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Another desperate attempt to discredit Massachusetts OpenDocument adoption

  • OnLamp.com; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Nov 26, 2005 8:10 AM EDT)
It was on the front page of the Boston Globe newspaper today, and the lead article on their web site--an investigation that normally would be buried in the City & Region section of the paper. So you can't miss it: IT manager Peter Quinn of the Massachusetts state government is criticized for not fully reporting trips he took during his promotion of the OpenDocument format.

Microsoft, after a late start (like most technology companies) has poured millions into lobbying over the past decade. Rumors even suggest that several government IT managers who dared to consider open-source alternatives to Microsoft heard promptly from both the company and their own bosses to pull back. So it would be highly gratifying to Microsoft and those trying to maintain the status quo if someone could turn the tables and try to smear the proponents of open source with similar influence.
[Ed: Made the Front Page of Digg and Accepted by Slashdot. Thanks Lxer! -tadelste]

Romney administration reviewing trips made by Peter Quinn

  • Boston Globe; By Stephen Kurkjian (Posted by tadelste on Nov 26, 2005 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Romney administration has launched a review of several out-of-state trips that its top technology officer took to conferences sponsored in part by companies who stand to benefit from a change in computer software used by the state.

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For Linux Lovers, Safety Comes in Groups

  • Earthweb News; By Clint Boulton (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 26, 2005 5:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If Microsoft is the big cat prowling the Serengeti of software with its Windows operating system, companies that promote Linux are playing the part of elk, banding together in protective herds. In a 30-day span, four groups backed by a number of companies pledging their allegiance to open source software launched with an emphasis on propagating Linux in a world where Windows reigns.

Impressions: DesktopBSD 1.0 RC3

  • distroreviews.com; By Anonymous (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 26, 2005 5:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
It's amazing to see the advancements of BSD on the desktop in 2005. This I believe is in a large part to a few very successful BSD products, namely PC-BSD, FreeSBIE and now DesktopBSD - all of which are based on FreeBSD. It's interesting to watch this play out.. Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris and Darwin all shooting for the desktop. Only Darwin has made it so far within Mac OSX.
Read more at Distro Reviews

Open source gives South African farmers a leg-up

  • Tectonic; By Basheera Khan (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 26, 2005 4:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
From the list of attendees, it was obvious that open source in Europe is A Really Big Thing(TM) - several hundred delegates from the UK and continental Europe converged on Amsterdam's classiest hotel to receive the wisdom there imparted....In each standalone terminal, the server runs FreeBSD while the client runs Debian Linux with the KDE windows manager. All user software is free or open source, and KDE language modules have been added for isiZulu, isiXhosa, tshiVenda, Setswana, and Afrikaans.

Fedora Core 5 Test 1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 26, 2005 3:31 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The development of Fedora Core 5 has finally begun: The Fedora Project announces the first release of the Fedora Core 5 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and PPC/PPC64 architectures. Beware that Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken and the rate of change is rapid. Notable features of FC5 Test1: Modular X.Org; vastly improved Asian language input support with SCIM; kernel based on 2.6.15-rc1; GCC 4.0.2; GNOME 2.12; KDE 3.4.92; Xen 3.0 snapshot for i386; improved Open Source Java...

OSDir has some great shots of Fedora Core 5 Test 1.

Black Friday Feature: PCs Under $500 $400

  • Hardware Central; By Christopher Saunders (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 26, 2005 2:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New or Refurbished, Windows or Linux

Stores these days move directly from back-to-school sales to animated Santa displays, but the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season -- the day after Thanksgiving, dubbed Black Friday for retailers whose businesses get into the black with fourth-quarter sales -- is the time to find some tremendous savings on desktop PCs. Combine seasonal savings with ever-lower component costs, and the $1,000 price limit of HardwareCentral's regular Grand Openings reports looks much too lavish. In fact, you can find a good PC for well under $400.

Microsoft: Linux is anti-commercial

References to free software and Linux were removed from a UN document after Microsoft claimed that such software aims to 'make it impossible to make any income on software as a commercial product'

Can You Spot The Phish Attack?

  • Internet News; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 26, 2005 1:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to data from e-mail security firm MailFrontier, only 4 percent of users can spot a phished e-mail 100 percent of the time.

Open Source Company Koders' Early Access Program Provides Eclipse

Koders, Inc. has introduced new plug-in enhancements that have the potential to transform the way developers write code, the company says, by actively providing recommendations for code reuse while they work.

KDE Terminals in Rural South Africa

South African news site Tectonic is reporting how KDE terminals are Giving South African Farmers a Leg-up.

Marcel's Linux Walkabout: Ruling the IRC!

  • InformIT; By Marcel Gagne (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 25, 2005 10:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In today's Walkabout, Marcel Gagne shows you how to set up and run your own IRC server.

LynuxWorks Tackles Embedded Migration

  • Internet News; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 25, 2005 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Embedded Linux play LynuxWorks is tackling migration with a new partnership announced this week with embedded software solutions provider MapuSoft. LynuxWorks will use MapuSoft's OS Changer and OS Abstractor applications to help embedded developers port code from proprietary embedded operating systems to Linux.

Desktop Linux for small business

Is your business ready to take the open source plunge? We test five leading desktop Linux distributions and come up with one winner.

Format comparison between ODF and MS XML

  • Groklaw; By Alex Hudson, J. David Eisenberg, Bruce D'Arcus and Daniel Carrera (Posted by bstadil on Nov 25, 2005 7:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
There has been a lot of attention to the legal encumbrances in Microsoft's new MS XML format. In this article we'll look at the technical side, and try to show you how the design of these formats affect interoperability. After all, that is the purpose of open standards.

Comment of the Day - November 25, 2005 - Places to buy Linux Computers

  • LXer.com -Article; By cyber_rigger (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
cyber_rigger writes: "Here is my collection of links for Linux and no-OS."

Related to:
Linux Desktops will get killed by Microsoft this Christmas

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India's Canara Bank Opts for Linux, Selects Red Hat for Nationwide ...

  • SYS-CON Media; By LinuxWorld News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 6:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Red Hat, Inc. has announced that Canara Bank, one of the largest banks in India has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its platform of choice to automate more than 1,000 branches across the country. The project marks the largest roll out of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in the Indian BFSI vertical so far.

Betrays Microsoft? Intel starts the strength pushes Linux

Some website ever emitted one documents in this month early time very has the possibility is the Intel interior memorandum, the above mentions said this company hopes sold massive Linux PC in the Chinese village.

As the impetus plan one part, Intel also will launch one time of large-scale advertisement offensive in China, will include spurts on the street wall spreads Intel and the Linux symbol and the advertisement language, as well as will set out " the Intel bus " to increase the Intel well-knownness famously. [Ed: We're getting a lot of visitors from China over this story. Thought you might like to see the English translation from Google. Below is the original web page. -tadelste]

http://news.csdn.net/news/newstopic/29/29877.shtml

Helios Returns Fire From Windows User

  • www.lobby4linux.com; By helios (Posted by helios on Nov 25, 2005 4:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Helios received a belligerent letter from a reader asking why he bothered to promote the use of Linux. Helios calmly answers.

The perfect new machine setup

wjl explains - for beginners to intermediates - how he could prevent disaster using just Open Source and nothing else.

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