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Five Stars of Open Source

The universe of products is large and code quality varies from impressive to unreliable. But if IT managers choose the open source community's top products, they will find many solid programs that meet or exceed the capabilities of more expensive commercial alternatives, experts say.

Why OpenDocument Won (and Microsoft Office Open XML Didn’t)

[David Wheeler wrote this editorial in September. We link to it as it provides an unique perspective of issues. -ED]

Uk graphics firm takes on Microsoft

A small UK graphics software house is desperately trying to fight its corner against Microsoft by giving away its software to any Linux user prepared to help the company.

Xara received some good news and some bad news in September. First Adobe acquired Macromedia, eliminating one of Xara's rivals and elevating the firm to number three in the UK vector graphics software league table.

Logicalware Partners with MySQL and Releases a MySQL version of ...

  • Emediawire (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Oct 23, 2005 8:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
Logicalware Ltd, publisher of MailManager the Open Source email response management solution announced today that MailManager has now been ported to MySQL and has been tested and certified for MySQL Network.

Howto: Running a server with Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

This tutorial covers the installation of a web-, email- and ftp server using the new Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger). Though Ubuntu is primarily targeted at desktop systems, you can also use it to run a rock-solid web server, and this document shows both Linux newbies and experienced users how to do that.

Sony PlayStation2-Linux games development awards for Abertay students

Three computer games technology students at Abertay University have won prizes for their work from computer games giant Sony.

The prizes were presented for outstanding development work on a PlayStation 2 Games Console during academic year 2004/05.

First prize, a PlayStation2-Linux games development kit, a cheque and a certificate signed by Sony's vice-president of technology Paul Holman, was awarded to James Bird.

The SOA and Web services world now has its own "SCO."

  • ZDNet; By Joe McKendrick (Posted by tadelste on Oct 23, 2005 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
As posted by ZDNet's Martin LaMonica, a small company called Scientigo laying claim to XML, of all things. That's sort of like someone trying to claim royalities from HTML or ASCII usage.

Rectron: Open source the next big desktop thing

  • Tectonic; By Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Oct 23, 2005 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zandre Rudolph, business manager at IT distributor Rectron, says open source software is now ready for commercial use at desktop level, due to publicity over the last year thanks to the work of the likes of the Go Open Source campaign. Rudolph says this has resulted in an increase in the adoption of open source software by South African businesses.

VISION 2020: What are some of the changes in the global marketplace?

  • The Lufkin Daily News (Posted by tadelste on Oct 23, 2005 4:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thomas L. Friedman recently wrote “The World is Flat.” He described Ten Forces that Flattened the World. The following is a condensation of his ten forces:

IT line of business upbeat ahead of Systems event

  • Heise Online; By Robert W. Smith (Posted by tadelste on Oct 23, 2005 3:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite unabating pressure on prices and growth forecasts for Germany having been adjusted downward the high-tech industry is showing itself upbeat ahead of the computer trade fair Systems. Although on account of the ongoing collapse of prices in the telecommunications sector, sales revenue expectations had had to be lowered, the General Executive Manager of the German industry association Bitkom, Bernhard Rohleder, said yesterday in Munich, other areas such as IT services were developing quite nicely.

O'Reilly's Open Sources 2.0 finally hits the bookshelves

  • Info World; By Matt Asay (Posted by tadelste on Oct 23, 2005 2:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I wrote a chapter for O'Reilly's Open Sources 2.0 last year, and it's finally hitting the shelves. Not sure as to the reason behind the delay, but I'm looking forward to getting a copy. No, not because of what I wrote (I've already read that), but because of the other interesting perspectives Danese, Chris, and Mark collected on the present and future of open source business. If this book is anything like the 1.0 rev (Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution), it will be well worth the price of admission. 1.0 centered around the disruptive development model; 2.0 focuses on open source as a disruptive business model.) Fundraiser 2005 Seeks to Raise $10,000 to Build a 1 Billion Page Whole-Internet Index announces Fundraiser 2005 to support our ambitious project of indexing 1 billion pages by next year. Based upon open source is building a whole internet search engine that is seamless and open removing the unknowns of search results and processing.

Companies expect open-source desktop software

On the same day that programmers released version 2 of, survey results showed a significant opportunity for the open-source rival to Microsoft Office.

By 2010, 22 percent of companies surveyed by Saugatuck Technology expect their core desktop productivity programs will be open-source software. The survey polled more than 100 senior executives, about 80 percent in the United States and the rest from other parts of the world.

Google exec touts communities, content over APIs

San Francisco (InfoWorld) - BURLINGAME, CALIF. -- Power in computing has shifted from proprietary, Microsoft APIs to URLs on the Web and content provision, Google Vice President Adam Bosworth said during the Zend/PHP Conference & Expo on Friday.

OSU celebrates success of Firefox

  • Corvallis Gazette-Times; By KYLE ODEGARD (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 10:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“We can legitimately say that all 100 million users went through Oregon State, so that’s a pretty big deal,” said Alex Polvi, a junior in computer science and a member of the Oregon State Linux Users Group.

Web lingo provides some juicy epithets for IT geeks

  • Sunday Independent; By Debbie Smit (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 10:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Language is being re-invented as fast as technology is changing. Now there is no excuse for being at a loss for words. There is a name for just about every category of irritating behaviour and new ways to spice up your e-mail and make your conversation more colourful.

Comment of the Day - October 22, 2005

The bit about the Open Document plug-in for Microsoft Office users was absolutely great, a good lesson for many FOSS advocates.

Related to the article A Mile in Someone Else's Shoes.

Wine will go beta next week

  • NewsForge; By Stephen Feller (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
After roughly 12 years of work, the Wine Project is about to take its widely used Windows translation layer to a place it has not been in all that time: beta. Wine Project leader Alexandre Julliard, who has worked on the software nearly since its beginning in 1993 and maintained it since 1994, said interview yesterday that the beta release is "a matter of days away." He has since updated that forecast and said it would be released on Tuesday, October 25th.

A Mile in Someone Else's Shoes

Brian Proffitt, Managing Editor at Linux Today writes: "The first thing that set me off this week was the Microsoft comment about free software in Africa. You may have heard them, where Gerald Ilukwe, the general manager of Microsoft Nigeria, claimed that cost of software is not an important issue in the developing world. Gee, according to the message Microsoft is shoving down our throats here in the US, cost is the most important thing." He then writes further:

"Would someone explain to me how in a society where money is relatively plentiful, cost is the most important thing, and just the opposite is true where the average person makes US$160?"

Brian later explains how he reacted to other events which eventually allowed him to gain insight or stand in anothers shoes. This is a story worth a look - Ed.

Where Linux 802.11x support needs work

  • Linux Kernel Archive; By Dan Williams (Posted by tadelste on Oct 22, 2005 4:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
This list of stuff that should get fixed in Linux wireless grew out of my attempt to put a GUI on top of Linux wireless with NetworkManager ( This isn't, of course, a demand or anything, and I've been personally slowly fixing stuff up as I come to it (orinoco merge, fixing linux-wlan-ng, small kernel wireless driver patches), but I don't think anyone has posted a comprehensive list of where Linux wireless currently falls a bit short.

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