Tag Archives: Open Source

Apache Software Foundation Adopts Google Wave

Google Wave

Remember ? The futuristic communication tool from Google which never took off? Well, it looks like it is going to get a second chance thanks to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

According to a new submission to the ASF by Novell and few other contributors the new project will be called Wave In a Box (WIAB). The project is in an incubator phase right now and is open to evaluation by the Apache Board.

The initial goals of the WIAB project state that the contributors want to first move the code over from it’s Google hosting repository at code.google.com to Apache’s build systems and then continue development of it.

Apache Wave is the project where wave technology is developed at Apache. Wave in a Box (WIAB) is the name of the main product at the moment, which is a server that hosts and federates waves, supports extensive APIs, and provides a rich web client. This project also includes an implementation of the Wave Federation protocol, to enable federated collaboration systems (such as multiple interoperable Wave In a Box instances).

If you are not sure what Google Wave is, you can read up a hands-on review of Google Wave. The Google Wave project was closed down for good in early August due to lack of user interest. Prior to it, Google Wave received rave reviews from early adopters and geeks alike, however, for a common user it was way ahead of time which is why their user-base quickly diminished.

If everything goes well Google Wave will be rechristened as Apache Wave and will be a hosted, live, concurrent data structure for rich communication which can be used like email, chat or a document.

You can read the entire proposal for Apache Wave here. Source: The Register.

WordPress Wins Hall of Fame CMS Award

WordPress is a really good platform and has made blogging easier for millions of people including us. It has won several accolades in the past, but this year they went one step ahead by winning the Hall of Fame CMS Award at the Open Source Awards 2010.

Open Source Awards 2010

The hall of Fame CMS award is awarded to a CMS which has won the Open Source CMS award at least once, and WordPress was a winner last year. The first runner up for the Hall of Fame CMS awards was Drupal, followed by Joomla.

This year, CMS Made Simple won the open source CMS award and was followed by SilverStripe and MODx. Here is wishing WordPress and all the other winners a hearty congratulations. Open Source and blogging would not have been the same without you folks.

Oracle And Apple Agree On OpenJDK: A Java Port For Mac OS X

Oracle and Apple have finally agreed on a stable port of Java for the Mac OS X that will be based on the OpenJDK project and will be built with help from both Apple and Oracle. The port includes  features like,

a 32 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client.

Following this, OpenJDK will make this port Open-Source to the public. It can work wonders with both Apple and Oracle supporting this move. While Apple is offering the Java SE 6, Oracle is at Java SE 7.

Just last month, Apple App Store called Java a “deprecated” technology and now, it is falling head over heels for the same Java technology. This attitude of Apple is so bothering because it lies to its users..

Apple app store and the quality check is just a facade. stupid torchlights and farting apps make it to the store easily and often make it t the top of the list.

Oracle’s Senior VP Hasan Rizv  announced the service, saying,

The availability of Java on Mac OS X plays a key role in the cross-platform promise  of the Java platform. The Java developer community can rest assured that the leading edge Java environment will continue to be available on Mac OS X in the future. Combined with last month’s announcement of IBM joining the OpenJDK, the  project now has the backing of three of the biggest names in software.

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Java To Live On On Mac, Apple and Oracle Announce OpenJDK

A few weeks ago, Steve Jobs had announced that they would no longer be developing a JRE/JDK for Apple Mac OS X. The decision did not go down well with the Open Source community and developers alike. However, it looks like they can now cool down because Oracle and Apple have announced a new partnership in the form of OpenJDK for OSX.

Oracle Java Apple OpenJDK

Java developers who use Mac OSX can breathe a sigh of relief after both Oracle and Apple jointly announced that they would be creating the OpenJDK project for Mac OS X. This means that Mac Java developers will soon get their hands on Java SE 7 including a JVM for both 32Bit and 64Bit machines.

We’re delighted to be working with Oracle to insure that there continues to be a great version of Java on the Mac, said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. The best way for our users to always have the most up to date and secure version of Java will be to get it directly from Oracle.

Apple will contribute to the OpenJDK project in key components, tools and technology required for Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X. The availability of the SDK might not be soon though as Oracle has stated that it is not easy to fork out a edition for a new platform, but it will be available in future.

Ubuntu 10.10 is Unleashed

There’s been a lot of buzz concerning the newest version of the Ubuntu operating system. I checked their website today and found out that it’s officially released. It make sense that they’d cut it loose on today of all days (10-10-2010).

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You can go to Ubuntu.com to check out all the nice features. Before you do, take a look below. Here are most of the articles we’ve posted concerning this version as it went through development.


Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

Ubuntu 10.10 will be the first OS to get the Indian Rupee Symbol Font. The new Indian Rupee Symbol is now part of the Ubuntu Font.

Ubuntu Shipit is Open for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Ubuntu lovers are eagerly waiting for the next release of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and to make things even better, Shipit, which provides free delivery of CDs for Ubuntu releases, is open for pre-orders.

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate

With the final stable release only a few days away, we can safely try out the release candidate as it marks a final development release. So, most of the features should be complete.

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud: a Better Insight into Features

Canonical has a high level of experience and expertise in providing cloud computing solutions with the Ubuntu cloud. It has been running the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud service for too long now and offers security as well as a cost effective solution.

The Ubuntu 10.10 Countdown Banners Are Now Available

The official Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” countdown banners are now available. These banners were chosen by the Ubuntu-Art Team from a number of user contributed designs.

Rythmbox To Remain As Default Music Player In Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10

The plan to have Banshee as the default music player in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 has been postponed. Rhythmbox will remain as the default for now.

Ubuntu Software Center Continues To Make Great Improvements

The Ubuntu Software Center now handles the installation of .deb files. The first paid application has also been added to it.

Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Released

Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” Beta has been released. Read on for the new features and the download links.

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Open Source PS3 Jailbreak Released

Right now, you would not want to be one of those PS3 security programmers. For years the console remained dormant without any major breakthroughs in the homebrew scene. Where its little cousin, the PSP was the hackers’ favorite, the PS3 remained in the throes of Sony’s unbreakableconsole category.

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That changed with the Australian PS Jailbreak USB dongle that was released a couple of weeks ago. The gaming world was equally divided between skeptics who questioned the feasibility of the hack and enthusiastic gamers who wished to legally backupgames and run homebrew (unsigned code that otherwise cannot run on the console).

No sooner had word escaped of the PS Jailbreak dongle’s success than the internet community was rocked with the news of an open sourceimplementation of the PS Jailbreak. PS Groove is the open source world’s answer to the PS Jailbreak. Passionate hackers have released this mod in the wilds minus the ability to run backed up games or ISOs promoting on free homebrew and not piracy.

PS Groove requires a USB development board such as the AT90USBKey that is available for around $30. Following the instructions in the git repository anyone can utilize the jailbreak at home.

Rejoice homebrew community, rejoice! I personally cannot wait to get a PS3 to try all this out!

BrowserLinux Now Offers Chrome Browser

chrome-ico In December of last year, we told you about BrowserLinux, a very small operating system that has one basic purpose, providing a web browser. The older versions contained only Firefox, but now you can get versions which use Firefox or Google Chrome. That’s good news for those of us who prefer Google’s web browser. At this point you might be wondering why you’d want to use BrowserLinux. Below are a few details that might convince you to give it a try.

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Size matters

How would you like to run an entire operating system from a 128mb flash card or USB thumb drive? With BrowserLinux, it’s quite easy to do. It’s offered as a Live CD (ISO file) download and is less that 80mb in size. You could burn the ISO file to a CD, but SD cards and USB sticks are so easy to carry around. Here’s an easy way to create a bootable flash or USB drive.

Your PC is unchanged

Since BrowserLinux was designed to run only as a Live CD (or bootable flash/USB), you don’t have to worry that your PC will get messed up. No matter what OS is already installed, BrowserLinux won’t make any changes to it.

Infection Free

The bad guys don’t seem to care about Linux. While Windows operating systems get infected by the thousands every day, it’s very unlikely you’ll find a website or email attachment that can infect your BrowserLinux system.  If something weird happens, you can simply shut down without saving by killing the power. Any problems you had during your surfing won’t be there the next time you reboot. That makes it almost bullet-proof and an ideal system to take with you on the road.

Public Library or Internet Cafe

This might also be a good OS for Public Libraries or Internet Cafes to use. All they’d have to do it take out the hard drive, slip in a Live CD and set the BIOS to boot from CD. No changes could ever be made to the PCs that are set up that way. With so many cool web applications and online office suites available, who needs the hassle of installing, constantly updating, and paying for buggy software like MS Office. Finally, BrowserLinux will run fine on older PCs. That makes a computer running from this Live CD, the ultimate low cost, maintenance free system.

Simplicity

The developer of BrowserLinux says:

If you want an operating system for editing movies, writing letters or printing spreadsheets: don’t use Browserlinux. Browserlinux is for browsing the web.

The most difficult task to getting this OS on the web is connecting to a Wifi network. However, even that’s no big deal. All you have to do is hit the Menu button, choose Network, then choose Wireless. It will scan the area for Wifi hotspots you can connect to.

Download

http://www.browserlinux.com/

Highly Recommended

If you have your own tips on using Linux or it’s problems, be sure to comment below or email me.


UK Officials Suggest Moving To FOSS To Cut Cost

The UK Government is facing a budget shortfall of around 155 Billion Pounds. So, UK Prime Minister, David Cameroon, had called upon the  government  officials to suggest measures to cut cost.

Two of the thirty one proposed ideas published by the Treasury department cost calls for moving from Microsoft products, like Windows, Office etc., to open-source ones like Linux, OpenOffice etc.

This is what a proposal says:

In terms of spending less, what about migrating the whole of government (the NHS, education etc.) from Microsoft products to Linux and open-source software like Openoffice.

There are plenty of open-source alternative to the Microsoft products. Linux distros, like Ubuntu, Mint, OpenSUSE etc. can easily replace Microsoft Windows for almost all applications. Another open-source software, OpenOffice is a very strong competitor to Microsoft Office. The best thing about all these open-source products is that almost all of them are free. So, you can save a lot of money which would have otherwise been spent on the license for the Microsoft products.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is already in  favor  of switching to open-source software. Last year, in The Times Of London, he had written:

We need to follow the example of businesses all over the world and take advantage of open-source technology.

This is all good news for the open-source community but bitter news for Microsoft, for whom Windows and Office are reportedly the biggest source of income.

[source: BussinessWeek]

Set your Frets on Fire!

This is not a game review. (Also, the title of this post is a wreck.) It’s more close to a game-recommendation than a review. If you like rock music, and you like playing the air-guitar, then you seriously need to download this awesome game this instant! Read on, if you still doubt me.

Frets on Fire is a free and open source guitar hero clone. Instead of the guitar controller, you use your keyboard as the guitar. The developers have executed this masterfully, as this early demo itself shows you:-

The game is cross-platform, with Windows, Mac and Linux versions accessible from the main page. Since the game is open source, it is highly moddable, with a developer-written modding guide and the ability to install a host of community-provided songs available from the wiki.

Still have doubts? See this modded version playing a sweet little song!

Make sure you play this on a desktop it’s not half as much fun on a laptop!

Download Frets on Fire!

Canonical Joins The Open Invention Network

The OIN has just announced a new Association Program and Canonical is its first member under this program.

The  Open Invention Network (OIN) is a  company that acquires  patents and licenses them  royalty free to entities which, in turn, agree not to assert their own patents against  Linux or Linux-related applications.

Now that Canonical is an OIN member, it will help and support the group in resolving patent disputes. Canonical sheds some more light on this job saying,

By becoming an OIN Associate Member, we are supporting the broad OIN mission and its commitment to enable and protect Linux’s advancement.

Keith Bergelt,  who is also the CEO of the organization leads it and is an expert in FOSS. He is a specialist in patents and licensing. His activities have saved Linux from the bindings of harsh Microsoft anti-Linux patents over the past few years.

Both OIN and Canonical are highlighting the “Freedom of Action” they wish to achieve through this association. With this freedom, they wish to unite companies, individuals and groups who are committed to improving Linux.

Canonical is one of the most powerful associates any open source network can have and this association can turn up favorably for the Open Source community, Linux in particular.

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(Read more about the OIN here)