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Group to develop Open Document Format plug-in for MS Office users

Software industry group Open Source Victoria has teamed up with technology company Phase N to develop a plug-in for Microsoft Office users to view documents in the Open Document Format.

Microsoft slams open source licensing chaos

Microsoft has launched an attack on existing open source "licensing proliferation" claiming that the system is confusing and unnecessarily challenging for software developers.

Jason Matusow, director of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, told vnunet.com that the large number of open source licences currently in use is counterproductive.

Firefox Tops 100 Million With Google's Help

The Mozilla Foundation has earned around $30 million from Google for its placement as Firefox's default browser. Funding has helped Mozilla hit the 100 million mark has happened despite some growing pains.

Inveneo lights up Bay St. Louis

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 20, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the usual course of business, Inveneo provides information and communication technology for remote villages in places such as Uganda. But after Hurricane Katrina hit the US south coast at the end of August, the company went to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to set up a communication system for relief workers, who needed to be able to talk to each other and coordinate relief supplies for local residents.

Oracle's DevDay in Jozie next month

Developers and DBAs are invited to get to grips with the hottest Oracle middleware and databases. Oracle also gets into the developer spirit with blogs and podcasts of the event.

Firefox Catches Up With IE

Firefox has been adding new features in an effort to match IE; now, the browser is catching up in a more unfortunate way -- with vulnerabilities. Our own security guru Russ Cooper recently reported in his weekly Security Watch newsletter (sign up here) that the Web is awash with code that can attack Firefox and its Mozilla brethren. There are two fixes: patches and disabling International Domain Name (IDN) support.

The CUPS Printing System

A basic introduction to what CUPS is and why you might want to use it rather than LPD.

Camino Update Provides Details of Camino Checkins

Camino contributor Samuel Sidler has recently been posting details of checkins to the native Mac OS X browser at the Camino Update weblog.

Apache cause celeb for Sun and BEA

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by ralph on Oct 20, 2005 2:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Java vendors' growing captivation with Apache has resulted in expanded product and licensing support from BEA Systems and Sun Microsystems. Tomcat is a servlet container, not a server as stated in the article. - ed

Why they're talking about Internet governance

  • Originally printed in the American Reporter; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 2:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's an unlikely matter for the United States and other nations to lock horns over: the administration of names and numbers used to reach Internet sites. But this seemingly trivial function is occupying a lot of time among government representatives traveling from continent to continent. A United Nations body wants to wrest power over these things from their current master, the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The United States says that with ICANN in charge, things are running just fine (which they aren't). Many people condemn one side or the other for trying to carry out a power grab, or call the engagement a lot of hot air.

Open source world needs greater governance

  • Ping Wales; By Basheera Khan (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Editor's Notes: We believe Sun Microsystems qualifies for the job of recognizing poor governance since they have lived with it for so long. Now, Basheera Khan writes: "Sun Microsystem's chief open source officer Simon Phipps has issued a call for greater governance in the open source world."

Speaking at EuroOSCON, currently underway in Amsterdam, Phipps said: "It's become obvious to me what we are at a turning point in free and open source software, in terms of thinking about licensing, governance and standards."

"Phipps cited poor governance as the greatest vector for disease in open source projects, and described governance as a whole as the overlooked corner of the open source world."

Well Basheera, Simon should know, since his colleagues are experts at running a company into the ground."

VMWare ups the ante against Xen

VMWare released a new, free, as in beer, product today. The VMWare player can host VMWare machines created in the commercial VMWare products. Several sample "machines" are offered for download. This included a nice stack of business apps, assembled by SpikeSource, and based on your choice of SuSE 9.3 or Fedora Core 3.

Nightly Builds of Lightning Now Available

Dan Mosedale has announced that nightly builds of Lightning are now available. Details of the builds, which are not yet suitable for day-to-day use, are on the Lightning nightly builds page of the Mozilla Wiki.

Review:Linux in a Nutshell

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 20, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
There are many kinds of Linux-related books. Some instruct readers on design philosophies and programming principles, others are "beginner" books written in layman's terms, and then there are administration and security guides. Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition is a desk reference -- not something you'd read cover-to-cover, and you wouldn't want it to be your only source of Linux-related information, but it's handy to have around if you use the GNU/Linux operating system on a regular basis.

Removal of Technological Arts Requirement on Business Method Patents - Dennis Crouch Explains

  • Groklaw.com (Posted by Tsela on Oct 20, 2005 1:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
You know how I always write that software is math, so allowing software patents is like patenting 2+2=4, and then telling the world they can't use 2+2 any more? Well, they've about done it now.

Open source workshop hits Wits next week

  • Tectonic; By Lunga Madlala (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 12:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linuxchix Africa and Kasi Open Source Software (KOSS) will conduct a "train-the-trainers" workshop in Johannesburg next week in an effort to reach out to women who have been previously sidelined in open source initiatives.

Free Standards Group launches Linux standardization project


A new project has been launched by the Free Standards Group in order to promote standardization of desktop Linux distributions. The aim of the standardization is to widen the adoption of Linux as a desktop operating system. The group has launched the LSB Desktop Project, which has been adopted by all the major Linux distributors.

As well as distributors Red Hat, Novell, Mandriva, Linspire, and Xandros, LSB Desktop Project members also include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel on the hardware side, as well as Adobe Systems, RealNetworks, and Trolltech on the software side.

Article demystifies "top ten" Linux shell commands

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 11:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

In the dark days before GUIs (way, way back in the '70s and earlier), command-line instructions were all a computer could understand from a human. Technically, it's still all they understand -- but the instructions have been obfiscated by the use of the point-and-click GUI interface.

However, there are still times when users find a need to drop down to a Linux shell prompt, and enter the strange and wondrous world of the CLI (command line interface). To that end, Linux developers Steve Campbell and Sunil Patel have put together a list of the "Newbie's Top Ten Commands." These are the most-often used -- thus the most important -- command-line instructions that exist, according to the authors.

Icewarp releases Linux version of Merak E-mail Server Suite

  • eChannelLine; By Chris Talbot (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IceWarp Software has released a Linux version of its Merak E-mail Server Suite, and according to the company's U.S. distributor, there was a high demand from customers for a Linux edition of the product.

Process in crosshairs at Rational, Borland

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The sparring match for developer mindshare between Borland Software and IBM/Rational has continued, as the companies focus on "process" instead of tools.

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