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CeCILL: The Frech GPL

Posted by baffa on Jul 15, 2004 - 10:47 AM
Some researchers from French government-funded research organizations announced the new Open-Source license, known as CeCILL (English pdf here), which is intended to be compatible with the GPL. CeCILL is intended to make free software more compatible with French law in two areas where it differs significantly from U.S. law: copyright and product liability.

On PHP and Scaling

Posted by baffa on Jul 05, 2004 - 12:00 AM
From Slashdot (abridged): "Chris Shiflett at summarizes a discussion about scalability. Chris argues that PHP scales well, because it fits into the Web's fundamental architecture. 'I think PHP scales well because Apache scales well because the Web scales well. PHP doesn't try to reinvent the wheel; it simply tries to fit into the existing paradigm.'

JavaOne Conference

Posted by baffa on Jun 20, 2004 - 09:24 AM
The JavaOne Software Conference will be held from June 28 to July 1 2004 on Moscone Center, S.Fracisco, CA, USA.

Mozilla 1.7 Released

Posted by baffa on Jun 18, 2004 - 03:16 PM
Right on the heels of Firefox 0.9's and Thunderbird 0.7's releases comes the official release of Mozilla 1.7.

Firefox 0.9 is out

Posted by baffa on Jun 15, 2004 - 02:57 PM
From Mozilla website:
The Mozilla Foundation today announced the immediate availability of a new preview release of its next generation web browser, Mozilla Firefox 0.9. Mozilla applications run on a wide range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and are translated into dozens of languages.

Which Scripting Language?

Posted by baffa on Jun 15, 2004 - 12:39 PM
Some people ad merd's site published a small survey of scripting language usability. Merd is a little know scripting language.

No Stupid Software Patents

Posted by baffa on Jun 10, 2004 - 11:53 AM
A funny article add some humor to the long running struggle to counter the attempt to pass in EU a software copyright law as bad as the USA one which can patent obvious ideas!

Periodic Table of the Operators

Posted by baffa on Jun 03, 2004 - 10:56 AM
A funny blog by Mark Lentcner, lists all Perl6 in a Periodic Elements Table manner!

Hardened PHP

Posted by baffa on May 18, 2004 - 11:54 AM
The Hardened-PHP Project announced the availability of the first public patch for PHP which adds security hardening features.

Optimization: "Performance Matters?"

Posted by baffa on May 06, 2004 - 09:52 AM
James Hague published an essay which is an attempt to look at software optimization from a different point of view, to put performance into proper perspective.

Universal Limits on Computation

Posted by baffa on Apr 28, 2004 - 10:58 AM
A report on the cosmological limit on computational capacity has been published at CERN. Luckily the derived limit is still far!

A Manifesto for Collaborative Tools

Posted by baffa on Apr 20, 2004 - 02:02 PM
An essay about software collaboration has been published by Eugene Eric Kim on Dr. Dobb's Journal.

Five Fundamental Problems with Open Source?

Posted by baffa on Apr 14, 2004 - 12:00 AM
A controversial paper discusses five fundamental problems with the current Open Source software development trend, explores why these issues are holding the movement back, and offers solutions that might help overcome these problems.

Sun Cancels the Next UltraSparc V pPocessor

Posted by baffa on Apr 12, 2004 - 12:00 AM
Sun Microsystems has discontinued development of two planned chips as it retrenches in a difficult era for the company. Sun has stopped work on the UltraSparc V, a server chip that was supposed to come out late next year, and Gemini, a dual-core chip for Web servers. "In order to get back to profitability, we have to make some difficult choices," a company spokeswoman said.

X windows forks.

Posted by baffa on Apr 08, 2004 - 04:16 PM
A press release announced the formation of the X.Org Foundation and the release of X11R6.7 of the X Window System. The XOrg Foundation is the successor to the X Consortium, formed by many of the most notworthy participants in the XFree86 Project. This code release is a tree forked from the last XFree86 release but without the the lichece changes done by XFree86 group.

GIMP 2.0 released

Posted by baffa on Mar 25, 2004 - 12:00 PM
From Gimp site: "The GIMP developers are proud to release version 2.0 of the GIMP, the leading free software tool for image manipulation. This release is a major event, and it is the first stable release that is officially supported not only on Unix-based operating systems, but also on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OS X."

XFree86 4.4.0 is out

Posted by baffa on Mar 03, 2004 - 12:11 PM
The new version (4.4.0) of popular XFree86, a freely redistributable open-source implementation of the X Window System, is out and can be downloaded. The new licence, however, raised some concern.

Freenet working again

Posted by baffa on Feb 20, 2004 - 04:29 PM
The Freenet software ins now working again, thanks to a ground-up redesign, whis solves the oveload problem which make it unusable in last few months. more details here.

News about Wine

Posted by baffa on Feb 18, 2004 - 11:42 AM
Brian Vincent just published a short summary of the last Wine conference, detailing all emulator news. Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix, this means it is a way to support running Windows programs on Linux and other OSs boxes.

Open Source Awards

Posted by baffa on Jan 19, 2004 - 05:15 PM
The first Open Source Awards 2004 have been announced. To our view some ar of relevance for astronomical software: Valgrind, a sophisticated debugger for x86-based Linux systems and Pango,a framework for the layout and rendering of internationalized text.

Grow of Apache use

Posted by baffa on Jan 12, 2004 - 09:25 AM
According to Netcraft, in 2003 the Apache HTTP Server went from from 53% to 64% of server share, while all other competitors remained more or less stable in the number of server powered. The graph are well explicative.

Solaris for free!

Posted by baffa on Dec 15, 2003 - 10:30 AM
Now that RedHat is out of small workstation market, can be worth noting that Solaris for x86 can be downloaded for free here. You can find a review here.

Using Natural Selection to Investigate Optimizations

Posted by baffa on Nov 20, 2003 - 09:45 AM
A comprehensive and enlightening article on the search of best optimization in compiling C program have been published here. It is well known how difficult is to determine the best set of optimization flags for a given program: the article gives directions and a program which explores the 2^53 possibilities by means of genetic algorithm.

A new release of PostgresSQL

Posted by baffa on Nov 20, 2003 - 08:58 AM
The PostgreSQL Global Development Group (PGDG) is pleased to announce the availability of version 7.4 of the PostgreSQL Object Relational Database Management System (ORDBMS). This major release is the work of our world wide network of hundreds of developers and contributors over the last nine months. It provides commercial-grade enterprise database functionality and performance with the flexibility and low total cost of ownership widely associated with Open Source software.

The EU publishes Open Source Migration Guidelines

Posted by baffa on Oct 22, 2003 - 11:44 AM
The EU, by means of IDA (Interchange of Data betwheen Administrations), publishes practical guidelines for migrating to Open Source Software.
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