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Migrating to Linux in the Enterprise Using Vendor-independent Formats

An impulsive and immediate migration to Linux can sometimes lead to disappointment. Ambitious businesses are sometimes led to believe that their data can merely be be dumped from one platform onto another, but the reality is a little more complex than this.

SaaS Rapid Release Cycles Drive Virtualization Demand - No Surprise LinuxWorld Launches New Virtualization Track

Gone are the days of annual release cycle. Software companies need to operate with rapid releases while maintaining high quality and tight integration. Virtualization helps SaaS companies deploy their software faster and more flexibly. At the same time, it promises faster and simpler delivery of on-premise software, competing with SaaS. Ken Novak, CEO of Replicate Technology, is honored to speak about these emerging trends at LinuxWorld in San Francisco Aug 7-9, 2007.

Open-Xchange Brings User-Friendly Open Source Collaboration Software to Small Businesses

Open-Xchange Inc., today announced full-featured collaboration software designed to make it easy for small- and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of the cost benefits of open source without requiring prior Linux know-how. The product, Open-Xchange Express Edition, provides organizations with an alternative to expensive proprietary collaboration software.

Hardware4Linux Launches

http://hardware4linux.info/ is a new web site about hardware for Linux. The site allows to browse systems and components to find the ones that work or don't work with Linux. It works in a collaborative way: users install an LSB package to collect their hardware and system configuration, upload the collected data to the site and then rate the compatibility of their hardware components on the site.

KDE Commit-Digest for 15th July 2007

Much work in Amarok. Sample OpenGL-based applets added to Plasma. General progress in the 2d projection and KML in Marble, OpenPrinting, and KOrganizer Theming Summer of Code projects. KWallet support in KRDC. KMines essentially rewritten with a QGraphicsView base. More manipulation and view work in Kreative3d. Implementation of Kubelka-Munk paint mixing research in Krita. Internet integration in Kaider. Okular becomes usable as a print preview component. KTrace, a "strace" interface for KDE 4 added to playground/sysadmin. Beginnings of support for ComunIP. More progress in the porting of Digikam and KTorrent to KDE 4. The start of a rewrite of the Oxygen widget style. And finally KBFX, an alternate K menu, moves to kdereview.

How the Game is Played: INCITS V1 Narrowly Votes Down OOXML

Rob Weir reported today that V1, the Technical Committee at standards organization INCITS charged by the Executive Committee of that organization to review office format specifications, has narrowly failed to approve Ecma 376 (formerly Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML formats). A number of votes were tried across marathon proceedings, including "approval, with comments," "abstention, with comments," and "disapproval, with comments," all of which failed to garner the necessary 2/3s vote needed to report out a consensus decision.

Gobuntu: freedom-focused Ubuntu flavour

Gobuntu, a flavour of Ubuntu that adheres to the strictest requirements of Free Software Foundation's "Four Freedoms", now has daily images available. Mark Shuttleworth made the announcement on the Ubuntu developer's mailing list and in his blog, where he put the call out for all developers interested in pushing the limits of content and code freedom to join the team and help in identifying places where pieces must be separated from the standard Ubuntu builds.

Ubuntu Linux: Using Mutt and Gmail

This page is a guide to using the email client Mutt to send, receive and read email on an Ubuntu computer using a Gmail account as a relay as well as a description of my own path to this goal. If you need to ask why I have put such an effort into this project and did not simply use the web interface of Gmail perhaps this page is not for you. Mutt is an amazing piece of software and it will handsomely repay the effort involved in setting it up with Gmail.

The New Subscription PC Model

How would you like to buy your PC for $99 and pay $12.95 a month to use it? A new company called Zonbu is hoping a lot of people are willing to take the plunge. They’re offering a cigar-box sized PC that runs Linux and uses only 15 watts of electricity, with the possibility of savings subscribers $10 a month on their electric bill.

Installing LAMP On Ubuntu For Newbies

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Jul 16, 2007 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
In this guide I will show you how to install a LAMP system on Ubuntu. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. The guide is intended to help those who have very little knowlegde of using Linux.

An Overview: Where Things Stand in IBM, Novell, and Red Hat

I thought it would be useful, judging from some recent confusion in the media, to highlight the latest goings on in all the ongoing cases in the SCO saga all on one page, so everyone can follow the bouncing ball. That will mean some slight repetition for some of us, but it also will make it easier for those who don't follow the SCO saga as intently as we do to grasp the current picture.

Katapult yourself to keyboard productivity

If you like to keep your hands on the keyboard, you may find it tricky to launch new apps, open folder and documents, and change tracks in your music playlist. Katapult is an application launcher that does everything the Alt-F2 run dialog does, and much more.

Sun to copy Linux distribution model for OpenSolaris

Sun Microsystems' on-off relationship with Linux continues with news that the company is looking to emulate the Linux distribution model in an effort to win some mindshare among users for its OpenSolaris software. InfoWorld reports that in an effort to catch the Linux wave, Sun has announced Project Indiana which will see the company releasing its OpenSolaris (OS) operating system as binaries in 2008.

IBM releases AIX public beta

IBM is hoping to lure Linux users and others to the operating system with its first public beta, providing a more complete virtualization offering.

OOXML Fails to Gain Approval in US

On Friday July 13th, INCITS V1 met via teleconference for 3 hours but failed to reach a 2/3 consensus necessary to recommend an "Approval, with comments" position on Microsoft "Office Open XML" (OOXML) document specification. An important factor in the V1 vote was the large number of members who joined very late in the process. There was a clear pattern in the voting where the long-time V1 members voted for the "Disapproval, with comments" position as well as "Abstention, with comments" while the newer members voted overwhelmingly "Yes, with comments" and against "Abstention with comments." This is not surprising since the new members were largely Microsoft business partners.

[Not about Linux, but likely to be of interest to our readers — Sander]

Competing with the wrong companies

I remain frustrated by the complete lack of marketing and business sense that many open source companies continue to display. I thought that we were past the whole foolishness of competing in the ghetto amongst ourselves vs. the big proprietary guys with lots of dough but it seems that the argument has just started taking other forms. If you work for an open source company and your team is focused on trying to beat other open source products you are doomed to economic failure.

DistroWatch Weekly: CentOS 5.0 LiveCD, Berry 0.82, and AntiX "Spartacus", Mandriva 2008 details, Gobuntu announced

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jul 16, 2007 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 29th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! As you might know Ladislav is taking a much needed vacation and we hope he is having a wonderful and relaxing time. I'm Susan Linton and some of you may remember me from when I filled in for Ladislav last summer. Perhaps some others might know me from my website or articles published here and there. Although I can't adequately fill Ladislav's shoes, I will be writing this and next week's DistroWatch Weekly. So here we go. Happy reading!

Windows Guy Tries Ubuntu 7.04

  • Bring It On! Science and Technology (Posted by Aladdin_Sane on Jul 16, 2007 1:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Every attempt I have ever made at using Linux has left me disappointed. I am a geek, but I do not relish spending 3 days to get a wireless card working when I can do it in 5 minutes in Windows.

GNUmed 0.2.6.3 released

The new version sports few new features but rather quite a few changes under the hood. Software errors are handled much better in a way that they can be easily reported to the developers. The so called slave mode has proven to be stable on MS Windows and is in use now daily. It is used to connect a legacy app called Turbomed. That way a document archive has been established. Along with a fast image scanner it has proven to be efficient enough for use during patient consultations. The MS Windows version has seen some love. The DOS Windows have been removed. Looks cleaner. Apart from that the installer is now even smarter and detects the user interface language.

Installing The Avivo Driver On Ubuntu

It was just a month ago that the open-source Avivo driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series was introduced to the public, but in this time we've seen some great progress made. This open-source R500 driver now contains RandR 1.2 support, support for a variety of R500 graphics cards, and most recently support for Shadow Framebuffer was added. The Avivo driver still isn't comparable when it comes to the features found in the fglrx driver or even the open-source Radeon driver for the R200/300/400 series, but it's a work in progress. If you are running into problems with the fglrx driver, stuck using the VESA driver for one reason or another, or just want to get rid of the binary blob and experiment with this open-source driver, we have written a guide for setting up the Avivo driver from source on Ubuntu.

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