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New Comment Draft of Mass. ETRM Includes OOXML

The Massachusetts Division ITD, the state agency that effectively launched the voyage of ODF around the world in August of 2005, has released a new version of its Enterprise Technical Reference Model. And this new draft includes Microsoft's OOXML formats as an acceptable "open format." The new draft was posted today, and the very brief comment period will end on July 20.

Adventures in Digital Photography With Linux, part 2

In part 1 I introduced you fine readers to my new obsession, digital SLR cameras. If you're used to compact point-and-shoot digital cameras, and you're thinking of making the move to a DSLR, there are several important points to keep in mind:

Permission for home!

What happens when you don't have permission to enter into your home?

Zonbu: The Linux PC Reviewed

  • OSWeekly; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 2, 2007 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
There has been some controversy about this, so hopefully today, I can clear the air. Yes, in order to benefit from Zonbu, you will need a subscription. But when subscribing, please understand two very important factors:

NorhTec MicroClient Jr. Review

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Jul 2, 2007 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Weighing in at 505 grams (just over a pound) and selling for around 100$(USD) the MicroClient Jr. is an inexpensive SFF machine. PCBurn takes a look to see what it's got internally and how well it can run Slax, DSL, or as an LTSP thin client. Will it be a good fit as your next always-on web browser or POS machine?

LinuxWorld conference and expo 2007 in United Kingdom

LinuxWorld expo is a Linux and Open Source conference and exhibition which is held in 12 countries and there are 15 shows (2 per year in the US, Japan, and in China; 1 each in Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Germany, UK, Italy and Netherlands). By conducting these expos, LinuxWorld facilitates the meeting of diverse businesses and individuals who are involved in Linux and Open Source and are appealing to a cross section of industries including automotive, health, banking, retail, education and local government.

Linux Gazette #140 is out!

  •; By Ben Okopnik (Posted by dave on Jul 2, 2007 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux Gazette ...making Linux just a little more fun!

Joomla Day comes to Joburg

Joomla Day comes to Joburg on July 14. Following a successful event in Cape Town recently, the organisers have taken their next step in bringing Joomla to SA's cities.

PCLinuxOS Magazine July 2007 Issue 11 Released!

  • PCLinuxOS Magazine; By PCLinuxOS Magazine Project (Posted by devnet on Jul 2, 2007 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Linux

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the July 2007 issue (#11)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

We are simultaneously publishing the HTML Version of the Magazine as well for our low bandwidth users.  The HTML Site is W3C standards compliant for easy browsing.

Some highlights include:

  1. KDE User Guide Part 5 & 6
  2. Restarting a Frozen Xwindows
  3. All Those Directories
  4. Review: PCLinuxOS 2007
  5. Changing Firefox Default Font
  6. Opening Files in OpenOffice with Accented Characters
  7. As always, much more

Thanks for your interest in PCLinuxOS!  If you feel you'd like to contribute to future issues, please check out the contribute link in the main menu.  If you have any suggestions, comments, corrections, or letters to the editor feel free to submit them this way or send an email to email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it     Thanks and enjoy!


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Microsoft Doesn't Care About Destroying Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 2, 2007 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Everywhere I turn these days, I continue to hear how “Novell” sold Linux users down the river. And while I partially agree with this perspective, I do differ with those who say Xandros did the same thing. Xandros is simply looking to make sure that fluidity between the Linux desktop and Windows desktop is as smooth as possible.

Linspire Joins Microsoft in Developing and Deploying Open Source Translators between Document Formats

Linspire, Inc., developer of the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems, today announced it will join the current efforts to improve the ability of users to work with the Office Open XML format by increasing the interoperability between ODF and Open XML.

Linspire is joining with others who have signed on to this effort, including Novell and Xandros, to create bi-directional open source translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between ODF and Open XML. All future releases of Linspire and Freespire will include the bi-directional translators between ODF and Open XML. As a result, end users of Microsoft Office and will be able to more easily share files, as documents will better maintain consistent formats, formulas and style templates across the two office productivity suites.

Linux Less Secure Than Vista

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 2, 2007 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I have been hearing a lot lately about how Windows Vista is being said to be more secure overall than the popular Linux distros in the market today. After soaking this in and having a chance to think about it, I can come to only one conclusion: Microsoft must believe that vulnerabilities are worse than actual, in motion exploits being used against exiting operating systems.

Linux Gains Windows Muscle

Of all the accusations Microsoft has levelled over the years against open source, perhaps the least contentious is that it lacks the tight integration offered by Microsoft's own products.

Organize and find files fast with GTKtalog

If you own a large number of CD or DVD media disks, you might have a hard time finding a specific file or folder on one of them -- unless you use GTKtalog. This utility scans every file and folder on your storage media and saves the captured information in a single-file searchable database named CDkatalog.

How To Secure An SSL VPN With One-Time Passcodes And Mutual Authentication

  • HowtoForge; By Nick Owen (Posted by falko on Jul 2, 2007 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
SSL-based VPNs were designed to eliminate the need for complex configurations on the user's PC. Unfortunately, that was before the dangers of public WiFi networks and tougher regulatory requirements came into being. Thanks to WiFi, many attacks that were difficult are now quite simple. In particular, a man-in-the-middle attack can intercept SSL-encrypted traffic, rendering SSL-based VPNs useless - even if it is protected by a typical one-time password system. The man-in-the-middle can easily feed the one-time password into the SSL-based VPN within the alloted time.

DistroWatch Weekly: Interview with Clement Lefebvre, GPL 3, PC-BSD LiveCD

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jul 2, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The release of the General Public Licence version 3 and the new Linux edition of Google Desktop were the primary generators of headlines on most Linux news sites during the the past week. In contrast, all was quiet on the distribution development front, with only Dreamlinux, Scientific Linux and a few minor projects announcing new stable releases. But don't despair; this week's DistroWatch Weekly is still packed with interesting topics, including an interview with Clement Lefebvre from Linux Mint, a rebuttal by John Murga from the Puppy Linux forums, and information about some other interesting news of the week, such as the new PC-BSD LiveCD and the latest version of the GNU/Linux distro timeline. And if you are looking for something to test and play with during the slow months of July and August, don't miss the new distributions section which presents no fewer than 6 (six!) new distro projects that were submitted to DistroWatch last week. Happy reading!

Movavi Launches Free Online Video Conversion Service

Movavi Online supports Apple's new iPhone Web-based service lets users convert videos to run on cellphones, iPods, websites, vlogs; bloggers, designers can plug converter into any Web site, social networking pages

aKademy 2007: The First Impression

aKademy 2007 has started! Saturday, the first day of the conference, brought us many talks about various topics, ranging from very technical to more practically oriented. These talks are so content-rich that our coverage of the user conference will require several consecutive articles.

Bill Gates creates perfect accesory for Linux tablets

As much as I like the Linux-powered Nokia N800 "Internet Tablet", I found that people not familiar with it feel the need to approach and talk about it. Bill Gates comes to the rescue with the perfect accessory.

Installing Xen On An Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Server From The Ubuntu Repositories

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jul 1, 2007 3:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) server system (i386). You can find all the software used here in the Ubuntu repositories, so no external files or compilation are needed. Xen lets you create guest operating systems (*nix operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD), so called virtual machines or domUs, under a host operating system (dom0).

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