Daily Links for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Open Source An Open Source Tool for Every Task School Library Journal / Steve Hargadon Following are some of the most popular OSS applications for schools. All are freely available, requiring no license fees, and can be loaded on an unlimited number of computers or distributed to students for home…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Open Source What’s New in openSUSE 11.2 Linux Magazine / Joe Brockmeier openSUSE 11.2 is finally out after 11 months of development. The openSUSE Project released openSUSE 11.2 with a bevy of updates and improvements over last year’s 11.1 release, including KDE 4.3, Gnome 2.28, a new Linux kernel, as…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Open Source Did Microsoft Windows 7 download tool violate the GPL? ZDNet / Mary-Jo Foley Microsoft has pulled an update tool for Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store site after a report indicating that the tool incorporated open-source code in a way that violated the GNU General Public License. Where…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, November 4, 2009 – Virtual Worlds Edition

Virtual Worlds Feeding Edge Feeding Edge is a consulting company. Founded by epredator (Ian Hughes) metaverse evangelist, tribal leader and public speaker and developer with over 18 years experience in a single large corporation. Half of that time has been spent on leading edge, initially scary, technology and solutions in…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cloud Amazon Offers MySQL Cloud Service, Cuts Server Fees InformationWeek / John Foley In a preemptive strike at Microsoft, Amazon Web Services offers a relational database in the cloud, high-memory configurations, and cuts hourly fees for its Windows and Linux servers. Open Source Debunking Some Linux Myths ZDNet UK /…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Document Formats BE: OpenOffice boom in Belgium The Port of Antwerp started preparing the migration of 1300 desktops to OpenOffice earlier this year. The completion of the migration is expected around September 2010. The IT-department decided not only to move to ODF, but also to use ODF as their primary…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Lunchtime Edition

Environment Farms as skyscrapers Boing Boing / David Pescovitz It’s been a decade since Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier launched his “Vertical Farm” project, devoted to the design of skyscrapers that house farms, instead of people or offices. It’s an engagement science fiction-esque idea — no surprise that we’ve followed…

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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…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Former MySQL CEO Joins Benchmark Capital – Digits – WSJ Wall Street Journal Online / Pui-Wing Tam Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos is joining venture-capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur in residence, says Benchmark partner Kevin Harvey. The move builds on Benchmark’s tradition of pulling in entrepreneurs,…

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Daily Links for August 19, 2009

Macintosh Apple‘s Snow Leopard: A flurry of changes CNet / Erica Ogg “According to rumors, the release of Mac OS X 10.6, Apple’s operating system also known as Snow Leopard, might arrive a bit early. Though Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June that Snow Leopard would hit…

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Open source and 3D

I’m one of the least artistic people you will ever meet though I like to build things. Through the years I’ve experimented with various applications that promised to allow me to visualise what a room or a building would look like without the time and expense involved with actual construction.…

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Daily Links for August 4, 2009

Wikis The prospects of Microsoft Word in the wiki-based world “All in all, I’ve had a relationship with Microsoft Word for over two decades, with only a couple of brief dalliances with Ami Pro and DeScribe for OS/2 in between (they meant nothing to me—honest!) Thinking about how long I’ve…

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Daily Links for August 3, 2009

Consumer Electronics Apple tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order – Times Online “Apple attempted to silence a father and daughter with a gagging order after the child’s iPod music player exploded and the family sought a refund from the company. The Times has learnt that the…

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Daily Links 04/08/2009 (p.m.)

Canonical Blog » Blog Archive » Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market “Brandon Le Blanc from Microsoft posted an interesting post about Netbooks and Linux last week. While we agreed with his comments about customers wanting choice and looking for outstanding hardware options, we disagree with much of his analysis…

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Daily Links 03/27/2009 (a.m.)

GDN: Blue Mars SDK from Avatar Reality “Providing a brand new venue for game developers, digital entrepreneurs, artists and educators, Avatar Reality Inc., today announced its software development kit (SDK) for the upcoming massively multiplayer virtual world (MMVW), Blue Mars. Premiering at the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), the Blue…

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Daily Links 03/07/2009 (p.m.)

Is Open Source Ready To Get The Message? | bMighty.com: Blogs For Small Business and Mid-Sized Business “No matter how Cisco uses PostPath, however, there is now another player in this space. Since the European Union forced Microsoft to publish its Exchange protocols, the OpenChange project has been working with…

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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Daily Links 12/03/2008 (p.m.)

Linden Lab Appoints Howard Look Senior Vice President of Customer Applications – MarketWatch “Linden Lab(R), creator of the virtual world Second Life(R), today announced the appointment of Howard Look as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Customer Applications. Look brings over 18 years of experience in software development and user interface…

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Daily Links 12/01/2008 (p.m.)

Bob Dylan | Shop the Bob Dylan Official Store You can never have too much. tags: OB, Bob Dylan, music, clothes Jungle Disk – Reliable online storage powered by Amazon S3 – JungleDisk “Jungle Disk Desktop Edition lets you store files and automatically backup data easily and securely to Amazon.com’s S3 Storage…

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Daily Links 11/20/2008 (a.m.)

Lively – 3D Avatars and Rooms [Via Mitch Wagner] “After careful consideration, we have decided to shut down Lively.” tags: OB, NP, Google, Lively, virtual worlds 9 Underrated Technologies For Growing Companies | Open Source “As open source has matured into the mainstream, the reasons to steer clear of open…

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Daily Links 10/04/2008 (a.m.)

Tutorial: How to Replicate a Real Life Building in Second Life « The ARCH “One of the most frequently requested services I receive as a freelance builder and consultant in Second Life is to replicate real-life buildings. While I’ve written a lot (here, and here) about the potential for a…

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