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German initiative spawns open source courseware

  • INQ7.net; By Alexander Villafania (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The joint undertaking by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Wireless Services Asia (WSA) and the European IT Service Center Foundation (EITSC) recently resulted in the creation of an Open Source courseware that will be integrated into selected colleges and universities in an effort to build the country’s open source skills.

The courseware for the Philippine Open Source Initiative (POSITIVE) will take effect starting next school year in 250 member schools of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE).

Weighing Open Source Management Tools Vs. Proprietary

  • Infoworld.com (Posted by sharonpr on Mar 16, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
The Business Case for Open Source Management Tools

Big Blue powers up Linux in NSW

  • ZDNet Australia; By Iain Ferguson (Posted by daria42 on Mar 16, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
A NSW government project to make open source software and solutions cheaper and more accessible to its agencies is understood to have been boosted by IBM's confirmation of its membership of a panel of authorised suppliers.

SOX and the GPL: no "special" risk, but ordinary one bad enough

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This guest column by Wasabi VP and General Counsel Jay Michaelson responds to a

PageStream desktop publisher for Linux goes gold

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 12:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Grasshopper LLC Tuesday announced the first release of its PageStream desktop publishing application specifically designed for the LinuxPPC distribution. PageStream is also available for Mac OS, Windows, and Amiga variants with a large assortment of features and a 20-year history, Grasshopper said.

"PageStream is a high-end publishing package that, like an onion, has many layers," Dan Kilroy, a spokesman for Wisconsin-based Grasshopper, told DesktopLinux.com via email. "Basic functions like pages, text, and drawing can be 'opened' into more customizable, user-controlled functions.

Gates loves the poor (but Windows more?)

  • arstechnica.com; By Nate Anderson (Posted by henke54 on Mar 16, 2006 12:26 PM EDT)
It's hard not to see money and corporate politics at work here. After all, less than two months ago Microsoft was also trashing the inexpensive MIT computer—and suggesting that a cell phone should take its place. Intel has also been a hater, and in December an executive dismissed the new computer as a gadget. The biggest rivals of Microsoft and Intel (AMD, Google, and Red Hat) are all substantial contributors to the new project, which does not use Intel hardware or a Microsoft operating system, and doesn't stand to make anyone a pile of money (though it will be a commerical venture). still, you would hope that such tech heavyweights as Microsoft and Intel could lend some assistance (or at least stop the usual FUD) for a project of this magnitude, but that's apparently too much to ask.

Yahoo overhauls Yahoo Mail with heaps of new features

The new service, which is currently in beta, will be available to all UK Yahoo Mail customers today and users will be given a choice as to whether they wish to try out the new service when they next log in. Highlights of the new beta version of Yahoo! Mail include increased speed and features such as a reading pane to instantly view messages, an RSS reader which you can either chose to subscribe to Yahoo's own news feeds or input your own URL and support for both Firefox and Internet Explorer as standard.

Crystal Space Conference

  • The Linux Game Tome; By jorrit (Posted by grouch on Mar 16, 2006 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
15 and 16 July 2006 the Crystal Space team, together with the Center of Learning and Knowledge Management and Department of Computer Science in Mechanical Engineering (ZLW/IMA) at the university of Aachen (Germany) will hold the very first Crystal Space Conference. During those two days developers and users of Crystal Space will talk about technical and artistic issues related to developing 3D games using the Crystal Space framework.

[Ed.: Has link to conference registration site.]

Introducing COBIT

COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and related Technology) is an international open standard of good practices for IT governance, security, and control. It is a framework that produces a verifiable audit of IT processes across the enterprise that can be used both internally and by external audtiors. With the high profile of the Enron scandal and the subsequent passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, business and especially IT managers' concern for governance standards and means of providing verifiable audits for both internal and external use, awareness of IT governance functions is at an all-time high. COBIT, many believe, provides a means of achieving these goals for the enterprise.

High-def's got nothing on this machine

  • Collegiate Times; By Michael Berger (Posted by grouch on Mar 16, 2006 10:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed.: 24 monitors, 30 million pixels, 12 Linux servers, $40,000 LCD]

“Other schools and institutions have built power wall displays, but what makes this one unique in that ours is reconfigurable and can be curved around the user,” North said.

Linux PC built for the wrist

Running Linux or Windows CE, the PC has a 72mm x 55mm touch screen, 64MB SD-RAM and up to 1GB storage in a built-in SD memory slot. The device has batteries built into the strap and can give up to six hours productive time. Full GPS is built in, as is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and the device is controlled via a stylus and touch screen. A speaker is incorporated as is stereo sound via headphones. [Now that's my kind of watch. - sharkscott]

Tips for putting Linux on a notebook computer

  • The Jem Report; By Jem Matzan (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 8:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
It's a lot easier to make the leap from Windows to GNU/Linux on a desktop machine (or even a server) than it is a laptop. Laptop computers are far more likely to contain unsupported unique or proprietary hardware than desktop machines, so laptop computers in general can be difficult to get your favorite free software operating system onto. Confused as to what distro you should use, or what computer you should buy? Here are some tips to make your decisions easier.

Patent Reform from Blackberry Maker?

  • Blackberry; By Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Chairman and President write: In the days since Research In Motion (RIM) announced a final settlement agreement that ended a lengthy and complex patent battle...we have also heard broad concern expressed about a patent system in obvious need of reform. Who knew that patent litigation and the subject of patent reform could ever become such mainstream topics of conversation?

They took out full page ads in eight U.S. newspapers on Tuesday. Next? A Linux server for Blackberry would work.

HP Chosen as Hardware Provider for World Vision

  • The Linux Tutorial; By jimmo (Posted by jimmo on Mar 16, 2006 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: HP
HP has announced that it will be providing the nonprofit organization World Vision U.S with various hardware, including ProLiant blades running Linux.

Automatix kicks Ubuntu into gear

There's been some discussion lately about whether Ubuntu is suitable for Linux beginners. If you raise this issue, someone is sure to tout a script called Automatix as the solution to any perceived notions of the user-unfriendliness of Ubuntu. Automatix automatically installs a laundry list of applications, plugins, and utilities that are supposed to turn a barebones Ubuntu install into desktop perfection. That sounded like something I should try.

Debian Project considers GNU FDL conditionally free

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Dapper launch date 1 June

While no official announcement has yet been made, an online meeting between Mark Shuttleworth and his team voted in favour of the six week delay for Ubuntu's Dapper Drake, setting the new release date as 1 June.

JBoss Signs Strategic, Multi-Level Partnership with Ten Art-ni

  • Press Release; By JBoss (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 7:51 AM EDT)
Partnership with Japan's Leading Open Source Technology Integrator Further Extends JBoss Middleware into Japanese Market

Why you should switch to SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

I know many of you are still reluctant to phase out your NetWare servers in favor of Open Enterprise Server (OES) or SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). So we won't talk about that today. Rather, I'm going to ask you to take a look at the systems on your users' desktops. More than likely, they're running some version of Windows. Is that really the best use of your (always limited) licensing dollars?

BIRT(h) of an open-source reporting alternative

BIRT, which turns two in August, is the lovechild of enterprise reporting specialist Actuate (which donated code and full-time technologists to the effort) and the open-source Eclipse software community. BIRT is a J2EE-based reporting solution that plugs into the Eclipse IDE. Like Microsoft’s SSRS offering, BIRT combines an embeddable reporting engine, report lifecycle management capabilities and a client authoring tool.

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