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For quite a few pundits out there, the fact that there are so many Linux distributions is a bit troubling to them. I am not sure why this argument keeps coming up, but it goes something like this: there are X Linux distros out there, which is too many to choose from for users, and creates a strain on developer resources.
John Newton, CTO and chairman of open source enterprise content management (ECM) vendor Alfresco, is certainly no stranger to the industry. Two years after cashing out of Documentum, Newton started Alfresco with John Powell, former COO of Business Objects. Activity has ramped up this year with a license change to the GPL and earlier this month a new release that adds a Web-oriented architecture on top of SOA. Newton recently discussed his challenges and outlook for Alfresco with internetnews.com.
Like the Terminator – just when the monster machine seems defeated, it always somehow rises again – Microsoft's push for international standards status for its Office document formats refuses to die. Just last week, a committee charged with deciding whether or not to recommend that the U.S. vote in favor of adopting Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) formats when the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) considers them in September, deadlocked, leaving the formats' future as an ISO standard cloudy at best. Not so, said Microsoft (Quote) officials. Indeed, since the technical committee was unable to hand up a recommendation, the executive committee with responsibility to determine the U.S.'s response has decided to move forward on its own. So Microsoft's aspirations remain alive.
Yesterday's release of OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 6 marks the first time there is a single installation CD for OpenSuSE, but also added in this development build is the Linux 2.6.22 kernel, GCC 4.2, and other updated packages. The single CD was possible by splitting packages and also introduced was 64-bit CDs for KDE and GNOME. While this isn't the final build of OpenSuSE 10.3, we have enclosed new screenshots of the OpenSuSE 10.3 Alpha 6 GNOME edition.
Robert Kaiser wrote in to inform us of the release of SeaMonkey 1.1.3, which contains fixes for several security vulnerabilities and several smaller problems found in previous versions. The SeaMonkey team strongly urges users of the old Mozilla Suite and Netscape 4, 6 or 7 to upgrade to SeaMonkey 1.1.3, as those software packages suffer from an increasing number of security vulnerabilities and are no longer being maintained.
Mozilla Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 has been released and is currently being distributed to Thunderbird 2 users via the application's built-in software update system. The upgrade fixes security bugs, which are detailed in the Thunderbird 18.104.22.168 section of the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories page.
Mandriva & Intel presented and demonstrated the Intel-powered classmatePC to KDE developers at the aKademy 2007 conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Intel's Latin America Linux Strategic Program Manager Sulamita Garcia and Mandriva's KDE developer Helio de Castro were participating at aKademy 2007, KDE's annual meeting of the KDE community, demonstrating the flexibility and the specialized educational interface of Mandriva Linux on the Intel-powered classmate PC in the "Edu and School" presentation sessions.
Without question, OOXML falls far short of being a universal office document exchange format. Considering Microsoft's enormous backward-compatibility commitments, I'd go so far as to say OOXML's own authors would probably agree ODF would be a superior format on which to base a new application. But with or without the ISO's blessing, OOXML is substantially more open than are Microsoft's legacy binary formats. As a user of OpenOffice.org on Linux who works in a mostly Microsoft-formatted world, I'm somewhat of a stakeholder in the ODF-vs.-OOXML horse race, and I'd like to see OpenOffice.org take advantage of this marginal boost in openness
Take charge of your editing session within Emacs and use it to your advantage. This tutorial is the fourth in a series, and shows you three areas of Emacs that control some aspect of the editing session: various command-line options, the register, and bookmark facilities for setting and saving positions and data. Knowing how and when to use these features, and what tricks are possible with them, are important topics in power editing.
It's tax time in Australia. Three weeks into the new financial year, now is about the time when people have all their documentation ready to give the government its yearly pound of flesh. But for Linux users there's no joy again. What greets me at the ATO's website is this information: To lodge tax returns online, one needs a PC running Windows 2000 or XP. And the ATO advises further, "...because Windows uses security components of Internet Explorer, use any version of Internet Explorer 6."
On July 5, Microsoft quietly released a "Covenant to Customers" to clear up how it is handling its patent deal with Linux distributor Linspire. Instead, it did little but puzzle and annoy members of the Linux community. If you read Microsoft's memo, you'll find that Microsoft's patent protection only applies only to "Linspire Five-0 and successor offerings" on a desktop. Server use is specifically forbidden. Microsoft also categorically rules out "Freespire and any other software offerings that include the Linux operating system for which Linspire receives no revenue."
The staging site for the new Firefox Support knowledge base is now up and running, and we’re looking for people to help contribute content. We have an initial list of articles we would like created for the alpha version, so feel free to create an account, assign yourself to an article, and create it.
Battle for Wesnoth is an amazingly addictive 2-D turn-based strategy game with some role playing game elements thrown in for spice. It runs under Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Wesnoth can be played solo, using one of the several single-player adventures (campaigns) available, or over the Internet with other people.
[I wish I had the time play it more, very cool game. - Scott]
HP and MIT have formed an independent organization to support the work of digital archivists who use the DSpace open source archiving software. Called the DSpace Foundation, the new group will provide a forum and a focus for users of the software - who include over 100 universities, museums and companies - said Nick Wainwright, the DSearch project research manager at HP Labs in Bristol.
[Not directly Linux related, but still of interest I think. - Sander]
SAP AG has certified the SAP NetWeaver platform on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) Advanced Platform 5. The two companies say that the combination of RHEL 5 and NetWeaver offers a complete solution stack through the integration of Red Hat Global File System, Cluster Suite, SELinux and further technologies for high availability, storage management and security.
I am a Linux professional for last more than 4 yrs, and had used many a more Linux boxes so far. Mainly I had worked on RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, Mandrake, and few others. But just about 2 months back, I had got an opportunity to have AsianLinux as the operating system for my PC. I was informed that it is a variant of Linux that is coming with most of the multimedia libraries for playing and editing the multimedia files on my PC. That was the main feature, which drew my attention to this Particular distribution.
[Forgive the author for some bad grammar. - Scott]
I am in the middle of installing Slackware on my test box. So far all the Slack fans are right -- it's not hard at all, and dammit, it works. It's like my Linux Bar Mitzvah (insert your own joke here).
Wal-Mart will sell a sub-$300 "back-to-school" PC this fall pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows Vista and OpenOffice.org productivity software. The Everex GC3502 PC is based on a 1.7GHz Via C7-D processor, and will be available later this year preloaded with Ubuntu Linux.
The Pyro project has launched its "Pyro Desktop," a new Linux application with the lofty goal of "true integration between the Web and modern desktop computing." Pyro offers an interesting new approach to deploying Web-based applications on the Linux desktop, reminiscent of Opera's and Vista's widgets.
Neuros Audio reports that a Google Summer of Code project ported UPnP software to its Linux-based "Open Source Device" (OSD). Users hook the OSD to their stereo, network, and TV, and use infrared remote controls to browse and play their digital music collection. The OSD's new UPnP software was apparently created by Pau Minoves "Progeny" Rafanell, with mentorship from Ugo Riboni. The software lets the OSD browse and playback media files on local area network-based UPnP servers -- for example, Windows Media PCs, TwonkyVision servers, and home NAS devices made by Infrant, Buffalo, and others.
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