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The Big Kolab Kontact Interview - Part I

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 5:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
KDE Dot News recently spoke with some prominent people from the Kontact and Kolab projects. We talked about how both projects got started and how they have evolved. Enjoy the first part of this two-part interview.

Microsoft won't dance with Samba

Microsoft's proposed server interoperability licence - imposed on it by the EU - will shut the door on open source software such as Samba, say critics.

Split Reactions to Sun's OpenSolaris

  •; By Michael Singer (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Gentoo, Sun
Reaction to Sun Microsystems' launch of its OpenSolaris initiative is apparently related to the size of the enterprise and its attachment to the open source community. In some cases, the larger the company -- and its investment in Linux -- the more vocally opposed it is to Sun's liberation of Solaris source code and the release of more than 1,600 of Sun's patents associated with the OS.

Freevo: Freedom For Your TV

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Freevo is a media platform that brings together various applications for video recording and playback. Under its open format, the user can fully customize Freevo to suit his media viewing needs. Its main feature is its ability to schedule and record television broadcasts.

How Beaverton, Ore. is boosting budding open source businesses

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Home to Linus Torvalds' employer Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the base for major manufacturing and research operations of IBM and Intel, the city of Beaverton -- about 20 miles west of Portland in the so-called Silicon Forest -- is ready to harness the openness backed by prominent local players and produce new ventures focused on open technology.

Hawaii now has its own open source conference

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 10:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
HONOLULU, HAWAII -- The first-ever Trans-Pacific Open Source Software Conference (TPOSSCON) was held at the Hawaii Convention Center January 17 - 21, 2005. In many ways, it was a "pilot project" meant to gain credibility for what organizer Scott Belford of the Hawaii Open Source Education Foundation (HOSEF) hopes will become a yearly event that attracts people not only from Pacific Islands but also from "mainland" countries on both sides of the world's largest ocean.

My workstation OS: FreeDOS

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 10:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In battles over operating system superiority, emotions run high. Capabilities are assembled like armies and run out on discussion boards to face the flames. So let me say this now: your operating system is probably better than mine. Most modern operating systems are better than FreeDOS when considered by any objective criteria. FreeDOS doesn't multitask, doesn't surf the Internet easily, isn't great for multimedia productions, and doesn't even do Windows. But I love it anyway.

The List of groups migrating to Linux

  • LXer; By Dave Whitinger (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 6:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: LXer
LXer reader Adam (username SFN) has started work on a database of groups (organizations, companies, governments, etc) who have started migrating their systems over to Linux. If you think making this list is a worthy effort, and would like to help, read on.

Looking For Open Source Work? So is Google.

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 5:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
If you've got an understanding of free and open source software licensing, project management skills and experience with, Google may be looking for you. The search engine giant has posted a position on the popular Craigslist site for an open source program manager. The posting comes in the same week that Google hired Mozilla Firefox lead engineer Ben Goodger and Mozilla contributor Darin Fischer.

Further Notes on Recording "Talkin bout the Weather"

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A look behind the recording session that produced the original song for the March issue's "Introducing Ardour" article.

Alliance to provide Java-Linux mobile platform

Swiss company Esmertec and MontaVista Software of California are teaming up to provide a Java-Linux software open platform solution for mobile phones.

Some Linux apps are small wonders

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 28, 2005 4:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While it's easy to sing the praises of big applications like or the GIMP (and rightly so), the heavyweights of the open source world cast a long shadow over a host of much smaller, lesser-known apps that may do just what you need. One of the original philosophies behind Unix was that a program should do one thing and do it well. Here are a few programs that embody that philosophy.

Novell's Linux strategy causes customers concern

Novell's ambitious strategy for Linux has led some customers to worry that the networking company may withdraw support for some of its legacy applications.

Review: Xandros Desktop OS 3.0: A Solid, Modern Replacement for a Windows Desktop

Xandros' latest release of their Linux Distribution, known as Xandros Desktop OS, continues their tradition of a polished, complete distribution oriented towards user who formerly used a Microsoft Windows desktop system.

Installing Xfce 4.2

  • (Posted by tuxme on Jan 27, 2005 4:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
On January 16th, version 4.2 of Xfce, the popular lightweight desktop environment was released. In this article I will walk you through installing Xfce 4.2 on a Ubuntu Warty Warthog system. The process on other distributions is nearly the same. How hard is it to install Xfce 4.2? Find out that it's not hard at all by continuing...

Tux Can Give Windows a Helping Hand with Knoppix

  • Enterprise IT Planet (Posted by dave on Jan 27, 2005 2:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As you faithful Enterprise Networking Planet readers know, Knoppix is a great all-purpose rescue CD for both Linux and Windows. A few months ago you read about using Knoppix to run a virus-scanner on Windows machines. The advantages of this are getting the most current virus definitions, running the scan from a guaranteed clean disk, memory-resident nasties are not present, and it's free of cost. Weekly Screenshot Tours Weekly Screenshot Tours for Jan 26, 2005. What a fun week we had at OSDir doing screenshots of your favorite apps and distros.

Linux IT jobs increasing, outsourcing showing signs of weakness

The job market for Linux IT professionals still looks mighty good. Actually, it looks too good -- the market has attracted enough IT pros to drive salaries down a bit, according to David Foote, president of Foote Partners, an IT compensation research firm in New Canaan, Conn. But don't worry. There are other ways to get top dollar for your messaging, security and networking skills. Another promising trend: a minor, but growing, backlash against outsourcing IT outside of the U.S.

Adlink Releases SBC with Embedded Linux Support

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 27, 2005 12:47 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Adlink releases an ETX form-factor single-board computer SBC with embedded Linux support for Intel Celeron and Pentium processors

Security myths and architectural realities

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 27, 2005 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
From user accounts to viruses, security is one of the basic concerns in computing. Yet, although everybody talks about security, much of what average computer users believe about security is inaccurate, because their explanations refer primarily to symptoms of system behavior rather than to principles of system design. In this interview with Dan Razzell, a computer scientist with over 25 years of experience in system architecture and security, we discuss the differences between how average computer users and security professionals approach security.

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