Coming Soon Commercial support for Drupal Web site builder / CMS

Posted on in Categories Business, GNU/Open source, Linux, News last updated March 3, 2008

Drupal is a free, functional and open source modular framework and content management system (CMS) written in PHP. Now a startup company will release the first commercially supported distribution of Drupal, in the second half of this year. Acquia company cofounded by Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator and project leader project leader, will sell annual subscriptions for Drupal software and services:

Our software products will include Drupal core, plus various contributed modules, and, potentially, non-Drupal software, assembled into packaged distributions. Our first planned distribution is code named “Carbon”, more information is available in the Projects section of our site.

Companies such as Forbes and The Onion have used it this service to build web sites. More information available at Acquia web site (via Yahoo news).

Qt To Be Licensed Under GPL version 3

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Kde, Linux, News last updated January 19, 2008

Qt is the standard framework for high performance, cross-platform application development. Trolltech ASA is licensing its Qt cross-platform development framework under the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPL v3), with immediate effect. GNU founder Richard Stallman said:

I am very pleased that Trolltech has decided to make Qt avaliable under GPL v3. This will allow parts of KDE to adopt GPL v3 too. Even better, Trolltech has made provisions for a smooth migration to future GPL versions if it approves of them.

Qt is already available under the GPL v2 and will continue to be so in addition to the GPL v3.

The GPL v3 license will make it easy and safe for free software developers to use Trolltech’s Qt with the most recent license framework from the Free Software Foundation. Trolltech hopes that its move will inspire free software projects to use GPL v3 when programming with Qt.

Trolltech to adopt GPL 3 for Qt

Video: History of GNU, Linux and Free Software Movements

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Links, Linux, Linux Video, UNIX, Windows last updated January 10, 2008

This is an interesting documentary video which traces the history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements. It features several interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs (and hackers-cum-entrepreneurs), including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf.

The film begins in medias res with an IPO, and then sets the historical stage by showing the beginnings of software development back in the day when software was shared on paper tape for the price of the paper itself. It then segues to Bill Gates’s Open Letter to Hobbyists in which he asks Computer Hobbyists to not share, but to buy software. (This letter was written by Gates when Microsoft was still based in Arizona and spelled “Micro-Soft”.) Richard Stallman then explains how and why he left the MIT Lab for Artificial Intelligence in order to devote his life to the development of free software, as well as how he started with the GNU project.


(Note: There is a video embedded within this post, please visit the site to view the video – Time: 1 hr 25 min 9 sec)

Linus Torvalds is interviewed on his development of the Linux kernel as well as on the GNU/Linux naming controversy and Linux’s further evolution, including its commercialization.

Richard Stallman remarks on some of the ideological aspects of open source vis-á-vis Communism and capitalism and well as on several aspects of the development of GNU/Linux.

Michael Tiemann (interviewed in a desert) tells how he met Stallman and got an early version of Stallman’s GCC and founded Cygnus Solutions.

Larry Augustin tells how he combined the resulting GNU software and a normal PC to create a UNIX-like Workstation which cost one third the price of a workstation by Sun Microsystems even though it was three times as powerful. His narrative includes his early dealings with venture capitalists, the eventual capitalization and commodification of Linux for his own company, VA Linux, and ends with its IPO.

Frank Hecker of Netscape tells how Netscape executives released the source code for Netscape’s browser, one of the signal events which made Open Source a force to be reckoned with by business executives, the mainstream media, and the public at large.

PS: You can download video from Google Video for Apple iPOD here.

Digital Electronic Stethoscope Powered by uClinux ( Embedded Linux ) Distribution

Posted on in Categories Hardware, Linux, Linux distribution, Linux Embedded devices, News last updated December 26, 2007
uClinux - Embedded Linux/Microcontroller Project Logo

A team of electrical and computer engineering students at Calvin College is designing a digital electronic stethoscope running uClinux (pronounced “you-see-linux”) as its operating system. The team has chosen the Coldfire MCF5275 Microprocessor from Freescale. This is a 32-bit microprocessor with built-in USB Device, Ethernet, harware encryption, and eMAC. The eMAC (Enhanced Multiply Accumulate Unit) allows the processor to perform the intensive calculations required to do digital filtering and audio compression.The team has decided to use µClinux as the project operating system. µClinux is a very small (1 MB) open-source Linux operating system that will run from flash memory. The team has successfully compiled the µClinux kernel and is running it on the development board.

Digital electronic stethoscope powered by uClinux ( Embedded Linux ) distribution
(Fig 01: Simple, accurate, and easy to use electronic stethoscope! [Image credit – project home page])

The device is in its early stages of development and the project proposal and feasibility study is completed.

=> An electronic stethoscope powered by uClinux (via ./)