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Could Your Project Use $5000?

Before you get all excited, we're not giving away $5000. But someone else did, and this is the story of what happened with the money. You see, back in April .NET blogger Jeff Atwood donated $5000 of his ad revenues to the ScrewTurn Wiki project, to use however they wished. He recently followed up and discovered that the money had been used for ... nothing.

Open Source Platforms Arrive On IBM's Most Vulnerable List

IBM Internet Security Systems is out with its X-Force 2008 Mid-Year Trend Statistics report. This is an extremely exhaustive look at security vulnerabilities in both proprietary and open source software. It highlights trends in malware and phishing, and ranks vendors, open source projects, and even languages by security breach disclosures. With the rise of open source software, including much more adoption in enterprises, it's no surprise to see some open source platforms arrive on the top ten most vulnerable list, including one in second place, sandwiched between Apple and Microsoft. Which open source projects qualified--for the first time?

Another Linux Distro for Asus' Eee PC Laptops: eeebuntu

Our sister blog jkOnTheRun has a good story about eeebuntu, a new Ubuntu Linux distribution that is specifically customized for Asus' popular Eee PC laptops. You can go with the snazzy Compiz Fusion enabled GNOME version or go plain-vanilla with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix packages. You can get the distro here, and you can quickly return to the Eee PC's normal Xandros Linux if you want. Quite a bit of open source software comes with eeebuntu, including Working WiFi, OpenOffice, Pidgin, Skype, Firefox 3.0.1, and the VLC media player. Those little Eee PCs are a steal at around $350, by the way. I have one. Check out jkOnTheRun's thoughts, with video.

OStatic Buffer Overflow.....

Microsoft's open source guru faces slings and arrows.....

A review of Sun's open source virtualization offering VirtualBox.....

Intuit joins the Linux revolution , opens a Linux Business Resource Center.....

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst: The clouds will all run Linux .....

ZDNet on why Android and Symbian won't merge.....

Alfresco Supports Microsoft SharePoint's Protocol: Thanks, EU

We've written about Microsoft's pledges to become more interoperable, and I've agreed with other observers that much of Microsoft's motivation for these new moves comes from the trouble it's gotten into with the EU and the Justice Department. As part of complying with the EU's demands, the company has released the specifications for the Microsoft Office interfaces, and now we're seeing some of the benefits spill over into open source. Alfresco, which makes open source enterprise content management (ECM) software, has added SharePoint interoperability to the beta of its Labs 3 offering, downloadable now. Microsoft SharePoint is a browser-based collaboration and document managment platform, and I like it. Here's the upshot.

Top Screencast Sites for Open-Source Developers

Want to learn a new programming language or development framework? Books, magazines, and blogs are excellent -- but a growing number of people are also learning from screencasts, tutorials that combine someone's voice with a video of their computer screen. You can watch the teacher develop in real time, describing the actions that he or she is taking while they take place. There are many screencasts for open-source languages and frameworks, many for free and some for a nominal fee. Screencasts are playing a growing role in my attempt to keep up with new technologies, and you might well find them useful, too.

Itches You Shouldn't Scratch

You've probably heard this sage advice about figuring out what open source software to write: scratch your own itch. The intent of the advice, of course, is to tell you that the easiest way to choose a bit of software to work on is to find something that you want and write it. But easy though this advice is to give - which may account for why it's given so often - there are times when it is, I think, just flat-out wrong.

KDE Community Delivers Version 4.1

The K Desktop Environment (KDE) Project has released KDE 4.1, which we covered when it was in beta, here. In addition to new features, version 4.1 serves up a number of new applications within the environment. These include the personal information management suite KDE-PIM with its e-mail client KMail, the planner KOrganizer, a new RSS feed reader, a newsgroup reader and many more components. There are also a number of bug fixes to version 4.0. You also get the Dragon Player media player and the KDE CD player, in addition to updates to the Konqueror browser.

Blizzard Asks Judge to Forbid Open Source

Now that I've got your attention, don't worry too much: Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the popular World of Warcraft online game, isn't trying to shut down open source software entirely. But in a recent legal filing (reported by the Virtually Blind weblog), they are asking a judge to take an unusual move: prohibiting a developer from releasing a particular bit of code as open source. Read on for the details.

The W3C Serves Up Mobile Web Standards

With all the competition there is surrounding mobile operating systems, many of them Linux-based, and increasing convergence between open source and emerging software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, it's not surprising to see standards getting short shrift. Heck, if you look back at many of the classic platform wars in the history of computing and communications, the key competitors didn't even want common standards a lot of the time; instead, they wanted to control their own standards. That's why it's good to see the World Wide Web Consortium releasing its very first standards for mobile web site design.

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