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Novell drops its Hula challenger to Microsoft

Novell has abandoned an open source project hyped as challenging Microsoft Outlook and Exchange by becoming the "Apache" of email and collaboration software. The company has pulled full-time engineers off project Hula following lacklustre demand. Engineers are "moving to other roles", according to the Hula mailing list.

From XML to paper with Prince

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose text markup language often used for data storage or passing messages between applications. There are a number of libraries available for processing arbitrary XML within programs, but fewer options to translate XML it into professional printed documents. Here is one way to get from XML to PDF.

WordPerfect to Support Both ODF and Open XML

Corel announces that it will start supporting ODF in WordPerfect as well as Microsoft's Open XML document format in 2007.

Lightscribe SDKs for Linux emerge

The Optical Disk labeling tech called Lightscribe just came out with a new twist, a Linux SDK. Now you can slowly burn pretty, low-contrast pictures on the flip side of your latest distro ISOs on your Linux box instead of your Windows box.

Open Source Software Jumps Firewalls and Dodges Censorship

In a development that has the potential to shake and crack censorship measures such as “the Great Firewall of China”, Canadian researchers have created software that enables web surfers to circumvent internet roadblocks and have open access to the web.

Geronimo JNDI/Java resource connection pools, Part 1

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Dale de los Reyes (Posted by solrac on Nov 30, 2006 12:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article series provides concept-rich documentation on how to use JNDI to access connection pools for data sources, Java Messaging Services (JMS), mail sessions, and URL connections.

Linux Professional Institute creates voucher contest for LPIC-3...

The Linux Professional Institute invites all Linux professionals to participate in the creation of LPI's enterprise level LPIC-3 certification. The Linux Professional Institute (http://www.lpi.org) invites all Linux professionals to participate in the creation of LPI's enterprise level LPIC-3 certification. The contest asks for IT professionals to complete a Job Task Analysis survey which will assist in the creation of a psychometrically-valid certification program.

Try Lotus Domino Ajax instant messaging

Learn how the power of IBM Lotus Domino and Ajax can add awareness to your Domino Web applications. One reason we love this technique is that it doesn’t load Microsoft ActiveX controls, instantiate a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) instance, or require a flash animation player. It is a lightweight, low-tech solution for most clients.

OLPC XO ($100 Laptop) running Doom

  • linuxlookup.com (Posted by linuxlookup on Nov 29, 2006 10:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
With so many North American's itching to get their hands on a OLPC $100 laptop, why not taunt the caged tigers with a little more meat. I found these videos from Christopher Blizzard's blog. Christopher helped develop the modified version of Fedora Core for the OLPC and Sugar GUI, so rest assured these videos of an OLPC XO running Doom are not fakes.

Corel Announces "Have it Your Way" Format Strategy

In an announcement that many would have expected to have been made over a year ago, Corel announced this morning that it will provide "open, view and edit support for ODF" - and for Office OpenXML (OOXML), the format submitted to Ecma for adoption, as well. The announcement states that the new functionality will be just a "first step towards a comprehensive set of functionality for both formats," but does not specify what actions might follow, or when.

Intalio donates BPMN modeler to open source community

Open source business process management vendor Intalio Inc announced it has donated its BPMN process modeler to the Eclipse Foundation, a move likely to accelerate commoditization of the business process modeler category. Intalio's news follows hot on the heels of Tibco's announcement earlier this month that it has made the latest version of its Eclipse-based Business Studio business process modeling tool available free of charge.

First KOffice 1.6 Maintenance Release Available

The KOffice team today released the first bug-fix release in their 1.6 series. Many bugs in Kexi and Krita as well as in most other components were fixed, thanks to the helpful input of our users. We also have updated languages packs. You can read more about it in the announcement, and the release notes. A full changelog is also available. Currently, you can download binary packages for Kubuntu and SUSE.

Influence scheduling priority with nice and renice

  • Linux.com; By Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, and Trent R. Hein (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 29, 2006 8:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
The "niceness" of a process is a numeric hint to the kernel about how the process should be treated in relation to other processes contending for the CPU. The strange name is derived from the fact that it determines how nice you are going to be to other users of the system. A high nice value means a low priority for your process: you are going to be nice. A low or negative value means high priority: you are not very nice. The range of allowable niceness values is -20 to +19.

LDAP Series Part V - Grtting a Grip on Directory Service Modeling

I have an observation I'd like to disclose about the Open Source community: we tend to leap into all kinds of things before we have all the facts and/or information necessary to make intelligent decisions. We criticize other communities, laugh at things like directory services from the two major NOS players, talk about all our great applications, etc. we hang on to old notions about a what makes Linux tick. Sorry, but that model Eric doesn't fit any more. The community natter appears to come mostly from people who lack deep technical skills and knowledge of enterprises.

Out of the mouth of babes: Linux is Better

When I asked my son why he had snatched my laptop instead of using the Windows PC, he replied without hesitation: "Because Linux is better."

Linux gaming: don't sell your Xbox

It's not that you can't run WoW (World of Warcraft) on Linux. With the latest CrossOver Office beta, you can do exactly that. Indeed, Lynch found that running World of Warcraft "ran so well that I began to get distracted from writing this review and started to get sucked into the world of Azeroth. I kept playing and didn't even realize that I was running WoW in a window on my KDE desktop in PCLinuxOS."

Open-Xchange Publishes The End of FUD Paper

Can the open source approach to software development promote transparency and remove FUD -- fear, uncertainty and doubt?

CSS: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition

I've been seeing a lot of Eric Meyer lately...well, at least his books and other references. About a week and a half ago, I reviewed his book CSS Web Site Design: Hands-On Training (Peachpit Press). A few days later, during my review of Designing with Web Standards (2nd Edition - New Riders), I noticed that he was credited as the technical editor of the book's first edition. When I picked up my copy of O'Reilly's "CSS: The Definitive Guide" and saw that Meyer was the author I thought, "This guy gets around".

OSS is a clear winner at The Weather Channel

  • IT Managers Journal; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 29, 2006 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ninety-five percent of cable television subscribers watch The Weather Channel, and TWC's Weather.com Web site, which provides current local weather information to every city in the United States, draws more than 30 million visitors each month. TWC's customers are local cable television facilities and individual Web site users. To manage those customers effectively, TWC chose an open source customer relationship management (CRM) application called Centric.

O3spaces Challenges MOSS for Team Collaboration

Hoping to level the playing field with Microsoft SharePoint and perhaps make a little open source cheddar, Dutch software outfit O3 is releasing its O3Spaces back office suite for OpenOffice and StarOffice. While it is far from offering all of the features of SharePoint (MOSS) 2007, it is definitely something that that open source and hybrid Microsoft/open source shops should consider for document management.

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