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Massachusetts has a new CIO, fate of its OpenDocument up in the air

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a new, albeit temporary, top technology executive. Bethann Pepoli was appointed acting CIO last week, replacing Peter Quinn, who stepped down last month. Quinn drew national attention and stirred controversy within the Massachusetts government and among major IT vendors when his office outlined a plan to move away from proprietary document formats and adopt the XML-based OpenDocument file format for all state records.

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  • Washington Post (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Appreciating that not everyone wants to spend a half-hour talking finance, Angela suggests taking a moment to focus on an entirely different type of Web resource--one that saves not your money but your time. For a technology that was supposed to save time, the Web can certainly keep you glued to a chair. Checking and rechecking favorite sites can be a mighty pain, and as for bookmarks--well, Angela's got well over 2000 sites on her list. Who's got the kind of time it would take to check in on all those regularly?

Desktop Linux: If we build it, will they come?

  • ComputerWorld; By Dave Rosenberg, OSDL (Posted by bstadil on Jan 14, 2006 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Where is desktop Linux at the moment? Right now we see end-user Linux in fixed function and transactional systems and technical workstations.

[Ed: This article provides excellent insight into the Linux desktop. Don't let the title fool you. The title betrays the content: tadelste]

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GPL 3: Pre-Release Buzz Centers on Patents, License Compatibility

Open-source advocates are hoping that effective new provisions for patents and compatibility with other software licenses will be prominent in the first public draft of the GNU GPL 3.0.

The Problem with Webcasting

  • O'Reilly Emerging Telephony; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The U.S. WIPO delegation is also pushing for an extension of the broadcasters' control to the Web. The European broadcast laws don't cover the Web (although a European Union representative recently endorsed the U.S. proposal), so this is a new threat to the public domain.

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Apparmor for Linux goes open-source

Novell has open-sourced the commercial AppArmor security tool for Linux, first developed by Immunix. The release brings application security features with high transparency and low overhead to the enterprise Linux community.

[ED: Repeat, yes but it's Novell and they are so much better than I expected - HC]

Study: 40% of Irish companies choose open-source

More than 40% of organizations in Ireland will use some form of open-source software in 2006, according to a study by iReach, a research company in Dublin.

[ED: Much less significant than the raw numbers might seem to imply. Within the EU Ireland is a friend of patents and MS goals. Hence, I would bet many of the companies and entities just do not carry the clout of 40% usage should imply due to many being small or not politically well connected. - HC]

First look: VMware Player

Last month VMware released a free product called VMware Player. With the Player and one of the free images that run within it, users can explore new operating systems and environments without going through the inconvenience of formatting or partitioning a hard drive or configuring unfamiliar software. I tested the player by running Ubuntu Linux on a Windows host, and got good results with only a few glitches.

The Story of Stone Soup

  • esd.ornl.gov; By Forrest M. Hoffman, William W. Hargrove, and Andrew J. Schultz (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.

"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "Better keep moving on."

BrainShare 2006

The 2006 Novell BrainShare session catalog has been posted, and I'm in it.

HP Appoints New VP for Open Source, Linux

Longtime HP employee Christine Martino brings a more business and operational focus to the role than did her predecessor.

Performance Technologies' NexusWare(TM) Linux-Based Software Suite Named Product of the Year by INTERNET TELEPHONY(R) Magazine

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Performance Technologies (Nasdaq: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software, today announced the company's NexusWare(TM) Linux-based software suite was named Product of the Year for 2005 by INTERNET TELEPHONY(R) magazine.

A big step for Linux in China

  • BusinessWeek; By Steve Hamm (Posted by tadelste on Jan 14, 2006 1:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
China has long been seen as a fertile ground for Linux and other open source software. In a country where more than 90% of software in use is pirated, it seems like a natural fit. Chinese entrepreneurs can use open source as a foundation for a new generation of home grown applications and services. Yet the proliferation of Chinese Linux distributions was a worry. If they weren't compatible with each other, the opportunity could be lost to create a rich open source ecosystem.

Well, that worry seems to have been resolved. On Jan. 13 in Beijing (still the 12th in NYC, where I am), the government and the Free Standards Group--an open-source outfit from San Francisco--announced an initiative to get all Chinese Linux distributions to comply with the Linux Standards Base. That's a core set of common elements that assures that a Linux application will run on multiple versions of Linux.

Review: Grafpup Linux live CD for graphic designers

What would you get if you were to combine good graphic programs such as the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), Inkscape, and CinePaint with other open source biggies such as Scribus and Nvu? The answer: Grafpup Linux, a live CD heaven for all graphic designers.

Linux Advisory Watch - January 13, 2006

This week, perhaps the most interesting articles include hylafax, hal, poppler, pdftohtml, libpaperl, xpdf, gpdf, and apache2. The distributors include Gentoo and Mandriva.

eThekwini municipality builds on open source

Best know for its beaches and tourists Durban has been quietly building its Internet and Intranet services using open source tools including Plone and Zope. Now that the project is done developers and managers say it was a challenging task but one well worth the effort.

Us patents get open source friendly

The US Patent Office is working with open source developers to improve the way patents are applied to software. The US Patent Office is working with open source developers to improve the way patents are applied to software, reports The Register.

Firefox Extension Draws Code Chart

This Firefox extension called View Rendered Source Chart will graphically show you sections of defined code in a web page. Really an advanced form of syntax highlighting or intellegent indenting might be a way to think of this extension.

Bringing software freedom to war-torn Burundi

Twelve years of civil war has left the tiny east African country of Burundi with practically no ICT infrastructure. Open source pioneer and chairperson of the East African Center for Open Source Software, Victor van Reijswoud, intends to set up a branch in the capital, Bujumbura, to encourage OSS use in business, government and education.

Linux: Using 1GB of RAM Without HighMem

Jens Axboe began anlkml thread saying, "it does annoy me that any 1G i386 machine will end up with 1/8th of the memory as highmem." He then provided a patch that adds a kernel configuration option to control how memory is divided among kernel space and user space

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