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Linux Desktop 10 to offer better MS Office, OpenOffice integration

SAN DIEGO -- Novell plans to release a beta for its Linux Desktop 10 including new features offering better interoperability with Microsoft Office and Open Office, said Ted Haeger, Novell Inc.'s director of user communities, at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE). The beta, tentatively scheduled for release next month, will include a new feature, dubbed Xgl. Haeger said Xgl will allow users to jump between screens and multiple desktops. Targeted to CAD software users, Xgl has a practical side that allows users to have better window- and file-sharing capabilities.

Scary Scenario: Oracle leveraged into dominant OSS position with Sendmail, Apache, Linux, etc.

Major media and the public seem to have missed one of the biggest plays in the history of Linux and the Open Source Software community with Oracle's purchase of SleepCat software.

Who would have imagined such a strategic move? If Microsoft had thought of this, we'd be starting over from scratch on a new OS. They would own the Internet.

Will Oracle, a proprietary database company, shutdown these major applications, give them to Sun or use them to take control of everyone?

From the reports I'm reading, major media hasn't got it yet. But you should.

ACCESS and PalmSource Announce the ACCESS Linux Platform

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Commercial-Grade Linux-Based Platform Designed for Smartphones and Mobile Devices

You Can Look, But You'd Better Not Touch

As Microsoft continues to thrash it out with the European Commission over what it needs to do to get the antitrust monkey off its back, reader Bill Flanagan points out that its offer to open up some of its Windows Server source code isn't as munificent as it may appear at first.

We can all finally install

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 15, 2006 8:21 AM EDT)
Free Software Magazine's Tony Mobily talks about how our installation troubles are at an end.

About getting the truth

On Monday, SJVN (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, a long time senior journalist) reported about a new study which proves that Linux systems are much more affordable and easier to administer than their Windows counterparts.

Your Guide to Open-Source Business Models

  • CIO; By Christopher Koch (Posted by dcparris on Feb 15, 2006 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
CIO provides a simple, on-page overview of the various FOSS-based business models. If you're an entrepreneur, you'll want to keep this handy.

Linux is cool in this Penguin-powered ice cream maker

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on Feb 15, 2006 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At last week's Demo conference, a showcase of all things edgy, techie and gadgetey, saw the debut of what I am willing to bet is the first Linux-powered automatic ice-cream making machine. The MooBella Ice Cream System is a vending-machine-sized device (kind of a cross between a fridge and a coke machine) that can almost instantly create a scoop of ice cream in a variety of flavors, with or without nuts, crushed cookies or candy.

[Ed: This does sound like the perfect job for a penguin! Can't wait to see one of these gadgets! - dcparris]

Oracle eats Sleepycat

  • Reg Developer; By Ashlee Vance (Posted by dcparris on Feb 15, 2006 7:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
In Brief Already engorged, Oracle has stuffed yet another software maker into its belly, gobbling up Sleepycat.

XenSource clears mind of CEO

Ex-Veritas man steps in as new master

New Encryption Solution From Sun Microsystems Sets Bar for Online Application and Transaction Security

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Next-Generation Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 Optimizes Security and Performance for UltraSPARC(R)- and AMD Opteron Processor-Based Sun Fire Systems Running Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS) and Linux

Report: Linux Rare at Legal Firms, Except for Security

In the increasingly Microsoft-dominated land of law firms, Linux deployments remain just about nil, but security appliances are starting to stand out as one exception, according to attorneys and IT folks attending LegalTech. Jacqueline Emigh files this report.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 123:
We talk to Jeremy Allison, from the Samba Project
Dan talks about collaboration in Inkscape and his trip to Vegas
The OSDL sponsored white paper to combat Microsoft FUD
LWE updates
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Camino 1.0 Released

Version 1.0 of the Gecko based native Mac OS X browser, Camino, has been released.

Introduction to CalDAV

Calendaring software, and in particular Microsoft Outlook, is frequently cited as a killer app that keeps would-be Linux users on Windows. As open source developers assault the calendaring problem, you will hear more and more about CalDAV, the calendaring and scheduling extensions to the WebDAV protocol. Let's see what makes it tick.

Eclipse CruiseControl and EPIC Perl debugs

This Eclipse tutorial gives you a high-level overview of how to use CruiseControl, Luntbuild, and Anthill with Eclipse. This tutorial shows you how the Eclipse Perl Integration (EPIC) plug-in for Eclipse can help you test Perl applications. One is a traditional Perl debugger, the other tests Perl regular expressions.

Finding the key to unlocking the Windows desktop

  •; By Jan Stafford (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 2:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft may not make flawless software, but its proprietary strategy is hard to fault, writes columnist Jan Stafford in a newly published article. Specifically, Microsoft has mastered desktop lock-in, undermining users' confidence in alternatives and creating a slew of minor difficulties that irritate those who do switch, she added.

"Two themes dominate the stories I hear about the tribulations of using and adopting non-Microsoft business desktops: the difficulty in finding compatible hardware, and the stranglehold Microsoft Word has on users. In the last week, IT pros have shared their experiences with these two adoption inhibitors. They're representative of other stories I've heard," Stafford writes.

Sun's McNealy: Open Source Key To Security

Open source development is key to solving data center security problems, says Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy. Speaking Tuesday at the RSA conference in San Jose, Calif., McNealy said the world is becoming less private, with people's personal information flowing on all levels of day-to-day life.

Shuffle your music the smart way

Think of all the ways you interact with a computer each day. Any action you take, or even don't take, conveys some meaning. For example, when listening to your music collection, you might sometimes skip songs. What does that mean? There are a number of possibilities. Maybe you do not like the song that was playing, or it does not suit your current mood, or, possibly, you've listened to this song too much and would rather it be played less often. Is it possible to build a system that uses this information to learn which music you prefer and play it more often?

Does Open Source Matter? To IT, It Does, Says Nicholas Carr

  • InformationWeek; By Charles Babcock (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 12:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nicholas Carr, the Harvard Business Review editor-at-large who in 2004 authored the book "Does IT Matter?" said Tuesday that open source code is much more than a passing phenomenon and will form the base of future IT departments.

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