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Viewing Word files at the command line

As a Linux user, there are times when you have to play nicely with users of Windows or Mac OS -- such as when they send you Microsoft Word files. When you receive a Word file, you can either follow Richard Stallman's advice and refuse it, or bite the bullet and work with it. Modern Linux word processors -- such as OpenOffice.org Writer, AbiWord, KWord, and TextMaker -- can deal with most Word files. But if you don't want to fire up a word processor in order to read or print the document, you can turn to the command line. A handful of small but powerful Linux command line utilities make viewing, printing, and even converting Word files to another format a breeze.

Open source ID management puts users in control

Higgins, at your service

Powerpc PrPMC module runs SMP Linux

Extreme Engineering Solutions is shipping a PrPMC (Processor PMC) module targeting HPC (high-performance computing) and telecom applications. The XPedite6200 module is available with dual Freescale MPC7448 processors, and up to four modules can be installed in a single AdvancedTCA slot, the company says. It supports Linux.

Gates Sees Google Honeymoon Ending

Bill Gates has told Forbes Poland that Google’s honeymoon will go on for no more than two years.

While visiting Poland last month, Bill Gates sat down for a chat with the editors of Forbes Poland, Michal Kobosko and Eryk Stankunowicz. Gates discussed Google, said that he sees IBM as Microsoft's biggest competitor, and addressed the prices of technology stocks as well as his role in and outside of Microsoft.

[Ed: This could be titled: Gates setting himself up for a blindsiding -tadelste]

More Power to Gentoo Linux

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Gentoo
Gentoo Linux has released its first update of 2006, continuing the evolution of the meta-distribution, adding new software versions and improving support for PowerPC architectures.

It also offers what Gentoo developers are claiming to be the first distribution with compile time optimization for the POWER5 processor. That support comes partially thanks to an IBM donation to Gentoo.

Linux: IPW3945, Debating the Binary Daemon

The announcement of a new project to support Intel's PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection mini-PCI express adapter (IPW3945) was met with mixed reactions. The project includes a binary-only daemon to enforce regulatory limits for the radio transmitter on the wireless device, communicating to the kernel driver through a sysfs interface.

ISPConfig News Letter (New Release: Major Upgrade)

ISPConfig 2.2.0 is available for download.

Comment of the Day March 1, 2006 - Google & Gates

  • Lxer.com -Article; By number6x (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Microsoft has always defined itself in terms of its competitors. It can't seem to define a roll for itself without having a competitor. Related to:
Gates Sees Google Honeymoon Ending

Php Multiple Functions Security Bypass and File Manipulation ...

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in PHP, which could be exploited by local attackers to bypass security restrictions and manipulate arbitrary files.

Running MySQL queries on multiple servers

You may know how to use SQL to extract data from a table in a MySQL database, and how to run a query that combines data from more than one table. But what about multiple databases? Or even multiple databases on multiple servers?

Complete Debian Linux Server Setup Guide

  • debianhelp.co.uk; By debianhelp.co.uk (Posted by gg234 on Mar 1, 2006 7:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Complete Debian Linux Server Setup Guide

Hacker Defender Rootkit Guru Kills Stealth Project

Hacker Defender has long been the bane of improperly protected Windows users, especially when cloaked by its highly capable antidetection service. Together, the technologies are a one-two punch that antivirus software can't deflect. Nevertheless, the architect of one of the most successful attack combinations in Windows history has decided to throw in the towel. Email Battles tells you why.

GNOME 2.14 due next month

The countdown to the next update to the GNOME desktop is on: mark March 15 on your calendar. (Unless, of course, you're a KDE disciple, or one of those CLI old-school types.) VoIP support, improved security for corporate deployments and several tools for making it easier to search the Web are some of the new features uses can expect in Version 2.14 of GNOME.

Os X under attack

In the past few weeks, Apple's Mac OS X has taken some very serious security hits, leading some of us professionally paranoid security types to wonder if we're finally seeing the long-expected surge of attacks on Apple systems. I never did buy into the theory that Apple's software was immune to malware or significant vulnerabilities — I've always figured that vandals attack the most obvious target, which is why Microsoft vulnerabilities are so often in the security headlines.

About: FOSDEM 2006

So - the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) of 2006 is over, and it was a great experience. You can find additional reports about it at their Wiki page, and they also provide links to their flickr photo album and other pictures.

WIN4LIN ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPGRADE TO 2000/XP DESKTOP PRODUCT

Company’s Products run Windows Desktop and Applications on Linux at Near-Native Speed

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 125:
We talk to long-time KDE developer Zack Rusin
Personal mp3 streaming software
Pat migrates to Ubuntu on his laptop
Palm T5 and Linux
Security Monkey
Bashpodder gets some press
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Report: Wall Street: Linux Gets a Lift from Web Services, Tech Support

Are Linux and open source implementations rising on Wall Street? "Yes," said participants in a financial services IT trade show held this week in New York City, who cited Web services and incremental improvements to tech support as two big drivers. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Swedish National Supercomputing Center to Tackle Large-Scale Problems With New SGI Altix System

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 5:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Researchers Work to Simulate Electrical Properties of Low-Cost Alternative to Silicon

Where is the outrage as Oracle bids for open source?

Where is the outrage? Hey as you will be reading soon, from an informed source, some of the acquired properties are necessary for Oracle's survial due to its lack of functional tools. This does not seem, at least in some of the cases, to buy and bury. If Oracle went that route it might find they owned only a zombie whereas the Ghost was outside running wild and free.

To be fair, he does mention that true friend of open and free SAP is helping fund MySQL AB's search for alternative transaction support. This buying fenzy by Oracle may end in making it a friendlier supported of open and free. Patience, lets wait and see.

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