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Massachusetts made history recently by becoming the first state to require its agencies to use applications that support the Open Document Format (ODF). In fact, no other country requires the use of ODF yet, although the European Union recommends it. Now, support for the open standard has sprung up in a new UK-based organization, the OpenDocument Fellowship.
Nokia has unveiled their new web browser for its mobile phones, based upon the KDE Project's open source technology.
Are you a Linux consultant? Have you heard more than your share of misconceptions about what Linux is and what it can and can't do? Well, here's your chance to share your stories.
A recent post on OSNews.com raised questions about the availability of GPL'ed source code from the former Lycoris distribution. Accusations have flown both ways and much confusion has ensued, leaving many concerned about whether the source code will ever be made available.
And if you can't wait for that, JDS is now open source. You can create your own JDS based on your own distro, either Linux-based or OpenSolaris-based. Knock yourself out! Download
Stephen writes: "Are you people not reading the press before you publish articles trashing us? Does Google News not exist where you live? Let me put on the cranky pants here...."
"Now, I've only been the director responsible for JDS at Sun for a few months now, so I admit I don't know the history around what promises were made to Tom and Sam. Sometimes things are beyond our control, but if we promised you something, we should have at least given you an explanation on why we had to break that promise. So if that's what happened, let me be the one to apologize."
Stephen, we like the way you refer to us as "you people". We also wonder if you bothered to read the article.
By targeting the enterprise markets, Linux vendors are going after big bucks. But have they completely ignored a much better market and, in so doing, slowed the overall commercial development of Linux? Part 2 of this special series examines where a better market opportunity may reside.
Barry later found out that he simply was not using the ‘right’ browser, as Live.com (Windows Live) is not yet fully fuctional on Firefox : “I see, you need to run IE on Windows to see the portal. A portal with a search box, and news, my web, rss and so on.“
LegaSuite Receives "Ready for IBM eServer with Linux" Mark
One luxury online retailer is betting on free open source software to power its online business. Unlike commercial software, open source software can be freely downloaded, used, and modified. Its low cost and flexibility gives small businesses a unique opportunity to leapfrog past their larger competitors.
The first release candidate of Mozilla Firefox 1.5 is now available for download. Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1 is intended to allow testers to ensure that there are no last-minute problems with the Firefox 1.5 code. There will be at least one more release candidate before the final launch of 1.5.
BOSTON -- Open standards and open source software (OSS) got political on Monday when Linda Hamel, the general counsel for the Massachusetts Information Technology Department (ITD), suggested that groups that oppose the OpenDocument file format standard might be influenced by Microsoft.
"If we look at all the groups … in most we are finding Microsoft funds behind that group," Hamel said, although she did make the point to exclude those groups that represented disabled government employees from her criticism.
Novell has promoted Ron Hovsepian from vice president and president, global field operations to president and chief operating officer. He will have direct responsibilty for worldwide product development, marketing and sales.
MandrakeLinux always had a reputation as an ideal distribution for beginners. Now that the renamed Mandriva has included technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris into Mandriva Linux 2006, this reputation seems more justified than ever. From its installation program to its selection of software and desktop design to its package design and security options, Mandriva is one of the easiest to use distributions available today.
Company Unveils First Thin Client Multilevel Application Running Trusted Linux Technology on the Desktop
Theo de Raadt's popular open source operating system, OpenBSD, releases its 18th installment. Like previous versions, the focus is on security, with plenty new features to keep users happy.
MS IS REALLY REALLY SCARED of the whole OpenOffice Google Axis of Not So Evil.
How scared? Scared enough that Firefox Mozilla is now public enemy #2, and it is dipping its toes in the water to embrace it in the fight against the big G.
Microsoft launched the new Windows Live office-as-a-service service, or at least a preview of it yesterday.
The Network World staff wrote below a large Microsoft Ad: "Three open source start-up executives Tuesday showed their daring by making pitches to potential customers. What made them daring is that they did it in front of dozens of attendees at the Open Source Business Conference in Newton, Mass."
"Not surprisingly, the customer panelists who agreed to participate are from organizations that use open source software, though some to much larger extents than others. Their responses to the new companies ranged from practically inviting them in to show off their software to telling them to get back in a couple of years."
[Ed: This doesn't surprise us in the least. Take a look at an article we published today about VC's, Linux and Open Source companies:]
Related Article today The Venture Capital Reluctance Toward Linux
AndyCooll writes about his experience trying Firefox and OpenOffice.org. He writes: "I saw that the quality of these products were excellent. And I was hooked. It was only a small step then to trying Linux."
From the article: Why People Switch to Linux
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