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H&R Block Embraces Benefits of Open Source

Open source has generated revenue and brought positive changes in the way H&R Block services its customers.

Linux vouchers, Microsoft, and GPL3: separating the signal from the noise

Free Software Foundation (FSF) lawyer Eben Moglen claims that the absence of an expiration date on SUSE vouchers distributed by Microsoft will make Microsoft subject to terms of the GPL3, thus undermining Microsoft's patent threats against Linux by forcing the company to provide nearly unlimited upstream patent licenses.

FSFE says Microsoft patent claims don't add up

The Free Software Foundation Europe responded to Microsoft's patent claims against Linux and open source late last week by stating that the company's actions don't suggest patent claims in Microsoft's favor.

How To Live an Open-Source Musical Life With Ogg Vorbis

In an effort to rally support for the underdog media format, the Free Software Foundation has launched, a website promoting awareness of the Ogg format. It's an educational primer for playing Ogg Vorbis audio files and Ogg Theora video files on Mac and Windows desktops.

From MP3 to OGG: Freeing Sound from the Chains of Proprietary Software

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has launched a campaign to convert the world to OGG, a non-proprietary alternative to MP3 audio files. It’s called the PlayOGG Campaign. Here’s the pitch:

Microsoft funds questionable study attacking GPL 3 draft process

A study (PDF) funded by Microsoft and carried out by Harvard Business School professor Alan MacCormack aims to determine what kind of features and protections developers want in version 3 of the widely-used General Public License (GPL 3). The study, which uses extremely questionable methodology, concludes that open-source software developers don't want the GPL 3 to impose extensive patent licensing requirements or prevent agreements like the controversial cross-licensing deal between Novell and Microsoft.

Red Hat chief tells start ups to grow, not cash out

Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik today told startups to forget the "romance" of open source and build businesses that compete with proprietary vendors on services and value.

FreeMED 0.8.4 and REMITT 0.3.3 released

FreeMED version 0.8.4 andREMITT version 0.3.3 have been formally released on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. They include support for CMS's mandatedNPI standard, as well as many other improvements and community contributed bugfixes and features. FreeMED is an GPL-licensed opensource EMR/PM suite which is browser-based, and is developed by theFreeMED Software Foundation, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

AXIGEN 4.0 Beta, now with Personal Organizer

Bucharest, May 21, 2007 – AXIGEN (, the professional messaging solution vendor, announced today the release of AXIGEN Mail Sever 4.0 Beta. Having time management and mobility needs in mind, version 4.0 comes with a Personal Organizer module available from both AXIGEN’s WebMail interface and the email client Outlook.

A Linux Computer in Every Garage?

A U.S. government- and industry-led coalition aiming to equip every car and roadside in America with wirelessly connected computers has tapped Linux for a prototype design.

Lock down the GNOME desktop with Pessulus

Looking for a way to limit users' functionality on a publicly available machine, such as a kiosk machine for conference attendees? No one wants people trying to alter their systems for fun or malice. If you're running the GNOME environment, you can turn to a tool called Pessulus -- a lockdown manager for the GNOME desktop.

Ruby in May 2007

May has been a busy month in the Ruby world, and while I’ve been busy with work, Erlang, and other commitments I’ve tried hard not to lose track of things. Here are some of the things that have caught my eye.

KDE 3.5.7 Improves PIM and More

The KDE project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.7, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. This release brings a renewed focus to KDE-PIM applications. KAddressBook, KOrganizer and KAlarm received attention with bugfixes, while KMail additionally witnessed the addition of new features and improvements with both interface work and IMAP handling: it can manage IMAP quotas, and copy and move all folders.

Howto Setup Dual Monitors with NVidia in Ubuntu

  • (Posted by gg234 on May 22, 2007 4:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Howto Setup Dual Monitors with NVidia in Ubuntu

Freenode and OFTC IRC networks buddy up

Two Internet Relay Chat (IRC) networks that are used heavily by free and open source software projects, freenode and the Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC), are building bridges by swapping staff and observing each other's operations. The rapprochement brings together two organizations that sprang from a single project, and may be a precursor for more intimate ties.

Dell’s not really serious about Linux

I sure hope Dell can offer customers a way to upgrade these rigs to Windows if the need arises.

Speed up surfing with Split Browser

Split Browser is a Firefox extension that lets you take the versatility of tabbed browsing even further than usual.

Open News Episode 13 Released

This week on Open News Linus Lays It Out For Microsoft, GPLv3 Comes To The Rescue, and Mythdora 4.0.

Setting up TinyMCE

Moxiecode's LGPL-licensed TinyMCE (Tiny Moxiecode Editor) is a JavaScript program that lets users enter formatted text in HTML forms without having to know HTML tags. It's bundled in many blogging and content management systems. If you want to use TinyMCE in your own Web applications, you'll find basic setup to be quick and easy, but advanced configuration can become complex as you sort out dependencies and conflicts. Here are some tips and advice on integrating TinyMCE with your Web pages.

Beryl, Compiz, And Metisse - The 3D Desktop on Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring

  • HowtoForge; By Olivier Blin (Posted by falko on May 22, 2007 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
After having included the AIGLX, Xgl and Compiz 3D desktop technologies in Mandriva Linux 2007, Mandriva has added all the latest 3D desktop updates in Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring, like Metisse and Beryl.

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