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OSS helps bring backKong

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 20, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
He's big, he's powerful, and although he's no geek, King Kong in his latest form is an open source software user.

The open source year in review

Analysts and users alike saw victories for open source software (OSS) in 2005 in the areas of personal productivity applications, customer relationship management (CRM) and databases, where open source vendors such as MySQL gained some ground on proprietary stalwarts like Oracle Corp. But even as the open source movement gained momentum in 2005, other events -- like the political brouhaha over OpenDocument in Massachusetts and SuSE provider Novell Inc.'s well publicized personnel cuts -- were less encouraging to the open source community.

Taking KDE 3.5 for a ride with SUSE

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE, KDE; Story Type: News Story
If you're like a lot of KDE users, you probably want to give the latest and greatest version of the popular Linux desktop environment a try. However, if you're like a lot of newer users, you're also not quite sure how to go about upgrading your desktop.

Fortunately, if you're a SUSE user, you're in luck. Not only does SUSE make it easy in general to upgrade programs with its YaST system administration program, SUSE is one of the few distributions for which there are already pre-complied binary packages so you don't need to compile the desktop yourself.

Rapidly Expanding Linux Market in Korea Selected for Launch of Levanta's Management Appliance in Asia

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Alliances With NSTEK and Linuxkorea Headline Levanta's International Sales Kick-Off

Red Hat Aims to Modernize Education

  • Techtree.com; By Techtree News Staff (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Red Hat, provider of open-source solutions, and the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII's) Shiksha India Trust today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to modernize the Indian education system.

Studio to Go - A Linux-Based Music System

Studio to Go! is a CD of integrated music software that runs direct from a computer CD drive. The CD is designed to run on any Windows compatible PC and to configure itself to the system and sound hardware automatically.

The CD includes a Linux operating system and a large collection of music applications.

Lotus To Microsoft: But Mine's Bigger

Exchange wasn't successful enough as a straight SMTP mail server... at least not for Microsoft's taste. The field is simply too crowded with excellent competitors, both Linux and Windows. So Redmond added more features and set its cap for the Lotus Domino-dominated groupware segment. There, Exchange has enjoyed steady gains, despite Domino's powerful clustering and cross-platform abilities. This has left a lot of users wondering if IBM has the stomach for the fight.

HOSP promotes open source in the Netherlands

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 20, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Holland Open Software Platform (HOSP) wants to bring users, firms, and open source projects in contact with each other. The organisation, which runs an open source conference in the Netherlands, says it will soon take a more proactive role to support and promote open source.

LugRadio: KDE Update from Aaron Seigo

LugRadio, the online radio show of the Wolverhampton Linux User Group has an interview in their latest episode with KDE hacker Aaron Seigo.

Chinese mini-PCs run Linux, target specialty apps

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 4:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A systems integrator in GuangDong province, China, is shipping an extensive line of Pentium-based miniPCs that run Linux. The SD-Omega MiniPC line comprises 44 variations, include passively cooled and quiet models targeting car PCs and HTPCs (home-theater PCs), car pcs, and DVR models.

First Arabic KDE Live CD

Arabian Linux also known as arl is a bootable CD with a compilation of GNU/Linux software, full support for Arabic and English languages and automatic hardware detection. It is the first Arabic live-distro and uses KDE as the GUI. Arabian is the first to have the Arabic language enabled in consoles, pre-compiled ready-for-use softmodem drivers and the first to have its own control panel system in both Arabic and English languages.

IT management in Asia

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 20, 2005 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Managing an IT concern in Asia presents its own special set of challenges in addition to those faced by CIOs in other parts of the world. When asked what his worst nightmare scenario might be, Kim Carter, CEO of Carsena Technology Services in Thailand, responded, "The first thing I hear in the morning is: 'Hey, Boss, the server's down.' 'Then reboot it!' 'Can't, boss, the power's out, too.'"

NCS Technologies Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 20, 2005 2:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
MANASSAS, Va., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- NCS Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has been recommended for registration to ISO9001:2000 by BSI Management Systems, a third party registrar for the International Standards Organization.

A History of Chipmaking at IBM

  • Developer Works IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 20, 2005 1:48 AM EDT)
In the last decade alone, IBM scientists have announced one semiconductor breakthrough after another: copper technology, silicon-on-insulator, silicon germanium, strained silicon, and low-k dielectrics. All of these technologies came out of IBM's fertile in-house research community. This prowess in modern chipmaking know-how didn't come out of a vacuum -- rather, it came out of the hermetically-sealed clean rooms of the most advanced R & D department in the semiconductor industry.

Skype to announce Mandriva Linux calling today

Big news. On Monday, Skype will announce the integration of voice with Mandriva Linux 2006. I know that a vocal contingent of Skype users as well as Linux community members have been asking for something like this for quite a while now.

[Ed: Skype has come with Xandros since February - tadelste]

Review: Tao Live CD

Tao Live CD is a live CD based on rebuilt Red Hat Linux source RPMs. It features a useful selection of applications, has good hardware detection, and is even quick to boot. While I did run into a few problems, I found this a very worthwhile distro.

European Union slams Microsoft, Yahoo and Google

  • wallstrom/Weblog; By Nick Farrell (Posted by henke54 on Dec 20, 2005 12:22 AM EDT)
EC VICE president Margot Wallstroem has accused Microsoft, Yahoo and Google of having flexible morals when it comes to dealing with China. http://weblog.jrc.cec.eu.int/comments/wallstrom/Weblog/corpo...

Small and Midsize Businesses Achieve Enterprise-Level Availability and Performance with Oracle(R) Database 10g Standard Edition One on Linux

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 11:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Radio Stations to Wholesale Electrical Distributors Turn to Oracle Standard Edition One on Linux to Power Critical Applications and Help Reduce Costs

(bw) WinSystems ''Blue Collar'' Linux Enables Development for ...

  • Houston Chronicle (Posted by dcparris on Dec 19, 2005 10:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WinSystems today announced Blue Collar Linux for its -40(degree) to +85(degree)C EPIC, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, and EBX single board computers (SBCs). "Blue Collar" Linux is WinSystems' implementation of GNU/Linux that provides customers a way to quickly embed Linux for industrial-based applications. Integrated with WinSystems' rugged x86-based products, it provides an excellent starting point for developing applications in machine control, instrumentation, COTS/military, machine-to-machine communications (M2M), transportation, pipeline, and homeland security.

Do-It Yourself Computing: Installation and Display

  • OfB.biz: Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 9:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Helping the Small Office/Home Office user migrate to Open Source is the purpose of this site. We advocate Open Source primarily for the sake of freedom (libre), but we also believe it will save you money (gratis). If your business can afford high-end computing, then go for it. On purely economic grounds, that could be the best option for some. However, for many of us there is more to life than that. Ours is a labor of love, and computers are simply one of the most important tools in that labor. Because of that, we tend to have smaller budgets, which means older machines and free software. There's something about quality and excellence which causes us to ignore the concept of billable hours. We are willing to become low-level experts in Open Source technology, because it's worth our time. Though we often find ourselves somewhere between the developers and end users, we are altogether willing to invite the latter to join us.

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