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Microsoft embraces open source scripting language

The software giant has unveiled the first beta of IronPython, a .NET implementation of Python

Xilinx Targets Fast-Moving, Multi-Function Smart Handset Market With Industry's First Programmable Demonstration Platform

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 6:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Programmable Solutions Critical to Keeping Pace With Consumer Demands While Meeting Low Power, Small Form Factor and Low Cost Goals

Massachusetts Sticking with ODF, for Now

Opinion: Massachusetts may be sticking to its ODF guns after all, but Microsoft still has way too much power in software buying decisions.

The Print Shop: Linux Drivers Made Easy

  • ABC News (Appears to have been abstracted from PC World); By Danny Allen, PC World (Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Jan 5, 2006 4:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, HP
More of a blurb about Linux becoming more main stream in regards to readily available, functional printer drivers. If reading that Linux is on the road to World Domination gives you the warm fuzzies this it an item for you. For many others this is skippable.

Essentially this is a mini review where Cups now stands.

New book eases switch from MS Office to OO.org 2.0

If you're among the many people considering dumping Microsoft Office for OpenOffice.org 2.0 but fear change, well, that's normal. However, now there is a new book entitled Point & Click OpenOffice.org!, authored by leading open-source journalist Robin "Roblimo" Miller, that aims specifically to quell such fears.

Reviewer finds Ubuntu good, but not good enough

I can understand why many people love Ubuntu and its KDE-interfaced brother, Kubuntu. However, neither one is a perfect fit for me.

First, the good news: although they go by different names, there's really no fundamental difference between the Ubuntu brothers.

Ubuntu uses the GNOME interface, while Kubuntu uses KDE. Specifically, the newest version, Ubuntu 5.10, also known as Breezy Badger, is a Debian-based Linux distribution. On the GNOME side, Ubuntu uses The GNOME Project's GNOME 2.12, while Kubuntu uses KDE 3.4.3.

In short, you simply choose your interface, and you don't have to worry about the rest. Kubuntu 5.10, which is the one I worked with the most, can also be upgraded to KDE 3.5.

Returning to Desktop Linux Again

For years I have had an on-again/off-again relationship with desktop linux. My old flame: Debian running fvwm. Over the years, however, we have both changed. Where I used to enjoy tinkering, I am now impatient and want things to 'just work.' Desktop linux has thankfully developed along these lines. Goodbye, stock Debian and fvwm. Hello Ubuntu and KDE (Kubuntu).

Gpl 3.0: Open Source Renews Its License

  • CIO; By Bernard Golden (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
With this entry, guest blogger Bernard Golden begins his series of commentaries on the ongoing revision process for the General Public License.

Studio adds Lustre to Harry Potter films

Framestore CFC, the animation studio responsible for much of the eerie special effects work in the latest installment of the Harry Potter film series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," uses fast, powerful Intel-based Linux clusters in its render farm, but it was still running into problems because of bottlenecks with its Network File System servers. Accio Lustre -- an open source cluster file system called Lustre helped feed the studio's prodigious I/O appetite at a price point that keeps it competitive with larger organizations.

Artesyn Announces Half-Height Advanced Mezzanine Card

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 11:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Pentium-Based Module Ideal for Small Form Factor MicroTCA Chassis and Custom Blades Equipped With AdvancedMC Sites

Firefox Held Nearly 10 Percent Share at Year's End

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser slowly but surely lost significant market share to Firefox over the past year, according to the latest monthly traffic report released Wednesday by Web metrics tool vendor Net Applications.

Novell Raises the Bar for Linux Collaboration and Development

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 9:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
OpenSUSE project community grows dramatically, recording more than 13 million page views, 750,000 installations and 19,000 registered project members worldwide

LinuxFilter - New Linux News Site

LinuxFilter is an Linux news system based on the look and feel of digg.com.

Nessus 3.0 on Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy)

I for one have no particular problems with the fact that Nessus has gone to a closed source model from version 3, with the exception that this means I can’t run Nessus on some of my platforms of choice (ie, Gentoo Linux). However, since a package is available for Debian 3.x, I wondered if it would work on Ubuntu. This didn’t prove too difficult - I expect because Ubuntu is based on Debian 3.x and also because the Nessus developers have historically bundled their own versions of libraries to prevent library dependency issues (that seems to be the usual reason for not being able to install Debian packages on Ubuntu for me).

Sipfoundry Releases Open Source sipxPBX Version 3.0

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by bstadil on Jan 4, 2006 6:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SIPfoundrytoday has announced the latest release of its open source PBX: sipXpbx. This release delivers a fundamentally new approach to addressing the real time communications needs within the enterprise market

Silicon Image Expands LaCie Relationship

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
LaCie Selects SteelVine Storage Processor for 'Two Big' eSATA Product

Korea's Internet is Microsoft-Dependent

Yoon Seok-chan, leader of the development team at Daum, said, “Although the Internet is a public good, Korea’s Internet environment is increasingly encouraging monopolies by private companies. Against this backdrop, Daum has decided to jointly develop technologies with Apple.”

French Gendarmerie National switches to Firefox and Thunderbird

  • standblog (Posted by Abe on Jan 4, 2006 3:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In an interview published by French Magazine Linux Pratique (issue #33), Général Brachet, in charge of IT for Gendarmerie Nationale explains why the French Military Police force (more than 100,000 personnel) has chosen to deploy Firefox and Thunderbird to respectively 70,000 and 45,000 seats. Here are a few excerpts:

Portableapps releases portable OpenOffice 2.01

  • TechSpot; By Justin Mann (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Portableapps.com is helping making a few waves for the OpenOffice team. They've released a USB-toteable portable version of OpenOffice 2.01, compact enough to fit on smaller sized drives.

Debian developers trim platform support

The next version of the Linux distro will be available on fewer platforms to ensure a 'more limber' release process

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