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Open Source Patterns from Fortune 500 Success

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 30, 2005 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Flashline has put together a Patterns Book for helping get Open Source projected started within an enterprise, even very demanding ones.

Read it online or download with registration

SUSE Linux 10.0 OSS on a Laptop

  • SJRNet; By Steven J. Rosen (Posted by stevetux on Nov 30, 2005 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: SUSE
This article describes one user's experiences installing SUSE Linux 10.0 on a Gateway laptop. It describes specific issues in getting SUSE 10 to run on a laptop, including WiFi issues and power management.

New Release of CONNX SQL Engine, Version 10.0, Unlocks Enterprise Data on UNIX and Linux Platforms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 6:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- CONNX Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of simplified data access management and integration software solutions, announces the release of CONNX 10. This release features a native Linux/UNIX implementation of the powerful CONNX SQL Engine, enabling Web services and Java applications to access enterprise data via a single server.

UGS Speeds Linux Port of Its Digital Product Development Software with Support from AMD

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PLANO, Texas, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced it is in the final development stages for porting NX(TM) software, its comprehensive software solution for digital product development, to Linux(R) operating system on x64 technology.

Moving a Newbie to Linux

  •; By Sal Cangeloso (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 30, 2005 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
This article goes over one person's experience when moving computer beginners from Windows to Linux. This is not always a smooth transition, but in this case a computer which was barely working was salvaged and there was an easy switch from one operating system to the next. Casual computer users almost always use Windows but the article observes that they could just as easily be using a Linux distribution, which would save money and extend the life of their computer, while avoiding many of the security hazards to which new users are most vulnerable.

U.S. Army Purchases SGI and VRSim Immersive Virtual Reality Welding Trainer Systems

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Safe, Cost-Effective, No Waste Environment Will Speed Welder Training

The Radical Middle

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Nov 30, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial

Can we talk? Depends on we mean by"we". Usually it's just other people who agree with us. That's apparently the case with subjects about which opinions divide into factions.

Massachusetts re-opens the door to Microsoft

Microsoft is once again in the race to supply government agencies in the state of Massachusetts with its Office productivity suite, the state's governor has said.

The state was threatening to disqualify Microsoft as a software supplier to state agencies because it failed to support open standards in its Office productivity suite. Starting in 2007, the state requires that all newly created documents use open standards.

[Ed: Evidently, it ain't over until it's over. I wonder which member of the GOP got to Romney on behalf of Redmond. Oh well, a Byrd in the Bush for freedom. - tadelste]

Getting Windows only websites to work with Linux

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Nov 30, 2005 1:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I was confronted one day by my wife that our new SuSE Linux computer could not access a website. My wife is an avid coupon clipper. She has found the internet to be a valuable source for coupons. One such place is Albertsons which uses Smartsource to host its web based coupons. Well what my wife saw was a webpage that posted "Our printing coupon technology is not supported on Linux".

GPLv3 guidelines released

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 30, 2005 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation released its guidelines and process specifications this morning for the revision process that will produce version three of the GNU General Public License (GPL). The guidelines are designed to include as many people as possible in the revision process, says FSF executive director Peter Brown, but the foundation's specific ideas for changes to the license are not being released to the public just yet.

Quest extends Windows-Linux integration

Quest Software, which has been building a cross-platform bridge between Linux and Windows systems, is expected to release early next year a tool that lets users monitor the open source operating system from their Microsoft management consoles.

[Ed- We have covered this before with mixed reactions. If this is what is needed to help Linux uptake fine -bstadil]

Solid Performance for Firefox Download Site

The download site for Firefox is performing well following the release of a widely-anticipated update of the open source web browser. Firefox version 1.5, which was released Tuesday night, features "dozens of enhancements," according to the Mozilla Corporation, including improvements in popup blocking, RSS integration and updating.

Damn! This is one small Linux distribution

A very nice review of the tiny Linux distribution which has caught the linux users fancy. Really entertaining read.

Ruby Weekly News 21st - 27th November 2005

  •; By Tim Sutherland (Posted by Tsela on Nov 30, 2005 10:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Anonymous. (Thanks whoever it was, this week's newsletter would have been a no-show without you.)

Zope and Plone blaze open source path at Epson

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 30, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Epson Electronics America (EEA) launched its Web presence in 1998 with a then-typical static HTML Web site running on a Windows server. But by 1999, exorbitant licensing and maintenance costs, coupled with the company's need to create a dynamic site, led EEA's Executive Director for New Business Roy DaSilva to begin a migration to a site built with open source tools running on a Linux server.

How to revive a dying business model? Easy- get mean and nasty!

So here we have an entire industry exerting considerable effort to exclude a whole class of customers, because we use a computing platform that they cannot control. Sure, Microsoft will be happy to screw over its end users by including all manner of DRM nastiness. But in the end it won't matter anyway- customers who choose to view their legally-purchased DVDs on Linux will easily, if illegally, find a way. What sort of madness is this?

The RIAA - Hollywood - DRM - Linux Suicide Pact

Linux to power 'son of Star Wars'

  •; By Iain Thomson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 30, 2005 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lockheed Martin is to use Linux as the operating system for the missile defence program Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program, dubbed 'son of Star Wars'.

Mozilla Updates Firefox on Schedule

Mozilla Reorganizes
Firefox 1.5 is available now at and The Mozilla site is the "new home" of Firefox and Thunderbird, replacing as the download address for Mozilla's browser and open-source e-mail application.

A Mozilla spokesperson said is now home to Mozilla, a taxable corporation spun out from the Mozilla Foundation in August. Mozilla will handle all of the consumer-facing software from the open-source group, as well as merchandise such as Mozilla T-shirts.

KDE browser pips Firefox in Web standards test

The people behind the latest version of the Linux desktop environment, KDE, say the main benefits will be better standards support in its Web browser, Konqueror.

The KDE project team said on Tuesday that the browser in KDE 3.5 has passed the Acid2 test from the Web Standards Project (WaSP). This test examines a browser's support for W3C recommended standards including CSS1, HTML4 and PNG.

Members Approve XML Catalogs as OASIS Standard; Debian, PTC ...

BOSTON -- OASIS, the international e-business standards consortium, today announced that its members have approved XML Catalogs version 1.1 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. XML Catalogs defines mechanisms to facilitate machine processing of XML entities associated with external identifiers, allowing references to web resources, such as files, images, stylesheets, and schemas, to be mapped to other resources.

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