Archive for November, 2007

Quality Open Source Calendaring / Scheduling?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Here is a question for all those people who need an opensource calendar.

Quality Open Source Calendaring / Scheduling?

Posted by kdawson on Thursday November 29, @12:30PM
from the date-for-a-date dept.


Jim R. Wilson writes “In past jobs, I’ve used Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, Novell Groupwise, and Google Calendar for handling business appointments. I’m sorry to say it, but I have yet to see a rival to Microsoft’s scheduling features. On Slashdot I have occasionally read rumblings that there are better open source email and calendaring solutions out there. Can anyone substantiate this claim? What are the OSS alternatives? Can any compete with Microsoft’s resource scheduling?”

I have no idea of what to use. if anyone knows what is opensource and could be used as a calendar please submit a comment with your suggestion.


Google Summer of Code Extends to Highschoolers

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

If only they did that for last year then I could have been working on the Google Summer of Code. Anyways its too late now for that to happen for me since i am in Grade 12. Here is the story from :

Google Summer of Code Extends to Highschoolers

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday November 28, @11:00AM
from the get-in-the-game-kids dept.


phobonetik writes “Building on three successful years of engaging University students with over one hundred open source projects, the Google Summer of Code program is being complemented with the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, launched today. Running initially as a pilot involving 10 open source projects, the contest is open to any student enrolled in highschool education. Students choose from a list of several hundred predetermined tasks that improve the open source project, and get paid small sums for their successful completion. At the end of the contest (4th Feb 2008), each of the ten open source projects nominate their best contributor, who wins a grand prize.” I wish there would have been something like this when I was in high school… I wonder how great my BBS door games would have been if there was a chance of getting cash and trips.


Maybe its not too late after all! 😀


Google wins search share at expense of Yahoo, Microsoft

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007


Google widened its lead over the competition by winning 58.5 percent of all U.S. searches last month, up 1.5 percentage points over September. Yahoo took second place with 22.9 percent of the search market, down from 23.7 percent, while third ranked Microsoft dropped to 9.7 percent from 10.3 percent.

Ask Network remained steady at fourth place with 4.7 percent of the U.S. search market in October, while Time Warner Network dropped a tad to 4.2 percent from 4.3 percent a month earlier, ComScore reported.

Google captured 6.1 billion of the 10.5 billion Internet searches Americans conducted in October, ComScore said, far more than second place Yahoo’s 2.4 billion.

This is good for google but not good for yahoo or microsoft.

Nano Safety Worries Scientists More Than Public

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Here is a blog post on the safety worries on Nanotech:
Article from

Nano Safety Worries Scientists More Than Public

Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday November 26, @10:00AM
from the what-aren’t-they-telling-us dept.

Nanotech Coward writes “The unknown human health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology are a bigger worry for scientists than for the public, according to a new report in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The new report was based on a national telephone survey of American households and a sampling of 363 leading U.S. nanotechnology scientists and engineers. It reveals that those with the most insight into a technology with enormous potential — and that is already emerging in hundreds of products — are unsure what health and environmental problems might be posed by the technology.”


Friday 2007/11/23 Upcoming Reviews

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Linux Mint

Pioneer Linux

KDE 4 RC live CD (OpenSuSE)

Vector Linux 5.9 RC

and last but not least:


What to Protect in Open Source Software

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

article from

What to Protect in Open Source Software

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Wednesday November 21, @04:15PM
from the what’s-in-a-name dept.


eldavojohn writes “I found a brief blog by Marc Fleury on something that seems to almost be an oxymoron — what you need to legally protect in Open Source Software. The short of it is that you should trademark your name and brand it. Which might explain Xen’s stance on the use of the brand ‘Xen’. Another short blog notes that you should also maintain control of your distribution channels. Fleury also states this interesting tidbit on protecting intellectual property in OSS, ‘Short of filing patents, there isn’t much you can do in OSS. Let’s face it the IP is there for everyone to see. If you are in a mode where a lot of the value is the code itself then open sourcing under GPL or equivalent reciprocal license may be a good choice for you. At least you will make sure that ISV’s that re-use your license get in contact with you and many of them will pursue dual-licensing, a strategy that is known to work to monetize an OSS user base (mySQL).’ Is there anything else you should take measures to protect in open source software? Is it possible to maintain control of a project under the GPL or are you constantly faced with forks?”

Nintendo Patented a plan for a mobile phone!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Wow a DS phone? article from

Must Nintendo Make a Mobile Phone?

Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday November 21, @10:39AM
from the what-a-strange-question dept.

Hiroshi writes “Earlier this year Engadget uncovered a patent filed in 2001 for a Nintendo cell phone but as we all know, nothing came of it. Now CNET is highlighting the Nintenphone once more, stating that it must be built if cell phone gaming is ever going to get better. Interestingly, CNET Photoshopped a DS Lite with Android and a virtual keypad, and while this probably wouldn’t be what a Nintenphone would look like, I can’t help feeling like the DS would make an awesome phone.”

Mandriva One 2008.0 Review

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This installation of Mandriva 2008 only took about 20 Minutes. I installed the KDE Live CD onto my laptop harddrive.

Mandriva has its ups and downs though this is the first distro that I have used in the last few weeks that will actually configure your wireless and nvidia graphics card for you, and the graphics card runs xgl. Compiz Fusion was already enabled (which i like), I only had to configure the wireless to work which had only taken less than 2 minutes.

I like how this distro was able to download in less then 2 hours on bit torrent which was ok while downloading at 150Kb/s. I also downloaded the gnome Live CD which you can install via running the live CD while playing with it. The Gnome Live CD was downloading at only 20Kb/s at the most during the download and probably started seeding at around 2 AM.

The interface was easy to use and change. I am using KDE 3.5.7 which is a nice change from Gnome (I am only trying this out for a little while.) I would recommend Mandriva to anyone that likes a French Distro that really almost works out of the box.

The only problem that I had with the installation was when halfway through the setup it changed to Spanish? hmmm, I say that I can only understand English, really I cannot believe that the installer has that bug.

Well over all I will pronounce this distro one of the most useful of all the distributions that I have tried. Overall a 9/10!

Ryan Orser

next for review is g-os (otherwise known as green-os)

Open SuSE Linux 10.2 Review

Monday, November 19th, 2007

OpenSuSE 10.2 Review:

I know its’ a little late for this now because 10.3 is out, but I am going to review OpenSuSE Linux 10.2 anyways.

Here are the pros:

  • Uses Gnome, KDE, or any other Window Manager that you can select from a list.
  • Works on my laptop, though I did need to put in the commands for the installation, after the installation the boot loader didn’t need to have the commands put into the xorg.conf file. 
  • Installation was 32 minutes long (NEW RECORD for installation time!)
  • Has the old version of Pidgin (Gaim (An instant messaging client) which is always good to have)
  • Has the kernel.
  • Has Xorg 7.2.

Here are the cons:

·         Is now out of date.

·         I should upgrade



Things I should find out are:

·         How to install Broadcom wireless driver

·         How to install Nvidia Graphics

That is all for now, Mandriva 2008 is coming up next for review,

                        Ryan Orser.

OpenSuSE 10.2 Review… Delayed

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I am sorry but the OpenSuSE 10.2 is delayed. I will hopefully have the review out by Monday the 19th of November.