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.
Nagios is free, open source host, service and network monitoring services. Nagios provides an extensible framework, that can monitor pretty much anything using plugins.
TrueCrypt version 6.0 has been released and available for download. It is free open-source hard disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux system.
NETGEAR Launches Open Source Wireless-G Router Enabling Linux Developers and Enthusiasts to Create Firmware for Specialized Applications.
Open source java dieting software that aims to provide a complete solution to the CR dieter. Allows to track vitamin, mineral, and protein intakes with great care.
A new study report – free open source software is costing vendors $60 billion per annum; so FOSS Saved Customers $60 Billion dollars.
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.
You can easily clone single hard disk or partition using netcat and your own network. However, software such as Clonezilla offers a partition or disk clone software similar to Ghost. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive.
Norton Ghost is popular proprietary commercial software. It is slow and takes lots of time to clone system. There is also Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition with multicasting and fast cloning system.
However, Clonezilla is a free, open source, multitasking and multi operating system software. With DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux [DRBL] provides a diskless or systemless environment for client machines) and network boot enabled client computers, the only thing you have to prepare is a Clonezilla server. The best thing is ~ you do not even have to prepare a bootable CD or floppy with Partition Image for every client computer.
(Fig 01: Starting Clonezilla Clone Software)
(Fig 02: Clonezilla and DRBL running under Ububtu Linux ~ click to enlarge image)
Download Clonezilla cloning software
=> Visit official project home page to download Clonezilla software.
How to: Setting up a Clonezilla/DRBL server on Ubuntu 7.04
=> A simple howto on setting up Clonezilla/DRBL on Ubuntu Linux
How to: Setting up a Clonezilla/DRBL server on CentOS / Fedora / RHEL
=> A simple documentation to quickly setup up Clonezilla on a PXE server.
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Samba software is a free, open source implementation of networking protocols to share files between Windows and UNIX computers. This is a good news for Samba project.
Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba.
Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on September 17th 2007.
Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba, said:
We are very pleased to be able to get access to the technical information necessary to continue to develop Samba as a Free Software project. Although we were disappointed the decision did not address the issue of patent claims over the protocols, it was a great achievement for the European Commission and for enforcement of antitrust laws in Europe. The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows
=> Samba Team Receives Microsoft Protocol Docs [samba.org]