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Small college saves big with OpenOffice.org and Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 5, 2005 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, is an outreach of the American Baptist Association (ABA) to Native Americans, and is Oklahoma's oldest center for higher education, established in 1880. The small, four-year liberal arts school doesn't receive any form of government funding, so finding economical ways to provide the best education possible is a priority for the staff. Recently, Bacone's technologist Robert Duncan III, transferred a Linux hobby into huge savings for the school's IT department.

FSF Europe to EICTIA: Drop support for software patents

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 5, 2005 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Georg Grev, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe, has written to Rudy Provoost, president of the European Information& Communications Technology Industry Association, to explain why software patents are a bad idea. Quoting Bill Gates own observations about the nature of software patents, and presenting an interesting hypothetical about the the state of science today if Pythagoras had developed his theorem under a system where ideas are patented, Grev shreds the duplicitous claims of those who back the legalization of monopoly power to seize and steal ideas through the device of software patents. NewsForge presents the following text including Grev's letter as a public service for our readers.

Review: NeroLINUX 2.0

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 5, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There's a growing trend for traditionally Windows-centric software companies to release Linux versions of their products. Nero AG recently decided to jump on the bandwagon by releasing a Linux port of their very popular CD burning software. In this review I'll take a look at what it offers and how it compares to K3b, an established Linux CD writing application.

SpikeSource to Unveil New Products, Updates to Open-Source Stacks

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 5, 2005 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The company is also expected to launch its ISV and open-source developer programs, which include an ISV testing and certification service.

IBM Adopts Open Development Internally

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 11:29 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM has quietly been using a form of open-source development internally to create technology the company will sell commercially.

Open Source Initiative Adds New Blood

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 10:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After dealing with a change in leadership, the OSI has, as promised, expanded its board, and some board members say they are planning to cut back on the number of open-source licenses.

Product of the Day: BitDefender Mail Protection for Small Business

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 10:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
The following information has been provided by the product vendor and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Linux Journal.

Computing Our Liberty: April 2005

Yet another month has passed, full of events, screaming thoughts and voices, virtual fights, victories and defeats. But the "war" is still raging. And this column is on the "computing liberty front", with small people like you and me...

SCO Finally Files Its Late Financial Paperwork

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 4:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
At long last, SCO has filed its almost terminally late 10-Qs and 10-K for 2004 with the Security and Exchanges Commission.

Linux in Government: Linux Desktop Reviews, Part IV - JDS

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 4:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Trying to get a feel for Sun's Linux Java Desktop System.

Linux fails in small business market

  • VNUNet.com (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is losing momentum among medium sized enterprises, according to a survey by Canadian research firm Info-Tech Research Group. After years of increased interest in the open source operating system, IT managers from medium sized businesses have come to a conclusion that open source is not for them.

Study shows Microsoft, Linux costs neck-and-neck

Windows' security also improves, though it still trails Linux rating.

Open source databases - a sword that cuts both ways?

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 3:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is open source strategic? This is a question that every company thinking about the use of open source products needs to face. If open source is strategic then, like any other strategic resource, it needs to be managed: you need to have a specific strategy for open source products.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0 alpha

  • Mailing list; By Erlend Midttun (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 3:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Trustix
Our rapidly expanding new customer base has meant we only had to concentrate on one area of improvement - making installation really, really simple. "Viper" our new installer should meet everyone's needs....customers old and new, and many new features are ideal for our growing enterprise community.

LinuxGenius Launches LinuxCBT Mail Edition Training Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 3:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
40 hours of computer based training on the major Linux MTAs

Federal Computer Week Goes Linux?

Penguins marching on the Capitol Building in Washington DC on their magazine cover and a plethora of articles marks a breakthrough for Linux. In the past, FCW has just ignored FOSS. This may mark the formal crossing of the Potomac!

Review: Turbolinux 10F: Turbolinux is Alive and Well

"Turbolinux is alive and well and living in the Asia/Pacific, bringing the power of Linux to millions of people who may not know Red Hat and SUSE outside of press releases. Hey, where was I when the rest of the world started to exist...?"

Linux advances on NSW

  • Australian IT (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux operating system is beginning to loosen the proprietary software industry's hold on the Australian government software market. The NSW government said it had established Australia's the first whole-of-government panel to supply open source software and services to its departments and agencies.

Which Is A Better Deal, Windows Or Linux?

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's a question that evokes strong emotions from both Microsoft and legions of open-source supporters worldwide. Yet the discourse rarely is an apples-to-apples comparison or takes into account the true role that an operating system plays within the overall IT environment.

Editorial: Reviewing the case against open source

  • FCW.com (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this week’s special report, you will read numerous reasons for agency officials to set aside their reservations and migrate to open-source software. But to play devil’s advocate for a moment, perhaps it is worth remembering why people have such reservations in the first place.

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