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OpenDocument and the Move to XML Formats

  • IT Conversations; By Gary Edwards (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Podcast; Groups: Community
Customers are now implementing solutions based upon the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft's OpenXML standard, endorsed by ECMA, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Billions of word processing and spreadsheet files are being converted to XML in one of these two formats. OpenDocument expert Gary Edwards believes that adopting OpenXML means lock-in to Microsoft products on an unprecedented scale. In this podcast, Edwards defends OpenDocument's capabilities but also challenges the ODF community to out-innovate Microsoft to provide a competitive alternative to Microsoft's lock-in. He also challenges the open standards community to focus on delivering alternatives to Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint servers. Edwards also describes Open Document Foundation's da Vinci plug-ins for Microsoft Office.

[This was actually posted a while back, but is still of interest to LXer readers. - dcparris]

BEA tackles realtime Java challenge

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
More realtime than beforeBEA Systems is adding go faster stripes to its Java application server, with two products designed for time-critical work environments.

[Not strictly GNU/Linux-related, but might be of interest to some readers. - dcparris]

Nicholas Carr has got it wrong. Open Source follows Bazaar model and it is democratic

Recently, Nicholas Carr wrote an article titled "The Ignorance of the Crowds" in the Strategy+Business Magazine. In the article, he tries to portray open source as a hybrid Bazaar-Cathedral model and warns the businesses against any reliance on the open source process to drive innovation. In this post, I am going to take his arguments and show how he has got it totally wrong.

So, What is the Hacker Ethic Anyway?

In my last blog post, I mentioned a piece of the Hacker Ethic. Were it not for said code of ethics, the Free and Open Source Software movements would not be where they are today... Let's take a look at the Hacker Ethic.

Consumer Electronics: Closing In on Linux

  • LinuxInsider; By Jack M. Germain (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux has the remarkable ability to be adapted and scaled to specific purposes. It can run corporate servers, personal computers and even small consumer electronics devices. Open source isn't a CE manufacturer's only choice for a micro OS -- among other options are WinCE and Wind River. Unlike other applications, however, a Linux system demands no royalties.

Truth about Microsoft's Linux deal revealed

Microsoft SEC filings open up on Novell plan

KDE Commit-Digest for 27th May 2007

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Continued work in Plasma, particularly in the clock visualisations.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 89

Full Tilt for Krita!

  • KDE Dot News; By Boudewijn Rempt (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 3:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Krita development is in a crucial phase, we are adding fun, useful and amazing stuff at a stunning rate. But there are things that no Krita developer can do, because we lack the proper hardware. Krita's renaissance started with a simple Wacom Graphire tablet, and it led to some great new possibilities.

KDE to be at Linuxtag 2007

  • KDE Dot News; By Jörg Hoh (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
This year Germany's LinuxTag conference and exhibition takes place in in Berlin's Messe for the first time.

ATI Drivers: Ubuntu vs. Windows

Yesterday we covered the graphics hardware needed to handle Beryl and on the heels of that article we are taking a quick look at another Linux versus Windows comparison for the official ATI/AMD graphics drivers. NVIDIA's Linux and Windows drivers perform about the same and in some instances the Linux binary driver even running faster, but as we have been sharing now for many months the Linux fglrx driver is handicapped for performance. Has things since improved for ATI? Well, as you'll see in this article by using the official Linux driver from ATI/AMD you can expect your frame-rate to be cut in half compared to the most recent version of the Windows Catalyst driver.

Eben Moglen: GPLv3 not about MS and Novell

One of the highlights of my visit to San Diego for the Red Hat Summit was the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Professor Eben Moglen. From that interview, we have selected six segments on various topics for your viewing pleasure, and will be publishing one each day this week. First up, an explanation of all the things that GPLv3 is about other than the MS/Novell deal.

Can't libc Do It?

  • Linux DevCenter; By chromatic (Posted by dcparris on May 28, 2007 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
“Hm,” I thought. “I should use that to profile Parrot.” I have a little PIR program that prints “Hello, world!”. I use it for valgrinding Parrot. Profiling Parrot’s startup and shutdown time seemed useful: $ valgrind --tool=callgrind -v parrot hi.pir When you do this, run callgrind annnotate on the resulting output file to get a nice report of which functions did the most work. I saw:

Linux Distribution Guide

  • LinuxLinks.com; By Steve Emms (Posted by sde on May 28, 2007 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This is a brief 4 page guide to the world of Linux distributions, primarily aimed at individuals who are new to the Linux scene, and who are thinking about taking the plunge and trying Linux for the first time.

Read the Guide

nBox - Envision your network with nBox -- (Embedded Ntop)

The life of a systems or network administrator requires us to maintain an expansive understanding of our network infrastructure to more effectively manage it. Amidst volumes of complex data that some IT problems present and network management is no exception to these complications. Visual tools allow us to better see trends and make sense of the macro view of our networks. Ntop, nBox, nProbe are just the right FOSS tools that can help us gain greater insight.

Ubuntu's Restricted Driver Dialog Roundup

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on May 28, 2007 3:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Ever since the release of Ubuntu Feisty, there has been much happiness going around about the improvements made to the beginner friendly Linux distribution. And as I fully predicted, things were definitely not looking too solid with respect to some of the new functionality built into this release.

DistroWatch Weekly: First look at PCLinuxOS 2007, Fedora 7 final testing

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 28, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Fedora 7, the latest and arguably most ambitious release from the increasingly community-friendly Fedora Project, will hit the download mirrors later this week. With its installable live CDs, merged package repositories and much improved artwork, the new Fedora should prove a major attraction on the 2nd quarter release calendar. But will it be able to regain some of the market share it lost in recent years to the more aggressive desktop Linux distributions? We'll have to wait and see. In other major news of the week, Dell has fulfilled its promise and started shipping the first desktop computers with Ubuntu pre-installed. Finally, don't miss our first look review of PCLinuxOS 2007 by Chris Smart and check out the list of four new Linux distributions that have been added to the DistroWatch database: BeaFanatIX, Granular Linux, Openfiler and Parted Magic. Happy reading!

Firefox extension lets you remove elements from Web pages

Are you irritated by huge graphical ads smack in the middle of an article? Or maybe you don't want to waste bandwidth viewing the dozens of images in a review, or user icons in forum boards? You can remove them for good with a single click by using Firefox's RIP extension, which zaps anything out of a Web page, permanently.

Of Insecurity Complexes and Other Great Adventures.

Are we seeking "love" in all the wrong places? I don't think so. I think everyone deserves a chance to take a look at Free and Open Source Software. Before moving on from TUX500, I am asking everyone here and other places to do one thing: don't ever forget where it all came from!

Facebook Aspires To Be The Next Microsoft

Popular Social Network Envisions All-Purpose Web Site, Seeks Companies to Write Software, Sell Products

[Not specifically related to GNU/Linux, but makes an interesting side note - dcparris]

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