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KDE Wins Best Desktop Environment Award

The results of the LinuxQuestions.org 2005 awards were published earlier this week and KDE once again won the Desktop Environment of the Year award.

Linux Networx adds storage to clusters

Linux Networx last week announced several storage offerings for its high-performance Linux clusters.

Give us back our crown jewels

Guardian Technology today launches a campaign - Free Our Data. The aim is simple: to persuade the UK government to abandon copyright on essential national data, making it freely available to anyone to mesh with information created elsewhere.

[ED: Be certain to read how this theft has become endemic in his "Defending Openness". - HC]

SUSE, Fedora or Debian for sys admins: A closer look



While preparing a market study for a technical book publisher, we discovered that the majority of Linux users prefer non-commercial Linux distributions. The most popular include two projects from Red Hat and SUSE while users prefer Debian and consider it enterprise ready. You might find some surprises as we did.

Firefox to get phishing shield

An upcoming version of Firefox will include protection against phishing scams, using technology that might come from Google.

The phishing shield is a key new security feature planned for Firefox 2, slated for release in the third quarter of this year, Mozilla's Mike Shaver said in an interview Tuesday.

[ED: Odd: "... already in Netscape 8 and Opera 8, both released last year." and will be in IE later in 2006. I wonder if Firefox will at least beat out MS on this needed feature. - HC]

Interview: Linux branching out, says IBM exec

Donderdag 9 maart 2006, 10:19 - In an interview with IDG News Service, Adam Jollans, Linux strategy manager for IBM Corp., discusses how he sees Linux adoption evolving across vertical industries and in businesses both small and large, and how IBM is adapting its own Linux strategy to mesh with those trends.

Linux Licensing - Interview with Linus

  • Forbes.com; By Daniel Lyons (Posted by tadelste on Mar 9, 2006 6:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Boston - Fans of open source software have been buzzing since Linus Torvalds, creator of the popular Linux operating system, indicated he wouldn't adopt a new version of the license under which Linux is distributed. Torvalds' opinion matters because his program is by far the most popular open source program in the world.

Office Formats, Accessibility and Politics: Caveat Legislator

Massachusetts legislators on Beacon Hill today will see a demonstration of accessibility features for Office 7, but they won't see the complete picture.

Today, interested Massachusetts legislators are being offered a pre-release demonstration of the accessibility features of Microsoft's Office 2007. What I understand they will see will be a subset of Windows features used in conjunction with a subset of third party accessibility tools, configured by experts, and demonstrated by sighted technicians. What they won't see is what it would be like for someone with disabilities trying to learn how to use a new system, using new accessibility tools (assuming that the old tools in fact are ported to the new platform). Not to mention the big bills that tax payers will need to pay to purchase those tools.

[ED: The continuing, important story of OpenDocument Format - this time a MS effort to block it by demostrating its innovative technologies. Tastes good ... something like fudge. - HC]

Ibm Switches to Linux Desktops, But Isn't Dumping Windows

IBM employees using Linux desktops are switching to Red Hat Inc.'s version of the open-source operating system, but the company denied reports that it's planning to dump Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Mix-and-match open source approach recommended

New Democracy Player aggregates video podcasts

What happens if you take VLC player, add a pinch of XUL, and sprinkle a bit of RSS on top? You get Democracy Player, a new RSS aggregator geared towards managing video podcasts.

Real-time Linux powers shipbuilding robots

A top shipbuilding company has licensed a commercial, real-time embedded Linux operating system for use in three robotic manufacturing devices, including two currently in production. FSMLabs says its Korean partner, RealTimeWave, helped Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) develop the robotic shipbuilding devices, which are based on RTLinuxPro.

How to deploy GTK+ with handy dev-tools

This article takes A look at sample GTK+ applications and handy development tools that allow you to deploy a GTK+ application and everything you need to get your product to the user.

PHP project follows script

Easier, simpler

Novell hopes its next desktop will leapfrog Windows

Company says its next Linux desktop will be more usable than desktop products anywhere else on the market.

Mandriva One LiveCD Install Walk-Through

Mandriva Club reports - The second beta of Mandriva Linux One 2006, our new installable live CD, is now available... One is a fully-functional live CD, like the one included in Mandriva Linux 2006 Discovery or the old Move, but it also includes a wizard which quickly and easily installs One to the hard disk from within the running system. From then on you can use it just like a normal installed Mandriva system.

Join OSDir as they install Mandriva with the One LiveCD in their Mandriva Linux One 2006 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour.

Second Life released for Linux

Fans of the online virtual world Second Life can now connect from Linux machines. Linden Lab, creator of Second Life, recently launched a public test of the Linux client, sporting the same feature set and interface as the Windows and Mac OS X versions. The download and membership are free, so there is no excuse for not taking a look. If you were ever jealous of the exciting world your Sims live in, now you have the opportunity to get a taste of their experience firsthand.

Jon Maddog Hall on Linux, saving money and ruling the world

  • ComputerWorld; By Dahna McConnachie (Posted by tadelste on Mar 9, 2006 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
At the age of four Jon Maddog Hall stuck the wires from a rabbit-ear television antenna into an electric socket which sent him flying across the room. Acknowledging the power of technology, Hall went on to forge a career and life based around it. He has been a software engineer, systems administrator, product manager, marketing manager and professional educator. Hall has been the executive director of Linux International since 1995, the first four years as a volunteer. He has been employed by VA Linux systems, Compaq Computer in the Digital Unix marketing group and Bell Laboratories among other companies.

Tips for finding disk usage using the command line

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Mar 9, 2006 12:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Figuring out available disk space is a common task no matter the operating system of choice. The command line for Linux can be a very useful tool to figure where space has filled up on your harddrives or other storage media. The command line is quick and does not require an extreme knowledge of UNIX based system commands in order to get your desired results. What is great about the command line is it doesn't matter the Linux distribution. All distributions come with their form of UNIX based console interface.

KOffice Design Competition Winner

Martin Pfeiffer has won the competition for KOffice 2 GUI and functionality design. All entries are available under the GPL license at the results page. His entry was chosen from among the eighteen submissions because of its innovative, ground-breaking approach to workflow and document handling. Across the board, the entries were of a high quality and demonstrated eagerness to think outside the established office suite paradigm.

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