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The day Microsoft 'embraced and extended' Java

It's early December 1995 and it has been a heady few days for Java. IBM and Adobe Systems have agreed to license this strange and embryonic new software that Sun Microsystems keeps telling us can be "written once and run anywhere". Two days before, Sun and Netscape had announced JavaScript that - according to the press release - was: "Analogous to Visual Basic in that it can be used by people with little or no programming experience to quickly construct complex applications."

Open Source Fights Measles

According to the The Washington Post, on Friday it reported that global measles fatalities had been reduced by two-thirds following stepped-up vaccination campaigns since 2000. Furthermore, this phenomenal success had a helping hand from open source software.

Review: KWord, The Lightweight Word Processing Power Tool

OpenOffice is the darling of the FOSS office suites, and it is a nice suite. It's cross-platform, and OpenOffice Writer is a first-rate word processor with a lot of advanced features. But it's not the only good option for Linux users: Abiword and KWord are excellent lightweight word processors with good feature sets, and both are licensed under the GPL. All three are wonderful. In this two-part series we're going to dig into KWord 1.6, and mine some of its hidden jewels.

Breach Security's ModSecurity Open Source Web Application Firewall

Breach Security announced today that the Breach Security WebDefend web application firewall has earned certification by ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon. WebDefend is one of the first web application firewall products to achieve this distinction.

Bait and Switch

Promises have been made. Assurances have been given. Commitments have been proffered. But far less has been delivered. We heard over and over again that we should approve OOXML because that was the only way to ensure that the format remain open. The first version might be a mess, but if we approve it just this once, the future versions will be developed in openness and transparency. But Ecma is really seeking to transfer to SC34 the responsibility of spending the next 3 years fixing errors in OOXML 1.0, while future versions of OOXML ("technical revisions") are controlled by Microsoft, in Ecma, in a process without transparency, and as should now be obvious to all, without sufficient quality controls.

The State of Music Business

Marcos Marado wrote this exclusive article. Is the situation really so dramatic as he explains? Leave your comments, this could be our first really important debate on ManuelMarino.com

Hidden ATI Feature For Textured XRendering

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Dec 6, 2007 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Earlier this week we published benchmarks of the XRender extension using NVIDIA's latest beta Linux driver, which had a substantial performance boost thanks to Render improvements with this latest driver. One of the questions that have since come up is how ATI/AMD's binary Linux driver compares when using this X extension. Well, right now, it lags behind NVIDIA, but a Phoronix Forums member has discovered a hidden ATI Linux option that should yield XRender performance gains.

Creating Your ultimate Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop

A Step by Step tutorial on installing few basic applications /applications that any desktop user of Linux would like to install on his Ubuntu desktop explained in a simplistic fashion. Steps include how to configure compiz-fusion , install Adobe Reader , Flash player , Media Players , JRE and few other interesting applications .

Microsoft feeling heat from Linux in budget flash PC market

Microsoft's newfound interest in this space is largely a response to growing demand for inexpensive subnotebook hardware that uses flash-based storage. Manufacturers of such devices are increasingly adopting Linux instead of Windows because Linux is free and easier to adapt for use on systems with limited computing power and storage capacity. Microsoft likely views the rising popularity of Linux-based budget mobile hardware in the developing world as a significant competitive threat.

Sun spurs OSS development with awards

Sun has announced the Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program to promote open source software (OSS) development within six projects that it is involved in. The company said that prizes are expected to total at least $1 million a year.

CentOS 5.1 Server Setup: LAMP, Email, DNS, FTP, ISPConfig

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 6, 2007 11:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 5.1 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and web hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

Linux traffic analysis, quick and simple

Full-featured traffic analyzers for Linux systems such as ntop and vnstat are widely available, but sometimes you just want a simple program that gives you fast, basic information about the amount of traffic going in and out of the hosts on your network. Darkstat, a packet sniffer that runs as a background process, fills that role. It gathers statistics about network usage and displays them over HTTP.

Sourceforge Opens Marketplace For Open Source Services

Online exchange creates new opportunity to monetize open source software

What Wine Goes Good With Crow?

Well, ya gotta give credit where credit is due and I need to take a minute and set the record straight on something I spoke of earlier in the week. In a recent blog, I lamented and pouted about not getting any response from RedHat when inquiring about a particular project we are planning. Maybe if I got out of this chair a bit more often and went to do some face-to-face meetings, things would be different. That would seem to be the case.

Compiz Fusion Community News for Decemeber 5, 2007: Keep those plugins coming!

And the Community News returns! This edition is all about what you love best about Compiz Fusion, the countless new features and fixes that get added every week. Each week adding to the excitement of what already makes this one of the greatest projects for the Linux Desktop (Spare X and the Kernel of course) we have ever known. This week, a couple of interesting patches to Compiz Core by our forum users, new plugins (We all love those) and a few interesting and cool new features from some older plugins.

Ubuntu Linux Is Dead, Long Live Ubuntu Linux

A power outage knocked out The VAR Guy's Ubuntu system from Dell. Time for this novice Linux user to abandon Ubuntu? Guess again. Reinstalling Ubuntu was so easy a novice could do it. Here's the horror story and the happy ending.

First KDE Education Project Meeting a Great Success

Last weekend members of the KDE-Edu team met in Paris for a meeting about the KDE Education project. Members got to know each other and started vivid discussions about their free and open source educational applications, life in general, as well as the future and vision of the Educational module, which is part of the KDE desktop project.

Geek gift guide 2007

We’re getting down to serious shopping time for the holidays. Lucky for you, we’ve got ideas for you and the geeks you love. And like last year, we’re giving away loot. Send an email to contest@redhat.com on one of the following topics: tell us what you’d like to read about in Red Hat Magazine in the coming year, the open source story you’ve never told, or just whatever open source topic is rattling around in your head this week. You’ll be entered to win some of the items in this year’s gift guide, including TokyoFlash’s Eclipse watch.

LPI Exam 301: LDAP Development

Welcome to the next step in studying for the Linux certification exam 301. In this tutorial (the second in a series of six tutorials on exam 301 topics), learn how to install and configure a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server, and writing some Perl scripts to access the data.

Linspire’s One-Click Install Expands to Ubuntu and Others

Linspire's "one-click" web and client based easy installation service is expanding its offerings to include support for Ubuntu and soon for Debian, OpenSUSE, and Fedora. The service is designed to make installation of free and commercial software easy and always the same, no matter what distribution you are using.

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