OpenOffice.org has always been conservative with version numbers. Enough minor releases have boasted enough new features that the current release could easily be 3.0 or 4.0 instead of 1.1.4. Given this record, it's hardly surprising that version 2.0, for which beta code was set to be unveiled yesterday, amounts to a major rewrite of the software. Although key functionality remains largely intact, version 2.0 promises dozens, possibly hundreds, of changes. Many times during our testing of the first beta release, we felt we could almost have been looking at an entirely new piece of software.
Linux systems require you to log in, become the super user (or root) for some tasks, open a terminal or shell window, and mount a CD-ROM. If you are new to Linux, this article will guide you through these tasks and more.
This is the fifth in our series of interviews with QGIS developers and users. This week we travel to Zurich, Switzerland to chat with QGIS developer Marco Hugentobler. Marco works on the vector data model implementation in QGIS. The interview was conducted by Tim Sutton and Gary Sherman.
The Free Software Foundation Europe has announced a new Fellowship program to defend freedom in the digital age. Loosely modeled on the US-based Free Software Foundation's Associate Membership program, the FSFE hope to attract both more finances and activists to support their work. At a time when the free software movement is under a variety of threats, both legal, political and market-based, the FSFE hope that its Fellowship will be seen as "a call to arms."
The nomination period is at an end, with six candidates standing forth to be counted. We are now in the campaigning period.
Since last year's release, The LiveCD List has more than doubled to a total of 220 LiveCDs. Today an updated version of The LiveCD List is being released on its own domain name, LiveCDList.com. It includes not only Linux x86 and PPC LiveCDs, but also 9 other architectures, BSD, Windows, LiveDVDs, and it links directly to the projects' download pages.
PixExcel today released version 4 of its Pie Box Enterprise Linux product. Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 AS is built from the source RPMs of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS. It is fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and features the Linux 2.6 kernel, SELinux, GNOME 2.8, Samba 3.0, Logical Volume Manager 2, PCI Express support and NFSv.4.
On February 26th 2005, the KDE Project announced the first release candidate of KDE 3.4. Compile the sources (KDE 3.4 requirements list, "Konstruct" build script), download the "Klax" i486 GNU/Linux Live-CD (375 MB) or the first contributed binary packages. More packages may follow later. Please test the new features and report all bugs so that we can identify the show-stoppers to be fixed before the final release planned for 16th March. OSdir.com is the first to have screenshots of KDE 3.4 RC 1 and tuxmachines.org shows how customizable its look is.
Nick Piggin uploaded a series of patches for the 2.6 Linux kernel CPU scheduler aimed at improving multiprocessor support. Specifically, the patches focus on improving SMT (Symmetric MultiThreading), CMP (Cellular MultiProcessing), and NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Architecture) scheduling behavior.
Two or three times each year, Macintosh enthusiasts go nuts over Apple's new product launches, and the company rides a wave of publicity from the resulting media attention. Open source projects would do well to study how Apple orchestrates this, because publicity is the key to attracting new users -- and new users are the lifeblood of the development model.
Too raw for enterprise use now, but the distribution's worth watching.
...I think that Microsoft's C++ compiler has violated the ISO language standard at least for the last three versions, and they are now fixing the bug in their C# compiler. Think of all that MS code out there that is broken!
Teachers' union trades paper forms for Web services and online transactions.
The drive to Linux and other open-source platforms presents a host of benefits.
Jeff Waugh announces Kubuntu, Sven de Marothy talks free Java and we discuss Hula, in the latest LugRadio.
We found that Solaris 10 has been torn from its SPARC-only roots now runs very quickly and very easily on generic 32-bit x86 Intel- and 64-bit Advanced Micro Devices-based servers. It also has new security features and supports a range of Linux applications. And it's free.
Writers and analysts love to sensationalize OS Wars. But Linux keeps building momentum.
The United Kingdom is working to move all its local government services online by the end of 2005, because of an initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Tony Blair called the Local Authorities Website National Projects (LAWs). In the process, APLAWs (sounds like "applause"), a huge open source content management project, has sprung up, and for UK local authorities, it appears to have risen head and shoulders above its proprietary competition.
Opinion: The courts need to recognize that in the information age, virtual privacy and physical privacy don't have the same boundaries.
If you're looking to hire a Linux sysadmin, you might need to rethink your hiring guidelines and practices.