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How Microsoft's Enterprise Desktop Stifles Linux and How to Fix it

Every time I read an article suggesting that Linux cannot budge Microsoft off the Enterprise Desktop, I have a private laugh. If you knew what I did, you would laugh too. The only problem I can see: It's not a laughing matter.

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OpenOffice in 11 South African languages

South Africans from all eleven official language groups will soon have access to the latest version of OpenOffice.org in their home tongue. Translate.org.za's mammoth translation is scheduled to be released with OpenOffice 2.01. Translations of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird are also due for release.

Gnome versus KDE on the Corporate Desktop

Rumors were swirling last week that Novell was dropping KDE support. This news caused a flood of comments and protests. eWeek even got on the bandwagon and received clarification from Novell on the matter (KDE wasn't being dropped). Finally, Kevan Barney of Novell posted an official statement on Novell's PR blog.

[ed - He is not very informed or accurate about GNOME, but this editorial is one developers view of KDE - ralph]

Xandros, Italy's NoMachine Team Up on New Linux Thin Clients

  • eWEEK Linux; By Chris Preimesberger (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 2:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux desktop software maker Xandros and Rome-based NoMachine, which specializes in Linux terminal server remote access and management software, Thursday announced they are teaming up to build new Linux thin-client platforms.

Eveready gets the power of Red (Hat)

  • Express Computers; By Shivani Shinde (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 1:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
The ‘Give me Red’ advertisement campaign emphasises the brand recall that Eveready has in India. For its mission-critical ERP too, the company chose a ‘Red’ platform—Linux server software from Red Hat. The need to integrate and streamline processes was the reason for moving from a solution developed in-house. Eveready has nine factories, 14 sales offices and 44 godowns, and the requirement was to connect all these to the company’s headquarters.

User management from the command line

Although Fedora comes with an excellent graphical tool to manage your users (system-config-users), there are times, for example when administering a server through SSH, that user management has to be done from command line.

All operations can be done using the following commands: id, useradd, usermod, userdel, groupadd, groupdel, groupmod, passwd

These exist in every Linux distribution with slight differences in each command’s supported options. The following info applies to Fedora Core and other Red Had based distros.

Sony stole code from Lame in their rootkit

  • Dewinter (Posted by bstadil on Nov 13, 2005 12:13 AM EDT)
Sony themselves felt they were exempt from copyright law when they decided to harass their customers with the now infamous rootkit.

It turns out that the rootkit contains pieces of code that are identical to LAME, an open source mp3-encoder, and thereby breach the license. Who is counting as long as Celine Dion's stuff is protected.

Gelato Spotlights Linux Itanium at Brazil Meeting

Ninety scientists, developers, and engineers convened from all around the globe for the October 2005 meeting of the Gelato Federation (http://www.gelato.org), an international technical organization dedicated to advancing Linux on the Intel® Itanium® processor.

Set up the VNC Server in Fedora

  • Raoul's Land Reloaded; By Fedora Core Xposed - A Linux Chronicle (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 11:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
"Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a desktop protocol to remotely control another computer. It transmits the keyboard presses and mouse clicks from one computer to another relaying the screen updates back in the other direction, over a network." -WikiPedia-

This is a mini howto which covers the VNC server’s configuration in brief.


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Comment of the Day - November 12, 2005 - Why People Switch to Linux

Cstura writes about his experience with computers and why he chose Linux.

Related to the thread:
Why do people switch to Linux

Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) 20051111 Build Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 9:13 PM EDT)
Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) daily builds have hit the Ubuntu servers. Dapper's goals: Substantial polish and integration of the existing desktop environment is the primary desktop goal, for both Ubuntu (GNOME) and Kubuntu (KDE). Yes, we've got some screenshots of the first daily build.

Microsoft in Linux patent commons? rubbish!

Don't believe everything you read. Despite Techweb.com's news item that initially declared "Microsoft, IBM Lead Group To Consolidate Linux Patents," Microsoft is definitely NOT listed as a participant in today's announcement of the formation of Open Invention Network (OIN), an initiative that will share patents among consenting Linux users.

Google searches become evidence in murder case

  • CNet; By Elinor Mills (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 6:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Elinor Mills writes: "Remember the e-mails that ended up being used in court as part of Microsoft's antitrust trial? Well, now Google search histories are making an appearance in court."

Video Without Boundaries, Inc. Launches Several Initiatives to Further Profit From Recent Explosion in Digital TV, Broadband and Portable Media

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 12, 2005 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Outlines Plans to Embrace OpenCable(R) and Reaffirms Support for Open Standards

Ibm, Sony, Philips, Red Hat, Novell in Open Invention Network

SAN FRANCISCO - IBM, Sony Corp., Philips N.V, Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. have announced on Thursday that they are forming a new company to share Linux patents, but without charging any royalties. The new company is to be called Open Invention Network.

[How about these folks forming something - anything - to abolish software patents? - Ed]

Ubuntu Linux Displays Business Savvy

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Nov 12, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Canonical's Ubuntu is a Debian Linux branch. In the past, its developers have emphasized its community Linux status. In particular, it's well-known for being a Linux used by those interested in the third world and education. Nevertheless, Ubuntu engineers worked directly with IBM DB2 Lab Software engineers to do compatibility testing under the DB2 for Linux Validation program to earn the "Ready for IBM DB2 Software for Linux" service mark.

Microsoft "copies Apple", open source "breaks applications"

Florian Mueller, who spearheaded a successful political campaign against European software patents, said: "MSFT (Microsoft) and SAP collaborate ever more closely on the lobbying front. Initially they were only together in EICTA, a big industry association where IBM, Sun, Nokia, Philips et al. are also involved. MSFT and SAP became the main sponsors of the Campaign for Creativity."

From little Acorns to Linux PDA gadgets

  • Drobe.co.uk; By Chris Williams (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
The programmer who looks after the Linux kernel for legacy Acorn kit has spoken of his work with ARM powered PDAs. Ian Molton's efforts on the portable gadgets, whose internal workings are closely guarded by their manufacturers, began when he decided to port the open source kernel to a PDA that originally had WindowsCE installed on it. Upset at the lack of stability in Microsoft's attempt at embedded software engineering, Ian drew on his knowledge from working with 26bit ARM powered Acorn machines to hack the Linux kernel onto the devices.

Welcome to CUTs!

  • transgress at Digg; By transgress at Digg (Posted by tadelste on Nov 12, 2005 1:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CUTs is a procmail "hack" that basically enables you to use a normal cellphone as a Unix/Linux terminal. From anywhere.

Evil Conservatives Score One For Joe Sixpack

  • Washinton Post; By Brian Krebs - Submitted by helios (Posted by helios on Nov 12, 2005 12:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security; Groups: Community
With the Bush Administration under siege, it is surprising that they find time for everyday matters. The Sony "rootkit" mess has become known at the White House and they have responded.

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