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Newsforge: KDE 4 Promises Radical Changes to the Free Desktop

Tom Chance discusses the developments happening in KDE 4 on Newsforge.

Send in the Skype clones

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 29, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Over the past couple of months, public opinion of Skype has shifted from "media darling" to "when will their 15 minutes of fame be up?" Judging from forum and blog chatter, it would appear that the novelty of the product is wearing off and early adopters are feeling restless. Luckily, Internet telephony aficionados have standards-based alternatives to choose from.

First Beta Linux with Debian Core Arrives

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
MEPIS' lightweight Linux distribution for older PCs is the first ordinary user version of the operating system to appear including the Debian Common Core.

Vista's licensing speeds NSW govt move to Linux desktops

  • LinuxWorld au; By Julian Bajkowski, Computerworld (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 12:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
The NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) is taking a tough stance against Microsoft's decision to make an enterprise edition of Windows Vista only available to companies that have signed on to its Software Assurance program. The tax collection agency has declared it would rather switch desktop operating systems than lock itself into Microsoft's licensing regime. Delivering a presentation at the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC 05) in Sydney yesterday, OSR chief information officer Mike Kennedy and the agency's manager of client services Pravash Babhoota confirmed they would start scoping for a move to a Linux desktop within six months.

Nidelven IT's Introduction to Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird Articles Move

  • mozillaZine; By Morten W. Petersen (Posted by tadelste on Sep 29, 2005 12:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
"We (Nidelven IT) have moved our articles to a new site (http://opensourcearticles.com) and updated them to match the Thunderbird 1.5 and Firefox 1.5 releases.

Linux gains Clarity with Red Hat and CA

It has been a strong couple of months for Clarity -- CA's flagship IT governance offering -- which saw record growth last month and this week gained Red Hat interoperability. But once again the bigger news is that Linux has received another push towards full- fledged enterprise adoption

EnGarde v3 Now Available!

Guardian Digital is pleased to announce the release of EnGarde Community v3.0. This release represents the most significant number of improvements since the first version released more than four years ago.

Phoronix: Memory, Memory,& More Memory

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 11:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over the past couple of days we at Phoronix have compiled a few additional memory reviews, two of which is related to system memory (DDR & DDR2), and the final one being related to a new form of dual channel flash memory for thumb drives.

Google Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox Out of Beta

The official Google Blog has announced that the Google Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox is now out of beta. This first non-beta release of the browser extension integrates the functionality of Google Suggest, which offers a list of possible search queries as you type. This version also works with Firefox's built-in toolbar customisation feature, allowing users to rearrange and place the Google Toolbar buttons anywhere in their toolbar setup. Neither of these features are available in the Internet Explorer version of the Google Toolbar.

IBM chip consortium powers up with new members

  • ZDNet Asia; By Jeanne Lim (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 10:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
SHANGHAI--IBM's evangelism of its Power processor architecture has wrought fresh devotees, and spawned new technology advancements from members of its Power.org alliance.

HP chooses Australia to expand its enterprise Linux footprint

HP is seeking to enlarge its footprint in the enterprise Linux space by partnering with Red Hat and Novell, and has chosen Australia as the place to start. The partnership will see the three companies working together to help customers with the integration and ongoing support of Linux. When customers sign up now for HP Mission Critical Services packages in a Linux environment, they will be supported by an HP technical account manager (TAM) in addition to one from Red Hat and/or Novell.

WordPerfect Will Support OpenDocument… Someday

The software vendor insists that its WordPerfect Office is the top-selling alternative to Microsoft Office, and it will soon support OpenDocument.

Bea acquire open source tools company

In a bid to beef up BEA's development tools offering, the company announced today the acquisition of Eclipse-based tools company M7.

Cisco's InfiniBand Primed For The Grid

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Clint Boulton (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 7:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thanks to its purchase of Topspin earlier this year, Cisco Systems is now selling gear that will help customers power their utility or on-demand computing systems.

Will Linux Benefit from Microsoft's SNAFU in Massachusetts?

Microsoft had everything to lose in Massachusetts and did.

Firefox Momentum Slows

Firefox's once-strong surge against Microsoft Internet Explorer is showing signs of losing momentum, a Web metrics firm said Wednesday. San Diego-based WebSideStory released market share numbers for Firefox, IE, and other browsers that noted Firefox has crept up from April's 6.75 percent to September's 7.86 percent, a single percentage point gain in five months. During the first few months after its November, 2004, release, Firefox was adding another point each month.

PowerPC-equipped CompactPCI board runs embedded comms

  • EngineeringTimes (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 7:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're designing an embedded communications system or networking equipment, take a look at the connectivity and processing capabilities of this new CompactPCI PowerPC SBC (single-board computer) from MEN Micro. It's called the F13. It's suited as a control element for network routers and switches, storage subsystems, network appliances, and print and imaging devices. Depending on your application, the F13 can be configured with either of two next-generation 833MHz PowerQUICC III microprocessors from Freescale Semiconductor. You can configure it with a Freescale MPC8540 or MPC8560. These processors typically dissipate as little as 7.4W.

Microsoft's Reorg: a Pear Solution to a Peach of a Problem

In the wake of senior talent defections to Google and elsewhere (back in July I was gloating at the Kai-Fu Lee defection), Microsoft leadership leaped into action. (You noticed last week's reorganization news.) Trouble is, this reorganization is a solution to a non-organizational problem.

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Peru votes to allow open-source software

  • BusinessWeek; By RICK VECCHIO Associated Press Writer (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Swimming against the Microsoft tide, Peru's Congress has passed legislation that would require public institutions to consider open-source software as an alternative to proprietary systems such as Windows.

What Is Firefox

Firefox is a free web browser. It is one of the products of the Mozilla open source software project, supported by the Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is an application platform. You can write applications and extensions that install and run on top of Firefox.

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