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Galvin attacks software proposal

Secretary of State William F. Galvin's office said it is opposed to the Romney administration's plan to store state documents in an ''open" format, a plan that roused the ire of Microsoft Corp., maker of the popular Office suite of word processing, e-mail, presentation, and spreadsheet software.

Fighting FUD With Humor: A review of "Moving To Linux" 2nd edition

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 26, 2005 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Cheerful. If there was one word that I would choose to describe Marcel Gagne's new book, it would be cheerful. The front cover is a cheerful yellow, and Marcel's cute toddler son and beautiful wife beam at you from Konqueror thumbnails on the front. The back cover depicts Marcel in a funny tall white French chef's stove pipe hat, mugging for the camera with a bottle of wine and an overly zealous expression on his face. Even the title of the book is guaranteed to make you snicker, Moving to Linux (second edition): Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!

Cluster Resources releases TORQUE* 2.0, one of HPC's most widely used batch systems

Cluster Resources, Inc.TM today announced the release of TORQUE Resource Manager* 2.0, an open source high performance computing (HPC) resource manager based on OpenPBS that has added over 1,200 improvements in the areas of scalability, usability and stability in the last 18 months.

Self Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination

  •; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Oct 26, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
PCBurn has just posted a review of the reference book Self Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination from PTR and Bruce Perens' Open Source Series. It's squarely aimed at people tasked with determining the source of software/OS failures on the Linux OS. PCBurn takes a look at what the book has to offer and if it's right for your reference shelf.

Comment of the Day October 26, 2005 Microsoft admits it can no longer compete

number6x writes: If I were an "un-biased" analyst I would write something like
Attention all investors! Microsoft admits it can no longer compete on technical merits.

From a comment on the article: Microsoft Lines Up Politician Support In Mass. Format Battle

Open-xchange evolves

Open-Xchange Inc., manufacturer of a groupware solution of the same name, is inviting developers to try their hand as Open-Xchange clients in support of GNOME Evolution. All contributions to the project "Intelligent Design" (technical details) are to be made available under GNU Public License, with the best one to receive an award by the company on February 1 2006. In addition to the prize money of 1,000 US dollars the winner will be invited to fly as a guest to the LinuxWorld Expo, which takes place from the 3rd through the 6th of April 2006 in Boston.

Are Microsoft's new licenses open source?

Last week, Microsoft announced a set of new Shared Source licenses. Normally, new Microsoft licenses wouldn't be cause for the open source community to pay attention, but the new Shared Source Licenses have gotten praise from open source proponents such as Tim O'Reilly, and even the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has weighed in with positive comments.

Distance learning now available for Lamp web server technology

  •; By Lindsay Clark (Posted by tadelste on Oct 26, 2005 11:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Training company Computeach has launched what it claims is the first distance learning course in Lamp, the open source web server platform.

Quick and Dirty Data Extraction in AWK

Need to pull some data from text--maybe e-mail messages--and sort it, graph it or otherwise manipulate it? Here's an AWK script to use as a starting point.

OpenDocument and OpenReader: complementary steps toward freeing data

  •; By Andy Oram (Posted by avenger on Oct 26, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In recent weeks the state of Massachusetts announced, to cheers on one side and alarm on the other, that it would start writing all new memos, spreadsheets, and other documents in the OpenDocument format standardized by OASIS.

Now there's a spiffy new web site by the OpenReader activists, promoting this format for ebooks.

These are two sides to the same coin, one that buys us freedom in document formats. Getting your document's content accurate and readable is enough of a hassle without worrying about whether a change in computer platform or tools will render the document ugly--or worse yet, gibberish.

Ibm launches open-source storage consortium

IBM and eight other storage vendors have formed a new open-source organisation to develop storage software.

Initially called Aperi, the organisation will create a common storage software for all vendors' systems making it easier for sysadmins to manage disparate storage systems. The software will be free.

At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software For Linux

Dave starts a new series on music notation software and explains why Linux has some of the best available on any platform.

Library of Congress opens DMCA exemption comment period

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 26, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Copyright Office of the US Library of Congress has formally announced an open comment period to solicit evidence from "interested parties" regarding whether the prohibition on circumvention clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has an adverse effect on legal, non-infringing use of copyrighted works. Anyone may submit comments via forms on the Copyright Office Web site between November 2 and December 1. All comments will be made public.

Durban DJ wins YFM Open Source Mix

A Durban-based music mixer has won the Yfm and Creative Commons "Mad Half Hour Open Source Mixes" competition by adding his own creative mix commons-licensed music. [What Red Hat, Novell, and others do with GNU/Linux distributions, Nathan Redpath does with music. Libre software will flourish in a libre culture. Or is that vice-versa? -Ed]

Dapper Drake takes first steps

With Breezy Badger out the door, the next version of Ubuntu, titled Dapper Drake, went into production today. Top of the high-level goals for Dapper is for it to be a 'polished' distribution.

Why customers are flocking to Linux

  • AME Info; By Jeffrey S. Smith (Posted by tadelste on Oct 26, 2005 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Beyond the numbers. Customers flock to Linux because it works. By Jeffrey S. Smith, IBM Software Group Vice President, Linux Middleware.

File System Tutorial

  • HDDsaver; By Tomas (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 26, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Here is a short article explaining some basics about file systems. This is an area in which many people, even full time computer users, lack much understanding. Its kind of important!

Steeleye Technology Joins MySQL Network Certified Partners Program

SteelEye Technology, Inc., the leading provider of data and application availability management solutions for business continuity and disaster recovery on Linux and Windows, today announced its membership in the MySQL Network Certified Partner program. As a member of this program, SteelEye and MySQL will work together to facilitate the integration of MySQL into the current IT networks of enterprise customers and to ensure full availability against downtime for these environments.

Journyx and open source software

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 26, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Journyx is a closed-source, proprietary software vendor with a business model that embraces -- albeit at arm's length -- open source. How can that be? The paradox results from a unique business model that attempts to provide a free-as-in-beer product for the majority of users, support and use open source software projects, and still turn a profit. I recently spoke to Journyx founder and CEO Curt Finch to learn more about that business model, and about TimeSheet, the software Journyx produces and (mostly) gives away.

The art of Metaprogramming

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 26, 2005 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Writing programs that generate other programs may seem esoteric, but once you learn why metaprogramming is so powerful, it's a skill you'll want to cultivate. This article explains why you might consider metaprogramming and looks at some of the components of this art.

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