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Linux for Windows users

  • Manila Standard Today; By Chin Wong (Posted by dcparris on Nov 27, 2006 9:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
SHIFTING to the Linux operating system can be pretty daunting for long-time Windows users who have grown accustomed to doing things a certain way.

openSUSE holds public IRC Q&A on Microsoft/Novell deal

OpenSUSE project developers held a public IRC meeting at noon EST today to discuss the recently announced and highly controversial Microsoft/Novell agreements. Nat Friedman, chief technical and strategy officer for open source at Novell, fielded most of the questions, with assistance from Andreas Jaeger, openSUSE project manager, and others.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 68

In this issue, we have following articles: 1 Fedora 7 Artwork Proposals 2 Peace In Our Time 3 VanLUG Report 4 SCALE Readies 'Non-Commercial' Open Source Conference 5 Review: Fedora Core 6 6 Review: Fedora Core 6 7 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-11-20 8 Fedora Core 5 and 6 Updates 9 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 10 Editor's Blog

Mps: Open source faces exclusion in schools

A group of MPs have accused a government agency of restricting schools from deploying open source software.

‘it’s Linux’s Time’: So Says IBM’s Top Executive Focused ...

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – November and the last few days of October in 2006 will be remembered in years ahead as the time period in which Linux took on an unstoppable momentum as an open-source rival to proprietary systems such as Microsoft and Oracle.

Chat to Novell at Cape OSS event

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Nov 27, 2006 6:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
A chance to pose questions directly to Novell's regional manager, Peter Hunter is one of the highlights of the event that Cape Information Technoloy Initiative (CITI) are holding next week.

Trusted Computer Solutions' Cross Domain Linux Product Now Part of Accredited System at U.S. Coast Guard

U.S.C.G. Intelligence Program Implements NetTop2 - Thin Client to Provide Access to JWICS and SIPRNET from a Single Desktop

Mozilla vs. Debian: A Crazy Dispute

Unless you have been living under a rock, by now most of you have likely heard about the trouble between Debian and Mozilla with regards to the Firefox logo. In many ways, the argument is stupid and valid at the same time.

Software patent conference outlines problems, possible solutions

  • NewsForge; By Samuel Kotel Bisbee-vonKaufmann (Posted by dcparris on Nov 27, 2006 4:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
On November 17, Boston University Law School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted the "Software Patents: A Time for Change?" conference. A unique gathering of geeks and lawyers, the 10-hour conference consisted of a series of panels ranging from the perceived problems with software patents to possible solutions.

Saipan Linux Users Group website goes online

The website for the Saipan Linux Users Group or SLUG is already up, with website address http://groups-beta.google.com/group/saipan-linux.

[On behalf of LXer and Linux User Groups everywhere, I would like to extend a warm, hearty welcome to the newest penguinistas! - dcparris]

Linux hot, standards not with China, Taiwan

Earlier this year, members of Chinese and Taiwanese IT associations announced broad plans to work together to jointly develop and promote Linux as well as home-grown standards for certain IT components.

Yellow Dog Linux launches for PS3

Sony has been saying that it sees its new next-gen machine, the PlayStation 3, as more of a computer than a console. Terra Soft Solutions is now making Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 available for download for the PS3, taking that idea a step closer to reality.

Uxcomm Adds Open Source Support

  • Northwest innovation (Posted by dcparris on Nov 27, 2006 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Beaverton, Oregon-based uXcomm, a provider of systems management platforms, said today that it is supporting the popular Nagios open source hosting, service, and network monitoring program.

Zune Now Works With Mac OS X and Linux (Well, Almost)

Up until now, Mac OS X and Linux users had been left out of the social—that is to say they haven't been able to use the Microsoft Zune with their operating system. "Until now" because the library libmtp is actually able to read the Zune's crazy filesystem on other, non-Microsoft OSes. How big a deal is this?

[O.k., so if a loved one or acquaintance is unfortunate enough to receive one of these for Christmas, you might stand a chance of getting it to work with GNU/Linux. True, they'd be better off exchanging it for an iAudio, but hey... - dcparris]

Korean court rebuffs Microsoft in patents case

The old bilingual switcheroo: Microsoft has taken another slap from the authorities in Korea, after a court decision in a patent dispute raised the prospect of Office being taken off the shelves in the country.

[The story addresses a patent issue. First, Miscrosoft threatens to withdraw Windows. Now the Koreans are threatening to pull Office off the shelves. There's more than one way to skin a cat - and the Koreans seem to be trying a few of them. - dcparris]

Free Agent: Talk of the Linux Town

For nearly three years, I've resisted the temptation to turn my monthly visit to this soapbox into a mélange of punditry and prognostication. I've tried to stick mostly to hands-on experiences with Free Software, and to telling you how to get the most out of those offerings. But this month, two recent news stories have me itching to comment. So, welcome to the first-ever Free Agent grab bag column.

Ubuntu open week kicks off

The Ubuntu Open Week starts today. From 5pm South African time a series of online workshops will take place. During the week participants can chat to Ubuntu developers and join an open Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth.

Thoughtworks Announces The Release of dbdeploy - An Open Source ...

Global IT Consultancy, ThoughtWorks today announces the release of dbdeploy . An open source tool for developers and database administrators (DBAs), dbdeploy is a simple solution to the problem of managing and deploying database refactorings to development, quality assurance (QA), user acceptance testing (UAT) and production environments.

Closing Open-Source Gaps by Developing a Policy

Open-source software is becoming ubiquitous, but companies need to be aware that its use must be carefully managed. Even Microsoft has admitted the attractiveness of this business model through its engagement with open-source companies such as SugarCRM Inc.and Zend Inc. Problems can arise because many open-source licenses require that users who incorporate open-source code in their software must make their code available for free (at reproduction cost), permit modifications of the software and permit redistribution without charging a fee.

University IT chief vows to dump Novell

The head of IT at the University of the Western Cape tells Novell he will do his utmost to develop an exit-strategy for all Novell products at the university. "Novell has let us down badly."

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