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Mr. Windows

In his 15 years at Microsoft, Allchin has earned a reputation as a straight shooter who admits when Microsoft makes mistakes. But he's also a fierce competitor who pushed the integration of IE with Windows 98 to thwart Netscape inroads, a move that earned Allchin a center seat at the U.S. government's anti-trust case. Later, Allchin implied that open source was "un-American"...

Smartphone & OS Trends

  • Nokia Blogs; By Nicolas Fogelholm (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 17, 2005 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I can´t predict the future and I am no expert in OSes, but when looking at the growth of Linux (412%) and the theses below I think I will take a risk and bet on Linux. Yes, a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with Linux, broadband access over Wi-Fi, hi-resolution widescreen display, Flash Player and more is on my gadget list for Santa.

Information Technology Director, Data Processing Department, Delaware County, Ohio

  • Government technology; By Shane Peterson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Have you been introducing open source applications into your IT environment? Absolutely. In our engineering and building inspection departments, because everything about Delaware County is growth and everything starts in the building phase. When that information is entered, it's entered into multiple systems. We can get in there, pull that information out and update it as necessary, regardless of the application we're working in.

Nations Present Open Source Argument to World Bank

Senior government officials from 13 countries were among a group of open-source advocates behind a report presented to the World Bank last Friday calling on nations to accelerate economic growth by using products based on what are called open-technology standards. The group defines open standards as technologies that are openly published and which are not owned by any company. The benefit of open standards is that they allow information to be easily shared by different software Get your FREE Oracle Database Software Kit today! programs, reducing user dependency on a single provider and making information more accessible to a wider group of people.

5 common mistakes in using open-source software

Few technology initiatives have generated as much interest among chief information officers as the open-source software movement. The open-source model offers attractive license-free infrastructure technology; large, multiuser applications; and desktop applications. Built by development communities, applications evolve and improve as community members offer their revisions to their peers, who reject or accept the changes into the applications' code.

Sharp aims Linux PDA at Japanese business students

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sharp Japan has given US-based Linux PDA fans one more reason to wish the dollar could hold its own against the Yen. The newly shipping (in Japan only) SL-C3100 is the second harddrive-equipped Zaurus model, and it also features English-language software aimed at Japanese students. Sharp's first harddrive-equipped Zaurus, the SL-C3000, began shipping in Japan in mid-November -- about the same time that Sharp announced it would not market future Zaurus models in the US.

IIS 7.0 Learns a Few Tricks from Apache

  • BetaNews; By Nate Mook (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We've learned from Apache," acknowledged Bill Staples, product unit manager for IIS. Version 7.0 takes the IIS feature set and breaks it down into individual components, or modules, that can be loaded on an as-needed basis. The result is a Web server with much less overhead.

Winners of the 2005 Digital Counties Survey stress easy access to online services.

  • Government technology; By Sherry Watkins (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
That training included the opportunity to learn more about open source technology. "One of the nice things about using open source software is that you get to see the code yourself. That way, you're not restricted or held up by not doing something because you can't afford it," he said. By developing solutions in-house, Aldridge said, the county's cost savings are noteworthy.

It's about collaboration, said Aldridge. By sharing open source applications with other counties, "We're sharing -- without cost -- the best for each county." With open source technology, customizing solutions to fit each county is an option.

"Most secure" console servers comply with FIPS-140-2, run Linux

MRV Communications says its LX-series console servers are the "most secure available," and that revised Linux-based firmware allows them to meet mandatory US and Canadian government security requirements. TNew v3.6.0 firmware also offers a 2.6-series Linux kernel, IPv6 support, and improved security, the company says. MRV says the new firmware allows its LX-series of console servers to comply with the requirements of FIPS-140 (Federal information processing standard 140 level 2). FIPS-140-2 calls for both data encryption and a product design that detects evidence of tampering. LX-series devices are currently undergoing FIPS-140-2 certification testing FIP by US government-certified testing agency Atlan Laboratories, MRV says.

True X Mouse Utility for Windows

I'm a big fan of two things that I get in X-Windows (on UNIX systems) which I don't usually get in Microsoft Windows: 1. Middle-click pasting 2. Whatever I'm selecting automatically going to the clipboard. 3. Focus following mouse, allowing me to keep one application in the foreground while actually typing on the application in the background. Usually wherever I'm contracting (at the moment, a software security company in Utah), I'm stuck using Windows despite how productive I am in Linux. Occupational hazard, I suppose. There are a few utilities I use to make my life easier when stuck using a legacy operating system such as Microsoft's Windows:

No Linux trademark in Australia

  • ZDnet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No Linux, please. We're Aussies. Intellectual Property Australia has rejected the attempt by Linus Torvalds and his Linux Mark Institute to control the Linux trademark, ruling the word wasn't distinctive enough.

"Microsoft Can't Ignore Linux' Double-Digit Growth Forever," Says IBM Executive

In a deal similar to one it already has with Novell, IBM is now joining hands with market leader Red Hat to push Linux into emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and Korea without overlooking the established markets. The alliance, which started with a pilot in Europe earlier this year, is cast as an anti-Microsoft software- capturing migration play.

Macros an obstacle to office suite compatibility

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 17, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Macros are important in an office suite. They are the only realistic way for non-programmers to create interactive documents quickly or add special features to the application. While many open source office suites are embracing OpenDocument as a common file format, the lack of common macro language support will prevent meaningful file interchange.

Mandriva Linux pre-installed on Dell laptop

The Dell Latitude 110L features a Linux operating system, a mobile Celeron/Pentium chip and starts at around $1,000.

‘compiereing' And Contrasting Open-Source ERP

Jorg Janke flipped through an Italian dictionary and found a word to describe the key attributes of his open-source ERP software. That word: compiere, which means “to fulfill” or “to complete.

Don't Install, Just Copy with klik

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 2:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Klik is a system which creates self-contained packages of programmes installable over the web with a single click. In the article below Kurt Pfeifle discusses the potential uses of this technology for helping the non-coding contributors to KDE. He also looks at how the system works and the obvious security issues involved.

The Race to Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 16, 2005 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Code Project, Mainsoft, and IBM are challenging developers to a race. Developers won't be setting any land-speed records, however -- this race is to be the first across the finish line with a port of an ASP.Net application to run on Linux.

Linux vs. Linux: Which Distro Should You Dump Windows For?

  • informIT; By Bryan Hoff (Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You're ready to be a card-carrying Linux geek, but with several different Linux distributions available, you don't know where to start. Which one offers the best balance of tools, performance, and price? takes you through the most popular Linux distros and introduces you to a brave new world without Windows.

SMART Shortens Time-To-Market in Rapidly Growing Pre-Paid Market

"Having full control over the source codes in which we have built our prepaid billing system based on Oracle Database and Oracle Application Server gives us the ability to anticipate trends and rapidly roll out innovative offerings that capture the explosively growing prepaid communications marketplace." -- Wilma D. Cruz, Chief Information Officer, SMART Communications Inc.

Pros and Cons of Open Source Accounting Software

  • Accountingsoftware411; By Richard Oppenheim, CPA.CITP (Posted by tadelste on Sep 16, 2005 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
There are lots of applications built on an open source platform, such as the operating system from Linux and the Internet browsers from Firefox and Mozilla. Typically, open source software starts with a small company developing the foundation application code. Other software developing companies, individuals and small groups test and determine the code’s usefulness and whether they have any interest in enhancing the code. This public participation creates the opportunity for a major collaboration among the original developers and a wide range of other developers. Some believe that open source is the domain of the geek who does nothing but play with code. With easy access to an open source application, the techie can wreak havoc and make error-filled changes. However, this does not happen.

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