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Latest Word Processing: Setting new standards in the Office segment

Here are just a few benefits of this “new technology”:
  • Handles symbols and international character sets
  • Simple integration of graphics into text
  • Portable and stand-alone
  • Can be used “out of the box”, no manual or training required.
  • Encryption (so-called “Write-only-Code”, for example for doctors’ prescriptions)
  • Fully compatible with all user interfaces
  • Recyclable through use of natural materials, no need to return to the dealer for disposal

PC-BSD 1.0 RC1 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
DistroWatch reports - Getting closer to the 1.0 release, the developers of PC-BSD have announced the first release candidate of the user-friendly operating system based on FreeBSD: PC-BSD 1.0 release candidate 1 is now available! This release is 'feature complete', for what was planned for the 1.0 version, and includes many enhancements and bug fixes over previous versions. It is also the first desktop based on FreeBSD 6.0.

OSDir has some sweet screenshots of PC-BSD 1.0 RC1.

Censor the net by Congressional Action?

While I have not followed this story in detail, i.e. actually reading the content of the proposed legislation I tend to look askance at legislative attempts to limit speech particularly when the conventional press/media has been so very timid. Hence, consider their petition: "Mike Krempasky of Red State and I have jointly signed a letter (PDF) urging the U.S. House of Representatives to reject H.R. 4194 -- a stealth effort to regulate online political voices by pretending to defend them. The letter, drafted by our own Adam B, is: November 9, 2005 Dear Member of Congress,..."

The free software answer to the microsoft nightmare becoming OUR nightmare

  • Advogato; By Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
A recent slashdot and article highlights the ten year nightmare for microsoft: the Internet taking over in a cheaper way, in which microsoft desktops cannot compete. My question to the free software community is: what is the answer (not to microsoft, as everyone keeps trying to fight microsoft on THEIR terms) but what is the answer to microsoft's nightmare also becoming OUR nightmare?

OpenDocument format gathers steam

Big guns in the software industry are massing behind OpenDocument as government customers show more interest in open-source alternatives to Microsoft's desktop software.

What is Web 2.0? You redefine the paradigm

  • the Register; By Andrew Orlowski (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Web 2.0 is made of … Diarrhoea for Work Groups (TM) - it keeps you entertained for a long time, spreads quickly and contains no hard facts.

DRM - Digital Rights Minimization

  • Writer's Block Live; By Mike Evangelist (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
From this day forward I will never spend another dime on content that I can’t use the way I please. [Ed.- Great rant from a former Apple exec.]

Forgotten Password - Good Guy Box Cracking

  • Linux Step-by-Step; By David Bandel (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I found out is that the following is the easiest and most foolproof (not to mention fastest) way to do this:

[Ed.- Once again demonstrating the moldy old Unix dictum "Whoever has physical possession of the box owns it."]

Secondhand Microsoft software goes on sale in UK

Microsoft Shafting Its Resellers - Welcome to the club. Here's what they say: "Microsoft has stunned some in the British reseller community by allowing a discount dealer to sell secondhand volume licenses, opening the floodgates for a used-software market." Note that this is UK only (so far), but it just might indicate someone within Microsoft wants to stop any incipient drift away from its OS. Just guessing.

Heavily updated Camino 1.0 Beta 1 browser released for Mac OS X

Camino 1.0 Beta 1 brings you a heavily updated version of the only native Mac OS X browser using's Gecko HTML rendering engine. The Mozilla Organization's Camino pages state that they have "made great improvements, adding new features, improving existing features, and fixing many bugs and performance issues."

[Ed.- and creating new issues: "Due to changes in the feature set, Camino no longer supports Mac OS X 10.1. The Mozilla Organization advises people still using OS X 10.1 to stay with Camino 0.8.4."]

Gates stirs Microsoft with dramatic 'more meetings' plea

  • TheRegister; By Andrew Orlowski (Posted by bstadil on Nov 10, 2005 7:22 PM EDT)
[ED: Both the TheRegister and TheInquirer are pretty miffed about Microsoft's Memo leak. In not so many words accusing MS of gaming the Press and the Fourth Estate eating the bull Raw. What better way to counter than a spoof leaked memo]

MEMO from billg

Subject: Internet Software Services

Microsoft has always had to respond to innovators in the software business and seize the PR initiative.

Ten years ago this December, I wrote a memo entitled The Internet Tidal Puddle in which I attempted to undo the damage caused by my book, The Road Ahead, published just three months previously.

In The Road Ahead I failed to mention the internet at all. The same month, Netscape had floated on NASDAQ, creating the largest ever first day gain. Clearly, there was a puddle in the road ahead. So in my memo I warned that we could either step round the puddle, or step right into it, and risk being drowned.

In 1995 none of our products made use of TCP/IP. Now, a decade later, I can safely say that many of them do.

Setting up a PXE-Boot Server

This documents how to setup a PXE boot server for Linux. This assumes that you're using Redhat/FC as the PXE boot server.

Cruise Report 3: New Species Discovered at Sea

Doc expands on insights he gained while hanging with A-list kernel maintainers on last month's Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise.

Thin client server revitalizes old PCs

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 10, 2005 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
2X Software Ltd. has released a new thin-client software suite that aims to simplify thin-client deployment and give new life to old PCs, by converting them into thin-client terminals. The client-side operating system is a "small footprint Linux-based OS," and the server-side software works on Linux

Industry group forms to buy Linux patents

A group of tech giants linked up on Thursday to promote Linux globally, with the unveiling of a new company called the Open Invention Network (OIN). They are IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and [Ed Rootkit sleazeball] , Sony

Autumn Symposium Rakes Over Copyright and Patent Law

  • O'Reilly PolicyDevCenter; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 5:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The organizers of the recent Symposium on Intellectual Property, Creativity, and the Innovation Process must possess extraordinary confidence in their mastery of the kind of intellectual crowd control required to manage the range of people they invited to the conference, from computer hackers shouting "Let me be free!" to businesspeople asking, "How can I find a revenue model in the new technologies and media?" alongside artists asking, "How can I find a revenue model in the new technologies and media?" (yes, artists are just businesspeople with funny haircuts) to librarians claiming, "Whatever emerges, we want a part of it," and a bevy of lawyers wondering, "How do all the doctrines I learned in law school--or (more urgently) teach in law school--hold up in the path of the current technological and social onslaught?"

I'm Not Dead Yet! KDE vs. GNOME

Opinion: Novell's decision to go with GNOME has KDE aficianados in an uproar. KDE is the better interface, says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and it won't go away.

Forget Munich's Linux Migration, It's Already Done by Extremadura (Spain)

We changed the desktop systems from Windows to Linux during the weekend, when the civil servants came back next Monday morning they found Linux running on their desktop machines". Wow! So Munich is receiving all the press about their careful and detailed migration to Linux on the desktop and here comes one of the poorest region in Europe showing that this can be simply done during a weekend.

Report: Communicate with CommuniGate Pro 5.0

Do you need an Internet communications server solution that handles email, instant messaging, calendaring, and VoIP? Want it to run on Linux? CommuniGate Pro 5.0 could be the ticket. Rob Reilly examines the features of the latest flagship release from Stalker Software.

Firefox Turns 1, Ratchets Up Marketing

Although Mozilla Corp. down-played the first anniversary of its Firefox browser, an executive Wednesday 's said that the demand for the alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer had "completely outstripped our expectations."

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