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The UK's Open Source Consortium has joined criticism of UK government education policy towards open source software, maintaining that the British Education Communications and Technology Agency 'pays lip service' to open source while effectively excluding it from purchasing frameworks.
I have an impressive talent for buying laptop computers hostile to Linux. Right now I'm using a Sony Vaio VGN-FS840/W, with more proprietary drivers than you can shake a stick at. It's so bad that even a retail edition of Windows XP won't run on it; you need the OEM Windows (and sure enough, Sony is too cheap to include the CD), or you need to go to the Sony support site, download all of the drivers, and make your own supplement CD.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Dolphin, an alternative file manager, is imported into KDE SVN. Work on session management in Kontact becomes visible with the implementation of state remembering for tabs in aKregator. Mailody gets a better SMTP implementation, with authentication support. Many functionality improvements in Okular. An experimental generic API for integration of more online music store services (following the example of the Magnatune implementation) is proposed and developed in Amarok. Continued speed and memory optimisations in KOffice and KDE 4 (via. kdelibs).
The consultants that rolled out Australia's biggest known Linux desktop project are backing themselves for more.
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the end of the year 2006 approaching fast, many developers are hard at work preparing their latest product releases. A new version of Xandros Desktop, the subject of our first look review, will be announced later this week, while SabayonLinux 3.2 and the PlayStation edition of Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 are also expected shortly. Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 is about to enter its hard-freeze period, while the recent release candidate for openSUSE 10.2 is reportedly shaping up into a highly polished distribution. Many other projects have been making steady progress towards their future releases - Freespire has launched its development process which will lead to a stable version 2.0 in the first quarter of 2007 and many far-reaching changes are also planned for the next release of Fedora Core. All these topics, together with the usual round-up of interesting news from around the distro world - that's issue 179 of DistroWatch Weekly. Happy reading!
Bruce Perens, a prominent figure in the open source movement and to some extent in the free software movement, has shot an open letter to Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian accusing the company of betrayal.
Is it right for free and open source projects to capitalise on the dissatisfaction created by the Microsoft-Novell deal and try to attract developers who work for Novell to jump ship?
While many analysts are busy tearing down Sony PS3's and Nintendo Wii's, a few insiders are taking a closer look at the first batch of $100 (eventually) laptops to roll off the production lines in Shanghai as part of the One Laptop Per Child program backed by Nicholas Negroponte and MIT's Media Lab.
Richard Bloor recently caught up with Lee Epting, vice president of Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer program, and took the opportunity to find out how she views the changes in S60 over the last year, including the increasing role of open source software.
In part 1 of this entry, I discussed how to use Calc's page styles to control how spreadsheets print. However, although page styles are one of the most useful tools for the task, they are far from the only ones. How you setup pages for printing and the printer or export options are also part of the arsenal. None of these tools is useful on every occasion, and you may have to mix and match them to get the results you want, but, the more you know about them, the less of a nightmare printing a spreadsheet becomes.
OpenIT is a fresh Romanian Linux and OSS magazine. Free for all, for the people, by the people. The PDF (in Romanian) is downloadable from openitromania.org and has 14 articles about Linux and open source software. This is a product of a handful of people that met on the http://www.myl.ro
Linux Forum and decided it was time to start an initiative like this. A free magazine for the Romanian public. Enjoy.
The T-Dose foundation presents its first Technical Dutch Open Source Event (the meaning of the acronym T-DOSE) , an event both for Open Source users and developers. The event will be held at the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, near the Belgian and German border. Eindhoven is internationally known as the home of Royal Philips Electronics.
Two rooms will be reserved for speakers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Ukrain. A very broad range of topics will be discussed, ranging from Intellectual Property and Open source, an Open Source project for children (secondary school) to learn about and help create Open Source, to more technical topics as embedded Linux. Also, the LPI will be present, and LPI exams will be taken.
[ - Note: I'll try to be there if I can. It promises to be very interesting, no matter what your specific interests are! - hkwint ]
(See the T-Dose page for more information)
The latest server numbers are in and Gartner and IDC agree on giving IBM pride of place. Gartner says worldwide server shipments grew 9% year-over-year to just over two million units with revenues up 4% in Q3 to $13 billion. IDC puts the revenue number at $12.9 billion, up 3.5%, calling it the fastest growth rate in four quarters and the largest Q3 outlay for servers since 2000.
This book is not meant to be used alone. It is the 'companion guide' to the Cisco Networking Academy Network Security curriculum, courses 1 and 2. If you've ever taken any courses through the Academy, you know that much of the work is done online as well as 'hands on' with Cisco hardware and software. Books such as this one supplement the 'in-class' experience.
According to a new Forrester study, open source databases are increasingly beating their proprietary cousins when it comes to low end applications. For databases less that 200GB, talking to technewsworld.com senior Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna says that: "Eighty percent of the applications typically use only 30 percent of the features found in commercial databases." Open source databases already deliver these features.
VoIP provider Vonage is deploying an open source database from EnterpriseDB, complementing its existing Oracle and MySQL databases. Vonage has already ported part of its ticketing system for managing customer support from MySQL to EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, says Tim Smith, president of Vonage Network. The software is running on T1000 and T2000 servers from Sun Microsystems using the OpenSolaris operating system — so far without any problems.
Red Hat said strategic members of its ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) are already supporting and testing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 2 to prepare for the company's next major subscription milestone. These software partners have begun testing to ensure early certification of their solutions at general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 this winter and to guarantee that customers can benefit from the new technologies and cost-savings as quickly as possible.
Web site dispenses how-to's about OS
A freelance programmer who ordered a Dell laptop last month was able to receive a refund after he declined to accept the Windows license agreement. According to the Microsoft agreement, users are able to get a refund for unused products on the computer if they contact Dell. Dave Mitchell, the person who was able to get the refund, stated that he knew other members of the open source community who tried to get refunds in the same manner.
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