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Ohio LinuxFest seeks speakers, sponsors, attendees

The fourth annual Ohio LinuxFest is returning to Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 30, 2006. The single-day event will comprise sessions for experienced and inexperienced Linux users, as well as an expo floor for commercial exhibitors and non-profit Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects.

Internet browsers are evolving

  • Kansas City Star; By Anick Jesdanun (Posted by grouch on Jun 24, 2006 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Displaying Web sites isn’t enough anymore as more applications migrate online.

Choosing an open source CMS

  • NewsForge; By Michael Stutz (Posted by grouch on Jun 24, 2006 8:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
It seems as if everyone is a Web publisher today -- from the habitual bloggers and online diarists to the companies running major news outlets, portals, and magazines -- and they're all using some kind of database-backed content management system (CMS) to do it. There are a lot of CMS choices -- Drupal, Mambo, Bricolage, WordPress, and Plone are some of the most recognizable names. While they all perform the same basic functions, you have to pick only one. How do you do it?

Antivirus Makers Deserve What Microsoft's Serving

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jun 24, 2006 7:34 PM EDT)
Antivirus builders protected Windows for years, allowing Microsoft to divert its development money to feature-bloat, in lieu of security. In fact, Microsoft's security bench was so empty that, once the decision was made to take over the security business, Redmond was forced to buy outside companies. Email Battles addresses a/v makers' mistakes and Microsoft's new attack strategy, and asks the really tough questions to boot, like, "What's with the name?"

Windows-friendly desktop Linux launches

Update to Xandros, dismissed by some in Linux community, includes features to read, write Windows-formatted drives.

[Umm, any GNU/Linux distro can read or write MS "Windows-formatted drives." Filesystem support is a kernel thing. -- grouch]

Rough road ahead for new Novell boss?

  • CNET; By David Meyer and Peter Judge (Posted by grouch on Jun 24, 2006 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Novell
Novell's incoming chief, Ron Hovsepian, has a simple job description, some analysts say: Improve sales fast--or else.

[And we all know about analysts, right? -- grouch]

Porting a floor-mopping robot to Linux

Dr. Dobbs Journal has published a detailed, technical paper chronicling a successful 22-month development effort by two Intellibot Robotics software engineers to port a $33,000, autonomous floor-scrubbing robot from an OS-less design based on a custom 68K processor-based board to embedded Linux running on an off-the-shelf x86-board.

Worldwide Access to Your Serial Consoles

  • SysAdmin Magazine; By John Fox and Mark Uris (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 24, 2006 4:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Imagine being able to reboot a server from the system console from Europe or at an airport during a layover. Imagine not having to physically be present at your datacenter to perform tasks that require console access but, instead, doing them in the comfort of your own home or office. Now imagine doing all this with relatively low-cost commodity components running your favorite Unix-variant operating system along with an open source software package.

Weekly Linux podcast debuts

The creators of the Macintosh-centric podcast "CastaBlasta," have launched their latest audio show -- the weekly "Linux Action Show," dedicated to Linux and related open-source topics.

Microsoft and Linux Rivals Refocus on SMB Servers, Channel ...

Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will face more Linux competition when it ships later this summer.

Report: Linux Gains Ground in Wall Street Nooks, Crannies

  • LinuxPlanet; By Jacqueline Emigh (Posted by dcparris on Jun 24, 2006 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Behind the scenes on Wall Street, who is really using Linux? Although developers remain the major practitioners, Linux is also making headway these days as a grid platform for transaction processing, a place for running algorithmic trading engines, and even as a desktop environment, according to participants in this week's SIA (Securities Industry Association) conference in New York City. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Firefox for Dummies (Part Two)

  • Tacoma Daily News; By Dana Greenlee (Posted by dcparris on Jun 24, 2006 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Mozilla
Last Friday, we talked with Blake Ross, the 20-year old who started writing code for Netscape at age 14 and has since co-founded the Firefox project and He is also author of the new book Firefox for Dummies.

Indexing with Open Source Tools

  • KnowGenesis International Journal for Technical Communication (IJTC); By Fred Brown (Posted by fredbrown on Jun 24, 2006 12:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
The index can often be the most heavily used "chapter" in any publication. This article describes how to create useful indexing facilities for packages such as OpenOffice and Scribus. (login required)

How Apple and Microsoft are advancing desktop Linux

Normally, we expect new Linux desktop users to come from the ranks of disgruntled Windows users. After all, they're the ones who have to deal with high-prices and endless security problems. Now, it seems that some Mac gurus are also making the switch to Linux.

MySQL addresses istockphoto's enterprise needs

When launched in February 2000, the images in its database were available free of charge, and the entire company ran on one server with an Access database. "At that time, traffic was very low," says Executive Vice President Patrick Lor. In 2002, the company moved to a fee structure and wanted to increase traffic. "We came across this amazing thing that looked like enterprise-grade software, called MySQL." With that and PHP, they re-coded the entire site, and in 2002 sold 154,000 images at 25 cents each. "We went to two generic servers and had an amazing year," he says. "That was our first real exposure to fee structures and the reception was incredible."

Open Management Consortium welcomes new member

Hyperic, a maker of an open-source management platform, this week announced it has joined other open source advocates in their efforts to make using open source management tools in large enterprise networks easier.

Xandros aims to be commercial Debian distro of choice

Linux vendor Xandros Inc is lining up new business desktop and server releases for the coming months as it looks to establish itself as the Debian distribution of choice for the enterprise.

Weekly Wrap-Up: Opinion Divided on Red Hat

From Page #2: "According to Hoover's, RHAT dominates the market for Linux, the open-source computer operating system (OS) that is the chief rival to Microsoft's Windows operating systems. In addition to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS, the company's product line includes database, content, and collaboration management applications; server and embedded operating systems; and software development tools."

Belgian government chooses OpenDocument

Plucky little Belgium. Always the scene of upheavals across the centuries, and sometimes the place where gigantic battles have been fought. Now this David amongst European countries could be risking the wrath of that Goliath of software companies, Microsoft. The Belgian government's decision to use only open formats for exchanging documents is pure common sense. The whole reason for having standards bodies and the standards they produce is to guarantee compatibility and stability above individual companies' commercial concerns. Millions of Euros of taxpayers' money is spent funding bodies like ISO, so it would be foolish to then ignore the work they do.

The Gimp 2.3.9 Beta

The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Alternatively you can download the latest stable version of this software. The GIMP is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as image composition, photo retouching and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.

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