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Matthew Szulik says computing customers increasingly are rejecting proprietary products that lock them to a particular technology supplier.
Linux professionals will get one last chance to sit the LPI exams this year when certification exams are held in Johannesburg in December.
The CLP-510N has a dimension of 20.1" x 18.5" x 15.9" (WxDxH) and weighs 70.5 lbs. It is equipped with a Samsung SPGPm processor, can be fitted with memory capacity of 64 MB (standard) and 192 MB (maximum), and has print resolution of 1200 dpi. Its standard connectivity is thru Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 10/100 Base TX and optional thru 10/100 Base TX + 802.11b Wireless LAN. The color laser printer supports Microsoft® Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003, Mac OS 10.3x, various Linux OS incl. Red Hat, Caldera, Debian, Mandrake, Slackware, SuSE, and TurboLinux.
- A new version of Càtix, a Debian-based live DVD designed for speakers of the Catalan language, has been released. Version 1.2 is a major update with many new features; the most important among them are: switch to the Unionfs file system which allows modification of files and installation of applications while in "live" mode; switch to X.Org for a better support of 3D accelerated graphics drivers; OpenOffice.org in Catalan, Spanish, English and French; KDE 3.4.2 and GNOME 2.10.2 desktops with many other package upgrades from Debian 'sid'.
OSDir's got some nice screenshots of Catix 1.2.
A maker of licensable DSP (digital signal processor) cores this week unveiled its next generation architecture for use in SoCs (system-on-chips) targeting high-performance mobile phones and portable multimedia devices. The StarCore V5 architecture is scalable to over 1 GHz, and includes an MMU function that allows it to run Linux, according to the company.
EMC Corp. said it won't be part of an open-source storage management group that plans to develop software that can not only discover multivendor devices on a storage network, but also control those devices in a standard way.
My Rx for Linux series last week drew the usual flack from people who maintain that Windows dominates the market because it's easier to use. Personally I don't think so. On the contrary I think that the hypothetical man from Mars who had never seen either system before would find it a lot easier to learn some basic Unix principles and then work out their application in Linux using the manuals than to memorize the action sequences needed to run Windows/XP servers. Unfortunately that's an unprovable proposition, at least until that Martian shows up and tells us we should all be using MarsOS Y anyway.
Secretary of State William F. Galvin's office said it is opposed to the Romney administration's plan to store state documents in an ''open" format, a plan that roused the ire of Microsoft Corp., maker of the popular Office suite of word processing, e-mail, presentation, and spreadsheet software.
Cheerful. If there was one word that I would choose to describe Marcel Gagne's new book, it would be cheerful. The front cover is a cheerful yellow, and Marcel's cute toddler son and beautiful wife beam at you from Konqueror thumbnails on the front. The back cover depicts Marcel in a funny tall white French chef's stove pipe hat, mugging for the camera with a bottle of wine and an overly zealous expression on his face. Even the title of the book is guaranteed to make you snicker, Moving to Linux (second edition): Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!
Cluster Resources, Inc.TM today announced the release of TORQUE Resource Manager* 2.0, an open source high performance computing (HPC) resource manager based on OpenPBS that has added over 1,200 improvements in the areas of scalability, usability and stability in the last 18 months.
PCBurn has just posted a review of the reference book Self Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination from PTR and Bruce Perens' Open Source Series. It's squarely aimed at people tasked with determining the source of software/OS failures on the Linux OS. PCBurn takes a look at what the book has to offer and if it's right for your reference shelf.
Open-Xchange Inc., manufacturer of a groupware solution of the same name, is inviting developers to try their hand as Open-Xchange clients in support of GNOME Evolution. All contributions to the project "Intelligent Design" (technical details) are to be made available under GNU Public License, with the best one to receive an award by the company on February 1 2006. In addition to the prize money of 1,000 US dollars the winner will be invited to fly as a guest to the LinuxWorld Expo, which takes place from the 3rd through the 6th of April 2006 in Boston.
Last week, Microsoft announced a set of new Shared Source licenses. Normally, new Microsoft licenses wouldn't be cause for the open source community to pay attention, but the new Shared Source Licenses have gotten praise from open source proponents such as Tim O'Reilly, and even the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has weighed in with positive comments.
Training company Computeach has launched what it claims is the first distance learning course in Lamp, the open source web server platform.
Need to pull some data from text--maybe e-mail messages--and sort it, graph it or otherwise manipulate it? Here's an AWK script to use as a starting point.
In recent weeks the state of Massachusetts announced, to cheers on one side and alarm on the other, that it would start writing all new memos, spreadsheets, and other documents in the OpenDocument format standardized by OASIS.
Now there's a spiffy new web site by the OpenReader activists, promoting this format for ebooks.
These are two sides to the same coin, one that buys us freedom in document formats. Getting your document's content accurate and readable is enough of a hassle without worrying about whether a change in computer platform or tools will render the document ugly--or worse yet, gibberish.
IBM and eight other storage vendors have formed a new open-source organisation to develop storage software.
Initially called Aperi, the organisation will create a common storage software for all vendors' systems making it easier for sysadmins to manage disparate storage systems. The software will be free.
Dave starts a new series on music notation software and explains why Linux has some of the best available on any platform.
The Copyright Office of the US Library of Congress has formally announced an open comment period to solicit evidence from "interested parties" regarding whether the prohibition on circumvention clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has an adverse effect on legal, non-infringing use of copyrighted works. Anyone may submit comments via forms on the Copyright Office Web site between November 2 and December 1. All comments will be made public.
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