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Defense maps out an open-source approach

  •; By Joab Jackson and Dawn S. Onley (Posted by grouch on Aug 1, 2006 1:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The Defense Department has a practical reason for using more open-source software and incorporating open source into its procurement cycle.


"This report highlights how open source has shifted from a curious alternative to a mainstream engine for value creation for industry," said David Mihelcic, chief technology officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

News from KDE Web Dev

The Quanta development team is pleased to announce our Hot New Stuff server implementation is now running. This means that Quanta Plus users can now begin taking advantage of KNewStuff. We are also preparing for exciting new developments we want to work on during the upcoming Akademy in Ireland.
Finally development has resumed on Kommander, read on for full details.

Linux Phrasebook: Lifesaver in the murky waters of CLI

The Linux Phrasebook , written by Scott Granneman, is one Linux book that will stay within easy reach of my desktop. If you're fond of Linux, and you're not a programmer or network administrator, chances are you'll like this book. It can help you gain control over the appearance and performance of your Linux workstation without spending hours looking for answers online.

Microsoft Takes One Step Closer To A Cabinet Position

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Aug 1, 2006 12:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
One would think, or at least hope, that those on Capitol Hill would be a handbrake on this sort of activity/mentality. When a disturbingly large number of Senators hold the belief that "Microsoft knows the business, why go with an unknown entity?", it sets the stage for a true-by-definition monopoly to take its first breath of life.

Wind River Opens Code to Open-Source Community

Wind River’s support for the open-source software community continues with the release of more than 300,000 lines of code to the Eclipse Foundation.

Advanced, customized searching with Opera and Firefox

Whether you're keeping track of the news, conducting research, viewing photos, or reading blogs, searching is an integral part of your Internet experience. Search engines, aggregators, and RSS all exist to help you find what you are looking for on the Web. If you make the same kinds of searches on a regular basis, then your browser can help you, too. If you use a recent version of Opera or Firefox, you already have the tools you need to perform advanced searches on any Web site quickly and accurately. Here are some tips on how you can customize the Opera and Firefox search bars and address-bar keyword searches, in order to include regular and advanced search options for your favorites sites.

Retool your Linux skills for commercial UNIX

Examine how to best migrate your Linux skills to take advantage of AIX and Solaris. This tutorial will show you how to cope and understand the nuances and differences.

Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Available in four different flavours (KDE or GNOME, i586 or x86_64), you can get a glimpse of the next Mandriva Linux 2007 edition... Main changes: New Mirror structure; New network popup notifications (on network state mainly); Gnome 2.16 beta 1; Kernel 2.6.17; KDE 3.5.3; Updated wireless application (drakroam) (encryption mainly); Switch to new standard menus, XDG (in progress). OSDir has some sweet shots of the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2007 in the Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour.

Europe, Middle East, Africa Training News - July 2006

* Monthly trivia question
* Take Red Hat training: Get new music
* RED HAT MAGAZINE: A traveler's diary: Red Hat in Latin America
* TIPS FROM RHCEs: Sharing a hot spare device in software RAID

Report: Defense Department Marches Towards Open Source

In a new initiative to spur more use of open source software within the US Defense Department, the department's Office of Advanced Systems and Concepts has begun teaming up with Red Hat, Novell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and AMD--along with big systems integrators and "non-traditional" open source companies--to glean insights that will help shorten the learning curve to deployment.

Installing Applications on Ubuntu with Add/Remove

The term "Add/Remove Programs" seems more appropriate to Windows than to Linux however, Ubuntu does offer this option (besides apt-get and synamptic) to locate and install software on your Dapper Drake machine.

[Thanks to tripwire45 for this story. -- grouch]

SCO is Distributing ELF Under the GPL Still. Yes. Now. Today.

I have some pictures to show you. They should knock your socks off. They should knock SCO's socks off, too, and then they should knock a huge chunk out of SCO's case. I'm quite serious.


And what, pray tell, might the moral of this story be? To me, it's that once again the GPL has proven itself to be the MVP of the SCO wars. I hope none of you ever forgets that someone had the foresight many years ago to plan for the SCO's of this world. Richard Stallman was villified, sneered at, mocked and attacked for designing the GPL back then.

Linux headed into Boeing antisub aircraft

Aerospace giant will embed Wind River's version of Linux into the U.S. Navy's P-8A aircraft.

[This is something of a dupe. We do frequently run duplicate stories if the source is different, due to the different perspectives provided. - dcparris]

Bitrock InstallBuilder 3.8 Released - Includes Support for Linux ...

BitRock InstallBuilder now includes support for Linux on IBM z Series. InstallBuilder simplifies the installation process of multiplatform software, helping developers improve the packaging, distribution and deployment of their products.

[Note: Bitrock is not FOSS. Perhaps it will provide opportunities for some to migrate to a FOSS OS though. - dcparris]

Microsoft to charge for Office betas

Actually, it's a 'cost recovery measure'Microsoft is to start charging $1.50 for beta versions of Office 2007. From 2 August anyone wanting to download the software will have to pay the small fee.

[Included as a dose of humor. I think it's hilarious. - dcparris

Logicblaze updates open source ESB, announces OEM deal

LogicBlaze Inc, one of the SimulaLabs open source companies, is releasing the next version of its open source Enterprise Service Bus.

Linux continues to make strides

I don't think anyone will be surprised by this, but watch out for Linux (am I five years too late?). According to market-research company IMS Research, the role of Linux in mobile systems will maintain a steady growth path. In addition, an increasing number of companies are announcing plans to develop Linux platforms. Admittedly, Linux phones still represent a small segment of the overall handset market.

Logicblaze Upgrades FUSE Open Source SOA

LogicBlaze made a big splash in late March with the release of their FUSE open source SOA runtime environment -- and they've just announced a new 1.2 version of FUSE that's designed tocompete even more strongly with commercial SOA solutions.

Linux Format trials wikified tutorials

Linux Format magazine has taken some of its previous tutorial series and put them online in the form of a wiki. Covering RPM, sound production, Perl programming, Subversion and PHP, the goal is to let users update articles as new programs are released. More tutorials are planned if it's a success!

Review: Tabbing Through Firefox 2.0

  • LinuxPlanet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Jul 31, 2006 3:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
How many tabs can you fit in one Firefox 2.0 window? While not as culturally stimulating as the Tootsie Pop question, it is nonetheless one of the new features explored in this mini-review of Firefox 2.0 Beta 1.

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