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US defends Microsoft in Korea (Friends in high places)

What's the US Government doing in S. Korea defending an abusive monopolist? Interfering in another country's system of justice, that's what. Instead of prosecuting Microsoft ourselves, our current administration is backing them. -Ed.

Comment of the Day - December 8, 2005 - Why I choose Ubuntu

gardion writes: Well here is why I choose ubuntu. Some of these things Mepis may have but it is the combination of these things that really impressed me with Ubuntu.

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Open Source databases rounded up and rodeod

  • Inquirer; By Andrew Hudson (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
You could be forgiven for not knowing about the storm of activity in the database market this season. You would have to have read several dozen articles, press releases, and have followed the right bloggers to track all the strategic acquisitions, new releases, and defensive posturing . And even so you might still be wondering what it all means. But help is here in the form of a guide to open source database companies and what they've been up to.

Managing your mobile phone with floAt's Mobile Agent

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 8, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The modern mobile phone is a powerful device that you can use to store contacts, manage calendars, check email, and even browse the Web. But that's not all: install floAt's Mobile Agent (FMA) on your laptop or PC, connect it to your handset, and you can use the combo as a versatile communication tool. This article introduces you to FMA's features and shows you how to get started with the application.

ODF/XML Notes and Reports from all Over (vol. V)

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 8, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's been a busy week in the ODF/XML neighborhood

Fujitsu, Red Hat Work to expand enterprise ecosystem

Fujitsu and open source software company Red Hat have announced that, under their global agreement to provide Linux solutions, they will collaborate in porting applications to Fujitsu mission-critical Primequest Intel Architecture servers running Red Hat enterprise Linux.

SA accounting suite expands internationally

SA-made accounting application Cubit has released version 2.6 of the suite and is extending its reach into two new international markets.

Portable USB drive boots PCs into Mandriva

Hard drive vendor LaCie has teamed up with Mandriva on a bus-powered USB 2.0 harddrive preloaded with desktop Linux. The "GlobeTrotter" boots Mandriva Linux LE 2005, and is available in 40GB and 80GB models priced at $140 and $199, respectively.

Revitalised Turbolinux spreading its wings

Turbolinux, recovered and prospering in its new incarnation as an Osaka Securities Exchange-listed company, is looking to achieve success in Asian markets beyond Japan and China. The company, now a subsidiary of booming Japanese portal operator Livedoor, has announced plans to double its percentage of income from exports to neighboring countries to 20% within the next couple of years. The latest venture for Turbolinux is into the relatively untapped Vietnamese market, where it has started to conduct market research under a contract with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Sun makes new server chip designs open source

  •; By Antony Savvas (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems is to make the designs of its new UltraSparc T1 server processors open source in an attempt to win greater support for its hardware in the developer community.

Specifications for the Sparc chip family have previously been available to those who pay a licensing fee to the company, but Sun now plans to release both the specs and the designs, written in the Verilog hardware description language, for free.

Patent pools offer open source a new incentive--and a new source of power

  • O'Reilly PolicyDevCenter; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

It's been talked about for years, and now there are well-endowed and well-researched organizations claiming to offer open source software some protection from patent lawsuits. The very announcement of these efforts--even before they have a chance to prove successful--are an historical watershed for open source and free software. For the first time you get back something tangible for open-sourcing. And this leads to another key change in the terrain: it now becomes critical how "open source" is defined, and who has the power to define it.


Using sed for UNIX Portability Part I

  •; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Dec 8, 2005 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
There is a program called service which can be used on multiple UNIX systems to control Operating System services. One of the problems faced in the design of the service utility was the path to where system startup scripts (or rc scripts) resided. This series examines how using sed can easily mitigate multi-platform scripting problems. The first part will look at how the utility program works.

France Télécom, ZTE partner on Linux mobile handsets

The companies will initially focus on using the Linux operating system for 3G (third-generation) smart phones with a particular focus on the user interface.

nuBridges Ships truExchange FTP for Linux

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 2:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open Source Solution Secures Enterprise eBusiness Communities Quickly and Cost-Effectively

Mandriva sees a corporate Linux desktop in your future

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Dec 8, 2005 1:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Mandriva
Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon stopped by the offices of this week as part of an effort to get the word out about Mandriva Linux 2006.

Through a series of international partnerships, Bancilhon has taken his company out of the depths of bankruptcy and into the black. Speaking with him this week as he made the rounds in the Northeast, it was easy to see that he expected to take that same company-specific success and apply it to Linux desktops, both for personal and professional use.

Bancilhon may have his work cut out for him, but he aims to keep things simple to attain big results.

User-Mode Linux: A Book Excerpt

Here's an excerpt on UML from Steve Best's new book,Linux Debugging and Performance Tuning: Tips and Techniques.

PhpDig excels at small Web site indexing

Webmasters looking to provide search capabilities for their site would do well to try out PhpDig, a Web spider and search engine written in PHP with a MySQL backend. There are other open source search engines, all of which have their own advantages. PhpDig just happens to suit the needs of my Information Technology for Greenhouses and Horticulture site. Here's how I got it working.

Turbocash looks to Linux for expansion

Turbocash developer Philip Copeman is looking to re-engineer a Linux version to expand its market further.

Turbocash looks to Linux for expansion

With nearly 30 000 users and ranking among the top one percent of Sourceforge projects, open source accounting software Turbocash has made its mark in the Windows SME arena. Now developer Philip Copeman is looking to re-engineer a Linux version to expand its market further.

People Behind KDE: András Mantia

  • KDE Dot News; By KDE contributer (Posted by ralph on Dec 7, 2005 10:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
KDE has started a series of interviews highlighting their developers. This one is about András Mantia, a developer from Romania. You can read about him or quickly go to other interviews in the series.

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