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The City of Munich praises Linux at the workplace

The City of Munich's LiMux project center is rejecting charges by the Senate administration of Berlin that the migration to free software has gotten stuck before it ever got going. As Project director Peter Hofmann told heise online, "Open Source software at the workplace is a reality in Munich." At the end of May, his department presented the future basis client to the public at in information day. At present, the pilot phase is focusing on a software suite. The approximately 100 pilot users include Mayor Christian Ude and his deputy Christine Strobl. Hofmann added that "most users" in the city's administration use individual Open Source programs to surf the net, write e-mails, or edit graphics, for example, "on the Microsoft Windows operating system, which remains dominant."

Opinion: Linux distros are headed in the wrong direction

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Jem Matzan (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
The impending release of Windows Vista with its fancy Aero Glass special effects, along with the hasty addition of the similar XGL and Compiz technologies to the latest SUSE Linux release, makes me think that programmers have a warped idea of what desktop computing is about.

[Silly rabbit! Tricks are for kids! - dcparris]

Mysql aims to maintain bachelor lifestyle

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL, PHP
Open source database vendor MySQL AB is looking to retain its independence, according to its CEO, despite a recent turbulent period that showed the precariousness of its single-product strategy.

Set up a Freevo media center

  • Linux.com; By Manolis Tzanidakis (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 4:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
I've been a happy MythTV user for a long time -- you can check out my review of version 0.19 -- but lately I've been feeling that something is missing. MythTV is great for watching and recording TV, but I watch TV less than four hours per week. On the other hand, I love music, and MythTV offers no easy way to listen to music from various sources, such as audio CDs and Web-based and FM radio stations. After fiddling with custom solutions based on MPD and MPlayer, I decided to look for an alternative -- which led me to Freevo.

Modular Linux phone revealed

  • VNUNet.com; By Simon Burns (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 3:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Japanese mobile firm Willcom is developing a Linux-based modular smartphone for sale in Japan starting in August.

Understanding the Zend Framework

This article shares the concepts behind the Zend Framework, including the Model-View-Controller pattern and the PHP coding standards.

Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster Accelerates Research Productivity at Arizona State University's Supercomputer Facility

Panasas Storage Boosts Cluster Performance by 10X and Eliminates Need for Costly NFS Servers

POPFile Open Source E-Mail Solution Review

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 30, 2006 1:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
POPFile is a program that has often been labeled as little more than a spam filtering software. In reality, POPFile is much more than this. Allow me to explain why...

Patent jeopardizes IETF syslog standard

The International Engineering Task Force is working on a proposed standard for the age-old but never standardized syslog protocol, but their efforts may be in jeopardy thanks to a patent application by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., of Shenzhen, China.

King of the Linux reference desk

  • Linux.com; By Michael Stutz (Posted by dcparris on Jun 30, 2006 12:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
There are plenty of reference applications available for Linux, but the ultimate Linux lexicon has to be WordNet, a powerful desktop dictionary.

Bill Gates' piracy confession

If you read way down to the bottom of a Wall Street Journal interview with Bill Gates that ran yesterday, you'll discover that the Microsoft executive admitted to watching pirated movies on the Internet. The confession came as he was talking about content he had viewed on YouTube.

Is It Time For Linux?

Many in the Linux world believe that Linux desktops can easily replace Microsoft Windows for certain uses. They also admit that the Linux desktop may not be a solution for all Windows users, but they firmly believe that they are making progress toward that goal.

Microsoft tries to woo open source community

Microsoft was out in force at an open source conference in London this week, but many delegates were unwilling to talk about its motives

[From the article: "Fishenden told ZDNet UK that the conference was a good opportunity to address the “misconception”, as he put it, that Microsoft was anti-open source."
That's right, folks! Microsoft is not anti-Open Source. It's just that Microsoft makes less money because of Open Source; therefore, Open Source is anti-Microsoft. - dcparris]

Powerpc networking SoCs gain real-time Linux support

A commercial real-time Linux variant offering separate real-time and non-real-time execution domains has added support for a family of network processors that integrate separate application and control plane processing units. FSMLabs's RTLinuxPro development kit now supports Freescale's PowerQUICC III family of SoCs (system-on-chip processors).

Free networks (part 2)

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jeremy Turner (Posted by dcparris on Jun 29, 2006 10:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
In my last blog post, I started writing about OpenWRT, a free software firmware replacement for many off-the-shelf home broadband routers. I received an email last week from a reader who had some of the very same questions I had about the whole process of installing a new firmware. I’ll address some of his points here.

Tutorial: Getting Free Long Distance, Part 2

Last week you learned how to use FreeWorldDialup to connect to other VoIP users. Today you'll set up distributed Asterisk peering with the DUNDi (Distributed Universal Number Discovery) protocol. DUNDi is a peer-to-peer system for finding Internet gateways to telephony services.

Pacheco Committee Report Whacks Mass ITD/ODF

Last October 31, the Chairman of a Massachusetts Senate Committee held a public hearing (more akin to a kangaroo court) at which then State CIO Peter Quinn and his general counsel were required to testify, following which a parade of exclusively hostile witnesses was invited to testify against the ITD's ODF policy. Now, the investigative report of the same committee has been issued.

Ubuntu Developer Summit Paris: New alliances, new horizons

Last week, more than 60 Ubuntu developers met in Paris to plan Ubuntu's next release, codenamed Edgy Eft. Officially, the meeting was billed as a developer summit and not a conference. Each day, groups of two to 10 attendees brainstormed, drafted, and advanced specifications in more than 60 sessions in up to 10 parallel tracks. These specifications, which will stabilize in the next week, will then be prioritized and approved by Canonical staff and will serve as the feature goals for the next release.

Microsoft launches CodePlex and announces MySQL partnership

Microsoft Corp has officially unveiled CodePlex, its new collaborative development portal for community-based development for open- and shared-source projects, while signing a new partnership with open-source database vendor MySQL AB.

[I would look for a large, hollow, wooden horse in the area. -- grouch]

Mirus, Linspire and AOpen Introduce $399 Mini Linux PC

'Mini Koobox' Linux Desktop Comes Pre-Installed With Full Office Suite and Multimedia Software

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