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Tux Paint is a simple graphics educational painting programs for young children. It is free, Open Source software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The program can be installed all all versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X v10.3+, Linux, BeOS, Haiku, FreeBSD and NetBSD operating systems. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
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A new study report - free open source software is costing vendors $60 billion per annum. According to Jim Johnson, Chairman, The Standish Group International, Boston, MA :

Open Source software is raising havoc throughout the software market. It is the ultimate in disruptive technology, and while to it is only 6% of estimated trillion dollars IT budgeted annually, it represents a real loss of $60 billion in annual revenues to software companies.

This is good news as you and me just saved $60 Billion. I'm now wondering how this revenue is calculated? Anyway, FOSS software is for all of us and it is a win win situation - screw the proprietary software ;)

What do you think?

FOSSology: Track Open Source Software Within Your Company

Hewlett-Packard has launched the FOSSology Project, a tool for tracking and monitoring the use of free and open-source software within an IT environment. The FOSSology Project is a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) project built around an open and modular architecture for analyzing software. Existing modules include license analysis, meta data extraction, and MIME type identification. This open source software tool analyzes a given set of software packages, and reports items such as the software licenses used by these packages.

More than simply reporting, "Package X uses license Y," the FOSSology tool attempts to analyze every file within the package to determine its license. The license report is thus an aggregate of all of the different licenses found to be in use by a package. A single package may be labeled as "GPL" but contain files that use other licenses (BSD, OSL, or any of the hundreds of other licenses). Even if an exact license is unknown, the license may be identifiable by common license phrases.

The availability of free open-source usage data "will help people make much better-- and affordable-- decisions about what open source to use and not use," Cote said.

=> More information available at - FOSSology Project home page.

Download of the day: Mandriva Linux 2008 CD / DVD ISO

Mandriva Linux (aka Mandrake Linux) has been released. Mandriva Linux 2008 is the latest edition of Mandriva Linux, the product of more than 9 years of continuous innovation for desktops and enterprise servers.

In this release, you will get the most up-to-date versions of the major components, with the brand new GNOME 2.20 desktop, the latest stable KDE 3.5.7, Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, the latest Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.

Apparmor has replaced RSBAC as the in-kernel application security tool. It also includes a integrated hardware detection system, with support for a lot of new devices particularly graphics cards, sound cards, and wireless chips. There is a wizard to import Windows documents and settings etc.

Mandriva Linux 2008 Screen shot

Download Mandriva Linux 2008 CD / DVD ISO

=> Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site and on the network of public mirror servers. You can download 3-CD ISO / 1-DVD edition files, which are made up entirely of free / open source software, without any of the non-free software bundled with other editions. It is available for download free of charge.