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Ubuntu 5.10, Nearly worthy of all the hype

  •; By Capnkirby (Posted by capnkirby on Feb 24, 2006 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
In the end, I can honestly say that Ubuntu seems to be worthy of much of it's hype. It really is a solid, reliable and easy to use desktop Linux. Once the installer has been simplified and if the Ubuntu team addresses the multi-media issues, it may well be worthy of all of the hype. And I still stand by my original view that it is easily one of the best Gnome implementations I have encountered.

Microsoft exposes itself in bid to embarrass Europeans

Microsoft is accusing the European Commission (EC) of denying it a fair defense in its long-running anti-trust case, so officials could nip off early for their Christmas holls.

That's just one of the claims Microsoft is laying at the door of the EC - a fact learned today after Redmond took the unprecidented step of publishing confidential documents and correspondence used in the case. Microsoft has also accused EC regulators and prosecutors of tardiness, laziness, acting illegally, and of a brazen desire to encourage cheaper knock-offs of Microsoft products.

When Is a Linux Workstation Really a Desktop?

Opinion: Dell may be splitting hairs by offering a Linux workstation that looks a lot like a desktop. In the process, it may be giving desktop Linux a boost.

Help Network Clients Help Themselves

  • IBM DeveloperWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 3:47 AM EDT)
The Service Location Protocol (SLP) is an Internet Standard RFC and software framework that allows networking applications to discover and configure network services. You can use SLP to develop zero-configuration applications and simplify administration of networked devices. This article introduces SLP and its architecture, and then demonstrates the protocol's use with an open source implementation.

My domains, MyDNS

MyDNS is a domain name server designed to work with an external SQL database, specifically MySQL or PostgreSQL. The most recent version of MyDNS was released last month, but I've been using it for quite some time for my own domains, and have set it up on other servers for a few other folks as well. It's reliable, stable, and easy to administer.

Let's help these folks start podcasting

Radio stations to archive programs as podcasts for the same reason newspapers and magazines should save stories as Web pages. Especially since it's so darn easy. And help is so handy. (Hint, hint.)

The ODF Allies Launch an Offensive in Europe: It's Now a Two-Front War

Until now, the action on ODF vs. the Microsoft XML Reference Schema has focused on Massachusetts. In the last two days, however, the supporters of ODF have launched an offensive in Europe - making it now a two-front war

Blue Flame goes up in Linux

Blue Flame Data is a consumer preferences data aggregator and analysis firm based in New York City. The company provides a Web application that presents consumers with a game-like interface that collects information about their likes and dislikes on a variety of products and services. Blue Flame custom configures the interface and the resulting data for its corporate customers. Until recently, all of Blue Flame's database and Web servers were running on Solaris and Sun hardware. Now, with the help of Rackspace, the company is nearing the end of a companywide migration to Linux.

Bristol Switches to StarOffice

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Sun
Bristol is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom. Recently, the city council reviewed its software policies and needs and decided to switch to open document formats by using Sun's StarOffice, based on Jono Bacon recently interviewed Gavin Beckett, architect of the strategy, to discover how and why the migration was successful.

Facelets fits JSF like a glove

While working on a Java Server Faces (JSF) project recently, I had the pleasure of using Facelets for the first time. What I most liked about Facelets was that it let me create reusable composition components.

JBoss Moves Ahead with Acquisition

JBoss, a rumored acquisition target, moves to make an acquisition of its own, acquiring German partner, objectone.

Sunwah LINUX Announces Beta Release of RAYS LX 1.5

UNWAH LINUX today announced the beta release of its Debian-based Linux Operating System RAYS LX 1.5. Based on customer feedback on the previous versions of RAYS LX, the stability and application performance of RAYS LX 1.5 Beta has been greatly improved with the following enhancements:

Ubuntu eyes gadgets

Three developers have launched a project to bring Ubuntu, a popular Debian-based desktop Linux distribution, to embedded Linux devices. EmbeddedUbuntu aims to radically simplify device firmware creation, availing mobile phone, PDA, and web tablet owners of easier access to sophisticated open source desktop applications, such as multimedia streaming software.

Group 1 Software and DataSynapse Collaborate to Extend DOC1 to New Enterprise Platforms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 6:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Migration to Advanced Grid Computing Environment Designed to Lower Costs, Improve Performance and Business Agility for Group 1 Customers

The new era of mobile Linux ubiquity

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 4:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This whitepaper by OSDL Analyst/Strategist Bill Weinberg examines the growing role of Linux and open source software in the device industry, with a particular emphasis on mobile phones. It examines obstacles to adoption, as well as market opportunities and forces causing Linux to proliferate in devices.

KDE Catalan Team and Catalan Government Work Together

It was announced on Tuesday that the KDE Catalan l10n team will work together with TERMCAT (Catalan link), the organisation that standarises new words, usually technology related, in the Catalan language.

Microsoft under new legal attacks

  • Seattle PI; By MATTHEW NEWMAN AND DINA BASS (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Corp. was accused Wednesday by a group representing IBM Corp., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. of abusing its dominance in products such as Word and Excel.

"We have evidence that Microsoft has refused to disclose formatting and other information," Thomas Vinje, a lawyer representing the group, said. "Word processing, spreadsheets and presentation programs can't achieve full interoperability with Microsoft Office."

Red Hat offers Linux eye candy alternative

The next version of Red Hat's Fedora version of Linux will include software to give the operating system some of the eye candy of a rival Novell project--but it will use a less intrusive mechanism, advocates say.

Novell's project is called GLX, and Red Hat's alternative is AIGLX, short for Accelerated Indirect GL X. X refers to the Xorg software that handles graphics in most Unix and Linux computers, and GL to the OpenGL standard for 3D graphics.

Book Review: Kontact Compact

  • KDE Dot News; By Hans Kwint (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 2:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Some people still think KDE can not do groupware as well as proprietry systems. I found on the KDE site, the German publisher Bomots offers a German book about Kontact, KDE's Personal Information Manager. I decided it was time to see if this book, "Kontact Kompact" by Andre Schreiber, is useful for people looking for a replacement groupware client, and people willing to learn Kontact. Read the book review at LXer.

The wake up call of the JBoss blueprint

Gary Edwards post on He writes "I hope that important FLOSS communities like my beloved can rise to the occasion and learn from the JBoss blueprint."

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