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New Linux Arrivals

You can almost set your watch by it nowadays: Twice a year, we have a new version of Ubuntu Linux to explore. April will bring the release of Feisty Fawn, also known as Ubuntu 7.04. (The "04" indicates April; the "7" stands for 2007.) I've been running prerelease versions of Feisty for about a month. In a moment, some notes on what I've discovered. But first, a bit of context and history.

Open source IT management reporting

GroundWork Open Source, the leader in open source systems and network management software, has announced that it has purchased support from Actuate Corporation, the leader in Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Reporting Applications, to create the first Open Source reporting framework for IT infrastructure monitoring and management.

AXIGEN Releases ISP Edition with Clustering Support

Bucharest, March 27, 2007 - At the end of an extensive beta testing campaign, AXIGEN, the professional messaging solution vendor announced today the commercial release of its ISP-dedicated version, AXIGEN 3.0 ISP Edition.

Open Source, the only weapon against "planned obsolescence"

Firms would love to have you dump your computer every year, and your accesories, and your MP3 player, and your DVD, and your entire movie collection, and replace it with new ones. The software world is getting closer.

Torvalds 'pretty pleased' about new GPL 3 draft

Linus Torvalds, leader of the Linux kernel project and a major figure in the open-source programming movement, said Wednesday he's "pretty pleased" with changes in a third draft of the General Public License (GPL) released Wednesday.

Rent Your Operating System

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Mar 28, 2007 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Although a lot of software is free these days, unless you’re using Linux, you’re still going to have to drop some cash on an operating system upgrade.

SpaceNavigator: An affordable 3-D controller for Linux

3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator is a compact, programmable USB input device designed for 3-D applications. It's a six-axis controller that senses tilt and rotation as well as x, y, and z linear motion. The product was released in November, and this month 3Dconnexion (a subsidiary of peripheral specialist Logitech) announced initial Linux support, including preliminary application functionality and a software development kit.

Open Source Desktop: Xfce’s Advantages

  • Earthweb; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by SamShazaam on Mar 28, 2007 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
Most GNU/Linux users choose GNOME or KDE for desktops without thinking. However, many alternatives exist, ranging from minimalist graphic environments in window managers like IceWM to entire alternative desktops, such as ROX. Of these alternatives the best-known and most polished is Xfce.

And Oregon Makes 5 for ODF - With a Twist

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 28, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In what is beginning to seem like a legislative drumbeat, Oregon has become the fourth US state this year to see an open document format bill introduced in its legislature. Taken together with pioneer Massachusetts, which led the way with an administrative rule adopted in 2005, this means that individual legislators in 10% of all US States have thus far taken steps to require that governments must be responsible stewards of public records.

ClearHealth + CK-ERP Demo

I have just completed a preliminary version of a (ClearHealth+CK-ERP) connector. [CK-ERP is a CRM/ERP/MRP/accounting system.] A demo of CK-ERP operating within ClearHealth 1.0RC3-2006-10-24 is available at http://ck-erp.org/clearhealth/ .

The Future of Linux is in Schools, Not in the Office

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 28, 2007 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I have been watching the trends being set forth by Linux vendors for sometime now. While keeping a close eye on public reactions, I have seen great reaction from the educational sector, while observing lukewarm results from the office space.

How To Set Up suPHP On A Debian Based ISPConfig Server

With this guide I explain how to set up suPHP on a Debian based ISPConfig server with PHP 4. When you have configured suPHP on your ISPConfig server, you are able to run the PHP scripts under the admin user of the website instead of the Apache user.

Fast forward with a Kazehakase web browser

Kazehakase aims is to be lightweight (small memory footprint) and yet modern, user friendly, fully functional and innovative alternative to Firefox. And in its early releases it seems to be accomplishing just that.

Installing desktop Linux

Does it pass, or should I? It's funny how you can find yourself transported back, when faced with a set of stimuli. Pick up an old book, listen to a piece of music, or put on a jacket, and sometimes a wealth of memories and feelings can come rushing back. It can be slightly disorienting and it's not always pleasant, but for me at least, it never ceases to marvel.

Adware within Healthcare: Software Free Dumb

Scott Shreeve, MDweighs -in on the recent Practice Fusion announcement:'All this"paradigm shifting" and"revolutionary" talk is good - way good - and part of the fulfillment of the vision that so many within healthcare IT have had. However, the means by which they are able to deliver it FREELY raise the inevitable red flags. I have several major issues with the enabling mechanism of this"free"dom (or more appropriately Free Dumb). While I have never been a huge privacy guy, and not being an information conspiracy theorist, I am still pretty concerned about how personal health information can be utilized...'

Guademy 2007 Event Report

The first Guademy event finished yesterday at the university of A Coruña, Spain. Organized by the GPUL (Grupo de Programadores y Usuarios de Linux), the Linux User Group of A Coruña, it was an event which brought together people from the GNOME and KDE camp (thus the combination of "GUADEC" and "aKademy" that forms the name of the event).

LQ Wiki reaches 3,000 articles

LinuxQuestions.org is proud to announce that the LQ Wiki now contains over 3,000 articles. The LQ Wiki allows users to collaboratively build a free, complete and up-to-date Linux knowledgebase and aims to become the largest general-knowledge Linux repository on the web. It is free to join or use the LQ Wiki and any user can add or edit content. All content is licensed under either a Creative Commons license or the GFDL, ensuring that it remains freely redistributable. The LQ Wiki also recently became an OpenID consumer.

Open source e-mail solutions attracting current Exchange customers

An upcoming report by the Yankee Group warns that Microsoft Exchange may lose around 23 percent of its customers to open source mail solutions in the next year and a half. To be released in April, the report claims that companies will move to an open source mail solution because decision makers believe that open source is both easier to manage and cost-effective.

Zimbra Goes Offline With Zimbra Desktop

Zimbra today announced the launch of Zimbra Desktop, a rich offline-capable client that allows users to have the same AJAX-based collaboration experience as offered by Zimbra's popular web-only client.

New GPLv3 draft takes new approach to patents, lock-down technologies

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released the third draft of the revised third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3). Some of the changes in the new draft, such as the increased clarification and legal language, or the housekeeping changes that reflect new aspects of the license are likely to be accepted. However, the license also includes a new approach to the controversial issue of lock-down technologies as well as more explicit language about patents, including language designed to prevent a re-occurrence of agreements such as the one that Novell entered into with Microsoft -- all of which is apt to kindle heated debate as the revision process enters its final stages after fifteen months of intensive work.

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