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LXer Feature: 11-Sep-2006
Neil McAllister calls on the FOSS community to drop the fortress mentality and work to build bridges with Microsoft. That's kind of like saying an abused wife should hug her husband just because he brings her flowers. Maybe Microsoft really is changing, but LXer's Don Parris suggests watching to see what they are holding in the other hand.
LXer Feature: 11-Sep-2006
Software Freedom Day is fast approaching. What are you doing in your area?
Ubuntu guru Jason Smith shows us how to pimp our Ubuntu rides, using the latest Xgl and Compiz eye-candy. Fuzzy dice not included.
Lately, it feels like the world is being overrun with otherwise outdated PCs. With landfills overflowing with unwanted computers, it's great to find that Linux developers have taken it upon themselves to offer a viable solution to simply throwing away older computers.
Mark Shuttleworth has already conquered space. Now he's hoping to challenge Microsoft.
In a short amount of time, Google has gone from a little search engine with a funny name to being a dominant force in the tech industry. They're doing so many different things right now that it's almost easy to forget that they started off primarily being a search engine.
[Not exactly related to GNU/Linux, but we need to keep an eye on these two. - dcparris]
September 11, 2006 (Computerworld) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. last week upgraded and expanded its Integrity server line, adding two low-end models and increased virtualization support that it hopes will make the systems more attractive to Windows and Linux users in addition to its primary HP-UX customer base.
[Article is Windows-centric, but does mention GNU/Linux capability. Gee, can't imagine why they didn't get the perspective of a GNU/Linux admin. - dcparris]
Welcome to this year's 37th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With many of the major distributions in the final stages of their development work, this is possibly the most exciting period of the year. It shouldn't be long before the new versions from Slackware and Mandriva are released, with Fedora, openSUSE and Debian following shortly. Mandriva Linux 2007 is now starting to look really good, while Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" is shaping up to be a real breakthrough for the largest Linux distribution project. Fedora Core is also getting a complete makeover - at least in the look and feel department. This issue is devoted to all the upcoming new releases, with further news covering the availability of KDE 4 packages for Kubuntu, a new major version of GParted LiveCD, and an interesting interview with the developers of PC-BSD. In our latest book review, we'll take a quick look at Ubuntu Linux For Non-Geeks by Rickfort Grant. Happy reading!
Is there an alternative for original Microsoft Windows to substitute the pirated Microsoft Windows and Office on your office computers?
I was very pleased to see John Vivirito announcing a desktop-effects team for Ubuntu, that will focus on the integration of 3D technology into the desktop like Xgl, Compiz and AIGLX. Folks who are interested in that stuff and want to help make Ubuntu rock in that department please join the team! We’re particularly interested in people who have strong OpenGL experience.
MEPIS has announced the release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0-1 DVD Edition; an update of SimplyMEPIS 6.0, MEPIS' first Ubuntu based edition released earlier this summer. The SimplyMEPIS 6.0-1 bootable DVD not only includes hundreds of bug and security fixes, but the 1,900 packages of the three SimplyMEPIS Extras CDs, as well.
The purpose of this project is to forward web traffic to a protected server on the internal network. This provides a protected environment for the web server.
KOffice, the KDE office suite, today released version 1.6 beta1. This release incorporates a number of new features, mainly from the Google Summer of Code projects, as well as a great number of bug fixes.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Work begins on Ruby language support in KDevelop 4. Work continues in the KReversi code rewrite. Kalzium gets functionality to visually show the country an element was discovered in.
Company announces customer support for developers using Eclipse
Most UNIX administrators have processes in place to back up the data and information on their UNIX machines, but what about the configuration files and other elements that provide the configuration data your machines need to operate?
Ask any person who has used a computer atleast once and he will agree that fonts form a very important part of the operating system which is installed in the computer. At one time, GNU/Linux lacked good font support and any webpage viewed in a web browser was at the most lackluster.Things changed somewhat with the release of good set of fonts for GNU/Linux called Bitstream.
REP. Teodoro Casiño is expected to file a bill this week mandating the use of free and open source software and open standards in all government projects.
Glom is an interesting graphical database front-end I’ve been meaning to try out for some time. Someone asked about graphical database front-ends on the #mysql IRC channel recently, and that prompted me to install Glom and learn how to use it. My overall impressions? It lands squarely in the middle of its target audience’s needs, but still has a quirk here and there. With a bit of polish it will be a fine product, and it’s already a winner over Microsoft Access and Filemaker, two similar programs with which you might be familiar.
The two aren't poles apart, says Neil McAllister
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