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GUI

+ - Framework for GUI development

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rsuintila
rsuintila writes "The libraries and tools used to program the GUI are often an Achille's heal in the maintenance of long-term projects. In the case of multiplatform systems, the simplistic answer is Java, but, should I use Swing, AWT, SWT...? Are these alternatives well-suited for the development of GNU projects?
What framework/libraries/tools would you use in order to code a GUI for a long-term multiplatform GNU project?"
Portables

+ - Palm to replace Garnet with Linux later this year

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pete314
pete314 writes "Palm has quietly been developing its own Linux based mobile operating systems and is planning to release the software later this year. Replacing the current "Garnet" Palm OS 5 software on the Treo, Linux will allow for simultaneous voice and data traffic, increase application switching speeds and offer better support for online applications."
Java

+ - Apache sends open letter to Sun over license terms

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twofish
twofish writes "The Apache Software Foundation has posted an open letter to Sun documenting Apache's inability to "acquire an acceptable license for the Java SE 5 technology compatibility kit" needed for the Apache Harmony project.The license for the TCK includes a limit regarding field of use, which the open letter says is contrary to the spirit of open source and yields a significant commercial advantage to Sun.

From the letter:

"Besides holding back the Harmony project — a community-led open source project of the ASF since May of 2005 — this failure to comply with your contractual obligations poses serious risk to the credibility of the JCP as an open standards organization, and the reputation of Java itself as an open technology. We believe that this also threatens the general cooperative nature of the commercial Java ecosystem, puts at risk the long-standing positive relationship between Sun and the ASF, and probably between Sun and the broader open source community — all of which is key to the continued growth of Java.""
Wii

+ - Nintendo Strengthens Wii Wrist Straps

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NPN_Transistor
NPN_Transistor writes "Wii Have a Problem reports that Nintendo is making thicker and stronger wrist straps for the Wii remote after reports of the straps breaking and obliterating television screens. From the article:
After having my Wii Remote fly through the air and hit the ceiling while my brother-in-law played Wii Sports Bowling, I promptly called Nintendo and complained about this catastrophe. The customer service was very nice and professional, and quickly sent me a new Wii Remote, shipping paid for it to come to me, and for me to send the old one back. Little did I know that the Wii Remote I would soon get would have a stronger string connecting the wrist strap to the Wii Remote. Indeed, as I opened the UPS package, I discovered that it was much thicker and looked stronger than before.
The decision by Nintendo looks like it could save consumers thousands of dollars in TV repairs and spare countless pets and other fragile household items from destruction. Take a look at the article for the photographic evidence!"

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