BarCamp at Chennai

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. BarCamp is happening right here in Chennai on April 8 and 9, 2006. The agenda for this BarCamp is the Next Generation Internet, Web 2.0, Ajax, Mobile Computing, Open Source and such.
barcamp, web, web+2.0, ajax, chennai, open+source, BarCampChennai

TUD OS Demo CD released

The OS Group of Technische Universität Dresden (TUD:OS) has released a live demo CD of their operating system project. They have been researching on microkerne-based design with focus on real-time and security.

Some highlights of the Demo CD are:

  • A new approach for securing graphical user interfaces called Nitpicker,
  • Multiple virtualized Linux kernels running deprivileged on the L4/Fiasco microkernel,
  • A survey of device driver architectures on microkernel-based systems,
  • The presentation of our virtual-file-system approach,
  • A secure transaction application, Qt3 demo applications, and libSDL-based applications running directly on our custom operating system foundation.

More information – an ISO image, and screenshots are available at the demo CD website
tud+os, microkernel, tud, os

Python website redesigned

Python LogoPython has a new logo and also has redesigned the website. The new site has a better colors and also has rounded corners. The logo is also new and better than the older one. The site design is also professional looking and a lot more organised than the previous site.

python, website, web+design

Picasa for GNU/Linux

Found this news via NewLinuxUser and it is nice to see that Google is thinking of porting Picasa the famous image editing program for GNU/Linux users. Google is working along with CodeWeavers to produce a GNU/Linux version of Picasa and CodeWeavers are responsible for the Cross over office application. It is nice to see one of my favourite apps in windows to be ported to Linux.

picasa, google, code+weavers,cross+over+office, linux

Ubuntu 6.04 Alpha 4 – Dapper Flight 4 released

Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 4 has been released and it has got many improvements like

  • new graphical installer splash using gfxboot
  • a new kernel version with special builds for various types of servers
  • speed improvements all around
  • new versions of all sorts of software

Aside from GNOME 2.14 and Espresso, most of what is in Dapper now will be in the final release in April.

ubuntu, gnome, espresso, linux, kernel,gfxboot

Novell’s Masters Degree in Linux

Novell has teamed up with Charles Sturt University in Australia to offer what we believe is the first Masters Degree focused on Linux. The university decided to debut the degree because of rapid growth in demand for Linux training and expertise. The degree program includes obtaining Novell’s Certified Linux Engineer certification, including passing of the Novell Practicum exam. This is good evidence of growing interest in Linux by new entrants into the IT workforce, and the University’s choice to go with Novell in the curriculum is a nice vote of confidence.
linux, novell, linux+certification

Open AJAX – Sets Standards for AJAX framework

IBM and dozen others have united to create an open source Ajax project to unify the lack of common tool for the popular technology of the day.

The project, called Open Ajax, aims to create a single framework that standardizes development and debugging on a common library of Ajax widgets that could run on multiple Ajax runtimes. Like J2EE before it, Open Ajax is all about assembling critical mass convergence around a stack to prevent Microsoft from co-opting it. And, like Linux before it, it’s about vendors trying to hop a train that was already leaving the station with or without their support.

The goal of Open Ajax is to standardize around a common set of widgets, interfaces, and plug-ins to Eclipse so it can morph into an industrial strength rich web development environment. And with the standards, any Eclipse-compliant Ajax toolkit should be able to plug into any compliant Ajax run time, regardless of browser client or server deployment platform.

Open Ajax is endorsed by IBM, BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Google, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla, Novell, Openwave, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend, and Zimbra.

[from Computer Business Review Online]

ajax, open+ajax, ibm, google, j2ee, microsoft

GNU GPLv3 first draft release

The first draft of the revised GNU General Public License (GPLv3) will be released during the “First International Conference on GPLv3”, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on January 16 and 17 2006. The conference is open to the public and free of charge, though advance registration is required. The FSF has also launched the GPLv3 Development and Publicity Project which will bring together organizations, software developers, and software users from around the globe during 2006, in an effort to update the world’s most popular free software license.
Free Software advocates are hoping that effective provisions for software patents as well as GPL compatibility with other licenses will be prominent in the draft.

gnu,gnu+gpl, gpl, license, fsf, free+software, open+source, gpl3, mit