to track your habits. Miranda is free, open source and has a huge number of plugins: 179 as todays, is skinnable
    and can use any protocol through plugins. In one interface you have all IM. I use it since 1 months now without any problems :-)

    but it is only working on windows...

    GAIM:

    Windows XPMandrake 10
    www.mandrakestore.com

    Suse 9.0
    www.suse.com

    Zeta
    www.yellowtabs.com

    Knoppix
    www.knoppix.net
    Or
    Suse live eval.
    You listen mp3, watch DVD, video, browse internet and never play any latest games.
    Are sick of updating your system all the time with windows update? maybe it is time to go to linux. It has been never as attractive as today. Mandrake 10 and suse 9.1 are really user friendly and look even better than windows XP with KDE 3.2. Wine, a windows wrapper/emulator, is working correctly with all windows apps without installing any M$ code..

    Zeta, if they can migrate a JDK 1.4 and Mono (open source .NET), it may be a good choice, stable, fast and the multimedia API's of the future.

    "From zero to GNU Linux in 5 minutes" Want to try a linux installation without any modifications to your configuration? It is time to use a live evaluation CD like: Knoppix www.knoppix.org or Suse 9.0 live eval. They do not write on your disk, and are extract everything to RAM. You can also use these system, to access to any damaged hard disk: The power of linux on one CD.
    "KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." from www.knoppix.net

    Paint Shop ProGIMP
    www.gimp.org
    GNU Image Manipulation Program, run on Unix and on Windows. Great tool which is compatible with adobe photoshop plugin.
     VirtualDub
    http://www.virtualdub.org
    GNU editing tools, open source Simply the best video editor available.
    eMuleXmule,aMule
    eMule under linux
     SpybotThe ultimative free anti spyware tool
    mp3Ogg Vorbis
    "Ogg Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and streaming technology with all the benefits of Open Source."

    Only drawback: you may not always find a portable ogg vorbis player.
    DIVXXVID
    Review here: http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/codecs-203-1.htm

    Xvid is open source, no licence, and has better performance than Divx, and no restrictions on video size

    Download managerDownloader for X 2.5.0rc2
    http://www.krasu.ru/soft/chuchelo/


    http://prozilla.genesys.ro/
    There are several download managers that enable you to resume downloading after an interruption.

    "Downloader for X is a Linux/Unix userfriendly program with nice X interface to download files from the Internet. It suppotrs both FTP and HTTP protocols, supports resuming (of course if server side supports it) and makes downloading files from internet easy. Downloader for X is an analogue for Linux/Unix of such famous applications for Windows as ReGet, Go!Zilla and GetRight."

    "ProZilla is a download accelerator for Linux which gives you a 200% to 300% improvement in your file downloading speeds."
    Email Reader:
    outlook express
    FoxMail
    http://foxmail.free.fr/www/home.php (french)
    http://fox.foxmail.com.cn/english/index.htm
    (English)
    "Foxmail is one of the most popular Internet email client, especially in China, more than 3 million people are using Foxmail to handle their email everyday, and the English version is also widely used in more than 20 countries.
    Foxmail is rated as 5 STAR software by ZDNet.
    "

    After using all these tools, you will notice that you are no more using closed source commercial tools, next step would be to replace windows!

     

    Se faire rembourser les logiciels fournis avec son ordinateur: c'est possible!

    - HP rembourse 261â?¬ a un utilisateur Windows qui n'en voulait pas... Lire ICI Par This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , ZDNet France
    - DELL rembourse aussi! http://wiki.aful.org/Reussie2

     

    To be continued...

  • All my projects have been migrated to JoomlaCode.org

     
    JoomlaCode.org is a resource for developers to build and manage Open Source software projects centred around Joomla! With JoomlaCode.org we aim to help build Open Source tools and extensions for the Joomla! user community by providing resources to help developers work together in an Open Source spirit.

    sitemap rssfriends
    opencomment Askimet for Joomla!
    sociable joomlacloud
    com_hashcash com_securityimages
    com_akobookPlus com_Log4php
    com_akocommentPlus

    The repository is using subversion and I am currently committing the latest source code there...It is also time to remember to all my new visitors some interesting links:
    Main Download site: http://www.waltercedric.com
    Secondary Download site:http://joomlacode.org
    Official Forums: http://forums.waltercedric.com
    Official bugtracker http://bugs.waltercedric.com
    Official demo site:http://demo.waltercedric.com
  • alternative to ACDSEE under Linux

    Want to have an alternative toACDSEE under your favorite free OS (Linux Suse for ex)? tryXnView, a software to view and convert graphic files, really simple to use ! and It's a free software! (a commecial version exist with more possibility for $39HERE)
    • Windows 3.x, Windows 9x/NT/2000/ME/XP, MacOS X
      Linux x86, Linux ppc, FreeBSD x86, OpenBSD x86, NetBSD x86
      Irix mips, Solaris sparc, Solaris x86, HP-UX,AIX !!!
    • Import about 400 graphic file formats
    • Export about 50 graphic file formats
    • Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support
    • IPTC, EXIF
    • Resize, Copy/Cut/Crop
    • TWAIN support (Windows only)
    • Print support (Windows only)
    • Drag & Drop support (Windows only)
    • 44 languages support (Windows only)
      And many many other things...
    • Adjust brigthness, contrast...
    • Modify number of colors
    • Apply filters (blur, average, emboss,...)
    • Apply effects (lens, wave,...)
    • Fullscreen mode, Slide show
    • Picture browser
    • Batch convert
    • Thumbnail create
    • Screen capture
    • Contact Sheet create
    • Multi-page file create (TIFF, DCX, LDF)


  • Become a supporter of KDE!

    BecomeaSupporterOfKDE.08
    YOU WANT

    Beautiful, flexible, functional Desktop Software.
    The Freedom to use, share, and modify your software.
    Full control over your data and privacy.
    All This and more isdone by KDE.

    Become a supporter of KDE

     

     

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  • BeOS

    Â

    BeOS

    from What is BeOS ?
    "The BeOS offers a new level of price-performance, and a dramatic reduction in the complexity of software development. It is a modern, multithreaded, symmetric multiprocessing true multitasing, protected memory OS with a 64-bit journaling file system delivering the performance required for multimedia applications. The BeOS offers unprecedented user responsiveness, enabling real-time manipulation and feedback capabilities in your applications.

    You can develop for BeOS in C++ using a powerful Object Framework API that gives you a rich set of user interface, 3D, I/O, sound and other widgets. In those instances when the API doesn't give you what you need it's easy to inherit and override to make what you're looking for.

    BeOS is not backwards compatible, ist doesn't support twenty-year-old ideas. But for users involved in digital design, and who need more power than today's operating-systems can deliver, and for developers who are building the tools these people use, the BeOS represents a new field in which to lay down fresh tracks.

    BeOS runs on Intel or AMD based PCs.
    Modern OS
    High-Performance
    Pervasive Multithreading
    True Preemtive Multitasking
    Symmetric Multiprocessing
    Protected Memory
    64-bit Journaling File System
    Object Oriented API
    Client-Server Based Internal Architecture
    Unprecedented User Responsiveness
    Media Optimized
    Real-time Manipulation and Feedback
    Native TCP/IP
    Easy Development
    "

    News and forums

    http://www.beosonline.com  
    http://www.beunited.org/
     beunited.org is an international, non-profit organization working to define and promote open specifications for the delivery of the Open Standards BeOS-compatible Operating System (OSBOS) platform for personal computers in consumer and business environments. The mission of beunited.org is to proliferate these open specifications through the sponsorship of technology, market, user education, and support programs throughout the world.
    http://www.beosjournal.org
     Reporting the news of the BeOS Community
    http://www.bebox.nu/
     Club of BeBox proud owners
    http://www.beosbible.com/  
    http://www.betips.net/ or in french http://betrayer.free.fr/astuces/index.html  

    Free Implementations

    http://www.cosmoe.com/
     Cosmoe is a new user interface that runs on top of the Linux operating system (and soon others). Cosmoe implements a powerful but easy-to-use high-level C++ API that is quite similar to BeOS. In fact, many BeOS programs can be recompiled to run on Cosmoe with little or no changes!
    http://www.blueeyedos.com/
     BlueEyedOS is a BeOS-inspired operating system powered by a Linux kernel.
    The BlueEyedOS APIs are BeOS APIs rewritten with some improvements.
    http://www.openbeos.org
      
    http://www.yellowtab.com/
     YellowTAB formed in order to fill the void created by the demise of Be, Inc., developers of the Be Operating System (short: BeOS) for personal computers.
    Review here http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=3692 and here http://www.beosjournal.org/index.php?ct=r&ru=2003-06-03-zetab5
    Why You Should Support YellowTAB's Zeta www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=3809

    Download

    BeOS Free Download
      
    http://www.bedrivers.com/ A website dedicated to BeOS drivers. To both help users find BeOS drivers and to help would-be BeOS driver devs write drivers for new hardware
    http://www.beosmax.org/main.php BeOS 5 PE Max Edition is like BeOS 5 PE a freeware version. It only contains freeware and shareware demos. All the code it contains is legal under the MIT, GPL or LGPL licenses. There is no charge for the actual BeOS, but there can be a charge for the media on which it is written on. (CD Roms cost about 50cents each).
    http://www.bebits.com/
     Ultimate resource for BeOS software. If there's an application you need, and it exists for the BeOS, then you've got a better chance of finding it here than anywhere else. We've put a ton of effort into making BeBits full-featured and easy to use, so feel free to look around!

    "Help Support BeBits!
    We've survived a long time, but advertising alone doesn't pay much these days and we need to pay the bills! So, any donations/tips that you could spare would be greatly appreciated so we can keep the site up and running." more on
    Donate to Bebits

    Killing App

    http://pixel32.box.sk/
     Pixel32, the powerfull image/animation painting/editing and retouching application available for DOS, Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Linux, BeOS, QNX and Solaris
    http://bekaffe.freeservers.com/ Bringing Java to BeOS

    be.com | bebits.com | bedope.com | begroovy.com | betips.net | lebuzz.com | beforever.com |twisted-thread.com | bebox.nu | beosjournal.org | beosz.com | BeZip | BeTips | BeOS Radio | BeGeistert | Frizbe | BeDrivers | BeUnited | BeEmulated | BeBox Zone | BeOS France | BeClan | IsComputerOn | LeBuzz | ZetaJournal | BeGroovy | OS News | Mensys | JPBE.net | Qube | BeOS Aires | Bug BR | Ubix | BeOS Greece

  • Blogg-X

    Blogg-X is also using my captcha framework for Joomla.... :-)

    • Blogg-X is a cross platform (Mac OS X and Windows XP) blogging and content management tool for websites based on the Joomla! CMS. With it's built in WYSIWYG editor it allows rich content to be posted onto the front page of your Joomla! site eliminating the need for the internet browser and being logged in. Now also allowing easy updates to already posted content and post deletion. If you want to post content quickly and easily Blogg-X is for you. When combined with AkoCommentPlus from Walter Cedric you have a complete, fast, simple and spam free front page blogging solution for Joomla!
  • Build your business with open source

    Infoworld has an interesting special report online:
    Think high-priced commercial software is your only option? Don't be so sure. Free alternatives are available in a wide range of enterprise software categories, including some that may surprise you.
    • A buyer's guide to open source
    • Open source business intelligence
    • Open source business process management
    • Open source content management
    • Open source CRM
    • Open source ERP
    • Open source enterprise service bus
    • Open source identity
    • Open source directory
    • Open source portals
    • Open source point of sale
    • Open source RFID
    • Open source VoIP/Telephony
    • Open source licensing offers many choices
     
  • cedTag 2.5.3 for J2.5 Released

    cedTag

    CedTag  has been updated to version 2.5.3 and correct a lot of bugs and contains some nice features.

    CedTag is the continuation of the GPL component Joomla Tags (www.joomlatags.org), Most of the codehas been rewritten according to the new standard of Joomla 2.5, the component has been greatly extended and most bugs have been removed. I will continue removing, refactoring existing codebase, in order to be able to add new features faster.

    What’s new

    NEW: Auto completion of tags in frontend and backend using jQuery. You can add new tags, search and remove tags without fearing creating duplicates!
    NEW: Joomla ACL support,
    NEW: Add basic support for themes, still need some css correction for optimal results
    NEW:Use confirmation popup windows for all delete/clear operations,
    NEW: New option to switch off tags title in front page,
    NEW: No white background in simple.css for people loving their black background as default,
    NEW: cedTag is now having no warnings/errors in PHP error level E_STRICT
    BUG:  I cant disable cedTag on front page when i disable it any thing not change...i want show tags only on full article view...
    BUG:  Working update manager: starting at version 2.5.3 you can update with one click in the update manager.
    BUG: Did remove a hack of me for testing -> it was not possible to switch off the add tags button in frontend since i fixcoded to true :-(
    BUG: Correct issue in editor xtd plugin blocking users to edit/view articles in frontend

    Code cleaning

    • Rewrite 90% of all query string to use the $query object api of joomla
    • Did clean the content plugin a lot,

    CedTag is used on this site with more than 5000 tags in 2200 articles.

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

  • cedTag 2.5.5 for J2.5 Released

    cedTag4

    CedTag  has been updated to version 2.5.5 and correct a lot of bugs and contains some nice new features.

    CedTag is the continuation of the GPL component Joomla Tags (www.joomlatags.org), Most of the code if not allhas been now rewritten according to the new standard of Joomla 2.5, the component has been greatly extended and most bugs have been removed. I will continue removing, refactoring existing codebase, in order to be able to add new features faster.

    What’s new

    NEW: Wikipedia auto-completion of tag descriptions with Wikipedia  OpenSearch API!

    Support more than 40 localized Wikipedia servers (all Wikipedia with more than 100’000 articles)

    العربيةБългарскиCatalàČeskyDanskDeutschEnglishEspañolEsperantoEuskaraفارسیFrançais한국어हिन्दीHrvatskiBahasa IndonesiaItalianoעבריתLietuviųMagyarBahasa MelayuNederlands日本語Norsk (bokmål)PolskiPortuguêsҚазақша / Qazaqşa / قازاقشاRomânăРусскийSlovenčinaSlovenščinaСрпски / SrpskiSuomiSvenskaTürkçeУкраїнськаTiếng ViệtVolapükWinaray中文

    For all termscedtag_wikipediaautofill1

    cedtag_wikipediaautofill2

    or while editing a term

    cedtag_wikipediaautofill3
    NEW:diagnostic page

    cedTag_newDiagnostic
    NEW: tags can also now be automatically inserted when new article is entered from the backend,
    NEW: new configuration settings “Force Existing articles get their tags updated always from article meta keywords at save time” under Tab Tags (default is No)


    NEW: Supporting tags containing many words separated by space: There are normally 5 ways to insert a tag after inputting some text: space, comma, enter, selecting an autocomplete option, or defocusing the widget. Now space now longer save the tag: You can enter tags with space as a result!
    NEW: inline documentation when adding tag in frontend

    cedTag_supportTagsWithSpace

     

    BUG: Code cleaning, according to Joomla standard: my dream is to have this extension accepted in Joomla core! Still a lot of PHP Unit test to be written before submitting this to the mailing list of Joomla developers. Now I use Joomla CodeSniffer  and PSR-1 CodeSniffer rules in my day to day development.
    BUG:  after click on Template Manager it show this err Fatal error: Class 'UsersHelper' not found in /home/assafir/public_html/administrator/components/com_cedtag/views/css/view.html.php on line 41
    BUG: tags were not inserted automatically from new content article in frontend,
    BUG: it was not possible to use html descriptions
    BUG: missing some http://jqueryui.com images resources

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

  • cedTag 2.6.0 for J2.5 released for Joomla 2.5

    Warning

    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!

    New & Noteworthy

    Security

    SECURITY: all Ajax operations+Admin operation are now protected with a Joomla token to avoid CSRF

    SECURITY: All SQL statement have been migrated to use Joomla Query Object so the code should be portable now under SQL Server, Postgress

    Code review and refactoring is a recurring task for me!

    Performances

    PERF: Faster escaping in modules if there is no tags matching any criteria,

    Features

    NEW: More themes are available.

    joomla_cedtag_moreThemes

    NEW: In “article Manager”, multi-tag filtering it is now possible to simply select multiple tags and/or searching for one tag and then another within the previous results.

    joomla_cedtag_multitagFiltering

    NEW: In “article Manager”, tab index is supported, enter tags hit tab to go to next articles,

    NEW:Full rewriting of Tag List layout, now table less.

    NEW:Full rewriting of blog layout: having as much if not all features of the internal Joomla category blog feature.

    • Table less layout,
    • Category display,
    • Articles Metadata: publish, created, hits,
    • Articles operations like print, email,
    • As it reuse the setting of Joomla, you’ll have to go to Joomla configuration to make changes or better it will inherit the same setting as Joomla content blog layout.

    joomla_cedtag_newBlogLayout

    NEW: full internationalization of all 5 modules:

    • Custom Tags Cloud (en-GB.mod_cedtagcustom.ini),
    • Latest Tags Cloud (en-GB.mod_cedtaglatest.ini),
    • Most Popular Tags Cloud (en-GB.mod_cedtagmostpopular.ini),
    • Most Read Tags Cloud (en-GB.mod_cedtagmostread.ini),
    • Random Tags Cloud (en-GB.mod_cedtagrandom.ini).

    NEW: Add “Save” button for “Template manager” and “Stop words”

    NEW: It is now possible to change the title of tags by changing the value of the key COM_CEDTAG_ITEMS_TITLE in  /plugins/content/cedtag/language/en-GB/en-GB.plg_content_cedtags.ini

    ; %1$s = frequency,
    ; %2$s = name,
    ; %3$s = created,
    ; %4$s = hits
    COM_CEDTAG_ITEMS_TITLE="%1$s items tagged with %2$s | created %3$s | Hits: %4$s"

    joomla_cedtag_ titleofTags

     

    NEW: More Options for Menu Entry “All Tags” Count, Page Title, Meta Description, Meta Keywords, Reverse display and tags ordering. Some default are provided.

    joomla_cedtag_ alltagsMenuEntry

    NEW/BUG Wordlenow working on Linux, was always working on windows due to a path issue to the true type font I did introduced, I took the time to add a lot more settings so you can fully customized the images created!

    joomla_cedtag_wordlejoomla_cedtag_ wordleOptions

    NEW: Rockettheme Installer removed to use standard Joomla installation packages. To remove now all CedTag components, just remove the main component. No risk of incomplete removal.

    joomla_cedtag_newInstallerjoomla_cedtag_newUninstall
    NEW: menu entries for administration backend

    joomla_cedtag_MenuEntriesForAdministrationBackend

    NEW: 5 Modules are now created as default but not published nor assigned to any page.

    joomla_cedtag_5ModulesAreNowCreatedAsDefault


    NEW: option so front page tagging to be just available in front page edit before , it was too long, and breaks the browsing experience for any logged author browsing the site, sometimes appearing even twice. (Request)

    NEW:scripts to switch off all subsystem of cedTag if you get no access to your site (happen only when you remove some part and not all of cedTag)

    Known Issues

    • CSV export of all tags is currently broken

     

    Bugs

    BUG:Error 500 Some people encounter while using URL rewriting.
    Found also that RokComment is crashing when used with cedTag. I did solve the issue by patching RokComment (I think the error is there and not in my component). YOu can ask me for the custom build of RokComment.

    BUG: correct handling of trash item in frontend
    BUG: correct handling of Joomla ACL using authorized access levels for the user
    BUG: Can add tag but cannot delete tag, request http://forums.waltercedric.com/index.php?topic=1401.0
    BUG
    : Content plugin don’t get executed in blog layout,
    BUG: wordle links were not supporting SEF
    BUG: advertisement code was not allowing html,
    BUG: Custom tag cloud module: the SQL query was broken,
    BUG: Custom tag cloud font size and title overlay was not defined ,
    BUG: All tags layout was not taking “count” into account for limiting the size of the cloud.
    BUG: default file css restore was not depending on user selection of theme, as a result restore was always using simple.default.css
    BUG: installer now create default modules instances without publishing them.
    BUG: metadata of menu entry “All tags” was not reading parameters, now you can set count, sorting, metadata descriptions and keywords
    BUG: paging at the limits (where ?limitstart= is in the url) lead to a tag not found.
    BUG: “:” was always filtered from tag name even when removed from “Strip Characters”
    BUG: Solved “Warning: Missing argument 4 for plgContentCedTags::onContentBeforeDisplay() in plugins/content/cedTags/cedTags.php on line 41"

  • cedTag 2.6.1 for J2.5 released for Joomla 2.5

     

    cedTag provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, Joomla categories.

    Warning

    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!

    New & Noteworthy

    cedThumbnails support in cedTag!

    • cedThumbnails show Related Stories Under Each Post, it is a small widget that appears under each post, linking to related stories from your blog archive,
    • cedThumbnails links to stories that are relevant and interesting to readers of a particular post, keeping them engaged with your blog, and increasing your traffic!

    You can now use Tags from cedTag to display related articles in Joomla. You can choose either

    • CedThumbnails  (require extension CedThumbnails)
    • Joomla - using Meta-Keywords

    cedtag_2-6-1_relatedarticles

    Maintenance Page

    This new page will let you perform basic maintenance operations. Feel Free to ask for more operations using the support channel (Forums or Feedback (UserVoice))

    Replace Tag xxxx with Tag yyyy in all articles with Tag xxxx

    cedtag_2-6-1_maintenance-replace-tags

    Add Tag yyyy to all articles which have also Tag xxxx

    cedtag_2-6-1_maintenance-add-tags

    Remove Tag xxxx to all articles which have also Tag yyyy.

    cedtag_2-6-1_maintenance-remove-tags

    NEW:change position of tag in category view, blog view that you can set tags to appear after intro text (show after text before readmore button)

    NEW:version of extension is now displayed in administrator backend panel.

    NEW:Adding a  “Clear All” button in   “TERM MANAGER” to remove all Tags and all

     

    Bug Fixing

    fix 500 error

    This error is now solved for good, was in cedtag component SEF (Thanks to Signature Ltd)

    BUG: missing CSS style on ads top

    Miscellaneous

    The whole code has been validated using PHP code guidelines PSR-0/PSR-1/PSR-2

     

     

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

    You can download the latest version and just upgrade without any loss of data by reinstalling the package

     

  • cedTag 2.6.2 for J2.5 released for Joomla 2.5

    cedTag provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, Joomla categories.

    What’s NEW

    NEW: Adding a debug switch in administrator configuration area, this will write a file at logs/cedtag.php that contains some debug information that may be useful to spot difficult bugs,

    NEW:a new css file (/media/com_cedtag/css/blog.css) is added to the blog layout to give you more control on the rendering of top and bottom publicity,

    BUG cedtag was adding ul no matter if tags were available for the current article.

    BUG title of html page was not translated correctly and was displayed wrongly like this

    <title>%1$s items tagged with %2$s | created %3$s | Hits: %4$sjoomla | test</title>

    BUG solve cedtag: Warning: Missing argument 8 for plgContentCedTag::execute(), called in /htdocs/public/www/plugins/content/cedtag/cedtag.php on line 72 and
    defined in /htdocs/public/www/plugins/content/cedtag/cedtag.php on line 136 Fatal error: Call to a member function get()
    on a non-object in /htdocs/public/www/plugins/content/pagenavigation/pagenavigation.php on line 30

     

    Features

    what are the features of cedtag? get an overview by reading http://cedtag.waltercedric.com

    Your ideas are important, feel free to contact me and ask for new features!

  • CedTag BETA 2.5.0 for J2.5 Released

    cedTags_for_joomla

    cedTag  has been released and it is still beta, it has been made available to gather feedback. Don’t use it in production or at your own risk. I plan to use it before the end of months on my site. I would love to hear what is missing, what you don’t like, how it can be better.

    A real free tag system for Joomla!

    Front end features

    • Show tags at the bottom of each article.
    • Tag list view
    • Tag blog view
    • Most popular tags.
    • Most hits tags.
    • Latest tags.
    • SEF support, compatible with sh404SEF,ARTIO JoomSEF,AceSEF
    • XMap Plugin
    • Language file support
    • Add/Edit tags
    • Compatible with JoomlFish
    • Search plugin.

    Back end features

    • Import Tags from Meta keywords
    • Import tags from 3rd party system
    • Term editable.
    • Batch term add.
    • Batch tag management.
    • Auto extractable tag.
    • Language file support
    • Template edit online.
    • Tags filter by section and category.
    • One click installation.

    User of Joomla Tags, just install this all in one package and select Import – Souce – Joomla Tags and click import to copy your data in the new table.

    cedTag a new Tag system for Joomla 2.5 (based on Joomla tags) is now deployed on my showcase

    http://demo-joomla-2.5.waltercedric.com/

     

  • cedThumbnails 2.5.5 for J2.5 Released

    CedThumbnails has been updated to version 2.5.5 and contains 1 new features for both Joomla 1.7 and Joomla 2.5. For existing users the update will display in the Extensions Manager under Updates. If you do not have this currently installed, you can click the link below and install as normal via the Extensions Manager.

    What’s new?

    • Video Thumbnail Feature: Google Youtube video are now supported as thumbnails!
    • Administrator panel
    • Update server simplified

    Full list of changes available in GIT commit aa32de404c928f3bd0fc67d7b9302e236893fd48

  • costs and flexibility drive company to open source

    A survey conducted by IT consulting firm Optaros and InformationWeek magazine shows that American companies and government organizations are saving millions of dollars with open source software. Conducted in September 2005, the survey is based on responses collected from over 500 companies, government agencies, and organizations. According to the collected data, approximately 87 percent of American organizations use open source software within their technology infrastructure.

    read more HERE

    Add this to my bet: In fact a lot of companies are trying open source and never go back to proprietary alternatives, or at least : less company go back than Microsoft expectations. That's why Microsoft has started a FUD survey like 'Get the Facts' campaign...vendor locking won't stop customer to go away.