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KOfficeSource: a KOffice Consultancy Company

Announcing itself today is KOfficeSource GmbH, a company that will sell services around KOffice. The founders comprise a small group of members of the developer community, as well as outside talent. They share an interest in furthering KOffice by supporting it commercially in addition to the non-commercial support that can be found on the mailing lists and IRC. As the name suggests it has been created in Germany but will operate across Europe and further afield.

GobbleRSS scoops up headlines, online or off

I read lots of blogs and planets every day, and do so from multiple computers, so I value the online feed aggregator. It retrieves new items even while I'm offline, and I don't have to synchronize between multiple machines. Google Reader has filled this niche for a while now, but I've kept an eye out for open source equivalents that I could serve from my own domain instead. That is just what GobbleRSS is: a PHP-based feed aggregator that is simple to set up and run on your own.

Thank [Deity of Your Choice] For Choice

  • The Mental Proctologist; By Phred Zed (Posted by menpro on Jan 9, 2008 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
While Windows may be a "unified" platform that some Linux fans aspire to see mirrored in Linuxland, through the emergence of a more standardized distribution, is that a desirable goal? Is our view of Windows a realistic perception?

eZ Publish CMS 4th version : all the features you need

  • Thoughts of a future engineer; By Cassanova (Posted by Cassanova on Jan 9, 2008 9:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
CMS are Content management systems created to make creating a website an easier task. Among many others, eZ Publish has some unique criteria. It's a flexible and extensible CMS created by eZ Systems, a Norwegian company was behind the PHP eZ Components Library, eZ Publish is an ECMS ( Enterprise Content Management System) distributed under both GPL and proprietary licenses.

Osmo: A daily organizer

Osmo, a compact yet feature-rich personal information organizer for Linux, separates itself from the pack of other calendar applications due to its light weight and easy-to-use design. The GPL-licensed Osmo includes a datebook calendar, a to-do organizer, and a contacts list, all with lots of intuitive options. Osmo is so new that it isn't included in many distributions' software repositories yet, but the source is available through Installing from the source isn't difficult. The only dependencies are the GIMP Toolkit (GTK+) and libxml2, which come with most distributions.

CES - Lenovo, Toshiba reveal new UMPCs at Intel booth

Intel is displaying four new ultramobile PCs designed around its Menlow chips at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including highly anticipated devices from Lenovo and Toshiba. The Lenovo device runs a Linux OS from Chinese developer Red Flag Software and boasts a 4.8-inch touch screen, an onboard camera and other features. Intel personnel at a booth detailing its Menlow chips called the Lenovo device and two others "Mobile Internet Devices," saying that their smaller screen sizes and use of the Linux OS make them different from ultramobile PCs, a category created by Microsoft.

Cinelerra is very easy 1/3 (fixed translation problem)

  •; By Paolo Rampino aka Akirad (Posted by dave on Jan 9, 2008 6:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I don't know you, but frequently the usual Windows user shows me a photo dvd slideshow edited with the usual programs for video editing. Yes, I can use Windows too (note: no one of my computer have Windows installation), but I love to use Linux distro (particularly Ubuntu). So I chose to learn cinelerra and I discovered that, over first impression, it's a software very easy to use. The envy of the "Windows users" is priceless.

The Neuros OSD: A New Paradigm for Consumer Devices?

Surprisingly one of the media establishment's darling devices at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is fully open, runs Linux and invites hacking - er, customization. The device is the Neuros OSD, a $200 video recorder that allows you to archive, organize and play back all of your video media, such as live television, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc. The acronym "OSD" stands for "open source device". Hot dog, this is our kind of gadget!

A dual-boot OLPC XO with Linux and Windows XP?

News this morning that the OLPC project is working with Microsoft to deliver a dual-boot XO laptop is causing shock waves among many of the OLPC faithful. Nicholas Negroponte was quoted in the ComputerWorld story as saying, "We are working with them very closely to make a dual-boot system so that, like on an Apple, you can boot either one up. The version that's up and running of Windows on the XO is very fast, it's very, very successful. We're working very hard to do both."

This Week in SMGL (Jan. 8th 2008)

  • Mage Power; By Paul J. Beel (Posted by pbeel on Jan 9, 2008 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Linux
Updates about Python, KDE and Perl sections. Nominations for new Project Lead underway.

Implement eZ Publish Web Content Management Projects with new book from Packt

  • Packt Publishing (Posted by dave on Jan 9, 2008 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
eZ Publish is an enterprise open-source CMS (content management system) and development framework with functionality for web publishing, intranets, e-commerce, extranets, and web portals.

A brief exercise in FUD dissection

Sometimes you stumble across an article that makes you wonder whether people are spreading FUD or whether they are really that ignorant. When you take it down, bit by bit, it becomes more and more obvious how ridiculous their statements are.

Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous list as well. Needless to say, this is a big topic and one that encompasses a broad range of opinions. My list will be different from someone who runs a FOSS project, someone whose primary and perhaps sole business is FOSS, someone in academia, and someone who is strictly a user of software.

VirtueMart: A virtual ecommerce solution

If you run an ecommerce site, you may want a content management system (CMS) to help manage your online product line. VirtueMart, available under the GNU GPL and fully integrated with Joomla!, does that and more. It provides a full ecommerce solution in a LAMP environment.

Mozilla announces new chief executive

The Mozilla Coporation, the non-profit open source organisation behind the ever-popular Firefox and Thunderbird, has announced a change in its upper ranks. Chief executive Mitchell Baker has stepped down and has been replaced by chief operating officer John Lilly. Baker will remain as chairman of the organisation.

PHP, Perl and Python pass Homeland Security test

Coverity, which creates automated source-code analysis tools, announced late Monday its first list of open-source projects that have been certified as free of security defects. Eleven projects made the list: Amanda, NTP, OpenPAM, OpenVPN, Overdose, Perl, PHP, Postfix, Python, Samba, and TCL.

[As Slashdot points out, compare this article to Information Week's sensationalist gutter reporting posted earlier. - Sander]

Open Source Code Contains Security Holes

Open source code, much like its commercial counterpart, tends to contain one security exposure for every 1,000 lines of code, according to a program launched by the Department of Homeland Security to review and tighten up open source code's security. Popular open source projects, such as Samba, the PHP, Perl, and Tcl dynamic languages used to bind together elements of Web sites, and Amanda, the popular open source backup and recovery software running on half a million servers, were all found to have dozens or hundreds of security exposures and quality defects.

Wiki-based search engine launched

Wikia Search, an open source community edited search engine, was released in its first alpha version this week. Conceptualised by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, it came as a response to concerns over the lack of transparency in the way that Google ranks its searches.

New book on Service Oriented Architecture and its Approach to Integration Published by Packt

Packt is pleased to announce a new book “SOA Approach to Integration” which shows how to define SOA integration architecture, what technologies to use, and how to best integrate existing applications with modern e-business solutions

2008 Security Forecast: 'Least Privilege' Engineering Will Gain Momentum

Human error and evolving phishing attacks will compel organizations to tighten control over application access, not just user access. Guardian Digital, the open source security pioneer, forecasts an increased need for comprehensive control over Internet and employee resources with 'least privilege' engineering in 2008. "Most vendors don't stress least privilege enough in their development architecture, especially with the increasing threats from human error and employee liability" says CEO Dave Wreski. "Security in 2007 has shown just how effective attackers can be at gaining authorized access to corporate resources. One of the best ways to protect against this is to lock down application access, not just user access."

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