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Exclusive interview: Mozilla's Tristan Nitot

At this year's LinuxWorld show at Olympia caught up with Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, to discuss the organisation's plans for the future.

SugarCRM announces developer contest

Having watched and nurtured an open source community based around the Sugar customer relationship management (CRM) platform for the last 14 months, SugarCRM is hosting a developer contest to mark the 100th extension on the development forum, and draw more attention to the already successful company.

Personal Opinion: Linux vs. Macintosh

  • TechWhack; By Abhishek (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 7:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Before I could pen down this post, I was cautioned about the “flames” I would encounter from Mac aficionados. It is indeed preposterous to assume that there could be anything better than a Mac. However, more than the software per se, I would argue on other counts- as would be clear to you all in just a short while.

Announcing The Ubuntu Ports Archive

The Porting Team is proud to announce to the Ubuntu world the release of Breezy Badger for three shiny new architectures.

HP Inks Subscription Agreements with Novell, Red Hat

The deals will consolidate and expand HP's existing Linux use agreements with the vendors.

Ubuntu 5.10 Official Screenshot Tour announced - The Ubuntu team is proud to announce Ubuntu 5.10. This is the official Ubuntu 5.10 release, and includes installation CDs, live CDs, and combination DVDs for three architectures.

It's fresh, and OSDir's got the shots of Ubuntu 5.10 Official.

Educators Make the Move to Desktop Linux in Classrooms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 6:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Linspire's Education Program Helps Schools Achieve One-to-One Computer Initiatives

Your Mail: Open Debate About OpenDocument

James Prendergast's column, Massachusetts Should Close Down OpenDocument, touched a nerve among's tech savvy readers and ignited a heated response. Lxer's contributing editor Don Parris of the The Freely Project (USA) worked persistently to get these views aired.

For example: Massachusetts' argument was simple: they didn't want their public documents at the mercy of one vendor's (Microsoft) planned obsolescence. Try reading an Office '95 file with Office 2003; it doesn't work so well. Their upcoming release requires re-formatting all your existing documents to their new standard.

OpenLab releases Linux 'light'

  • MyADSL; By Warwick Ashford (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 5:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SA-based OpenLab International has introduced an ultra-light version of its Linux distribution that is designed to run on a range of computer technology.

Digi Adds ARM Core Modules to ConnectCore Line

Digi International has expanded its ConnectCore family to include ARM7 and ARM9 core modules. The ConnectCore 7U, ConnectCore 9P 9360 and ConnectCore 9P 9750 are flexible, high-performance embedded core modules that enable users to easily design in main processing functionality with fully integrated Ethernet networking capabilities. They are targeted at products such as access control systems, point-of-sale systems, RFID readers, medical devices and networked displays.

Webinar spotlights open source, embeddable database

A small database consulting firm that maintains an open source, embeddable database says it has partnered with MontaVista. ITTIA says its db.* database has been tested on MontaVista Linux Pro 3.1, and the company will present a Webinar tomorrow (Thursday) on using db.* with MontaVista Linux.

BofA Securities boosts Red Hat target

Banc of America Securities has reiterated its "buy" rating for Red Hat Inc. stock and raised its price target for the Raleigh-based Linux reseller to $22 per share from $20.

OSBC director: Open source profitable, stable

"In the realm of open source, what was once all-Linux, all-the-time, has shifted gears to encompass everything from enterprise resource planning applications to Web browsers and CRM. Tiny startup companies and former pet projects of developers well versed in kernels and General Public License (GPL) now find themselves on the receiving end of millions and millions of investment dollars, while products like Firefox, MySQL and are now thrown about in a serious manner with household names like Microsoft Office, Oracle and others.

How to keep instant messaging off the record

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 13, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sometimes encryption isn't enough to keep your conversations private. With standard encryption, it's theoretically possible for someone to steal your secret encryption keys and decipher the conversation. For conversations that need to be kept confidential, the Off-the-Record (OTR) plugin for Gaim saves the day. It leaves no trace of a conversation ever having taken place.

Quick primer on Unicode under Linux

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Oct 13, 2005 1:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ed Trager's A Quick Primer On Unicode and Software Internationalization Under Linux and UNIX is a good short intro to configuration and tool setup for working with Unicode on a Linux machine.

uClinux VoD Stack Targets STBs Built On Sigma SoCs

EzHomeTech has launched a uClinux operating system and VoD (video-on-demand) software stack for STBs (set-top boxes) built on a Sigma Designs digital media processor SoC (system-on-chip).

Symbian joins Eclipse Foundation to support free Open Source ...

Symbian Limited has announced that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an Add-In Provider. Symbian is contributing substantial development work, as well as adding its experience and expertise, to the global, community-owned Open Source project.

Free, open SBC design targets imaging, vision apps

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2005 11:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An electronic engineering student in Brazil has published a design for a small SBC (single-board computer) that runs Linux. Flavio Ribeiro's SBC uses a 180MHz ARM processor, an Altera Cyclone FPGA, and a 3-megapixel Micron CMOS sensor. It targets machine vision, surveillance, and other imaging applications.

Open Source Asterisk Management Portal Project Celebrates One Year ...

  • The Open Press (press release) (Posted by ralph on Oct 12, 2005 11:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
A year ago today AMP(Asterisk Management Portal) was unleashed to the SourceForge(R) code repository website ( The response was immediate and favorable. Interest in AMP rose steadily and it quickly became the de facto freely available Asterisk GUI.

Vendors seek to push grids into the mainstream

  •; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2005 10:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some IT vendors are releasing products that are designed to help companies move grid computing into their mainstream business processes. For instance, SAS Institute said at GridWorld that its flagship SAS 9 business intelligence, data mining and statistical analysis software now includes grid capabilities developed by Platform Computing. SAS users could tap the grid features to improve their IT resource utilisation, said Cheryl Doninger, SAS' research and development director for enterprise computing.

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