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Open-Source Classroom Management With iTALC On Ubuntu 7.10

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Mar 27, 2008 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This document describes how to set up iTALC on Ubuntu 7.10. iTALC is an open-source classroom management solution that lets you view and control other computers in your network. It lets you remote-control other computers, show the teacher's screen on all students' computers, lock workstations, send text-messages to students, power on/off and reboot remote computers, etc.

New Features In OpenOffice.org (Officially Released Now)

OpenOffice.org 2.4 is now released and ushers in new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements.

Texmaker tames LaTeX

Texmaker is an editor for the document markup language LaTeX. It lets you concentrate on the content of a document, while the underlying LaTeX engine takes care of the layout. Whether you are experienced with LaTeX or just starting out, Texmaker makes LaTeX easier to tame. It is GPL-licensed, cross-platform (running on Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OS X), and extremely stable

CrossOver Games adds firepower to Linux

CodeWeavers, developer of software that makes it possible to run Windows applications on Mac and Linux operating systems, yesterday announced CrossOver Games. Crossover Games is a tool allowing users to play Windows games, including World of Warcraft, Guild Wars and many Steam games including Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike Source, Civilization 4, Peggle, and many others.

Photoshop goes online, free

Adobe today announced an online, free, version of its popular Photoshop application. The Flash-based Photoshop Express application is a stripped down version of Photoshop allowing users to manipulate and store their images online. And because Photoshop Express is Flash-based the application will run across most operating systems including Linux, Mac and Windows.

Hacker Super Bowl Pits Mac OS Vs. Linux, Vista

It's the most anticipated matchup in the hacker world: Linux versus Mac OS X versus Vista. Who will get hacked first? That's what organizers of the CanSecWest security conference hope to discover this week as they give show attendees a shot at hacking into the three laptops they've put on display here in Vancouver. The catch? They have to use a brand-new 'zero day' attack that nobody has seen before. The prize? US$20,000, plus you get to keep the laptop.

Open Source Business Conference: Great, we won. So what did we win?

Open source has gone mainstream, but now what? That’s what I asked leading open source investor Larry Augustin and Harold Goldberg, chief executive of Zend, at the InfoWorld Open Source Business Conference, which just wrapped up. All the evidence suggested open source has arrived: This year, some 40 percent of the conference came from the IT departments of large, traditional tech companies. But….is that all there is? Even Goldberg, optimistic overall, conceded he was disappointed when he heard that MySQL, rather than going public, had been purchased by Sun.

Asustek to roll out second-generation Eee PC with touchscreen panels and possibly GPS support in May or June

Asustek's 8.9-inch second-generation Eee PC lineup will include touchscreen panels and possible GPS support, with shipments expected to begin in May or June, according to Kevin Lin, vice president of Asustek's sales department. Pricing is projected to reach NT$15,000 (US$500), Lin added. The 8.9-inch Eee PC will adopt Intel's low-cost notebook platform and the lowest memory capacity will be upgraded from 512MB to 1GB, while the SSD (solid state drive) capacity will be upgraded from 4-8GB to 8-12GB, according to industry sources.

Firefox 3's better performance and memory improvements

At the Mozilla "open house", Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla Corporation vice president of engineering said that beta 5 of Firefox 3 will come out next week. It will be the last beta before release candidate 1, which is due for May; Firefox 3 should ship in June or before, if possible. Schroepfer said, Microsoft’s stated support for open standards (like CSS 2.1) is "a huge win for the Web." But "I wouldn't call it 'vigorously embrace,'". Lots of old standards are still not used. Firefox will support HTML 5, which has a spec for offline access. This will make Google Gears obsolete, he said.

Kaplan: Guiding open source in IT

Jon Williams, CTO at Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, gave today's opening keynote at the OSBC conference in San Francisco. But this was not the usual boring vendor keynote seen at many conferences; this presentation was absolutely on target for the audience. And more importantly, Jon's story is a good example of what's happening increasingly across the industry: open source is being used for strategic as well as tactical applications. One of the key observations Williams made was that Kaplan's use of open source software is not because it's free, but because it works.

The Future of NFS Arrives

NFS was designed by Sun Microsystems in 1984 to connect their systems, and in the process revolutionized the storage industry by allowing file systems to be connected, creating a common view of all the files within an environment. NFS has had some limited updates since then, some for performance, but most of these were minor. Well, the good news is that the future of NFS is almost here.

Review: The Bad Guys Will Cut Off Your Fingers

Linux has always supported Thinkpads pretty well, though the onboard modems and sound are chronic trouble spots. In this article, Carla Schroder focuses on her Lenovo T61's integrated fingerprint reader, to see what is involved in getting it to work on Linux.

Lustre to run on ZFS

Sun Microsystems developers are working on a version of the Lustre global file system that can run on the company's own next-generation Zetabyte File System (ZFS), said Peter Bojanic, director of Lustre engineering at Sun Microsystems. Lustre is an open-source global file system that is heavily used in the supercomputer community. Seven out of the 10 supercomputers at the top of last November's top 500 list of the world's fastest computers use Lustre, as do 30 percent of the systems in the top 100, Bojanic said.

Office 2007 on Linux with Wine install guide

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Mar 27, 2008 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This is a guide with code samples, screenshots, and two screencast of how to install Microsoft Office 2007 on Linux with Wine. Microsoft Office 2007 (officially called 2007 Microsoft Office system) is the most recent version of Microsoft's productivity suite.

XP On OLPC's XO: Is It A Smart Move?

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 27, 2008 7:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
It’s been interesting to watch the evolution and adoption of the XO laptop that’s been created by the One Laptop Per Child project. Like most of you, I still haven’t had the chance to get my hands on one and experience what it’s like, but I hope that the opportunity presents itself soon.

Best Way To Create Your Own Ubuntu

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 27, 2008 6:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This is something that I have been toying with as an idea - creating my own distribution, based on the Ubuntu core, but making sure some basics that continue to go ignored are covered. In this quest, I have been led down an interesting road of discovery. Here are some of the tools that I think might be helpful, should you decide to take this path.

Linspire's CNR Beta: A Quick Review

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 27, 2008 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
I was thrilled to see Linspire continue to work on its CNR service. While our visions for this product vary, in the end, Linspire and I hope to see this as yet another viable, standardized alternative to using other package managers for those who choose to do so. With that said, there are still some very important things that must be addressed. And unfortunately, Linspire has decided to ignore them.

Report: Subscriptions to Surge for Open-Source Licensing

One out of five applications will be licensed by subscription within five years, respondents said, thanks to goodies such as remote management, security monitoring and more. Open source has it all over traditional software when it comes to cost, flexibility and freedom from vendor lock-in. According to a new study from Northbridge Venture Partners on the future of open source, released on March 25 in conjunction with the Open Source Business Conference, those were the top three factors that make open source attractive.

FreeBSD 7 on the $0 Laptop

While I was all set to slap the Ubuntu 8.04 beta on the $0 Laptop (the Gateway Solo 1450 with 1 GB of RAM), I had the FreeBSD 7 install CD already burned ... and while it didn't work so well on the $15 Laptop (Compaq Armada 7770dmt), it booted right up on the Gateway. After a few OpenBSD installs, during which I followed the well-written FAQ religiously (and as a result had no trouble whatsoever), I felt I was more than ready to throw FreeBSD on the laptop. And while the FreeBSD Handbook is legendary for its comprehensiveness, I figured I could just fly by the seat of my proverbial pants. And so I did.

Initiative helps farmers in rural India using OSS

"India is like a long snake. While its head is moving into the twenty-first century, the tail is still in the sixteenth. And there are people all over its body." Those lines by computer guru Ed Yourdon sum up the inspiration behind Jagriti e-Sewa ("Jagriti" means "awakening" in Punjabi and "Sewa" means "service"), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses open source technologies to bring much-needed knowledge and advice to farmers in the Indian state of Punjab.

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