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Suse cofounder leaves Novell

Hubert Mantel resigns, saying this is no longer the company he founded 13 years ago.

Review: OpenLab 4 impresses with ease of use

Years of working with schools and communities across Africa has clearly paid off for Linux distribution OpenLab which has incorporated many of the lessons learned into the latest version of its operating system. The work makes for an easier to use, simpler Linux desktop with very impressive thin client capabilities.

In this corner -- Micro-not-so-soft

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates advocated major changes for his company to take on new competitors in this leaked memo from October 30. Before you place your bets, here are three things you should understand about Microsoft, and its battle with the increasingly threatening world of online services like Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon and Salesforce.

[Hmmm... so now even the mainstream press is questioning whether Microsoft can survive this paradigm shift, as Ferris mentioned in his earlier article. - Ed]

CIOs Bring Linux into the Enterprise

  • Newsfactor Network; By Elizabeth Millard (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"In many implementations, reality came after Linux was put in place," said Gartner analyst Andrea Di Maio. "But now we're seeing more focus on TCO, and companies are more aware of the way that Linux impacts their operations, not just their budgets."

Firefox and Thunderbird RC2 candidate build available for testing

We have some RC2 candidate builds for you to take a look at. Here are the links to the builds

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: November 7th, 2005

The Gentoo Weekly News Letter provides readers with interesting information and a professional look and feel. One of the articles this week relates to Jacob Lindberg, a Linux Specialist for Brenntag Nordic.

The publishers have translated the Newsletter to 14 other languages. Highly recommended reading.

Firefox quietly celebrates first birthday

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
'I don't think there will be a big party, as we are all very busy putting the finishing touches to Firefox 1.5,' says the president of Mozilla Europe

Oldenburg DevJam meeting (2005-09-23)

  • Mailing list; By Arnaud Vandyck (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is the (long awaited) report from the DevJam (Debian Java Meeting) from Oldenburg (September 23 2005)[0].

Wikipedia contributors wonder if they digg our friends at Digg.com

A debate goes on at the wikipedia site about keeping a page up for the popular website digg.com. Only a few of our team had knowledge of digg, but we do recognize it as a serious entry to the interactive journalism world. In fact, we like it.

Oh you don't know about Digg.com? Well, it's definitely time you did.

[Ed: Take a look a the Alexa graphic showing the difference betwen Digg and Slashdot. It should surpise you. ]

Installing OpenOffice.org 2.0 for Debian

While the recent release of OpenOffice.org 2.0 (OOo) was eagerly anticipated by the open source community, it has been received with some chagrin. The OOo group released 2.0 in rpm format only. Needless to say, this has some non-rpm GNU/Linux users up in arms. What if you're a poor user like me who needs a non-rpm install? Will I ever get to run OOo 2.0?

Yes! Take heart, for what follows is a tale of how I installed OOo 2.0 on my Kanotix Debian box.

Open Source Startups: The open source market opportunity

  • InfoWorld; By Dave Rosenberg (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I have been fairly negative on technology lately, partially because I am fed up with marketing hype (even my own) and partially because I am back as an end-user and consumer of IT products and services. I've also been languishing with the notion that many open source startups are grossly overestimating their potential market size. Then, as I was reading Matt's Finally a real database market, I realized that I was looking at it all wrong--limiting the market opportunity by the relative size that exists now.

Open source financial apps offer alternatives to Quicken, Money

Most PC users are familiar with Intuit Quicken and Microsoft Money, two popular Windows-based applications for personal financial management. But Linux.com's Jem Matzan reminds us that Linux users have some highly capable open-source alternatives to these, and they're just a few clicks away.

The Microsoft memos revealed

Two themes are dominant in the lengthy emails from Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman, and Ray Ozzie, chief technology officer. One is the advertising-supported business model for software distribution - for example, Google’s search and email products, which are free to use but earn money for Google by providing contextial advertising links alongside search results or emails.

The second is “grassroots”, a word which appears numerous times throughout the emails. It’s used to refer to the way in which many of the new web technologies - such as blogging, RSS feeds and tagging - are rapidly taken up by internet users with little or no marketing. It also touches on the kind of credibility afforded to open source technologies - software that is developed as a community effort for free use and distribution - which Microsoft has long seen as its nemesis.

[Ed. People have started making these memos "an event". Earlier memo, I can see that. But Gates seems like he's trying to create something that would leak out and get Microsoft attention. So, he did it. But, today's Microsoft is as buggy as their code. You might say, nothing here, move on. But, we'll point to the anyway. - tadelste]

Poseidon Linux 2.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 9, 2005 8:34 AM EDT)
poseidon.furg.br states - Poseidon Linux was created to be a friendly and complete desktop based on open source software for the academic/scientific community. Starting from version 2.0 there will be regular versions being released every 6 months (in April and October), what allows to the users to plan their upgrades.

OSDir has some nice shots of Poseidon Linux 2.0.

Installing Skype on Ubuntu Linux

  • Terpstravaganza; By John Terpstra (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Skype doesn't come with Ubuntu Linux. You can't go to Add Applications and simply tick a few boxes for it to magically appear. Skype's own documentation on their Linux version is close to being useless for people like me who aren't Linux geeks. I tried their download, managed to untar it without the use of a terminal (command line) but couldn't open the damn executable.

GNOME Foundation slashes board size

In September, GNOME Foundation member David Neary put forward a proposal to reduce the number of GNOME Foundation Board members from 11 to seven. After discussion on the foundation list, Neary circulated a petition, and received enough signatures to hold a referendum. GNOME Foundation members were able to cast their votes on the referendum between October 24 and November 6.

Net’s Fathers Win U.S. Award

Two Americans considered the founding fathers of the Internet, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, are set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ most prestigious civil award, during a ceremony at the White House Wednesday.

[I wonder where RMS, Torvalds, et. al. would be without these folks? Come to think of it, what about the rest of us? - Ed]

IBM reckons Ubuntu is ready for enterprise

Obviously not content to remain trapped on the desktop, Ubuntu heading for the enterprise space, having obtained certification for IBM's DB2 database software. IBM will now support DB2 on Ubuntu in mission-critical enterprise environments.

Ubuntu Linux 5.10 Screenshot Tour

ubuntulinux.com states - Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. Ubuntu is suitable for both desktop and server use. The current Ubuntu release supports PC (Intel x86), 64-bit PC (AMD64) and PowerPC (Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5) architectures. Ubuntu includes more than 16,000 pieces of software, but the core desktop installation fits on a single CD. Ubuntu covers every standard desktop application from word processing and spreadsheet applications to internet access applications, web server software, email software, programming languages and tools and of course several games.

OSDir has some cool screenshots of Ubuntu 5.10.

Sony sued over rootkits

  • the Inquirer; By Inquirer Staff (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Italy kicks it off.

[Ed.- May there be many more.]

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