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Linux desktop architects team up on Portland Project

Architects from two dozen desktop-oriented Linux projects converged in Portland, Ore. last weekend to collaborate on creating the best possible Linux desktop. To that end, the group launched the Portland Project, which aims to provide a common set of standards that allow applications to easily integrate with the Linux desktop.

City of Cape Town to be a 'leader in OSS'

The City of Cape Town is positioning itself as a leader in free and open source software and has plans to extend its current OSS network to as many as 1500 OSS desktops across the city. This according to the City of Cape Town's Nirvesh Sooful who told delegates at the Cape FOSS Seminar yesterday that they were looking at rolling out open source machines in the libraries and clinics in the city.

CCIA Calls on ECMA to Reject MS's Proposal

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Dec 7, 2005 5:02 PM EDT)
The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has just sent Ecma International a letter calling upon the international standards group to reject "Microsoft's proposal for what it calls an open standard for office productivity applications."

"Far from fostering competition Microsoft's proposal seems destined to assure that only Microsoft will produce software that can interoperate fully with its products."

Novacoast Announces Rapid Deployment of Open Source Voice over IP

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 7, 2005 4:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Novacoast Teams With SUSE Linux in Deployment of Asterisk Open Source PBX

Essential Housekeeping in Ubuntu

  • All about Linux; By Ravi (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 7, 2005 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Making your Ubuntu distribution support various closed source formats is a necessity to gain a fuller experience. Here is an article which explains how this person accomplished this.

Firefox Usage Continues to Grow

The release of Firefox 1.5 has helped Mozilla gain additional traction against IE, according to details of a survey released on Wednesday by Web statistics firm NetApplications.com. The market share of the alternative browser reached 8.84 percent in November, up over one percentage point since September.

The findings suggest that Mozilla could still be on track -- although a bit later than hoped -- to attain a 10 percent market share by the end of 2005.

Mastering Ajax Websites

Ajax, which consists of HTML, JavaScript™ technology, DHTML, and DOM, is an approach that helps you transform clunky Web interfaces into interactive Ajax applications. The author, an Ajax expert, demonstrates how these technologies work together. This is a good starting point to Understanding Ajax, a productive approach to building Web sites.

Siemens to join OSDL

The electronics company plans to help drive open source.

CMS Direct Minimizes the Elapsed Time of Its Predictive Analysis Application With the Selection of Syncsort's DMExpress

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 7, 2005 11:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ETL Software Dramatically Cuts Processing Time by 60%

Final Weeks of Realm $50,000 BlackDog(TM) Skills Contest

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 7, 2005 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Winners to be Announced at Open Source Business Conference

Red Hat Puts Out the Developers' Welcome Sign

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 7, 2005 10:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Red Hat's forthcoming software development stack packages will offer LAMP support and more via the Red Hat Network

A cure for the 'Slashdot effect'

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 7, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A little brain power, some readily available open source tools, and two IT services providers out to prove they can solve the "Slashdot effect": Put them together, and you've got Mirrordot, a site that automatically mirrors any Slashdot-linked pages.

Most common software installation sources for SuSE 10.0

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Dec 7, 2005 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
One of the most common questions among new SuSE users is asking where to get new software packages or RPMs. SuSE distributions come already loaded with a large multitude of applications. Yet not even SuSE can hold all the applications available. Linuxblogger compiled a list of the most common YaST source installation repositories for software packages.

Galeon, Epiphany ready for a reunion

Two years after the Galeon browser's source code was forked, resulting in the Epiphany browser, developers of the two GNOME-based browsers announced they are coming back together by writing extensions to bring Galeon features and functionality to Epiphany.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 113:
We talk to Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, director of marketing, linux and open source at Novell
Dan talks about his Arch Linux install experience
Pat buys a $550 laptop (or two) from Walmart
Broadcom drivers reverse engineered
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:
http://www.binrev.com:8000/main
http://media.sysop.ca:8000/techshow
http://wdsmn.com:8000/techshow


You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

The Morning's Deal for December 5: MySQL AB and Alcatel, SOA and ...

The Morning's Deal for December 5: MySQL AB and Alcatel, SOA and Merrill Lynch, Opsware and Cyphertech, LightPointe and KDN, InterNetwork and Schumacher, GEL and IGEL

Get to Know GnomeMeeting

Video telephony over the Internet is not common place for Joe User yet, but its importance is growing. This article takes a closer look at GnomeMeeting and talks to its main creator and developer, Damien Sandras.

Install a Touchscreen for Linux

  • IBM developerWorks; By Greg Lindley (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 7, 2005 4:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What's the next step in creating an easy-to-use Linux-based product for consumers? A touchscreen facade can make back-end Linux applications very usable in such devices as custom digital media centers, DVRs and PVRs, and even control interfaces for household robots. The potential uses are limited only by the imagination. In this article, get an overview for installing an LCD from a Sony PSOne, creating a modeline, and installing a touchscreen -- all for Linux.

Microsoft found guilty of antitrust violation in South-Korea

  • The Korea Times; By Kim Tae-gyu (Posted by hkwint on Dec 7, 2005 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
Korea’s anti-trust regulator Wednesday (Ed: Dec 7th) imposed a fine of roughly 33 billion won ($31.9 million) on Microsoft for its violation of the nation’s fair trade rule.

Microsoft will be required to offer two versions of Windows within six months - one stripped of thus far incorporated programs (Ed: Messenger and Media Player) and the other that includes most software available here.

[Ed - It's good to see not all governments bend under Microsoft pressure. You may remember MS threatened to withdraw Windows from the Korean market if MS would be found guilty. Please also look at the story "Will Microsoft Pull Out of Korea?" - hkwint]

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Ruby Weekly News 28th November - 4th December 2005

  • RubyWeeklyNews.org; By Tim Sutherland (Posted by Tsela on Dec 7, 2005 3:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Tim Sutherland.

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