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Open source developers intervene in Microsoft EU lawsuit

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is intervening in the case Microsoft has brought against the European Commission over its order that the company’s server protocols should be available to the open-source community.

Time to Take Off the Training Wheels

  • IBM Developer Works; By Peter Seebach (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 28, 2005 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
How are users supposed to learn if they never fall down? For many users, being faced with "safety" features just creates more workaround. Confirming, clarifying, and checking every operation, as most applications these days do, is intended to protect users from accidents. The result is similar to what many people find after putting training wheels on a child's bicycle: the vehicle is more cumbersome and the child never learns to ride it properly.

[ANNOUNCE] PHP 5.1.1 Released!

  • Mailing list; By Ilia Alshanetsky (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.1.1.

Who's Afraid of Open-Source Office?

For the past 20 years MicrosoftRelevant Products/Services from Microsoft has been pushing its Office productivity Latest News about productivity suite, which is a major reason why it has become so entrenched in the business environment. Each time an alternative has shown up, the software giant typically has adapted to these competitive threats by shifting its focus with ease.

However, with Massachusetts ousting Microsoft Office and governments around the world moving to open-source software, is the threat posed by open-source alternatives, such as OpenOffice and Sun's Star Office, becoming more serious? And should Microsoft be concerned?

Linuxforce Wins Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Contract; Technology ...

LinuxForce Wins Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Contract; Technology Firm to Provide Debian GNU/Linux Technical Support and Services

Picking right road to Linux

PROPRIETARY software often spawns proprietary training, with only one official route to certification.

In the Linux world, there are three main certification tracks to choose from: that of Red Hat, the Linux Professional Institute or Novell. Picking a winner no simple task.

How to run an EA Battlefield 2 server on FreeBSD

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many players of Electronic Arts' multiplayer online game Battlefield 2 run Battlefield 2 game servers, either at home or as a hosted solution. Most use Windows or Linux as their server operating system. Few people know that you can use FreeBSD as well. Here's how you can set up a Battlefield 2 server on FreeBSD 6.0 RC-1.

Oregon city builds reputation as software revolution hub

  • USAToday; By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 5:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PORTLAND, Ore. — As a kid in the 1980s, Bart Massey spent hours tinkering with computer programs, writing his own source code and then sharing it with friends. He and his buddies comprised a small band of curious computer whizzes with no agenda, and certainly no rules. Over time, that code-sharing would come to be known as open source: "We just didn't have a name for it then," says Mr. Massey, today a computer science professor at Portland State University.

Lockheed Martin Turns to SGI Solution to Help Manage Different Levels of Classified Data in Lab Environment

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 5:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SGI Diskless Operation Server Solution Solves System Administration Challenges of Managing Data at Multiple Levels of Security

DVD Playback in SUSE Linux 10

  • Linux Magazine; By Jason Perlow (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 5:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Of course, you can play DVDs on Linux, and you most certainly can have it in SuSE Linux 10, but to do so, you have to jump through a few hoops, make a few modifications, and possibly break a few laws — kind of like yanking the catalytic converter and adding Euro-spec Bosch headlights and a high-performance intake and exhaust system to your high-performance German touring sedan. Due to a variety of legal issues, SuSE Linux 10 cannot include working copies of a number of components needed for DBD playback. So, the first thing to do is remove the bad parts to make room for the new ones. Fire up a command prompt, type…

[Ed: Make sure the laws in your country permit the use of Linux and DVDs. -tadelste]

Government websites fail to meet standards

The vast majority of public service websites in Europe are failing to meet international e-accessibility standards.

That's according to a report released by the UK EU presidency, which shows that a mere 3 percent of public service websites are fully meeting the terms of the minimum accessibility requirements as stated by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines.

Ubuntu and Founder Mark Shuttleworth Win New Awards

Ubuntu and its founder, Mark Shuttleworth, both won awards at the Linux New Media Awards at last week's Linux World Expo in Frankfurt, Germany

How to turn a sub 100$ device into a VPN endpoint with RSA

  • lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Nov 28, 2005 5:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I am the network administrator for a healthcare company. When I joined that company, there was internet access through ISDN dial-in (PPP), which was done by a SuSE linux box some guy had set up. But my boss wanted something better, so we took a little time to investigate.

We decided for SDSL and a commercial firewall (Astaro), which is based on free and open source. That was a clever decision, as it now shows.

Cray's CTO Plans Its Future Converged Iron

  • Itjungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 5:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Cray has lots of smart people, and it will proceed with its plans to make specialized Linux-Opteron supercomputers as well as its vector machines and the future "Cascade" supers, whatever they might end up being.

US-based Indians build homebrewed mobiles

  • DNA Evolutions; By Jayalakshmi Venugopal (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2005 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BANGALORE: Computers built from scratch are part of technology folklore. Now it is the turn of the mobile phone. Two Indians, Surj Patel and Deva Seetharam are working on a homebrewed cell phone, which will challenge the quality and capabilities of traditional models available in the market today.

Working on the project for two weeks, the two are confirming American writer Thomas Friedman's belief that innovation is no longer confined to the realm of big companies.

Deva explains, "We are building an open source hardware/software Linux-based cell phone." Open source refers to a programme for which the source code (written by a programmer and converted into machine language) is available to the public to use or modify free of cost. The prototype they are working on will be open source and will help developers build powerful applications as they like.

Windows beats Linux market share, dog bites man

  • Linux Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 28, 2005 3:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Already, you can argue that Linux is used more often as a server operating system than Windows. After all, you don't have to pay a thin dime to buy Linux, and that's what these studies measure. It's hard to say that for sure, though, because while it's relatively easy to measure who's buying what, it's a lot harder to know what people are actually using.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 5, Test1, Gnubuntu, PCLinuxOS 0.92, DesktopBSD

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2005 2:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The first test release of Fedora Core 5 and a final release of PCLinuxOS 0.92 were responsible for much excitement during the past week; we'll take a brief look at both these new products. Is Libranet GNU/Linux history? It would appear so, based on an informal announcement by Libranet's Tal Danzig. Also in this issue: a new "ideologically-pure" Ubuntu derivative, KNOPPIX seeks graphics artists, and a quick look at the new KDE 3.5 expected later this week. Our featured distribution of the week is DesktopBSD, a surprisingly intuitive and user-friendly FreeBSD derivative. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Podcast receivers for Linux

If you're bored with blogging and ready for new worlds to conquer, podcasting might be just the impetus you need to refuel your interest in Internet publishing. The term is something of a misnomer. You don't need an iPod to create or receive a podcast, and it's not really a broadcast. What it is is hot, and with open source tools for both podcast creation and reception, it's a game that Linux users can play.

IBM maintains grip on server market

  • ComputerWorld; By Manek Dubash (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 1:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Big Blue's also taken the leader spot in overall Linux-based server revenue worldwide in 3Q05, with 29.7 percent of the revenue, up 32 per cent year-on-year.

Issue 9 of Free Software Magazine is out and free for download

Free Software Magazine's Issue 9 contains philosophical, technical and other articles about free software in full colour high resolution PDF format. It is free to subscribe and free to download.

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