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Open-source firms team up for interoperability

A group of open-source software companies has banded together to try to ensure their products work well with one another, an effort aimed at matching the tight integration of competing products from proprietary software companies such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

A Regional Convention On FOSS

Kolkata: Jadavpur University’s department of Computer Science & Engineering under ‘Computer Literacy’ activity programme organised a ‘Convention on Free Software – Concepts & Applications’ on 10 February. Bengal IT minister Prof Debesh Das inaugurated the programme in the presence of representatives from the industry, educationists and students across the state.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 beta ready for 3D action

MEPIS founder and chief maintainer Warren Woodford announced today that Beta 5 of SimplyMEPIS 6.5, featuring a 2.6.17 kernel, default KDE 3.5.3 desktop, and 3D support, is ready for download. Additionally, "Xorg 7.1 and lots of new drivers make this release Beryl-ready," according to Woodford.

Sun pairs Unix with open-source stack

You've heard of LAMP, the popular open-source infrastructure stack featuring the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, MySQL's database, and the Perl, Python or PHP scripting languages. Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to spotlight a variation on that mixture, replacing Linux with its own Solaris Unix operating system as part of its Solaris + AMP, or SAMP, stack for building Web applications. Featured in Sun's rollout today are versions of the open-source AMP components optimized for Solaris 10 plus Sun developer tools.

The Java Phrasebook

Elliote Rusty Harold, acclaimed Java and XML author, recently described Java as the lingua franca of the programming world. According to Harold he can write basic Java and have it understood by non-Java programmers more often than not.

IBM scouts for more software acquisitions

IBM's appetite for acquiring software companies shows no signs of diminishing. Last year, the company conservatively spent $3.6bn, adding 12 companies or just their assets to its $18bn middleware business during 2006.

XQuery Whiteboard for DB2

Enter, save, and retrieve XQuery expressions using IBM XQuery Whiteboard for DB2, a graphical tool that extends the XQuery capabilities in IBM DB2 Version 9.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

LinuxWorld opens this week in NYC

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit takes place this week, Feb. 14-15, in New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis on Time Square. This is a regional and vertically focused business conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions.

Debian Weekly News - February 13th, 2007

Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. In light of recent attacks on SHA-1, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is preparing for a competition to augment and revise the current Secure Hash Standard. Rick Lehrbaum reported that the installation of Debian etch on an old ThinkPad notebook went pretty well and added a number of screenshots.

Portland Improves Linux Desktop Portability

Portland is a new open source project that promises to simplify the deployment and commercialization of Linux applications by helping them run on multiple desktop environments, including Gnome and KDE. Get started using the XdgUtils toolset in Portland 1.0.

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Doom 3 and Quake 4 Updates

About a week ago id Software released updates to their latest games Doom 3 and Quake 4. Here are the details for all you gamers out there.

Red Hat Joins Interop Vendor Alliance

Red Hat today announced it has joined the Interop Vendor Alliance, an industry-wide organization working to connect people, data and diverse systems through better interoperability. Red Hat's membership in the alliance builds on the interoperability work started by the JBoss Division 18 months ago to optimize JBoss Enterprise Middleware on the Windows platform.

Akademy 2007 Call for Sponsorship

The organisers of Akademy 2007 have put out a Call for Sponsorship. Akademy is the KDE World Summit, this year taking place in Glasgow at the end of June. Sponsorship is an opportunity to promote your company or product to the developers, users, deployers and consultants who will attend the conference. It will also provide a marketing avenue for your company to the thousands who read our website and publications. Most importantly, it gives vital support which ensures that hundreds of KDE contributors can meet together to plan the future of the free desktop. If your company would like to sponsor Akademy contact us at akademy-sponsoring@kde.org. If you know any companies in your local area who could also be potential Akademy sponsors please let us know too.

Linuxworld preview: Sun dishes on Linux identity management

Identity management is the bane of IT administrators' existence if they're presiding over heterogeneous Windows and Linux environments. The hang up arrives when they attempt to synch Linux boxes with Active Directory, or try to manage those servers from a central point.

Eight nations to test 2,500 OLPC Linux laptops

The One Laptop Per Child project will ship nearly 2,500 of its $150 laptops to eight nations this month, Reuters reported today. The experiment is a prelude to mass production of the kid-friendly, lime-green-and-white laptops scheduled to begin in July, when 5 million will be built.

Klik: the un-packaging system

Klik is unique among software installation systems for Linux, in that each package installed through klik is self-contained, isolated from the rest of the operating system. Klik isn't a package management system; rather it's an application that lets you download and run software without installing it.

Ubuntu says no to non-free video drivers for Feisty

Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman has announced two Ubuntu Technical Board decisions that will affect the upcoming Feisty Fawn release, due out in April of this year. For the Feisty release, proprietary video drivers are out of the default install, and the PowerPC port of Ubuntu is being downgraded to an unofficial release.

Ubuntu Reverts Video Driver Stance

  • michaellarabel.com; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 13, 2007 9:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Moments ago hitting the ubuntu-announce-list is word that the upcoming 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" release will not include the closed-source ATI and NVIDIA display drivers by default. There was much controversy behind this decision of whether to include the ATI and NVIDIA binary blobs and enable them by default; so that its users can immediately benefit from Composite and desktop effects. Like existing releases, the proprietary video drivers will be easily available through their repositories, but they will NOT be activated by default.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0.5 RC 2

And here we go with the last release candidate before we explode with the final of 3.0.5. With special requests we have added something newer and more:..

ISO and OOXML: Fact and Fancy

Given that there has been a fair amount of information, disinformation, and supposition flying around, I thought that I should share some additional details that I've learned relating to the contradictions received by JTC 1 regarding Ecma 376 (nee Microsoft OOXML).

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