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Ibm pushes Linux message at Forum

  • Reseller News; By Louis van Wyk, Auckland (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
LINUX is driving innovation in technology, says IBM’s regional Linux point man, Ivan Kladnig, who tells Louis van Wyk why Big Blue continues to throw its sizeable weight behind open standards.

OSS powers relief effort in Pakistan

A South African relief agency, Gift of the Givers, is using open source software to power its humanitarian aid effort in earthquake-stricken Pakistan. The organisation says open source technology has had a "tremendous effect" on its ability to rally volunteers and respond quickly to disasters.

Create a wiki system using Apache Derby

One form of communication gaining popularity today is the wiki, which enables users -- not just administrators -- to make changes to a Web site directly through the Web interface, automatically adding features, such as formatting and outgoing links. In this two-part series, you use the ability to embed Apache Derby in a Web application server to create a simple wiki system.

Firefox Sets The Bar For Mac Adoption

Essentially a reality check, i.e. since it is realitively easy to switch from IE to Firefox with little effort yet so few have done so it must be recognized that the hoped for switch from Windows to the Mac will be much less than the current high hopes some hold.

[ED: The logic of his argument is hard to counter. A switch from Windows to Mac even on Intel requires significant investment in cash and effort to convert files from Windows to the Mac. While the gains are worth the effort as is the change from IE to Firefox only the most committed will follow that path. - HC]

Opinion: The vendor mafia's Linux vendetta

Jason writes: "I downloaded the drivers for iBurst from Sourceforge -- just think about that for a second. Imagine how enraged Windows users would be if they got their new iBurst modem and were told that iBurst doesn't provide drivers -- they'd have to download them from the Web from some third party that bothered to create them. How, exactly, are you meant to do that with no Internet connection?"
[He's got a point there. He goes on to suggest that hardware vendors ought to be embarrassed by their own unwillingness to be responsible for supporting all their customers. - Ed]

Four great OpenOffice.org macros

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Using the built-in programming language you can write macros that expand OpenOffice.org's capabilities and automate repetitive tasks. But before you venture into the world of variables, loops, and procedures, check out some existing macros; someone already may have written a macro that fits your needs. And since many good macros are released under GPL, you can also learn a thing or two by examining the code as well as adapt it to your needs.

SCO Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 7:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
The only person who has written more about SCO than yours truly is Pamela Jones of Groklaw. So, when PJ—a real, live person by the way, lest any of you still have doubts—says that SCO is probably not going to show any long promised proof that Unix code has been ripped off and used in Linux this Friday, I agree with her.

Mind you, neither of us, nor much of anyone else outside the Lindon, Utah town limits, believes that SCO has any such proof, but that's beside the point. In theory, SCO has to show its "Allegedly Misused Material Identified to Date" cards. In practice, I, like Jones, expect SCO to find some way to delay the matter until, at least, the next deadline: Dec. 22.

OpenOffice tip (startup time)

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 28, 2005 6:29 AM EDT)
Disable Java in the options and it starts in 1-2 seconds on the same machine.

Novell steps up support for Open Document format

  • WhatPC; By Tom Sanders in California (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 5:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Novell has joined the board of the Technical Committee for the Open Document Format.

The format is created by the OASIS standards body. It aims to create an open standard for text and other documents that allow them to be used across applications.

A Flowchart Worth a Thousand Words

  • IBM Developer Works (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 28, 2005 5:24 AM EDT)
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg's cartoon series focused on inventions or machines that did something simple in a very, very complex way -- inventions that inevitably involved pulleys, weights, and levers. In this special challenge, the developerWorks editors weigh in (with those cute, antique triangular iron weights popular for muscle men around the first turn of the last century) with their own Goldberg-esque entries to delight and tantalize.

Linux message still strong at Novell

Last week the software company took part in its second multi-vendor roadshow this year to drive the Linux message, as it continues to boost the Linux capabilities of its product line-up.

Novell joined Unisys and Oracle to present sessions in Auckland and Wellington on deploying Linux in data centres.

In July and August it undertook a multi-stop tour with Oracle and HP to raise awareness about the choices available with Linux from the desktop to the data centre.

[With the number of recent reports about Novell winning contracts in Indiana (for Novell Linux Desktops on students' desks) and in China, etc., seems like Novell's Linux message is merely growing stronger. - Ed]

Two new Linux phones coming in Japan

Japan's largest mobile carrier last week announced six new phones with support for PTT (push-to-talk), multiple numbers, and other advanced features. NTT/DoCoMo's 902i-series phones includes Linux-based models from NEC and Panasonic, as well as Symbian-based models from Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Sharp, and Sony/Ericsson.

Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 4:19 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The first Preview of our Beta 1 release has now been released. While this release does not contain all items scheduled for the first beta it does represent a significant leap forward from the Alpha 4 release. Some notable changes in this release include: improved stability in mezzo; new faster orchestra renderer now using .orchestra for it's profile; updated applications; added Totem media player; build no longer uses set Knoppix paths so it can be installed and used multi-user with GDM or KDM...

OSDir has some nice shots of Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1.

Cracking The Lexmark Code: Legally Obliterating DMCA Cartridge Limits.

  • timocharis.com; By David North (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 28, 2005 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
[Ed- This is an oldie but goodie, inspired by Lexmark's attempt to use the DMCA to block third-party ink cartridge vendors. It's an inspired example of individual activism.]

Sys-con Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December ...

SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will cose on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX.

Host bus adapter handles 250,000 I/Os per second

  • Engineering Times; By Alex Mendelsohn (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 2:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TCP and iSCSI acceleration product vendor Silverback Systems Inc. is rolling out a PCI-X iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) HBA (host bus adapter) the company claims has the industry's highest performance and function set. Dubbed the iSNAP 2110, this device is slated for server and workstation applications. The board packs dual 1Gbps Ethernet-compliant IEEE-802.3 full duplex ports.

Regent Insurance dives into Linux

Regent Insurance Company, a local provider of underwrite services for motor and motor-related businesses, has switch from its existing Sun-based systems to an Intel/Linux solution with the help of Linux providers Synaq.

Microsoft Threatens to Pull Windows From South Korea (Update1)

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, threatened to pull its Windows operating system from South Korea if antitrust regulators order the company to remove programming for instant message and movie player services.

Network monitoring with Cacti

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
GNU/Linux is without doubt a brilliant server OS, but monitoring your Linux server can be a challenge. There are a few powerful tools available, such as MRTG, the Multi Router Traffic Grapher, but setting them up can be an exercise in frustration for first-time users. By contrast, Cacti, a graphing program for network statistics, is designed to be easy for relatively inexperienced systems administrators to use, while at the same time being powerful enough to be used in complex networks.

Digium's Spencer Says Open Source Will Benefit Consumers

[Mark Spencer likens Free/Open Source Software to self-service air travel. How would you like to be able to re-arrange your own flight? - Ed]

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