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  • Sydney Morning Herald; By Bill Bennett (Posted by dcparris on Aug 26, 2006 11:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
At first sight ajaxWrite is a simple, free alternative to Microsoft Word. But this could be misleading - while the program has its uses, it's no substitute for the real thing.

[Microsoft Word? Doesn't he mean Writer? Of course he does. He just had a flashback, that's all. - dcparris]

Open-Xchange Publishes Web 2.0 Collaboration Position Paper

Note: this is a PDF file. - dcparris]

What are the three critical elements of a Web 2.0-based collaborative solution?

GIMP 2.2.13 Released

Version 2.2.13 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series.

Cipherfunk Shutdown by GPL Police

The cipherfunk web site, which made extra packages available to Ubuntu and MEPIS users, was shut down in response to complaints from Ubuntu team members Matthew Garrett and Philipp Kern. It is my understanding they alleged that cipherfunk was not making modified GPLed source code available in a timely fashion. You can read about it at and try to figure it our for yourself. If you used the cipherfunk repository, please make a donation to cipherfunk while you're there--or at least send a note of support and thanks.

[You know, the FSF offers the source for free, and charges a fee for compiling the binaries for you. Perhaps more people should take that approach. - dcparris]

The Inevitability of the Universal, Portable Document Format

In addition to its successful synthesis of the timeline and the grasp you get of why the Commonwealth is doing this, and how this poor company, Microsoft, is struggling to catch up, what stands out from this piece is the sense of confidence in the inevitability of the universal, portable document.

Southern Caliornia Linux Expo Issues Call For Papers

Bigger and Badder! The Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Expo is coming! It will be February 10-11, 2007, at The Westin Los Angeles Airport.

Owning The Future - Govt Criticised At Open Source Convention

A sense of bonhomie of the “We’re in this together” kind pervaded the convention on open source - Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age - organized by Red Hat India on the 24th and 25th of August, at New Delhi. It did, however, see a fair amount of debate among stakeholders, and the Indian Government came in for some well informed criticism. The convention saw participation from important players from both India and abroad, and sometimes went beyond the digital domain, into the realm of a collective commons.

The Portland project: No silver bullet for hairy problem of multiple desktops

When OSDL announced the first release of its Portland initiative at LinuxWorld Boston in April, heralding it "a breakthrough in desktop Linux," I muttered my skepticism to a co-worker. He expressed surprise at my reaction, noting that the initiative employs extremely smart people. I don't doubt their intelligence, or their sincerity, but I wouldn't bet a penny on the project living up to its initial claim, because you can't conjure a silver bullet out of intelligence and sincerity.

[Frankly, I'm not sure we should make a unified desktop our goal. What would be the downside? What would be the point of being different? It's kind of like living in a subdivision.

Open Source CRM Application Integrates With Intuit QuickBooks

InsynQ, premier provider of application hosting services, online accounting solutions and services, and owners of Appgen Business Software, announced the completion of a QuickBooks integration for its CRM application, Always-ON CRM. The Q Connector, developed by RPS Technologies, allows Always-ON CRM to scan QuickBooks and seamlessly import new customer and product data. The Q Connector automatically updates Always-ON CRM using an interactive synchronization. It brings the customer relationship management experience full-circle by tying sales and accounting together, improving process automation for each department.

Open Source Firm Unicon Extends Multiyear Relationship With CLI

Unicon, provider of open source-based technologies and professional services for the online campus, today announced the extension of its multiyear partnership with the Cisco Learning Institute. Since the formation of the Cisco Learning Institute (CLI) in 1999 by Cisco Systems, Unicon has partnered with CLI to provide help desk, network operation and software platform support activities for their partners.

Vmware To Add Support For Paravirtualized Linux OS

VMware announced plans to support paravirtualized Linux and Solaris x86 operating systems in future releases of VMware virtual infrastructure platform products -- Workstation, GSX Server and ESX Server. With support for more than 60 x86-based operating systems, VMware platform products support the industry's broadest set of operating systems. This broad support gives customers more choice when using virtualization to lower the cost of managing multiple operating system environments.

Linux Version of SPECviewperf 9 Now Available

A Linux/Unix version of SPECviewperf 9 graphics performance evaluation software has been posted for free downloading on the SPEC/GPC web site.

[Sorry, this looks like crippleware, made available for the GNU/Linux platform - dcparris]

Alternative open source OS quick but buggy

The open-source Syllable operating system is extremely fast, and is starting to gain enough desktop applications to be usable, writes Jeff Park in a review posted at NewsForge. Despite a primitive installer and some unstable applications, Park comes away impressed with Syllable's raw speed.

Device Profile: iRex iLiad mobile eBook reader

iRex used Linux and an Electronic Paper Display (EPD) to build a portable reading device available now for personal and busines-to-business applications. The iLiad's paper display "reads just like paper, and is perceived as such by the human eye," the company says.

What's been up to FedoraNEWS.ORG?

As we have reached our 60th Issue[1] of Fedora Weekly News, I thought it would be a good time to look back what's been up with FedoraNEWS.ORG for the past few months.

Webobjects 5.4 going open source

When Apple releases WebObjects 5.4 next year, it will also open source much of the database solution's code, cementing the software's role and future at Apple.

[Well, Apple freeing the license of any software is welcome. We still encourage them to strongly consider freeing their OS as well.

Groundwork Open Source Breaks Ground On New Channel Partner ...

Determined to herald its open-source product as the alternative to costly IT management platforms, GroundWork Open Source has embarked on an aggressive campaign to recruit channel partners.

The Ideals Of Open Source

  • (Posted by dcparris on Aug 26, 2006 5:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Open source projects succeed when a broad group of contributors recognize the same need and agree on how to meet it. Linux gave programmers a way to build a better, leaner operating system; Woochi gives wine lovers an encyclopedia as refined as they are.

[Thought this might be of interest since it shows the application of 'open source' methodology to other fields of endeavor. - dcparris]

Mozilla Accepts Microsoft's Offer Of Help

Mozilla Corp. has accepted Microsoft's recent offer for help in getting the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client to run properly under Windows Vista.

Java Theory and Practice: Testing with Leverage

  •; By Brian Goetz (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 26, 2006 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
In this final installment on testing of the three part series, Brian Goetz examines another technique for smoking out bugs that violate design rules: aspects. The first two installments in this series, Part 1 covering testing in integrated frameworks and Part 2 on testing with leverage, show how static analysis tools like FindBugs can provide greater leverage in managing software quality by focusing on entire categories of bugs rather than on specific bug instances.

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