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Two OpenXML translators compared

If you need to convert word processor documents to and from Microsoft's OpenXML format, you have at least two choices. A new utility from Novell work as an OpenOffice.org extension, while a separate project makes an add-in for Microsoft Word. One is clearly better than the other.

Debian Installer etch RC2 released

The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second release candidate (RC2) of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch. Unless release critical issues are discovered, this will be the version of the installer that will be included in the release of Etch.

Beryl: Eye Candy For the Linux Desktop

Ever wanted to take the window open on your desktop and set it on fire? If you happen to be running Linux, you're in luck. Jaw-dropping 3D desktop effects first came to the Linux desktop by way of the Novell sponsored Compiz effort which got started over a year ago. An open source community fork of that effort called Beryl is now moving beyond its base, taking Linux desktop effects to the next level.

Cool Tool: Drop-down terminal for Linux

Opening and closing terminal windows constantly to do simple command line tasks is a waste of time. Tilda has the answer with a single-key drop-down terminal window.

Open Source Race Car

The people at SpreadFirefox are discussing whether or not sponsoring a race car is a new way we can reach the masses. Firefox == Speed.

Network Monitoring With ntop

  • HowtoForge; By Mohammed Ayad (Posted by falko on Mar 19, 2007 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
ntop is a network traffic tools that shows network usage in a real time. One of the good things about this tool is that you can use a web browser to manage and navigate through ntop traffic information to better understand network status.

Bizcall, Aheeva offer OSS for call centres

BizCall, which specialises in open source PBX software for small to medium businesses using solutions based on the open source Asterisk solution, now partnered with Aheeva, a Canadian company to offer enterprise level open source call centre software for larger organisations in South Africa.

Storm turns to Synaq for open source security

Telecoms company Storm will include the open source-based Pinpoint Securemail in its data products following a deal with Linux specialists Synaq.

Novell announces local Red Hat to SUSE Server training

Novell SA's locally-appointed training partner, SmartSource, will now be offering the 'Migrating from Red Hat to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10' training course. The course is aimed at allowing existing Red Hat qualified engineers to expand their skills base and benefit from a deeper understanding of the two solutions' similarities and differences.

Import mail into Gmail with the Gmail Loader

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 19, 2007 2:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So, you've turned your back on traditional mail clients and get your mail fix via Gmail these days. The only problem is getting to all those old message that are stuck in your old email client. One way to stuff that old mail into your shiny and capacious Gmail account is to use Mark Lyon's Gmail Loader.

The Nuclear Option

  • PolishLinux.org; By Daniel Koć (Posted by michux on Mar 19, 2007 1:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
The FLOSS Movement is not yet recognized enough to develop peacefully. There are many obstacles in the way of its expansion: either internal (e.g. lack of standards) or external (e.g. stubborn hardware manufacturers). Those problems could be gradually overcome in a relatively short period of time but a question arises: What will happen if the paranoia wins?

DistroWatch Weekly: A new open source model, Wolvix review, RHEL 5, evolution of a "geek"

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 19, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, the focus of many Linux users will shift to those projects that rebuild the source packages made available by the prominent North American Linux vendor into a complete RHEL clone. Many other distributions are also in advanced stages of development: Mandriva Linux 2007.1 will be one of the first major distributions to make a new release this year, while a highly up-to-date Slackware Linux 11.1 shouldn't be far behind either. In other news: Debian has announced the second release candidate of Debian Installer for Etch, Gentoo approves a new code of conduct for its developers, the Freespire community voices its concerns over the direction of the distribution, and OpenBSD announces the release date for version 4.1. Our feature story this week is a commentary about a new, collaborative development model as pioneered by the Wolvix and Ultima developers, followed by a brief review of Wolvix 1.1.0 alpha. Happy reading!

Black Duck floats GPL 3 safety line

Black Duck software today announces the latest edition of its license sniffing software, primed and ready for General Public License Version 3.0.

KDE Commit-Digest for 18th March 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Interface experiments in Amarok 2.0, with the aKode engine shown the door. Initial work on incremental parsing functionality in KDevelop. Further functional development in the Step educational physics simulation package. More refinement of the Oxygen-themed KDE Games artwork, revised sounds in the Oxygen sound theme and more work done on the Oxygen widget style. The Oxygen iconset is dual-licenced as Creative Commons and LGPL. Support for the Plucker document format in okular. Zoom work (ViewBar) and Coverity fixes in KOffice. Basic Phishing protection and the start of user documentation in Mailody. Optimisations in KJS (JavaScript interpreter) and KSysGuard. Import of Athec into playground/games and KBackup to playground/utils in KDE SVN. First NEPOMUK-based GUI elements appear. KSplashX displaces KSplashML as the splash screen engine for KDE 4.

Adobe targets developers with Apollo

Adobe Systems is opening a new phase in the rich client wars, releasing code that could help developers change notions of what a PC interface looks like.

FSlint: annoyingly vague, but useful

Version 2.20 of FSlint is a program whose functionality is at odds with its design. On the one hand, a program for -- as the name suggests --- locating and removing unnecessary or useless material ("lint") from a filesystem is a handy one to install. On the other hand, a rough interface with cryptic buttons and options and a lack of anything except minimal help files makes accessing its options a bit of a challenge, especially at first.

KDE at CeBIT 2007 This Week

The KDE Project will present itself at CeBIT, the world's largest computer trade show, taking place in Hannover, Germany, from March 16th to March 21th. KDE will be presenting the latest release KDE 3.5 and give a preview of current developments for KDE 4, the next major KDE-version. You will find numerous KDE-developers and other contributors in Hall 5, booth G64/6. The KDE team would like to thank the LinuxPark for the booth and KDE e.V. and its supporting members for financial support. We would also like to thank Canonical, Fedora and Novell for providing CDs featuring the latest and greatest KDE.

Sabayon Linux v3.3 DVD Screenshots

Sabayon Linux, a LiveDVD distribution known for being based upon Gentoo and its inclusion of desktop eye-candy such as Beryl and XGL, has reached version 3.3. New in this Sabayon release is the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, X.Org 7.2 with AIGLX and Composite support, Beryl 0.2.0-rc2, updated NVIDIA and ATI drivers, and much more.

Integrating amavisd-new Into Postfix For Spam- And Virus-Scanning

This article shows how to integrate amavisd-new into a Postfix mail server for spam- and virus-scanning. amavisd-new is a high-performance interface between MTAs such as Postfix and content checkers: virus scanners, and/or SpamAssassin. We will use ClamAV for virus scanning and SpamAssassin for spam scanning in this tutorial.

Ubuntu's Migration Assistant Works!

If you had missed my original blog entry, migration-assistant is automatically run during the Ubuntu installation process from its LiveCD. Microsoft Windows is not the only operating system supported, but you can automatically transport the files and settings from a previous Ubuntu installation or other Linux distributions. I have detailed the workings of migration-assistant a lot more in my original post. A working copy of migration-assistant is available through the daily LiveCD builds of Ubuntu and will also be available in the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04.

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