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ProtoChart Adds Another Prototype-Compatible Charting Library

Prototype makes it easy for developers to work with HTML forms, asynchronous Ajax requests, and create and manipulate HTML elements. However, Prototype is a bare-bones library, providing none of the widgets or special effects that are included in many competing open-source JavaScript libraries, such as Dojo and YUI. It should not come as a surprise, then, to find that developers have stepped in to fill this void, creating a number of libraries that sit on top of Prototype and/or Script.aculo.us. There are several libraries that make it possible to draw graphs and charts within the browser window using JavaScript; this week, Deensoft announced the pending availability of their graphing library for Prototype, known as ProtoChart.



OStatic Buffer Overflow.....

Splashtop, the instant-on Linux distribution found on Asus motherboards has been hacked. The hack allows for it to run on a USB stick, within a virtual machine, and more.....

MySQL appliance vendor Kickfire raises $20 million.....

Beta 1 of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available.....

Is it time for Microsoft to officially rescind its Linux lawsuit threats?.....

Ex-inmates apply open source to rehabilitiation.....



Open Source and the Digital Living Room

Are digital living rooms the next frontier for open source? I've had my eye on some interesting developments in this area recently. Ars Technica has a good analysis of the announcements from Neuros last week at OSCON about how open source set-top boxes are headed our way. And Matt Asay has a good item up about Open Remote and Control4--both focused on open source home automation. How far can embedded Linux and other open source offerings go in the digital living room and home automation spaces?


HP, Yahoo and Intel Leverage Hadoop for a Compute Cloud

After dragging its feet, Hewlett-Packard is stepping up with an answer to cloud computing by inking a partnership with Intel, Yahoo and three universities to create a cloud computing testbed. The cloud will comprise six physical locations where mostly HP servers containing between 1,000 and 4,000 mostly Intel cores will run Apache Hadoop. Hadoop is the open source infrastructure for taking advantage of huge clusters of computers to produce fast results for queries. It's behind much of Yahoo's search, as we covered here. Today, GigaOm offers complete analysis. Check it out.


OStatic's Firefox Superguide

Mozilla's Firefox browser is among the most popular of all open source applications, and one of the reasons is that it is so extensible and customizable. You probably have lots of favorite Firefox extensions and have picked up some tips, but continuing to add to your arsenal makes lots of sense. Since the inception of OStatic, we've tried to do lots of tutorials and tips posts on Firefox, and recently a reader wrote in and said it would be useful to have them all compiled in one superguide. So here you go--our superguide to working more efficiently with Firefox.


Ribbit Going To BT for $105 Million: Will the APIs Stay Open?

Back in April, we covered Internet telephony startup Ribbit's integration with Salesforce.com's on-demand customer relationship management applications. There, we covered Ribbit's open APIs for delivering services such as making and receiving calls in on-demand applications, recording and saving messages and more. Now, as our parent site GigaOm is reporting, BT (British Telecom) is buying Ribbit for $105 million. Will BT protect Ribbit's openness?


OStatic Buffer Overflow.....

Mozilla is out with the first Alpha of version 3.1 of Firefox, code-named Shiretoko. We covered what's under the hood here.....

ZDNet on whether India and China are taking over open source.....

Open source is increasingly contributing to cloud computing, SaaS.....

 



Launchpad Wants to Host Your Project

Launchpad, the open source hosting site sponsored by Canonical (who are, of course, the folks driving Ubuntu Linux) has announced their 2.0 relaunch. The new version of the site offers several big improvements over the old one, and points a way for other sites to follow. But is it the right place for you to host your next project? Here's a rundown on the new features to help you decide.


Commercial Open Source: Price Matters

The Open Solutions Alliance (which you might recall as one of the sponsors of the Open Source Census) has released the results of a survey it did recently looking at business trends in commercial open source. The results paint a picture of an industry segment doing well, with a few challenges looming but easy continued growth.


Moblin 2.0: Moving from Ubuntu to Fedora?

As our sister blog jkOnTheRun is reporting, there could be a change coming for Intel's mobile-friendly Linux platform dubbed Moblin. The next version of it is due on August 19th, and is apparently switching from Ubuntu to Fedora. Reportedly, the reason for the switch is the Package Manager, which in Fedora lets developers include and use license information data. Check out jkOnTheRun's coverage for more.


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