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Ex-Microsoftie: Free Software Will Kill Redmond (ComputerWorld)

ComputerWorld interviews Keith Curtis, a former Microsoft employee and Linux convert. "Q:In what ways will free software be Microsoft's undoing? A:Free software will lead to the demise of Microsoft as we know it in two ways. First, the free software community is producing technically superior products through an open, collaborative development model. People think of Wikipedia as an encyclopedia, and not primarily software, but it is an excellent case study of this coming revolution. There are also many pieces of free software that have demonstrated technical superiority to their proprietary counterparts. Firefox is widely regarded by Web developers as superior to Internet Explorer. The Linux kernel runs everything from cellphones to supercomputers. Even Apple threw away their proprietary kernel and replaced it with a free one."

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Canonical developers aim to make Android apps run on Ubuntu (ars technica)

Ars technica reports on the Ubuntu/Android integration project presented at the Ubuntu Developer Summit. "The developers have built a working prototype of the execution environment. They successfully compiled it against Ubuntu's libc instead of Android's custom libc and they are running it on a regular Ubuntu kernel. They intend to cut out Android-specific components that are not needed to make the software run on Ubuntu."

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Intel Adopts an Identity in Software (NY Times)

The New York Times (registration required) highlights Intel's increased interest in software, and Linux-based software in particular. "With animated icons and other quirky bits and pieces, Moblin looks like a fresh take on the operating system. Some companies hope it will give Microsoft a strong challenge in the market for the small, cheap laptops commonly known as netbooks. A polished second version of the software, which is in trials, should start appearing on a variety of netbooks this summer."

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Alleged Nokia Linux smartphone plans exposed by leak (ars technica)

Ryan Paul speculates that Nokia may release a smartphone in 2010. "Nokia has been hard at work building Maemo 5, the next major version of its Linux-based mobile platform. This new version, which is codenamed Fremantle, brings a user interface overhaul and some compelling new capabilities. Although Maemo 5 is still at the beta stage of development and Nokia has not yet announced when it will ship on actual hardware, details are already emerging about the version that will come next, which is codenamed Harmattan."

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Linux Adoption

Vancouver Opens Up (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal looks into open source software use by the City of Vancouver. "There are many interesting attributes to the City of Vancouver: it is regularly rated as one of the three best cities in the world to live, it trails only LA and NYC for films produced in North America, and will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2010, among many others. There is one new attribute to add to the list, however: Vancouver is now one of the growing number of governments implementing Open Source."

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Linux at Work

WiiFit board speaks to Linux (cnet)

Over at cnet, Eric Franklin reports on a newly available Linux input device. "Case in point, Matt Cutts has connected a WiiFit balance board to a Linux box via Bluetooth. So far, all he can do is weigh himself in kilograms and move a red dot around by leaning in different directions on the balance board. [...] Not exactly exciting by any means and seriously, it's difficult for me to see how this could be applied to do something actually cool or useful. One commenter on his site speculated that one could conceivably set up the board in such a way that you could scroll down a screen, simply by by leaning back in your chair."

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Justice Rules Police Can't Steal Other Kid's Toys (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal covers the story of Riccardo Calixte, the Boston College computer science student targeted by heavy-handed investigators for the capital offense of being a Linux user. "Though Calixte was forced to finish the rest of his semester without a computer -- a rather important tool for a computer science student -- or network access, which school officials saw fit to shut off without bothering to wait for the kangaroo court to conclude, he has now been vindicated, with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordering the police to immediately return his property and cease all analysis of it."

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Red Hat Sues Switzerland Over Microsoft Monopoly (eWeek)

eWeek Europe reports that Red Hat (and 17 other vendors) have filed suit against the Swiss government in response to no-bid contracts which have been awarded to Microsoft. "'It's not just Switzerland who have been getting away with this kind of nonsense,' said Mark Taylor of the UK-based Open Source Consortium, adding that much of the credit for this action should go to the Free Software Foundation Europe, led by Georg Greve."

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Fedora 11: Virtual(ization) Reality (MadRhetoric)

The MadRhetoric blog has an interview with Daniel P. Berrange, Red Hat Virt Team Engineer and Fedora Virtualization guru. "The ideas for new features come from many sources, some from Fedora end-user experiences and consequent bug reports, some magically arrive on cue from upstream projects, while others are things that look to be important for future RHEL releases. With the PCI device passthrough feature in F11, the core support was all already done by the upstream KVM community. This is a important feature for future RHEL, so Red Hat put resources into a F11 feature to add support to libvirt for PCI passthrough with KVM and Xen and then expose this in virt-manager."

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The Sound of Fedora 11 (MadRhetoric)

The MadRhetoric blog has an interview with PulseAudio developer Lennart Poettering focused on what's new in Fedora 11. "A lot of the changes we introduced with PA are not directly visible to the user. For example the so called 'glitch-free' logic in PA is very important for a modern audio stack, however the normal user will never notice it -- except maybe because when we introduced it initially a lot of driver bugs got exposed that people were not aware of before because that driver functionality (usually timing related) was not really depended on by any application. In fact even now many of the older drivers expose broken timing that makes usage with PA not as much fun as it could be."

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Install the GNU ARM toolchain under Linux (IBM developerWorks)

IBM developerWorks presents a tutorial by Bill Zimmerly on installing the GNU ARM toolchain. "Many tools are available for programming various versions of ARM cores, but one particularly popular set is the GNU ARM toolchain. Learn more about embedded development using the ARM core as well as how to install the GNU tools and begin using them."

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Digital and Analog Circuit Simulation with Ksimus (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal reviews Ksimus. "Ksimus is a circuit simulator that allows you to build digital and analog circuits with discrete components and simulate them in real time. Ksimus does have its limitations though. Ksimus doesn't supply any of the larger circuits like addressable memory or 8-bit adders, but you can build one for yourself and package it up as a Ksimus module. Also, because Ksimus provides only discrete logic components, you're probably not going to be designing a quad-core microprocessor or anything moderately complex. That said, you certainly can use Ksimus to learn about computer logic design, and you even can use it to simulate basic logic circuits. But, best of all, it's just fun to play with!"

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Router platform runs OpenWRT Linux (LinuxDevices)

LinuxDevices takes a look at Ubicom's new OpenWRT router. "Ubicom is shipping a OpenWRT Linux-based router platform and reference design using the company's new Ubicom IP7100 Router Gateway Evaluation board. The Ubicom board incorporates its StreamEngine IP7100 series network RISC processor, and includes a gigabit WAN port and four gigabit LAN ports, says the company."

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Improving the translations workflow with Transifex

Og Maciel discusses the LXDE project's move to Transifex, a language translation utility. "So what exactly is Transifex you may ask? I guess the best way to describe it is as a bridge between source code that needs to be localized and people who know how to translate it. But that was a rather simple description of what this amazing tools does! I could go on and on about the cool features, but for this post I’ll try to keep it simple and go directly to the point. For the administrators: Nothing needs to be done! That’s right, nothing! No more local user accounts, ssh keys and all of that nonsense! Put your feet up and relax!" (Thanks to Rahul Sundaram).

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RO: Proprietary licence deal draws ire open source proponents (OSOR.EU)

OSOR.EU takes a quick look at the Romanian government's decision to spends millions of euros on Microsoft licenses. "The announcement came just five days ahead of the third national open source conference, eLiberatica, taking place in Bucharest. One of the conference organisers, Lucian Savluc, condemned the government's spend thrift. "The Romanian government is out of touch with reality. I hope that the European Union will protest this deal, for it is not in the best interest of the Romanian citizens.""

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