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KOffice 2 User Interface Design Competition

KOffice development is currently going on at a tremendous pace. Version 1.5, with Open Document as the default file format, will be released in March 2006, and it is time to start collecting ideas for version 2. KOffice has received a donation of $1000 to be used as the prize in a GUI and Functionality Design competition. So whip out the RAD tools and your imagination and design the next big thing in office automation!

Linux Dies Under Microsoft's Open Document standard

Do you remember the day when Linux users had no Internet browser? Under the conformities of MSXML Document Standard, those days would return.

[ED: Kind of repost but it's important to understand the threat -bstadil]

Latest Gaim Beta Arrives

The newest version of the popular open-source IM client supports more IM protocols, but not VOIP or video.

Mozilla's Thunderbird 1.5 E-mailer Closing On Final

Mozilla Corp. has rolled out the second Release Candidate (RC2) of Thunderbird 1.5, the e-mail client intended to complement the popular Firefox browser.

Seminar leads to ongoing forum for UK FOSS interests

When Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli agreed to deliver a seminar on "Open Source in Government" to parliamentary staff members and representatives of local government in the United Kingdom earlier this month, he planned to introduce his audience to some basic concepts. However, when he got there, he found that most of the audience was already familiar with the concepts. As a result, instead of educating people in public life, he may have done more than he hoped -- he may have helped to create an ongoing forum in which the free and open source software (FOSS) communities, political lobbyists, and members of the governing Labour Party and the opposition Conservative Party can work together to promote the use of FOSS in the governments of the United Kingdom.

Open Source Savings for a School District

A lot of people ask about the real savings that Open Source can bring to school districts. Noxon Schools has used Open Source software for 6 years now and so I wanted to demonstrate the actual savings and philosophy of Open Source in a real life setting.

Noxon Schools is a rural school district in remote northwest Montana with a student body of about 270 students. The school uses 4 Linux Terminal Servers on separate networks to serve 125 Linux Thin Clients. In addition, the school has a Web server, DNS server, 2 Proxy Servers, Backup Server and a Samba server to provide all of the services the school needs in house. 60 computers run Windows 2000 or XP.

[Ed.] Don't you just love it when schools adopt FOSS and save some money? I certainly DO.

Debian Project updates its Linux distribution

Dozens of patches have been released for Debian/GNU Linux in the first major update to Version 3.1 of the free operating system since it was released in June.

Server crashes make CUNY study new options

  •; By Jan Stafford, Editor (Posted by Abe on Dec 22, 2005 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: IBM, Red Hat

Distance learning and changing majors are both easy tasks for students at City University of New York, thanks to two Web-based software applications. Keeping the Linux servers that powered those applications running wasn't easy, however, due to constant server failures and the need for hands-on fixes.

The need for manual repairs for frequent Linux server crashes "translated into wasted time and money and, in some cases, downtime for important applications," said Arty Ecock, manager of VM enterprise systems for CUNY Computing and Information Systems (CIS).

[Ed.] Very misleading article. Writer attempts to create a perception by associating Linux with problems totally caused by disk drive hardware failures. What the heck?

The Open Standards Monopoly Challenging Innovation in Redmond

LXer Day Desk: 12-22-2005

In trying to portray the dirty tricks in which Microsoft seems engaged with regard to the Open Document Standard, I encountered difficulties articulating the problem. Each draft I wrote seemed like ranting. Even Gary Edwards of OASIS confessed that he had trouble writing about it because he felt he needed to lampoon Microsoft to get the point across. So, this article takes the point of view of a Redmond fanatic and praises Mr. Gates and his techniques for fighting in an open environment. The major points seem to emerge when you consider RFCs and IEEE standards the monopoly. I hope you enjoy it.

CMP Media's Annual Embedded Systems Conference Returns to Silicon Valley, April 3-7, 2006 at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
North America's Largest Electronic Systems Design Event to Feature Comprehensive Training Program, Return of Microprocessor Summit and Co-Location of the D2M Conference 2006 Takes Another Step Forward

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Dec 22, 2005 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story released a minor update for its office suite that includes some major improvements.

Migrating From Windows to Linux Simplified With New Versora Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Easy-to-Use 'Progression Desktop' Allows Users to Transfer E-mail, Files and Settings From Windows to Linux

Ping: ICMP vs. ARP

  • NewsForge; By Gerard Beekmans (Posted by tadelste on Dec 22, 2005 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Network and system administrators are well-versed in using the ping utility for troubleshooting purposes, but where do you turn when ping doesn't do the trick?

Good news for Novell Linux

It hasn't all been bad news for Novell this month. While it was too late to be included in the fourth-quarter results we talked about last week, the company did get a big win from the middle of Europe. As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Swiss government has contracted Novell to replace 3,000 servers with SuSE Enterprise Linux. That is a major gain for Novell and should help improve the bottom line significantly in the current fiscal year's first quarter.

Six dumbest ideas in computer security

  • Certified Security pro; By Marcus J. Ranum (Posted by bstadil on Dec 22, 2005 6:47 AM EDT)
Let me introduce you to the six dumbest ideas in computer security. What are they? They're the anti-good ideas. They're the braindamage that makes your $100,000 ASIC-based turbo-stateful packet-mulching firewall transparent to hackers. Where do anti-good ideas come from? They come from misguided attempts to do the impossible - which is another way of saying "trying to ignore reality."

Build the Perfect Desktop With KDE

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by Abe on Dec 22, 2005 5:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: KDE
As much I would like to believe I am as brilliant and charismatic as Linus Torvalds, it's really not worth the effort, because it's so not true. But Linus and I do agree on one thing: KDE is an excellent desktop. It looks good and it works well- what more does anyone need? Best of all, it doesn't simplify by removing functionality, like a certain well-known desktop project does. You want a simpler, cleaner interface? Might I suggest organizing the menus and configuration dialogs with common functions on top, and advanced functions available on a different level? Throwing away functionality seems a tad daft.


Copyleft Hits a Snag

Incompatibilities among "copyleft" licenses meant to promote the sharing of creative work could end up preventing it, says cyber-law expert Lawrence Lessig. The problem is that the copyleft licenses, like the "free software" licenses from which they're drawn, require that derivative works be licensed under identical terms. And those terms differ from license to license.

[ED: Lessig is someone I take seriously, hence, this is a disturbing problem. Nonetheless, not one that cannot be resolved (perhaps with fewer, simplier licensing conditions?). These are important issues when trying to match dissimilar content, e.g. text and audio/visual becomes contentious. - HC]

The Office-free life: Surviving on free Web-based services alone

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer; By By ALLISON LINN ALLISON LINN AP BUSINESS WRITER (Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Dec 22, 2005 1:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
For Microsoft Corp., 2005 was the year the big bad Web came calling. Again.

A decade after Microsoft counterattacked to beat Netscape in the Web browser wars, the company finds itself surrounded yet again by competitors looking to leverage the Internet to gain an edge over the industry titan.

Web-based software and services are emerging for everything from checking e-mail to collaborating on business tasks.

[ED: Sounds interesting? The web instead of being a captive of MS? Well not quite: due to some valid reservations about privacy it may end a bit differently than you expected - HC]

i found some benefits to having my work available on Web-based systems, and there are some I will probably use again.

But, for now at least, Microsoft is right - these challengers will complement, not replace, my Microsoft Office software.

High Dynamic Range images under Linux

Not all image files are created equal. Most of us know this from working with the everyday formats like PNG, JPEG, and TIFF, each of which has its own pros and cons. But cutting-edge applications from cinematography to computer vision demand more range, color depth, and accuracy than these formats can deliver. That demand drove the development of what are called High Dynamic Range file formats. Luckily for us, Linux is a first-class citizen in the HDR image world.

RHIO's and the Illusion of Health IT Success

  • Linux MedNews; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Dec 21, 2005 11:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Does it bother anyone that for years, Health Information Technology (IT) successes implied by the news and even in casual conversation may largely be an illusion? Does it bother anyone that Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO)'s might be failing at a very high rate? It is important to ask the question given the United States rich history of failure and two notable successes with large scale Health IT.

[Ed: To our health/medical IT pros - do not miss the significance of this editorial for libre software opportunities. - dcparris]

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