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Siag Office is far from pathetic

"Siag, it sucks less!" This is the slogan for Siag Office. This and the self-effacing name for the Siag Office Word Processor, Pathetic Writer, might leave you thinking that this office suite is a mere plaything, a university student's cobbled-together programming assignment. But don't be fooled by first impressions. Siag Office is a lightweight suite of applications which might be just the right set of office tools for you, especially if you have older hardware.

Linux: Merging in 2.6.23

Following the release of the 2.6.22 kernel [story], Andrew Morton [interview] posted a list of a wide range of patches that are in his -mm kernel, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed upstream for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.23 kernel.

Free World Dialup summer 2007 relaunch project

I am reaching out to you as a part of a membership drive. Jeff Pulver asked me to lead a relaunch project to preserve FWD's status as a key destination for the people pioneering the new communications landscape. The existing FWD services will remain free, but we are implementing a membership model to fund new services and make FWD self-sustaining.

CentOS LiveCD 5.0 Screenshots

CentOS, the popular community Linux distribution based upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has been at version 5.0 since April of this year, but joining the CentOS 5.0 fleet today is the LiveCD. The CentOS 5.0 LiveCD is based upon CentOS 5.0 i386 and can work out to be a modest Linux workstation or recovery distribution. Included with this new Linux LiveCD is 2.0.4, GNOME 2.16, GAIM 2.0.0, and Thunderbird 1.5. While this isn't a great Linux desktop distribution, if you're after a workstation or recovery-oriented distribution, the CentOS 5.0 LiveCD looks great.

The "new" Fedora Board

We've just completed the first Fedora Board succession process, and I wanted to take a moment to share the results with everyone.

Open Solutions Alliance Announces Customer Forum Series

CIOs gain a “one-stop” neutral forum for sharing and learning more about interoperability needs for open solutions

Linux-based phone may be iPhone 'injurer'

An early version of the Linux-based OpenMoko NEO 1973 has been released to allow developers to begin writing applications and device drivers. Although dubbed by some as an iPhone killer, without the same multi million dollar hype, it is unlikely to leave the iPhone completely dead in the water. But it may just earn the title of the iPhone 'injurer'.

Open source runs alongside Windows in Olympics

Open source technology will be used in the IT systems for the Beijing Olympics, but the dominant software platform will be Windows, says Atos Origin. The computer systems for the Games will also utilize other platforms such as "Sun Solaris and some open source components". However, the usage of open source "is relatively small compared to other platforms which we are using", he added.

Using Compiz, Beryl, And Metisse On A Mandriva 2007 Spring Desktop

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jul 10, 2007 3:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
This tutorial shows how you can use Compiz, Beryl, and Metisse on a Mandriva 2007 Spring (Mandriva 2007.1) desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card). With Compiz, Beryl, and Metisse, you can make your desktop use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube (although the desktop cube is not available on Metisse).

Open News Podcast Episode 19 Released

This week on Open News GPLv3 Is Here and Microsoft Doesn't Like it, The OpenMoko Phone Is Finally Released, and India Continues To Push Open Source Adoption.

AntiX "Spartacus", Lightweight Version of MEPIS is Released

MEPIS has announced the "Spartacus" release of antiX, a lightweight derivative of MEPIS. AntiX is built and maintained by MEPIS community member anticapitalista, as a free version of MEPIS for very old 32 bit PC hardware. AntiX is designed to work on computers with as little as 64MB RAM and Pentium II or equivalent AMD processors. The new ISO images are available in the 'released/antix' subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and at the MEPIS public mirrors.

U.S. govt snub open source for 'smart' radios

New Federal Communication Commission rules say open-source code for next-generation mobile tech has high burden to show it's secure.

Red Hat High 2007: Getting Started

Today, Sunday, is the first day of Red Hat High, and I’m expecting 47 kids. It’s 4:00 in the afternoon, and orientation starts at 4:30. Of those 47 kids, how many have arrived so far? Three, that’s how many. Three anxious middle-schoolers and their families, all milling around the huge, empty meeting hall at Red Hat headquarters.

Sun's handling of Java security update prompts concerns

Sun Microsystems in the next few days plans to issue an update that plugs a serious security hole in the most recent version of its Java Runtime Environment, more than a week after providing a fix for the same vulnerability in an earlier version of the program. The lag has prompted a prominent security researcher to lambaste the effectiveness of the company's security team.

Open source’s benefits to business spelled out

Free Software Foundation (FSF) leader Richard Stallman said at the launch of version 3 of the General Public License (GPLv3) late last month that businesses are “foolish” not to adopt non-proprietary technologies. Surrounded by supporters from the software programming and academic fields on the June 29 launch at the foundation’s Boston headquarters, Stallman detailed his opinions on why businesses should use open source software.

Venerable Slackware 12 gets a sporty new wardrobe

Slackware Linux is the oldest surviving Linux distribution, and still one of the most popular. Last week's release of version 12.0 is a milestone for the Slackware team, as it marks Slackware's first use of a default 2.6.x kernel. Other new components include KDE 3.5.7, Xfce 4.4.1, Xorg 7.2.0, and GCC 4.1.2. Slackware is now nearing the bleeding edge without sacrificing stability, making this truly an exciting release.

Asia stays practical about open source

Businesses in Asia are not zealots when it comes to open source, as many are adopting it for practical reasons like cost, security and support.

U.S. govt snub open source for 'smart' radios

Mobile-gadget makers are starting to take advantage of software-defined radio, a new technology allowing a single device to receive signals from multiple sources, including television stations and cell phone networks. But a new federal rule set to take effect Friday could mean that radios built on "open-source elements" may encounter a more sluggish path to market--or, in the worst case scenario, be shut out altogether.

Similar products different philosophy - An iPhone and Neo 1973 comparison

Even if you live in a cave, you heard about the iPhone--a masterpiece of technology and also a marketing blitzkrieg made by Mr. Jobs. At the same time a very interesting phone has been launched on the market : OpenMoko's Neo 1973. The main feature of the Neo 1973 is openness. All the hardware is documented, and the software is open source. This contrasts greatly with the iPhone which is as closed as a bank vault.

Linux: Keyboard Blink Driver

In the ongoing effort to reduce the power consumption of the linux kernel and take better advantage of the tickless kernel patch, Stephen Hemminger posted a patch to make it possible to unload the keyboard blink driver, "the blink driver wakes up every jiffy which wastes power unnecessarily. Using a notifier gives same effect. Also add ability to unload module." The blink driver was only recently merged, described as a "simple driver that blinks the keyboard LEDs when loaded. Useful for checking that the kernel is still alive or for crashdumping."

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