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Expert shares secrets to saving thousands with K12LTSP

The K12 Linux Terminal Server Project (K12LTSP) is a thin client distribution designed for use in schools. Recently, I was invited by Robert Arkiletian, a K12LTSP contributor, to see the software in action in his computer lab at Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver, Canada. We talked about the system requirements for a K12LTSP installation, investigated the available software, and discussed the success of Arkiletian's own lab, which has saved his school thousands of dollars in hardware costs.

A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

In this multi-part series, DesktopLinux.com columnist and operating system curmudgeon Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols pits Microsoft's latest wares -- Vista -- against Linux's fair haired boy -- Ubuntu -- to see how the pinnacle of commercial desktop operating systems stacks up against the free, community developed-Linux upstart.

An overview of the state of dvd authoring on linux

  • liquidweather.net; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Jan 25, 2007 10:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Following on from the well received article on consumer video editing on linux, linux howtos has another useful article giving an overview of the state of dvd authoring software available on the linux platform. Given the ubiquity of dvd burners on desktops and laptops, the ability to author a nice looking dvd menu is becoming more important.

The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community?

When Microsoft and Novell announced that they would work together, Linux enthusiasts were shocked. How has the agreement affected the open-source community, and can it recover?

E-Mail tunes with SoX the Swiss Army knife of sound

This article shows how to create and play back custom sound files based on the content of incoming e-mail messages. SoX -- the Swiss Army knife of sound processing programs -- and simple keyword matching will be used to create custom sound files played back upon receipt of e-mail to give you a heads-up on the who, what, and why of your

Pardus gives Linux a custom lift

Apart from a KDE desktop and applications, the developers of the Pardus 2007 Linux distribution have built an entire distribution from scratch. Pardus, released last month, has its own multilingual installer, custom dependency-resolving package manager, and an INIT system that slashes boot times by several seconds. The distribution has come a long way since its first release in 2005, when it was based on Gentoo and lacked a package manager. Thanks to its custom tools, it's one of the easiest Linux distribution to run and manage.

Macedonia: Employees from 22 Municipalities Trained to Use OpenOffice.org

74 employees from 22 municipalities were trained to use OpenOffice.org within the training prepared by Metamorphosis Foundation and USAID’s Make Decentralization Work Project. The training was held in Ohrid, from 15 to 20 January, 2007. Mutual characteristic of the participants was the fact that they were from small municipalities without employed IT expert (system administrator). The trainings were held in Macedonian and Albanian language.

OOXML vs. ODF: What a Week!

What do global wiki projects, assistive technologies announcements, efforts to buy Wikipedia access, major platform announcements, simultaneous competing toolkit releases, and public calls to arms to defend Europe against being "railroaded" all have in common? They're all part of just one week's head-butting between the proponents of ODF and Microsoft, as OOXML embarks on its effort to become an ISO/IEC-adopted standard (a status ODF already enjoys).

Liberty Alliance Seeks Open-source Adoption

Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium, has unveiled the openLiberty Project, a global initiative formed to provide resources and support to open source developers building identity-based applications, the company said. With today's news, Liberty Alliance has launched a portal where developers can collaborate in the openLiberty Project and access tools and information for 'jump starting' the development of secure and privacy-respecting applications based on the widely deployed Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards, the company is quoted to have said.

Open Source Pioneer Alan Dechert To Deliver Keynote at Red Hat Summit

Alan Dechert, one of the pioneers in the open source software movement, will deliver the keynote speech at the Red Hat Summit. The third of the annual events put on by the Raleigh-based Linux software developer and services provider is set for May 9-11 in San Diego.

Mobile Leaders Around the World Launch LiMo Foundation

To support their goal of creating the world's first globally competitive, Linux-based software platform for mobile devices, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone announced today the official launch of the LiMo Foundation.

Dynamic XML document construction with the PHP DOM

When working with XML-based applications, developers often find themselves facing the requirement to generate XML-encoded data structures on the fly. Examples of this include an XML order template based on user input in a Web form, or an XML representation of a server request or client response based on run-time parameters.

Setting Up A News-Voting Website With Pligg

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 25, 2007 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
This article shows how to set up your own news-voting website with Pligg. Pligg is a content-management system published under the Affero General Public License, and it is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database for storing its data. With a little work you can create your own community and let users vote news to the front page.

BEAT TeH L33T - Challenge some of Linux's Best With Your Most Nagging Problems

How many times have you encountered a Linux-related problem and turned to Google, Clusty, Yahoo or any other search engine for the answer? It happens more times than it should. The results snippet shows you a question hauntingly familiar to yours being asked and a link to an answer resides right below. Your heart beats wildly as you anticipate applying the deathstroke to this persistent problem...

Portrait: Rosegarden's D. Michael McIntyre

If there is anything like a "typical" member of the free/open source community, that template is probably nothing like D. Michael McIntyre. By profession a truck driver, McIntyre holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages, and he's used his facility with words to document the popular Rosegarden project. He's since gone on to do whatever he sees that needs to be done on the project, and has become an integral part of the Rosegarden team.

CSIR adopts ODF, moves to open source

Scientific and industrial research parastal adopts open document format as default standard and rolls out OpenOffice.org to 2500 workstations.

Wow, Bill, this thing is Defective!

Having a "Wow moment" with Windows Vista? Bill Gates invites you to share them on Monday January 29th at the Vista launch event. FSF's DefectiveByDesign and BadVista campaigns plan to be there outside the event and they invite you to come along as well.

Is old code automatically good code?

Teaching an old dog new tricks. The "old dog&" in this case is Marcus Ranum, inventor of the proxy firewall and the man who implemented the first commercial firewall product. He’s now the CSO at Tenable Network Security, the company that produces the Nessus security scanner, and author of the book The Myth of Homeland Security.

Novell 'Auto' Builds Linux For All

Building and maintaining packages for multiple Linux distributions has never been an easy task. But Novell wants to change that with a pair of releases it hopes will make it easier to build Linux application packages and custom Linux distributions. Novell's openSUSE Build Service and KIWI build-your-own distro efforts are aimed at building community open source participation, as well as SUSE Linux itself.

Xandros ships v4.0 "professional" Linux desktop

Xandros announced today that it is now shipping its new Desktop Professional 4.0 boxed product, which features enhanced network integration, advanced 3D capabilities, Bluetooth wireless support, and its own desktop search function. It sports a 2.6.18 kernel and the KDE desktop as a default.

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