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O3spaces Challenges MOSS for Team Collaboration

Hoping to level the playing field with Microsoft SharePoint and perhaps make a little open source cheddar, Dutch software outfit O3 is releasing its O3Spaces back office suite for OpenOffice and StarOffice. While it is far from offering all of the features of SharePoint (MOSS) 2007, it is definitely something that that open source and hybrid Microsoft/open source shops should consider for document management.

Linux box built out of an Apple Studio Display

While the vast majority of recent Mac modifications have dealt with the headless Mac Mini, the Toolman decided to go a different route with his gutted 17-inch Apple Studio Display. As with most mods, he simply had too many enticing parts lying around without a proper home, and chose to combine them using whatever it took, resulting in a Mac-ish clone at worst, and a sweet all-in-one computer at best.

AIT homes in on Linux

The Asian Institute of Technology will soon be home to an open source centre of excellence for "Linux on the Desktop" following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations University. This will be the first centre of excellence of its kind funded by the UNU outside of Greater China.

ARM now third most-popular Debian arch

ARM is now the third most popular architecture among Debian Linux users who run "popularity-contest," a Debian utility that anonymously collects user system data. ARM rose from seventh to third in nine months, largely thanks to Linksys's NSLU2, says NSLU2-Linux project lead Rod Whitby.

Unisys Predicts 2007 Open Source Trends

According to Unisys experts, 2007 will be the year that open source software attains the architectural backing and distribution channels needed to gain acceptance from enterprise customers as a front-rank vehicle for deploying enterprise applications to drive business growth and innovation at a lower cost per transaction.

Chinese 3G TEM joins Mobile Linux Initiative

Chinese government-owned TEM (telecommunications equipment manufacturer) and handset vendor Datang Mobile has joined the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) and will participate in the Mobile Linux Initiative (MLI) to improve the Linux kernel for mobile phones. Datang markets 3G infrastructure equipment and handset designs in China and globally.

Test-driving Adobe's Flash Player 9 beta

The stable Flash Player plugin for Linux is crusty old version 7 -- trailing more than two calendar years, two major revisions, and one corporate buyout behind the Windows and Mac offerings. But now Adobe has finally unveiled a beta release of Flash Player 9 for Linux. Was it worth the wait? And should you install it now, or hold off a little longer for the official, stable product instead?

First OLPC Linux laptops arrive from factory

The One Laptop Per Child project yesterday received its first shipment of the low-cost Linux laptops that are intended for children in emerging-economy nations, project member Chris Blizzard reports on his blog.

Nominate SA's top sites now!

Nominations close at the end of November for the first South African E-Commerce Awards. Members of the public are invited to nominate their favourite South African e-commerce websites.

Goodbye Razr, hello Linux-based Motofone

Motorola is shipping the first model in its Scpl ("scalpel") line of Linux-based phones set to replace the ubiquitous Razr. The Motofone F3, available today in India, is an extremely low-end phone featuring an "electronic paper" display, breakthrough battery life, and usability features for the illiterate.

Step-by-Step IPP based Print Server using CUPS

  • HowtoForge; By Ganesh Kumar (Posted by falko on Nov 29, 2006 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial describes how to install a Linux print server with CUPS. It also covers the installation and configuration of printer drivers on the print server as well as the printer setup on a Windows 2000 client.

Let's reward corporations that embrace Free Software

We need to loudly reward corporations for doing the right thing, so as to encourage others to do the same.

Kino: Video Editing for Linux

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 29, 2006 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
It has long been believed that video editing with desktop Linux was not as "consumer friendly" as most people would like it be. Thankfully, one application has come along to help change this perception - Kino.

LPI creates voucher contest for LPIC-3 volunteers

  • Linux Professional Institute (Posted by scottl on Nov 29, 2006 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, LPI
The Linux Professional Institute invites all Linux professionals to participate in the creation of LPI's enterprise level LPIC-3 certification. The contest asks for IT professionals to complete a Job Task Analysis survey which will assist in the creation of a psychometrically-valid certification program.

MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group

Massachusetts Governor-elect Deval Patrick last week announced 15 transition team working groups, including one intended to advise the governor on the technology needs of the state government. Seven appointees on this group make sense. And then there's the Microsoft lobbyist that has been working to defeat ODF for the last two years.

Fedora Core 6: Beauty or Beast? (Part 2)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 29, 2006 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
Last week I left off with installing Fedora Core 6 and actually booting it up on my test PC. It was a heroic struggle, and I persevered and triumphed. Today I'll review some of FC6's enterprise-worthy features.

Linux: GCC, Useful versus Useless Warnings

Linux creator Linus Torvalds proclaimed, "friends don't let friends use '-W'," in a thread discussing GCC's handling of warnings.

Translate.org.za scoops ICT award

Translate.org.za scooped up the African ICT Achiever 2006 Award for "Top civil society/NGO to bridge the digital divide in Africa" for their work in overcoming South Africa's languages barriers.

SCALE Call for papers

SCALE, (Southern California Linux Exposition) has recently released acall for papers for its healthcare day. Generally we are interested in seeing solid presentations of the application of Free and Open Source Software to the healthcare environment. If you are doing something innovative that the world needs to know about, this is your opportunity! Read on for more information regarding the type of topics that would be welcome!Fred Trotter

Tip of the Trade: TestDisk and PhotoRec

Murphy's Law dictates that you can always count on Bad Things happening. That probably explains why the software world has so many different recovery utilities for accidentally (or purposely) deleted files. These vary in ease of use, though typically "easy" is not a word that applies. Except for a pair of excellent data recovery tools, TestDisk and PhotoRec. (That's "rec" as in "recovery," not "wreck".)

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