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Linux user group hosts InstallFest

The University Of Southern Mississippi has a Linux Install Fest - Get the Worms out, a C.S. student sees the light.

[Must be a date error: Published 30th of March for an event on the 25th of the same month. I know things are slow down there, but one needs a time machine to attend.]

We Are Not Alone: Bristol City Council Converts 5,500 desktops to StarOffice

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 31, 2006 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Massachusetts decision to implement OpenDocument Format (ODF) has attracted so much attention that little has been directed at other end users (governmental and otherwise) that have decided to adopt ODF. But there are others.

IBM helps Binghamton University launch Linux lab

With support from IBM, Binghamton University in New York is launching a Linux Technology Center where students and faculty are expected to do cutting-edge research on Linux-based systems and open source computing.

CEO: JBoss Is Not for Sale (For Now)

JBoss CEO Marc Fleury speaks about the future of the open-source company and whether he thinks an IPO, a merger or staying the course is the best road to take.

Novell set to lose yet another Linux head

The chief operating officer of Novell’s Suse Linux group is the latest senior manager set to leave the company. Amnon Harman, COO of the German-headquartered division, is believed to be planning to leave the company this August, according to reports. Novell has refused to confirm or deny his departure

Tradeware trades Solaris for Red Hat

Tradeware Global is a financial services company that allows securities brokers to provide direct market access to their clients. It currently handles 5% of all transactions in the New York and American stock exchanges. Tradeware is about halfway through with an infrastructure migration that is moving the company's 100+ servers off of Solaris and onto Red Hat Linux.

Richard Stallman speaks on GPLv3, DRM, patents, and his role

  • Free Software Foundation Europe; By Ciaran O'Riordan (Posted by ciaran on Mar 31, 2006 2:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, GNU

The first full GPLv3 event since the launch of the draft was held recently in Turin, Italy. The whole thing was recorded and a transcript has been put online as well as the video and audio. Topics covered in the presentation included software patents, DRM, and licence compatibility. The transcript also includes the Q&A session, which covered "What about Linux?", "Can we really win against DRM?", "Why are you making the decisions this time, will a team do it next time?", and "What issues were considered but then not addressed?".

Judge quashes MS bid to subpoena Oracle and Sun

Refusing to annoy the EC, rejection comes as Microsoft squares off in Brussels over a potential 2-million-euro-a-day fine for failing to comply with the terms of a 2004 anti-trust ruling by the Commission on Microsoft's bundling of Media Player with Windows.

IBM offers bounty for Exchange customers

Big Blue says partners can earn up to $20,000 by getting Microsoft Exchange customers to switch to Lotus Domino on Linux.L

Dubbed "Migrate to the Penguin," the latest IBM incentive plan, to be announced later on Thursday, is an expansion of its Move2Lotus program, which is aimed at winning over third-party consultants and software resellers that work with Microsoft's Exchange.

DRM, 'Trusted Computing', and the future of our children

Over 500 million people use the Internet, and over a billion computers are deployed around the world. It has become impossible to ignore the issue of content management and access. Call it Digital Rights Management if you will, or call it working out how to manage copying in the digital realm. We need to solve the problem of how digital information will be shared.

HP South Africa confirms Linux laptop plans

As predicted by <i>Tectonic</i> early in February, HP South Africa has officially announced the release of a range of notebooks that will run the Linspire Linux operating system.

Standards Wars: Situations, Strategies and Outcomes

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 30, 2006 8:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type:
Lately, there seem to have been more high-profile "standards wars" than ever before.

JBoss delivers message to IBM and BEA

Middleware statement: JBoss is ramping up its challenge to closed-source web servers and messaging middleware with updated editions of its software for enterprise IT infrastructures.

Ehad 2006 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Mar 30, 2006 6:13 PM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - includes all official updates released until 25-Mar-2006; OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Hebrew version from official project with hspell and Culmus); removed KOffice; the full range of desktop applications are now installed as default; Ehad desktop, boot and LILO theme; local packages: ehad-media (define software repositories with ease) , ehad-guide (a guide for Israeli Internet Connectivity), ehad-radio (Hebrew Internet Radio launcher), hocr (Hebrew OCR), hdate (Hebrew calendar), Anka (new type-1 font from 'culmus fancy' series).

OSDir had a look at the latest Ehad in their Ehad 2006 Screenshot Tour.

Updated all Debian boxes

Today I upgraded all Debian machines in the company. The reason for doing so was mostly because of dsa-1017, which describes vulnerabilities in the actual 2.6.8 kernels (of Debian “Sarge” aka stable). We are using an apt-proxy, so all in all it took me less than an hour.

DesktopBSD 1.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Mar 30, 2006 4:19 PM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - We are pleased to announce that DesktopBSD 1.0 is now available from our download mirrors and via BitTorrent. Changes include: upgrade to KDE 3.5.1; update to FreeBSD 5.5-PRERELEASE; user-friendlier package manager; printing fixes; hardware event notifications; many smaller improvements.

OSDir took a peek at the first stable version of DesktopBSD in their DesktopBSD 1.0 Screenshot Tour.

Linux trademark bid faces deadline

A renewed bid to register the word "Linux" as an Australian trademark must meet an early April deadline or face defeat.

Tutorial: Generation LinuX, Part 2--Web Research

In Part 2 of this series, Rob Reilly steps parents, guardians, and "geekparents" through the basic steps of exploring the vast Internet using open source tools. What comes naturally for us may not be so easy for younger kids, so remembering the basics is a good place to start.

HP seems to listen

On last year’s Linuxtag I was bugging some HP staff about the laptops they planned to offer without the usual Redmond tax. Plus I did so later on the phone. On this weblog, I asked why they cancelled producing and selling our Deskjet 6840 printer without further notice. Plus I asked more or less all hardware vendors to increase their support for free (libre) and open source software.

Penguin Day Seattle employs FOSS for good works

Free and open source software can help save the world. That was the point of Seattle's Penguin Day, which brought together nonprofits and FOSS advocates looking to support this other community.

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