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KDE Commit-Digest for 26th November 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Dolphin, an alternative file manager, is imported into KDE SVN. Work on session management in Kontact becomes visible with the implementation of state remembering for tabs in aKregator. Mailody gets a better SMTP implementation, with authentication support. Many functionality improvements in Okular. An experimental generic API for integration of more online music store services (following the example of the Magnatune implementation) is proposed and developed in Amarok. Continued speed and memory optimisations in KOffice and KDE 4 (via. kdelibs).

Primed for desktop Linux

  • ZDNet Australia; By Steven Deare (Posted by jdub on Nov 27, 2006 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora, GNOME
The consultants that rolled out Australia's biggest known Linux desktop project are backing themselves for more.

DistroWatch Weekly: Future of Fedora, Ubuntu vs openSUSE, first look at Xandros Desktop 4.1

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 27, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the end of the year 2006 approaching fast, many developers are hard at work preparing their latest product releases. A new version of Xandros Desktop, the subject of our first look review, will be announced later this week, while SabayonLinux 3.2 and the PlayStation edition of Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 are also expected shortly. Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 is about to enter its hard-freeze period, while the recent release candidate for openSUSE 10.2 is reportedly shaping up into a highly polished distribution. Many other projects have been making steady progress towards their future releases - Freespire has launched its development process which will lead to a stable version 2.0 in the first quarter of 2007 and many far-reaching changes are also planned for the next release of Fedora Core. All these topics, together with the usual round-up of interesting news from around the distro world - that's issue 179 of DistroWatch Weekly. Happy reading!

Microsoft-novell patent agreement betrays the Open Source ...

Bruce Perens, a prominent figure in the open source movement and to some extent in the free software movement, has shot an open letter to Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian accusing the company of betrayal.

Warning, poachers on the loose

Is it right for free and open source projects to capitalise on the dissatisfaction created by the Microsoft-Novell deal and try to attract developers who work for Novell to jump ship?

OLPC $100 laptop Linux user interface video

  •; By (Posted by dcparris on Nov 26, 2006 10:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Here is a new video of the "Sugar" user interface for the $100 One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) laptop. As you may know, the mission of this non-profit association is to develop a low-cost laptop—the "$100 Laptop"—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children.

First look at $100 laptop Linux interface

  •; By Mike Clendenin (Posted by dcparris on Nov 26, 2006 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While many analysts are busy tearing down Sony PS3's and Nintendo Wii's, a few insiders are taking a closer look at the first batch of $100 (eventually) laptops to roll off the production lines in Shanghai as part of the One Laptop Per Child program backed by Nicholas Negroponte and MIT's Media Lab.

Lee Epting: S60, Open Source and Tools

Richard Bloor recently caught up with Lee Epting, vice president of Forum Nokia, Nokia's global developer program, and took the opportunity to find out how she views the changes in S60 over the last year, including the increasing role of open source software.

Printing in Calc, Part 2: Print selection and printer options

In part 1 of this entry, I discussed how to use Calc's page styles to control how spreadsheets print. However, although page styles are one of the most useful tools for the task, they are far from the only ones. How you setup pages for printing and the printer or export options are also part of the arsenal. None of these tools is useful on every occasion, and you may have to mix and match them to get the results you want, but, the more you know about them, the less of a nightmare printing a spreadsheet becomes.

RO: OpenIT Romania

OpenIT is a fresh Romanian Linux and OSS magazine. Free for all, for the people, by the people. The PDF (in Romanian) is downloadable from and has 14 articles about Linux and open source software. This is a product of a handful of people that met on the Linux Forum and decided it was time to start an initiative like this. A free magazine for the Romanian public. Enjoy.

First Technical Dutch Open Source Event to be held in Einhoven this weekend

The T-Dose foundation presents its first Technical Dutch Open Source Event (the meaning of the acronym T-DOSE) , an event both for Open Source users and developers. The event will be held at the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, near the Belgian and German border. Eindhoven is internationally known as the home of Royal Philips Electronics.
Two rooms will be reserved for speakers from the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and Ukrain. A very broad range of topics will be discussed, ranging from Intellectual Property and Open source, an Open Source project for children (secondary school) to learn about and help create Open Source, to more technical topics as embedded Linux. Also, the LPI will be present, and LPI exams will be taken.

[ - Note: I'll try to be there if I can. It promises to be very interesting, no matter what your specific interests are! - hkwint ]

(See the T-Dose page for more information)

The Server Business Gets Its Report Card

The latest server numbers are in and Gartner and IDC agree on giving IBM pride of place. Gartner says worldwide server shipments grew 9% year-over-year to just over two million units with revenues up 4% in Q3 to $13 billion. IDC puts the revenue number at $12.9 billion, up 3.5%, calling it the fastest growth rate in four quarters and the largest Q3 outlay for servers since 2000.

Network Security 1 and 2 Companion Guide (Cisco Networking Academy Program)

This book is not meant to be used alone. It is the 'companion guide' to the Cisco Networking Academy Network Security curriculum, courses 1 and 2. If you've ever taken any courses through the Academy, you know that much of the work is done online as well as 'hands on' with Cisco hardware and software. Books such as this one supplement the 'in-class' experience.

Open Source Databases Prove Attractive To SMBs

According to a new Forrester study, open source databases are increasingly beating their proprietary cousins when it comes to low end applications. For databases less that 200GB, talking to senior Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna says that: "Eighty percent of the applications typically use only 30 percent of the features found in commercial databases." Open source databases already deliver these features.

Enterprisedb makes big strides in database world

VoIP provider Vonage is deploying an open source database from EnterpriseDB, complementing its existing Oracle and MySQL databases. Vonage has already ported part of its ticketing system for managing customer support from MySQL to EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, says Tim Smith, president of Vonage Network. The software is running on T1000 and T2000 servers from Sun Microsystems using the OpenSolaris operating system — so far without any problems.

Red Hat Announces Early Partner Support for Enterprise Linux 5

Red Hat said strategic members of its ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) are already supporting and testing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 2 to prepare for the company's next major subscription milestone. These software partners have begun testing to ensure early certification of their solutions at general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 this winter and to guarantee that customers can benefit from the new technologies and cost-savings as quickly as possible.

Web site dispenses how-to's about OS

Web site dispenses how-to's about OS

Dell Refunds OS Cost For Those Adopting Linux

A freelance programmer who ordered a Dell laptop last month was able to receive a refund after he declined to accept the Windows license agreement. According to the Microsoft agreement, users are able to get a refund for unused products on the computer if they contact Dell. Dave Mitchell, the person who was able to get the refund, stated that he knew other members of the open source community who tried to get refunds in the same manner.

Set Up Ubuntu-Server 6.10 As A Firewall/Gateway For Your Small Business Environment

  • HowtoForge; By Tycho Lursen (Posted by falko on Nov 26, 2006 6:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how to set up a Ubuntu 6.10 server (Edgy Eft) as a firewall and gateway for small/medium networks. The article covers the installation/configuration of services such as Shorewall, NAT, caching nameserver, DHCP server, VPN server, Webmin, Munin, Apache, Squirrelmail, Postfix, Courier IMAP and POP3, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, and many more.

The Windows Shutdown crapfest

  •; By Moishe Lettvin (Posted by henke54 on Nov 25, 2006 11:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
I worked at Microsoft for about 7 years total, from 1994 to 1998, and from 2002 to 2006. The most frustrating year of those seven was the year I spent working on Windows Vista, which was called Longhorn at the time. I spent a full year working on a feature which should've been designed, implemented and tested in a week. To my happy surprise (where "happy" is the freude in schadenfreude), Joel Spolsky wrote an article about my feature. I would like to try to explain how this happened.

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