The KDE Community and the release team have put together a release plan for the long anticipated version 4.0, which is planned to be released in October 2007. KDE 4.0 will be a major milestone for the Free Desktop, as it offers a new foundation and set of frameworks that will shape the desktop user experience for years to come. Users will benefit from improved speed through Qt 4, integration of hardware through Solid, multimedia performance via Phonon, usability enhancements by close collaboration with OpenUsability, new real-time communication options with Decibel, spell-checking with Sonnet, comprehensive desktop search through Strigi and Nepomuk, a new desktop metaphor through Plasma and, last but not least, a completely new artwork experience called Oxygen.
Call it drinking the Kool-Aid, or just accepting business/IT reality — but more and more large enterprises are jumping on board the Microsoft/Novell agreement to provide support and interoperability between Windows and Linux.
Netfirms says its new service enables developers to use Web programming frameworks from either platform simultaneously on one Web site. Netfirms product manager Jason Matheson says the new service was created in response to customer demand and rather than just offering the ASP.NET framework, the company decided to offer the choice of developing on both.
A few weeks ago, the Kino video editor finally hit 1.0, which is usually a positive milestone that heralds a new era in an application's development. However, Kino developer Dan Dennedy says that he is done working on Kino's functionality for at least a year, and work toward another major release will not happen "for at least a year" unless someone else steps up to fork the application. However, Dennedy says he sees good things ahead for kdenlive, a non-linear video editor for KDE.
Another founder of modern computing passes away. John W Backus, team leader of the original FORTRAN development team at IBM, died on 17 March at the respectable age of 82.
Some OpenOffice.org macros have rudimentary dialog boxes that allow you to define a few parameters. If you're ready to take your macro programming skills to a new level, you can learn how to create graphical interfaces for your macros. Once you know how to do that, you can build advanced macros that are close to full-blown applications.
Santa Clara University in California next week will host a symposium on open-souece software. Titled "Virtues and Vices of Open Source Software," the symposium will focus on issues surrounding commercial and open-source software development.
Those interested in theopenEHR archetype approach but who have been missing a platform independent editor might like this announcement: The LiU Archetype Editor, version 0.5.2, by the Medical Informatics group at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at LinkÃ¶ping University in Sweden has now been released for public download [url=athttp://www.imt.liu.se/mi/ehr/]athttp://www.imt.liu.se/mi/ehr/[/url] This release is historical in the sense that the ongoing harmonisation among different openEHR specification and tool authors has reached a point where the tools are compatible. The official openEHR clinical archetypes [url=athttp://svn.openehr.org/knowledge/archetypes/dev/index.html]athttp://svn.openehr.org/knowledge/archetypes/dev/index.html[/url] are now in line with the 1.0.1 specifications and all tools.
Novell's rollout this week of a SUSE Linux thin client surely doesn't mean that the richer and only slightly older SUSE Enterprise Desktop (SLED) will be going away, officials said at BrainShare. On the other hand, the new Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2, also launched as a public beta this week, will feature a Linux kernel topped by NetWare, a legacy OS the company is now phasing out.
What does the sitcom "Seinfeld" have to do with One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the project aiming to distribute inexpensive notebook computers to the impoverished, third-world children? Not much, except for the fact that two critics of OLPC -- Linspire President and CEO Kevin Carmony and company Chairman Michael Robertson -- refer to an episode of the show when discussing OLPC. They say there are parallels between OLPC and the 1997 Seinfeld installment "The Muffin Tops."
On March 21, KDE e.V, the non-profit organization behind the popular KDE desktop environment, announced its schedule to complete its next version, 4.0. If all goes well, we should see a release of KDE 4.0 this Fall. While the group's timeline is subject to change, the project announced "we will try our best to stick to them if possible. The KDE Release Team is acting as the coordinator for the 4.0 release."
There's an interesting bit in these notes about Tivo finally commenting on GPLv3. Apparently Tivo wants the key signing clause removed. "[They] even offered removal of DRM from the stored video, just as long as they could keep the subscription lock-in by signing the software."
This tutorial describes how to install the 32 bit Linux Testdrive of SAP Netweaver 2004 on SUSE Linux 9.3 and enable BW functionality. It goes step by step through the distribution installation, environment setup and tasks that need to be done in order to set everything up.
Recently I needed to set up a server with all the usual server components -- Web, mail, and file sharing. It needed to be rock-solid and reliable. I didn't want to download 4GB of software from the Net, so I turned to CentOS' Single Server CD.
Novell officials are welcoming the news that Red Hat is planning a packaged Linux desktop solution, which they say validates their existing desktop-to-data center offering. Nat Friedman, Novell's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, told eWEEK in an interview that Red Hat's acknowledgment of the Linux desktop's importance is welcomed.
Backup and Restore Ubuntu System using Sbackup
The newer Linux desktop environments with their flashy graphics require newer powerful hardware to go with them. But Linux is still well-suited to get more mileage out of that old machine you still have lying around. So don't throw it out. Here's a way to breath new life into old hardware.
Work on GPL Version 3 continues, but the debate between Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds over new features is less important than the rewriting of the rules that GPL has imposed on the landscape.
Are you looking for a Windows alternative for serious office work? Many people are starting to wonder about their non-Microsoft operating system options, especially given Windows Vista's hefty hardware demands, upgrade costs and license restrictions. Scot Finnie, Computerworld's online editorial director, has already examined using Mac OS X in the workplace. Now, I take a hard look at Linux by using an enterprise distribution exclusively at work. I'm not simply playing with a test machine; I've been using Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10+ day in, day out to do my job as Computerworld's online managing editor.
Research in Motion (RIM) systems architect Ian Brown wanted to give his administrators the same central identity management authentication functionality for their Linux and Unix machines that they enjoyed with Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory -- but it just wasn't happening.