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Microsoft and Iowa dream up settlement

Microsoft has settled a lawsuit alleging it exploited its dominant position to overcharge Iowa state consumers $453m in the last 12 years.

Photos, video showcase Access Linux Platform 1.0

Photos and a video of Access's just-launched Linux-based mobile phone operating system have been published by Spanish website PDAExpertos. The media, which show a development board and a prototype phone running ALP v1.0, were captured at this week's 3GSM mobile technology conference in Barcelona.

Mandriva One + Metisse - The Pefect Setup

Metisse is a window manager developped by the In Situ project. It is available under the GPL Licence. Mandriva Linux is using Metrisse in its latatest Live-CD. Metisse differs from a classic 3D desktop ("the cube") in the way that it offers innovative windows interactions, thus enforcing work efficiency.

New open source advocacy group announced

Ten well-known companies within the open source community have pooled their resources to form an advocacy group designed for companies to adopt open source solutions for their business needs. While at first blush, the Open Source Alliance (OSA) may resemble similar advocacy groups, OSA says they plan to take up where others have left off.

Filesystem encryption in mixed environments with TrueCrypt

If you want to encrypt your sensitive files so that no one can access them without your personal password or decryption key, you have several options. But if you want a free, cross-platform, open source encryption application, try TrueCrypt.

IBM updates Power server, Linux marketing

IBM plans to announce an updated Power5+ server Wednesday, along with an effort to woo Linux customers to use it.

New OSA Group Takes Alternative Tack On Linux/Windows Interoperability

At IDG's LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit today, ten enterprise open source players will launch the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), a group that will bring together developers, systems integrators (SIs), and quite possibly Linux operating system (OS) vendors in a drive to further the commercial success of open source applications through better interoperability across Linux, Windows, and other environments.

Introduction to Linux Workshop - 1 Day

Malicom Systems is providing a one day Introduction to Linux Workshop at CompUSA Superstore in Edison, NJ on Saturday, February 24, 2007.

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.

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