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A Slacker Tries His Hand at Gentoo

I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.

Nokia Linux Internet Tablet Delayed

  • BetaNews; By Ed Oswald (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia's Internet Tablet has been delayed due to software issues, the mobile phone maker told the Reuters on Wednesday. The Nokia 770 had originally been scheduled for a late summer launch. The tablet runs on the Linux operating system, and would allow users to check e-mail, browse the Web and view multimedia files.

Protecting Files at Home Using Encrypted Containers

Many people encrypt partitions or drives to keep data safe, but if you're looking for something a little simpler but still safe, try using containers.

Comment of the Day October 5, 2005 - Do for Linux what you did for Mac

From the story: "Microsoft: No Office on Linux 'at this time'"

Microsoft gets on the grid

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Once quiet on computing grids, the software giant is upping its commitment to high-performance computing and grid industry standards.

Microsoft: No Office software for Linux

  • Macworld; By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said Wednesday.

Open source high on agenda at ACT Summit

Meraka,, Openlab and other big SA OSS names push the open source agenda at African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT).

David Sugar talks about GNU Bayonne

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
A handful of open source and free software projects tend to get most of the attention. The GNU Bayonne project, a telephony server that is used for a wide range of voice and telco applications, is one of the stealthy ones. We caught up with David Sugar, maintainer of the Bayonne project, to learn about the status of Bayonne, its history, where it's going, and where the project got its intriguing name.

yellowTAB's ZETA OS: Linux Alternative

When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Apple's OS X or Linux. Of course, these are both viable alternatives but there are not the only options. One way to go is with yellowTAB's ZETA operating system.

Microsoft's Linux-related patents rejected

  • CNET; By Ina Fried (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
U.S. Patent Office rejects claims on popular FAT storage format, used in the open-source OS. But software giant can pursue issue further.

Microsoft: No Office on Linux 'at this time'

  • CNET; By Andrew Donoghue (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Won't do the same for the open-source OS that it did for Apple's software--at least for now, an exec says.

Flock To Offer More Social Web Browsing

Today, at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, a California startup is set to announce a new Web browser based on open source Mozilla technologies, the software at the core of the popular FireFox browser. Dubbed Flock, the new browser is designed to improve the handling of bookmarks, surfing history, blogs, and RSS feeds. The company, also known as Flock, calls it a "social Web browser." ADVERTISEMENT

Obsidian adds ImpiLinux support to lineup

Already an official Ubuntu support partner, Obsidian Systems will now also offer ImpiLinux support following the recent investment by Mark Shuttleworth into the ImpiLinux company.

Battle lines drawn again between browsers

Late on the night of 30 September 1997, a group of Microsoft employees strategically placed a large metal likeness of the Internet Explorer logo on the front lawn at Netscape Communications in Mountain View, California – a signal that the browser war was fully ignited.

Three New Companies Join The GNOME Foundation's Advisory Board

European Start-Ups in Media and Mobile Technology Use GNOME

Read Microsoft's Linux reports, says Novell

Windows and Unix users evaluating Linux should read all studies on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), even those from Microsoft, according to Linux champion Novell. Brian Green, Novell's director of solutions management, has urged potential customers to "get the big picture" even though TCO reports sponsored by Microsoft quote selectively on the performance of Linux. Green noted Novell had also quoted from the same reports used by Microsoft in an attempt to further Linux.

OpenLab 4.0.0 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 5, 2005 10:21 AM EDT) states - OpenLab is a GNU/Linux is a Linux distribution from South Africa, created by Direq International. The distribution focuses particularly on the education market, especially thin client systems. OpenLab currently runs in hundreds of schools in Africa and being freely downloadable on countless home desktops and schools as well. The system was originally based on slackware and maintains full package level binary compatibility with its parent system although it is an independant development with a different design philosophy.

OSDir has some great shots of OpenLab 4.0.0.

Ingram Micro Delivers Linspire's Desktop Linux Products

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by bstadil on Oct 5, 2005 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Linspire, Inc., developer of the Linspire desktop Linux operating system, today announced that the world's largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro, Inc. has begun selling the full range of Linspire products to its network of U.S. resellers and retailers. Leveraging Ingram Micro's broad catalog and North American distribution center network, thousands of new customers and markets will now for the first time have unfettered access to desktop Linux products and services offered by Linspire.

Best Practices for Apache Derby and J2EE Servers

  • developerworks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 5, 2005 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Cloudscape is a freely available repackaging of the Apache Derby relational database manager. Its implemented in Java, and integrates cleanly and will run unaltered anywhere a J2EE Server will run. Most J2EE applications require that a JDBC-compliant database be integrated with the Server to store information. This article shows how to best fit Cloudscape or Derby into a J2EE environment.

Wind River Announces Industry's First True Commercial-Grade Linux For Device Manufacturers

Company to Extend Leading Product Line With Commercial-Grade Quality Linux Device Software Platform for Consumer Devices

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