Google Summer of Code 2006

Google has announced the Summer of Code this year too. Summer of Code is a program started by Google last year to make more students to develop Free/Open Source Softwares. The students will be aided by organisations which develop Open Source softwares. Each student will be assigned one mentor and will also get stipend. If a student is selected in the program, then Google pays $500 initially. Then during the middle of the program (if sufficient progress has been made), then it pays $2000, and at the end of the program, will pay $2000. The mentoring organisation will also get $500 for every student it helps. So, Google spends $5000 for every student. Last year of the 8744 applicants, 419 students were accepted into the program and more than 80% of them succeeded, which means they received the full stipend of $4500. This year, Google plans to take in more students.

This is a nice oppurtunity for students to showcase their coding skills and also contribute to the open source community – also get paid for it.

google, summer of code, open source, free software

Songbird – Open Source Alternative to iTunes

SongBirdA team led by ex-Winamp-er Rob Lord today released a preview edition of Songbird, a desktop media player that offers an open source alternative to services like Apple’s iTunes and the Windows Media Player. Instead of connecting to one locked store full of DRMmed goods, it can connect to any and all available music (and video) on the internet.

It is built on the same platform as that of Firefox and it acts as a specialised browser for music. Looks like a nicer solution getting good songs.

Currently the site is overloaded so here are the download mirror1 and mirror2.

[Via BoingBoing]

songbird, itunes, windows+media+player,mp3,music

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

Nokia goes on open source Safari

Nokia

Nokia, the mobile phone giant has created an open-source browser based on Safari for smartphones. This team of Nokia and Safari will deliver a web browser for the S60 smartphone sotware platform.
Nokia says the browser, which will be made available to other companies licensing the S60 platform for their own smartphones, will give users a better surfing experience. It is designed to display Web pages on a phone exactly as they look on a monitor.
The browser includes pop-up blocking, access to RSS feeds and a text search feature. It uses components from Apple’s Safari Web Kit

OpenBSD 3.8 released

OpenBSD 3.8 was released November 1, 2005. This is the 18th release via CD (and 19th via FTP).
Though I haven’t tried OpenBSD, I have heard really good reviews of it. It is having a great record for 8 years with only a single remote hole in the default installation. Here are the mirrors where you can download OpenBSD.
Anybody have tried OpenBSD, please put in your valuable comments here.

Tech Tags: bsd unix

BeleniX LiveCD version 0.2 released

BelenixFrom Distrowatch.com: “BeleniX is the first live CD based on the OpenSolaris source base that boots into a full graphical desktop (with XFce). Developed at the India Engineering Centre of Sun Microsystems in Bangalore, BeleniX is trying to popularise OpenSolaris in the growing open source user and developer community in India and abroad.” OSDir provides the screenshots.

But I wonder why they have named it as Belenix. The name suggests that it is some sort of a GNU/Linux distribution. Anyway what other name can they have chosen? Any suggestions?

Free as in Free Beer

After reading the article I wrote earlier where opensource powers a milking robot, I saw another link where someone has brewed beer from milk.
There is also another link where they have posted a recipe for brewing beer under the Creative Commons License and so you can create your own open-source beer.
Who said “free as in free beer” is not possible.

Can someone try the recipe and tell whether it tastes the same as the original one?

Linux powers robotic cow-milking machine


A 122-year-old dairy equipment company has used Linux to control a robotic cow-milking system (the system is robotic, not the cows). Delaval’s “Voluntary Milking System” lets the cows decide for themselves when to be milked, and gives dairy farmers a more independent lifestyle, free from regular milkings. The system runs a 2.4.18 Linux kernel.

Tech Tags: linux vms

Minix 3 released

MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable and secure. It is based somewhat on previous versions of MINIX, but is fundamentally different in many key ways. MINIX 1 and 2 were intended as teaching tools; MINIX 3 adds the new goal of being usable as a serious system on resource-limited and embedded computers and for applications requiring high reliability.

MINIX 3 is initially targeted at the following areas:

  • Applications where very high reliability is required
  • Single-chip, small-RAM, low-power, $100 laptop for Third-World children
  • Embedded systems (e.g., cameras, DVD recorders, cell phones)
  • Applications where the GPL is too restrictive (MINIX 3 uses a BSD-type license)
  • Education (e.g., operating systems courses at universities)

MINIX 3 Features

  • POSIX compliant
  • Networking with TCP/IP
  • Two ANSI C compilers (ACK and gcc)
  • Over 300 UNIX programs
  • Many improvements since V2
  • Full multiuser and multiprogramming
  • Support for memory up to 4 GB
  • Device drivers run as user processes
  • Full C source code supplied
  • Runs on 386, 486, Pentium, etc.
Tech Tags: linux kernel freebsd