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Konop urges county to use free software

Lucas County commissioner candidate Ben Konop wants the county to replace its licensed software with free, open-source programs, claiming that the shift would save taxpayer money and improve the area’s reputation.

[The author of the article should be clued in as to the fact that FOSS is also "licensed" software. The auditor should offer some evidence to back up his claims. He is so far off the mark, it isn't funny. But it does raise the question whether the pro-FOSS candidate has done his homework. It's one thing to make bold claims like that, but another to help people see just how FOSS could work. Our Candidate needs some beef to go with that gravy. - dcparris]

Make PDFs talk

Many magazines and book publishers make available a free online version of their products, often as PDF files. Chances are you scroll through multiple pages of PDFs every day. To reduce the number of miles you put on the mouse wheel, you can use free software to read out the documents to you.

[Before installing Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 7, you may want to read about the Unexpected features in Acrobat 7, by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier. -- grouch]

French Law Affects Copyright, DRM

New copyright law could affect online music stores, open-source software, and peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

Symantec Unveils Linux Supported Remote Control Solution

Symantec announced Symantec pcAnywhere 12.0, a remote control solution and the new Symantec pcAnywhere Access Server. Now available, the latest version of pcAnywhere marks its 20th anniversary in the marketplace providing help desk support and mobile professionals with powerful and adaptable remote access and problem solving tools.

Manage Source Code and Linux Kernal Revision Using Git

Git is the open source revision control software that Linus Torvalds developed to help manage Linux kernel development. This article shows you how to get started hacking Linux with the Git tools.You can download it yourself and use it for your own kernel hacking -- or for software development projects of your own.

OpenOffice 2.0.3 available for download 2.0.3 is now ready for download, three months after the release of 2.0.2, community manager Louis Suarez-Potts said June 29. This latest release of the popular open source office suite contains a mixture of new features, bug fixes, and security patches, according to Suarez-Potts.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 52

In this issue, we have following articles: 1 Open Video Contest takes place now 2 Announcing Fedora Core 6 Test 1 (5.90) 3 A Fresh Look for Fedora Core 6 4 Phoronix: Fedora Core 6 Preview 5 FC6T1 mostly running on MacTel Mini 6 Yum Extender Update 7 Ohio LinuxFest 2006 schedule announced 8 Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway 9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-19 10 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates 11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 12 Editor's Blog

Ebizframe Now Wears Red Hat !

`ebizframe' ERP becomes more robust and cost-efficient, addresses growing demands of customers looking for IT infrastructure with lower TCO.

J-Pilot Palm Desktop: Better than the original

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Jul 1, 2006 3:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
J-Pilot is an open source application written by Judd Montgomery that replaces the Palm Desktop. Occasionally, I find a replacement for something that is better than the original. J-Pilot on Linux is one example, offering features not available in the original Palm Desktop for Windows/Mac. It is also rock stable.

Dropping GNU/Linux helps restore Corel profitability

After six years of financial difficulties and reorganizations, Corel Corp. finally seems on track with promising first and second quarters in 2006 and a return to public trading. One of the first steps in this turnabout, according to Graham Brown, executive vice president of software development at Corel, was the jettisoning the company's products for GNU/Linux, WordPerfect for Linux and Corel Linux.

Why Linux Has Failed Beginners

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jul 1, 2006 1:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Over the years, I've had a number of people asking me what I believe the problem was with further migration over to Linux by the public at large.

How Open Source Saved My Neck

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jul 1, 2006 12:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, Linux
Though Microsoft might disagree, open source software in many cases can be a real cost saver. It can also save your neck. Literally.

Linux site gets other Ideas

  • Computing; By James Sherwood (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 11:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux distributor Interactive Ideas has thrown its weight behind the relaunch of a web site that aims to increase the use of open source software across Europe.

Code Quality

  • Reg Developer; By Pan Pantziarka (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 11:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community

An open source perspective

Book review With his first book,Code Reading, Diomidis Spinellis broke new ground. Here was a major book on the oft-neglected but important skill of reading source code.…

Microsoft hides under duvet

As WGA blows up in its face

Not since IBM invented a handwriting recognition system for banks, have I heard such cries of grief. To understand it, you have to know what WGA means. And if you've ever had a problem with Office, and been told by tech support "just install this patch" you'll know what it is: because it's the thing which, since September 2004, has told you it won't install it until you put your CD in the drive. And enter the key.

[See, that's why smart computer users use GNU/Linux! - dcparris]

Office 2007 Preview, Powered by Linux

  • The Smarter Alternative to Email; By Arun Kumar (Posted by devnet on Jun 30, 2006 10:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Linux, Microsoft
Who woulda thunk it? The new Office 2007 Preview online demo is being served up from an Apache/Linux box!

[Gotta admit, it is kind of funny! - dcparris]

Impish emailing with Horde

While searching for a new webmail solution, we find more that we bargained for – both a client and a very extensible PHP framework with all kinds of cool modules, Horde.

Aa takes Linux road for ID system

Motoring organisation the AA is to implement an identity and access management solution running on Novell's SuSE Linux to automate the management of digital identities for around 6,000 staff.

Open-source-software Activists Want Bono to Join Cause

SAN JOSE, Calif. — He's bent the ear of world leaders on social causes. He's a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. He's a rock star.

5 Unique Tips for New Ubuntu Users

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Jun 30, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
With the popularity of Ubuntu swelling these days, one can hardly visit digg or other tech news sites without seeing a Dapper Drake or Breezy Badger (both recent titles of Ubuntu releases). Another strong indicator that Linux in general, dapper drake aside, may be seeing an influx of users is the news that Microsoft receives a call back from Windows computers daily.

Many users expressed deep concern about false positives where Microsoft receives reports that you are using a pirate copy of Windows when you are running a licensed version. Also, why not examine why WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) fits the bill for Spyware? So, what's a ticked off user to do? Give Linux the old college try, that's what!

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