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MassGov & OpenDocument

More coverage and deeper insight on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' declaration to standardize on the OpenDocument file format...

The Boston Globe
Why OpenDocument Won (and Microsoft Office Open XML Didn't)
why-opendocument-won
by David Wheeler

Linux In a Windows Network with SAMBA HOWTO

  • Reallylinux.com; By Mark Rais (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 6, 2005 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Integrating Fedora Linux into a Windows network is reasonable and easy as long as you use the SAMBA utilities. This article includes the necessary steps for implementing a SAMBA server in a Windows environment. Once integrated, a Linux server looks and acts exactly like any other server on a Windows intranet... Complete article

Report: Kaspersky: More Adoption Could Make Linux Attractive Target

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 6:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux needs anti-virus? As malware writing gains more of a profit motive, according to one security exec, that improbable future may yet come to pass.

New Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep

Here's a new series of tutorials, recently released, to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification Exam 201. These eight tutorials cover the Linux kernel, file and service sharing, system customization and automation, and more.

Ugandans plan for Software Freedom Day

Uganda's first ever Software Freedom Day celebration is set to take place on Saturday, with a focus on the use of (Information and Communication technology) ICT in development.

Certifiable: IT certifications lose some of their allure

  • ComputerWorld; By Mary K. Pratt (Posted by tadelste on Sep 6, 2005 4:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lately, certifications seem to have lost some of their allure. A study by Foote Partners LLC, a research firm in New Canaan, Conn., shows that for the 12-month period that ended April 1, noncertified workers received a larger average pay increase than those with certifications -- 3.6% compared with 2.9%. Some say the study shows a shift in the value IT executives place on certifications. "It's being put in its right place," says Robert Miano, president and CEO of Harvey Nash USA, the U.S. arm of London-based Harvey Nash PLC, a global recruitment company. "Certifications are going to stay, but they're not as highly regarded as they have been in the past."

To sponsor or not to sponsor? IBM touts more Linux TCO research

The sponsored research approach may not have played well for Microsoft, but IBM wasn't deterred this week as it trotted out two new sponsored reports heavy with praise for the total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits of Linux over Windows and Solaris. The two reports, one of which was an update to a Robert Frances Group TCO report penned in 2002, were conducted by RFG and Hayward, Calif.-based Pund-IT Research. Overall, the reports showed Linux had continued to lead in TCO benefits over the competition and that it had expanded into new roles in companies that had previously allocated Linux to so-called "edge" uses like e-mail and Web serving.

New free software license takes aim at patents

  • Reuters; By Lucas van Grinsven (Posted by Abe on Sep 6, 2005 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The free software foundation said on Tuesday it would start adapting rules for development and use of free software by including penalties against those who patent software or use anti-piracy technology. Free software needs to be licensed under specific rules to guarantee that it can be freely studied, copied, modified, reused, shared and redistributed. The Linux operating system kernel is one of the best known examples of free software.

Free software license takes aim at patents

  • Financial Express (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The free software association said on Tuesday it would start adapting rules for development and use of free software by including penalties against those who patent software or use anti-piracy technology.

NTFS for Linux

  • eWEEK Linux; By Jeremy A. Kaplan (Posted by tadelste on Sep 6, 2005 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There's a fundamental barrier between fans of open-source software and the world of Microsoft Windows, and no, it's not the $299 list price of Windows XP Professional. It's actually a very real communication problem based on differences between Windows and Linux's file systems—the structures that operating systems use to file away data on a computer. Think of the file system as a simple spreadsheet: It associates a filename with an index in a file allocation table. When you ask your computer to open a document, the OS checks this table to determine where on the hard drive it stored the file, down to the precise sector on your disk. Windows uses a file system called NTFS, today's Linux distributions primarily use ext3, and like two warring tribes, the two barely speak. Fortunately, there's a handy tool from Paragon Software Group called NTFS for Linux, which acts like an interpreter for these battling nations.

New free software license takes aim at patents

The free software foundation said on Tuesday it would start adapting rules for development and use of free software by including penalties against those who patent software or use anti-piracy technology. Free software needs to be licensed under specific rules to guarantee that it can be freely studied, copied, modified, reused, shared and redistributed. The Linux operating system kernel is one of the best known examples of free software.

A LUG pitches in

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Just like in other towns across the region, volunteers from the Austin Linux Group are pitching in to help in the recovery from the devastation of Katrina. People displaced by Katrina began showing up in Austin on Wednesday of last week. By the weekend, there were thousands in the Austin Convention Center, and perhaps as many as 5,000 total in Austin. Volunteers eager to help Katrina's victims turned out in droves from the start -- although the frustrations of the chaos attendent with a half-bureaucratic, half-volunteer effort of this scale have taken their toll. Above all else, volunteers have needed to bring patience and creativity with them as they arrived at the convention center.

Novell: Consumers will lead the way to desktop Linux

Adoption of Linux on the desktop may begin in basements and bedrooms throughout the world, and gradually trickle up to large enterprises, says Matt Asay, a Novell Inc. technology evangelist and one of the people behind that company's Linux and open source strategy. SearchEnterpriseLinux.com recently spoke with Asay about his predictions for the path of Linux desktop adoption. Asay also offered some insights into Novell's desktop Linux strategy. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:

Gpl Version 3 Development and Publicity Project (GPLv3) ...

The Free Software Foundations are proud to announce the creation of the global "GPL Version 3 Development and Publicity Project". The project will bring together thousands of organisations, software developers, and software users from around the globe during 2006, in an effort to update the world's most popular Free Software licence. The GPLv3 promises to be one of the largest participatory comments and adoption efforts ever undertaken. The sister organisations in the United States and Europe are also happy to announce a total grant of 150,000 EUR from Stichting NLnet to support this truly-unique project. The global process will be overseen by the Free Software Foundation with support from its legal counsel the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC). Free Software Foundation Europe will be coordinating the European activities closely with both organisations and contributing to the global communication effort.

Mobile Linux news: New Cellon Phone Platform Built with Trolltech ...

  • msmobiles.com (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Sep 6, 2005 11:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Trolltech, provider of leading technologies for Linux and cross-platform software development, today announced that its Qtopia software for Linux-based mobile phones is the application development foundation for Cellon International’s new C8000 handset platform. Cellon International, the world’s largest independent design house for wireless devices, has used Qtopia to build, customize and extend the Linux-based software applications and graphical user interface (GUI) for the C8000. A major European Vendor has already shipped the first mobile phones built on the C8000 platform in the third quarter of 2005. “Cellon produces handsets for some of the largest and most well-known brands in the world, including Alcatel, Philips and Siemens, and we are honored that they selected Trolltech’s mobile application platform for their Linux-based phone design,” said Trolltech CEO Haavard Nord. “Linux is an ideal operating system for Cellon’s complex, full-featured phones, and Qtopia gives them a proven technology for developing customized, innovative applications and user interfaces for this platform.”

Net_User_3 conference: Art, new media, and free software

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Net User is an international interdisciplinary conference that takes place in Bulgaria every two years and features a wide variety of current trends in network activities intended to develop a better theoretical and practical understanding of the creative use of new media and technologies. The third edition of Net User conference was last month on an island in the Black Sea, a mile away from Burgas, Bulgaria.

Sam Hiser's Comment on the MassGov ETRM Document

The following is Sam Hiser's comment on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Information Domain -- Enterprise Technical Reference Models draft document, version 3.5. (The Office of the Chief Information Officer requested that public comments be made by Friday, September 9, 2005.)

Open Source CMS project in trouble

  • IndicThreads.com (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 9:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In an earlier blog I had discussed as to when a PHP CMS is a better option than a Java CMS. TheServerside.com had later referred to the blog in the thread Ask TSS: Do any Java CMS/Portals match the PHP ones?

Schillix: OpenSolaris Testing Ground

First shipping OpenSolaris distro, Schillix, shows promise, but Sun has much left to do.

Munich delays Windows to Linux switch yet again

  • Silicon.com (Posted by dave on Sep 6, 2005 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The city of Munich will not start its migration to Linux on the desktop until 2006, a year later than planned and three years since it decided to migrate to Linux.

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