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Kubuntu 5.10 Released With KDE 3.4.3

Kubuntu has released Kubuntu 5.10, including the newly released KDE 3.4.3. Significant additions in this release include Adept package manager and Guidance configuration tools.

Finding voice codecs for free software

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 14, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a recent article about VoIP softphones, I touched on the problem of proprietary, patent-encumbered codecs. To recap, the point was that a triumph of open protocols, like Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Inter-Asterisk EXchange (IAX), is hollow if the marketplace standardizes on closed, proprietary codecs for delivering the voice data itself. But how do you find the good free codecs? Here are some options.

Mandriva Linux 2006 available for net-install

CD/DVD ISO images are not ready yet. In order to install, users need to download the floppy or the CD image from the install directory and proceed with a network install. Following that, it's possible to install more than 12,000 application packages online, the French-based company said.

Device profile: Securetex MDVR-4120

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 12:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Securtex International has used embedded Linux to build a rugged DVR (digital video recorder) targeting vehicle surveillance and operator management applications. The MDVR-4120 is optionally available with GPS, WiFi, and cellular networking, and besides surveilling passengers, can be used to "condition" drivers into safer habits,

Linux Advisory Watch - October 14, 2005

This week, advisories were released for mason, cpio, dia, masqmail, shorewall, tcpdump, openvpn, up-imapproxy, ethereal, weex, py2play, graphviz, xloadimage, xli, xine-lib, hylafax, Ruby, SVG, hexlix player, uw-imap, openssl, thunderbird, binutils, and libuser. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

Linspire goes to school

Linspire Inc. appears to be making an effort to become the "Education Linux" distribution of choice. The desktop Linux software maker Thursday launched a new, low-cost licensing program for schools that wish to install a Linux desktop as an alternative to the more costly Microsoft Windows

Edubuntu 5.10 Released

  • Mailing list; By Oliver Grawert (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the first Edubuntu release Edubuntu 5.10.

Howto: Motorola Linux Smartphones, Mac OS X and Cingular GPRS

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 10:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We will try to get a GPRS internet connection using Linux-based phones as modems and route the connection to Mac OS X via Bluetooth. This guide is for Mac OS X, the US Cingular GPRS service only (other providers might work out of the box with the phone, others might not at all -- you never know with GPRS) and any of the Linux-based Motorola smartphones like the A760, A780, E680/i etc (they are all identical regarding their 'modem' functionality).

Open source Business Intelligence gets an update

  • (subscription); By News Brief... (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 9:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest version of the open source business intelligence (BI) software project OpenI (version 1.1) has been made available for download. Being open source in nature, OpenI allows end users to analyse their data without the need to write their own code or buy proprietary software.

Regular expression: Stupid is as stupid does

Have you ever had one of those days where you make a mistake, and every attempt to fix your mistake just leads to worse problems? Eventually you've managed to turn a minor glitch into a major disaster.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Oracle Play Slows MySQL

The whole sky-is-falling motif isn't confined to just cable news outlets, it seems. In the world of technology journalism, arm waving and teeth gnashing are becoming de rigueur as well.

Take this week's example: As Roundup was off to the virtual presses last Friday, Oracle was announcing that it had purchased a small Finnish software company known as Innobase Oy. Based on the hysteria that followed, you would have thought that the world was about to end or that Madonna was becoming a housewife.

An opening for open-source software

Y ou can tell open-source software is no longer a geeky movement of Windows renegades when so many of its users actually wear ties. A flock of them, mostly public-sector employees, have descended on Portland this week to discuss how using unlicensed, open-source software can save their departments money and help them operate more efficiently.

Moving up the Stack

Eric Schonfeld writes: "Forget about Linux on the desktop. The next stage of open-source adoption will occur in enterprise software." This is the propaganda JBoss management wants to get across. One of their Public Relation Firm's employees wrote me and wanted to make sure that we pointed out that JBoss is not Linux. Well Dr. Fleury, you right. JBoss will never measure up to Linux and I'm glad you have realized that. - Tom Adelstein

When would be a good time to move to Novell Linux Desktop?

Well-respected analysts, though, are cautioning that the move to Vista should be slow and deliberate - if you move at all. See this week's Windows Networking newsletters for more on what the Gartner Group and the Burton Group have to say about Vista (you'll be able to read those newsletters online later this week, if you don't already subscribe to it).

OpenOffice celebrates anniversary by squashing bug

Project had intended to observe occasion with 2.0 release, but that's been pushed back slightly.

Open source movers: IT director Bryan Tidd moves a city to Linux

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by bstadil on Oct 13, 2005 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IT director Bryan Tidd started the city of Canton, Ga., on the road to Linux and open source software (OSS) as soon as he got that job in 2000. A devotee of Linux since trying Red Hat Linux 5.0, Tidd plans to move as much of the city's IT systems to Linux and open source as he can.

Review: Breezy for experts

While the Tectonic team may wax lyrical of the new Ubuntu Breezy, we decided to find out what the experts think. Hidde "HiddenWolf" Brugmans is a Dutch Ubuntu fan, contributor to the Ubuntu Dutch translation project (Ubuntu-nl), and a wealth of information and help for those who find their way to the #ubuntu IRC channel on

Mannheim starts Linux migration

  • The Register; By Jan Libbenga (Posted by tadelste on Oct 13, 2005 2:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The German City of Mannheim this week outlined its migration plan to the Linux platform. Or, as the town in the grand-duchy of Baden puts it, “we are aiming to become fit for the future." A year ago, the German town at the junction of the Rhine and Neckar Rivers already got the go-ahead of the project.

SuSE 10 Travels Well

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Oct 13, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Unlike earlier incarnations, SuSE 10 has enough drivers that you can easily take it on the road.

Local OpenPhone brings services to the illiterate

Researchers at the CSIR are gearing up to release OpenPhone, an open source telephonic e-services solution, on later this month. It aims to give people access to information and governmental services over a standard telephone service using touch-tone dialling and voice recognition.

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