Science and Technology

Sunday 22 January 2006
Korean interest boosts open-source Asianux

July 21, 2004, 09:35 GMT

Beyond its Chinese and Japanese creators, Asianux is set to get a Korean backer, bolstering its hopes of becoming a pan-Asian Linux standard.

Developed by China's Red Flag Software and Japan's Miracle Linux at Oracle's research centre in Beijing, the flagship version of the server operating environment, Asianux 1.0, was commercially launched last month. Using a shared kernel and other common components, Asianux acts as a common base for both companies' server operating systems so software and hardware makers need not certify their products with two different versions of Linux.
Sunday 22 January 2006
Meet the people shaping the future of science

Science's racist shame

How many black scientists do you know?

Probably not many, says Elizabeth Rasekoala. That's because Western science excludes black people, she claims. Rasekoala is a chemical engineer who runs science clubs for black children across Britain to teach them--and their parents--how to break down the doors of the scientific establishment. She has spent six years lobbying the British government to do something. While she waited, the South African, Brazilian and Indian governments have all called on her for help. Michael Brooks hears how science's guilty secret has finally come into the open
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