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OpenOffice Suite Gets Font Freebies Premium can be downloaded from the SourceForge Web site, but is available only for Windows. A native Mac OS X version of the suite will be previewed in France in September.

[You can also grab the accessories from the SourceForge site, if you already have OOo. - dcparris]

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 7

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Sep 2, 2006 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we'll set up a more complex digital receptionist that answers incoming calls according to holiday and off-time schedules, and as a special bonus create a telemarketer tarpit that diverts unwanted calls into special contexts of their very own.

Bug Squashing Party in Zurich: 9 Sept 2006

The BSP will take place on Saturday, 9 Sept. 2006 in the cluster room of my former research lab, the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich-Oerlikon. A separate announcement for the second event will follow.

Struts, an open-source MVC implementation

This article introduces Struts, a Model-View-Controller implementation that uses servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP) technology. Struts can help you control change in your Web project and promote specialization. Even if you never implement a system with Struts, you may get some ideas for your future servlets and JSP page implementation.

Linux/UNIX: Double your download speed with download accelerator

It is true that wget is ultimate command line downloader. But when it comes to download acceleration wget fails to deliver the download speed. Linux and UNIX oses can use Axel and prozilla programs. These programs opens more than one HTTP/FTP connection per download and each connection transfer its own, separate, part of the file. It may sound weird, but it works very well in practice. For example, some FTP sites limit the speed of each connection; therefore opening more than one connection at a time multiplies the allowable bandwidth.

Tender: Conversion toolkit from HTML to ODF

The OpenDocument Fellowship is tendering a conversion toolkit from HTML+CSS files into OpenDocument Text.


  • Planet FLOSS India; By Abhisek Datta (Posted by dcparris on Sep 2, 2006 5:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Community
Software doesn't just appear on the shelves by magic. That program shrink-wrapped inside the box along with the indecipherable manual and 12-paragraph disclaimer notice actually came to you by way of an elaborate path, through the most rigid quality control on the planet. Here, shared for the first time with the general public, are the inside details of the program development cycle.

[Scroll down to second entry - dcparris]

Report: Use ODF, Save 550 Million

The Danish debates about open standards continues. Over at Ingeniøren, we are covering the development extensively and continuously, but only in Danish. On Monday, we brought a story with roughly the same title as this entry’s title. The story is about the so-called Rambøll-report, which is a report about the costs related to switching to open standards for document formats in the Danish government. The report is made by Rambøll Management, a Danish consultancy, on behalf of The Danish Open Source Business Association (OSL).

Tiny computer module runs Linux on Geode LX800

CompuLab has introduced a 2.7 x 2.3-inch computer-on-module (COM) based on a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor. In addition to its x86-compatible processor, the CM-iGLX integrates display, disk, USB, and networking controllers, and boasts fanless operation over an extended temperature range.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Update

The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1. This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from won't have to update many packages and most updates from are included in this update.

Get to Know NetBSD

NetBSD runs on more hardware platforms than any other UNIX derivative due to smart design decisions and a commitment to portable code. For porting an operating system to a proprietary embedded system or looking for stability and compatibility across hardware platforms in the lab, the smart choice is NetBSD. In addition, learn why its open license is a compelling alternative to Linux and the GNU Public License.

New report says support needs of enterprise users changing

According to a report released last week by The 451 Group, enterprise users aren't as concerned with a stack provider's ability to provide exclusive support for their products as previously thought. The report, "Stack and Deliver," suggests that stack providers -- companies that offer pre-assembled sets (stacks) of commonly used open source software components and services -- should focus more on the quality of support, not just its delivery method.

Review: Rockbox - The Open Source Jukebox Firmware

Rockbox is a replacement firmware for various audio players, that opens up new features and fixes devices shortcomings. We don't think of these devices as personal computers, but they are; and Rockbox is an alternative operating system. This review focuses on Rockbox as a replacement "OS" for the iRiver player.

[There is a big M$ ad right in the middle of the page but it is a decent article about Rockbox. - Scott]

Another look at Mot's Linux-powered Rokr E2 cellphone

OSNews has published a detailed review of the Linux-powered Motorola Rokr E2 music phone. The review, by Eugenia Loli-Queru, takes a balanced look at both the hardware and the software, and identifies a number of the device's strengths and weaknesses.

In pursuit of code quality: JUnit 4 vs. TestNG

  • IBM/developerworks; By Andrew Glover (Posted by solrac on Sep 1, 2006 10:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
With its new, annotations-based framework, JUnit 4 has embraced some of the best features of TestNG, but does that mean it's rendered TestNG obsolete? This article considers what's unique about each framework and reveals three high-level testing features you'll still find only in TestNG.

Open Source in Global Software: Market Impact, Disruption, and Business Models

This IDC study explores the issues raised by the open source software phenomenon and comes to some surprisingly different conclusions. We first look at the evidence of the growing role of open source among global software developers and find that the phenomenon has spread way beyond Linux, the poster child of the open source movement, and is gaining momentum. We then provide the first estimate of the economic impact of open source on the industry — how much is open source "taxing" the industry anyway?

Linux Gazette #130 is out!

Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

AJAX Interoperability Demo for WS-RT/WS-RP

  • IBM/alphaworks (Posted by bex84 on Sep 1, 2006 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
This free interoperability demo introduces users to the simplicity with which the newly converged specifications and existent OASIS specification standards will be able to interoperate with each other.

Turning the world I-side out

While huge progress has been made toward"user-centric" identity, I still have problems with"user-centric" anything. The point-of-view is still outside the user. It's still organizational, corporate. If you're"centric" about users, where are you? Right, outside the user. And inside something that's, well, not quite human. Or worse, that's super-human. Not a peer, but a superior.Think about it: Areyou"user-centric"?

Maintainer's resignation highlights problems in Debian project

The resignation of Matthew Garrett, one of the most active developers in Debian, has drawn attention to some ongoing issues about how the project operates. Specifically, Garrett's announcement on his blog cites a lack of civility and a slowness in decision-making, and compares Debian unfavorably to Ubuntu, the Debian-derived distribution which is increasingly attracting the efforts of many Debian maintainers.

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