EU Commission Study Finds OSS Saves Money

From Slashdot:

“Groklaw has up a story about an EU Commission’s recent findings on the costs savings available from using Open Source Software. From the article: ‘Costs to migrate to an open solution are relevant and an organization needs to consider an extra effort for this. However these costs are temporary and mainly are budgeted in less than one year. The major factor of cost of the new solution – even in the case that the open solution is mixed with closed software – is costs for peer or ad hoc training. These are the best example of intangible costs that often are not foreseen in a transition.'”

PicasaWeb WordPress Plugin Widget

I put together a widget for the picasaWeb WordPress plugin.
Its a very crude hack, If I get time I’ll do it properly if someone else doesn’t get there first, nonetheless its a start and some people might find it useful.

A big thanks to Bill Rawlinson for the picasaWeb plugin. Its very nice to be able to have a plugin for both Flickr and Picasa. Also thanks to Kaf for the example widget, I basically modified it a little for the widget.

You can see it in action on the sidebar of Jacks blog.

The instructions are included in the download.

Mugshot mini review

Wikipedia: [[Mugshot_(software)]]

Mugshot is a community software system created by Red Hat. Unlike social networking websites, it also has a desktop client component. It is meant to facilitate real-world interactions with friends, and make one’s normal computer use more social. Current features include ‘Web Swarm’ which lets users share web links and join in conversations about them, and ‘Music Radar’, which displays which songs a user is listening to, and allows conversations about the song. Many features are planned, including ‘TV Party’.

Mugshot is free software. “Most” of the client code is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Various parts of the server code are distributed under the GPL, the Open Software License 3.0, the Apache License, and the MIT License. All of which are free software licences.

First I visited the Mugshot home page to set up my own Mugshot. When you set up your account include the other social networking sites that you use.

Mugshot Social networking sites

I’m using Delicious, Digg, Youtube and my blog, when I or someone in my groups or network make a blog post, add a bookmark to delicous or use one of the other social networking sites its automatically added to the stacker. Below is a couple of screenshots of my home page, the image on the right is the bottom half of my home page, the stacker, its a bit like a news reader.

Mugshot homeMugshot stacker web

I installed the Mugshot stacker. Like the other desktop applications I use regularly, its on my desktop tool tray which makes it really convenient to check when theres new activities.

Mugshot Stacker

Its not essential to install the Mugshot Stacker desktop application, its also available on your homepage. The thing I really liked about the stacker was that when someone added images to their flickr account or a video to youtube you could click on the entry and preview the thumbnails, with blog posts you can preview and visit the post, with feeds and webswarms you get a short description, you can share them with your groups and network and also start/join a chat about it.

Mugshot Chat

As the title says this is a mini review, visit the Mugshot home page for more information. In my opinion this is the best social networking site I’ve used so far, its [[Free_software]] so you know more features are coming and its only going to get better. Developers can visit the Mugshot Wiki for more information, they’re also hiring. Google users might be insterested in adding the stacker as a Google gadget. You can see my Mugshot mini badge on the far right sidebar at the top.

A couple of my mates use myspace so I hope they bother setting up a mugshot, I also hope all the bloggers I know set one up.

Tux Paint is still the best educational art software for children

Watch the Video.

Tux paint is [[Free software]]. Visit the Tux Paint home page and check out some of Bill Kendricks projects:

  • New Breed Software – Games and stuff for Linux, Windows, Mac, Dreamcast, Zaurus and more
  • Bill’s Games – An award-winning collection of classic games that work with any browser
  • WebFX – award-winning web-based image manipulator

Wikipedia: [[Tux Paint]]

Also make sure to check out [[Mugshot (software)]], its the best community software system. Visit the Mugshot home page.

Emulating OLPC on Edubuntu

Useful Links:

$ sudo apt-get install qemu

Download the latest stable image. I downloaded this image.

Extract the image.

$ bunzip2 olpc-redhat-stream-development-build-193-20061203_1727-devel_ext3.img.bz2

Use qemu to launch the OLPC environment.

$ qemu -hda olpc-redhat-stream-development-build-193-20061203_1727-devel_ext3.img

Press the “a” key when you see this screen.

OLPC Qemu 1

Press the “a” key again when you see this screen.

OLPC Qemu2

Append apm=off to the end of the line and press enter.

OLPC Qemu 3

You can also replace vga=0x311 with vga=789 for 800×600(24bit color). Here’s more info on vga.

At the login screen your keyboard and mouse might not work.

Press Alt + Ctrl + 3 to enter the terminal mode of the OLPC, login with username root and press enter for password. Then type.

$ modprobe i8042

Bring your network up by typing

$ dhclient

Press Alt + Ctrl + 1 to return to the graphical mode of the OLPC.

If your using windows then my guides on running GNU/Linux on windows might help, my old video of OLPC Fedora Core on windows Video(flash) shows a skinny version of fedora core that was used in the early days of OLPC so I’m thinking about screencasting my latest efforts but if you just watch this video you can see the results.

Learn by doing, remember the OLPC project is an education project not a laptop project. I especially enjoyed playing with the Squeak Etoys Activity.

Matthew Fulmer has been hard at work putting together an annotated list of Squeak tutorials. Check them out, its the best list. Some software developers might be interested in PataPata, it’s a pythonic version of Squeak in early phase of development.