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Microsoft losing its sheen?

Software behemoth Microsoft still rules, but its influence may be diminishing feel some experts.

Its déjà vu time for Microsoft, which edged out Netscape ten years back, as it is up against competitors who are using the web space to threaten its monopoly.

For instance, free OpenOffice suite can be effortlessly downloaded with a broadband connection. Its Writer is turning out to be an able alternative to MS-Word and certain experts feel Mozilla's Thunderbird can replace Outlook. So is MS-Office suite's dispensable in the very near future?

Open Source Enterprise Applications

  • Always On; By Open Source Enterprise Applications Will freely available and just plain free open source apps conti (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 11:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
We’ve recently implemented Horde ( ) for internal mail, calendaring and task management. With tool suites like these available, the old guard must be getting nervous.

This may be obvious, but with the new Horde implementation (and Imp, Kronolith, Turba, Ingo, and Nag), our need for a commercial internal collaboration suite has been obviated. We probably wouldn’t have purchased such a suite (certainly not from a closed source vendor) so perhaps this isn’t a big deal in our case. I'm wondering how many times this scene is played out every day of every week.

Nepali version of Linux launched in Kathmandu

  • People's Daily Online (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 8:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP), a non-government organization of Nepal, has launched free/open source "NepaLinux", Nepali version of Linux, MPP said here Friday.

Opinion: XP faster than Linux? Not so fast!

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 7:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: Editorial
In a recent so-called Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout, writer George Ou declares that "Microsoft handily beat the open source platform." The basis for this judgment? "OS boot time and application load times" on two different PCs. Oh, dear. This isn't right at all.

First, using OS boot times as the only real comparison between operating systems is a lot like comparing cars by how long it takes you to get from 0 to 60. Yes, it's a measurement, but by itself it doesn't say much of anything.

The very nature of the test itself is really pretty meaningless, anyway. Two machines do not a benchmark make.

Mr. Natural Says...

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 23, 2005 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
R. Crumb's Mr. Natural famously advised, "Always use the right tool for the job!" ODF and Microsoft's XML Reference Schema are two very different tools - for two very different jobs.

IBM Exec Says Microsoft Standards Plan Has 'Bizarre Restrictions'

"Microsoft's move to sidestep the OASIS OpenDocument format (ODF) standard by making its own standards submission to the European ECMA standards body appears to contain 'bizarre restrictions' and are designed to give Microsoft 'complete control by tying products' together, IBM's standards chief said in an interview Friday."

Thanks to henke54

Latest Firebird Relational Database Released (Pre Final)

The Firebird Project is pleased to announce the last release candidate for the forthcoming Firebird 1.5.3 final version. Release Candidate 3 is available for download and testing.

Python Creator Guido van Rossum now working at Google

  •; By Jeremy Jones (Posted by henke54 on Dec 23, 2005 3:20 PM EDT)
" Alex Martelli stated on the thread: I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he sits about 15 meters away from me;-). I'm happy and excited for Guido. I'm interested to hear what exactly he'll be working on over there and how this could impact Python. Maybe it's my optimism kicking in, but I expect it will be positive for the community. I'm sure people can point to an incident here or there where Google has been questionable in its "don't be evil" motto, but I believe that overall, they're doing a good job of maintaining credibility. Anyway, congrats, Guido!"

Film-makers to Advertise Firefox

Almost a month after rumors started trickling in that Mozilla would use independent film-makers to promote the next generation of Firefox, its free web browser, Mozilla has confirmed that it would indeed engage in this online "open source marketing" drive.

Mozilla formally announced the opening of the "Firefox Flicks Ad Contest" which calls upon professional, student and aspiring film-makers to join the growing community of Firefox contributors to create innovative, broadcast-quality 30-second commercials for Firefox. The ads will be judged by a star-studded panel of luminaries drawn from the film, television and advertising industries, with great prizes up for grabs. The winning ads will also be considered for inclusion in global marketing campaigns for Firefox.

A $10 Linux Answering Machine

  • Linux Gazette; By Bob Smith (Posted by dcparris on Dec 23, 2005 2:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article describes how to build a Linux-based telephone answering machine using a low cost winmodem (softmodem) for the telephone interface. We describe how to install the drivers and libraries, and how to select and install the proper modem card. Our answering machine program is a couple of hundred lines of C code in a single file. If you've ever used a telephone you should have no trouble understanding the code.

[Ed: It's kind of geeky to setup, and uses a Command-Line Interface, but even a non-geek can type play filename.ul. Maybe someone will add a GUI front-end? - dcparris]

Sun Microsystems Introduces NetBeans Profiler Milestone 11 for Optimized Java Application Run-Time Monitoring

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 2:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
NetBeans Profiler Provides Tighter Control During the Development Process; Supports Java SE 5 Applications on Leading Platforms Including New Support for Mac OS X

The borg Are Coming... For Microsoft?

Competitors feeling the heat as Microsoft overwhelms their markets just don't get it. Microsoft is fleeing a much bigger, implacable horde. There is no escape. Resistance is futile.

Trolltech Wins Open Source World's "2005 Editor's Choice Award" ...

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BEIJING, CHINA – Trolltech® has said that it's Qtopia Phone Edition was awarded Open Source World's Editor's Choice Award for "Best Embedded Linux Platform", continuing to gain widespread recognition and solidify its leading role in the embedded Linux field.

Qtopia Phone is the only independent open software solution for Linux-based devices. It allows designers and manufacturers to develop feature-rich phones and other mobile and wireless devices, while maintaining complete control of branding and user experience. Today, more than 30 vendors are designing, building or shipping mobile phones built with Qtopia and related Trolltech software for embedded Linux, including Motorola, ZTE, and Cellon.

2005: Were the Grownups in Charge?

At this time of year it's irresistible to take a look back. It was an interesting and fun year, and it was also a year full of events that left me scratching my head and wondering if any grownups are in charge.

Provisioning for the Next Year

Ideas that grew in the last year and need to grow a lot more in the upcoming one.

Demystifying Security Enhanced Linux

In this paper I will try to explain the philosophy behind the Security Enhanced Linux (SE Linux). I will however try to explain the concept with an example but to keep the length readable I will restrain myself to go into much of implementation details for e.g. commands and similar stuff.

[Ed- FYI, You need to download a pdf file -bstadil]

Starting with #10, The Top POWER Articles of 2005...

  • developerWorks, IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 23, 2005 11:59 AM EDT)
The Power Architecture zone is still fairly new for IBM’s developerWorks. Since its launch in late 2004, it has drawn lots of attention. From the Mac Mini to Xbox 360, see the top ten articles/series of 2005.

China changes Linux tactics

China's Guangdong Linux Center (GDLC) and 27 universities last month set up the Guangdong Leadership of Open Source University Promotion Alliance (GDLUPA) to promote Linux in China's universities.

Performancing is the coolest Firefox extension, evar.

  • Social Software Weblog; By Barb Dybwad (Posted by tadelste on Dec 23, 2005 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So I am truly psyched about the advent of Performancing, a Firefox extension that integrates a full-featured blog editor right into the browser. Just hit F8 to call up the editing window, whip up a post, and shoot it right off to your Wordpress, Movable Type or Blogger blog. I don't have any blogs running on MT anymore but I set up several Wordpress blogs and an old Blogger blog in all of about 2 minutes -- it's dead easy. Then, you can choose to author in WYSIWYG or source mode, quickly switch over to a live preview and back again, add it to whatever appropriate categories and push the post out to your blog when you're finished. It does what it's supposed to do, simply and well. I absolutely love it.

Firefox to take centre stage

Get the cameras ready to roll. Firefox is heading for Tinseltown as Mozilla prepares to give its open source browser the star treatment and calls for budding, enlightened filmmakers to start working on a screen treatment.

After announcing last month that it was embarking on its biggest-ever marketing drive, aimed at getting "thousands or tens of thousands" of videos out promoting Firefox 1.5, the company said on Thursday that it was launching a campaign to get the best emerging filmmakers working on the open source trail.

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