Items tagged with Open Source

Well, well -- we suppose it was only a matter of time. Just about anyone who is anyone is diving head first into the cloud phenomenon (that includes Google, Panda, AMD and CherryPal to name a few), and thus, so will Ubuntu. What's likely the world's most well known flavor of Linux has decided to debut another varient: Ubuntu One. Canonical just got done releasing the next major update to the desktop flavor of the OS (Ubuntu 9.04), but obviously stopping there would just be too easy. Ubuntu One, in essence, is a cloud-based computer synchronization tool that reportedly enables users to "sync files between home and office, and to share files with others, all automatically and all over the web (or... Read more...
Let's state a bit of the obvious, Linux, in all its various incarnations, is becoming more pervasive every day.  From traditional desktop distros, to its omnipotent place in the embedded space -- from hand-helds to mission critical appliances in the enterprise, everywhere you look Linux is making inroads.  One of the places you may not even have realized you were running Linux, is your home or office wireless router.  What embedded realtime OS is running those configuration panels you mess around with when you want to reset that WEP key or punch a port open for gaming?  You guessed it, the Peguin strikes again.  In fact, the folks at Netgear seem to be making a business... Read more...
Software unlocking of the iPhone has been a source of threats from AT&T.  However, there is an exemption in the DMCA that allows software unlocking of phones - the question has been what will happen if that's tested against a commercial product.  In this case, an open source, free product, there's no recourse, except for a ROM change that stops this, of course.The first, non-GUI version was released last night; a beta GUI version has been released. If you want to try the manual version, that’s linked at the same site. Kudos to the iPhone Dev Team and all involved on this. This was (and still is) a lot of work.How soon will the 1.03 version of iPhone software be released, hmm?... Read more...
AMD Works with Novell to Accelerate Open Source Linux Driver Initiative Targeting Developers for ATI Radeon™ X1000 Series and ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series Graphics Processors Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a major strategic initiative to support the Open Source development community for ATI Radeon™ graphics processors. The week of September 10th, AMD plans to provide an open source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 series as well as ATI Radeon™ X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate... Read more...
Electronics giant Sony  announced a new version of its Walkman today. But instead of Pet Shop Boys and Flock of Seagulls cassette mix tapes, this one plays digital media, including video. And Sony was sure to point out that the devices aren't tied to any particular media format, unlike *cough* Apple *cough* players. And to sort of drive the point home, Sony also announced they were ending their proprietary ATRAC audio format in North America and Europe. Why, it's like open platform heaven over there at Sony these days.  The Japanese company, one of the world's biggest electronics makers, said its NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series of Walkman digital music players would be available in... Read more...
In a lengthy interview in Fortune magazine, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith outlined Microsoft's contention that they can prove 235 patent violations by open source software. And they'd like to be paid royalties, please.  Smith broke down the alleged patent violations during the Fortune interview, saying the Linux kernel violates 42 patents and the operating system's user interface violates a further 65. He went on to claim that the Open Office application suite violates 45 patents and open-source e-mail applications infringe on 15 more. Other open-source software applications infringe on 68 patents, Smith said. The short answer here is Microsoft owns a lot of patents now,... Read more...
Last month, nearly 10% of the Class of 2008 at Duke University's business school were caught cheating on a take-home final exam. But is it really cheating to collaborate on projects anymore? How dumb would you have to be to work that way in the real world? Still, many believe that a rethinking of the assessment process is in store. The Stanford University Design School, for example, is so collaborative that "it would be impossible to cheat," says D-school professor Robert I. Sutton. "If you found somebody to help you write an exam, in our view that's a sign of an inventive person who gets stuff done. If you found someone to do work for free who was committed to open source, we'd say,... Read more...
McAfee's semi-annual overview of their on-going security research says that cyber-criminals are becoming more sophisticated, and are banding together in loose associations to swap code and deliver support for their nefarious endeavors. They've got their eye on your smartphone, too. Among the specific trends outlined in the report are expectations for the continued growth of botnets with the cooperation among hackers adding to the problem via group efforts to develop and refine threat code in the same manner that open-source contributors work in a community. The vast majority of botnets will continue to target flaws in Microsoft products and propagate themselves through buffer overflows,... Read more...
Intel Releases Next Generation Open Source Graphics Driver The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of free software drivers for the Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset family graphics controller. These drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the newest generation Intel graphics architecture. As with any free software project, this release represents only the beginning of an ongoing commitment by Intel to work with the X.org and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance the drivers. While these drivers represent significant work at both Tungsten Graphics and Intel - as our first release of this code - they're... Read more...
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