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In 2002, then-US Ambassador to Peru, John Hilton, delivered a threatening letter to the Peruvian congress using his public office to act on behalf of a very powerful American private interest. The letter, which was leaked to the press, stated that the Microsoft Corporation and its chairman Bill Gates disapproved of Peru debating a proposed law, Special Bill 1609, which favored the use of free software in public administration. Hilton warned its passage would harm US-Peru relations.
In an effort to win over verticals and enhance its services opportunities, IBM plans to bundle open-source technology with open standards and release its patents.
The open source community will receive a major boost this week from the UK government's ICT agency, which has investigated the potential benefits of using free and non-proprietary software in education.
Black Duck Software, Inc., the leading provider of software compliance management solutions, today announced that it has become a corporate member of the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI), a U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of open source software solutions within the United States federal, state and municipal governments agencies and academic institutions.
Richard Seibt, the former president of SuSE Linux before its acquisition, leaves his post as president of Novell EMEA. A spokesman says his departure does not relate to two other recent executive resignations.
Easy to Use, Open Source-Based Solution Protects Linux Environments Against Malicious Attacks and Viruses
The Fedora Project would like to announce the release of Fedora Core 4 test 3; currently scheduled to be the final test release before Fedora Core 4.
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.
While enterprise and desktop discussions grab headlines, Linux is quietly infiltrating into much more mundane applications -- such as running the on-board computers of the University of Central Florida's entry for the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous, unmanned vehicle competition. Prof. Kien Hua of the College of Engineering and Computer Science heads up the UCF program as team leader. Figure 1 shows the vehicle.
How to add, design and manipulate tables in OOo 2.0.
Kate is a lightweight, free GNU/Linux distribution from Poland released with the goal of allowing people to play games, watch movies, listen to music, and surf the Web. While it does do these tasks, it requires a lot of handholding, manual configuration, and knowledge on a user's part. A single-CD install (with an optional second CD) is all it takes to get you up and running with Kate, but you may need to have a computer nerd handy for the setup.
has announced a new website that will allow people to give away and/or computer parts for free. Currently there are already people posting parts for free on the site so there is a chance it might catch on. The announcement is here
Billionaire Michael S. Dell, founder and chairman of Dell Inc., has placed a $99.5 million bet on Red Hat. Dell invested his own money in the Raleigh Linux software developer, taking the largest single chunk of $600 million in debentures offered by the company in January 2004.
For a company such as Microsoft whose most familiar competitive tactic has been to undercut rivals on price, "free" open source software such as the Linux operating system has represented a new and unusual threat.
An open source demonstration centre which allows free testing of the Linux OS has been put online by the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation.
Linux adoption by small and medium-sized businesses is being held back by the lack of an open source groupware server that's easy to install and configure. SMBs will see little cost advantage from using Linux after adding in the cost an enterprise groupware product. But this problem may soon be a thing of the past, with the recent launch of the Hula project. Hula is an ambitious, open source project jump-started with more than 200,000 lines of code donated from Novell's NetMail product.
I have considered a scenario where Dell takes a commanding lead over Apple in the Educational market. With the release of Red Hat Desktop, Dell's engineers could offer a complete line of desktops and laptops bundled with Dell's consumer products. If I wanted a great return on investment, I would do that.
We've put together a series of side-by-side screen shots of Outlook Express and Thunderbird as a visual comparison of these basic rival e-mail clients.
Excellent open source Outlook Express alternatives are available which provide similar and additional features. Such is the case with Mozilla's Thunderbird, which is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. Moving away from Outlook Express is a no-brainer, as our screen shots illustrate.
Annvix 1.0-RELEASE is a server-oriented Linux OS. Take a look at some of the features of this secure Linux distribution.
Nothing will make your team look worse than getting a call from an angry boss wondering why he couldn't get into the company email server all weekend. Server and service monitoring provides a way to know at all times which items on your network are up, which are down, what servers are experiencing issues handling load and just about any other type of availability information you could want. By configuring alerts and notifications, you can be the first to know when a problem on your network arises.
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