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App of the Month: KDissert

KDissert is KDE's mindmapping tool. App of the Month interviews KDissert's author Thomas Nagy about why he started it, the relationship to BKSys and his plans for the future.

Linuxworld Conference and Expo Recap - San Francisco 2005

  • SYS-CON Media; By Mark R. Hinkle (Posted by tadelste on Oct 15, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Mark Twain once said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." However, the sun was shining and it was beautiful the week of August 8th in the Golden Gate city for IDG's semi-annual U.S Linux event. As Linux continued into the mainstream, there were a host of vendors at the Moscone Center exhibiting their wares at this year's west coast event.

Open-source Software Gaining Favor In Germany

David writes: "The City of Mannheim is following the lead of its neighboring southern German city of Munich in moving away from Microsoft software and toward Linux, but the city's IT officials this week are calling the move a 'soft migration.' "

"Mannheim is gradually moving its 110 servers to open-source software before it tackles the job of moving its 3,700 PCs, according to media reports. The city has commissioned a study on OpenOffice."

So, open-source is just now gaining favor in Germany? Really.

Race to Linux winners announced

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Race to Linux is over, and the coding contest's sponsors have declared the winners.

The Free Software Foundation Announces the Creation of a New Award

  • LinuxElectrons; By Rob Thomas, aka ByteEnable (Posted by ralph on Oct 15, 2005 1:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the creation of a new annual award, "Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit".

Ittia Claims Support For db.* On MontaVista Linux

ITTIA, which offers database solutions for platforms where limited memory, storage, and processing power make software development a challenge, said its db.* database has been tested on MontaVista Linux Pro 3.1

Clearer skies for Sun?

  • tech Biz CNN; By Owen Thomas (Posted by tadelste on Oct 15, 2005 12:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
But if you watched the video replay of the conference, you'd see something interesting: Sun (Research) co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim handing Google CEO Eric Schmidt one of the new Sun Fire servers that Schmidt himself helped design. Google (Research) spokeswoman Lynn Fox confirmed that the agreement includes a commitment by Google to buy Sun hardware.

The power user's guide to Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is rapidly catching on with Mac users, and for good reason: It’s free, fast, and flexible, and it does an outstanding job of displaying most Web pages. (This cross-platform browser is also increasingly popular among Windows users, largely because of its excellent pop-up-blocking features). And beneath Firefox’s simple interface are some surprisingly powerful features. The following tips will help you maximize this up-and-comer’s potential. (All these tips were tested in Firefox 1.0.6 but should also work in newer versions.)

Critical Windows patch may wreak PC havoc

Joris Evers writes: "A Microsoft patch meant to fix critical security flaws in Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 is causing trouble for some users, the company said Friday.

"The patch was released Tuesday to fix four Windows flaws, including one that experts predict will be exploited by a worm in the coming days. The flaw, tagged "critical" by Microsoft, lies in a Windows component for transaction processing called the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator, or MSDTC. "

Device Profile: Lange-Flugzeugbau Antares self-launching sailplane

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 10:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lange Flugzeugbau GmbH has used embedded Linux to build a battery-propelled self-launching sailplane that it says is more reliable, quieter, and easier to operate than similar gliders powered by combustion engines. The Antares glider uses a Geode-powered PC/104 Linux system to monitor and control battery levels.

Get in the mix, the Kmix...

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By Devnet (Posted by ralph on Oct 14, 2005 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community, KDE
What is all this K stuff? That's often the question when people that have never used Linux and KDE ask when logging in to the environment for the first time. The K naming convention is often portrayed as confusing and cheesy, lacking professionalism. This article discusses the KDE audio mixer. It is the first in a series, each one devoted to a different KDE application. editors note: That is the blog's name.

Get Ready For The Ride: Wireless Technologies To Advance Quickly

  • Information Week; By Elena Malykhina (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 9:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Operating systems for mobile devices will go through a change as well. Linux will emerge as an operating system, giving businesses greater control over what's available on their devices.

Explaining the press corps' crush on Steve Jobs and company

  • Slate; By Jack Shafer (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Shafer writes: "I don't hate Apple. I don't even hate Apple-lovers. I do, however, possess deep odium for the legions of Apple polishers in the press corps who salute every shiny gadget the company parades through downtown Cupertino as if they were members of the Supreme Soviet viewing the latest ICBMs at the May Day parade."

Rational ClearQuest Client for Eclipse

The ClearQuest plug-in for Eclipse enables you to perform ClearQuest activities (tasks) in an Eclipse environment. While many of you are familiar with Rational ClearQuest and/or Eclipse, this article is aimed at bridging the gap to provide you with a good understanding of the ClearQuest Client for Eclipse. For ClearQuest fans, this is an offer that is hard to refuse - save a significant amount with this sepcial deal on Rational ClearQuest Licenses.

Linux calling: Are cell phones ready?

Open-source group plans to launch effort to push the operating system for the ever more powerful mobile gadgets.

What could be worse than your viewers not seeing your site

  • Promotion World; By Terry Mickelson (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The lowest form of "browser" out there is the search engine. The search engine is about the equivalent of a version 2 browser. It can't read flash, DHTML, JavaScript, dynamic pages, - even having trouble at times with frames. Search engines may have difficulty crawling, indexing, and extracting the content of your site if you have broken HTML.

Creating a Map of Linux Users

peekj writes: "There are sites that currently count the number of Linux users, but I thought, why not map Linux users on a map? I found this great service by Frapper! and set up a map. So add yourself here!!"

Open Source Crowd Turns On One Of Its Own

  • Forbes.com; By Daniel Lyons (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
NEW YORK - It’s been a rough week for Marten Mickos, the chief executive of open source database maker MySQL AB. First his most dreaded rival, Oracle (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ), acquired a company that supplies a key piece of MySQL’s software, a move that could make life difficult for Uppsala, Sweden-based MySQL, which has the most popular open source database.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Mickos is being denounced as a traitor by noisy fanatics in the open source software community because last month he dared to make a deal with SCO Group (nasdaq: SCOX - news - people ), a company reviled by fans of Linux and other open source software.

Open Source Movement Gets a Lobby

The National Center for Open Source Policy and Research will promote the use of open source by government agencies.

Google Gets GAIM Guy

  • DevX News; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 14, 2005 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It shouldn't be surprising that Google aggressively goes after the best talent in the business. Google's nascent IM business is apparently no exception.

To that end, Google has hired the lead developer of the GAIM instant messaging project, one of the most popular open source projects on the planet, to help its IM development.

Sean Egan publicly broke the news on the GAIM Web site this week, revealing that he has been working in Google's Seattle office for a month and a half on the company's GoogleTalk IM application.

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