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A Standardized Linux Desktop?


Standardized Linux desktop components are needed in order for the Linux desktop to achieve widespread adoption, according to the Free Standards Group (FSG).

The popular GNOME (define) and KDE (define) environments are among the more popular Linux desktops, as well as up and comers like the Xfce environment. Though efforts are underway to help create some compatibility between the various desktops, to date there has not been a standards body effort to create a Linux desktop standard.

To that end, the FSG is spearheading an initiative called The Linux Standard Base Desktop Project with the aim of standardizing core pieces of the Linux desktop. The effort has already gained support from a who's who of Linux industry vendors, including Red Hat, Novell, IBM, HP, Intel and Adobe.

IT leaders launch Linux desktop standards project


The Free Standards Group and its Linux Standard Base work group Tuesday announced the formation of the Linux Standard Base Desktop Project, with the support of Adobe Systems Inc., Intel Corp., IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., Linspire Inc., Mandriva SA, Novell Inc., RealNetworks Inc., Red Hat Inc., Trolltech, Xandros Inc., and others.

The LSB (Linux Standard Base) Desktop Project's goal is to standardize common libraries and application behavior so as to make it easier for ISVs (independent software vendors) to write Linux desktop programs.

World's first Linux based communications recorder now in the UAE

The Marathon series from ASC is the world's first Linux based communications recorder providing reliability and open source flexibility rarely found elsewhere. The feature rich series is an offering from a vendor who has its presence in more than 60 countries and forty years of experience. Designed to work with most telephone systems in use in the UAE, the range is customizable to the highest degree for use in any critical operation.

Free Standards Group launches Linux Standard Base Desktop Project

The Free Standards Group (FSG) announced the Linux Standard Base (LSB) Desktop Project today. The goal of the project is to spur widespread adoption of Linux on the desktop by providing a standard application runtime for vendors to target when writing applications for the Linux desktop. Participating in the project are Adobe, Intel, IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Linspire, Trolltech, and several other companies and organizations.

More Than 60 Leading Independent Software Vendors Back VMware Virtual Infrastructure

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 18, 2005 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Broad Vendor Support and Integrations Enable More Than 10,000 Enterprise Customers to Run Business-Critical Server Applications and Platforms in VMware Virtual Infrastructure Environments

Developers are finding platform lines blurring

As cross-platform development grows, programmers are turning toward open source tools that are not tied to a single platform. Even Windows development is drifting toward open source, as more .Net developers look to tools such as Mono and PHP to develop software for the Microsoft platform.

VMware upgrades data center software, ambitions

Beta tests begin on ESX Server 3 and VirtualCenter 2, two products aimed to advance the virtualization trend.

Sybase SA excels at Redhat training

The South African trainer beat 250 other EMEA partners to claim the top spot at the Redhat Linux conference.

Klax KDE 3.5 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

  • Distrowatch.com; By staff writer, distrowatch.com (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 18, 2005 3:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
OSDir's has got one of their slide shows of "Klax" KDE 3.5 Beta 2.

New Ubuntu Release Works in a Crisis

  • LinuxDevCenter; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Oct 18, 2005 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
In a tight spot? Ubuntu can bail you out.

Free software developers work together at UWC

  • Tectonic; By Staff Writer, www.tectonic.co.za (Posted by ralph on Oct 18, 2005 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free Software developers from Africa are gathered at the University of the Western Cape this week for the second African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) developers workshop. The developers, which come from 13 collaborating African universities, are meeting at the university to work on the AVOIR project and its core applications the KINKY application framework and the KEWL.NextGen e-learning platform.

Xensource Vs. VMware War Imminent

  • CRN; By Paula Rooney (Posted by bstadil on Oct 18, 2005 1:36 AM EDT)
The imminent launch of XenSource's first commercial open source solutions will kick off commoditization in the virtualization software market and threaten VMware's bread-and-butter revenues, observers predict. For Xensource, the Xen virtualization engine is a free platform service on which other value-added solutions can be built.

Trolltech: A case study in open source business

With a customer list that includes Opera, Skype, German Brockhaus Encylopaedia, Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop Album, and the KDE Project, Trolltech is obviously a successful company. It has grown each year since it was founded by selling products that compete with free-of-charge alternatives such as Java and .Net. It now sponsors several free software developers who share all of their work with the community under the GPL. Let's take a closer look at a company that makes money from free software.

Ssc welcomes Open Source deal

  • Scoop.co.nz (press release) (Posted by ralph on Oct 18, 2005 1:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The State Services Commission's Laurence Millar today welcomed the all-of-government license agreement between the New Zealand Department of Inland Revenue and Novell.

Open source: Big and getting bigger

If you're knee-deep in an IT infrastructure project, the following will come as no surprise: Open source is popular and it's gaining ground. "It's simply growing up the stack," Mark Driver, an analyst with Gartner, said on Monday. Driver, speaking at Gartner's annual Symposium/ITExpo conference here, said one reason for the building popularity of open source is the growing adoption of open source code by proprietary, closed-source software makers like IBM and Sun.

Why Ubuntu has gone big time so quickly

No doubt about it: Ubuntu -- along with its cousins, Kubuntu and Edubuntu -- has become an open source big shot in just one year's time. The Debian-based distro already has succeeded in attracting thousands of satisfied users, ranging from Linux beginners to seasoned administrators.

CyberLink Previews Software-based Digital Media Adaptor at IDF Taipei and Shanghai

This IDF Fall Taipei, CyberLink also demonstrated playback of HD DVD content via PowerDVD and the extensive features of all-in-one entertainment center PowerCinema Linux. A similar demonstration will be held at the IDF Fall in Shanghai next week. CyberLink SoftDMA offers the following breakthrough technologies:

Extensions Are Key To Firefox Success

Mozilla's developers built Firefox from the ground up to give third-party extension developers room to run. The results have been more successful, and more vital to the open-source browser's long-term prospects, than any of them could have imagined.

OSDL Aims Multivendor Initiative at Linux Mobile Phones

The OSDL launches the Mobile Linux Initiative, an effort to accelerate adoption of Linux in mobile phones. (LinuxDevices.com)

The Butterfly Effect: Microsoft, Security, and the Developing World

Much has been made of the argument in Open Source circles about the benefits that Open Source offers developing countries, as opposed to expensive or pirated versions of Microsoft. Some of the more common arguments run, contra-Microsoft, that the expensive and proprietary software that runs on Windows is holding back the developing world. Most imply, directly or indirectly, that somehow Microsoft is haggling with poverty. That is, school kids in China, Pakistan, and Guatemala are being denied access to modern education and technology via the proprietary licensing schemes of MS and the Software that runs on it. So it might be. However, what seems to escape such poverty calculations is the true impact of network security and viruses on developing countries and the impact on the World in general. Specifically, the impact that computer security has on development when networks are based on pirated, outdated, or generally insecure software. The largest and most obvious case would be China.

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