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Microsoft marketeer goes open source

Laszlo Systems, the creator and sponsor of the OpenLaszlo platform for Web application development, has hired Kent Libbey away from Microsoft to fill the position of chief marketing officer.

Open source secrets laid bare

  • Mail & Guardian Online (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever since computer programmers began collaborating online to build software applications, the "open source" movement has been developing into a serious rival to the multinational software companies. Since the term was coined in the late 1990s, open source has rapidly matured from an egalitarian approach to software design into a movement whose practices underpin the internet. More recently, it has begun to represent the seed of an ideology, whose approach to openness and sharing is spilling over into the wider world.

Ars Technica Introduces Linux Mozilla Firefox Extension Development

  • mozillaZine; By Ryan Paul , Ian Smith-Heisters , Kris Kowal (Posted by tadelste on Sep 8, 2005 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
I'm sure many of you are excited about today's GNOME release and the release of Firefox 1.5 beta 1. Kris and I decided to write Linux.Ars sections about GNOME and Firefox customization in order to celebrate the releases. In this edition of Linux.Ars, Kris will teach you how to use command line build tools to construct a complete Firefox extension, I will teach you how to add context menu items to Nautilus using the Nautilus Actions extension, and Ian introduces an LDAP utility called Luma. I want to personally thank those of you who sent me e-mails with comments and suggestions! Linux.Ars is all about you, so don't be afraid to get involved! Want to do a section for a future edition? Have a suggestion for a topic that you want us to write about? I would love some feedback. Feel free to send me or post in the discussion thread comments, complaints, suggestions, requests, free hardware, death threats, or disparaging remarks about my assorted deficiencies. Keep those comments coming!

Open source community zaps SuSE bugs

Novell has announced that its latest operating system, SuSE Linux 10.0, will hit the shelves in early October 2005. The platform is the first to incorporate input from the openSUSE.org project, a recently launched community initiative sponsored by Novell that aims to promote the use of Linux everywhere. Novell said that the involvement of this group means that SuSE Linux 10.0 includes code changes and bug fixes initiated with developer input from across the worldwide Linux community.

Microsoft appeals EC open source interoperability sanctions

Microsoft Corp has filed a new appeal against European Commission antitrust sanctions in an attempt to expedite a decision on whether it will be forced to share communications source code with open source software vendors.

GNOPPIX Linux (GNOME) 2.12 Beta Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir - O'Reilly Media (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 8, 2005 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME
DistroWatch reports - The GNOPPIX project has released an Ubuntu-based live CD with a preview release of Gnome 2.12: The GNOPPIX project proudly presents the first beta release of version 2.12 of the GNOPPIX Linux live CD. This version comes with Gnome 2.12, updates and lot of improvements. Gnoppix 2.12 beta1 is available in four languages: German, English, French and Hindi.

OSDir has some great shots of GNOME 2.12 Beta on GNOPPIX Linux 2.12 Beta.

Linux in Italian Schools, Part 3: DidaTux

  • Linux Journal; By Marco Fioretti (Posted by tadelste on Sep 8, 2005 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here in Part 3, I present a story that in several aspects is different from the previous stories. Enter Anna F. Leopardi, an elementary school teacher at the Direzione Didattica Statale Terzo Circolo of Pescara, which is the administrative center of the smallest province of the Abruzzi region. Anna is not only a free software user and evangelist; she doesn't mind getting her hands dirty doing some Linux customization hacking, which she then uses at her school. In early 2005, she also taught at a professional training course on open source and schools that was organized by the Province of Pescara.

Locating files in real-time with rlocate

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few months ago Joe Barr introduced locate and friends, and included a brief reference to rlocate. rlocate, by Rasto Levrinc, is based on slocate, which is an improvement on traditional locate, an old Unix command used to perform fast pathname searches. Besides adding a few commodity options, like the -i argument for case-insensitive search, rlocate's main feature is secure path searching, which presents only paths to the user that he has permissions to.

Fema Aid Site Blocks Access To Firefox, Macs, Linux Users

  • InformationWeek (Posted by bstadil on Sep 7, 2005 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Users looking to file claims online for government help must be running Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later with JavaScript enabled. That blocks everyone running Linux, Apple Macintosh computers, and Windows users running alternate browsers such as Firefox or Opera.

Startup Zimbra releases open-source Notes alternative

  • PC World Magazine (Posted by bstadil on Sep 7, 2005 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zimbra, the open-source startup that lured Scott Dietzen away from his former job as chief technology officer of BEA Systems, has released a beta version of its enterprise collaboration software. The suite includes an AJAX client, as well as server software

SCO Continues to Lose Money

Linux and a lack of SCOsource licensing revenue continue to push SCO's revenue down, but OpenServer 6 is doing well so far.

Tutorial: Automate Linux Configuration with cfengine

"As your Linux/Unix network grows, you're probably going to get tired of running around to individual machines to do updates and fixes, unless it's part of your fitness program. My ideal sysadmin scenario is rather like Dr. Evil's submarine lair: lounge about with a cat on my lap, occasionally pushing a button..."

As Microsoft Formats Fail the Test of Time - Doesn't Linux make More Sense?

Rumors abound about the US Nuclear arsenal lacking documentation of its software from twenty years ago. Someone even said the US consulted Russia for help. With new Government regulations in place, you have to have a long-term strategy to retrieve your old documentation. Those are the business drivers that spurred OASIS to create the open document format - compliance issues that will require people to maintain records for decades. Now, try and retrieve an archived document from Microsoft Word Version 5. Oops. You just can't change formats anymore to make people buy your new products, Bill.

Free Software Activists Criticise Low-Cost Computer Deal

  • Inter Press Service (subscription) (Posted by bstadil on Sep 7, 2005 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The "My First PC" campaign launched by private companies in Chile with government support has drawn criticism from free software activists, who are working on their own initiatives to expand access to the Internet and the information society.

An e-mail extravaganza

  • Onlamp; By François Joseph de Kermadec (Posted by tadelste on Sep 7, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is all so easy in the paper world: you take a good, thick, wet pen and proudly scribble your signature at the bottom of a white, shiny page. Signatures in the real world are easy: they reflect our true personality, can be changed and altered at whim until we attain the perfect shape we are after and deem truly unique or representative. The e-mail world however has introduced many challenges. Indeed, compatibility issues, bandwidth requirements and the general lack of support for rich formatting in e-mails has reduced most of us to add “signatures” that are often no more than a couple lines of plain text.

Tutorial: Automate Linux Configuration with cfengine

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tadelste on Sep 7, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"As your Linux/Unix network grows, you're probably going to get tired of running around to individual machines to do updates and fixes, unless it's part of your fitness program. My ideal sysadmin scenario is rather like Dr. Evil's submarine lair: lounge about with a cat on my lap, occasionally pushing a button..."

Virtual desktop platform runs multiple OSes, including legacies

Parallels Inc. Wednesday released a beta version of its first product, a virtual machine platform that runs multiple operating systems concurrently. Parallels Workstation runs the Red Hat, Novell/SUSE, Mandriva, Debian, and Fedora Core Linux distributions, FreeBSD, and all versions of Windows -- even "legacy" systems such as OS/2 and MS-DOS, the company said. Each "guest" OS (operating system) can be launched and utilized in networked, portable, independent virtual environments, according to the company. Virtual machine properties, computing priorities, and file structures are managed using an "intuitive" control console, the company said. The "host" OS can be various Linux distributions or Windows.

KDE-Artists.org: amaroK and Kontact Artwork Challenges

The amaroK developers are currently working on the 1.3 release of their live CD. If you are an Open Source artist and are interested in creating the amaroK 1.3 live CD artwork then join the 7 day artwork challenge

Novell Integrates Asset Management With World's Largest Software Resellers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 7, 2005 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ZENworks 7 Asset Management Also Expands Cross-Platform Support and Secures SIIA Certification

Red Hat Expands Linux

MUNICH -- Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT - News), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced plans to introduce expanded language support services for Russian speakers. The new Russian language software and services will become available from the end of September as an integral element of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. spacer

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