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Ubuntu Love Day at UBZ

Jeff writes: "Our upcoming developer summit will be keenly focused on our plans for Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake), and mostly of interest to existing Ubuntu developers"

Editors note: Consider this an opportunity to settle questions about the Ubuntu development process and/or dip your toes into the Linux development process.

Remastering a Custom Knoppix Distribution, Part 1

  • informIT; By Matt Lesko (Posted by tadelste on Oct 21, 2005 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever wanted your own bootable CD? Something personalized for your users and complete with all of your own Linux-based software and configuration? You may have heard of Knoppix, a free Linux bootable CD, but in this article, Matt Lesko will show you how to modify Knoppix to include exactly the software you want and need. From rescue discs to demo software, a custom copy of Knoppix could be exactly what you are looking for.

Open Source is taking over Europe

Nearly half of European local government bodies are using open source software while nearly a third don't know that they are using open source at all.

Rectron: Open source the next big desktop thing

IT distributor Rectron says the time is right for open source software and it is throwing its weight behind the growing Linux movement by adding SuSE-based desktop machines to is product lineup.

Openoffice.org 2.0 Becoming the Next Mozilla Firefox?

Upon reviewing the news of the OpenOffice.org 2.0 launch, I ran across an interesting opinion on OSDir about the Mozillarization of OpenOffice.org. The piece looks at the similarities between OpenOffice.org and Mozilla, cutting down a piece of software to its “open source” core, then spinning it off as some cool and alternative branded project. After reading this article, it will be interesting to follow the launch and marketing of OpenOffice.org 2.0 and to see if there are any similarities between the “community grassroots marketing” feel of its launch and the successful Spread Firefox program.

What do to when apt-get fails

When you install an application package in a Debian-based system, sometimes prerequisite application packages are unavailable. These missing packages are known as broken dependencies. Left unresolved, they can cripple your system's ability to install new packages. They're a disaster that isn't supposed to happen in Debian, thanks to the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) and the scripts contained in Debian packages. That makes broken dependencies all the more devastating when they happen. Some users have even been known to reinstall the whole operating system, despairing of otherwise having a functioning package management system. However, depending on how the broken dependencies arose, you have several options to try before you consider reinstalling.

Defining a Turn-key Libre Software Solution for Ministries

When faith-based organizations start looking for libre software alternatives, The Freely Project offers a turn-key solution that will serve their needs well. While aimed at Christians, this solution should work well, no matter what your organization's religious beliefs.

Africa needs free software, not slick marketing talk

Earlier this week Microsoft's Nigerian representatives said that Africans lack the "expertise" to use open source software and that the cost of software was not an issue on the continent. Alastair Otter takes issue and explains why he would be prepared to pay for software that is truly free.

Bea announces blended approach to open source

  • Ovum; By Ian Charlesworth (Posted by tadelste on Oct 21, 2005 6:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ian Charlesworth writes: "BEA used the Czech Republic leg of its grand BEAWorld tour to publicly announce its plans for "blended BEA WebLogic management and deployment technologies". In practical terms this means that the vendor will offer customers the ability to manage and control popular open-source software products using BEA WebLogic Server."

Editor's Note: BEA should consider changing to an open-source license.

LXer Feature: Survival Tactics For Women In FOSS, part 1

In this two-part series I shall offer sage advice for women interested in becoming more involved with FOSS (part 1) and lists of excellent online communities and resources aimed at women in computing (part 2).

Ems Software Development ships EMS SQL Query 2005

EMS Software Development has announced the new major version of EMS SQL Query 2005, the utility for building SQL queries for MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL, Interbase/Firebird and DB2 databases. EMS SQL Query 2005 lets you quickly and simply build SQL queries to several databases. Visual building as well as direct editing of a query text is available.

Wine may go beta next week

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 21, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Open-source software seen gaining in Europe

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by bstadil on Oct 21, 2005 6:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software is gaining ground in Europe and the developing world, with users attracted by lower costs and accessibility, according to a recent study and industry observers.

Phone buy puts Adobe head-to-head with Microsoft

  • The Register; By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Oct 21, 2005 5:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Macromedia is to acquire Mobile Innovation, a privately-held design and integration house in the UK with around 50 staff, for an undisclosed sum.

Sugarcrm, Leading Enterprise Open Source Company Receives $18.77 ...

The size of the round reflects SugarCRM's status as the most successful open source enterprise application in the industry

Wired magazine editor addresses attendees of ExecUtech breakfast

  • The Business Review; By Richard A. D'Errico (Posted by tadelste on Oct 21, 2005 3:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Best-selling author Steve Johnson did, and said business people can learn something from the ant's organizational skills.

Johnson delivered the keynote address at the "ExecUtech" breakfast series presented by the Tech Valley Executives Council of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Dine in geek heaven with Dyne:bolicII

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by bstadil on Oct 21, 2005 2:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Multimedia producers and artists will have the power to fully customise their own tailored GNU/Linux environment on a bootable CD with the release of Dyne:bolicII by the end of the year.

Linux-powered handheld gaming gadget due Nov. 30

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 21, 2005 2:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Several online stores are accepting pre-orders for an inexpensive handheld Linux gaming device expected to ship Nov. 30. The Gamepark Holdings GP2X-F100 features dual ARM9 processors, USB 2.0, a 3.5-inch color LCD, support for both native and emulated games, and a Linux SDK (software development kit).

Trasitioning to an IP Telephony Platform

The first step toward planning and designing an IP telephony solution is assessing the capabilities and limitations of the existing data network. Understanding the current infrastructure and the traffic running on it can help frame important future decisions.

Novell layoffs coming?

Novell may lay off 10 to 15 percent of its staff as early as Monday, according to sources close to the company. It appears that one or more of the larger shareholders in the company are becoming worried about Novell's future.

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