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Pantone and free software

Over the years, I've observed that for every favorable review written about the GIMP or other free graphics applications, there is another review denouncing it as useless because "it doesn't support Pantone." Although I've accepted this is how the universe works, it's worth noting that the unfavorable articles are generally accompanied by some misconceptions about what Pantone is and isn't used for, and the legality of supporting it.

Vienna's open source desktop migration takes off

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Vienna's 'soft' migration to open source on the desktop is proving more popular with users than expected, according to Erwin Gillich, the head of IT at Vienna's municipal authority.

Report on Banks Choosing Windows Over Linux Twists the Facts

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Lxer Day Desk (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-21-2005

A report in ComputerWorld about Banks choosing Windows over Linux is a copy editor's dream. Too bad, it may never have seen a copy editor. Or if it did, perhaps it was a copy editor in the advertising department.

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Cell Software Samples and Library Source Code

  • IBM developerWorks; By Document options Set printer orientation to landscape mode Print this page Email this page E-mai (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 10:02 AM EDT)
This article introduces the sample code provided with the Cell Broadband Engine SDK, taking a look at what kinds of programs are provided, how to build them, and what you can learn from them.

Media Refresh: Gentoo Linux 2005.1-r1

The 2005.1-r1 release is simply a media refresh over the 2005.1 release. What this means is that it used the same base snapshot, and has very few changes. It is essentially nothing more than a bug-fix release. Though offered to all architecture teams, only a few had bugs that were large enough to warrant an interim release before 2006.0's release next year. This media refresh is only of stages and the InstallCD images. The PackageCD images from 2005.1 are still valid and have not been rebuilt.

Film-makers asked to spread Firefox word

  • Times Online; By Rhys Blakely (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 8:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla is preparing to use an "open source marketing" drive online to promote the next generation of Firefox, its free web browser.

Through a series of online viral videos, made by volunteers who enter a competition, Mozilla is hoping to repeat the success of the last year’s campaign to promote the launch of Firefox 1.0.

Andrew Morton on kernel development

  • Linux Format; By Nate (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 8:36 AM EDT)
Linux Format has a brief interview with Andrew Morton, the maintainer of the Linux kernel 2.6 tree. Andrew discusses the debates behind revision control systems (the BitKeeper and CVS), new kernel features and his own -mm tree.

Donostia Foundation Uses SGI Altix for Physics Research in Material Sciences

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 7:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Shared-Memory Architecture Enables Researchers to Address Complex Computing Problems

A Nasty Little Turf Battle Massachusetts Style)

  • The Consortiuminfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by dave on Nov 21, 2005 7:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Two days ago, in a post called ODF Update: What Will Happen Next on Beacon Hill and When I reported that it looked like the Massachusetts legislature would adjourn without adopting a bill that would enable the enemies of ODF to block its implementation in Massachusetts.

The good news is that I was right. The bad news is that everything else decided on Beacon Hill today is bad news. Even the good news may not amount to much, on which more below.

Paris accelerates move to open source

  • TechWorld; By Peter Sayer, IDG news service (Posted by Abe on Nov 21, 2005 7:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its software, both on servers and desktops, with open-source.

Saving Linux from the lawyers

  • ZDNet UK; By Graeme Wearden (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
With some activists claiming that the whole concept of patent pledges is misguided, ZDNet UK spoke with OSDL chief executive Stuart Cohen to find out the wider aims of the project.

Secure remote file management with sshfs

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 21, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's a dangerous Internet out there, kids. If you are going to work on remotely connected machines, do it safely. Simple file transfers and interactive sessions have scp and ssh respectively; in fact there is hardly a commercial Web hosting provider left that doesn't support them. For more complicated scenarios we have VPN tools. But what if you need to work with files on a remote server, but find scp tedious in repetition and FreeS/WAN too cumbersome? You might find just what you're looking for in sshfs -- a tool for mounting a remote filesystem transparently and securely as if it were just another directory on your local machine.

Kubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight 1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Lists.ubuntu.com announced - ..this release does feature a few installer improvements which some people may find useful (many synced from Debian), including: FAT filesystems may no longer be mounted in places which will break the system (#5374, #6441), The timezone question has been overhauled, is now asked before base system installation, and will no longer be asked at all for countries with only one meaningful modern timezone, Improved SMP kernel detection (for netboot or DVD installations), Various improvements to installer log file management and Writable CD/DVD devices are now properly excluded from the partitioner.

OSDir has some sweet shots of Kubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight 1.

Mac OS/Linux/Windows Single Sign-On

This is an important piece of information that has baffled many enterprises. Highly recommended reading for anyone attempting to move Linux on the desktop into a Microsoft 2000 infrastructure.

EasySpeedy Partners with Daffodil Software

November 21, 2005 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Daffodil Software and Denmark-based Unix/Linux/BSD web hosting company have announced a partnership designed to benefit the CRM community. The companies have established an affordable online CRM solution that maximizes the potential of EasySpeedy’s customer reach and will benefit those who want a hosted CRM solution, but do not want to maintain a server.

Linux in Italian Schools, Part 5: Slackware in Sardinia

One teacher's willingness to dive into free software is helping the entire school to use a network that is newer, more secure and more diverse in its application--and the students love it.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 5, Mandriva vs Kubuntu, 10 years of GIMP, RR4 Linux

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 21, 2005 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. There is no rest for the developers of most distributions - following new development releases of SUSE and Ubuntu last week, the first test release of Fedora Core 5 is also expected shortly. What do you think of the new Mandriva 2006 and how does it compare with other KDE-centric distributions, such as Kubuntu 5.10? A long-time Mandriva user offers his views. Also in this issue: a new release of TheOpenCD, a quick look at RR4 Linux and an observation about the changing attitude of Microsoft towards Linux. Last but not least, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, affectionately known as GIMP, is exactly 10 years old today. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Wireless HotSpot HowTo

  • HowtoForge; By Yunus Bookwala (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 3:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Yunus Bookwala has published a tutorial dealing with setting up a WLAN HotSpot on a Linksys WRT54GS router using OpenWrt, ChilliSpot, and FreeRadius.

Quantum GIS Community : Interview with Tim Baggett

Today we interviewed Tim Baggett who used a bunch of Open Source applications to map a balloon race!

"We needed a mapping system for tracking long distance balloon flights that served two purposes. One was for the benefit of the race organizers who constantly monitor the position of the teams flying the balloons, while the second purpose was to provide real-time tracking updates to a web page so the general public can watch the event unfold. It's a bit like watching a three day horse race! After exploring several other possibilities for a solution, I settled on using the UMN MapServer, PHP MapScript, GDAL/OGR, Postgres/PostGIS and Apache2 on a RedHat Fedora3 system."

Linux installation and tutoring

RELTRONICS offers a wide range of services including Novell and Suse Linux operating systems installation. They also provide administration and customisation of the Linux operating system and installation of various Linux software.

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