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Small publisher begins learning Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 11, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nomad Press is a small, "fiercely independent" book publishing company based in Colorado. It's run by Deborah Robson, a writer, editor, knitter, and now, a Linux user.

Red Hat to fund free patents for open source

Two Linux allies are taking a leaf out of their opponents' book as they try to prevent software patents from dragging open source into a mire of patent-infringement lawsuits. Red Hat will finance outside programmers' efforts to obtain patents that may be used freely by open source developers, the top Linux seller said on Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.

Copyright Office: Is only MS IE acceptable to you?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 11, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Would it bother you if the only browser you could use to preregister a copyright claim with the United States Copyright Office is Internet Explorer, version 5.1 and higher? Well, you might be getting bothered real soon, because that is what the Library of Congress has in mind.

OpenSUSE Linux 10.0 OSS Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

Distrowatch reports - Currently, SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 1 (code name: Prague) is an unsupported, open source only, preliminary edition of SUSE Linux that contains bleeding-edge packages and represents the latest development snapshot. If you intend to test for bugs or contribute patches, this version is for you... OSDir has some

Expo Broadens Focus As Linux's Popularity Spurs Other Projects

  • Investor's Business Daily (subscription); By KEN SPENCER BROWN (Posted by tadelste on Aug 11, 2005 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week's tech conference in San Francisco still went by the name LinuxWorld. But the Linux operating system was only a part of what went on there. Attendees pitched databases, software to manage customer data, security add-on programs and scores of other products — some of it compatible with Linux's rival, Microsoft Windows. Rather than zero in on Linux, the conference has broadened its focus to include all open-source software — code that's developed and shared freely. Though Linux is still the poster child of open-source programming, it's far from alone.

Scottish police give open source the boot

Central Scotland Police, which pioneered the use of open source, including Linux desktops, has begun implementing a major Microsoft-based IT overhaul. The force is to replace much of its open source infrastructure, which was introduced from 2000, with Microsoft technology, including Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Microsoft Office

KDE 4: Understanding the Buzz

There has been a great deal of buzz lately about KDE4 and especially Plasma. Many other people are asking where they can see what new features are being developed at the moment, and other signs of progress. These people have been a little disappointed to hear that while a lot of hard work has been happening on KDE4 development, almost no progress has been made that's clear to the casual observer. So what really is happening? To understand that, we need to take a look at Q

IBM: Desktop is next Linux frontier

IBM has told Linux developers the desktop is the next frontier, but they must avoid employing the same tactics used against Unix on servers to conquer it. Steve Mills, IBM's senior vice president and group executive, told Linux developers they need a new value proposition on the desktop. One option is the "managed desktop", something that - unsurprisingly - looks a lot like IBM's Workplace.

LinuxWorld Visitors Look for Real-World Apps

  • eWEEK Linux; By John Pallatto (Posted by tadelste on Aug 11, 2005 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Matt Hagedorn, an IT consultant with Matrix Computer Solutions, of Sausalito, Calif., came mainly to look at Linux systems and applications that would be well-suited for small business environments. Hagedorn said he was particularly impressed with Scalix Corp.'s Linux e-mail server. "I liked how everything just runs on the central server and you don't have to worry about Outlook clients or whatever you have running," Hagedorn said.

Review: Xandros Desktop 3.0 Business Edition

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 11, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Xandros Business Edition provides a desktop environment that looks and feels much like a better-looking Windows 2000. Unlike Windows, Xandros is easy to install and maintain, and it doesn't come with all of the security flaws and virus vulnerabilities that Windows has. As an added bonus, Xandros Business Edition includes the full edition of CrossOver Office 4.2 (other editions of Xandros include only a 30-day trial). That means that if there is a major Windows software package that you can't live without, chances are you will be able to install and run it on Xandros through CrossOver. In short, Xandros is now ready to eliminate Windows from corporate desktop computers.

Ibm Exec Mills Scans The Open-Source Horizon. Is That Linux On The ...

  • InformationWeek; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by tadelste on Aug 10, 2005 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
When IBM considers the future of its $15 billion-per-year software business, the proliferation of open-source software and Java-based applications is crucial to kick-starting the division's relatively flat sales and keeping it competitive with Microsoft. IBM climbed aboard the Linux movement early, but over the past few years the company's open-source efforts have extended well beyond the operating system. IBM has made a habit of contributing code to open-source projects, hoping others will create new software that IBM can sell and provide services for, or that at the very least will encourage the growth of Java-based development to block Microsoft's .Net ambitions.

Got Nuxified? Now you can share your story!

I am happy to report that has just been officially launched. It is a new web site for all existing and aspiring GNU/Linux users to share stories about experiences from migration to usage of a GNU/Linux operating system as well as "show off" stories of your current GNU/Linux setup and customizations you may have made to it.

Osdl launches open source patent protection

  •; By Tom Sanders (Posted by tadelste on Aug 10, 2005 6:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has unveiled a Patent Commons Project that will help developers to avoid infringing patents. The not-for-profit organisation, which aims to further the adoption of Linux, employs several open source developers including Linux creator Linus Torvalds.OSDL chief executive Stuart Cohen said at the LinuxWorld tradeshow in San Francisco that the project will build a library of patents that have been pledged to support open source.

Open source CRM

  • ComputerWorld; By Neil McAllister (Posted by tadelste on Aug 10, 2005 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
AUGUST 10, 2005 (INFOWORLD) - The open source community can't provide a drop-in replacement for expensive, high-end CRM applications from the likes of or Siebel just yet. Still, you might be surprised at the level of sophistication some of the available projects already offer, particularly for midsize organizations. SugarCRM, for example, offers a complete, enterprise-class CRM system built on open-source technologies, including PHP, MySQL, and the Apache Web server.

Notice for Linux DevCenter Readers About O'Reilly RSS and Atom Feeds

  • (Posted by bstadil on Aug 10, 2005 4:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
O'Reilly Media, Inc. is rolling out a new syndication mechanism that provides greater control over the content we publish online. You'll notice some improvements immediately, such as better standards compliance, graphical tiles accompanying article descriptions, and enclosure support for podcatching applications. We've tested the new feeds using a variety of popular newsreaders and aggregators, but we realize that there may be a few bumps along the way.

Ibm ships core Workplace product with Red Hat OS

BM is shipping its Workplace Services suite of applications with the Red Hat Linux operating system. Companies are being offered both systems for 90-day trial periods. IBM wants large corporate and public-sector IT users to use its software when they switch to Linux. Red Hat is the largest Linux supplier. Small and medium-sized businesses or individual departments in larger organisations will be able to test IBM Workplace Services on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system.

Firefox soars in 2005

We at GameSHOUT have noticed more and more Firefox browser users during the past 30 days than previous. Firefox held steady at only 3.2% during 2004 up until the month of December where it finished out the year at 10.2%. So far it has jumped to 17.4% for the month of January 2005. That's a large jump and enough for us to notice it. Some may say that 17.4% isn't much to speak about when comparing to Microsoft's Internet Explorer which is ranked 74.8% overall. However, we think it is. We recently installed Firefox support for our GameSHOUT Internet Radio stream so that Firefox users don't have to use IE. If this trend continues, we could see Firefox support going from 17.4% to 25-30% by the month of February. Remember, these are only GameSHOUT statistics which only report on what browser our visitors are using. Each site can vary in these statistics.

OSDL Begins Open-Source Patent Commons

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux®, today announced a new initiative called the OSDL patent commons project designed to provide a central location where software patents and patent pledges will be housed for the benefit of the open source development community and industry.

Novell offers Windows to Linux migration

In a bid to entice enterprises to transfer core workgroup services from Windows or NetWare over to Linux, Novell today unveiled an enhanced version of its Open Enterprise Server which features improved migration functionality. The Support Pack 1 platform is designed to help firms move key workgroup services, including file and print, to Linux all at once or gradually. In addition to simplified migration, Novell has upgraded the latest version of its Open Enterprise Server with the addition of its iFolder 3.0 file sharing, access and backup application.

Gentoo releases Live CD

Gentoo developers released a version of the Linux distribution that can be run directly from a CD on Tuesday, so that people can try the OS without installing it. The Live CD contains most of the standard Gentoo packages including the GNOME desktop environment, the office productivity suite and the Firefox browser.

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