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New consulting company gambles on KOffice demand

Although KOffice has its admirers, in many people's minds, it runs a poor second to However, some European developers expect that situation to change, and to encourage that change, they have created KOfficeSource, a company incorporated in Germany. The company plans to offer support and training not only for KOffice, but also for Open Document Format, and programming using the Qt toolkit. The company's business plan highlights its founders' hopes that KDE-related technologies will become mainstream, and illustrates the current level of acceptance of free software tools in business.

Howto import Cacert (and other authorities) into your browsers

  • The Debian User; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Feb 7, 2008 6:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
This is aimed at beginners - or at least, at non-developers. Every so often, we forget to mention the “easy” stuff like this, and people get confused, or - like in this case - downright frightened by warnings like these: ... (continues with screenshots & explanations)

Web pioneer hits critics with Lisp gauntlet

Maverick programmer and venture capitalist Paul Graham is challenging all comers to beat him after finally releasing a working version of his Lisp update – called Arc. Best known for his pioneering early 1990s work on web development and spam filters, Graham announced in 2001 he was working on an economic version of Lisp, one of the oldest languages still in regular use for production systems - with Cobol and Fortran - that’s used in artificial intelligence programming and considered something for “serious” developers.

Subtitle manipulation tools for Linux

Subtitles may not mean much for the English-speaking part of the world, but for the rest of us, they are the difference between truly enjoying a movie or just watching the screen, trying to decipher the events. While Windows has a nice variety of tools to manipulate subtitles, Linux applications too can accomplish such tasks. From editing to ripping to converting, here is a list of some useful tools.

Hotmail doesn't work with Firefox 2.0: Microsoft answers to GNU/Linux users "Switch to Outlook Express"

I contacted the Hotmail support staff (and for the first time since 1997, I actually got an answer) about the matter. Me: Why, exactly, is “Full” disabled if one masks “Win” as the OS in the User Agent string, considering that Firefox doesn’t use any Windows subsystem other than the TCP/IP stack and GDI? On Windows XP, hiding the fact that I’m using Windows in the UA string disables “Full”, while masquerading as Firefox for Windows under Linux X86-64 (and a 64-bit build of Firefox) “Full” works very well. This is their short answer: Hotmail Staff : Mitch, after reviewing the information you provided, I determined that Microsoft Product Support Services Team could best address your issue. They are tasked to provide all the information you need to be able to configure correctly your Windows Live Hotmail through Outlook Express. Yes, you’ve read that correctly: since Hotmail Full won’t work under Firefox for Linux, configure Outlook Express to access your account.

sudo, or not sudo: that is the question

If you've dabbled even a little bit with security matters, you know that giving root rights or the root password to a common user is a bad idea. But what do you do if a user has a valid need to do something that absolutely requires root rights? The answer is simple: use sudo to grant the user the needed permissions without letting him have the root password, and limit access to a minimum.

Mandriva Directory Server On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Feb 7, 2008 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to set up the Mandriva Directory Server (MDS) on Debian Etch. The resulting system provides a full-featured office server for small and medium companies - easy to administer via the web-based Mandriva Management Console (MMC).

Report: Fie on Photoshop: Krita, the Real Photoshop Killer

Krita isn't really going to kill anything or anyone. What it will do is meet most of the needs of users who want a modern, sophisticated native paint and image-editing application for Linux. It was designed from the ground up for graphics professionals.

The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

Not every proprietary program can drive a person crazy, right? Some, like Norton Ghost, are superb tools for anyone to use. But, the fact that these tools are proprietary can drive open source fanatics up a wall. It’s not the price of the software that makes the real difference (although it’s a reason to migrate from one software to another for many people); it’s the idea that proprietary software comes with boundaries that keeps the user experience confined to…well, being the user. That’s enough to drive any developer crazy.

Interview with Hyperic's Javier Soltero

  • Computerworld UK; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Feb 7, 2008 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In the wake of Sun's planned purchase of MySQL, the open source systems management company Hyperic must be high on most people's list of potential acquisitions in the future. Co-founder and CEO Javier Soltero talks about Hyperic's origins, the importance of its community, and what the future holds.

Run Ubuntu and Windows together

The Ubuntu Linux distribution now includes virtualisation software Parallels in its partner repository. The move by Canonical, commercial sponsors of Ubuntu Linux, is a first for Ubuntu as Parallels is a commercial package and not free to use. However, by including Parallels in the partner repository Ubuntu users are able to easily install it should they want to use it. Installing Parallels using the Ubuntu package management tools will make it much simpler for users to install the software rather than installing from the command line.

In Defense and Praise of Debian

Every now and then, someone suggests that Debian GNU/Linux should be more commercial. To further this goal, some create derivative distros like Linspire, Ubuntu, or Xandros, or organizations like the stillborn DCC Alliance.

SCALE Starts Friday

Linux Expo kicks off three days of seminars and a weekend full of expo floor activities

Use dvdisaster to protect backups on optical media

Storing backups on optical media such as DVD-R discs suffers from two major drawbacks: DVD discs are easy to scratch, and the media itself degrades after a while. You can deal with the scratching issue by careful handing of the media, but even expensive media becomes unreadable over time. Dvdisaster aims to help you recover the information off scratched and aged media.


"Work continues to progress well but I've hit a few snags," noted Matthew Dillon, referring to the ongoing development of his HAMMER filesystem. He began by highlighting a number of problems with the current design, then adding, "everything else now works, and works well, including and most especially the historical access features."

Final Notice: DOHCS '08 Conference Friday Feb 8th

This is just a reminder that the Demonstrating Opensource Health Care Solutions Conference (DOHCS) '08 conference will be taking place this Friday February 8th at the Westin LAX Los Angeles. This event brings together many of the brightest minds in Open Source health care to discuss and evangelize the latest and greatest happenings with case studies, technical looks and more. This years event features both a business and technical track.You can find out more information by visiting . LinuxMedNews readers can pre-register (select Purchase Tickets) to attend the event for free by using the coupon code (not promocode) "OPENHEALTH" at checkout. Hope to see you there!

KnowledgeTree expands into Spain, Portugal

Cape Town-based open source software developers KnowledgeTree have just expanded their operations into the Iberian peninsula in a deal with Sybase SBS Software in Spain and Portugal. The master distributor deal will see Sybase SBS Software develop a network of new reseller partners in the region. Developed in South Africa, KnowledgeTree is an open source document management suite built on Apache, MySQL and PHP (Lamp).

I install OpenBSD in anticipation of this weekend's SCALE 6X show

I've tried OpenBSD before, and I always said I'd try it again. In the interim, I was able to try OpenBSD in a desktop configuration with the OliveBSD live CD, and that made me want to try a hard-drive installation of OpenBSD, which not coincidentally is the only one of the three major BSD projects (which include NetBSD and FreeBSD) to boot on my test machine. As was the case the last time I installed it, OpenBSD went on the box without a hitch. I created a user account, added it to the wheel group, which gave me sudo privileges, and I added the path to an FTP site for the precompiled packages to my .profile file. That enabled me to begin adding applications.

Ubuntu users get easy access to Windows apps

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, will on Thursday begin making commercial applications available to Ubuntu users directly through the desktop, in a step designed to simplify software installation. The company is making Parallels Workstation for Linux available to users via the operating system's built-in software update tool, using a feature called the Ubuntu Partner Repository. Parallels Workstation allows users to run Windows and Linux simultaneously on a single system.

Java and PHP to exchange sweet nothings

SugarCRM, one of the open source community's darlings, is taking steps towards improve interoperability between its PHP architecture and Java. The next version of SugarCRM's customer relationship management (CRM) suite, version 6.0 due in the fourth quarter of 2008 or first quarter of 2009, will feature a "Java layer" to enable PHP to talk to Java - hopefully without the tricky engineering work.

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