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Red Hat Magazine: November highlights

Red Hat Magazine - Best of November 2006

Novell's OpenOffice.org Is Not a Fork

Wakey, wakey, let's look at the facts, shall we? I've heard from several people in the last day that Novell's support for Open XML in OpenOffice.org 2 represents a fork in the code. Ah... no, I don't think so. What Novell is actually doing is its throwing its support behind the Open XML/ODF Translator project. This project is under the BSD open-source license. These translators can then be used to read and write to Microsoft's Open XML format.

Homemade Firefox videos to become TV ads

Mozilla announced today that Firefox browser fans are underwriting four 30-second videos to air on U.S. primetime TV this month. The ads were produced by Firefox fans in response to this year's "Firefox Flicks Video" campaign, which resulted in approximately 300 homemade clips about the browser.

Linux: Merging In 2.6.20

Following the release of the of the 2.6.19 kernel, Andrew Morton offered a list of patches in his -mm tree, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed to Linus for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.20 kernel. Andrew's summaries were generally terse, often as simple as "shall merge" or "shall hold in -mm". Many patches were noted as having been forwarded on to the appropriate subsystem maintainer for further review. As per the current kernel development model, all major changes to find their way into 2.6.20 should be merged by the time 2.6.20-rc1 is released in mid-December, two weeks after 2.6.19 was released.

Loves Linux, Runs Windows

European governments have long complained about their dependence on Microsoft's software, but their rhetoric has not turned into a mass migration away from Windows. During the past few years, Europe's elected officials have made a lot of noise about ambitious projects to switch to open source software, including big migrations of government PCs in France, Germany, Spain and Norway.

tuXlab Linux release targets education

Inkululeko Technologies will this week make the first public release of tuXlab, a GNU/Linux operating system for schools used by the Shuttleworth Foundation to provide low-cost Linux computer laboratories around South Africa.

Kubuntu 7.04 Alpha 1 Screenshot Walkthrough

Feisty Fawn, the current name of the latest development branch of Kubuntu, will expand on the brand new infrastructure that has landed in Edgy as well as branching out in some exciting new directions. Feature development in the Feisty Fawn release will be improvements to hardware support in the laptop, desktop and high-end server market, and aggressive adoption of emerging desktop technologies.

White-box PC Maker Delivers Multiplied SLED 10 Hardware Bundle

Omni Technology and Illinois-based R Cubed Technologies announced they have signed an agreement to distribute Multiplied SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops in North America. The PCs will come pre-loaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and the Linux Desktop Multiplier, powered by Userful. The Linux Desktop Multiplier allows up to ten users to be connected to a single desktop computer.

Solaris LiveCD

LiveCDs are the coolest things since microbrews. (Funny how certain “innovative” proprietary software companies never manage to come up with neat stuff like this.) The latest entry in my Cool LiveCDs List is BeleniX, which is OpenSolaris + KDE and XFCE. Solaris can be a bit of a booger to install. BeleniX lets you try it out without installing it to a hard drive, and it also comes with a nice utility for a hard drive installation. Solaris has a lot of advanced stuff you don’t find anywhere else, like DTrace and the ZFS filesystem. This here article which I wrote my own self, and now shamelessly tout, has some good links for getting up and running: Tip of the Trade: BeleniX

LinuxBIOS ready to go mainstream

After seven years of work, the LinuxBIOS project is on the brink of making a free BIOS a standard option for computers. Serious obstacles remain, including a lack of resources and resistance from some proprietary chipset manufacturers and OEMs, but the advantages of LinuxBIOS indicate that its availability to the average computer buyer may be only months away.

LISA '06 off to a strong start

The 20th Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference began Sunday in Washington, DC. The first few days have been all about training, followed by some catching up with other admins, followed by dinner, and beer.

Is Novell forking OpenOffice.org?

Novell saying it will improve interoperability between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office has sparked a mud-slinging match in the free software world. It seems everything Novell attracts controversy.

Sun Announces the Latest in Open Source Tools with the Availability of NetBeans Visual Web Pack and NetBeans C/C++ Development Pack

NetBeans Community offers Developers Tools Designed to Fuel the Build Out of Next Generation Web Applications and Integrated Support For Building Native Applications

Novell Supports Linux Professional Institute's Upcoming Enterprise ...

TORONTO and WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier vendor neutral Linux* certification and Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL - News), developer of the widely acclaimed Linux distribution, SUSE® Linux Enterprise, today announced a series of initiatives to promote Linux professional credentials and the global adoption of open source software. In particular, LPI welcomed the cooperation of Novell on the development of LPI's upcoming enterprise-level certification program, LPIC-3.

New Firefox Add-On Automates All Web Surfing and Form Filling

Heidelberg, Germany -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/06/2006 -- iOpus Software has released its iMacros Firefox Add-On, a free program that lets Firefox users automate most of the web browsing functions associated with the popular open-source browser.

Interview with Linux security expert Kurt Seifried

  • Linux.com; By Michael Stutz (Posted by dcparris on Dec 7, 2006 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Linux
Linux.com readers might know Kurt Seifried as the author of the Linux Administrators' Security Guide or proprietor of the popular security mailing list. In this interview, he gives his views on how security in Linux has been stacking up and where it's lacking, what users can do to secure their systems, and whether every admin needs to know much about security.

Video: Aussie Education Dept considers Linux on the desktop

The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) may increase the penetration of Linux on its 165,000 desktop fleet because open source is "clearly an industry trend".

Kurdish translation of Ubuntu stirs controversy in Turkey

Controversy followed the release of a Kurdish translation of Ubuntu in Turkey last week. The release was originally reported in Millyet, a Turkish national newspaper, on November 21. This first release of a Kurdish language operating system and software has caused a stir in Turkey, where, up until 1991, it was illegal even to speak Kurdish in public.

Developing Linux apps for the Trolltech Greenphone

Foreword: Trolltech's Linux/Qtopia-powered Greenphone aims to provide a real (rather than emulated) hardware platform for mobile phone application developers to test their applications on. This hands-on review takes an in-depth look at the phone's software environment, and at the development tools supplied with the phone.

Browser Smackdown: Firefox vs. IE vs. Opera vs. Safari

  • Computerworld; By Scot Finnie, Dennis Fowler, Preston Gralla and Ken Mingis (Posted by dcparris on Dec 6, 2006 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft, Mozilla
Four experts go head-to-head (to-head-to-head) to defend their Web browser of choice in an opinionated free-for-all.

[This one will make you feel all warm and runny inside - everyone's a winner! - dcparris]

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