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Open Document Format Gets ISO Approval

ODF gets approved as an international standard for information retrieval and exchange regardless of platform; Microsoft is still pushing its OpenXML format as an alternative.

Freespire: Great Idea? Awful Idea?

It's a simple idea. Take the Linspire Debian-based Linux distribution and bundle it with every proprietary driver and program that's available for Linux. Ta-da, an instant Linux that's compatible with far more hardware and applications.

Microsoft Books Its Flight -- On Air Linux

Matt McKenzie writes: "The article doesn't say a word about Microsoft or Windows -- and without knowing a lot more about the project, it's unfair to read anything between the lines. In any case, it's hard to imagine Microsoft vilifying Linux the way it did not so long ago, while its employees log millions of miles traveling air routes where Linux plays the traffic cop. Or are Greyhound tickets about to become a very hot commodity?"

Advanced techniques for using the UNIX find command

The find command is one of the most powerful and useful commands in the UNIX programmer's repertoire.

AMD PIC snubs Linux

Eighteen months after shipping, AMD's Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) apparently still does not run Linux, despite criticism for using a commercial operating system given AMD's goal of reducing the cost of computing such that half of the world could enjoy Internet access by 2015.

Free software, you've been framed

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has always been concerned about the power of language. Most famously, it is known for insisting on the term "GNU/Linux" and giving "free software" equal billing with "open source" in order to receive its due credit. Now, as the FSF prepares a campaign to inform the general public about the dangers of digital rights management (DRM) technologies, it's struggling with the question of how to enter a debate that the opposition has defined in such a way that opposing views are discredited automatically.

Simple package management with Synaptic

  • Free Software Magazine; By Marco Marongiu (Posted by fsmdave on May 3, 2006 9:30 PM EDT)
A package management GUI for Debian-based distributions

The Penguin's Practical Network Troubleshooting Guide

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on May 3, 2006 8:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Linux has everything you need to do any kind of networking, plus it has eleventy-eight hundred different software utilities for network monitoring and troubleshooting. Today we'll learn how to pinpoint connectivity problems and how to map your network and all running services. This is handy not only for keeping tabs on everyday activities, but also to catch users running illicit hosts and services.

Ceo counts 50 top business apps for open source, part 2

In part two of this interview, Dave Uhlman, CEO of Unversa Inc., names the apps he considers enterprise-ready, such as MySQL, and how IT managers can cash in on the savings to be gained reduced licensing and support fees by strategically pitching open source applications to higher-ups. Uhlman recommends targeting that IT managers target specific IT needs and choose the best possible fit for their environment.

Laid back at Linuxfest Northwest

A heavy spring rain was not enough to dampen spirits at Linuxfest Northwest this year. Despite the rain, an estimated 700-800 people converged on Bellingham Technical College in the Pacific Northwest for a day of informal presentations and a gathering of the local free and open source software (FOSS) communities.

Th-unis Applies Linux Operating Platform to New Products

Senior officials from TH-UNIS and Microsoft are now in talks with regard to the price and amount of TH-UNIS's procurement. Apparently, Linux will be the first choice for the company due to its competitiveness in price.

[This article bears in mind the compliance with the new regulation in China that PCs must be shipped with a "legal" OS. - dcparris]

TuxMobil Now Lists More than 5,000 Linux Laptop Installation Reports

TuxMobil, a knowledge base consisting of user-submitted guides on mobile computing issues, now lists more than 5,000 Linux laptop installation guides. TuxMobil is now the largest source for Linux help for mobile computing on the internet. That fact is all the more amazing considering the organic nature of TuxMobil growth.

Italian Bank Deploys Red Hat Enterprise Linux Across Desktops..

BPU Banca Migrates From Sun Solaris To Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Uk Cabinet Office backs security enhanced Linux

  • SC Magazine; By William Eazel (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Steve Marsh, director of the U.K. government’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA), has announced that IBM, and its partners Tresys Technology and Belmin Group, are working with the U.K. Cabinet Office to demonstrate one of the first mainstream mandatory access control (MAC) environments. The design is based upon Security Enhanced Linux and IBM WebSphere.

Keeping an Open Source Eye on Interop

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on May 3, 2006 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LAS VEGAS –- The 18,000 visitors expected to descend on Interop this year will be tapping into an open source network that provides connectivity of all kinds.

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 2:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian, Linux
MEPIS, also known as SimplyMEPIS, is a Linux Distribution that's the brainchild of Warren Woodford. First released in 2003, MEPIS was the culmination of its founder's frustration with the dominant desktop distributions provided by Red Hat and SUSE, which he felt lacked user-friendliness and seemed clumsy and awkward.

The secrets of open source security

A careful examination of the facts regarding how open source development relates to software security.

[Not all new info, but interesting nevertheless... - dcparris]

It Services Providers Need to Act Now on Open Source Opportunities, says IDC

  • Tekrati Industry Analyst Reporter; By IDC (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IDC is advising IT services providers to wake up and smell the open source. A new report analyzes 11 service companies that compete in the open source services market, presents an open source services competitive map, and offers advice on business strategy. The analysts say open source is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for IBM Global Services, HP Services (HPS)), Unisys, Novell and other major services providers.

Building A Low-Cost LAMP Server For Your Webhosting Business With CentOS 4.3

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 3, 2006 11:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This is a detailed description how to set up a CentOS 4.3 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Linux Gazette #126 is out!

  •; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 10:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
May 2006 (#126):
# The Mailbag, by Kat Tanaka Okopnik
# News Bytes, by Howard Dyckoff
# Preventing DDoS attacks, by Blessen Cherian and Ben Okopnik
# Away Mission -- SDWest 2006, by Howard Dyckoff
# From Assembler to COBOL with the Aid of Open Source, by Edgar Howell
# Plotting time series data with Gnuplot, by Ron Peterson
# Digging More Secure Tunnels with IPsec, by René Pfeiffer
# Column: IT's Enough To Drive You Crazy, by Pete Savage
# HelpDex, by Shane Collinge
# The Linux Launderette

[ Sorry, I messed up the layout. Fixed it! - hkwint ]

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