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"We want to decide our IT strategy in Mannheim and not have Microsoft make the decision for Mannheim," declares Gerd Armbruster, the IT infrastructure manager at the German city. For in Mannheim, open standards — not cost — is the main driver of the software strategy.
Here's what the world needs: Yet Another DNS Boss. That's what UnifiedRoot hopes to become with its Dot-comless alternate root server registry, at just $1,000 per domain name issued.
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Schuldei sent out a reminder for the DebConf call for papers. Martin Krafft announced a bug squashing party that lasts until December 14th and rewards 25 bug squashers with a book.
Firefox 1.5 is finally out the door, and Thunderbird 1.5 won't be far behind. The new releases sport some interesting new features, including faster page navigation, redesigned preferences dialogs, a new update system, and much more. Let's take a look at what the Mozilla Foundation has been up in the year since the first major release of Firefox.
This mail is being written to let you all know about a pending transition underway in the Xorg packages.
Last week we learned a bit about what Asterisk can do (short answer: everything but cook dinner), and what hardware is needed to make it go. Today we'll put together a basic iPBX using Asterisk@Home. Asterisk@Home is a nice bundle that includes a Web-based graphical configuration interface, a Flash-based Operator Panel that lets you monitor all activity on the network, and even barge in on calls. Plus hold music, fax support and a bunch of other goodies. It's not just a toy for home users; it's also great for business use.
Installation source for KDE 3.5 is finally available for SuSE users.
Debian's standard text-based installer has been vilified in the past, so I was excited to see an announcement about a graphical installer under development for Debian. A good GUI installer could bring Debian to a lot of users who don't feel comfortable taking the plunge with a text installer. It's pretty early in the testing cycle for Debian's next version, dubbed Etch, so it's likely that there will be a number of changes before the new installer is finalized, but I took the current version for a test run and found that it's already fairly usable.
There is something I like about playing games that is, strangely enough, much the same as what I enjoy about reading science fiction or fantasy. The medium lends itself beautifully to creating other times, places, and even worlds. Some of these worlds can be familiar — what we call simulations — while others are a bit more out there. My game recommendation for this month is called Fish Fillets Next Generation, and it definitely fits into the out there category. Perhaps a little description to start with...
IBM plans to announce on Wednesday that it's giving away software to help customers and business partners adapt software written for Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system to its open-source rival Linux. The Migration Kit helps people assess software written in C or C++ programming languages and move it from Solaris to Linux.
IBM is an aggressive Linux booster, though it competes with its own AIX version of Unix. Sun supports Linux, but prefers customers to buy Solaris support contracts.
In my last post, I covered learning to program with a dialect of Lisp, called Scheme, from resources freely available on the internet from the SICP course at MIT. In this post, I plan to continue this theme by going over a few reasons that I have found for learning Lisp and to offer a few more resources for those of you out there who would like to add Lisp, or Scheme, to their programming repertoire.
Many of you no doubt have tried out the Beta and Release Candidate builds. Here’s a list of things to do and see with Firefox 1.5.
Personally, I don't like IM to start with, and wouldn't allow it on any network that I had to maintain. It seldom has any real business purpose, and any excuse that can be made for it can be fulfilled by other means almost always.
Bangalore: The grounds of the Bangalore Palace have seen many high tech conferences but nothing like this: On Tuesday nearly 3000 young `techies' queued up for over an hour to register for `FOSS.in', the annual Free and Open Source Software conference which began five years ago as the Bangalore Linux event.
This article details various methods for debugging PHP applications, including the PHPEclipse plug-in for Eclipse. A slick development environment with real-time syntax parsing abilities.
The OSDL is bringing together the best and brightest of Linux desktop developers to smooth Linux's road to challenging Windows on the desktop.
Some vulnerabilities have been reported in the Linux Kernel, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to cause a DoS (Denial of Service).
[Ed: Secunia did not classify these as critical, but don't take chances you aren't prepared to pay for. - dcparris]
News Analysis:The newest version of the KDE Linux and Unix desktop interface will have users happy that vendors have recently decided to keep supporting it.
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, formerly known as Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, and LinuxForce, a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, have signed a long-term services agreement wherein LinuxForce will monitor and maintain a number of GNU/Linux systems for Aker.
KDE 3.5 brings improvements in aesthetics, usability and performance as well as adding new functionality and features. A full list can be found in the developer changelog
, but for humans here is a visual guide to some of the best improvements.
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