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How OpenOffice 2.0 stacks up against Microsoft Office

OpenOffice 2.0 has the chops to replace Microsoft Office in business offices, with a little help from StarOffice and better training vehicles from the open source community, says Robin "Roblimo" Miller

Encryption for the masses

File and disk encryption needs to be simple and easy if it's going to be used. This article looks at Apple's FileVault and takes a sneak peak at what's coming in Windows Vista.

Novell eats its own dog food

It's a little thing, but I've always found it annoying that when I go to Linux tradeshows and the like, I see many companies still running Windows and using Microsoft Office on their PCs.

Fedora Core 5 Goes Gold

The latest version of Red Hat's community Linux offers several new desktop apps, advances in security and tighter Java integration.

Better Living Through Open Source?

Electronic governance promises to cut corruption and improve transparency, and open source software offers a way to break the South's technological dependence on industrialized countries [ED: "The South" being South America. - SR]

Everyday Programs

LXer Feature: 16-Mar-2006

So I'm sitting in front of my computer recently and I decide to do a quick survey of the programs I use to get through the day on my computer. What programs do I use, you ask? Good Question.

Build a Secure Wireless Portal with Linux

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 21, 2006 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever since wireless Ethernet was born, a sizable number of folks decided that it should be freely available to the masses at no cost. So we have official community wireless projects, coffee shops, hotels, and other businesses supplying free wireless Internet, and a lot of purposefully-unsecured private wireless networks.

QewExtensibleDialogs Library Introduction

QewExtensibleDialogs is a plugin library for Qt Designer. Jose Cuadrea introduces his library and the general design pattern of his Qt implementation.

A Linux Laptop for $187?

Menglan Group, a Chinese company says it plans to sell a laptop computer for about 1,500 yuan, starting in May, to tap demand in the nation's rural areas.

Mcnealy pumps open standards, open source

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Grant Gross (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 20, 2006 5:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
McNealy recommended government agencies buy commercial software built on open-source code, instead of downloading software and running it without commercial support.

Does Novell still have mind share?

Does a reinvented Novell matter anymore? As the company prepares to trumpet its focus on serving the open enterprise at its annual BrainShare conference this week, industry observers remain mixed on whether the former networking powerhouse has a relevant place in today's corporate software market.

What Exactly Is Viiv?

According to Intel, Viiv is a set of key Intel technologies that are designed to bring the performance and connectivity of PCs to the world of consumer electronics. When the new branding was unveiled late last year, the details were still fairly sketchy, but Intel have now released specifications.

Biz/Tech Watch: McNealy Resigns, Google Buys Sun Microsystems?

  •; By Daniel M. Harrison (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 16, 2006 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Scott McNealy, Chief Executive of Sun Microsystems, "will soon move on from the company", Forbes reports today, after recent revelations from Mark Stahlman, a research analyst for Carris and Company. When the analyst last spoke with McNealy about his plans, he indicated that he was staying on "until the job is done" and concurred that finishing the job meant at least three things — reestablishing product superiority, regaining control over costs and igniting demand in a broad and balanced customer base.

Yahoo overhauls Yahoo Mail with heaps of new features

The new service, which is currently in beta, will be available to all UK Yahoo Mail customers today and users will be given a choice as to whether they wish to try out the new service when they next log in. Highlights of the new beta version of Yahoo! Mail include increased speed and features such as a reading pane to instantly view messages, an RSS reader which you can either chose to subscribe to Yahoo's own news feeds or input your own URL and support for both Firefox and Internet Explorer as standard.

Linux PC built for the wrist

Running Linux or Windows CE, the PC has a 72mm x 55mm touch screen, 64MB SD-RAM and up to 1GB storage in a built-in SD memory slot. The device has batteries built into the strap and can give up to six hours productive time. Full GPS is built in, as is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and the device is controlled via a stylus and touch screen. A speaker is incorporated as is stereo sound via headphones. [Now that's my kind of watch. - sharkscott]

Why you should switch to SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

I know many of you are still reluctant to phase out your NetWare servers in favor of Open Enterprise Server (OES) or SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). So we won't talk about that today. Rather, I'm going to ask you to take a look at the systems on your users' desktops. More than likely, they're running some version of Windows. Is that really the best use of your (always limited) licensing dollars?

BIRT(h) of an open-source reporting alternative

BIRT, which turns two in August, is the lovechild of enterprise reporting specialist Actuate (which donated code and full-time technologists to the effort) and the open-source Eclipse software community. BIRT is a J2EE-based reporting solution that plugs into the Eclipse IDE. Like Microsoft’s SSRS offering, BIRT combines an embeddable reporting engine, report lifecycle management capabilities and a client authoring tool.

How one bank found a perfect balance for Linux and Windows

"I'm not a Microsoft hater," says Kerry Miller, a network engineer and PC services manager for the bank. "I just believe in the right tool at the right time..Only about 15% of the servers are on Linux," he says. "But the work is pretty important, supporting 100% of the users. It's not that we have a lot of Linux boxes, it's that the Linux boxes are in pretty strategic spots." ["in pretty strategic spots"- So in other words, they only use Windows where it does not matter if it crashes. - sharkscott]

Industry's First Open Source HR / Applicant Tracking System (ATS) ...

CATS is the HR/Staffing/Recruiting industry’s first and only open source, enterprise class, web based ATS package. Built using the LAMP platform and open source design methodologies, CATS is on a fast track to rival the best proprietary ATS offerings in the marketplace..Using CATS, Human Resource managers and recruiters can easily manage critical talent acquisition issues in an easy yet powerful manner.

Microsoft's Hilf says Windows more reliable than Linux

Hilf says: "When I talk to a middle of the road customer that might be indifferent about Microsoft or Linux, one of the words they typically use with me is predictability. How do I know that the software is extraordinarily well tested and predictable? Some of the key differentiators are when I think about how we build software, a tremendous amount of investment and energy goes into testing to ensure the predictability of the software experience."[Ed: Their software is predictable all right, no backwards compatability and you know it will crash. - sharkscott]

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