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SCO Vs. Blogger

For three and a half years, a blogger named Pamela Jones has led a relentless online crusade against software maker SCO Group, posting thousands of articles bashing the company for suing IBM over the Linux operating system. Now the Lindon, Utah, software company is fighting back by seeking to take a deposition from Jones. Just one problem: They can't find her.

The Future of Debian Weekly News

  • Debian News; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Feb 14, 2007 5:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Long story short - Joey Schulze is looking for a sponsor of his work at DWN or he retires from that task. An outcome of Dunc-tank is that when money came into the equation, he had to reconsider his schedules.

No to proprietary video drivers - Ubuntu

The Ubuntu technical team yesterday announced that it would maintain the status quo and not activate proprietary video drivers in the forthcoming Feisty release. The team also reclassified PowerPC as unofficial.

Access advances Linux open source at 3GSM

ACCESS is showcasing a number of products and technologies incluidng the ACCESS Linux Platform, NetFront Browser, and NetFront Mobile Client Suite.

The Road to KDE 4: Okular and Ligature Document Viewers

Focusing again on applications this week, specifically I'll look at two of the promising document viewers for KDE 4, Okular and Ligature. They are two of the rising stars of KDE 4, but they both have their roots as KDE 3 applications that have grown up. Read on for more...

Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) 2007, Montreal, May 4-6

Artists and Developers ally to boost Open Source Graphics Software: Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 Montréal announced. Building on the overwhelming success of last year's Libre Graphics Meeting in Lyon, France, key Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) graphics projects are pleased to announce the second Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM), to be held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, May 6, 2007 at École Polytechnique de Montréal.

SA students win award for JAVA Morabaraba

Three post graduate students from Wits University won silver in the SIMagine 2007 awards for developing Mobiraba. A Java based version of the popular Morabaraba board game, it can be played on cellphones with GPRS.

LightZone for Linux delivers commercial quality photo conversion for free

Like many companies, Light Crafts releases its flagship application -- the RAW photo converter LightZone -- for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. But although the Windows and OS X versions of LightZone cost hundreds of dollars, the Linux version is absolutely free. It is a lucky break, too, because LightZone is a powerful tool that bests many of its expensive competitors on both quality and ease of use.

Xubuntu offers appealing desktop alternative

Tired of bloated operating systems but still need a good looking desktop? Ubuntu derivative Xubuntu offers the best of the modern desktop with very little of the desktop-slowing excess.

Vista Gets Taste of Linux Medicine

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 14, 2007 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
It's humorous and sad, all at the same time. Vista users are closer than ever to the woes that used to plague many Linux users. The fact is that if you need NVIDA graphics to work with your favorite game, you just may be out of luck here.

Tweaks to Linux Ease Management

Ubuntu has an interesting project called Upstart, which is a replacement for the traditional Unix init system. The goals of Upstart are ambitious: to modernize and streamline the boot process, control user tasks, and manage services. Currently these things are managed with a multitude of different utilities: cron, atd, anacron, init, telinit, udev, acpid, apmd, ifupdown, module-init-tools, inetd, xinetd, update-rc.d, etc.init.d, /etc/rc*d, and gosh knows what-all. So Upstart intends to replace sysvinit and initscripts, and to replace all the service and task managers- cron, atd, inetd, and so forth- with a single daemon. To make it even more fun, they are preserving backwards-compatibility for a period of time to make the transition easier for users. If you're running *buntu Edgy, you're already seeing Upstart in action.

Open-source firms team up for interoperability

A group of open-source software companies has banded together to try to ensure their products work well with one another, an effort aimed at matching the tight integration of competing products from proprietary software companies such as Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

A Regional Convention On FOSS

Kolkata: Jadavpur University’s department of Computer Science & Engineering under ‘Computer Literacy’ activity programme organised a ‘Convention on Free Software – Concepts & Applications’ on 10 February. Bengal IT minister Prof Debesh Das inaugurated the programme in the presence of representatives from the industry, educationists and students across the state.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 beta ready for 3D action

MEPIS founder and chief maintainer Warren Woodford announced today that Beta 5 of SimplyMEPIS 6.5, featuring a 2.6.17 kernel, default KDE 3.5.3 desktop, and 3D support, is ready for download. Additionally, "Xorg 7.1 and lots of new drivers make this release Beryl-ready," according to Woodford.

Sun pairs Unix with open-source stack

You've heard of LAMP, the popular open-source infrastructure stack featuring the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, MySQL's database, and the Perl, Python or PHP scripting languages. Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to spotlight a variation on that mixture, replacing Linux with its own Solaris Unix operating system as part of its Solaris + AMP, or SAMP, stack for building Web applications. Featured in Sun's rollout today are versions of the open-source AMP components optimized for Solaris 10 plus Sun developer tools.

The Java Phrasebook

Elliote Rusty Harold, acclaimed Java and XML author, recently described Java as the lingua franca of the programming world. According to Harold he can write basic Java and have it understood by non-Java programmers more often than not.

IBM scouts for more software acquisitions

IBM's appetite for acquiring software companies shows no signs of diminishing. Last year, the company conservatively spent $3.6bn, adding 12 companies or just their assets to its $18bn middleware business during 2006.

XQuery Whiteboard for DB2

Enter, save, and retrieve XQuery expressions using IBM XQuery Whiteboard for DB2, a graphical tool that extends the XQuery capabilities in IBM DB2 Version 9.1 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

LinuxWorld opens this week in NYC

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit takes place this week, Feb. 14-15, in New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis on Time Square. This is a regional and vertically focused business conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions.

Debian Weekly News - February 13th, 2007

Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. In light of recent attacks on SHA-1, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is preparing for a competition to augment and revise the current Secure Hash Standard. Rick Lehrbaum reported that the installation of Debian etch on an old ThinkPad notebook went pretty well and added a number of screenshots.

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