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Past success push for XLRI programme

“It is a certificate program designed to increase the technical knowledge on Linux and Linux-based solutions,” said A. K. Pani, chairperson of the information systems wing of XLRI, and the coordinator for the course.

Microsoft Disses OpenDocument As "Too Slow"

Microsoft threw an uppercut at The OpenDocument Format (ODF), saying it was too slow. The ODF Alliance says there's really no way to tell because Microsoft's Open XML isn't even supported by any application.

[A document format is too slow. Nope, still can't make sense of that no matter how many times I read it. -- grouch]

Open Content III: the code

  • LWN.net; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on May 27, 2006 5:13 PM EDT)
Part 3 of a short series looking at the rise of open content - text, graphics, videos and music - and its relationship to open source.

Hp challenges IBM supremacy in oil, gas sector

Oil and gas sector contributes significantly to the linux on blade server and IBM has an edge with 50 per cent of that market share. HP is targeting to enter this market

Nuremberg Region Becoming Hotbed for Open Source

"Linux has long ceased to be a playground for tinkerers; it's a serious alternative on the commercial market," said Michael Nordschild, managing director of the Nuremberg Association for the ICT Sector.
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SuSE plans to conquer the PC next, making Linux a real alternative to Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft market-dominating Windows operating system. "Cost savings there are even greater than on servers," Dyroff says. "Ninety percent can be saved in licensing costs alone, without factoring in the costs of Windows security problems."

Open source audio applications need to learn from listeners

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on May 27, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Ask anyone what they use their computer for, and "listening to music" will no doubt be high on the list. Regrettably, there aren't any Linux applications designed let us do that. Sure, there are applications designed to accomplish data-centric tasks like "play and manage digital audio files" and "control an FM radio tuner card." These are two very different tasks from a programming standpoint, but interchangeable from the point of view of a user who just wants to listen to music.

Free Information Free Software and Revolution

  • Znet; By Felipe Pérez Martí (Posted by grouch on May 27, 2006 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
The purpose of this article is to put forward a thesis about a general tendency of what is coming worldwide in the near future in political terms, how it is going to come about, and what the revolutionaries should do to promote the changes and to shed light about the best way to do it.

The 25 worst tech products of all time

Still, even the worst products deserve recognition (or deprecation). So as we put together our list of World Class winners for 2006, we decided also to spotlight the 25 worst tech products that have been released since PC World began publishing nearly a quarter-century ago.

[Readers should note who had the most "products" on the list - dcparris]

Linux Setup a transparent proxy with Squid in three easy steps

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by nixcraft on May 27, 2006 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Main benefit of setting transparent proxy is you do not have to setup up individual browsers to work with proxies. This nice and simple guide explains how to setup a transparent proxy with Squid and iptables (DNAT) firewall in three easy steps.

New Xara Xtreme for Linux

Xara has announced the milestone of Xara Xtreme LX version 0.5 - the Open Source version of the Xara Xtreme graphics and illustration software. The new release features many features that make Xara LX a functional, useful design tool

Compliance, Open Source Drive Database Market

Compliance regulations and rising open source software consumption made growth in the worldwide relational database management systems (RDBMS) market surge in 2005, according to research from Gartner and IDC.

The geek who took on Microsoft

(FORTUNE Magazine) - In the early morning hours of May 3, a dramatic piece of news out of Geneva began caroming through the online world: At long last, Microsoft's lock on the $9 billion office-application business was facing a challenge. The development? An esoteric international standards body had approved a new file standard--called OpenDocument format, or ODF--for saving office documents.

Title: GNU Binutils libbfd TekHex Record Handling Vulnerability

A vulnerability has been reported in the Linux Kernel, which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).

Mysql Seen as a Buyout Target

As the world of software consolidates and open-source programs become more popular, some observers think MySQL is the company most likely to be acquired by a software giant.

Grown-up Linux in the Datacenter

  • Sys-Con Italia (Comunicati Stampa); By Micah Waldman (Posted by dcparris on May 27, 2006 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It’s official – Linux clusters are the new hotbed of enterprise computing. According to analyst firm IDC, in 2005 deployments of Linux-based clusters for high-performance computing surpassed those of traditional SMP machines, a sure sign that cluster computing is rapidly becoming an enterprise reality. But as Linux clusters move from high performance computing (HPC) and academic environments into enterprise datacenters, the price/performance benefits of commodity computing can be quickly eroded by the snowballing cost of cluster lifecycle management. Not only is cluster deployment still too difficult, but also the ongoing management of multiple clusters throughout their entire lifecycle is often not addressed. To extend and optimize the investments enterprises are making in Linux clusters, a new management approach is required.

[Article is noted as being contributed by a marketing vice-president, so just use your good, old-fashioned critical thinking cap. - dcparris]

SA open source game developers' quest for glory

A group of South African game developers is planning to develop an open source computer game, styled on African folklore yet in the spirit of the Sierra classic, Quest for Glory. <i>Tectonic</i> catches up with project leader Henti Smith to find out why.

First Day KDE 4 Multimedia Meeting

In the rainy Netherlands, eighteen KDE hackers have been working in the Annahoeve on Multimedia for the fourth incarnation of KDE. This report outlines the meeting topics, and the results of interesting presentations and explains how KDE developers outbid each others marshmallow records.

Snapshot of the embedded Linux market -- May, 2006

The results of LinuxDevices.com's sixth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market.

Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group

  • blogs.the451group.com; By Nick Selby (Posted by nselby on May 27, 2006 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: Interview
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, spoke with technology analyst firm The 451 Group about Dapper, the open source and free software movement and Ubuntu and Linux in the enterprise.

U.S. PTO Smashes JPEG Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a patent that Forgent Networks was asserting against the JPEG images standard. (Linux-Watch)

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