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A simple task manager for OpenOffice.org

If you spend most of your time in OpenOffice.org, you might want to be able to manage to-do lists and tasks without leaving the comfort of the office suite. Since Writer doesn't have such a feature, you can create your own no-frills task tool and at the same time sharpen your OOoBasic skills. In a previous article, we covered how to build a handy basket tool. You can use the same techniques when creating a simple task manager. The one we'll build offers only three basic commands: add a task, view all tasks, and purge tasks.

The Perfect Desktop - Slackware 12

  • HowtoForge; By Brian Zadikow (Posted by falko on Oct 12, 2007 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Slackware
This tutorial shows how you can set up a Slackware 12 GNU/Linux desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktop.

GIMP tricks: Teeth whitening

  • PolishLinux.org; By Cakper (Posted by michux on Oct 12, 2007 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Here is another article of our “GIMP tricks” series. This time you are going to learn a simple trick: how to make your teeth look really white on a photograph. By the way, perhaps it’s the right time to visit a dentist?

OpenOffice won’t fork — for now

In spite of a bitter battle between Novell and Sun developers, OpenOffice won’t fork – at least for now. That’s the consensus among several OpenOffice developers who are locked in a bitter dispute with Sun over how the open source project is governed but who nevertheless agree that a fork would be the worst outcome for a project that has enough difficulty competing against Microsoft Office let alone Google Apps and other online services in the future.

Virtual Appliances Spawn New Class of Linux Distros

ISVs desiring to distribute their applications in an appliance form factor are driving the creation of new JeOS Linux Distros such as Ubuntu JeOS and rPath Linux. Others are building their own JeOS-type Linux distros from Red Hat, SuSE and other Linux vendors. This "roll your own" approach can lead to challenges for both the vendor and potential customers.

Ubuntu Gutsy Release Candidate goes live

Can't wait for Gutsy Gibbon, the next release of Ubuntu Linux? Then get downloading the next best thing. The Ubuntu team last night released Gutsy Gibbon release candidate, the closest thing to the real release due out next week.

Dell: Microsoft warnings haven't hurt Linux uptake

CEO Michael Dell says Microsoft's patent-infringement claims have not affected sales of its Linux servers. Speaking to CNET News.com sister site ZDNet UK at a conference Thursday, Dell's chief executive said his company has seen Linux uptake for servers increase faster than Windows server products, despite Microsoft's claims.

Why Ballmer's Protection FUD Matters

Steve Ballmer, the Sopranos and the protection racket. I was walking down the street when a limo pulled up beside me and Big Steve Ballmer emerged. "I need to talk to you Vaughan-Nichols," he said, as two large men in expensive, but badly fitting suits, followed him out. "Hey, anything the Redmond Mafia wants to say to me, they can call me about. You know the number."

ReviewLinux.Com: Xubuntu 7.10 RC

Xubuntu is a lightweight Linux OS based on Ubuntu. Version 7.10 is just around the corner and today at ReviewLinux.Com we are taking a quick look at the first release candidate of Xubuntu 7.10. Some images of the Xfce desktop as well as a short flash video of it in action.

Novell lays off AppArmor programmers

Company reduces AppArmor work, relying instead on the open-source community, but project leaders launch a new company for the open-source Linux security project.

Open Source EMR PatientOS version 0.14 released

  • LinuxMedNews; By caultonpos (Posted by caultonpos on Oct 12, 2007 6:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Version 0.14 of PatientOS - an open source healthcare information system integrates the Mirth HL7 Engine. An ADT Outbound interface demonstrates this functionality.

Microsoft's Patent Scare Tactics 'Not That Unusual'

Apprehension on the part of Red Hat could force it into a license agreement with Microsoft. Microsoft's scare tactics in what could be considered an attempt to coerce Red Hat into a patent agreement similar to one Novell penned last November are not unusual for this early stage in the process, according to a patent attorney.

Importance of Community in FOSS

The GPL says that you must provide source code to the recepients of any application you distribute under that license. This is really meeting the legal requirements of that license. However, is that"all" that is needed? If you say that you have an open source application (especially in healthcare) but you do not attempt to engage the wider community to get feedback on your application or allow other developers to review the data structures and application code. Is it really an open source application? As I stated above. It is clear that all you"have" to do (legally) is give the source code to the recipients of the application.

OpenStreetMap project imports US government maps

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project in the process of building a free, Web-accessible, user-editable map of the world. So far, most of its map data has come through user-contributed GPS traces, but OSM has recently undertaken the bulk import of government-collected data covering the entire United States. The massive import will jump-start OSM's US map coverage, but its sheer size poses an interesting challenge to the project's resources.

The LXer Interview: John Hull of Dell


LXer Feature: 12-Oct-2007

It has been over four months since Dell started shipping computers preloaded with Ubuntu GNU/Linux to home consumers in the United States. Lets take a moment to look at the progress that has been made so far. John Hull, manager of the Linux Engineering team in Austin was kind enough to let me interview him by e-mail. Besides commenting on the current state of affairs with Ubuntu on Dell machines, he also offers some insight in how the Linux team at Dell works and opens a small window into the future of Linux at Dell.


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Open source CMS - promise without pitfall

  • Reg Developer; By Bayarsaikhan Volodya (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 12, 2007 2:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source has changed operating systems, application servers and databases. Now, the benefits of open source are being realized in content management systems (CMS), traditionally a vendor-controlled world of expensive licensing and closed APIs. Open source is putting CMS into the hands of developers and organizations previously unable, or unwilling, to use CMS. Early adopters include national and local governments and media companies.

Security Monitoring with Cisco Security MARS

  • certforums.co.uk; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Oct 12, 2007 1:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Cisco's MARS (Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System) is a hot topic just now. This book's back cover touts it as the "next-generation Security Threat Migration system (STM)" and further states, "easy-to-use family of threat mitigation appliances enables you to centralize, detect, mitigate, and report on priority threats by leveraging the network and security devices already deployed in the network, even if the devices are from multiple vendors". That's a tall order, but Cisco Press would have to be out of its collective mind to publish something and not be able to deliver...wouldn't it?

LPI announces new African affiliates

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the largest independent Linux skills certification institute,, has announced several new affiliates in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat & Novell - Just Like Ballmer Predicted

IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state. The first ever patent infringement litigation involving Linux.

Linux is Not Ready for the Desktop? Really?

Some technology analysts feel that Linux is still not ready for the desktop. Please don't tell that to any of the community members who last year logged in 40,000 times to the 28 Linux stations in our small town library and community center.

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