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The Free Software Challenge in Latin America

  • Dissident Voice; By David Sugar (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

IBM Launches Open Plan for Vertical Markets

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 8:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
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.

Open source could slash school IT bills, says government

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 Joins Open Source Spftware [sic] Institute

  • I-Newswire.com (press release) (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: IBM
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.

Novell Loses Another Open-Source Aficionado

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.

Novell Acquires Immunix, Delivers Industry's Best Application Security for Linux

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Easy to Use, Open Source-Based Solution Protects Linux Environments Against Malicious Attacks and Viruses

Fedora Core 4 Test 3 Available

  • Mailing list; By Bill Nottingham (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
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 #114 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Ben Okopnik (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Linux powering UCF/DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

OOo Off the Wall: Tabling the Notion, Part 1

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 4:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How to add, design and manipulate tables in OOo 2.0.

Review: Kate Linux 2.0

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 10, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
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.

DIYParts.org to provide free PC parts marketplace

Mad Penguin 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

Michael Dell sinks $100M into Red Hat

  • Raleigh Triangle Business Journal (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
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.

Open source software undermines Windows strategy

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.

Site offers online Linux desktop

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An open source demonstration centre which allows free testing of the Linux OS has been put online by the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation.

Hula brings open source groupware to SMBs

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.

Michael Dell Puts His Own Money in Red Hat - Does Dell Have a Linux Desktop Plan?

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.

Outlook Express vs Thunderbird: an e-mail client comparison - Part 1

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.

Run a secure Linux server with Annvix

  • Tech Republic (subscription) (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 8:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Annvix 1.0-RELEASE is a server-oriented Linux OS. Take a look at some of the features of this secure Linux distribution.

The Third Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 9, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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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