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The first draft of Open XML has been posted for public viewing
- and it's bigger than ever.
LXer Feature: 20-May-06
LXer's Don Parris called into question the so-called "research" presented in an article by Steven Titch, a senior fellow at Heartland Institute, regarding the OpenDocument decision in Massachusetts. What follows is his letter to Titch, with the article referenced and linked.
Imagine how useful it would be to have an online knowledge base that can easily be updated created by key people within your organization. That's the promise of a wiki -- a Web application that "allows users to easily add, remove, or otherwise edit all content, very quickly and easily," as Wikipedia, perhaps the best-known wiki, puts it. Why not bring the benefits of a wiki to your organization?
So, in the spirit of the previous KDE PIM meeting, Annahoeve in Achtmaal, The Netherlands, will again be visited by a group of KDE developers. From Friday the 26th to Sunday the 28th of May, more than 15 developers from 4 continents will have a unique chance to talk about and work on Multimedia in KDE.
Europe will host the 3rd international GPLv3 conference on June 22nd & 23rd. The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain, and the exact venue will be announced soon.
Mandriva Linux released a pair of new services this week. Mandriva Kiosk is a web-based, click-through software installation service, similar in many ways to Linspire's "Click N Run" (CNR), while Mandriva Pulse is the company's new open source system for deploying and managing Linux on large, complex networks, the company said.
The position of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) was today strengthened by the K Desktop Environment (KDE) joining the ODF Alliance. KDE joins other partners such as Oracle, SUN Microsystems, Mandriva, IBM and Junta de Andalucia in promoting the OpenDocument Format as a market leader in document exchange and storage.
DVEO used Linux to build a high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:2 transport stream encoder that compresses HD-SDI video from HD cameras in near real time, and encodes it for transmission over satellite uplinks or cable networks. The NCoder HD targets sports broadcasters, corporate HD videoconferencing, and military applications.
Eclipse is an open source community that provides a development platform and a collection of application frameworks for building software. Learn how to install and use Eclipse specifically for Linux running on IBM POWER processor-based systems. Learn, also, how to use Eclipse to compile and run applications through sample Java and C programs.
KDE's Portugese translation is showing an impressive amount of green in the translation statistics. To find out more about the man who has helped make our winning translation team People Behind KDE interviewed José Nuno Coelho Sanarra Pires, a 'mood chamelion' who has the best name out of any KDE developer we've interviewed so far.
he Linux Professional Institute will provide certification testing on two continents on May 24-25, 2006 at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo events in Shanghai, China and São Paulo, Brazil
Covalent to bundle driver and recommend Command Prompt’s PostgreSQL offerings to help customers insure database scalability, security, reliability, performance, and high availability across the enterprise.
Network attached storage (NAS) allows using TCP/IP network to backup files. This enables multiple servers in an IDC to share the same storage for backup at once, which minimizes overhead by centrally managing hard disks.
The protocol used with NAS is a file-based protocol such as NFS or Microsoft's Common Internet File System (CIFS). Both of them allow storing backups using UNIX and Linux systems.
NAS are not just common in IDC or offices anymore, you can use for file sharing and backup at home. You can purchase 200+GB NAS for less than $200. However many new Linux or UNIX sys admin or home users find it difficult to use NAS for backup and sharing purpose. This tutorial covers how to access NAS from Linux using various methods.
Fight, fight, fight!
Symantec is suing Microsoft over the Volume Manager software it acquired in its Veritas purchaselast year. The suit was filed yesterday in the Seattle district court. [Hey, you don't suppose they'll threaten to withdraw their software from the U.S. market, do you? - dcparris]
Daniel Wallace's second anti-GPL suit accusing IBM, Red Hat and Novell of predatory price-fixing and restraint of trade has gone down in flames like his first against the Free Software Foundation, which wrote the license.
[Goodby and good riddance, Mr. Wallace! - dcparris]
Opinion: The Intermediate Draft 1.3 of Microsoft's Open XML office document standard has been released by Ecma International, a European standards organization. At 4,000 plus pages, a 6.7MB Microsoft Word document, the Open XML draft standard is less of a standard and more of a painfully detailed description of how Open XML could be used to display almost any possible Microsoft Office document. Note, I say, Microsoft Office document.
"It's the first time I feel good when thinking about synching.", Cornelius, one of the OpenSync developers. This interview intends to give you some insight into OpenSync, the upcoming free unified synching solution for the free desktop. Arne interviews the developers from OpenSync and KDE PIM, Cornelius Schumacher, Armin Bauer and Tobias Koenig.
Who is the biggest Web host in open source? The answer, at least for the Mozilla Foundation, Debian GNU/Linux, Gentoo Linux, KernelTrap, Drupal, and many others is the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
A Massachusetts directive that mandates use of an open source software format for electronic document storage marked a major victory for the open source movement. It remains to be seen, however, whether the order will benefit the state’s agencies and employees or save taxpayers money.
[This is one of the greatest pieces of misinformation I have seen to date. LXer readers can be sure they'll see my response to the author of this article posted right here on LXer Saturday morning. For now, I just want to know how this author got his position? - dcparris]
Rich Green, who recently returned to Sun Microsystems to head its software efforts, said that it's "not whether but how" Sun can open source Java and maintain compatibility that's delaying it from doing so.
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