Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ubuntu Unity: Making the desktop seriously efficient again | TechRepublic

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Linux grabs its single biggest win

The decision brings a 28 million dollar contract to the Linux community (who, exactly, will be getting this contract is unknown), but that is not all. Based on this (and other issues) with non-free software, the U.S. Department of Defense is laying out guidelines on how its agencies can use open source code. And even though the DOD's use of open source code will alter the GPL for said code (they can't, for obvious reasons, release any code they use and modify back into the wild), this is a huge deal for open source everywhere.

GPL and free software licensing: What’s in it for business?

Monday, June 18, 2012

A New System Architecture Speeds Up the Use of Mobile Phone Applications

Aalto University (06/11/12) 

Smartphone users will be able to download mobile applications in just a few seconds using an open system architecture that allows for a new type of high-speed wireless Internet access. Developed by researchers at Aalto University, the architecture is designed to generate a battery-free smart tag that is used to download digital content directly to the phone faster, with less power use, and without using the telephone network. Iiro Jantunen and his research group have demonstrated the connection at a speed of 112 Mbps, but say they can scale it to a faster speed. "We developed the technology based on the user needs: For example, we started with a user's desire to download and run a three-minute video clip on a phone display with a wait of less than 10 seconds," Jantunen says. "Earlier that time was needed just to initiate a 3G connection or start Wi-Fi, to say nothing of how long it took to actually download the data." Jantunen built an apparatus to test and develop a lighter Bluetooth technology for devices with a smaller power source. The system architecture also makes it possible to use short-range wireless sensor networks for health-related applications.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

GPL and free software licensing: What's in it for business?

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GPL and free software licensing: What's in it for business?

For a variety of reasons business is often seen as antipathetic to copyleft licensing. The GPL - the GNU General Public License - the most popular copyleft licence, sometimes gets a hostile press, often for reasons that don't reflect its real and positive effects.

Arguments about the pros and cons of copyleft and permissive licensing go back a long way. A permissive licence is as it says, and allow...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Invitation to connect on LinkedIn

Pascal Fares
From Pascal Fares
Founder and activist at Open Source Lebanese Movement

I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.

- Pascal

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