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LXer Feature: 27-Aug-2006
I had developed a fairly hefty OpenOffice.org Calc sheet, which was great for quickly entering data I've been working with lately. However, it soon became clear that a switch to ooBase would be necessary. I'm not a big user of ooBase, so wasn't sure how best to go about converting my data. Fortunately, a tutorial someone else had written showed me just how simple it is.
For the third week in a row, IBM has spent in the neighborhood of a billion dollars on software acquisitions. This time it's the upscale neighborhood of $1.3 billion cash, which is what it intends to lay out for Internet Security Systems (ISS) in the name of IBM Global Services.
Michael Farnum discusses how Novell can make GNU/Linux a serious contender in the desktop market. However, I strongly disagree with the author's assertion that apps need to be developed by mainstream vendors, as opposed to Joe Hacker working in his basement. Linus wasn't a mainstream vendor when he started hacking out Linux. The GNU tools were not developed by mainstream vendors. And I sure hope Michael doesn't mean we need more non-free crap. Weigh it for yourself, though.
Eric S. Raymond is one of the founders of open-source, and a good deal of Linux's early popularity came from his non-stop beating of the drum for the free software operating system. Then, a few years ago, he bowed out of the limelight to live his own life.
[Well, what can we say? It's classic ESR. As always, you have to think for yourself. - dcparris
Sun has acknowledged some vulnerabilities in mozilla for Sun Solaris.
In a rather unusual move, Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla Corp. to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.
[Talk about scary! - dcparris
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 OpenOffice.org Writer? Of course he does. He just had a flashback, that's all. - dcparris]
Note: this is a PDF file. - dcparris]
What are the three critical elements of a Web 2.0-based collaborative solution?
Version 2.2.13 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series.
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 http://184.108.40.206/index.html
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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]
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.
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.
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