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I'm Not Dead Yet! KDE vs. GNOME

Opinion: Novell's decision to go with GNOME has KDE aficianados in an uproar. KDE is the better interface, says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and it won't go away.

Forget Munich's Linux Migration, It's Already Done by Extremadura (Spain)

We changed the desktop systems from Windows to Linux during the weekend, when the civil servants came back next Monday morning they found Linux running on their desktop machines". Wow! So Munich is receiving all the press about their careful and detailed migration to Linux on the desktop and here comes one of the poorest region in Europe showing that this can be simply done during a weekend.

Report: Communicate with CommuniGate Pro 5.0

Do you need an Internet communications server solution that handles email, instant messaging, calendaring, and VoIP? Want it to run on Linux? CommuniGate Pro 5.0 could be the ticket. Rob Reilly examines the features of the latest flagship release from Stalker Software.

Firefox Turns 1, Ratchets Up Marketing

Although Mozilla Corp. down-played the first anniversary of its Firefox browser, an executive Wednesday 's said that the demand for the alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer had "completely outstripped our expectations."

Ibm, Red Hat join others in Linux patent venture

When the Open Invention Network acquires patents, they will be available to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux operating system or certain Linux-related applications.

LXer Feature: Survival Guide For Women In FOSS: Striking Out On Your Own

Most women, when they plan their careers, think in terms of having jobs. But why limit yourself? The computing world is a haven for the self-employed, and the FOSS world supplies tools and opportunities you won't find anywhere else...The whole idea is to do something that you find personally rewarding, get paid for it, and do it your way.

Draft legislation to create Open Source Agency posted

  • Patuxent River Tester; By News and information for Naval Air Station Patuxent River personnel (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON-- Robert David Steele Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., former Marine and spy, and since 1988 the foremost international proponent for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and multi-national information-sharing, has today posted draft legislation to create an Open Source Agency (OSA) to serve as the central element of a new multi-national appreciation for Information Operations (IO), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Peacekeeping Intelligence (PKI).

"Winston Churchill liked to say that the Americans always do the right thing, they simply try everything else first," Steele says. "Well, we are done with failure. We have failed in our national intelligence endeavors in every way possible, and compounded that with political failures of an extreme nature."

New approaches to Linux package management

Traditional Linux package management systems such as RPM, Debian's dpkg, and Slackware's pkgtool present several problems for users. Users who want optimized packages often have problems finding them, different package repositories have conflicting naming conventions, and binary packages are often not available for packages in a timely fashion. However, for users willing to stray from the beaten path, there are alternatives. Two projects have taken up the challenge of making a package management system that overcomes these shortcomings.

Panasas to Demonstrate Success in Bridging the Clustered Storage Needs of the Scientific and Commercial HPC Communities at SC 05

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
-- Customers To Present Real-World Benefits of Panasas Storage Cluster -- CTO Garth Gibson To Deliver Masterworks Presentation -- Newest Additions To Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster On Display

OpenSync and KDE Cooperate on Unified Data Syncing

The OpenSync and KDE teams have joined forces to create a unified library to synchronize data from mobile devices with the data on the desktop

California Suing Sony Over Rootkit DRM

  • Slashdot; By samzenpus (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"California has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony and a second one may be filed today in New York. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 1 in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Vernon, CA. It asks the court to prevent Sony from selling additional CDs protected by the anti-piracy software, and seeks monetary damages for California consumers who purchased them. The suit alleges that Sony's software violates at least three California statutes...

[Ed.- Hurrah! Sic 'em. Many good links in the article.]

Sleepycat - a blue ribbon example of open source financial success

  • IT Managers Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

Cell processor to support Linux

  • EE Times; By Mark LaPedus (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM Corp. and Sony Corp. have released new software components and documentation for the Cell processor, including extensions to Linux. The Cell processor was originally devised by IBM, Sony and Toshiba. Delivering on a promise, IBM, Sony and Toshiba in August released the first detailed specifications for the Cell microprocessor (see Aug. 29 story). Then, Toshiba recently said it is readying a hardware development platform for applications based on the Cell processor. The reference design kit, and the cell chip set, will be available from April 2006 (see Sept. 20 story).

Analyst: Security Will Drive Windows-to-Mac Switch

Elizabeth Millard writes: "A financial analyst predicts that the ubiquity of computer viruses, and Apple's success in its music ventures, will drive more and more Windows users to switch to Macs."

[Well, there was an article somewhere about Apple making significant gains, thanks to the Ipod. This will be something to keep our eyes on. A lot of GNU/Linux users also use Macs. - Ed]

Windows Supports More Hardware than Linux, Just Not as Well

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Nov 10, 2005 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Kernel
Chris Bergeron writes: "One of the things that gets overlooked in comparisons of Windows and Linux is the ability to troubleshoot hardware conflicts. Sometimes, it's not about how many devices are supported but how easy repair is when something goes wrong."

[Excellent article, and a must read if you're concerned about hardware support under GNU/Linux. This ties in with the "Year Without Windows" article from a few days ago. - Ed]

Open Source ERP to Drive Open Source Database Adoption

Recent survey found that open source databases were overwhelmingly preferred for open source ERP applications.

(PRWEB) November 10, 2005 -- Can open source software play a dominant role in the $15 billion database software market? The answer, according to a recent survey, is a resounding yes.
    

Sleepycat - a blue ribbon example of open source financial success

  • IT Manager's Journal; By Lauren Rudd (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

PunBB: A simple, speedy bulletin board

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
For some time now, I've been looking for a good, open source bulletin board package to run a discussion board on my Web site. After a lot of searching, I've settled on PunBB because it offers the features that I want, and is available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

A Higher Linux League For Ubuntu?

For years, Red Hat and SUSE have dominated the enterprise Linux distribution space. But that duopoly may be in trouble, because the Debian-based GNU/Linux-derived Ubuntu has a little help from Big Blue.

Linux backers form patent-sharing firm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Three of the world's biggest electronics companies -- IBM, Sony and Philips -- have joined forces with the two largest Linux software distributors to create a company for sharing Linux patents, royalty-free.

[ED.- While the true solution is to ban software patents, which should not have existed in the first place, this won't happen for a while, so this initiative is welcome. Hopefully it will just be a stop-gap measure until people come to their senses. - Tsela]

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