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Open News Podcast Episode 26 Released

This week on Open News OOXML Fast-track Rejected, NetApp Sues Sun, and An Interview With Jono Bacon.

Install Oracle 11g on HVM VM (CentOS 5) under Xen 3.1 on Debian Etch (x86_64)

Installation has been done to evaluate HVM VM performance. CentOS 5 VM has been tuned exactly as advised at 1 GB memory was allocated for VM and it was installed on 16 GB partion (/dev/sdbX) of SATA HDD Seagate Barracuda 160 GB

Rural Ugandans bank on OSS-built system

East African cellphone company, Simba Telecoms, has introduced an innovative local money transfer service in Uganda. Tectonic speaks to Cape Town-based Jeshurun Consulting's development manager to find out what was used to build the system.

Ian Lynch Talks About INGOTS Certifications in Open Technologies

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Sep 12, 2007 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Blue GNU interviews Ian Lynch, well-known in and beyond the and OpenDocument community, to learn about the INternational Grades with Open Technologies (INGOTS), how the certification system works, and how it is progressing.

Microsoft and Novell Open Interoperability Lab

Microsoft Corp. and Novell today announced the opening of the Microsoft and Novell Interoperability Lab in Cambridge, Mass. Announced last fall as part of Microsoft and Novell's groundbreaking collaboration agreement, the opening of the lab delivers on a promise the two companies made to work together to create a joint development facility at which Microsoft and Novell technical experts will design and test new software solutions and work with customers and the community to build and support technologies that allow Microsoft Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise to work well together.

Asterisk speeds up call centre response

Achievement Awards Group, a South African motivational organisation, has implemented the open source voice over IP solution, Asterisk, to upgrade the capability of its specialist call centre and to react quickly to the needs of clients.

Virus Protection With AVG Antivirus On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 12, 2007 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how you can install and use AVG Antivirus on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. Although there are not many Linux viruses out there, this can be useful if you often exchange files with Windows users - it can help you to not pass on any Windows viruses (that do not do any harm to Linux systems) to Windows users. AVG Antivirus for Linux is free for private and non-commercial use.

Xara Xtreme for Linux, a powerful graphics program

  •; By Frank Neugebauer (Posted by fneagle on Sep 12, 2007 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X. Xara Xtreme is based on Xara Xtreme for Windows . The source code was made available open-source in early 2006, and is being ported to Linux. The downloadable  version of Xara Xtreme for Linux  is working straight away on most Linux machines, but  the development is continuing daily. At the moment  two versions are available for download. The first is the recommended download because it will normally be the most stable. The second is the very latest, but untested version, built and published automatically. Warning: It may be unstable. Linux-Tip was using  the latest stable version provided as an “Autopackage Archive” on a Open Suse 10.2 Desktop. We recommend connecting your system to the Internet. In this case the script  can easily download and install the necessary packages automatically.


Anonymous browsing with JAP

When it comes to anonymous Web access, Tor is not the only fish in the sea. If you are looking for a lightweight utility that allows you to navigate the Web anonymously, JAP is more user-friendly. Similar to Tor, JAP sends a user's Web page request through multiple intermediary servers called mixes. Unlike Tor, however, JAP uses a predetermined sequence of mixes called a mix cascade. According to JAP's documentation, because each mix cascade handles multiple connections, it's virtually impossible to trace a particular connection to its user. If you are interested in a more detailed description of JAP's inner workings, take a look at the Architecture of the Anonymization Service article on JAP's Web site.

Open Tuesday hears government OSS plans

Assembled open source enthusiasts last night heard the programme manager for SITA's open source migration project, Arno Webb, speak about his role in directing the migration of government's many departments to open source.

Jeos: Canonical's virtualization-specific Ubuntu Linux

Canonical hopes its Jeos--"just enough operating system"--will be used as a foundation to package software for virtual machines.

Is the World Ready for a Web-Based Desktop?

Michael Robertson, founder of and Linspire, a Linux distributor, thinks the world is ready for a 'virtual' desktop on the Web. Is he right? Whatever else you can say about multimillionaire technology entrepreneur Michael Robertson—the founder of; Linspire, a Linux distributor; and SIPhone, a VOIP company, to name but a few—he has chutzpah. In each of his business ventures, he's taken on giants, such as the music industry, Microsoft and Vonage. Now, with AjaxWindows, he's at it again, with Microsoft once more in his sights.

Sun Solaris upgrade snuggles with Linux

Sun Microsystems upgraded the Solaris 10 operating system today, most notably enabling its OS to run Linux and its applications on x86 systems.

This week at LWN: Documentation and user-space API design

Michael Kerrisk, the Linux man page maintainer since 2004, gave a talk on the value of documentation during the first day of LinuxConf Europe 2007. While documents are useful for end users trying to get their job done, this use was not Michael's focus; instead, he talked about how documentation can help in the creation of a better kernel in the first place. The writing of documents, he says, reveals bugs and bad interface designs before they become part of a released kernel. And that can help to prevent a great deal of pain for both kernel and user-space developers.

CLI tricks: File management in Linux

  •; By adz (Posted by michux on Sep 12, 2007 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Unix systems provide a number of commands to manage files and directories. Their strong point is the ability to use them in a rather simple manner against a group of files/directories meeting certain conditions. For example all the files satisfying specific criteria can be deleted or have their names changed en masse.

Vector Linux 5.9-Pseudo64-0.1 -- Finally, 64-bit Vector

The first public Pseudo (alpha) release of Vector Linux 5.9 is now available. Normally a release like this wouldn’t be worth blogging about. It’s early development code. If you’re used to Ubuntu then think Tribe 1. It’s at that level. OK, it seems to be usable at this point but it’s not something I’d recommend for a system that has to do real work.

Wearing the Red Hat: A review of CentOS 3.9

It's not in the "one small step for man" category, but my quest to run something -- anything -- from Red Hat on my VIA C3 Samuel-equipped test box has finally been successful. But not without a lot of effort.

The Linux Foundation Announces First Legal Summits

Industry’s top open source legal experts to crack open legal issues at exclusive Linux Foundation events

KDE-EDU 4.0 Polishing on Saturday

This Saturday (15.09.) will see the first KDE-EDU 4.0 Polishing Day. The aim is to allow direct communication between users and developers. Issues, doubts and new ideas can be discussed, solved and coded in real time. For this purpose, a meeting will be held in #kde-polishing from 8:00 to 15:00 UTC. KHangMan, KGeography and blinKen will be this first meetings subjects. In order to participate, KDE 4.0 Beta 2 or newer is required, but using the precompiled KDE 4.0 Beta 2 packages for Kubuntu, Mandriva and openSUSE or the "KDE Four Live" CD is fine. Join in — you can make a difference!

An open source "Second Life" for Linden Lab

Linden Lab, the creator of online virtual community Second Life, released its viewer earlier this year with a GPL 2.0 license, adding a clause called the "FLOSS exception," which releases developers using certain open source licenses from the requirement that any derivative works be licensed under the GPL. Linden added the exception to make it possible for many more developers to create new applications from Second Life viewer code. "We had the sense that Second Life has the potential to be much bigger than Linden Lab alone," says Rob Lanphier, Linden's director of open source development. "We needed to figured out a way to let the world build this into a much bigger thing."

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