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]

  • 78px-Smugmug_logo 22711-250px-picasa-logo.svg Flickr_logo Photofeed is a small content plugin for Joomla! 1.5 that allow you to inline a set of images from your favorite online gallery: Smugmug, Flickr, Picasa or any RSS feed in any article.

    Ed Henderson ( has submitted me a patch today that correct and improve Photofeed by a huge margin. It has done such a great job that I deliver this version now. I plan to add in the next version Photofeed 1.2 full support for gallery2 (aka G2), don’t forget to request new features in the Smugmug forum support board

    July 7, 2009 - List of fixes and enhancements from Ed Henderson

    Bug fixes

    1. Fixed malformed image URL (had double-quote at the end and not at the start so didn't display properly in lightbox)
    2. Fixed problem with "@" and single-quote in captions (this broke the php code)
    3. Fixed $library not being passed thru to rss_parse function (this caused the image to not be viewed via lightbox)


    1. Specify the thumbnail size in pixels
    2. Specify if square thumbnail or maintain aspect ratio (if not square then thumbnail size just specifies the height)
    3. Now recognize multiple {rss...} tags in a single article.
    4. Specify thumbnail size and square thumbnail in {rss... size=90 square=yes|no} tag to override system-wide defaults. Or if tag element left blank i.e. "ulimit=" then defaults to system default.
    5. Specify thumbnail border width in pixels
    6. Added special section in the code for Picasa so that viewing largest image (800px) could be possible.
    7. Added more verbiage to photofeed.xml to help with plugin usage.

    Future enhancements to do

    1. Recognize single and/or double quotes in {rss..} tag
    2. No order to tag elements - i.e. size=75 could come first in the {rss...} tag
    3. If tag element missing then just take default - at this time all tag elements must be in the tag to work
    4. Ability to choose size of image to view - now defaults to largest for Picasa.

    Testing: Note that I have tested these changes on Picasa only.&160; I believe it will work with the other photo sites as I made changes to their code for any enhancements I added.

    Download / documentation / keep up to date by adding the download photofeed RSS Feed Icon

  • I've translate the user interface into french of a Linux scrabble version. The game is relatively slow when it load the dictionnary at each start (but the windows version is fast, but  the author will correct this problem).   versions can be download here.
    I will soon prepare a ready to install package for Linux (simply decompress in a directory) with all settings and a working french dictionnary. :-)

  • A lot of opensource emulator are currently being ported to the PSP:

  • Finally!  A complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") makes managing a web site a snap.  Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.
    Nvu is available for download for a variety of Linux distributions including Linspire 4.5, SuSE Linux 9.2. Mandrake Linux 10.0, Fedora Core 2, Debian Linux (sid) and MEPIS linux.  It is also available for  Mac OSX or Windows
    More Here
  • This list is an ongoing work and since the version 1.0 (01 March 2008), a lot of nodes/ideas have been added.

    Secure, Safe, Fast Linux Hosting sound silly as nothing can be fast and secure at the same time, but I've compiled a list of things that are worth doing if you are maintaining your own server. This list is clearly targeted for people running an open source stack made of Apache, MySQL, PHP and Linux.

    By clicking read more, You'll be able to go through the checklist, or maybe you'll prefer the mindmap version HERE

    The next mind map will be a how to forensic a hacked Linux server...

  • Some people are scared by open source to say the least...
    GPL Sued For "Software Price Fixing"
    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the General Public License (GPL), the great enabler of the open source movement, were sued last Thursday for restraint of trade under the Clayton Antitrust Act (15 US Code Section 26) in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The pro se suit, filed by physicist, computer programmer and Groklaw gadfly Daniel Wallace, charges that the GPL “contract licensing schemeâ€? artificially fixes software prices. more at LinuxBusinessNews

    while other are excited by the future...
     How free software is leading to change
    Computer enthusiasts, professional and amateur, who are interested in intellectual stimulation rather than dollar signs have always existed, as exemplified by the emergence of the Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park in the mid-1970s and the creation of the GNU project for free software in the mid-'80s.
    ... more at

    and All  IT manager are encouraged to read this "A Guide to Open Source Software for Australian Government Agencies". a 975Kb PDF whitepaper

  • YES!!!!! but wait there are not using a FSF, OpenBSD  licence, so is it really open sourcing java??? :-(
    Sun announced Monday that it has distributed more than a million registered licenses for the Solaris 10 operating system since Jan. 31, when the software became available for free on Sun's Web site. Now it plans to follow up that move by making Java Enterprise System available as an open-source product as well. "That will define us as a company truly committed to open source," Jonathan Schwartz, president and chief operating officer of Sun, told InformationWeek.

  • "Today, we are open-sourcing Sun's server side implementation of Java," Schwartz told an audience of about 10,000 software developers and Sun partners. "This is the first step in open-sourcing all of Sun's Java software assets." 
    Effective immediately, Sun's Java System Application Server Platform Edition, code-named Glass Fish—the company's implementation of the upcoming Java EE 5 (Java Platform Enterprise Edition 5) standard—has been opened up to community development under Sun's CDDL open-source license. from , read more here
  • Help to avoid patents in Europe!
    For the last few years the European Patent Office (EPO) has, contrary to the letter and spirit of the existing law, granted more than 30000 patents on rules of organisation and calculation claimed in terms of general-purpose computing equipment, called "programs for computers" in the law of 1973 and "computer-implemented inventions" in EPO Newspeak since 2000. Europe's patent movement is pressing to legitimate this practise by writing a new law. Although the patent movement has lost major battles in November 2000 and September 2003, Europe's programmers and citizens are still facing considerable risks. Here you find the basic documentation, starting from the latest news and a short overview. more here

    Read also this OLD(14 years old!) whitepaper "Against Software Patents"

  • SUSE Linux 10.1 is available for download at the following mirrors.

    This release is SuSE 10.1 and not different from what you will later be able to buy in a store. The boxed retail comes with 5 CDs for x86 and one DVD9 for x86 and x86_64 and it also includes non-OSS software. It also comes with a nice, thick printed manual and 30 days of support. You won't get that with the free download.
    The free download comes on 5CDs without non-OSS software and one add-on CD with this non-OSS software. Later (hopefully not much later) there will be two DVD5 releases, one for x86 and one for x86_64 that are almost identical with the retail DVD9 and that include OSS and non-OSS software.


    Product Highlights
    XGL on SUSE 10.1

    For those who prefer the DVD version, You ll have to buy the box version or use a small LINUX utility called 'makeSuseDVD' out. It will take the 5 CD ISOs and build a single DVD iso.

  • I release now the code that power my sub domain 

    The tag cloud is displayed in its own sub domain and use frame. It let your visitor browse your site really fast, as the top menu (menu.php) is always displayed. The nice effect is done in Adobe Flash. The flash code is coming from Roy Tanck's wp-cumulus, a wonderful Word Press 3D flash tag cloud plug-in.

    I did implement this in less than an hour, it is rough, but it simply work in my setup. You can use this code as a start. (License is GPL v3)

    Requirement 1

    Currently the code parse database tables of Joomla Tags from Phil Taylor

    Joomla Tags is a Joomla Extension for adding tags to Joomla Content. Use Joomla Tags to allow content classification by keywords (Tags), can also be used to create virtual categories to add content into, over coming Joomla's single section/category structure

    So you need a license (it may be free one day), soon Joomla 1.6 will be out, It will support tagging out of the box, and I will support this as well

    Requirement 2

    I did not implement caching, nor have any Joomla access to framework, that is why I decide to update all clouds in a CRON. So you must be able to define a CRON to update your clouds

    Configuration and first run

    Edit the file generator/config.php and change values for your host.

    run the the following 3 files in directory generator at least once, or put them in a CRON

    # php tagsall.php

    # php tagsletters.php

    # php tagstop100.php


    You can change colors and size of the cloud by editing display.php

    Final note

    Drop me an email if you ever use this code, I am always interested to know who use my code :-)

    Download NOW

  • Thank you, Poland!

    The undersigned wish to express their sincere thanks to the Polish government for their action to remove the "A-item" of adopting the "Software Patent Directive" from the agenda of the Agricultural Council meeting on December 21, 2004.  It would have been a horrible mistake for the European Union to adopt this "Software
    Patent Directive".

    signed the letter now and visit also NoSoftwarePatents campaign

  • Â Thanks to the open source community!
    This site is existing and running virtually at nearly no licence cost and use top of the art open source technology!!!

    PHPscripting language
    GIMPgraphical editor, as powerful as photoshop
    JeditThe best JAVA Text editor
    Suse 9.0my operating system
    VirtualDub Video editing solutions
    Opera My Favorite browser, not open source but at least
    exist on nearly all platforms.
    And others...    

    Open source is the future!

  • NO Software Patents in Europe - 10 days of web strike Vs 20 years of patent nightmare
    In the next few days, the European Parliament will decide about the legalisation and adoption of so-called "software patents" in Europe, which are already used by large companies
    in other countries to put competitors out of business. This can lead to the termination of many GNU/GPL software projects, at least within Europe, because
    the holders of the over 30,000 already granted "software patents" (currently without a legal foundation) can claim exclusive rights and collect license fees
    for trivial things like "progress bars", "mouseclicks on online order forms", "scrolling within a window" and similar. That way, software developers will have to pay the
    "software-patentholders" for using these features, even in their own, completely self-developed applications, which can completely stall the development of innovative software
    for small and medium companies. Apart from this, the expense for patent inquiries and legal assistence is high, for even trying to find out if the self-developed software is
    possibly violating "software-patents", if you want to continue to market your software. Contrary to real patents, "software-patents" are, in the current draft,
    monopolization of business ideas and methods, even without any tangible technical implementation.
    more on

    Thanks to the open source community!
    This site is existing and running virtually at nearly no licence cost and use top of the art open source technology!!!
    GIMPgraphical editor, as powerful as
    JeditThe best JAVA Text
    Suse 9.0my operating
    VirtualDubVideo editing
    OperaMy Favorite browser, not open source but at least
    exist on nearly all platforms.
    And others...  

    Open source is the future!

  •  Joomla! is a Content Management System (CMS) created by the same award-winning team that brought the Mambo CMS to its current state of stardom. 
    The name Joomla! is a phonetic spelling for the Swahili word "Jumla", which means "all together" or "as a whole". It was chosen as the entire teams behind Mambo were unanimous in their commitment to protecting the interests of the creators and community, which was the true cause for the success and acclaim earned by that project.

    This name was chosen from thousands of recommendations by the community, and even went through an arduous review session by branding and marketing professionals who also felt that Joomla! was the best choice of the lot.

    What sets Joomla! apart from the rest is our dedication to keeping things as simple as possible, while providing the most features possible. Finally, non-technical people can have complete control over their websites without paying exhorbitant amounts for closed, proprietary software.

    Joomla! is more than just software, it is people. The community behind Joomla! includes developers, designers, systems administrators, translators, content writers, and most importantly the end users. We welcome you to our community, and look forward to the future with great excitement! from

  • A good paper on migrating to linux on the desktop using Wine where it is needed...

     With the increasing interest in the value that Linux can bring to the enterprise, companies need to assess likely migration strategies. Technologies that allow the reuse of Windows applications, and Wine in particular, are a key component to such migrations. This whitepaper examines the requirements for enterprise migration on the desktop. It examines a full range of available tactics, including Wine, and then suggests strategies for making the journey in ways that are pragmatic, economical, and customer focused.More at Dekstop Linux

  • Les différentes traductions réalisées, ont été effectuées par les membres de l'association APRIL, elles ont pour but de présenter l'informatique libre et la philosophie de Gnu en français. Vous trouverez dans ce site toute la philosophie du logiciel libre telle que la conçoit GNU. De nombreux textes sont déjà traduits. Vous pouvez consulter les documents de travail pour voir l'état d'avancement des traductions ou pour participer au groupe de traduction.  L'APRIL héberge aussi un mirroir du site de GNU.Je vous recommande surtout de lire cet article pour bien comprendre la phylosophie GNU: Le logiciel Libre

  • A great article!

    The story of the Linksys Wireless-G Router (model WRT54G) and how you can turn a $60 router into a $600 router is a little bit CSI and a little bit Freaks & Geeks. It’s alsothe story of how the open source movement can produce a win-win scenario for both consumers and commercial vendors.
    In June 2003 some folks on the Linux Kernel Mailing List sniffed around the WRT54G and found that its firmware was based on Linux components. Because Linux is released under the GNU General Public License, or GPL, the terms of the license obliged Linksys to make available the source code to the WRT54G firmware

    So the Linksys WRT54G can be loaded with replacement firmware with exciting new features. Which raises the question – like what?
    read more HERE at

  • A great link (as usual) from wikipedia
    Open source, Open Source and Free Software, The open source movement, The open source debate....
  • Make sure that your data are safe and that your backups are working and in a safe place: obviously not on the server you are currently upgrading!

    While being logged in as root, you’ll have to edit the file /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set the value prompt to normal.

    vi /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades
    set prompt=normal

    The update process will update your server to every single releases of Ubuntu (200MB download for each step and a restart required)

    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    apt-get install update-manager-core
    do-release-upgrade -d

    You are now on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat run one more time:


    You are now on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal run one more time:


    to finally enjoy using Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot!

    Ubuntu version names

    • Ubuntu 11.10 - the current stable version, released in October 2011, codenamed Oneiric Ocelot.
    • Ubuntu 11.04 - previous version, released in April 2011, codenamed Natty Narwhal.
    • Ubuntu 10.10 - previous version, released in October 2010, codenamed Maverick Meerkat.
    • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the current long term support version, released in April 2010, codenamed Lucid Lynx.
  • Thanks to Nathan Rennie-Waldock. you can have the latest PHP5 5.3.10 running in Ubuntu Oneiric, Natty, Maverick and Lucid.

    PHP 5.3.10 fixes critical remote code execution vulnerability

    The vulnerability was introduced by the fix for a hash collision denial-of-service flaw

    Proof-of-concept code that exploits this vulnerability has already been published online

    Nathan Rennie-Waldock Personal Package Archives (PPA) is located at

    Just run as root the following to use PHP 5.3.10

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    Canonical should be a little bit ashamed to not deliver these security patches for the server edition! relying on individuals to provide the latest version of secure software is not promoting Linux in enterprise.

  • Thanks to Ondřej Surý,&160; maintainer for some Debian packages, you can have the latest PHP5 maintained by Debian PKG PHP Team in Ubuntu Oneiric, Natty, Maverick and Lucid.

    Currently it is the previous version 5.3.9, but that’s already a lot better than 5.3.6 (Official in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric). I did contact Ondřej to ask him for updating the Personal Package Archive to 5.3.10.

    Personal Package Archives (PPA) allow you to upload Ubuntu source packages to be built and published as an apt repository by Launchpad.

    Ondřej Surý’s Personal Package Archives (PPA) is located at

    Just run as root the following to use PHP 5.3.9

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5 
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    I did create an account at just in case I would like to build some packages for Ubuntu.

  • European Parliament says no to software patents, yes to innovation

    Strasbourg, 6 July 2005 -- The European Parliament today decided by a large majority to reject the software patents directive. This rejection was the logical answer to the Commission's refusal to restart the legislative process in February and the Council's unwillingness to engage in any kind of dialogue with the Parliament. The FFII congratulates the European Parliament on its clear "no" to bad legislative proposals and procedures. read more HERE

  • videolan.1.0 The BEST player that play anything out of the box without hassle. If it can be played then it is was not a video! May look ugly for some people but I wont read any video without it. Best of all it is FREE, open source and run on nearly any platforms and has a lot of features (it play DVD, H264 and and and..)

    VLC media player 1.0.0 – Goldeneye

    • Free, Open Source and cross-platform
    • Independent of systems codec to support most video types
    • Live recording
    • Instant pausing and Frame-by-Frame support
    • Finer speed controls
    • New HD codec (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0,...)
    • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS,...) and major improvements in many formats...
    • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
    • Video scaling in full screen
    • RTSP Trick play support
    • Zipped file playback
    • Customizable toolbars
    • Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
    • Better integration in GTK environments
    • MTP devices on Linux
    • AirTunes streaming
    • New skin for the skins2 interface


  • Robust, reliable memory-protected architecture;
    Excellent throughput, with multiple options for RealTime response;
    Fault isolation/management, limiting fatal errors to single (restartable) processes;
    Availability of communication protocols, tools, and device-driver support;
    Support for key CPU architectures; and Large, worldwide development community offering quality software.