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Release Candidate of OpenOffice 2.0 now online

This Thursday, the Open Source project OpenOffice presented Release Candidate 1 of its free Office suite; this test version -- possibly the last one -- was, however, already available for downloading from the OpenOffice web site before the official release on Thursday: all of the mirror servers had been prepared since Wednesday. With the release of RC1, the developers are entering the last test phase. The results of this test will show whether additional release candidates will have to be produced before the Final Release.

Opera Tips and Tricks

  • Techtree.com; By Milind Bandekar (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Customizing and tweaking has always been a part of computing. Now that Opera is a completely free browser with no advertisement banners and most of you might have already got your hands on it, here are some tips to make it do even more than it already does.

Linux: Git Kernel Hacker's Guide

The git directory content manager used to manage the Linux kernel source tree [story] continues to develop at a rapid pace [story]. Keeping up with the latest changes, Jeff Garzik released an updated version of his Kernel Hacker's Guide To Git. He explains, "several changes in git-core have made working with git a lot easier, so be sure to re-familiarize yourself with the development process."

Jeff's short guide is broken into four major sections, ' getting started' which talks about installing the software and getting a copy of the linux kernel source tree, ' basic tasks' which offers examples of keeping up to date with the latest code and merging in your own changes, ' branches' offering examples of creating, using and merging branches, and 'miscellaneous debris' which mentions applying patches from an mbox file and syncronizing tags. Further documentation on the various git commands can be found in the git man pages.

Design of $100 laptop for the world's children unveiled

  • NC Tines; By BRIAN BERGSTEIN - Associated Press (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The $100 laptop computers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers want to get into the hands of the world's children would be durable, flexible and self-reliant. The machines' AC adapter would double as a carrying strap, and a hand crank would power them when there's no electricity. They'd be foldable into more positions than traditional notebook PCs, and carried like slim lunchboxes.

Automate server farms and dynamic clusters

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 29, 2005 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this article, you are introduced to the requirements for replicating WebSphere Portal Server instances for building server farms, testing centers, and a development environment. You also learn about automation workflows for creating a dynamic cluster of middleware servers and how to automate the management of software using Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator.

Shuttleworth's open-source spin

  • Sunday Times SA; By Allan Seccombe (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mark Shuttleworth, the first South African in space, is buying a 65% stake in an empowered company that will make owning a computer cheaper. Shuttleworth's vision is to bolster SA's progress in the computer technology field.

Tools: GCC 4.0.2

Mark Mitchell announced the availability of GCC 4.0.2. He explains, "this release is a minor release, containing primarily fixes for regressions in GCC 4.0.1 relative to previous releases." GCC 4.0.1 was release two and a half months ago on July 7th story. A list of bug fixes in 4.0.2 can be found here.

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 4.0.2 from a gcc.gnu.org mirror.

Open source software -- Managing the legal risks

  • WTN News; By Richard Marcus (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
It's a common practice for programmers to find readily available source code on the Internet that can be downloaded and incorporated into the software they are developing. Using open source software (OSS) in this manner can be very efficient. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about OSS, and the legal ramifications that can arise are not so simple.

Industry Leaders PathScale and Voltaire Sign Agreement on High Performance Grid Backbone and Linux Cluster Solutions

- Highest Performance, Lowest Latency InfiniBand Adapters from PathScale Now Available to Voltaire Customers and Partners Worldwide -

Mandriva and NEC Computers to deliver solutions for Education and Public markets

Mandriva and NEC Computers today announce an agreement to develop joint solutions to address the needs of the corporate, education and public markets.

M'sian govt under fire for favoring open source

  • Cnet Asia; By Cordelia Lee (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A heated controversy surrounding the government's procurement policy has surfaced in the country, as some industry players voice dissatisfaction over a preference-based procurement policy that leans toward open source.

November 2005, From the Editor - dmarti:~$ logout

Do something for freedom every day, especially when you're building new systems.

Super cheap laptop (With Graphic)

Within a year, Negroponte expects his non-profit organisation One Laptop Per Child to get 5 million to 15 million of the machines in production, when children in Brazil, China, Egypt, Thailand, South Africa are due to begin getting them. To save on software costs, the laptops would run the freely available Linux operating system instead of Windows.

DeLay Indicted in Texas Fundraising Probe

If you recall, we ran a story putting Mr. DeLay, Microsoft, Preston Gates & Ellis and the BSA close to each other. Our article, Following Bill Gates Linux Attack Money questioned if and when this might happen. You can see the current story here.

Notes From KDE e.V. Assembly Meeting 2005

KDE's legal body KDE e.V. held its Annual General Meeting at aKademy 2005 last month. Notes from the meeting are now available.

Linux, microcode speed PowerQUICC IP routing, NAT by 10x

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Arabella is shipping microcode for Freescale NPUs (network processing units) that it claims speeds IP routing and NAT (network address translation) by a factor of ten, when used with its asymmetrical multiprocessing (AMP) Linux implementation. Expedited Fast Path (EFP) microcode supports PowerQUICC II chips and older NPUs with CPMs (communications processor modules).

Five common mistakes that Linux IT managers make

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 29, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After seeing the same mistakes repeated by different IT managers over the years, I've noticed a pattern of common errors. Here are the five common mistakes, along with tips for avoiding them.

ST rolls new MPEG-2 decoder chips for STBs, DVD recording

  • EngineeringTimes (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The STx5300 family provides support for the Linux OS, an emerging requirement for many operators, in addition to supporting legacy software. The new device embeds a USB2 Host interface which allows peripherals to be easily added to a basic STB to provide a low cost upgrade path for additional functionality. In particular, it would allow the STB in the field to become a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) by the addition of a hard disk drive.

Pointsec Extends Encryption Solution For Linux

Pointsec Mobile Technologies, a provider for enterprise security software for laptop and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones, recently announced the general availability of its endpoint encryption solution for Linux-based operating systems. With Pointsec for Linux, corporations can now employ centrally managed full-disk encryption to protect information stored on Linux laptops and desktops.

Newsforge: KDE 4 Promises Radical Changes to the Free Desktop

Tom Chance discusses the developments happening in KDE 4 on Newsforge.

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