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The Evolving ODF Environment: Spotlight on KOffice

There are already multiple implementations of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) in the marketplace. Why do adopt a standard - and therefore by definition go head to head with their competitors?

Does GNU needs a GNU logo?

Does GNU or the Free Software movement need a new and more attractive logo to help us advertise Free Software ideas?

strace - A very powerful troubleshooting tool for all GNU/Linux users

  • All about Linux; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on May 5, 2006 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Many times I have come across seemingly hopeless situations where a program when compiled and installed in GNU/Linux just fails to run. In such situations after I have tried every trick in the book like searching on the net and posting questions to Linux forums, and still failed to resolve the problem, I turn to the last resort which is trace the output of the misbehaving program. Tracing the output of a program throws up a lot of data which is not usually available when the program is run normally. And in many instances, sifting through this volume of data has proved fruitful in pin pointing the cause of error.

Unix Methods and Concepts in the Wild

Our list of Unix books, papers, and usenet postings continues to grow, so much so that I thought it best to move it to its own page, so we can organize it and continue to work on it on its own page. With that end in mind, Groklaw member grouch has collected all the comments you've left on the original article, and he's put them all together in one list.
Nice bit of work, Grouch!

A 100% free software-based Italian publisher

Journalist Zenone Sovilla founded publishing company Nonluoghi Libere Edizioni (the name approximately means "Non-Places Free Editions") in 2002 after two years' experience running an online community called, which he created to discuss social and political issues, with particular attention to the relationships between democracy and information. The focus of the newborn publishing house was on participatory democracy, libertarian theories, and nonviolence. Right at the start, Sovilla decided that this new business would not only support the philosophy behind free software, but also practiced it in full, since "it looked to be the only way to be consistent with the company mission." In practice, adopting free software was a bold choice in autumn 2001.

Un's FAO Selects MySQL as its Open Source DB Standard

MySQL AB, developer of open source database, announced that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has selected MySQL as its open source server-side database standard.

LPI exam prices may triple in SA

The Linux Professional Institute's recent decision to globally hike exam prices means SA geeks are running out of time to get certified cheaply. By next year, South Africans could be paying in excess of R900 per exam, about triple the current price.

ODF in action

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tom Kuipers and Alan Berg (Posted by fsmdave on May 5, 2006 4:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Using OpenDocument format text in OpenOffice, KOffice and AbiWord

Coming Soon: ODF for MS Office

The OpenDocument Foundation has announced that it has created an Open Document Format plugin for Microsoft Office 97 and up. Distribution plans are still up in the air, but It may be released publicly as part of Google Pack. (Linux-Watch)

Linux WiFi fix won't be quick

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes: "The driver, in theory, will be able to support any flavor of 802.11 -- a, b, g, and come the day it's finally approved, n. The driver doesn't concern itself with those issues. It's up to the chipsets' hardware radios to deal with speed concerns. The driver is designed to control the radio hardware on the target device, not replace it."

Sun Lends a Hand to Open Source

  • BetaNews; By Ed Oswald (Posted by dcparris on May 5, 2006 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun said Thursday that it would alter its licensing terms in order to make Java easier to bundle with open source operating systems. The announcement is expected to come at the JavaOne conference later this month.

Everyone Wants to 'Own' Your PC

When technology serves its owners, it is liberating. When it is designed to serve others, over the owner's objection, it is oppressive. There's a battle raging on your computer right now -- one that pits you against worms and viruses, Trojans, spyware, automatic update features and digital rights management technologies. It's the battle to determine who owns your computer.

dyne:bolic 2.0 RC Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 5, 2006 11:00 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The release candidate of dyne:II is out. In this 2.0 version there is a lot more than 1.0, it will take a while for me to write complete documentation about all the features, but let's go on and see what happens. In particular this release solves all problems with nesting, Unionfs for writable /usr, PCMCIA automatic recognition and... runs on Apple's new Intel based machines (docking and booting from CD with bootcamp). OSDir has some nice shots of dyne:bolic in the dyne:bolic 2.0 RC Screenshot Tour.

Open source tools project launches user survey

Current and former OpenEmbedded users are invited to complete a 23-question online survey conducted by the project. The first OpenEmbedded user survey aims to help the project understand its user-base and their needs, in order to improve the tool. The OpenEmbedded project maintains open-source embedded development tools primarily targeting Linux.

Opinion: It Takes a Project to Raze a Forest

One of the basic premises of evolution is that traits that are advantageous to the species are perpetuated and adverse ones winnowed. Extending the metaphor to software design project management, one would expect that modern "best practices" would be the ones that had resulted in the most benefit to companies. James Turner analyzes why this is not usually the case, and what can be done to correct the problem.

Defeat spam with SpamBayes

  • NewsForge; By Peter Ihme (Posted by dcparris on May 5, 2006 7:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Spam email is the plague of the 21st century; SpamBayes is its cure. This client-side application analyzes all incoming email messages and automatically sorts out those that are unwanted.

Intel Aims to Breach Digital Divide With Linux-Based Mobile PC

Tentative designs call for a machine that uses one-tenth of the power of conventional laptops, a 7-inch screen and the Linux operating system. The project's partners include Google and AMD.

Covalent Technologies and Chariot Solutions Deliver Complete Solutions

Covalent announced a strategic partnership with Chariot Solutions on Apache Geronimo support

Red Hat Strengthens Partner Network in N. India

Red Hat, the global provider of open source to the enterprise, announced that they have welcomed four new resellers as Red Hat Ready Business Partners to cater to markets in northern India.

US in open source backlash

Think of the children

WCIT The US has fallen way behind other nations with regard to its embrace of open source technology, and the situation may only get worse. Open source coders face their grandest test to date as organizations place more and more scrutiny on the origins and value of FOSS (free and open source software) products.

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