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Winners of the 2005 Digital Counties Survey stress easy access to online services.

  • Government technology; By Sherry Watkins (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
That training included the opportunity to learn more about open source technology. "One of the nice things about using open source software is that you get to see the code yourself. That way, you're not restricted or held up by not doing something because you can't afford it," he said. By developing solutions in-house, Aldridge said, the county's cost savings are noteworthy.

It's about collaboration, said Aldridge. By sharing open source applications with other counties, "We're sharing -- without cost -- the best for each county." With open source technology, customizing solutions to fit each county is an option.

"Most secure" console servers comply with FIPS-140-2, run Linux

MRV Communications says its LX-series console servers are the "most secure available," and that revised Linux-based firmware allows them to meet mandatory US and Canadian government security requirements. TNew v3.6.0 firmware also offers a 2.6-series Linux kernel, IPv6 support, and improved security, the company says. MRV says the new firmware allows its LX-series of console servers to comply with the requirements of FIPS-140 (Federal information processing standard 140 level 2). FIPS-140-2 calls for both data encryption and a product design that detects evidence of tampering. LX-series devices are currently undergoing FIPS-140-2 certification testing FIP by US government-certified testing agency Atlan Laboratories, MRV says.

True X Mouse Utility for Windows

I'm a big fan of two things that I get in X-Windows (on UNIX systems) which I don't usually get in Microsoft Windows: 1. Middle-click pasting 2. Whatever I'm selecting automatically going to the clipboard. 3. Focus following mouse, allowing me to keep one application in the foreground while actually typing on the application in the background. Usually wherever I'm contracting (at the moment, a software security company in Utah), I'm stuck using Windows despite how productive I am in Linux. Occupational hazard, I suppose. There are a few utilities I use to make my life easier when stuck using a legacy operating system such as Microsoft's Windows:

No Linux trademark in Australia

  • ZDnet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No Linux, please. We're Aussies. Intellectual Property Australia has rejected the attempt by Linus Torvalds and his Linux Mark Institute to control the Linux trademark, ruling the word wasn't distinctive enough.

"Microsoft Can't Ignore Linux' Double-Digit Growth Forever," Says IBM Executive

In a deal similar to one it already has with Novell, IBM is now joining hands with market leader Red Hat to push Linux into emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and Korea without overlooking the established markets. The alliance, which started with a pilot in Europe earlier this year, is cast as an anti-Microsoft software- capturing migration play.

Macros an obstacle to office suite compatibility

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 17, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Macros are important in an office suite. They are the only realistic way for non-programmers to create interactive documents quickly or add special features to the application. While many open source office suites are embracing OpenDocument as a common file format, the lack of common macro language support will prevent meaningful file interchange.

Mandriva Linux pre-installed on Dell laptop

The Dell Latitude 110L features a Linux operating system, a mobile Celeron/Pentium chip and starts at around $1,000.

‘compiereing' And Contrasting Open-Source ERP

Jorg Janke flipped through an Italian dictionary and found a word to describe the key attributes of his open-source ERP software. That word: compiere, which means “to fulfill” or “to complete.

Don't Install, Just Copy with klik

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 2:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Klik is a system which creates self-contained packages of programmes installable over the web with a single click. In the article below Kurt Pfeifle discusses the potential uses of this technology for helping the non-coding contributors to KDE. He also looks at how the system works and the obvious security issues involved.

The Race to Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Code Project, Mainsoft, and IBM are challenging developers to a race. Developers won't be setting any land-speed records, however -- this race is to be the first across the finish line with a port of an ASP.Net application to run on Linux.

Linux vs. Linux: Which Distro Should You Dump Windows For?

  • informIT; By Bryan Hoff (Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You're ready to be a card-carrying Linux geek, but with several different Linux distributions available, you don't know where to start. Which one offers the best balance of tools, performance, and price? takes you through the most popular Linux distros and introduces you to a brave new world without Windows.

SMART Shortens Time-To-Market in Rapidly Growing Pre-Paid Market

"Having full control over the source codes in which we have built our prepaid billing system based on Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server gives us the ability to anticipate trends and rapidly roll out innovative offerings that capture the explosively growing prepaid communications marketplace." -- Wilma D. Cruz, Chief Information Officer, SMART Communications Inc.

Pros and Cons of Open Source Accounting Software

  • Accountingsoftware411; By Richard Oppenheim, CPA.CITP (Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
There are lots of applications built on an open source platform, such as the operating system from Linux and the Internet browsers from Firefox and Mozilla. Typically, open source software starts with a small company developing the foundation application code. Other software developing companies, individuals and small groups test and determine the code’s usefulness and whether they have any interest in enhancing the code. This public participation creates the opportunity for a major collaboration among the original developers and a wide range of other developers. Some believe that open source is the domain of the geek who does nothing but play with code. With easy access to an open source application, the techie can wreak havoc and make error-filled changes. However, this does not happen.

Why Linux needs a mentor program

Imagine you're a new Linux user. You ordered an Ubuntu CD weeks ago and forgot about it. You're surprised it actually comes in the mail. You slap the shiny disc into your PC and cross your fingers. The installation is quite slick. You're impressed by the splash screen and attractive desktop. Wow, you think you're hot stuff -- a Linux user. But the euphoria fades as you realize there's a problem with your modem. Now what do you do?

HP and Sun Announce New Game Plans

  • Wall Street & Technology; By Darrell Dunn (Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 11:22 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP, IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems have a lot to prove. The two struggling IT vendors this week will unveil a wave of products designed to patch weak spots in their product lineups and re-establish their former positions of strength. They're innovative additions, but the companies will have to do even more to keep up with Dell, which drives the market for high-volume, low-cost PCs and servers, and IBM, which dominates the high end with its mainframes, systems integration and outsourcing services, and army of consultants.

Temporary restraining order stops the display of the Microsoft logo on German television

Today, the Linux Association of Germany announced that it has received a temporary restraining order from the first-district court of Hamburg against Germany's Channel One, which was displaying the Microsoft logo when it showed the results of polls taken by Infratest dimap. In light of the "urgency" of the situation, the temporary restraining order was issued without a hearing. No one from German public television wished to make a comment.

MontaVista puts IPv6 support into latest Linux OS

MontaVista Software released the latest version of its embedded Linux software: MontaVista Linux Professional Pro Edition 4.0. The new software, targeted to run real-time applications on appliances, mobile devices and other non-traditional PC/server equipment, includes the latest version of the Linux kernel - 2.6.10 - as well as support for several new interface types, network protocols and improved processing capabilities.

Searching the World Live Web

  • Linux Journal; By Doc Searls (Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 11:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Live Web search got a lot bigger yesterday, when Google launched its new blogsearch engine. There's no direct link on the Google index page yet. For now, you can find it in the roster of services behind the "more" link. There are 29 of those, and Blog Search is the newest. But the news is still big. It legitimizes the Live Web--and blogging in particular--in a big way. Far as I know, the blog search category was born when David Sifry put a hack he called Technorati on a Penguin Computing Linux box that lived in his basement while he and I were working on "Building With Blogs", a feature for the February 2003 issue of Linux Journal. Dave needed to research blogs, so he created a tool for it. As of today, Technorati's traffic is #751 on Alexa, pushing 80 million page views per day. (Disclosure: I'm on Technorati's Advisory Board.)

Miguel de Icaza: WinFS no threat to Mono

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The WinFS threat to Mono that Mark Driver pointed out at the recent Gartner AD Summit stuck in my mind. I decided to check with Mono project founder and longtime free software developer Miguel de Icaza for his view on the subject.

The Great 'Race to Linux'

How long does it take a .NET developer to write a Linux application? The Race to Linux project aims to find out. Race to Linux was announced Wednesday at the Microsoft (Quote, Chart) Professional Developers Conference. The challenge for developers is to port any existing ASP.NET application to Linux using any cross-platform tool of choice, including Mono, Grasshopper and PHP. The winner of each of three races will win an xBox 360. Chris Maunder, co-founder of The Code Project, a community site for .NET developers and one of the organizers of Race to Linux, said that one in five Code Project community members also works with Linux, while 16 percent use Java.

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