Old Free Software Magazine forums - discontinued

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Free Software Consulting

Fri, 2007-11-23 16:55 -- GaryK

I have been in the software development field for 20 years and running my own consulting practice - GARA Systems - for the past 11 years.

Over the past couple of years I have been actively advocating free software to my clients. Since that time I have done many installations of MySQL, OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird and more. My clients have realized thousands of dollars in savings because of the switch.

OrangeHRM Launches version 2.2.2 of the Open-Source HR Management System

Dear all,

I would like to inform you, that OrangeHRM has just released the version 2.2.2 of their Open Source Human Resource, also known as Human Capital, Management Solution (HRM / HCM).
Being the provider of the Human Resource Information System (HR IS), OrangeHRM offers its solution free of charge under GNU GPL open source license.

Magento Commerce

Tue, 2007-09-25 13:42 -- puleen

Anyone that is looking for a good and FREE eCommerce application, make sure to give Magento Commerce a try (http://www.magentocommerce.com/).

A friend of mine in Norway told me about it. When I heard about an open source / free commerce application from a hardcore .NET guy, I knew there had to be something good about it.

This coming weekend I plan on setting it up and giving it a try.


please help me about "Open FTA" software

Hello everyone, my name Khoa. I have just downloaded a software named "Open FTA" in website www.openfta.com. I read it's source code and it has many file but I don't understand what function is used to connect all of function in program. Example: after install software, I built a tree, after that I click on menu "Analysis". In this menu, it has four child menus such as : Validate, Minimal cut set, Numerical Probability, Monte Carlo Simulation. [...]

Why I dumped Digg from my RSS feeds

I think I'm aware of most (and I mean most, not all) events that surround FLOSS. But I don't have a magic trick for that. I just use an RSS Akregator (pun intended) and look at what's going on with the news. I use LT, FSM, Digg (just the linux/unix feed), even Netcraft's (which I think will be dumped from my feeds in a few days) and a few others. I get so many news it's hard for me to keep up with all the incoming information (I think there should be a little more "intelligence" in agregators so they can tell duplicated news... but that's out of scope). [...]

Patent Dilemma

The other day I got a fantastic idea on Electrical Technology. I had envisioned a solution to problem that has challenged me from my college days. I contacted my professor and was convinced my idea was unique. This was the time I was using Kubuntu OS. I was able to better use my PC due to the fact that some one, somewhere, totally unknown to me has put in hours of work so that I and fellows like me could run my computer without burning our pockets. Without such great souls, my use of my computer would have been hampered by proprietary software.

Source of Linux Distros

I am posting this for the information of any IInet subscribers.

In case you are unaware IInet do Mirror copies of a number of Linux Distros from their FTP "Freezone". By downloading from there you are not utilising your normal download quota. The link is http://ftp.iinet.net.au/linux/

The main ones from memory are: Gentoo, Mandriva, CentOS, Debian, Gentoo-Portage, Knoppix, Kororaa, Redhat Fedora, Slackware, Suse and Ubuntu

Happy hunting... Phil

Liberation of Information - inevitable or in need of advocacy?

I recently read a german book named 'Liberation of Information'. (http://die-befreiung-der-information.de) Its a small introduction to free software and its historic roots, coupled with a short description of the changes which the music/movie industry is facing and the opportunities the 'Net gives people to collaborate.


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Please Help to choose

Dear experienced Software Engineers and Developers,

I seek all your advices and suggestions to go forward in my career.

I (29) am holding a BSc (IT).

After getting my degree I joined a firm as a ASP/ SQL Programmer and continued in the same for one year. I was very successful in this position that all end users as well as my supervisors were very happy with me.

Free Me

OK, so this isn't a specific group but it is promoting Free Culture and we're inviting everyone to get involved however they wish!

We've created a DVD that combines the best of Free Software with the best of Free Culture: there's movies you can watch on your stand-alone DVD player; there's music and books you can enjoy from your computer and there's an Ubuntu Live CD with all of this fantastic content on the desktop so you can enjoy it from a mostly (it is Ubuntu!) free system.

Is this much choice really a good thing?

Fri, 2007-04-27 22:31 -- admin

Due to the nature of free software, there exists a great deal of choice. You have 100s of distros to choose from, and a handful of desktop environments, office suites, browsers, email clients, media players... you name a piece of software and there's almost always at least one alternative. And, if there isn't, there soon will be. Is all this choice a good thing? Or is it just too confusing? Should we strive to have an ultimate tool that suits everyone's needs or do we really need 50 types of hammer and a 1000 types of nail? Let us know how you feel about choice?

Emulating proprietary software - should we do it?

Fri, 2007-04-27 22:23 -- admin

In the development of free software, should we allow ourselves to emulate proprietary software or should we strive to be better and unique? Is it bad that a lot of our software does emulate pre-existing proprietary software? Do we look like we are uncreative? Does it matter? Or is a good thing to emulate proprietary software so that there are free software alternatives and so that people have a choice? How do you feel about this issue? To emulate or not to emulate... that is the question.

"Free software", "open source", "FOSS", or other?

Fri, 2007-04-27 22:18 -- admin

Our stance on this is obvious given the name of our magazine, but what is yours? Some of our authors prefer FOSS, others prefer open source, but what do you think and why? We all know the above terms can lead to confusion, but which is the least confusing. Can we sway popular opinion or should we give in to it? Is there some so far undiscovered term which will settle the disputes and make everyone go "Ah... now why didn't we think of that?"? Let us know what you think we should call it and why?


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