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Book Review: Kontact Compact

  • KDE Dot News; By Hans Kwint (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 2:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Some people still think KDE can not do groupware as well as proprietry systems. I found on the KDE site, the German publisher Bomots offers a German book about Kontact, KDE's Personal Information Manager. I decided it was time to see if this book, "Kontact Kompact" by Andre Schreiber, is useful for people looking for a replacement groupware client, and people willing to learn Kontact. Read the book review at LXer.

The wake up call of the JBoss blueprint

Gary Edwards post on He writes "I hope that important FLOSS communities like my beloved can rise to the occasion and learn from the JBoss blueprint."

Free Software Foundation berates apathy over Microsoft antitrust case

Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), criticised the IT industry on Wednesday for not doing enough to support the European Commission in its antitrust case against Microsoft. Greve said that despite the importance of the antitrust case in establishing the bounds of acceptable behaviour in the IT industry, the FSFE has been one of the few organisations that has helped the Commission.

Novell's most-wanted list of Linux applications

As Linux use continues to grow, requests for popular applications on the operating system continue to grow as well -- requests that mostly go unanswered by vendors of those software. Last month Novell posted a survey to find out what applications Linux users want most. After three weeks, the company released the top 10 applications users requested. The list is a mix of the usual suspects and a couple of surprises.

IBM vs. SCO: Now It's IBM's Turn

IBM unleashes a series of discovery motions at former and current SCO allies: BayStar, HP, Microsoft and Sun.

Making apt Work for You: A Book Excerpt

For readers, here's an exclusive excerpt fromLinux Patch Management: Keeping Linux Systems Up to Date.

IBM Subpoenas Microsoft RE Linux

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer; By Todd Bishop (Posted by Dr_Gene_Nelson on Feb 23, 2006 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IBM Corp. is seeking to compel Microsoft Corp. to hand over internal documents detailing its rivalry with the Linux operating system, in a move that could shed new light on the Redmond company's response to one of its biggest competitive threats.

The demand is part of a wide-ranging subpoena through which IBM is trying to examine the relationship between Microsoft and a company suing IBM over Linux.

[Ed: While they're at it, they should subpoena David Boise and ask if his legal fees were actually laundry from the anti-trust case.]


Open Source Clone of Windows Not a Ripoff?

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ReactOS is part of a decade old effort to replicate a Windows operating system as an open source or free software based system. It's not the only effort trying to duplicate Windows type functionality on an open source system. The Wine project which began in 1993 is a similar effort but unlike ReactOS its goal is not to produce an entire operating system, but rather just allow Windows applications to run on Linux. Certain elements of Wine are also part of ReactOS.

Sun buys Linux firm

SUN MICROSYSTEMS bought up Linux firm Aduva for an undisclosed sum. Aduva, an Israeli start-up, has its HQ in Sunnyvale Californian and an R&D centre in Ramat Gan, round the corner from an Intel fab. Aduva provides Linux and Unix management services focused on reducing the total costs and risks in the lifecycle of a Linux Server and, it says, dynamically managed Solaris Servers.

Fleury expounds on open source

  • Builder UK; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 7:53 AM EDT)
  • Groups: JBoss; Story Type: News Story
"JBoss has always been about pure open source. We started in OSS and we will die in OSS."

Free software developers do it to learn new skills

Despite an increase in the number of corporates involved in the development of free and open source software applications, the majority of FOSS code is still being developed by individuals and the vast majority of these do it primarily to learn new skills. Rishab Ghosh of Maastricht University said this during the opening of the Idlelo 2 conference in Nairobi, Kenya this morning.

Review: Easing Into Linux With Xandros Desktop OS 3.0.2

If you have a fairly standard platform, the Xandros Desktop distribution may be a good fit for you. Rob Reilly files his review of the latest version of this Debian-based distro.

Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 4 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir; By OSDir (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 23, 2006 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
DistroWatch reports - This week brings us Dapper Flight 4, the fourth alpha release of Ubuntu 6.04 - The Dapper Drake. Dapper Flight 4 is the product of over 3 months of tremendous effort to mold the latest and greatest software the open source community has to offer into a coherent easy to use whole.

OSDir captured this hot release is their Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 4 Screenshot Tour.

JBoss is not Linux

Most Linux people don't know much about JBoss, the open source firm reported in talks with Oracle about a $400 million purchase. That tops any free software deals I can recall. Novell paid $210 million for SUSE in cash. So, what about this JBoss company? They did it without any initial outside funding, generated revenue and self-funded and stayed true to open source 100% while selling services.


Historic Libre Graphics Meeting set for next month

The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM), a first-of-its-kind conference for developers of free and open source graphics applications, is scheduled for the weekend of March 17 through 19. LGM will feature speakers from the GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, and other graphics projects teams, and will showcase the public premiere of Elephant's Dream , the 3D animated film created in Blender by Project Orange.

IDC Server Report Generates Opposing Spins

  • LinuxToday; By Editors (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Depending on what you read, IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report shows that either Linux server revenue grew by record levels or Windows just bumped off Unix in server sales. Pick your flavor within.

Aten Technology clears way for new 16-port 'hideaway' LCD KVM

  • Cisco World Magazine (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ATEN Technology Inc. (, a provider of KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and remote connectivity solutions to manage servers and other network devices, announced Feb. 21 an addition to its line of rackmount LCD KVM solutions. The new KL1116 Hideaway LCD KVM Switch is a 16-port KVM unit that allows access to multiple computers from a single LCD console and is available in 15-inch or 17-inch display model.

Tux on Niagara

Kernel developer Dave Miller made it: He successfully booted an Ubuntu 6.04 Dapper Drake prerelease (with kernel 2.6.16) on the Sun Fire T2000 with the UltraSPARC T1.

Shared Resource Management on a SoC

  • dW (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 23, 2006 2:45 AM EDT)
The goal of a system-on-a-chip (SoC) is to provide a single-chip system, and therefore SoC resource analysis and sizing is critical. Failure to properly size processing, memory, or I/O needed by software services can kill an SoC project. But all too often, SoC design analysis focuses on processing at the expense of memory or I/O sizing. Any mis-sizing or mismanagement of memory and I/O on an SoC can at the least cause significant project delay and rework.

Linux finds potential in the cell phone market

Judging from comments made at last week's 3GSM World Congress (see below for Linux-related 3GSM stories), the future of Linux and other open source operating systems as a core cell phone platform are bright, but also filled with challenges.

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