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PhotoRec & TestDisk file undelete

PhotoRec & TestDisk file recovery and FAT, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS undelete programs allow you recover accidentally deleted photos, videos or other files on SD cards and most other digital camera media and memory.

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.

TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery program! It was primarily designed to recover lost partitions, repair FAT/NTFS boot sector, NTFS MFT and Ext2/Ext3 superblock and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software or human error (such as accidentally deleting your Partition Table).



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how to turn a tgz or zip into a code repo

If your favorite free libre open source project is only available as a tgz or zip (ie umlet) you can now easily turn it into a fully viewable & searchable code repository by using github or google code svn !
You can then use ohloh.net to analyse the code for you !


  1. sign up for a github or google code svn account
  2. CREATE a new repo (ie http://github.com/osde8info/UMLet)
  3. download tgz or zip
  4. untgz or unzip
  5. ADD files to repo
  6. COMMIT files to repo
  7. (if using github you may also need to 'remote add' and 'push')
  8. add enlistment to ohloh (ie git://github.com/osde8info/UMLet.git)

Sit back and enjoy the ohloh.net code analysis and stats !

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Sun xVM VirtualBox and Sun xVM OpenVirtualBox

Sun xVM VirtualBox downloads are now available for most OS's including GNU/Linux, Mac OSX, Solaris and Windoz !

VirtualBox binaries are available for download under the PUEL (Personal Use and Evaluation License). This allows anyone to download and use the product free of charge in compliance with those terms.

For organizations that want to deploy across the business, Sun offers Sun xVM VirtualBox Enterprise Subscriptions
which includes a Sun Software License Agreement and Premium Service Plan.

Sun xVM OpenVirtualBox
VirtualBox source code is freely available and licensed under GPL2 as the Open Source Edition.

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Skype gives up fight against GPL

According to http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/linux/gpl-violations/

Skype gives up fight against GPL
Thu, 08 May 2008
Skype withdraws appeals case, judgement from lower court accepted

The court hearing in the "Welte vs. Skype Technologies SA" case went pretty well. Initially the court again suggested that the two parties might reach some form of amicable agreement. We indicated that this has been discussed before and we're not interested in settling for anything less than full GPL compliance.

The various arguments by Skype supporting their claim that the GPL is violating German anti-trust legislation as well as further claims aiming at the GPL being invalid or incompatible with German legislation were not further analyzed by the court.

The court stated that there was not enough arguments and material brought forward by Skype to support such a claim. And even if there was some truth to that, then Skype would not be able to still claim usage rights under that very same license.

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StyleIgnite free libre open creative commons gpl CSS designs

StyleIgnite contains many free libre open / creative commons / gpl CSS designs you can use for your website


For example here is a GPL checkbox and radio replacement CSS


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Open Source alternative to the locked BBC media player !


Free and open-source, because open media matters.


(Now is the time to Throw Away Your TV and stop paying BBC & MS £120/year)

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Open Source & Commercial Open Source (the SugarCRM way)

Open Source is a Better Way to Build and Distribute Software

In an industry dedicated to improving customer relationships (CRM), it is interesting that proprietary software vendors spend between 50-70% of revenues convincing customers to buy their product (sales and marketing) and less than 10% of revenues actually making better products (engineering).

We thought there was a better way.

Why not write our product in public and distribute it through an open source license? Individuals and companies would be free to evaluate the product and engage with SugarCRM when they were ready for a commercial relationship.

We could shorten the costly and time-consuming enterprise sales cycle while allocating more toward engineering (almost half our company is part of R&D). The model requires putting your product in front of your sales force, which means having a fast, intuitive application that is easy to learn, use and extend.

Commercial Open Source

Commercial Open Source (COS) is based on the value Open Source software delivers to corporate buyers and the realization that existing commercial CRM applications are overpriced relative to the actual engineering dollars required to build these applications. The Commercial Open source model allows SugarCRM to offer:

  • Greater Innovation
  • Better Quality
  • Less Risk
  • Faster Payback

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