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Novell comments on its transition to Linux desktops

Bruce Lowry responds to a CNet article about the slow progress Novell seems to be making in its Windows to Linux migration.

My sysadmin toolbox

I started experimenting with Linux for fun, first with Slackware, but in the last few years more with Debian and its derivative distributions. Lately I've been using Linux increasingly in my job. As I've gotten more experienced with Linux, I've started teaching Linux courses to colleagues. Connectivity and fast package and file management are important components in my administration toolbox.

GPLv3 on DRM, and GPLv3 on Patents

One document on how GPLv3 tackles DRM, and one on how it tackles patent dangers. These topics have drawn the most public interest, so it seemed worthwhile to isolate the relevant information combining the draft, and the public comments of RMS and Eben Moglen.

Bringing free software to the masses

Peter Brown, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation, hopes to 'get the message of free software outside the hacker world'

Device Profile: FreeHand MusicPad Pro Plus electronic sheetmusic viewer

FreeHand Systems used embedded Linux to build an electronic music reader designed to replace paper-based sheet music in practice, lesson, and performance settings. The MusicPad Pro Plus supports annotations, turns pages with screen-taps or an optional footpedal, and can store "thousands" of music charts,

Build your own hotspot!! ...with in house control...

  •; By mad4linux (Posted by mad4linux on Apr 14, 2006 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Linux
If you are one of those people that needs wireless networks to work painlessly...If you need to have some or great control over your network, being one hotspot or several, and if above all you are one of those who needs to have in house control..then... you will embrace this new project.

The Rise of Media Independence

What happens when anyone can produce as easily as he or she consumes?

A first look at Zfone

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Apr 14, 2006 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
Zfone is PGP creator Phil Zimmermann's latest brainchild, a small desktop application that encrypts VoIP softphone conversations using strong encryption and peer-to-peer communication. Zimmermann released the first public beta last month. While I'm intrigued by the concept, getting the application to work is another story.

Unfortunately, this is not a FOSS package, even though it uses one or two itself. - dcparris

Towns the talk of Debian Project

Australian Anthony Towns won the poll from a field of several candidates after 421 votes -- from 43 percent of the eligible community of Debian developers -- were cast. Towns -- who is also the secretary of industry body Linux Australia -- will take up the post for one year from Monday 17 April, taking over from incumbent Branden Robinson.

FOSS closes patient privacy gap for researchers

Two new open source software projects are ready to wipe patient histories clean of personal information so researchers can learn from medical cases without endangering privacy.

Process your email with procmail

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by dcparris on Apr 14, 2006 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Mutt is a fine command-line email client, but it lags Evolution and Thunderbird in its ability to do email filtering. The procmail mail processing utility can help. It is highly configurable, allows for far better email filtering than Thunderbird, and as is customary with command-line applications, it is fast. While procmail is most commonly employed on the server side, its ability to handle POP and IMAP protocols makes it useful for desktop users as well.

Firefox released

  • Mozilla.Com; By Mozilla Corporation (Posted by phil on Apr 14, 2006 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox provides native support for Macintosh with Intel Core processors, and stability and security enhancements that are part of our ongoing program to provide a safer Internet experience for our users. We recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest version.

Novell retains JBoss link despite Red Hat move

Novell Inc has said it remains committed to JBoss Inc's open source middleware stack despite the acquisition of JBoss by rival Linux distributor Red Hat Inc.

Leaner virtualization coming to Windows, Linux

Microsoft works to make one copy of Windows look like many, while the Linux equivalent gains ground.

Improve your iPod with Rockbox

Over the past few years, I've been ripping my CD collection to Ogg Vorbis, intending to one day find a portable player for all those tracks of synthpop, reggae, and comedy. Now I've finally found a player for my 60-or-so gigs of Ogg files which has the the ergonomics, battery life, and accessory market of the iPod. The secret to having a player that deals with so many codecs, but that looks and acts like an iPod, is that it is an iPod -- just one that I converted last night with a firmware swap to run the excellent, open source system called Rockbox. Rockbox isn't perfect -- and it sure isn't for everyone -- but I'm pleased as punch with it.

Book Review: Spring into Linux

This is the second of a three-part series of reviews on books written for people migrating from Windows to Linux. The first book was Marcel Gagne's Moving to Linux, Second Edition. You might want to read that review before this one, since I draw comparisions between the two.

Grab the Internet Explorer mu-mu-MULTIPATCH

Microsoft released a patch yesterday which fixes 10 - count 'em - flaws in Internet Explorer.

Presenters sought for LinuxTag 2006 in May

Even though the conference is drawing near, speakers are still being sought for LinuxTag, Germany's Linux Expo and Conference since 1996, scheduled for May 3-6, 2006, in the Rhein-Main-Hallen, Wiesbaden. The conference is presented in cooperation with the German Unix Users Group (GUUG).

Join the Debian Python Modules Team

A few weeks ago the Debian Python Modules Team has been created to collaboratively maintain packages of Python modules.

Sco Group works to revive product line, reputation

(Salt Lake Tribune, The (KRT) Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Apr. 13--The SCO Group wants the world to know it is more than just that little Utah software company suing IBM for allegedly copying UNIX code into the freely distributed Linux operating system.

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