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SIS nixes OOXML approval

Voting irregularities, it appears. The Swedish Institute of Standards (SIS) has invalidated the vote that controversially approved the OOXML standard at a meeting this week.

Email marketer harnesses the power of Gentoo

Gold Lasso uses an open source infrastructure to power its email marketing business. Cofounders Elie Ashery and Michael Weisel say open source is the only way to keep prices down and"truly compete in the current marketplace." And, they say, Gentoo Linux is the only way to keep their system truly secure. But finding employees who can manage a system built on Gentoo has been a challenge.

Classic UNIX tricks offer help for modern problems

This article presents a collection of simple techniques that you can combine into a system for more digestible feeds containing only updated records. You should be able to assemble a solution for your particular needs from this information. This is a nice batch of ticks for solving many problems.

P Country Upgrades Continue - as do Document Committee Signups as Well

Earlier this week I reported that there were nine new, last minute "P" members of ISO. I also predicted that the number could rise. Well, now that we're down to the wire on the ISO/IEC vote on OOXML, it has. In the last three days, two more countries have made the list: Malta and Cote-d'Ivoire. That assumes that the list if up to the minute, and I won't be surprised to see the count rise by the end of the day.

Review: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard

Thinking back to my Vector Linux 5.8 Standard install of a month or so ago, I decided to try it again. This time I wouldn't use the Puppy 2.14 live CD to make my partitions and would instead use the Vector CD all the way. First of all, while I like the installer overall, it makes you do your own partitioning in Cfdisk with no provision for a "standard" partitioning scheme, the latter option -- available in many other distros -- very helpful to new users and those uncomfortable with manual partitioning.

LeapFrog Evaluates 'Synergies' with OLPC Project

Eugene Ciurana's focus at LeapFrog Enterprises is building infrastructure for the company's Web-enabled product initiatives, but his role also has allowed Ciurana to get involved with the One Laptop Per Child organization. The OLPC's XO laptop and the open-source Sugar interface that runs on the system have drawn the attention of many in the IT community, including me.

Second Linux-alliance creation in struggle for schools

A competitor to the recently created OS Linux software developers’ alliance is to appear in the near future. St. Petersburg Company Linux Ink has developed a project within which the domestic open-source community participants are suggested to enter an alternative consortium. It is to forge active PR-operations and close cooperation with educational institutions, the organizers say. They also offer their own development methods for Linux-products, which are to be used in Russian schools.

SCO CEO McBride Speaks Out On Novell, Finances, And Groklaw

"SCO CEO Darl McBride is not popular among many segments of the IT industry, thanks to his aggressive methods for defending his ownership rights to the Unix operating system. McBride on Aug. 28 sat down with InformationWeek editor-at-large Paul McDougall to discuss a broad range of topics relating to the company's legal battle against Novell, and what the future might hold for the company in light of its recent courtroom and financial setbacks."

Hungary: no official position on OOXML

The repeated voting session (because of anomalies) at Hungarian Standards Institution again was not legitimate today, because it was not the secretary but the general manager who sent out the invitation letters, which should be breaching the internal rules of the Standards Body. The number of members to vote raised from about ten to 55, 42 of which were present at the session. Microsoft did not want to vote, but they wanted to let the previous voting session be recognised as legitimate, because they claim the intervention of the minister after the previous session to repeat the voting session was not valid. The result is: no official position, due to the lack of time to organise a new voting session.

How to use Squid as an easy web filter

Have you ever mistyped a web address and ended up somewhere you definitely did not want to go? You miss one letter in the URL, and instead of getting to your favorite site, you end up in the virtual red light district! In this article, Anderson Silva explains how to set up a basic web filter.

Adobe adds H.264 to Flash Player

In what promises to boost video quality in desktop, mobile, and embedded devices, Adobe announced that it has added H.264 support to its popular Flash Player software. "Flash Player 9, Update 3 beta," available for download from Adobe's Labs website, supports Linux, OS X, and Windows.

Free ATI drivers for Christmas?

Fully-functional video drivers -- ones capable of handling 3-D acceleration -- remain one of the weak points of free software. The Free Software Foundation has declared them a high-priority project. Meanwhile, some distributions and even more users have resorted to using the proprietary drivers offered as free downloads by card manufacturers. One of the main projects attempting to provide complete, free drivers is focusing on developing the Avivo driver for the R500 and R600 cards from AMD/ATI, so-called after a specification first introduced in this line of cards. According to Jerome Glisse, who coordinates the development of the driver, progress is being made in the project, and"maybe by the end of this year, we might have some 3-D acceleration."

Is free and open code a form of infrastructure? How about the humans who write it?

I was looking at what my friendStephen Lewis wrote in HakPakSak a few days ago— specifically newspapers’ roles as public trusts and cornerstones of our informational infrastructure— i.e. sources of solid information and independent commentary essential to informed citizenry, democratic government, effective public policy, and well-functioning economies. What this brought up for me is the notion that human beings are themselves infrastructural; especially when they are constuctive contributors to the structure we call civilization.

Adding contents automatically in Calc

Spreadsheets are labor-intensive documents. Usually, their contents is entered carefully, one sheet at a time, at an input rate far below a text document. However, like most spreadsheets, OpenOffice.org has several tools for removing some of the drudgery from input.

Setting Up An iSCSI Environment On Linux

Nowadays, the iSCSI technology is quite popular in the storage world. This article shows an iSCSI demo environment which consists of one Debian Linux host and one Netapp Filer. We try to show the most important features of this protocol.

Six Great Linux Productivity Apps

A short look at six great programs that make productivity simple in Linux. From graphic editors, to text editors, and even some entertainment to keep you motivated!

FileZilla 3 brings Windows FTP goodness to Linux

FileZilla is one great open source FTP client that -- up until now -- was available only for Windows. Version 3 is a ground-up rewrite that makes the application available for the first time on Linux, too.

Vista SP1's delay is Desktop Linux's good news

Vista's been something of a flop. I know it. You know it. Even in Bill Gates' secret sanctum hidden underneath his mansion they know it. Businesses, in particular, aren't about to touch Vista for corporate desktops until they get SP1. Guess what? They're not going to be getting it anytime soon. Instead of going through all this crap, isn't it time to give the Linux desktop a try?

Custom NimbleX lives up to its name with do-it-yourself install images

Do-it-yourself distributions have made great strides since Linux from Scratch, or even rPath's rBuilder Online. In the last few months, users have even been able to produce custom disk images with such tools as Fedora's Revisor and Ubuntu's Reconstructor. However, one of the most elegant tools to emerge recently is Custom NimbleX, a PHP program that allows you to construct an ISO image in your browser and then download it. Custom NimbleX lacks some polish in the interface, but is so simply and well-designed functionally that it should lead many users to NimbleX itself, the distribution on which it is based.

Tutorial: Boost Reliability with Ethernet Bonding and Linux

An easy, inexpensive way to double up Ethernet interfaces to get more more bandwidth and reliability is called Ethernet bonding. While Gigabit Ethernet is all exciting and the hot new fad, you can get a lot of mileage out of using Ethernet bonding to give your existing gear a nice boost without spending much extra money. Just stuff two ordinary 10/100 Ethernet interfaces into a machine, tweak a few configuration files, and you're in business. If one fails you won't lose connectivity. It is a good cheap upgrade for your servers--you'll have several options for configuring load balancing and failover, and with the right gear you'll get an instant bandwidth boost by combining the bandwidth of the two interfaces.

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