Daily Links for Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Open Source

The Open Source Initiative’s corporate status is suspended: a CAOS Theory Q&A
451 CAOS Theory / Matthew Aslett

The ability of the Open Source Initiative to steward the Open Source Definition and police the use of the term open source as it relates to software is in doubt following the confirmation that the corporate status of the non-profit company has been suspended in California. What does it all mean?

Brian Behlendorf, Founding Member of the Apache Software Foundation Speaks on How Open Source Developers Can Save the World
The Bitsource

Brian Behlendorf is one of the original developers of the Apache HTTPD Web Server, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf discussed with The Bitsource about the early days of Apache, the future of the Web, and how open source developers can save the world in his upcoming Keynote Speech at ApacheCon 2009.

Linux Google Chrome Shines
ServerWatch / Juliet Kemp

The Google Chrome browser is still available as a stable build only for Windows, but it turns out that you can get a dev build for Linux and also for Mac OSX. I’ve been curious about this browser for a while, so I tried out both.

Maximum PC Primer: Lightweight Netbook Computing with Linux
Maximum PC / Will Kraft

Linux is an ideal choice for netbooks for multiple reasons in addition to CPU architecture. Netbooks generally have lower specs than most full-size notebooks (not to mention desktops) so they are ideal for lightweight applications like web browsing, document preparation, etc. Linux does these tasks very well without the bloat that Windows systems have to deal with from anti-malware utilities. This primer will help you set up and optimize Linux for your netbook.

Virtual Worlds

Second Life Helps Save, Improve Lives
InformationWeek / Mitch Wagner

In Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital uses Second Life, with its three-dimensional software representations of landscapes, buildings, and vehicles, for disaster preparedness training, to show employees how to evacuate patients in an emergency. Meanwhile, disabled people use Second Life for peer support, helping one another with the emotional, social, and other problems they encounter in the real world. In both cases, people in Second Life interact using avatars, software representations of themselves or a character of their choosing.


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