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Welcome to our issue number 53 of Fedora Weekly News. http://fedoranews.org/wiki/Fedora_Weekly_News_Issue_53
In this issue, we have following articles:
- 1 Fedora Core 4 Status Update
- 2 Red Hat CEO Says Linux Could Become U.S. Standard
- 3 Request for testing: DejaVu 2.7 font family
- 4 Mailing List for K-12 Open Source Questions
- 5 DesktopLinux: Fedora Core 6 Test 1 beckons
- 6 OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 Is Here
- 7 QEMU a Virtualization System for Open Source World
- 8 Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway Winner
- 9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-26
- 10 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates
- 11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News
- 12 Editor's Blog
In this fourth in-depth interview focusing on ODF-compliant office productivity suites, I interview Dr. Martin Sommer, of Germany's SoftMaker Software.
It has been months now and I'm still receiving letters about my first rant. The basic thrust of the rant is that Linux developers should be focusing more on innovation than on mimicking what is already on Windows. I stated what I thought were good arguments, and I had many more that wouldn't fit into the space available for my column. [Preach, brother, Preach! That was why I quit playing with Red Hat (7.2-ish); it was getting to look too much like Windows (at least the installation) - dcparris]
After keeping programmers guessing for years, Sun is finally ready to open the code to its popular Web language Java. Will it be worth the wait?
[Much more than the typical 'real soon now' report we've been seeing. -- grouch]
Even if you use Emacs every day, sometimes you'll misplace a word or phrase. When that happens, you'll be glad that Emacs has flexible, built-in search and replace commands to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Here at TUX, we know that we are leading this change. We have seen where the information technology industry is headed and we choose a new alternative. We see independence from proprietary software as good for society. We realize this change may cause hardship, and will most definitely cause some to loose their comfortable use of proprietary software, but we believe that it is a price worth paying.
Some experts in the technology industry are recommending that people switch to a non-Microsoft browser after the recently discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) were used by the "bad guys" to target highly visited and trusted Web sites to steal confidential financial and other information.
[T]here comes a time when enough is enough.
Chinese authorities intend to police and control instant messaging, cell phones, Web logs and search engines. The New York Times
Increasingly, developers, architects, and project managers face the challenge of porting their C, C++, and Java applications from UNIX to Linux environments. Now, there's a definitive, start-to-finish guide to porting applications from today's most widely used UNIX platforms: Solaris™, HP-UX, and AIX®: UNIX® to Linux® Porting: A Comprehensive Reference.
[Ok, it's a book advertisement. This is not an endorsement. It just looked at least as interesting as some press releases that come through here. -- grouch]
Eilat, Israel, July 4, 2006 - As announced earlier, the updated release of the StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-4 series, received the YUM Extender as its new package and software updater, as well as the 1.5 Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail client. This, together with an additional 200 updated packages, makes this stable and proven operating system, the work horse for your mission critical enterprise applications.
MySQL AB, the world's most popular open source database, has given recognition to Eventfinder by including the New Zealand events calendar as a reference client.
While there have been only isolated cases of SARS since the 2003/2004 epidemic, it is likely that we will see future outbreaks. As a result, a number of laboratories are working on strategies for a SARS vaccine. One promising approach is being reported by Jan ter Meulen and colleagues.
About PLoS Medicine
PLoS Medicine is an open access, freely available international medical journal. It publishes original research that enhances our understanding of human health and disease, together with commentary and analysis of important global health issues. For more information, visit http://www.plosmedicine.org
[NOTE: This is not about FOSS, but why do we accept the open sharing of research in science as normal and yet, still accept closed software development as normal? -- grouch]
The Khronos Group, a member funded industry consortium, has confirmed that STMicroelectronics has released an open source implementation of OpenMAX IL, a standardised API (Application Programming Interface) that will enable Linux software developers and ISVs to develop their own OpenMAX components, including video I/O and audio mixers.
The increasingly popular Eclipse open source tools framework has finished in last place, with Sun Microsystems' NetBeans, in a developers' vote on quality of features.
"Trolltech announced the release of a technology preview of Qt 4.2 – the upcoming new version of its leading framework for high performance cross-platform application development – to its commercial and open source developer community for feedback. The final release of Qt 4.2 is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006." 4.2 adds a new canvas, SVG support and improved integration with GTK, CUPS and DBus. Their What's New document includes the full details or just download it directly.
Installing Microsoft's Word on Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium with Codeweavers Crossover Office. Still using Word but want the security of Linux? Get Xandros 4 bundled with Codeweavers Crossover Office and all your problems will be solved.
[I just don't use Microsoft Word. That solves all my problems. But hey, each to his own - dcparris]
World's biggest music companies preparing a copyright infringement lawsuit as part of effort to crack down on piracy.
It appears that we're not having a good week with vendors. Novell has expressed mild annoyance at our article alleging that the company is late with the release its latest whizz bang desktop product, Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. In fact, the product is dead on time, according to Novell.
Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Barth announced that four more assistants have been added to the release team. There are rumours to start a port of Debian to the recently freed Minix 3 operating system. Steve Kemp noted that he has become a full member of the security team recently which now consists of four full members.
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