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Political Animal: Massachusetts IT Office on the OpenDoc Defensive

A senate committee debates the practices of the Massachusetts IT office on its required move in 2007 of using software in the OpenDocument Format. Microsoft's influence on the debate is put to task by the CIO's office.

Intuous 3 tablet is no one's best choice

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 1, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wacom products are generally considered the industry standard among computer drawing tablets for quality, compatibility with application software, and usability. While Wacom's current professional-grade offering, the Intuous 3, offers a fine set of core drawing functions, its Linux support is minimal, despite the company's support of the open source project that develops the Linux drivers. But even worse, the Intuous 3 had significant problems on Mac and Windows computers.

AOpen Leads in Miniaturized Personal Computing Innovation With a Cool New Twist to PC Computing

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Unique miniPC Demonstrates the Strong R&D Capability of AOpen

Replace Your NT4 Domain Controller with Samba 3

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 1, 2005 9:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
It's official: as of December 31, 2004, Windows NT4 is no longer supported by Microsoft... For all of you hardworking sysadmins of NT4 domain controllers who are now wondering what to do, here are some of your options:

1. Change nothing. So you lose vendor support — so what? Was it so hot in the first place?
2. Upgrade to Windows XP or 2003. This costs much money in licenses, and you may need to upgrade your hardware as well. Plus you'll have a whole new set of bugs and security holes to get acquainted with. However, this also gives you Active Directory, which may be something you want to move up to.
3. Replace your NT4 box with a Samba 3 domain controller.

This series is about option 3...

[Ed.- Yes, this is an older article, but it's still a goodie. Part 2 is here.]

AIM worm plays nasty new trick

A worm found spreading via America Online's Instant Messenger is carrying a nastier punch than usual, a security company has warned...In addition to the "lockx.exe" rootkit file, the new worm delivers a version of the Sdbot Trojan horse, said FaceTime, which sells products to protect instant-messaging traffic. Sdbot opens a backdoor on the infected PC. The worm also places several spyware and adware applications, including 180Solutions, Zango, the Freepod Toolbar, MaxSearch, Media Gateway and SearchMiracle, the company added.

[Ed.- Gee, if only there were an operating system that did not roll out the red carpet to this sort of thing. Oh wait, there is- in fact, there are several. Funny little old world, isn't it. - tuxchick]

Sponsored Google Ad Hijacks Linux Site to

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Nov 1, 2005 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
Why does a link that is supposed to take me to a Linux site take me instead to Let's have a look at this, shall we

Cheerful "Moving to Linux" includes WFTL LiveCD has a published a review by staff writer Christian Einfeldt of "Moving to Linux (second edition): Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", a new book by Marcel Gagne. Author Gagne is the creator of the WFTL (Writer and Free Thinker at Large) Linux distro, which is included with the book as a LiveCD.

'False alarms' delay Linux kernel release

Version 2.6.14 of the Linux kernel is now available despite 'frustrating' delays due to mistaken bug reports, says Linus Torvalds

The Linux Standard Base Achieves ISO Approval as International Standard

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/01/2005 -- At the Open Source Business Conference, the Free Standards Group, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, and the Linux Standard Base (LSB) workgroup announced that the LSB has achieved unanimous official approval as an ISO standard - an important milestone signifying the maturity and scope of both the LSB and the Linux operating system.

My sysadmin toolbox

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Every administrator has a set of software tools that he just can't live without. These are the utilities that you install as soon as you log into a new machine, to help make day-to-day tasks a little easier. Here are my top 10 tools.

What if we had integrated Douglas Engelbart's insights into the modern Net?

  • O'Reilly Sys Admin; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Douglas Engelbart, pioneer of the GUI and of computer-supported cooperative work, has received a couple awards of late. About 35 years late, in fact. But he hasn't let neglect (and perhaps worse, empty lip service to his accomplishments) curb his spontaneous love of exploration. Spending a few minutes with him--at a ceremony celebrating an award given last Saturday by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility--convinced me that he remains an American original with a vast scope of interests, a bit like Edison or Feynman. I wonder what the modern net of sensors and cameras and GPS devices and wireless networks would be like if we had integrated his 1960s-era insights from the start.

Firefox Jumps In Browser Market Share

After a couple of steps back over the summer, Mozilla's Firefox browser now holds 11.51% of the market in browsers used.

Red Hat To Include Xen, Stateless Linux In Next Release

Red Hat will integrate the Xen virtualization hypervisor in its next commercial release of enterprise Linux due in late 2006. Built-in virtualization and built-in support for stateless Linux as well as improved automation and management tools will make Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 a more compelling platform for the data center and grid deployments [ED-Not a dupe, the earlier story was about Xen's inclusion in the 2.6 kernel. This is about RH's own distribution. Both issues are very important to Linux in the enterprise]]

Microsoft's Security CD fails c't Magazine's tests

According to c't Magazine this latest contribution by Microsoft to the initiative "Germany Safe on the Net," which a short while ago took stock of its progress so far, unfortunately fails to meet the high expectations aroused.

OOo Off the Wall: Adding AutoText to Your Work Flow

It's not flashy, but if you're re-using text often or need to streamline your template and macro lists, spend a little time with AutoText.

High-def DVD SoC supports HD-DVD, BlueRay, Linux

STMicroelectronics (STM) is sampling an SoC (system-on-chip) that it says supports all required HD-DVD and Blu-Ray codecs and security schemes. The STB7109 is based on an SH-4 core, and supports Linux and other embedded OSes, along with codecs and security schemes from both Microsoft and international standards bodies.

Ruby Weekly News 24th - 30th October 2005

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 Tim Sutherland, with contributions from Christophe Grandsire.

Article offers concise guide to Linux shell scripting

Although modern desktop Linux distributions pride themselves in minimizing the need for users to resort to command-line activities, there are times when a visit to a shell prompt can come in handy. To this end, a concise guide to Linux shell scripts is now available from the LinuxHelp blog.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.3

  • Apple Insider; By AppleInsider Staff (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 3:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Apple on Monday released Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update, which delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for Mac OS X v10.4 and is recommended for all users.

Red Hat Wants Xen in Linux Kernel

After previous efforts failed, Red Hat is stepping forward to get Xen virtualization technology included in the Linux kernel as quickly as possible.

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