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Massachusetts is trying to convert all computerized state documents to the open document format (odt). We think this is a fine idea. One concern that's been expressed about this move (at least by Microsoft) is that training employees to use OpenOffice.org 2.0 or other software that uses non-proprietary file formats (in place of Microsoft Office) will be time-consuming and costly. But what if basic OpenOffice.org training materials were available online for free? As a public service for Commonwealth of Massachusetts employees (and everyone else), NewsForge is presenting -- absolutely free of charge -- 11 OpenOffice.org training videos as part of this article. They're excerpts from the video CD that comes with NewsForge Editor-in-Chief Robin 'Roblimo' Miller's upcoming book, Point& Click OpenOffice.org!, which will be available in December from all major booksellers. But we wanted you to have access to these videos now instead of waiting until the book is available, so here they are.
As your Linux/Unix network grows, you're probably going to get tired of running around to individual machines to do updates and fixes, unless it's part of your fitness program. My ideal sysadmin scenario is rather like Dr. Evil's submarine lair: lounge about with a cat on my lap, occasionally pushing a button. Only I have no grand ambitions to conquer the world; I just don't like doing my modest chores the hard way. Cfengine (Configuration engine) is just the tool for streamlining hardworking system and network administrator's lives...Cfengine has two primary uses: Pushing out changes to all hosts on a network, regardless of operating system or hardware configuration. Automatically keeping all systems in a correct, stable state.
Montreal and Quebec, Wednesday November 9, 2005 - FACIL, for the collective appropriation of free information technology, is proud to announce the 2005 edition of the Quebec Free Software Week (la Semaine québécoise de l'informatique libre SQIL), from November 12-20, 2005, in many regions of Quebec. The theme for the week is Connecting people. The SQIL program includes presentations by university researchers, free software installation festivals, demonstrations of solutions intended for enterprise and government, teaching workshops in and educational milieu, screening of documentaries and festivities.
A network engineer at a Kansas City company says he's just as worried about threats to his company's network coming from inside the corporate walls than he is about any hacker busting through the perimeter.
[Ed.- Just like any business- the greatest security threats come from within, despite what corporate PR and Hollywood want you to believe.]
Read this and you will understand that MS's only intentions are benign and it is just trying to protect you from that vile monster! Just like Mary S. thought should be done.
KDE 3.5 is almost finished, so we have prepared a first release candidate. We want to have it tested as much as possible, so please give it a show
Following my tirade on vendor support (and lack thereof) for Linux, encryption company Striata responded with a new version of its Keymail decrypter that runs on new Linux operating systems.
From the hip-hip hooray dept:
A Los Angeles District Court ordered three Web marketing companies to cease and desist an operation using the lure of free ringtones and browser updates to download spyware and adware to users' computers.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the court also ordered a halt to the deceptive downloads of a marketing affiliate that helped spread malicious software by offering free background music for blogs.
Henry Blodget writes: "(First, I should clarify my position regarding Microsoft: My position is not that Microsoft's web business sucks. It doesn't. Microsoft is either the third or fourth strongest web company on the planet. My position is that the common idea that Microsoft is going to do what it has done in many software businesses--come from behind, bury Google and Yahoo!, and rule the web--is ludicrous. Microsoft has been trying to come from behind on the web for a decade, and it is almost as far behind now as when it started. A few more years--or Microsoft Live, or AdCenter--is not going to change this.)"
[Well, it sure beats them having to innovate! - Ed]
SEOUL- US software giant Microsoft has sealed a 30 million dollar deal with South Korean Internet portal Daum Communications to settle an anti-trust suit and put the two firms in a new partnership. The deal ends a legal battle with Daum, which had accused Microsoft of violating anti-trust rules by unfairly incorporating its MSN instant messaging software into the Windows system.
From the Yes, the Patent Office Truly Is On Crack Dept.:
The third patent is the real kicker. It covers methods for encouraging consumers to write reviews of items they've purchased by determining the optimal times to send them e-mails or reminders.
Switch from "brick" servers to blades is among the changes in the high-end Altix 4000, based on Linux and Intel's Itanium.
Spanish Fork, Utah – Cluster Resources, Inc. (www.clusterresources.com) announced today the Novell SUSE Linux and HP hardware validation of their cluster and grid solutions, Moab Cluster Suite and Moab Grid Suite, through the Novell/HP Validation Program for high performance computing (HPC).
Want to develop Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Web services using IBM DB2 CommonStore? Judith M. Myerson demonstrates how to resolve problems that the SOX mandates have created for executives, now faced with heavy penalties for noncompliance on message and record retention. Follow along with an example of how to resolve the problem by developing or modifying Web services rather than by making changes to a long-running application.
Artesyn Communication Products has announced availability of MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition for its KosaiPM AdvancedMC modules. The hot-swappable, single-wide AdvancedMC card easily enables processing power to be added to AdvancedTCA blades, MicroTCA systems, and proprietary systems equipped with AdvancedMC expansion bays
Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) daily builds
have hit the Ubuntu servers. Dapper's goals
: Substantial polish and integration, software discovery and installation, make network-wide enterprise updates easy to manage, consider LSB and related certification standards and support for deployment of Dapper on mission-critical servers. Screenshots
have already surfaced.
Forget viruses, 419 email fraudsters and server meltdowns. The biggest potential threat to your online security could come from the growing menace of 'click' kiddies, a leading security firm warns... A growing legion of semi-computer-literate teens short of something to do could be the biggest danger to security on the web. Where traditional hackers go after specific targets, be it a bank's database or a telecom company's corporate infrastructure, gangs of youths who barely know what they're doing are running programs causing inestimable damage to businesses and individuals alike.
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