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When you come to a fork in the road...

Yogi Berra said once, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

It's funny, until someone actually takes that advice literally and tries to go down two conflicting roads at once. For example, take SCO's Reply to Novell's Counterclaims.

Why open source Java?

Among the biggest news stories at this week's JavaOne conference was Sun Microsystems' long-awaited announcement that it will be releasing the industry-standard Java programming language under an open source license. Java expert Richard Hoffman put together this list of answers to frequently asked questions covering some of the basic history behind this decision, what it means, and why you should care.

Henry's Python Programming Guide

  • Henry The Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on May 22, 2006 9:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
My name is Henry the Adequate, and I am a Python programming Guru.

OpenDocument in Massachusetts: War of the Words

  LXer Feature: 22-May-06

Linux News wonders if The Heartland Institute's Steven Titch is a fan of Orson Welles. Find out what his article, "The Dangers of Dictating Procurement" has in common with the 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds".

Grab and hoard

Businesses use open source software liberally, but when it’s payback time, they look askance.

Hacking SUSE Linux 10.1

When you're done installing SUSE Linux 10.1 OSS, your desktop system is not complete. You might still need support for Java programs, MP3 audio files, and browser plugins for Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Windows Media Video. You may also want to add support for playing DVD videos on your computer, and to try out the new XGL graphical toys. Here's how to effectively make SUSE Linux 10.1 into the perfect desktop OS.

KDE Commit-Digest for 21st May 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by grouch on May 22, 2006 4:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Huge optimisations in ksysguard. Solid switches to CMake. aRts, KPDF removed in trunk/, whilst oKular continues to be developed as its replacement. amaroK gets support for Creative Zen devices. coreapps/ module created (as proposed on kde-core-devel). More work on supporting Intel compilers.

Mono Beta for 1.2 Released...

  • SYS-CON Media; By Dennis Hayes (Posted by grouch on May 22, 2006 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Mono has released version and 1.1.14. Version is actually the first release since 1.1.13, even though there were four internal releases in between. The purpose of this release is to document the changes in those releases; there are no new features in this release, just bug fixes in all areas of the project. One reason for multiple releases was to keep testers current during the run-up to the major 1.2 release. Release notes are at

DistroWatch Weekly: Mandriva Kiosk, Fedora vs Red Hat, Frugalware interview

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 22, 2006 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 21th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Lots of activity on the Mandriva front - the new Kiosk, public release of Mandriva One, and many Cooker updates hint at the beginning of an exciting new beta testing period for the French distribution maker. In other news, we link to a number of interesting SUSE articles, inform about a much improved new version of Debian's APT, provide an update on the Kororaa controversy, and say good-bye to both Libranet and FreeBSD's Alpha port. In the Interviews section, we talk to Miklós Vajna, the project founder and lead developer of Frugalware Linux. Happy reading!

Novell Delivers Linux Device Driver Breakthrough

"We will continue to support third parties delivering open source drivers to for release directly with our Linux products, but this new process fills the driver gap between releases that can be critical to customer and partner success." [Kurt Garloff, head Linux architect for Novell]

Unisys to Deliver New Services for MySQL Software

  • Xtvworld (press release); By Press Release (Posted by grouch on May 22, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: MySQL
Unisys Corporation announced that it has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with MySQL, Inc. that will enable Unisys to distribute MySQL software products and provide consulting, integration and support services for customers implementing MySQL open source databases in their technology infrastructures.

Linux Cover Story — Multidimensional Tagging

  • SYS-CON Media; By Tom Petrocelli (Posted by grouch on May 22, 2006 1:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Multidimensional tagging, a key component in social sharing sites, can potentially help enterprises manage large stores of information. In this article, I'll examine the ways that multidimensional tagging will be implemented using Open Source tools.

Soa Web Services and Enterprise Open Source Conference Faculty ...

This year's conference will feature a distinguished faculty, whose members are the world's top celebrity experts in their fields, presenting six simultaneous tracks and power panels in three distinct themes: SOA Web Services, Enterprise Open Source, and Real-World AJAX.

Sun Recasts Java Licensing for GNU/Linux

Sun Microsystems has said that the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 5 is now available for redistribution by GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris operating system distributors under the new Operating System Distributor's License for Java (also known as the "Distro License for Java" or DLJ).

[There has been some controversy over the DLJ's wording. -- grouch]

Whatever happened to PGP?

Is PGP still pretty good for identity?

PGP is often thought of as an encryption system, but your private key is a digital signature that can prove who your message comes from, as well as showing that it hasn't been tampered with. Launches!

A new user forum for Linux users was recently unveiled. Called, the new online arena hopes to attract a large community of Linux users to discuss current issues and solve support problems on all major Linux distributions.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Still Revolving Around Sun

  • Server Watch; By Amy Newman and Brian Proffitt (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 21, 2006 8:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
It's not that we dislike systems vendor in any way, it just seems as if lately every time we turn around, there's yet another Sun story. Maybe the Earth is supposed to eternally orbit the Sun, but by golly we sure don't want to.

How Linux is hurting Microsoft

It is easy to get caught up in the banter that goes on between the open source community and certain commercial software vendors and fail to see what is going on in the real world. Open source software has its diehard advocates but for most it is one of a number of possibilities to consider as a pragmatic choice is made regarding IT investment.

Novell presents Linux drivers

Novell has implemented a process that hardware and software vendors could use to integrate their own drivers in SuSE Linux for the next Generation 10 of its Enterprise distribution. Some of the functions are to be included in the current SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 and Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) as of Service Pack 3.

The Return of Them

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 21, 2006 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
For the last couple of weeks I've been writing a number of blog entries focusing on poorly researched and deliberately misleading items in the news. One of those pieces is called "The Script Reloaded: Recognizing 'Them.'" Surprise - "They" have written another article.

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