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Microsoft winning big in local government

Microsoft seems to have been the main beneficiary of the UK government's drive to put council services online. Research from the Society of IT Managers (Socitm) reveals that local authorities are increasingly opting to use Microsoft Windows applications, particularly in new installations. The research also revealed that contracts for applications specific to local government are concentrated in the hands of a select circle of companies. (Editors Note: Local governments have not responded to policy changes made at higher levels of government. However, the author has ignored major Linux wins throughout the globe at local government levels.)

IBM changes its Linux approach, focusing on customers

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by tadelste on Aug 19, 2005 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Rather than just making machines that run Linux for every type of customer, IBM is taking a vertical-market approach, with new product offerings that focus on For the automotive industry, IBM is offering something it calls Infrastructure for Automotive Common Environment (ACE), which includes Linux technologies geared at automotive design and production. For retail, its Total Store Solutions - a package that includes Linux PCs and servers built for point-of-sale, self-checkout and store inventory management tasks, with third-party wireless and other technologies included. In the finance realm, IBM is offering Front Office Optimization for Banking. This package includes Linux-based server and PC applications that cover all aspects of running a bank, from teller position machines to customer service call centers and other areas.

Kino makes video editing simple

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 19, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux enviroment offers two major packages for creating and editing digital media. Cinelerra is a media powerhouse, while Kino works well for beginners who need to create simple digital video. It's a speedy editor, lightweight, and it seldom crashes. Its simplicity, ease of use, and small learning curve make it an excellent alternative for creating and editing digital media in the Linux enviroment.

Munich Linux migration status

  • LiMUX (Posted by bstadil on Aug 18, 2005 7:14 PM EDT)
Lxer, mmelchert wrote in a comment " Just came across an English version of a presentation about the Linux migration project in Munich. You also might be interested to learn about its current status."..

World's first Linux "PDA phone" on the way?

  • (Posted by bstadil on Aug 18, 2005 6:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A Chinese mobile phone hardware vendor and a Singaporean smartphone and PDA phone designer will jointly develop a Linux "PDA phone

Sun sets up open-source office

Sun Microsystems on Wednesday night launched an office dedicated to open-source matters, signaling a new elevation of the collaborative programming philosophy within the server and software company

Dell servers eye Linux

  • Network World (Posted by dave on Aug 18, 2005 5:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dell made inroads into the Linux server space last week at LinuxWorld in San Francisco.

Passing The Acid2 Test

  • (Posted by bstadil on Aug 18, 2005 4:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A Web browser that's in step with all World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) standards doesn't exist, but the noticeable shortcomings of one has led to grumbling in the Web development space

What Is the GNOME Desktop

tile imageNope. It's not a garden garnish. GNOME is a desktop software project designed to look familiar to anyone who has ever used a computer. Aaron Weber distills what the GNOME desktop is, what apps users will find as well as what platform development tools developers will find, and the resources to help you get started using it. Aaron is a coauthor of Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Linux for Video Production

tile imageLinux and open source software is traditionally good for developers and system administrators, and recently good for business users. When will it be good for multimedia users? A handful of projects are making video production and editing possible (and useful)--PiTiVi and GStreamer among them. Jono Bacon examines the present and future of video production with Linux and open source software.

Red Hat Funds Patent Efforts

inux developer Red Hat ( finance outside programmers' efforts to obtain patents that may be used freely by open source developers, the firm announced Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Open Source Developer Labs has simultaneously launched a patent commons project, providing a central list of patents that have been donated to the collaborative programming community. The threat of patent-infringement lawsuits has caused many open source programming advocates to turn against the patent system altogether. The initiatives show a new proactive stance on the part of the open source community to combat the threat of patent-infringement lawsuits. "We're watching a groundswell of alternative ideas coming forward to try to counteract some of the patent terrorism that's coming up in industry," says Steve Mills, general

Boston hosts Open Source Business Conference on Nov. 1-2

  • (Posted by tadelste on Aug 18, 2005 3:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Business Conference, set for Nov. 1-2, 2005 in Boston, will explore Linux- and open source-related business topics, including emerging trends, intellectual property, and other issues. The second annual event targets IT business executives, venture capitalists, attorneys, and others using open source software in enterprise or embedded systems.

amaroK 1.3 'Airborne' takes off

After four months of development, the amaroK team has finished the new stable release of the popular KDE based audio player. amaroK 'Airborne' introduces the highly anticipated Wikipedia lookup feature. The cooperation between KDE and the Wikipedia project has already been the topic of an earlier article

Novell puts SuSE out in the open for review

Remember when Novell was the technology leader that others followed? Remember when Novell was renowned for having the best server software engineers anywhere in the world? Me too. But evidently, that's changed.

Linux wireless freedom with OpenWrt

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 18, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You can turn your blue Linksys router into a Linux box with OpenWrt, an embedded Linux distribution for Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GS routers. This tiny distribution exceeds the default firmware functionality in many useful ways. Instead of having only a Web-controlled wireless access point, OpenWrt provides you with a fully interactive Linux system. Some notable features are the ability to telnet/SSH to your router, install software such as Snort, Mini-Sendmail, and Asterisk, and create and control VLANs for every Ethernet port on the device.

Mozilla Seeking Thunderbird Testers

Mozilla put out a call Wednesday afternoon to seek out beta testers interested in testing out the basic functions of Thunderbird, the group's open-source e-mail client. The quality assurance arm of the organization has asked that all interested persons subscribe to the Tbirdtesters mailing list.

Getting your hands dirty with open source ROI, TCO calculations

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by bstadil on Aug 18, 2005 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Don't believe analyst firms' reports or vendors' measurements of the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) of Linux and open source. Businesses that do their own measurements will get a true picture of the cost savings associated with open source software

Titan IT skills up to meet demand for Linux

Titan IT, local Novell and Microsoft business partner, has announced a move to enter the Linux services market by adopting an aggressive Linux certification strategy for its key technical staff.

Best practices for the Linux home office, part 2

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 18, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last time we began talking about using Linux in a small office by discussing what to look for in hardware and the operating system. Once you've settled on your base system, it's time to connect it to the Internet, and that brings up concerns about your systems' security.

Announcing a New Online Store for Tux T-shirts

  • Press release (Posted by dave on Aug 18, 2005 6:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Still waiting to get that fabulous Tux t-shirt? Wait no more. Now you can get a Tux T-shirt and help out the Linux community! Introducing TuxDelux, a new online store solely devoted to marketing and promoting Tux the Penguin.

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