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Making money from FLOSS

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 1, 2005 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many people are already convinced that the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) development model is superior to proprietary methods. Others see strong ethical and philosophical reasons to prefer it. But what's less clear is how to make money from it -- not to Bill Gates scope but by building a strong company or making a decent living. How can you make any money when you give away your work for free?

Kontact personal information manager

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 1, 2005 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
KDE's Kontact personal information manager acts as a centralized viewing and editing interface for email, contacts, to-do list, calendar, and notes. Kontact provides you with a Summary view of all the important information you have stored on computer. It also warns you when birthdays and anniversaries are fast approaching, and can even tell you the weather conditions in as many cities as you set it up to show. It's pretty good-looking to boot.

Hacking Firefox: Speed Up Your Browser

  • Extreme Tech (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 4:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is an excerpt from the ExtremeTech book, Hacking Firefox: More Than 150 Hacks, Mods, and Customizations. This chapter shows you how to speed up page rendering, tune Firefox to your CPU, optimize memory and caching, and more.

Gartner pours cold water on enterprise Linux desktops

A recent report by analyst firm Gartner says that despite recent hype around open source desktop software, technologies such as Linux and OpenOffice.org are not posing challenges to Microsoft in enterprise desktop computing.

Device profile: DigitalMicron IP500

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Taiwanese ODM/OEM DigitalMicron has used Linux as the embedded software platorm inside a wireless 802.11b security camera targeting commercial security and surveillance applications. The IP500 features JPEG/MPEG-4 compression, a microphone, remote pan-and-tilt, TV-out, and controls for up to four lights, alarm systems, and other security devices.

JBoss Unveils J2EE Open Source Migration Program

  • SDA India Magazine (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: JBoss
JBoss, Inc., has unveiled the JBoss Migration Program to meet growing demand from enterprises to move from costly proprietary application servers to the open source JBoss Application Server.

Plugin Lets Users Turn IE into Firefox

  • Slashdot; By ScuttleMonkey (Posted by tadelste on Aug 31, 2005 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
from the imitation-is-the-highest-form-of-flattery dept. An anonymous reader writes "There is a new plugin available for IE that can make Internet Explorer resemble Firefox by adding tabbed browsing capabilities and an integrated search box. Moreover, the plugin improves IE's privacy and security by integrating a firewall designed to block out Internet exploits, phishing sites, spammers, spyware and worms, with a special HTTP filter that removes private data, and an anti-spyware tool that can identify and remove all pests in less then 10 seconds"

Sun Gives JavaServer Faces Open Source Treatment

Sun Microsystems is giving more of its code to the open source community under its new licensing scheme, this time with its JavaServer Faces (JSF) reference implementation.

MassGov Declares OpenDocument the Standard File Format for the Commonwealth

First Reported on Lxer -ED

The State of Massachusetts -- home of The Boston Tea Party, The Battle of Dorchester Heights and other underdog victories -- today released the draft document (for review & comment up until September 9) which would be the basis of the State's policy on acceptable document file formats.

Among other information standards issues covered in the document, Massachusetts declares the following formats to be the targets of migration policies:

-OASIS OpenDocument for Text, Spreadsheet & Presentation files (.odt, .ods, .odp) Migration Target: January 1, 2005
-Plain Text Format for Text files (.txt)
-Hypertext Document Format for Web Pages (.html)
-Portable Document Format for Other Documents (.pdf)

Among the applications supporting OpenDocument are OpenOffice.org 1.1.5 and 2.0, StarOffice 8, KOffice 1.4, Workplace as well as, to some partial degree, AbiWord, eZ publish, Knomos, Scribus and TextMaker. Others will follow.

The State CIO requests our comments on the document by September 9, 2007.

Increased Media Chatter Targeting Linux Desktop

The media buzz about Linux's alleged failure on the desktop probably means Linux is continuing to take a significant share of Microsoft's market - maybe even more than we think. Why else would the big Redmond company's minions write such claims? Disinformation provides an insight into someone's fears. The noise level has gone up and that probably means Linux is creating trouble for Windows.

Linux trademark letter result pleases lawyer

  • ZDNet.com.au (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 10:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A lawyer acting on behalf of Linus Torvalds has hailed as "favourable" the fact one in nine Australian vendors targeted by a letter campaign asking them to relinquish any legal claim to the 'Linux' name have agreed to do so.

MepisLite 3.3.1-2 Review

  • www.capnkirby.com; By Capnkirby (Posted by capnkirby on Aug 31, 2005 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
Mepis has been known for some time now for creating a very solid usable Debian based distro which has been worked and reworked into a unique and very easy to like Live-CD based Distro. MepisLite takes this to a new level by working out the bloat from the base in order to allow it to run smoothly and reliably on older equipment. According to the website: MEPISLite offers the 2.4.29 and 2.6.10 kernels because they seem to work better with older hardware. There are no plans to upgrade to a newer 2.6 kernel at this time. MEPISLite is an entry level version of desktop MEPIS designed for home users. It has been used successfully with as little as a 2 GB hard drive and a Pentium 2 processor with 128MB of RAM. MEPISLite preinstalls a full complement of software including KOffice, Kontact, and Firefox.

OpenOffice.org gets closer to version 2.0

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 9:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The OpenOffice.org team earlier this week released beta two of the forthcoming version 2.0 of the office suite, more than five months after beta one.

OSDL Turns Down Microsoft's Offer

Microsoft offers to co-sponsor a Linux vs. Windows study with the OSDL, but the OSDL says thanks, but no thanks.

Korea Post to Adopt Linux

Korea Post, Korea's postal service agency, Wednesday announced it will begin adopting the free, open-source operating system known as Linux to its desktop computers nationwide on Thursday, replacing the Windows operating system produced by U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. In the first stage, Korea Post will install the Linux-based operating system on 4,748 desktop computers for customer use in 2,800 branches nationwide, the state-run mail service agency said in a statement. The move is aimed to join the South Korean government's efforts to promote the use of the Linux system in the public sector, Korea Post said. The replacement is expected to help Korea Post save 850 million won ($818,550) per year, the agency said. By the end of the year, Korea Post also said it plans to adopt the Linux software for its Internet banking and payment system to replace Microsoft Windows, which, users say, is more prone to viruses and hackers.

Linux is harder to live with, reckons poll

  • Techworld.com; By Manek Dubash (Posted by tadelste on Aug 31, 2005 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article concludes "Companies find that their Linux server setups are less hardware-hungry than Windows-based systems, if the results of a recent survey are to be believed." The poll favors Linux and the author of this article misleads readers. Perhaps the title should be "Shilling for Microsoft". -ED

Softletter Announces Open Source Software Marketing Seminars

  • Tekrati Industry Analyst Reporter (press release) (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 7:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Softletter announced that it will host "Marketing and Selling Open Source Software 2005", a two-day event for open source software vendor executives, sales and marketing managers. The event will take place October 6-7 in Burlington, Mass, and Nov. 10-11 in San Jose, Calif. Well-known guest speakers on the preliminary agenda include John Roberts, Kevin Carmony, Matt Asay, Andrew Aitken, John Weathersby, Maria Winslow, and James Curtin.

A Cherry keyboard cometh

The Linux edition Cherry CyMotion Master keyboard is coming to the United States. According to the German company, the $65 Linux-centric keyboard will be available from major US technology distributors late this fall, following the port of its drivers to Red Hat Linux. I tested the keyboard this week, and I rank it "recommended".

How to move your company to open source...Or maybe not....

  • Techworld.com (Posted by dave on Aug 31, 2005 6:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TJ, the director of IT at a manufacturing company, explains what happened when he tried to move his company to open source...

Interview with famous :lcamtuf: about his new book

  • LinuxDevCenter.com; By Federico Biancuzzi (Posted by jiivan on Aug 31, 2005 5:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
lcamtuf (Michał Zalewski) has now written a book "Silence on the Wire". And o'reilly made an interview... Recently the eccentric security researcher Michal Zalewski published his first book, entitled Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks. Because the book is everything except a security manual, Federico Biancuzzi chose to interview Michal and learn more about his curious approach to information security. Among other things, they discussed the need for randomness, how a hacker mind works, unconventional uses for search engines such as Google, and applying AI to security tools.

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