Skyrack News and Announcements
- Easy-IP download version updated
- VOIP is everywhere, but not all VOIP is good VOIP
- Datacentre analysis favours hosted voice PBX
- Mobile handsets to get IPv6 in 2011
- Premier content sites getting serious about IPv6
- Internet down to last remaining IPv4 addresses
- Getting started with IP address management and Easy-IP
- Skyrack opens new Leeds office
- Skyrack at Techmesh conference
- Skyrack launches new portal
Other Industry News
- Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:16:22 +0000: US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.
- Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:58:41 +0000: Telecom Italia appoints chairman and Board – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
European operator group Telecom Italia has appointed Giuseppe Recchi as its chairman of the Board of Directors. Recchi’s appointment ends a six-month wait for a successor to former chairman Franco Bernabe, who also served as CEO at the firm.
- Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:54:24 +0000: Samsung gets cosy with Kindle, Tizen – Telecoms.com » News & Analysis
Amazon has partnered with Samsung to launch a custom ebook service, bundling a content subscription with the device.
- Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:10:09 +0000: KDE-Services 1.9-6 – Freecode Releases
KDE-Services extends the features of the Dolphin File Manager right-click menu in the KDE graphical environment. It allows you to play and convert between several video formats, extract audio from movies and convert them to MP3 or FLAC, convert audio to MP3 or FLAC, securely send a file or directory to Mailx as an email, send files to Thunderbird as attachments, burn and checksum ISO images, execute scripts and applications, get low-level information on video files, build ISO images from folders, replace text, search, SSH, use Midnight Commander, use system, network, and backup/restore tools, use Samba, extract subtitles from MKV video, multiplex subtitles into MPEG-2 videos, and work with YouTube, DVDs, multimedia, GPG. You can add a timestamp prefix to a filename or directory name. A paranoid shredder, an HTTP publisher, graphic tools, RPM package tools, Xorg configuration, and Dropbox tools are included.
Release Notes: This release
improves the Bash scripts code and enhances
Release Tags: KDE, KDE4, KDE 4, Utilities
Tags: Utilities, KDE4, KDE 4, KDE
- Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:05:25 +0000: AutoArchive 1.0.2 – Freecode Releases
AutoArchive is a utility to help create backups more easily. The idea of the program is that all essential information for creating a backup is in a single file. It can use ‘tar’ for creating archives, has a command line interface, and supports incremental backups.
Release Notes: This release
fixes an exception which might have occurred when backup restarting was switched to enabled
for an existing archive.
Release Tags: Minor bugfixes
Tags: Archiving, backup, Systems Administration, Utilities, tar
- Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:46:36 +0000: Kubuntu 14.04 LTS – Freecode Releases
Kubuntu is a Linux distribution that is based on
Ubuntu. The main difference from standard Ubuntu
is that KDE Plasma is used instead of Unity. Its aim is
to be a great integrated distribution that uses
the full potential of the KDE desktop.
Release Notes: This is a new Long Term Supported version, which means bugfixes and security updates will be added for the next 5 years. The KDE Applications and Platform 4.13 release introduces a greatly-improved semantic search as well as stabilization and improvements in key applications like Okular. Mozilla Firefox 28 is the default Web browser. Muon Suite 2.2 brings additional improvements to Software Center. There is also a completely new driver manager.
Release Tags: Stable, Major feature enhancements
Tags: Desktop Environment, KDE, Linux Distributions, Operating Systems
Open Source Initiative
- Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:32:29 +0000: OSI Board Changes 2014 – Open Source Initiative blogs
April annually sees the start of the OSI Board year, with resulting vacancies and the appointment of directors to fill them. This year saw vacancies arising due to the retirement of Board officers — Karl Fogel, who has done a tremendous job as OSI’s Treasurer, and of Martin Michlmayr, whose work as OSI’s Secretary has been beyond measure. Also leaving due to term limits is Harshad Gune, and Richard Fontana’s seat was open due to the one-year terms for directors representing Individual Members.
The Board turned to OSI’s growing membership to fill the resulting four vacancies. Three of the vacancies were allocated for filling by people selected by the Individual Members, and the other was assigned to the Affiliate Members (comprising open source related non-profit organisations). Using approval voting, the Individual members selected Allison Randal (68% approval), Richard Fontana (61% approval) and Leslie Hawthorn (42% approval) — each to serve for one year — and the Affiliate Members selected Stefano Zacchiroli to serve for three years. Commiserations to the other candidates, and thanks for participating.
The new OSI Board will be meeting soon in Boston to make plans for the coming year. During this meeting we’ll welcome the new Directors, select a President for 2014, meet with the Free Software Foundation and review our strategy for transformation. We are very grateful for your continued support and aim to make OSI ever more valuable both to its members and to the wider open source community.
(OSI President, 2013)
- Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:44:47 +0000: Open Source Initiative (OSI) announces new Affiliate Members – Open Source Initiative blogs
By Deb Bryant
March 12, 2014
Palo Alto, California — The Open Source Initiative (www.opensource.org) is very pleased to announce two new organizations have joined the OSI as Affiliate Members: inBloom (www.inbloom.org) and LinuxFest Northwest (www.linuxfestnorthwest.org). The OSI Board of Directors offers a warm welcome to both!
With inBloom and LinuxFest Northwest joining as OSI Affiliates, our membership of non-profit organizations supporting our mission—to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source, and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community—increases to thirty. OSI Affiliate Members help define the direction and development of, not only the organization itself, but the open source community as well. OSI Affiliates may serve on the OSI Board—contributing their unique perspectives, expertise and vision; create and participate in a variety of special-interest working groups—collaborating with other organizations for the mutual benefit of open source development, and; extend their own networks by partnering with other Affiliates—extending awareness of and participation in their own projects and communities.
inBloom is an independent nonprofit organization that provides efficient and cost-effective means for school districts to give teachers the information and tools necessary to strengthen their connection with each student. inBloom’s Secure Data Service enables widely varied educational tools to work together so that teachers can more easily tailor education to the needs, skill level and learning pace of each individual student. It can also engage parents more deeply in their children’s learning, and save teachers time and schools money. In addition, inBloom offers a substantial security upgrade to the common resources being used, including paper records or disconnected and antiquated databases with few security features.
“inBloom intends to become a champion of open source software development in the context of educational tools for K12 and fully uphold the Open Source Definition. As a company that has built a disruptive technology for an industry where there is a lot of resistance to change, our mission mirrors that of the OSI as educators and advocates for the transparency and community involvement that is synonymous with open source software,” said Vincent Mayers, Open Source Community Manager at inBloom.
LinuxFest Northwest provides a creative environment for the open source community to come together to share new, innovative ideas, and promote through educational activities Linux/open source software principles and technologies to the general public.
Bill Wright, Board Member of LinuxFest Northwest, noted, “As a nonprofit organization we feel a strong camaraderie with the OSI in mutually promoting our goal to facilitate a viable and effective Linux and open source community.”
This April 26th and 27th marks LinuxFest Northwest’s 15th year anniversary to be celebrated during their annual conference in Bellingham, WA. Join the Linux and open source communities, along with Jon “Maddog” Hall, Monty Widenius, The EFF and ACLU, as well as the OSI team and many others for a weekend of collaboration, community and creation: see the LinuxFest Northwest website for more details.
The OSI would like to thank both the community and leadership of inBloom and LinuxFest Northwest for their trust and participation. “The OSI vision of building bridges within the open source community is strengthened and advanced by these two additions,” said OSI President Simon Phipps.
The OSI Affiliate Member program allows non-profit and not-for-profit organizations to become OSI members. Full details of OSI Affiliate Membership and the names of the Affiliate Members are available on OSI’s Affiliate Membership pages (www.opensource.org/affiliates) together with details for other non-profit and not-for profit organizations on how to join. Individuals can also become Members at www.opensource.org/join
About the Open Source Initiative
The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, founded in 1998. The OSI is the stewards of the Open Source Definition (OSD) and the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant and is also actively involved in Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software. OSI Board members frequently travel the world to attend Open Source conferences and events, meet with open source developers and users, and to discuss with executives from the public and private sectors about how Open Source technologies, licenses, and models of development can provide economic and strategic advantages.
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- Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:55:46 +0000: OSI joins FSF in amicus brief in Alice v. CLS Bank – Open Source Initiative blogs
Yesterday, the Open Source Initiative, alongside the Free Software Foundation, filed a “friend of the court” brief in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, a case currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court. (pdf, html) In this case, the Court has asked, in essence, under what conditions (if any) software is “patent-eligible subject matter” under Section 101 of the US patent statute.
Drafted by the Software Freedom Law Center, the OSI-FSF brief argues that the “machine or transformation” test is the correct, and exclusive, bright line test for patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions. In particular, the brief argues that this test is in keeping with the Supreme Court’s existing patent jurisprudence, including the recent Bilski v. Kappos case; and that this position is also consistent with freedom of speech and the First Amendment (a position also supported by the ACLU in this case). Most current software patents would not be able to meet the requirements of this test.
OSI joined this brief because of OSI’s overall position on software patents: that they do more harm than good to the software industry, and that they are particularly damaging to free and open source development, which depends on the unencumbered exchange of ideas between community members. Beyond the legal arguments already mentioned, the brief seeks to educate the Court about the recent history of software innovation, and free and open source software’s role in that history, to show that following the Court’s rulings in cases like Gottschalk v. Benson would help, not hinder, innovation in the industry. (EFF also focused on this argument in their brief.) We hope the Court will find this persuasive and lift this onerous burden, so that the entire industry – and open source in particular – can focus our resources on creating software that enriches all of us, instead of on legal battles over the ownership of abstract ideas.
- Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:20:44 +0000: Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials – The Register – Networks
Lucky Kansas City buggers to host yet another pilot program
Google is in the planning stages of a project to offer its Fiber internet service to businesses in northwest Kansas City, Missouri.…
- Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:18:01 +0000: Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters – The Register – Networks
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
Virgin Media has apologised for a blunder that resulted in some of its customers being bombarded with a deluge of emails.…
- Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:00:58 +0000: AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits – The Register – Networks
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
US wireless megacarrier AT&T has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it could withdraw from an upcoming wireless spectrum auction over proposed buying limits.…
- Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:24:32 +0000: Two Drafts in Last Call: N-Triples, N-Quads – W3C News
The RDF Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts:
- N-Triples. N-Triples is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF graph. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
- N-Quads. N-Quads is a line-based, plain text format for encoding an RDF dataset. Comments are welcome through 14 October.
Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity.
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:31 +0000: Updated Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0 – W3C News
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group today published updates of two Notes that accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) For background, important information about techniques, and opportunities to contribute to future updates, please see the Understanding Techniques for WCAG Success Criteria e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
- Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:16:36 +0000: Last Call: Media Source Extensions – W3C News