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Novell, ODF and Castles in the Sand

Things are changing very fast in the ODF landscape right now: Last week, Corel announced it would provide limited support by mid-2007 for ODF (open, view and edit of text only – but not save), and greater support for OOXML – presentations and spreadsheets as well as text.  Yesterday, Carol Sliwa at ComputerWorld released a detailed story on Microsoft's anti-ODF lobbying in Massachusetts.  Later this week, Ecma will formally vote to adopt OOXML and submit it to ISO for consideration (expect things to pick up on a number of fronts when that happens).  And now we have the Novell announcement. What, as they say, does it all mean?

Simple Package management with Synaptic Package Manager

Simple Package management with Synaptic Package Manager

Open-source system sought for SMEs, ministries

To help protect intellectual property rights and reduce costs, the State Ministry for Research and Technology is urging state institutions, and small and medium enterprises to adopt open-source software for their computers.

NVIDIA AYiR 2006 (Linux Driver Investigation)

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Dec 5, 2006 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
This year is quickly coming to a close and we are here again with what has become a yearly ritual for Phoronix. Time and time again with each NVIDIA and ATI Linux driver release we thoroughly examine the change-log as well as dissecting the performance changes through our rigorous benchmarking process. Now for this article we are retesting all of the major display drivers released this year to see how they compare as a whole and commenting on some of the most prominent advancements made throughout the year. In this article we will be examining the NVIDIA proprietary display drivers. Our ATI A Year in Review article will be published later this month after the 8.32 fglrx driver release. Without further ado, we present the NVIDIA AYiR 2006!

Get connected with free VoIP handbook

A free and concise 40-page guide to setting up Voice over IP telephone systems using free and open source Asterisk has been released. The book, available as a download, is aimed at the developing world but is just as good for users new to VoIP.

Unix: Standardization Efforts Aren't Dead

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 5, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Unix standardization efforts are ongoing. No that's not a misprint. Unix is far from dead, and efforts to provide a degree of standardization for the remaining Unix players may well be a lifeline. Then again, according to at least one analyst, new Unix standards, though important, may not necessarily be everything.

Get Paid to Solve Open Source Problems

Getting help on issues related to open source projects isn't always like walking a straight line. Sure there are bug reports, mailing lists and discussion forums, but the challenge of actually getting specific local issues addressed is not a sure thing. That's the gap that OpenLogic is attempting to fill with its Expert Community program. OpenLogic is an open source stack vendor that provides certified open source solutions and support for a collection of over 160 projects.

Consistent Packaging for Linux Apps

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Dec 5, 2006 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I'll admit it; the concept of finding a road that meets in the middle with regards to RPM and DEB packages has crossed my mind before. And yet in the end, I decided to let it go. After all, I’m not all that convinced that it will ever happen anyway.

Asterisk saves call centre operator R4.5 million

Metropolitan Health Group switches to Asterisk to speed up delivery and saves a healthy packet. "Asterisk makes us master of our own destiny," says thrilled IT manager.

Installing Popular Applications On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Automatix2

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 5, 2006 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Although Ubuntu comes with lots of applications that can be installed on your desktop, there are still some applications that are available only from third-party repositories. Finding all these repositories and installing these applications manually is very time-consuming, but fortunately some people have created a script called Automatix2 (which is the successor to Automatix) which automates the task for you. It comes with a graphical interface so that you can run it from your desktop, and this tutorial describes how you do it.

The Linux way to Flickr

The Flickr Web portal allows people to publish and share online, grouped and tagged by subject, whole galleries of digital pictures. You can use Flickr with several GNU/Linux-based applications. Developers can also use the API published on the Web site to obtain an API_KEY and build new interfaces to download, upload, or process pictures in Flickr. What might be less known is that Flickr already is another place where GNU/Linux users can meet, as well as a potentially very useful advocacy tool.

Terracotta Goes Open Source

Terracotta announced that the company is open sourcing its Java clustering product line to accelerate adoption by developers using open source frameworks. Terracotta provides drop-in clustering solutions that enable developers to achieve high availability without rewriting applications. Terracotta will provide open source products free of charge, while offering professional support under a commercial subscription.

Linux adoption - it's the ecology stupid!

Why should an operating system be important for a mobile phone? It shouldn't, but of course mobile phones are no longer simple voice communicators, they are smart devices capable of many methods of communication and other sophisticated applications. Capable and complex, with a high degree of variety required to meet different market and user needs.

Linux Information Project defends Novell-Microsoft pact

The non-profit Linux Information Project, whose duty, it says, it is "to provide high quality, comprehensive and easily accessible information about Linux and other free software," has published a treatise entitled "13 Reasons to Celebrate the New Microsoft-Novell Pact."

Test New WAS CE V1 Features on Linux

Download WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1.0.1 (WAS CE)--a free, lightweight J2EE application server built on Apache Geronimo technology--to use on the Linux OS. New features in this version include latest open source innovations such as support for JDK 5.0, improved deployment capabilities for compressed JARs and J2EE modules, and eclipse plug-in with Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.5.

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Humor - Get your ABC's of Linux right

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Dec 5, 2006 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Community, Linux
Recently, one of my friends shared with me this rather funny ode to Linux which was passed on to him by a friend of his, which I am in turn sharing with you. So without much ado, here is the rhyming ode to Linux...

Linux: Maintaining the 2.4 Kernel

Willy Tarreau replaced Marcelo Tosatti as the 2.4 stable Linux kernel maintainer in August of 2006. In response to a series of compilation fixes sent to the lkml by Mariusz Kozlowski, Willy suggested that all patches would be postponed until 2.4.34 is released. He suggested that in the interum the appropriate subsystem maintainers should be contacted to determine whether or not each of the patches should be merged, "we would merge the accepted patches and those without any reply which we consider relevant early in the 35-pre cycle so that people have some time to inform us about the potential conflicts they encounter."

The Art of Loading and Storing on PowerPC

The previous article in this series introduced assembly language programming using the 64-bit PowerPC instruction set on POWER5 and other processors that use these instructions. This article drills down the specifics of using the 64-bit PowerPC on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, focusing on data access methods and position-independent code.

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LPI Modifies Linux Recertification Policy

The Linux Professional Institute is updating its recertification policy to ensure that Linux professionals' skills and knowledge are up to date and relevant.

Bastille: rated security with education

Bastille is a program for improving system security on Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE. Unlike packet sniffers, anti-virus programs, and the majority of security programs available today, Bastille does not wait to react to possible security breaches, but prevents them by removing system vulnerabilities. With many distributions softening security in their default installations in the name of convenience, this approach is enough by itself to make Bastille an essential program.

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