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ODF: The Better, More Affordable Office Standard

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: If you take a close look, as many people have, it's clear that ODF, and not Open XML, is the better document standard.

OSDL cautiously optimistic on desktop Linux

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has voiced cautious optimism that its latest initiative could finally herald a mass-market for Linux on the desktop.

Stymie RIAA / MPAA spider bots

p2p news / p2pnet: "Hiya," says an email we received a couple of hours ago. We don't usually open emails that start with Hiya. But this one looked a little different and, "I'm an open source developer and I've just finished a project I thought you might be interested in writing about," it said ----- a php script that, "generates fake apache directory indexes for the purpose of slowing, and overloading with false positives the RIAA/MPAA's spider bots."

Gmail now has a vacation response

  • Google (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
Going on vacation or planning to be out of the office? No access to the Internet? No problem! Use Gmail's vacation responder to let people know you won't be able to get back to them right away. Here's how.

Gmail Contact Groups: Finally

You have been waiting for this feature for a long time, right? It will make group email blasts easy. Now, we need a v-card feature to click and save in our contact list.

Merry Christmas From The RIAA

  • InternetNews.com; By Roy Mark (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The music industry dropped 751 copyright-infringement lawsuits in the mail today, bringing the total number of legal actions this year against alleged peer-to-peer (P2P) infringers to more than 7,000.

Aging computers hobble Homeland Security - DHS using Windows 95

  • C/Net News; By Anne Broache and Declan McCullagh (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A recent extended downtime of Homeland Security computers only added to a list of issues the department is having with their network. Also included are system reverted back to Windows 95 after a failed Windows 2000 upgrade and databases only being linked to certain computers, meaning data must be entered repeatedly on different machines

The Beauty of "The Debian System"

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeld (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 1:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
Charles Darwin would "get" the beauty Debian if he were alive today. Martin Krafft certainly "gets" the beauty of Debian, and he wants you to get it too, so he has written a very detailed exposition of the Debian code and community called The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques, co-published by Open Source Press and No Starch Press.

National Instruments Extends Linux Support to 200 Devices

  • Houston Chronicle; By By Business Editors (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 15, 2005--National Instruments (Nasdaq:NATI) today released its newest virtual instrumentation tools for Linux operating systems, including NI-DAQmx 8 driver software and new instrument drivers for modular instruments. These innovative products not only triple the number of NI devices for the Linux OS but also make it even easier for the growing number of global Linux OS users to take advantage of the benefits of virtual instrumentation, including increased productivity and lower system costs. These new products build on the release of the NI LabVIEW 8 graphical development platform, National Instruments powerful flagship software that now is fully supported on the Linux OS.

Mozilla browser gets anti-phishing toolbar

Internet services company Netcraft Ltd. invites Firefox users who haven't yet tried the Netcraft Toolbar to install its latest version, which has been updated for compatibility with Firefox 1.5. The latest stable version of the open-source browser went gold on Nov. 29.

Open source everywhere for Canadian brokerage

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 15, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After years of working with Linux and other open source software, Nigel Fortlage still calls himself a newbie -- albeit a "very much dedicated" newbie. Since his company first began using open source software eight years ago, Fortlage and his staff have not even considered going back to proprietary systems, even through upgrades and overhauls of the local area network and IT infrastructure.

The Best Linux Distribution of them all

There are 100s of Linux distributions. And then there are some more of them. Ever wondered which is the best linux distribution out there ? Here is an interesting article which pursues this thought to arrive at a conclusive answer.

Fedora-netdev FC4: kernel-2.6.14-1.1653_FC4.netdev.6 is now available!

FC4.netdev.6 (kernel-2.6.14-1.1653_FC4.netdev.6) is now available.

Comment of the Day - December 15, 2005 - Response to Possible Industry Regulation

  • LXer.com -Article; By pendraco (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
pendraco writes: Read the article more closely -- for that matter, try staying abreast of what the media as a whole continues to say about Microsoft and their good buddies, the [U.S. Federal] government.

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Visto sues Microsoft for sync patent infringement

  • Reg Developer; By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 9:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Hours after striking a licensing deal with RIM's tormentor NTP, mobile email provider Visto is suing Microsoft for patent infringement. "Microsoft has a long and well-documented history of acquiring the technology of others, branding it as their own, and entering new markets," said CEO Brian Bogosian in a statement.

Microsoft bows to Mass. with open records format

But rivals skeptical of software vows.

A Microsoft Corp. executive said yesterday that his company's new office software will comply with a disputed Massachusetts government mandate requiring the use of ''open" data formats. Executives from rival software makers greeted the pledge with skepticism. But Massachusetts' chief information officer, Peter Quinn, who's leading the drive for the new data standard, said the Microsoft proposal will probably meet the state's demands.

[Ed. Misleading Title, Nothing new from MS. Same Old Same Old.]

Sun leaning to GPL for open source SPARC

So I'm in the odd position of being unable to run my own scoop: thatSun Microsystems is not only opening itsSPARC microprocessor source code, but leaning toward theGPL as its license.

That's because Sun's President and COO,Jonathan Schwartz, said that to me on stage at theSyndicate conference in San Francisco, where his keynote took the form of a conversation with yours truly and the audience.Dan Farber and David Berlind got the scoop, writing the story from their table in front of the stage. Check it outhere andhere, respectively.

Should Apple switch Mac OS X from Mach to Linux kernel?

"We live in a three OS, two hardware platform world, but that's going to start changing in 2006. Apple will begin migrating Macs to Intel CPUs, and the new 'Macintel' computers will be able to run Windows, Linux x86, and Mac OS X," Dan Knight writes for Low End Mac. "Windows does a lot of things right, but the underlying operating system is so full of holes it makes Swiss cheese look solid. Linux does a lot of things right, but there are still those geeky things that require you to use the terminal."

Thunderbird 1.5 Gets Ready to Fly

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 5:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
First Look: Version 1.5 of the Mozilla Foundation's e-mail client brings with it a useful set of new features, without the annoying bugs of the earlier version.

Golden's Rules: Will proprietary vendors' open source deals help ...

It seems like a week can't go by without announcements of open source companies cozying up to proprietary vendors, or vice versa. Does this sound a death knell for the independent open source movement? Does it mean that proprietary vendors are using open source products as weapons against competitors? More importantly, can these deals give IT organizations the both of best worlds?

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