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Poland against OOXML?

Polish Technical Committee no 171 has just voted 80% against the adoption OOXML as an ISO standard [PL]. It’s not the end of the game though, since committee 171 which was first planned to make the decision does not make the final decision anymore. Another committee 182 — will be voting on the same issue on August 30th!

Linus Torvalds talks future of Linux

The development of the kernel has changed, and Linux is just getting better and better. However, with a community as large and fractured as the Linux community, it can sometimes be hard to get a big picture overview of where Linux is going: what's happening with kernel version 2.6? Will there be a version 3.0? What has Linus been up to lately? What does he get up to in his spare time? I had the opportunity to chat with the original creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, in a number of email exchanges.

Ubuntu founder advises SA on IT strategy

Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, gave a keynote speech at the Govtech conference in Cape Town where he spoke about how the broader landscape is shifting and what sort of strategies different countries are adopting to position themselves for success.

Meraka takes Linux exams to Cape Town

Merakka have announced that the next round of Linux Professional Institute exams will be held in both Pretoria and Cape Town.

The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

In some sense this book is the third in a trilogy published by Sitepoint on web design with The Art & Science of CSS and The Principles of Beautiful Web Design being the first two in the series. Since I wrote the reviews for the first two books for, I thought I'd publish the review for The CSS Anthology here, too.

Logitech MX Revolution's Special Buttons On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Aug 22, 2007 6:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to enable and configure the Logitech MX Revolution's special buttons on Fedora 7.

Asus Eee PC Price Hike, Limited Launch Next Month

When Asus first took the wraps off the Eee PC a few months ago, this small, Linux-based laptop drew a great deal of attention for its unusually low price. Since that time, though, Asus' estimates of what it will charge for this model have crept up a bit. Citing anonymous sources at the company, DigiTimes is reporting that Asus will begin shipping the Eee PC in September in four different configurations priced at $200, $240, $350, and $370. Exactly what these configurations will be is not yet known.

Linux: Supporting Older GCC Releases

A recent bug report led to a discussion about potentially dropping support for pre-4.0 versions of GCC. Adrian Bunk noted,"currently we support 6 different stable gcc release series, and it might be the right time to consider dropping support for the older ones. Are there any architectures still requiring a gcc< 4.0 ?" Russell King noted that on some architectures GCC 3.x is still preferable to the newer 4.x branch,"I want to keep support for gcc 3.4.3 for ARM for the foreseeable future.

SIMILE Exhibit: Data publishing for the rest of us

Tools like phpMyEdit allow you to create a quick-and-dirty front end to a database, but what if you need to publish a spreadsheet or BibTeX file on your Web site and give your visitors the ability to dynamically sort, filter, group, and visualize the published data? For that, you can turn to SIMILE Exhibit, an impressive data publishing framework that uses plain old HTML, CSS, and a bit of JavaScript to create Web pages with support for sorting, filtering, and data visualization. Exhibit requires neither database nor server-side coding wizardry, and you can master the tool in no time, even if you don't have any programming experience.

How To Install Sun Java SE 6 JDK and NetBeans 5.5.1 - Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Tomo Popovic (Posted by falko on Aug 22, 2007 3:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora, Sun
This tutorial shows how to install Sun Java JDK and NetBeans IDE on a fresh Fedora 7 installation. The readers I had in mind when assembling this are the people who are anxious to start using NetBeans and Sun's Java SE on their newly installed Fedora systems. Some of the bits and pieces on the topics I found on the Internet are assembled into this tutorial in order to make it as comprehensive as possible.

Issue 7 of o3 magazine available for download

This is o3magazine's first feature issue. It focuses on Agile Product Management with a couple of articles on Agile practices and concepts and how you can set up Yoxel, a web-based Agile Product Management solution.

Sun ODF plugin chokes on Office 2007

Users regularly cite lack of compatibility with Microsoft Office files as a reason for not using does include Microsoft Office export filters, as well as a number of settings for increased compatibility, but these features provide only good, not complete, compatibility. For this reason, Sun Microsystems' ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office, released earlier this year, sounded like good news. Promising export and import filters for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the free download appeared to tackle compatibility from a new but promising angle by giving Microsoft Office users the ability to open and save files in Open Document Format, the default format for 2.0 and higher. Unfortunately, the plugin is designed for older versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. If you're using the increasingly ubiquitous Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, the plugin delivers only a fraction of what it promises.

Golden Opportunity for Anti-DRM Movement?

Kim Hart, of the Washington Post writes: Wal-Mart today announced it would sell digital music downloads with no anticopying software. Is this another golden opportunity for the anti-DRM movement?

Radio Talk Show Blitz Progress Report: The Midnight Rider

I called into the Midnight Rider hosted by Mike Chambers. Read on and find out what I learned thus far in doing this

Making My Grandparents Leet Linux Users - Part 3

I use some common Linux tools to remotely support my Grandparents’ PC. These tools are SSH and X11vnc. X11vnc lets me take over the display, and the VNC traffic is tunneled with SSH. They can be a bit of work to set up, but work beautifully.

Lesser Known Applications for Linux — Screenwriting

This is the third article in a series highlighting lesser known applications for Linux. These articles will be a bit Ubuntu-centric, but these applications should run nicely on your distribution of choice. This installment will review applications that aid in writing screenplays, plays, and novels. It varies somewhat from the previous two articles in that it does reference a couple of better known applications for Linux, although it discusses some of the lesser known ways to use them.

OpenEMR HQ Launches total EMR Solution

September 1, 2007 will see the official launch ofOpenEMR HQ, a solutions provider offering several"enterprise level" EMR solutions to small to mid-sized clinics. The service will offer both hosted and on-site installations of theOpenEMR electronic medical records software package and a pre-configured, semi-managed appliance called"EMR-RACK" which promises to offer clinics an easy and affordable way to implement OpenEMR. They will also provide customization, development, installation, support, and training services to clinics worldwide.

Who needs Windows Home Server with Linux around?

Is this a joke? I only recently started paying attention to Windows Home Server, since I tend to focus more on desktop operating systems and enterprise server systems. So I didn't realize until now that WHS is really just a vanilla file server. There's nothing wrong with being an ordinary file server for the home. After all, with many home users having multiple computers and gigabytes of music, photos and movies, it's well past time for homes to start having simple-to-use file servers. But, why pay extra for it?

Building UNIX Software from Source Code

If your UNIX system lacks a tool you need, chances are you can find an apt solution in the enormous inventory of software available online. This month, learn how to build software from source code. There are instances where the software you need is available but is not (yet) part of any repository. Given the predominance of package management, most software comes bundled in a form you can download and install using the package manager. However, because any number of versions and flavors of UNIX are available, it can be difficult to offer every application in each package manager format for each particular variation. If your UNIX installation is mainstream and enjoys a large, popular following, chances are better that you'll find the software prebuilt and ready to use. Otherwise, it's time to roll up your sleeves and prepare to build the software yourself.

Portage Overlays for Gentoo

Gentoo uses a unique package manager to distribute source code that is "compatible" with Gentoo. That is, it's optimized to work with Gentoo's basic system and correctly installs any needed components in the system that a vanilla version may not offer. It tracks dependencies for the packages, and will install all the needed packages when installing a package. When this system works, it's great. Oh, and it's called Portage.

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