Microsoft Office faces stiffer competition from the open-source world following major releases of Office competitors for the Mac OS X, Unix and Linux platforms this week. Open-source developers hope to give the software giant a run for its money in the enterprise by delivering productivity suites that cost less, work with Office formats as well as open-standards formats, and include commercial support options. The software appearing on the scene this week meets some or all of these conditions.
The Linux community, as opposed to proprietary vendors, provides innate security enhancements and affords a substantial number of resources from developers in the community to ensure that even seemingly insignificant security flaws are properly addressed.
Akiva Corporation, a provider of enterprise-wide open collaboration solutions, has announced the first commercial release of Silk. This software, which has been available in beta release since late 2004, is a comprehensive open source collaboration solution built to enterprise J2EE software standards. This open source software can lower the total cost of ownership when compared with other major proprietary collaboration frameworks.
Today Jimmy Wales, chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced the beginning of a cooperation between Wikimedia and the KDE project at LinuxTag in Karlsruhe, Germany. As the first applications, like the media player amaroK, start to integrate Wikipedia content the idea is to create a webservice API to access the information from Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Wiktionary. There are also plans for a KDE API.
Businesses and organizations investigating free enterprise software platforms might want to keep an eye on Alfresco, an emerging open source software company.
The upcoming MySQL 5.0 aims to expand the open source database's image as a niche application for Web and embedded database applications, according to MySQL AB's new worldwide director of product management, Robin Schumacher. In this SearchEnterpriseLinux.com interview, Schumacher explains why he thinks MySQL is ready for the world of "heavy-duty, enterprise-wise applications."
This week, India's IT Ministry released Hindi language tools including an Indianized OpenOffice.org called BharateeyaOO. To the rousing applause of the audience, the Ministry asserted that this freely available office suite is the equivalent of Microsoft Office.
Aussie Open Source advocate analyst, author, and hack Nigel McFarlane has died, according to The Age. Nigel McFarlane was an open source software analyst and technologist with a broad background in science, technology and software engineering.
The Free Software Foundation Inc has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by a US individual that accused it of price fixing via the GNU General Public License.
The Foresight Linux 0.8.1 distribution showcases some of the latest and greatest software from GNOME. Some of the more innovative things are included, like Beagle, F-spot, Howl, and the latest HAL -- all of this plus some clean default themes and artwork. After using Foresight for an week I decided to use it as my primary distro.
In effort to pump up dwindling Unix revenue, SCO unveils new version of OpenServer, along with new open-source-friendly position.
Wits University's school of computer science is using Ubuntu Linux as basis for regular Linux training courses.
The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) released the latest version of the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) Requirements Definition--version 3.1 on June 2, 2005. CGL 3.1 is the successor to CGL 2.0 and 1.1, the earliest versions of CGL which have been broadly adopted by the industry. In this article, Ibrahim Haddad of the OSDL provides an overview of the state of Carrier Grade Linux.
Web-based, Continuously Updated Repository Provides Commercial Source Enabling Developers to Customize Linux for Devices Using Freescale Processors
The removal of the deprecated devfs from the mainline kernel took another step forward today with a patch from Greg KH that removes devfs from the build process. He adds, "if this goes well, and there are no complaints for a few weeks, I'll resend my big 'devfs-die-die-die' series of patches that rip the whole thing out of the kernel tree."
How much do you listen to music? If you love having music playing in your environment, AND you have a somewhat large living or work space, AND you get tired of having to return to a particular room in your space to control your music, AND you otherwise were going to have to start drilling holes in walls and floors to run cable, then the Sonos Digital Music System is for you. It's the current state of the art for wirelessly controlling music in a large home or business where you need just the right music in the right room at the right time. And best of all, it's powered by GNU/Linux!
In this interview with Mark Rais, I get him to answer the top questions beginners have including moving from Windows to Linux, finding files in Linux, using the File Manager, uncompressing using gzip and tar, understanding permissions and knowing where applications are located! I'll be the first to admit, I tried to suck his mind dry on this one regarding Linux new users.
Jeff Merkey claims to have filed his suit against Bruce Perens, Pamela Jones, Slashdot, and 200 "John Does". It makes for wild reading. "Perens posted Internet messages on LWN.net stating to Linux and OSS members that 'Merkey works for SCO,' and that 'Merkey should be placed in a file of people to be killed'. Merkey has not or ever worked for SCO or the Canopy Group." Your editor, strangely enough, is unable to find any comments on the system calling for anybody to be killed.
After years of development, SCO's OpenServer 6 arrives packed with UnixWare and open-source applications.
Travelogue describes conference from speaker's point of view, and discusses several issues raised by the conference