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The HIG Hunting Season Continues

  • KDE Dot News; By Olaf Schmidt (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2007 5:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The HIG Hunting Season for KDE 4 continues. This week we focus is on the written word with a new checklist on text and fonts. Are you impatiently waiting for KDE 4? Would you like to help KDE make this release a full success? Then get involved! Read on for more details.

What is a distro?

I sat through an interesting debate recently on the Austin Linux Group mailing list over the meaning of the term "distro." Some LUG members felt "distro" implies Linux, while others took a wider view, claiming it could be any one of several possible platforms, including OpenSolaris.

[Technically, a distribution is any software package, since software is, after all, "distributed", not sold. You can get a distribution of KDE or of Gnumeric or a given programming language or library. - dcparris]

Microsoft Supports Rival Office Document Format

Microsoft is supporting a chief rival to its Office suite for approval to a national standards board.

[Jaw drops... - dcparris]

Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 AS U5 now available

Update 5 of Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 was made available today. This update includes the following enhancements...

Install Oracle (64 bit) on openSUSE 10.2 x86_64

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on May 19, 2007 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Oracle, SUSE
This posting is supposed to give a detailed explanation of steps suggested in thread by "mar_456". It is also addressing several issues recently have been discussed at
error on Installing Oracle 10g realease 2 on suse 10.2
All my effort is to make already known issues clear and understandable for people inexperienced with SUSE Linux system administration.

Three Scenarios For How Microsoft's Open Source Threat Could End

Implicit in its deal with Novell is the subtlety that Microsoft products may be violating the patents of other technology companies. Says Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation: "Microsoft has to be careful about what it starts because it doesn't know where it will end." We don't either. But here are three plausible scenarios.

Sybase Presents 2007 Global Annual Partner of the Year Awards

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2007 11:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Sybase Recognizes Partners' Innovative Solutions for Sybase Strategic Initiatives and by Regions Worldwide

Desktop FreeBSD Part 4: Internet Mail Setup

  • Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2007 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The one thing that really fired up the development of the Internet as we know it today was e-mail. The protocols were designed back when the system itself was highly difficult to access, and security wasn’t a significant issue. Since then, even your average household pet has heard of In...

[For those readers whose idea of heterogeneous environments is a mix of GNU/Linux and the BSDs - dcparris]

Ardour 2.0 : A Brief Practical Introduction

The eagerly-awaited Ubuntu Studio has been released, adding another entry into the expanding list of multimedia-optimized Linux distributions. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but interested readers can peruse some installation screenshots or check out the latest news and information on the Ubuntu Studio Wiki. I plan to review the distro in a future column, along with an update on the latest version of the venerable PlanetCCRMA, but in this entry I'm focused on another very exciting new release.

Linux-powered OLPC on "60 Minutes" May 20

CBS TV's "60 Minutes" will feature the Linux-powered OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) device on Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. EDT/PDT. Project director Nicholas Negroponte will talk about his dream of putting a laptop computer into the hands of every child as an educational aid.

Microsoft won’t litigate open source patents

Redmond (WA) - Microsoft officials are clarifying statements made regarding the number of patents supposedly violated by open source operating systems. Recently company officials have said that 235 of Microsoft’s patents are being potentially breached by operating systems such as Linux. Now Microsoft’s General Manager of Platform Strategy Bill Hilf says the company doesn’t have any plans on litigation.

Updated Firefox torrent extension available

The FoxTorrent team has released an update to its Firefox extension that adds a BitTorrent-like client to the popular web browser. FoxTorrent v1.10 fixes a problem that has troubled users of "particular" Torrent sites, according to the team.

Case Study: Reaping Rewards from Linux

  • Business Week; By Tim Ferguson (Posted by kozmcrae on May 19, 2007 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An open-source environment has helped Leeds stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley cut costs, boost revenues, and adapt to changing laws

Another Ubuntu-hacking chapter available

Another chapter of a new how-to book, Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations, has been published online at This one explores options for configuring devices in Ubuntu's installation process, including where to install Ubuntu, and what options to select that will impact system usability.

How to Configure OpenLDAP for the AXIGEN Mail Server

This how-to article overviews LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and its main advantages when used alongside your existing mail server. The example chosen to further explain benefits of such an implementation is of an OpenLDAP server configured for the AXIGEN Mail Server on a Debian 3.1 Linux distribution.

LaFlecha Interviews Mozilla Europe President Tristan Nitot

Sarah Romero of interviews Mozilla Europe President Tristan Nitot.

New GCC 4.2.0 -- boon to developers, bore to distros

Earlier this week, the GNU project announced a major release of the popular GNU Compiler Collection. GCC 4.2.0 introduces new features and several improvements for developers, but most of the distribution developers we spoke with aren't rushing to take advantage of the new release.

Red Hat releases free replacements for Windows core fonts

Last week, Red Hat announced the release of three Liberation typefaces as free replacements for the Windows core fonts Arial, Courier New, and Times New Roman -- respectively, the leading sans serif, monospaced, and serif fonts in use today.

Simulators for IP Multimedia Subsystem

Get rich multimedia services across next generation packet-switched and traditional circuit-switched networks with IP Multimedia SubSystem (IMS). These are component simulators that enable simple testing and message validation and that are not dependent on IMS servers or architecture.

Another Linux Migration - MS Can't Be Liking This.

"The MS guys were hammering at him pretty hard to get it done and it was going to cost him a fortune. We went in there, changed them over to Debian Servers and desktops, spent the day showing them how the it worked and haven't heard a peep out of them since."

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