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]

  • I am also a KDE fan user since 3 years now and I want  to thanks here the whole team of developers.

    From the article:
    Yesterday at 10:00 AM the president of the KDE e.V. Eva Brucherseifer welcomed the audience of the presentation track at the KDE anniversary event at theTechnische Akademie Esslingen (TAE) in Ostfildern near Stuttgart, Germany. Keynote speakers wereMatthias Ettrich, founder of the KDE project, as well asKlaus Knopper of Knoppix fame. During their presentations they looked back at KDE's successful past 10 years and they offered their thoughts about the future of KDE andFree SoftwareMore HERE

  • The KDE Project ships a new major release of their leading Open Source desktop environment.  KDE 3.4

    • More than 6,500 bugs have been fixed
    • More than 1,700 wishes have been fullfilled
    • More than 80,000 contributions with several million lines of code and documentation added or changed

    KDE is an independent project of hundreds of developers, translators, artists and other professionals worldwide collaborating over the Internet to create and freely distribute a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop and office environment employing a flexible, component-based, network-transparent architecture and offering an outstanding development platform. KDE provides a stable, mature desktop, a full, component-based office suite (KOffice), a large set of networking and administration tools and utilities, and an efficient, intuitive development environment featuring the excellent IDE KDevelop. KDE is working proof that the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software development model can yield first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the most complex commercial software. from www.kde.org

  • PolishLinux.org is a general Linux portal featuring: comparisons of GNU/Linux and BSD systems, distro chooser, reviews and articles on free software. They have start a review of what KDE 4 look like by presenting a lot of screen shots.
    Except the fact that suddenly every windows/widget has to be transparent (like in VISTA, what a pollution and loss of time till eyes get focused, hey what is transparent in our world except glass???).

    Just can wait to install OpenSuse 11.0 when it will be available :-)

    Kde4.0

  • I am using KDE 4.2RC1 since 2 weeks now, mainly 2 to 3 working day at the office, and has not experienced any crash yet or having any regret by using it. The desktop is just great, and very polished.

    desktop

    To install it in OpenSuse 11.1, just use the following link

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    Kde4-ymp

    Or you can choose to install a more basic KDE 4 desktop.

    Attention: The KDE:KDE4:Factory:Desktop Build Service project offers KDE 4.2.x packages as they are currently under development for openSUSE 11.2. They should be mostly usable, but have bugs.

    The release announcement gives a quick overview while the visual tour to KDE 4.2 is a must see. Here are also 2 video:


  • kde430

    My Favorite Desktop under Linux has reach a huge milestone

    KDE 4.3.0 is out, and it is a great release. It is unlikely that any one specific thing will strike the user as the most noticeable improvement; rather, the overall user experience of KDE has improved greatly in KDE 4.3.0. The release's codename, Caizen, is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. That has been the goal of the KDE team for 4.3.0: polish, polish, polish. The statistics from the bug tracker speak for themselves: 10,000 bugs have been fixed. In addition, close to 63,000 changes were checked in by a little under 700 contributors. That is not to say that the KDE team did not add a large number of new features: 2000 feature requests were implemented in the past 6 months, meaning that any user's pet feature might well be among the improvements KDE 4.3.0 brings. Read more at KDE.org

    Install it under OpenSuse 11.1 using this page http://en.opensuse.org/KDE4 or this icon&160; Kde4-ymp.png (One Click Install)

  • kde_4_7

    May 25th, 2011. Today, KDE has released a first beta of the upcoming 4.7 release of the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks, which is planned for July 27, 2011. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing new and old functionality.

    The 4.7 release will bring a number of exciting improvements:

    • KWin, Plasma's window manager now supports OpenGL-ES 2.0, improving performance and deployment on mobile devices
    • Dolphin, KDE's flexible file manager has seen user interface improvements and now sports a better user experience for searching in files' metadata.
    • KDM, KDE's login manager now interfaces with the Grub2 boot loader
    • Marble, the virtual globe now supports offline address search, especially making its mobile version more useful on the road

    Visit the KDE 4.7 Information page

  • MeeGo is a Linux-based open source mobile operating system project which was announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2010 by Intel and Nokia in a joint press conference. Its aim is to merge the efforts of Intel on Moblin and of Nokia on Maemo into one project. It is hosted by the Linux Foundation.  Free and Open Source of course.

     

    Visit http://meego.com/ for more informations

  • The Linux Counter:
    Ten years and still counting!

    At Oct 15 2004 19:16:59 GMT,
    there are
    145400
    users registered
    147328
    machines registered


    I am a registered Linux user under the number369636.

    Get registered athttp://counter.li.org/

  • A very good article; worth reading to better understand the difference between Linux and Windows and motivate an eventual switch...

     !=
    "Too many people think that migrating from Windows to Linux is like switching from a BMW to a Mercedes. They think that the controls should be the same, their experience should transfer directly, and all differences should be largely cosmetic. They think that "I need a car to use a road, I need an OS to use a computer. Cars all work the same way, therefore OSes should all work the same way." But this is not accurate. "I need a vehicle to use a road, I need an OS to use a computer. I know how to drive a car, I'm ignorant about motorbikes. I know how to use Windows, I'm ignorant about Linux." - this is accurate."

    Read more here; also tranlate in 8 languages

  • David Keppelmeyer trying to explain why using firefox will weak the whole business....
    "The end result is more attacks directly on Microsoft Internet Explorer users. Since open source browsers can't compete with Internet Explorer in the realm of features, they are attempting to undergrow our market share, making each IE user more likely to be attacked by the greater relative numbers of viruses, worms and malicious trojans".
    ...
    "That's an underhanded, abhorrent tactic."
    ...
    "If you are a business that uses Internet Explorer and other businesses are using Firefox, when the next worm hits it's you that suffers. That's directly the fault of Firefox adopters. In effect other businesses who have switched have squeezed more attacks your way". more Here

    As M$ said in the past:
    - open source may be helping terrorist,
    - open source is not interoperable
    - open source is insecure, has more bugs,
    - open source TOC is higher than windows,
    all sentences above has proven with time to be ridiculous. That let me think, M$ is in no mre in a defensive mode but rather in a panic mode..Future look exciting!

  • Schwartz slams Microsoft-Novell deal

    " Sun boss Jonathan Schwartz has joined in criticism of the Microsoft-Novelldeal, saying it is bad for the open source movement."

    Samba slams 'unacceptable' Novell-Microsoft deal
    "Samba developers have slammed the Microsoft-Novell deal reached earlier this month, calling it "unacceptable" and warning that it may cause significant damage to the open source community."

    It's all about patent protection,but ironicaly, Microsoft is not going to sue anyone over patents. Microsoft execs know that if they did this the various organizations that have a stake in the success of Linux (which is essentially everyone but Microsoft) would pay for a well-funded defense. Millions of dollars would be spent, and in the end the patents in question would either be shot down or removed from the Free Software product in question. Depending on who Microsoft chose to attack it could even trigger retaliation from other large players with huge patent repositories. What's more, Microsoft's patent aggression would start a wholesale migration away from Microsoft's technologies.
    And why not analyse the 50 millions of Windows source code, in order to see if Windows do not infringe or has copied any linux code?
    Overalll the release of Java under a GPL licence is a great step against the monpolistic pratice of Microsoft. Java can now never be takeen down or disapear during an hostile aquisition.

  • I just receive the Mozilla update for linux SuSE 9.3...Here is the list of corrected vulnerabilities:
    This includes:
    • MFSA 2005-56 Code execution through shared function objects
    • MFSA 2005-55 XHTML node spoofing
    • MFSA 2005-54 Javascript prompt origin spoofing
    • MFSA 2005-53 Standalone applications can run arbitrary code through the browser
    • MFSA 2005-52 Same origin violation: frame calling top.focus()
    • MFSA 2005-51 The return of frame-injection spoofing
    • MFSA 2005-50 Possibly exploitable crash in InstallVersion.compareTo()
    • MFSA 2005-49 Script injection from Firefox sidebar panel using data:
    • MFSA 2005-48 Same-origin violation with InstallTrigger callback
    • MFSA 2005-47 Code execution via "Set as Wallpaper"
    • MFSA 2005-46 XBL scripts ran even when Javascript disabled
    • MFSA 2005-45 Content-generated event vulnerabilities

    Do not forget to use the latest version also under windows...


  • kde 3.2 - Sparkle icons - Karamba: Tux gbar, maverick_tool - kernel 2.4.25 more...

    best icons for me:
    Noia Warm KDE 0.95.tar
    Korilla_Icons-v1.3.5.tar.bz2
    Graphite-Rade8-1.03.tar.bz2
    steelicons-default-1.2.5.t

  • box.joomla.myguestbook

     MyGuestBook will replace Akobookplus...

    The code has been rewritten, simplified and is now using Joomla! controller pattern.  MyGuestBook  is an open source (GPL v3) Joomla guest book component with spam protection and many customization options.  For those of you interested in switching from other guest book components there is an import feature, which in this version can import entries from Akobook v3.42 or Akobookplus 5.1.2

    You will get the stability of a 4 years old Joomla! component combined with the latest Joomla! 1.5 API.

     

    Release H - 2 days

     

     

     

    Advertisement

    • Build in AdSense, AdBrite any Cost per Mille (CPM) or Cost Per click (CPC)
    • Possibility to add a maximum of 3  advertisements.

    myguestbook.ad 

    Smiley skinning

    Switch from one theme to the other in one click. MyGuestbook support all Smiley's from phpbb-design with less coding effort

    myguestbook.smileys 

    Standard

    • Mail function is UTF8 capable.
    • Native Joomla 1.5 support! NO legacy mode not needed!
    • Stick to the standard: fully XHTML 1.0 compliance

    Protection against spammers

    myguestbook.security 

    • SecurityImages support for creating Captcha and avoiding spammers to make some silly entries
    • recaptcha.net support for creating Captcha and getting rid of spammers,
    • Akismet filters to remove any suspicious comment automatically without user hassles or admin overhead,
    • Mail are protected in front end from spammers/spiders/bots by being encrypted by mailhide.recaptcha.net Users are forced to solve a captcha before being able to read the email address.
    • People adding their site to the guestbook entry wont get any better ranking, thus because now all homepage links have an additional rel="nofollow" tags
    • HTML forms are protected against replaying attacks, and blind bots submit.

    Many languages are supported

    • Available languages for Front end: English, Swedish, Dutch, German (informal), German (formal), German (informal), French, Portuguese, Serbian (latin charset), Norwegian, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Turkish, Romanian
    • Available languages for back end: English.

    Easy import from previous GuestBook

    • Import entries from Akobook and EasyBook.

    Themes

    • Support Smiley's theme, one switch in backend to change all Smiley’s!

       myguestbook_smileys4

    myguestbook_smileys1myguestbook_smileys3

    myguestbook_smileys2

    Front end admin functions

    • Super Administrators and Administrators are allowed to edit and delete entries in the front end.
    • Configurable whether all, some or no HTML should be stripped from entries entered from the front end.
    • Admin can define which HTML tags are allowed in entries.

    Back end admin functions

    • You can edit, comment, publish, un-publish, search for entries

    A lot of settings in a layout like a native Joomla! core component

    myguestbook.adminpanel

    Security

    • Works with Register Global turned off,
    • Conformity to Joomla! 1.5 framework.
    • Check with one click if you have the latest version for improve security!

    Statistics page

    myguestbook.statistics

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NEW: Direct link to forum for support.
    NEW: Direct link to version manager for checking if you have the latest version.

  • For a long time using multimedia functionality in an application posed a big challenge to most developers. It is high time for the great media frameworks that have emerged to get an easy to use, but still powerful, interface.

    KDE has been using aRts&160; as its media framework and multimedia API since KDE 2.0. aRts has been a great framework in many ways, but didn't manage to keep up and is unmaintained&160; by now. In the meantime many good alternatives have come up, including, but not limited to, libxine&160; gstreamer&160; NMM&160;and Helix.

    With Phonon&160; KDE developers will be able to write applications with multimedia functionality in a fraction of the time needed with one of the above mentioned media frameworks/libs. This will facilitate the usage of media capabilities in the KDE desktop and applications

  • Especially if you would like to develop a web OS tablet a la Palm PRE WebOS, or game based on environment. See here a Mario Kart game based on this new orientation API. Unfortunately only some modern Mac book and Lenovo ThinkPad have the sensor..

    Original post at http://hacks.mozilla.org/2009/10/orientation-for-firefox/

    Documentation Device orientation documentation

  • Legally Binding Commitment Not to Assert Nokia Patents against the Linux Kernel
    Nokia hereby commits not to assert any of its Patents (as defined herein below) against any Linux Kernel (as defined herein below) existing as of 25 May 2005. The aforesaid non-assertion shall extend to any future Linux Kernel to the extent that Nokia does not declare any new functionality embodied in such Linux Kernel to be outside the scope of this Patent Statement. Nokia shall issue such declaration through its website no later than one hundred and twenty (120) days after the official release of such Linux Kernel.
  • 500px-Android-logo.svg Android has now 14 new members:

    AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.

    From http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/press_120908.html

    December 9, 2008

    The Open Handset Alliance, a group of technology and mobile players, is pleased to announce the membership of 14 additional companies. By joining the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance, the following companies demonstrate their support for Android as an open mobile platform and their commitment to its commercial success. The new members are: AKM Semiconductor Inc., ARM, ASUSTek Computer Inc., Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc., Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co. Ltd, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.

    New members will either deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices. With these commitments, the Open Handset Alliance will continue to drive greater and faster innovation for the benefit of mobile users and everyone in the industry.

    Open Handset Alliance members' continued contributions to Android give everyone in the mobile ecosystem a free and complete mobile platform to build Android devices. The new members will add to the momentum of Android device availability, providing developers with an even greater opportunity to deploy compelling applications that will reach a global audience. As a result, consumers around the world benefit from a superior mobile experience that features less expensive devices, more compelling services, rich Internet applications, and easier-to-use interfaces.

    For more information around the Open Handset Alliance, visit www.openhandsetalliance.com.

    For more information around Android, visit www.android.com.

  • Aggressive acquisitions by Oracle and others could co-opt the movement...
    ...
    Yet in recent weeks the open-source community has been thrown into tumult. Software giant Oracle Corp. has acquired two small open-source companies and is in negotiations to buy at least one more. Many experts believe this is the beginning of a broader trend in which established tech companies scoop up promising open-source startups.
    Read more Here at Businessweek
  • I particulary like this passage, since I share the same vision about open source, from  Interview with Tony Bove, Author of Just Say No to Microsoftat www.xyzcomputing.com
    Are you a major proponent of the open source movement, or are you just against anything that is as harmful as you see Microsoft as being? A lot of people see open source developers as the good guys, but they certainly have problems of their own.

    I think the open source movement is sincere and represents a viable alternative to shrink-wrapped, proprietary software. The business model for software is shifting.

    The freedom to work with the source code is its own reward. If programmers discover bugs, they can open the source code, fix them, and send the fixes immediately back to the keeper of the source code. The programmers are license-bound to send improvements back if they intend to distribute them, so these bug fixes and improvements are rolled into new versions that become available immediately on public websites. Some improvements and fixes are hotly debated in newsgroups and emails before they become part of the new versions, and many are challenged by alternatives in a sort of competition that ensures survival of the fittest. But a lot of good code comes out of this process.

    Which is not to say that this undisciplined approach to system debugging produces the best code. Sometimes programmers create fixes that are just good enough for them and their specific problems. But even if a programmer fixes a problem in a way that breaks other parts of the system, the effect is to place a giant arrow on the entire problem, forcing other programmers to create better fixes.

    By comparison, Microsoft -- like any commercial software company -- tries to fix defects before shipping a new system or upgrade by providing beta versions to power users. While that process can work for simple bugs, more complex system crashes that occur when using products from other companies (such as printers, pointing devices, network cards, and so on) are harder to detect without more widespread distribution of the beta software. And when qualified programmers outside of Microsoft find bugs, all they can do is send emails to Microsoft -- they can’t try to fix them, because the source code is not available to them.

    The open source world is like a bazaar populated with merchants large and small. The best merchants attract the most business. In most cases, the software is free, and good service is available for a price. The software industry business model is changing to a model that charges for support and services and gives away the software -- like a free cell phone with a monthly service. You no longer have to pay for shrink-wrapped boxes of software products that you have to integrate with your system on your own.

    The problems with open source software are, for the most part, legal ones involving patents. These problems should not affect the consumer, because the companies promoting open source have to indemnify their customers from patent lawsuits. This problem will eventually resolve itself as the market for open source software grows.
  • OpenOffice.org 2.0 Released!!!

    OpenOffice.org 2.0 is the productivity suite that individuals, governments, and corporations around the world have been expecting for the last two years. Easy to use and fluidly interoperable with every major office suite, OpenOffice.org 2.0 realises the potential of open source.

    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 


    You can download it here

  • 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.

    openstreemap.view.zurich

    View of Z&252;rich city

  • google Over 1.5 million mobile public domain books are available thanks to Google Book Search, nothing new this service is since a while freely available. What is totally new now is that they provide an optimized interface for all mobile phone (Android, IPhone)

    http://books.google.com/m

    google.book.search.android google.book.search.android.2