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Eldy doesn't need a cutting edge computer to function: it runs on most Windows PCs and will soon be available also on Linux. The project has deep roots in open source: it was developed in accordance with a set of rules and with the support of the open source community; Eldy was released freeware in order to guarantee the feasibility of the project, but it will have an open future and a self-installing Linux distribution.

[Frankly, it seems more like a FOSS project, or a project that aims to be released under a FOSS license. Can any Italians help us get a better grip? - dcparris]

Template contest results show off capabilities of

The contest resulted in some superior and innovative work. "Some of the templates show just how advanced and flexible's OpenDocument format is as both a Word and Spreadsheet ODF processor. The winning templates and many others breaks a myth that cannot do advanced editing functions like Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel."

Sysbotz upgrades Systems Panel with new AJAX Interface and many ...

Sysbotz releases Systems Panel v2.0, An upgrade to their IT management solution accessible from your web browser.

[Appears to be non-libre - dcparris]

Firewall your applications with AppArmor

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by dcparris on Dec 5, 2006 8:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Novell
Traditional methods of securing a computer have revolved around controlling access to critical services. So, if you need to secure network applications, you need to police network traffic. But security vendors are realizing that securing a computer, in effect, boils down to protecting the applications instead. Novell's AppArmor is designed with just this is mind.

Child's play: Sneaking a peek at the OLPC OS

The first One Laptop Per Child hardware devices are still months from deployment, but you can sneak a peek at their Sugar desktop environment and bundled applications by running an OS image under an emulator. It's a great way to finally get some hands-on time with this long-anticipated project, even though it's not perfect.

Zenoss to Exhibit at Large Installation Systems Administrators Conference

Open Source Management Company to Showcase Enterprise Monitoring Solution

Stratus And XenSource Ink Agreement To Link Open Source ...

Stratus To Include XenEnterprise As An Integral Component In Stratus' Continuous Processing Architecture

[Non-libre implementation of Xen - dcparris]

France Bets On Open-Source Software for Growth

The French government plans to make the region around Paris a center of excellence for open-source software development, the French minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry, Thierry Breton, said Monday.

Concerns mount over missing SCO web admin

  • Reg Developer; By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View (Posted by dcparris on Dec 5, 2006 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
Cluster collapseOur SCO cluster watch has officially shifted from threat level "amusement" to "concern."

[Ready the bugle for "Taps". - dcparris]

Build an Ajax app using Googel Web Toolkit, Apache Derby, and Eclipse

Learn the basics of GWT in this first article in a series, including how GWT lets you create an Asynchronous JavaScript + XML (Ajax) application and still write your code in the Java language.

Linux grabs 75% of all open source investment

The Linux operating system is the recipient of 75% of all vendor investment in open source software, according to a new report from the Harvard Business School, which also indicates that vendor support for open source is primarily motivated by boosting their proprietary offerings.

Novell, ODF and Castles in the Sand

Things are changing very fast in the ODF landscape right now: Last week, Corel announced it would provide limited support by mid-2007 for ODF (open, view and edit of text only – but not save), and greater support for OOXML – presentations and spreadsheets as well as text.  Yesterday, Carol Sliwa at ComputerWorld released a detailed story on Microsoft's anti-ODF lobbying in Massachusetts.  Later this week, Ecma will formally vote to adopt OOXML and submit it to ISO for consideration (expect things to pick up on a number of fronts when that happens).  And now we have the Novell announcement. What, as they say, does it all mean?

Simple Package management with Synaptic Package Manager

Simple Package management with Synaptic Package Manager

Open-source system sought for SMEs, ministries

To help protect intellectual property rights and reduce costs, the State Ministry for Research and Technology is urging state institutions, and small and medium enterprises to adopt open-source software for their computers.

NVIDIA AYiR 2006 (Linux Driver Investigation)

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Dec 5, 2006 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
This year is quickly coming to a close and we are here again with what has become a yearly ritual for Phoronix. Time and time again with each NVIDIA and ATI Linux driver release we thoroughly examine the change-log as well as dissecting the performance changes through our rigorous benchmarking process. Now for this article we are retesting all of the major display drivers released this year to see how they compare as a whole and commenting on some of the most prominent advancements made throughout the year. In this article we will be examining the NVIDIA proprietary display drivers. Our ATI A Year in Review article will be published later this month after the 8.32 fglrx driver release. Without further ado, we present the NVIDIA AYiR 2006!

Get connected with free VoIP handbook

A free and concise 40-page guide to setting up Voice over IP telephone systems using free and open source Asterisk has been released. The book, available as a download, is aimed at the developing world but is just as good for users new to VoIP.

Unix: Standardization Efforts Aren't Dead

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 5, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Unix standardization efforts are ongoing. No that's not a misprint. Unix is far from dead, and efforts to provide a degree of standardization for the remaining Unix players may well be a lifeline. Then again, according to at least one analyst, new Unix standards, though important, may not necessarily be everything.

Get Paid to Solve Open Source Problems

Getting help on issues related to open source projects isn't always like walking a straight line. Sure there are bug reports, mailing lists and discussion forums, but the challenge of actually getting specific local issues addressed is not a sure thing. That's the gap that OpenLogic is attempting to fill with its Expert Community program. OpenLogic is an open source stack vendor that provides certified open source solutions and support for a collection of over 160 projects.

Consistent Packaging for Linux Apps

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Dec 5, 2006 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I'll admit it; the concept of finding a road that meets in the middle with regards to RPM and DEB packages has crossed my mind before. And yet in the end, I decided to let it go. After all, I’m not all that convinced that it will ever happen anyway.

Asterisk saves call centre operator R4.5 million

Metropolitan Health Group switches to Asterisk to speed up delivery and saves a healthy packet. "Asterisk makes us master of our own destiny," says thrilled IT manager.

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