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Better Living Through Open Source?

Electronic governance promises to cut corruption and improve transparency, and open source software offers a way to break the South's technological dependence on industrialized countries [ED: "The South" being South America. - SR]


Linux Leader to Launch Turbolinux Appliance Server 2.0 for ...

TOKYO --(Business Wire)-- March 21, 2006 -- Turbolinux, Inc., a global leader of Linux-based solutions known for state-of-the-art technology and cost-effective IT solutions, has announced the release of a new server operating system with an easy Internet server configuration tool, called "Turbolinux Appliance Server 2.0 (TLAS2.0)." TLAS2.0 is based on BlueQuartz, the open source system software derived from open source Sun Cobalt GUI released by Sun Microsystems. TLAS2.0 is designed to optimize Internet servers, such as Web, Mail, and Domain Name Systems (DNS).

IBM: Open source and open standards technical briefing

  • Free Software Magazine; By Eddy Macnaghten (Posted by fsmdave on Mar 21, 2006 11:11 PM EDT)
A write up of IBM’s free software development: tools and open standards technical briefing held at Bedfont Lakes, London, UK on 9th March 2006

Red Hat's Fedora 5 boosts desktop features

Latest version gives enthusiasts new graphics and virtualization options, as well as additional capabilities.

Integrated Thunderbird calendar takes flight

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 21, 2006 9:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mozilla's Calendar team Monday released Lightning 0.1, a new calendar extension for Thunderbird 1.5 email client users who run Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows. "This is a major milestone on the road to an integrated calendar for users of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5," wrote team spokesman Simon Paquet on the Mozillazine site.

MEPIS Founder Plots Transition to Ubuntu

MEPIS, a longtime Debian Linux distributor, is switching from Debian to Ubuntu as the basis for its SimplyMEPIS Linux distribution. (Desktop Linux)

Become a Gmail master

  • HackAttack; By Adam Pash (Posted by tadelste on Mar 21, 2006 8:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Gmail is hands-down the best web-based email service on the ‘net. Conversation threads, search, tagging, and keyboard shortcuts have completely revolutionized the way I look at my inbox. I manage all of my email from my personal Gmail inbox, including the daily flood of Lifehacker messages. At this point, I can’t imagine a program I could use to manage my email any more efficiently

Sydney school teaches with Linux monopoly

  •; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by henke54 on Mar 21, 2006 8:19 PM EDT)
"School education should be about cooperation and sharing knowledge, which is exactly what open source is about - that's why I can't understand why schools don't embrace it on that level,"

Microsoft Joins ODF/ISO Ballot Reconciliation Committee

A few days ago, I got an email from someone with news of an interesting development in the ongoing ODF saga. Pamela Jones at Groklaw got an email as well.

Shuttleworth confirms 1 June for Dapper

The Dapper Drake delay means more quality assurance, Asian language support, and "polish" for the user interface. The XFCE desktop will also be integrated into the main repository for users wanting a fast and light desktop.

KMFL lets users change keyboards on the fly

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by tadelste on Mar 21, 2006 5:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Setting up support for international characters should be "seamless," several readers said in responses to my recent article, "Setting up international character support."

[Anytime you need to switch between keyboard mappings on a regular basis, you'll appreciate this project. - dcparris]

CentOS 4.3 is Released for i386, x86_64, and ia64

The CentOS development team is pleased to announce the availability of CentOS 4.3.

Free Vs. Open

Richard Stallman, founder of the Boston-based Free Software Foundation, has created a new version of his GNU General Public License, or GPL, under which many free software programs are distributed.

Gates On The Browser Wars: Netscape Knocked Itself Out

Microsoft chief pugilist Bill Gates saw it as a knockout. Netscape did it to itself. As Internet Explorer 7 nears completion, a veteran Microsoftie is asking if history's about to repeat itself, this time with Microsoft facedown on the mat.

OS X Sudo vs. Root: The Real Story

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Mar 21, 2006 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: LXer
In Mac OS X, the root account is disabled by default. The first user account created is added to the admin group and that user can use the sudo command to execute other commands as root. The conventional wisdom is that sudo is the most secure way to run root commands, but a closer look reveals a picture that is not so clear.

Leading Itanium® Processor Architects to Keynote Gelato Conference

Gelato announces the keynote speakers for the Gelato ICE: Itanium Conference & Expo--April 23-26 in San Jose, CA--Jerry Huck (HP), James Reinders and Don Soltis (Intel), and William Worley (Secure64).

What Open Source Can Learn from Microsoft

  • Opendotdotdot; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Mar 21, 2006 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
Notice all the great publicity over the Firefox 2.0 alpha, and whether it was or wasn't released? Why doesn't the open source world follow the example given by Microsoft with its "Origami" project, and "leak" the odd bit of early code to selected bloggers who can be relied upon to get excited and to spread the word far and wide?

MEPIS founder plots transition to Ubuntu

MEPIS LLC, a long-time Debian Linux distributor, is switching from Debian to Ubuntu as the basis for its SimplyMEPIS Linux distribution. It seems MEPIS founder Warren Woodford has decided that MEPIS will do better for its users by depending upon Ubuntu, rather than Debian, for its foundation.

Debian Weekly News - March 21st, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Mar 21, 2006 1:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Debian Weekly News Debian Weekly News - March 21st, 2006

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