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Amsterdam threatens move to open source

Microsoft has two years in which to convince Amsterdam city authorities that it can offer better value for money on the desktop than open source alternatives.

Converter Enables Conversion Between ODF & Chinese Document Format (UOF)

LXer Feature: 28-Dec-2006

Peking University recently released a program to convert office documents between OpenDocument Format and the Specification for the Chinese office file format based on XML (UOF for short).

Vista and the Future of OS Security, Part 2

Moving from Windows to Linux may not be the quick fix that some envision, according to Bob O'Dell, president and CEO of SecurityCoverage. Linux proponents "have been living in a bubble, but that bubble could burst if the hacking world decides to go after them with the ferocity they've used in attacking Microsoft," he warned.

Wardriving Using An Ubuntu Notebook With Garmin Etrex, Kismet, And GPSDrive

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 28, 2006 4:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial is about wardriving using GPS. It explains how to install Garmin Etrex on Ubuntu and how to configure it. It also shows how to use Garmin with GPSDrive and how to convert the data to an xml file which can be imported by Google Earth.

First phase of Korea's open-source city is high success

Following the trend of open source adaptation in major cities worldwide, one of the major Korean cities, Gwangju Metropolitan City, successfully jumped onto the open source transition, receiving spotlight from related industry.

2006: the IT year in quotes

This year in IT has been anything but dull as industry titans Bill Gates and Scott McNealy prepared to exit stage right, long-time bitter foes Novell and Microsoft cuddled up and Hewlett-Packard saw a spying scandal shred its reputation. There was plenty of commentary to accompany all that activity, so let's check out some of the most quote-worthy artefacts from PC Advisor stories.

Linux based Motorola A910

The FCC just approved Motorola’s new Linux-based A910 cellphone for GSM networks (Cingular, T-Mobile, etc). The A910 comes with GPRS and UMA for connecting over WLAN networks, a Linux-Java based platform, 1.3-megapixel camera with external display, video capability, streaming video, MP3 player, a microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth, and more.

Database defense against the dark political arts

DBAs take great pride in providing reliable database services to their organizations. It comes as no surprise they are very stressed when the database is blamed for performance issues or application outages. This article shows you how to provide a real-time graph of database status to reduce false accusations, identify problems for rapid resolution, and avoiding the political blame game.

AIX 5L LDAP user management: Active Directory client support

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Yantian Lu and Ravi A. Shankar (Posted by solrac on Dec 27, 2006 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
Get an overview of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol- (LDAP) related enhancements in the AIX 5L operating system V5.3 TL5 update. This lets clients configure and manage multiple systems with a single set of user identity configuration information, and it simplifies system administration.

Bribing Bloggers

Opinion: So, that's why people are saying nice things about Vista.

Mandriva aims its Linux at Mexican enterprises

France-based Mandriva Linux and a local partner, Datacomms-Genesys, on Dec. 21 established a subsidiary company -- Mandriva Mexico -- to market its desktop and server operating systems in the Central American country. The office will be located at Datacomms-Genesys' complex in Mexico City.

Windows rapidly approaching desktop usability

  • Newsforge; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by azerthoth on Dec 27, 2006 4:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor, Reviews
Every year or so I like to see how Microsoft is doing in its attempt to make a desktop operating system as usable as Linux. Microsoft Windows XP, Home Edition, with Service Pack 2, is a tremendous improvement over previous Windows versions when it comes to stability and appearance, but it still has many glitches ...

VectorLinux v5.8 boasts multimedia plugins, DVD playback

The VectorLinux team last week released version 5.8 of its Slackware 11.0-based distribution, which includes a 2.6.18 kernel and the XFce desktop environment. The release features fully-working browser plugins -- including Flash 9, Java, mp3, Real and Windows media -- as well as DVD playback, the team said.

Ubuntu Christian Edition demystified

One of the virtues of Linux is that there's pretty much a version of it for everybody. From regular Ubuntu to Gentoo to Berry Linux to Fedora to Damn Small Linux, there's something out there for virtually all types of Linux users. So I was intrigued to discover that there is a Christian version of the extremely popular Ubuntu Linux distribution.

The Ultimate Distro

The name of Gaël Duval's new distro, Ulteo, with its hint of the word "ultimate", smacks of a certain ambition. But Duval probably means it in the sense that it is the last distribution you will ever need to install, because thereafter it will "self-upgrade automatically," as the announcement of the alpha release put it. Ease-of-use has been a constant theme in Duval's work. When he launched his first distro, Mandrake, in July 1998, one of his stated goals was "to provide a working and easy-to-install linux-distribution to people who don't want to spend too much time in installing and configuring their Linux system : just install it and USE IT."

Ten of the biggest Dutch municipalities say 'enough!' to Microsoft

LXer Feature: 27-Dec-2006

In February 2003, the program "Open Standards and Open Source Software (OSSOS) for the Dutch government" started, funded by the Dutch government. One of the main tasks was to make the government independent from single software suppliers, among which are Microsoft and SAP. After three years, the effort starts bearing fruit. Ten big municipalities - together 2,7 million inhabitants and including Amsterdam and The Hague - signed a manifest. I'll try to explain what's in the manifest, what that might mean for the future, and for the monopoly of Microsoft in the Dutch government.

The Internet is a conversation (Part 2)

"Today, I would like to tell you more about the conversation of the Internet. This conversation, as I explained before, has started around the eighties and has come to encompass hundreds of millions of human beings today. Well, I'd like to show you what many different people from all walks of life can do when they're having a conversation that is called OpenOffice.org ."

Finally user-friendly virtualization for Linux

The upcoming 2.6.20 Linux kernel is bringing a nice virtualization framework for all virtualization fans out there. It's called KVM, short for Kernel-based Virtual Machine. This article tries to explain how it all works, in theory and practice, together with some simple benchmarks.

Software's unfinished business for 2007

2006 was an important year for enterprise software and developer tools. The computing old guard trudged on with product updates, marketing hype, and the spinning of political schemes. New challengers, meanwhile, gained traction and credibility. We identify the big events and trends of 2006 that will reverberate for the next year, and look at how they will play out.

2006: The Year in Browsers

Just like a Hollywood blockbuster franchise, the browser wars will never end. The sequels just keep coming. Some people might think the battle for market share ended almost a decade ago. But, while it's true that mud may not be flying as in days of yore, 2006 was nevertheless a big year for web browsers.

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