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The Software of Space Exploration

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Several of the internet's pioneers have recently become space exploration pioneers as well. Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, funded the company that created SpaceShipOne and is financing the construction of the Allen Telescope Array, which will provide dedicated radio telescopes to SETI researchers. Elon Musk, cofounder of PayPal, started SpaceX to develop a series of low-cost expendable rockets. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and id Software's John Carmack are both working on vehicles for space tourism at Blue Origin and Armadillo Aerospace. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Thawte and the Ubuntu Foundation, also became the first African in space and the second space tourist when he visited the International Space Station in 2002.

Ruby on Rails 1.1 – "Web 2.0 on Rocket Fuel"

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The much-anticipated new version 1.1 of Ruby on Rails hit the streets with fanfare a couple of days ago. And while even I am wary of the hyperbole that sometimes surrounds Ajax and Web 2.0, I'm very pleased to say that Ruby on Rails is the genuine article.

Miracle cure for software setup?

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Most talk about virtualization these days centers on using server hardware more efficiently. But the technology also has the potential to ease another headache: software installation woes.

Updating made easy with EasyUbuntu

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Ubuntu uses only open/free formats, so it doesn't include playback support for formats such as MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Audio Video Interleave (AVI) that may have some restrictions. EasyUbuntu, a Python script that gives Ubuntu users access to commonly used applications and codecs through a neat graphical user interface (GUI).

Firefox Growth Due to Windows Users

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Some memes die hard. Along with the persistent claim that the popular Firefox browser platform is only for Windows-haters, we often see the comment that simply downloading something... even 100 million-plus of something... doesn't mean people are using it. In fact, Firefox's Mary Colvig says they believe 40 to 60 million people are actually using it.

OpenOffice confab issues call for papers

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Organizers of OpenOffice.org's annual conference, OOoCon -- set for Sept. 11-13 in Lyon, France -- have issued a call for papers on a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from developing OpenOffice.org, to free software marketing and politics. The deadline for acceptance is June 1, the project said.

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Release Candidate of KOffice 1.5

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Things are getting closer. The KOffice team is proud to announce the release candidate of KOffice 1.5.

A look at GNOME 2.14

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I'm going to be covering some assorted news items and exploring GNOME 2.14. As a special treat this month, I also have some comments written by Mike Ferris, Red Hat director of security solutions, who talks about Red Hat's approach to integrated security and SELinux.

Open-source guru creates new ID system

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Over the weekend, developer Jeremie Miller launched a new project, called MicroID, designed to give users a way to authoritatively prove that they are the authors of blog postings and Web sites.

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40+ Suggestions for Better Desktop

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Here are my few suggestions to make better desktop (making it simple but powerful). Most of them are for Gnome and related applications but for other desktop environments and applications could be also useful.

Microsoft And Eclipse: A Showdown For Ajax Leadership

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Web users are getting spoiled. Once they experience the Ajax-powered speed and interactivity of apps on Google or Flickr, click-and-wait Web interfaces won't cut it. Spurred by growing business interest, Microsoft and backers of Eclipse, the open source programmer's workbench, last week stepped up efforts to create Ajax-friendly tools for building interactive Web applications.

NVIDIA 1.0-8183 Display Drivers

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When continuing our investigation for the "HP: The SLI Godfather?" article, it was found that Hewlett-Packard is hosting a NVIDIA Linux display driver that is numbered 1.0-8183. What is inside the drivers that are entitled 8183 Revision 1? What are the details involved? We have a small report today on these findings, as well as a download.

MythTV Invades Realm of Cable and TiVo

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Now known as the MythTV project, Richards's effort to create DVR systems from commonly available computer components and the Linux open-source operating system, is gaining traction on the Internet.

Open-Source Framework Means Happy Trails for Java Developers

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Chris Nelson said he found developing in Java was just too hard, so he decided to do something to make it easier. Now he's about to deliver on it.

TW My sysadmin toolbox

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I have used Linux since I was eleven, and I'm approaching my seventeenth birthday now. I still consider myself an amateur at using the operating system, but I have discovered quite a few interesting tools to help improve my productivity with Linux. They're not exactly my sysadmin toolbox -- more like my desktop enhancement kit.

Flock fellow flees: I'm flocking off

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Flock's Chris Messina is leaving the company, five months after it unveiled its beta browser to the public. He served as "Director of Experience and Open Source Ambassador" for the startup.

New Web Service Looks To Push Office Off The Desktop

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Entrepreneur Michael Robertson, a pioneer in online music, launched in beta on Thursday a Web service for creating documents and saving them on a computer's hard drive as a Microsoft Word file.

Sophos launches new Linux anti-virus

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While Linux remains relatively unaffected by viruses, Sophos distributor Netxactics reckons that Linux servers could be a vector for attack on Windows boxes.

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