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ODF calls time on da Vinci coding

Still seeking OASIS approval, The Open Document Foundation (ODF) has quietly ended all work on its da Vinci project after failing to secure approval from the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Oct 23, 2007 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This document describes how to set up an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment. About 23.000 packages are available in the repositories.

Real Media attacks real people via RealPlayer

Hackers twist ad network into Trojan network. Hackers have rooted into a server owned by internet advertising network24/7 Real Media and used it to serve malware-laced banner ads that tried to circumvent security mechanisms on end users' machines, Symantec researchers said. The malware exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Real Player that was patched on Friday.

Seven.Ten Degrees of Modularisation

  • J_K9 @ Linux (Posted by J_K9 on Oct 23, 2007 11:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu Server is a popular Linux server distribution which has been gaining some good ground over the past few years, but is still behind its main commercial rivals: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. However, one of the new, experimental (but stable) features in Ubuntu 7.10 Server Edition is set to change the course of all server Operating Systems in the near future, and that feature is Tasks.

Query your processes under X with Qps

When it comes to managing processes, many people use old reliable commands such as ps, top, kill, and nice. These commands are handy, useful, and found in every Linux distribution. However, sometimes a GUI process manager can be useful, especially when you're trying to teach new Linux system administrators who aren't used to shell interfaces. Qps Visual Process Manager is a GUI ps substitute that lets you sort, manipulate, and manage processes.

Microsoft woos Asia through Turbolinux

Adding to its list of Linux partners, Microsoft has extended its collaboration agreement with Asian Linux vendor Turbolinux. Promising collaboration efforts and controversial intellectual property assurances for Turbolinux users, the deal could be seen as the latest attempt by Microsoft to extend its reach into the rich prize that is the Asian market.

The Absent PCLinuxOS Release Cycle

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Oct 23, 2007 8:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Community, Linux
During distro comparisons, many call a lack of release cycle for PCLinuxOS one of its negative aspects. In my opinion, this is the most attractive and positive aspects of the small distribution. Not to take away from a distribution that sets a release cycle...I understand that normal release cycles are a must with companies and software engineering. However, I think PCLinuxOS has a unique approach to releases and updates. Allow me a bit of time to show you the method in my madness on this one.

Oracle Linux Is No Longer an RHEL Clone

Oracle is taking its Unbreakable Linux down a slightly different path from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. First, let's make this clear. Oracle Unbreakable Linux was, is now and is for the foreseeable future going to be based on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux codebase. It is not, however, going to be simply RHEL's twin in every way. When Oracle first announced the release of Unbreakable Linux, many people saw it as a purely anti-Red Hat move. Larry Ellison, Oracle's CEO, doesn't like competition. What he likes is winning.

7 Reasons Every Programmer Should Love Multi-Core

  • Design Decisions; By HashiDiKo (Posted by studdugie on Oct 22, 2007 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
HashiDiKo gives 7 reasons to embrace the multi-core revolution.

Boost Firefox address bar completion

When you type a URL into Firefox's address bar a drop-down menu appears based on your history. To select the most relevant entry you use the arrow keys (or your mouse) to select it. For better URL auto-completion have a look at Firefox's about:config area and set the browser.urlbar.autoFill value to true.

Debugging Multiple CPUs

"Sysrq-p is pretty useless unless you can force the keyboard interrupt and the spinning process onto the same CPU," noted Chuck Ebbert during a discussion centered around debugging tasks stuck in a running state. Pressing the

key combination is used for debugging, dumping the registers and flags from the CPU that handles the keypress interrupt to the console. UltraSPARC maintainer, David Miller, replied, "yes, I find this a painful limitation too,"

Integrate XForm with the Google Web Toolkit

  • IBM/DeveloperWorks; By Michael Galpin (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 22, 2007 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Learn how to use the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and XForms together to create a dynamic Web application. Part 1 looks at the JavaScript underpinnings of each technology. Part 2 shows how to use those JavaScript underpinnings to mix the two technologies together to build the rock star application. Part 3 refactors the application to use XForms and GWT together. In this concluding part, you'll continue to refactor and improve your rock star application.

License change makes software more attractive for the community

Dimdim calls itself the world's first free Web meeting service based on an open source platform. Users can share their desktops and files while chatting and videoconferencing with meeting participants. Dimdim was originally licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPL), but the possibility of a big deal with a university made Dimdim executives eventually change to the GNU General Public License (GPL) instead. By changing the software's license from the MPL to the GPL, "we are making it easier for the community to use our product," says Dimdim founder DD Ganguly.

Report: SourceForge: An Open Source Tale, through good times and bad, has established itself as the core outpost of open source development on the Web. A look inside one of the open source community's strongest assets.

Trolltech axes the Greenphone

The Linux developer says it will now focus on its Qtopia platform and leave the hassles of hardware to other companies.

State of Linux Security Survey

It is customary for communities of every sphere to stand up occasionally, and take a good, long look at what's going on in the world around them. For us here at, we felt it was a great opportunity to put it all together. Since 1996, has been bringing open source news, HOW-TOs, Feature stories and more to the open source community with comprehensive coverage. As one of the veterans in this area, we'd like to see you chime in. With so much going on in Linux and security, what does the community really care about?

Security People Are Insane

"The fact is, security people *are* insane. You just argue all the time, instead of doing anything productive. So please don't include me in the Cc on your insane arguments - instead do something productive and I'm interested."— Linus Torvalds, in anOctober 19th, 2007 posting to the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

Going places with openSUSE's SCPM

Reconfiguring your laptop's wireless network settings every time you go to a new client's office or a friend's house can be tiresome, and carrying around little papers with notes about network names, keys, and IP addresses doesn't seem too professional. openSUSE's System Configuration Profile Management (SCPM) can help. SCPM lets you adapt your machine's configuration to different environments and hardware configurations. The need to reconfigure your settings is most common in laptops, where you may need not only several different network configurations (with or without DHCP, firewalls, gateways, and proxies) but also different hardware. For example, sometimes you may need to use a Wi-Fi USB device, and you may or may not always have a printer available.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 106

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 106 for the week of October 15th.

Microsoft Concedes in European Antitrust Case

  •; By Kevin J. O'Brien (Posted by bigg on Oct 22, 2007 9:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
With its legal options running out, Microsoft bowed today to pressure from the European Commission and agreed for the first time to sell some confidential computer code to rivals at nominal cost, ending a 32-year-old practice of designing closed systems to bolster its competitive advantage.

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