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Open source desktop basics: Risk-free ways to get started, part 1

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Frank van Wensveen (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
If you're at all like me, you tend to be just a little careful with your corporate IT infrastructure. What I do not want to hear is, "Hey, let's rip out these mission-critical services, replace them with this open source thing we keep hearing about, and see what happens.

"What I have wanted to hear about are ways to introduce open source software (OSS) into my corporate IT services without risking any problems at all. If you'd like to know what I've heard, then read on

New York State Attorney General might get tough with Sony

  • Ars Technica site; By Nate Anderson (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Nov 29, 2005 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite Sony's claim to have ordered the recall of the rootkit protected music CDs, those discs were easily purchased by investigators at major outlets. The action taken by the office were letters to the retailers advising them to promptly return their entire inventory of these security risk discs back to Sony. Since it seems Mr. Spitzer is well aware of the security issues and the laggard pace of removal it may be likely that legal action from the State of New York may be pursued against Sony.

Microsoft Drops the Office Open Standard Ball

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
There will be no new open license for Microsoft's XML Office format after all. Instead, Microsoft simply states that it won't sue for use of its XML Office format patents.

Trolltech Launches First Linux-based VoIP Framework for Handheld Devices

Trolltech Launches First Linux-based VoIP Framework for Handheld Devices

Linux Journal, January 2006: Build a Home Terabyte Backup System Using Linux

Build a low-cost, terabyte-sized backup server using Linux and back up your digital audio files, digital images and digital movie recordings.

Libranet's long goodbye

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Basically the operation is shutting down." With these words, Tal Danzig, the owner and technical lead for the Libranet distribution, quietly announced in his blog on November 25 the news that users had been dreading ever since his announcement two months ago that the distribution was "restructuring."

Java Apps Fill The Gaps

While the people that develop for Linux bust their backsides to bring us quality applications, Java developers are supplying us with excellent programs in the meantime.

Comment of the Day #2, November 29, 2005

[Dinotrac did some independent research and analysis, instead of accepting the article's premise like a good little consumer. -tuxchick]

Here's the part that's really getting their goat:

Year to Year growth in ULW share:

Windows: 5.0%
Linux: 23.7%

And then, when you consider the great unreported "market", Linux uptake is huge and growing faster by far than Windows servers.

The bottom line: A Microsoft monopoly in the server room is a pipe dream.

See the article, thread, and complete comment here.

Henry's Damn Ubuntu Review

  • Henry the Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Nov 29, 2005 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
My name is Henry the Adequate and I am a superhero. I am also a computer genius, and a Linux Guru (notice the capitals - this denotes an official status). So, following up on my Damn Small Review, here is my review of the brilliant new Ubuntu 5.10.

Firefox's new browsing engine

Web browser news can rarely be described as hot, but today's launch of an update to Firefox managed to creep into the red on our news thermometers.

That's because since the Stuff team adopted the version 1.0 of the browser at the expense of Internet Explorer almost a year ago, we've found our web surfing an infinitely more agreeable experience.

ZDNet Asia Top Tech 50: Red Hat

after efforts by Red Hat to target the growing demand for Linux in government and large enterprises through distribution agreements with Dell and HP, the company achieved record sales in the quarter ended May 31 this year.

Wireless Networking with ndiswrapper

  • Tux Magazine; By Jes Hall (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 7:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Wireless cards can be quite a bit of trouble for Linux users. Very few manufacturers have any interest in writing Linux drivers or releasing information about their cards so other people can use this information to write Linux drivers. There is a small selection of Linux-compatible Wi-Fi (wireless networking) cards, but they tend to be rather expensive. Worse, you don't get very much choice about which wireless networking chipset is built-in when you buy a laptop.

Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.15-rc3

I just pushed 2.6.15-rc3 out there, and here are both the shortlog and diffstats appended.

Most notable are some VM fixes from Hugh Dickins (with me then redoing some of it, but the bulk of the work goes to Hugh). That should finally hopefully fix some of the issues some people hit with the PageReserved removal and cleanup by Nick Piggin that was in -rc1.

There's also some input updates, cifs fixes, USB EHCI host controller updates, and a number of random stuff. Details in the shortlog below,

Linus

Fans aim to get Linux on desktops

Desktop PCs, the most visible spot in computing, are the spot where Linux is least apparent. Of more than 200 million computers shipped worldwide this year, industry estimates suggest fewer than one in 25 will come loaded with Linux.

Open Source Development Labs hopes to improve that, beginning Thursday. The Beaverton industry consortium, which bills itself as the "center of gravity for Linux," is hosting more than 50 top desktop Linux developers from as far as the Czech Republic and Sweden for two days of strategizing.

OSDL has two goals for the gathering: identify areas that need improvement; and boost collaboration among the various groups that make versions of desktop Linux.

Wsis: Microsoft failed to remove free software reference

  • ITworld.com; By John Blau, IDG News Service, Düsseldorf Bureau (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Microsoft Corp. tried to have references to free software removed from a document approved at the United Nations-sponsored Internet summit in Tunis two weeks ago, a blog discussion has revealed. But the attempt failed.

OSDL survey, gathering target desktop Linux

Linux desktops have always faced an uphill battle against Windows desktops. Now, OSDL is calling together architects from over two dozen key desktop-oriented Linux projects to a Dec. 1-2 meeting at its headquarters to set strategic directions and standards, and find synergy amongst Desktop Linux organizations.

Firefox, Gmail top PC World's list of 100 best computer products

Number one is Firefox, Mozilla's web browser that absolutely shames Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The actual market share of Firefox is still relatively low, with Internet Explorer still far in the lead. And it is doubtful that PC World recognizing it as the best product of 2005 will do anything to change that. The same niche of people that read PC World probably already realize Firefox's superiority.

KDE 3.5 Released

  • KDE Project; By Tom Chance (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 29, 2005 5:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: KDE
The KDE Project is happy to announce a new major release of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Many features have been added or refined, making KDE 3.5 the most complete, stable and integrated free desktop environment available. Read on for some notable changes and a visual guide to KDE 3.5.

A quick AWstats guide

  • Raoul’s Land Reloaded!; By Raoul (Posted by raoulsland on Nov 29, 2005 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
AWstats is a free, popular log analyzer, released under the GPL. It can generate advanced graphical statistics from web, streaming, ftp or mail server log files. This document is not intended to be a review, but rather a quick installation and configuration guide for a specific web site, in order to have as accurate statistical data as possible for use in your traffic analysis reports.

New Firefox out today

  • Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
THE LATEST version of the Firefox web browser will be formally released this afternoon. V 1.5 has been in beta for a while and it offers an automated update to streamline product upgrades.

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