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Arabian Linux 0.6 beta 4 was released on or about September 4, and at the request of a reader, Tuxmachines downloaded, burnt and test drove this lovely installable livecd tonight. As the name implies Arabian is primarily designed for Arabian speaking users, however it does have support for English as well. Since this latest release is two month old, some of the packages are going to seem a big dated, but it none the less is worth a look. Great looks, stability, and imaginative customizations make Arabian a worthy contender in either language. In fact, Tuxmachines was quite impressed.
OneStat.com on Wednesday reported that the open-source project's browsers have a total global usage share of 11.51 percent. The total usage share of Mozilla increased 2.82 percent since April 2005. Microsoft's Internet Explorer still dominates the global browser market with a global usage share of 85.45 percent. [Ed: These are the kinds of erosion we saw beginning in the mid 1990's, only it was Microsoft chipping away at other's market share. - tadelstein]
Those who follow the development of Linux as an operating system for running mobile phones, voice-enabled PDAs and other communications gadgets should keep an eye on LiPS.
The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and strives to be the "center of gravity" for Linux, is preparing to aggressively move its Desktop Linux Initiative forward. Architects from over 20 key desktop-oriented Linux projects will gather Dec. 1-2 at the OSDL's Portland, Ore. headquarters to set strategic directions and standards, and find synergies amongst Desktop Linux organizations, the OSDL says.
The meeting, which comes hot on the heels of the Desktop Linux Working Group's recent Linux client survey, will focus on analyzing Linux desktop deployment case studies, and discussing technical and architectural strategies to help accelerate world-wide adoption of Linux as a desktop platform.
Are you using KOffice? What are you using KOffice for? Why did you decide to use KOffice? What are your main problems? We want to know who uses KOffice and we are especially interested in companies and people using KOffice applications in the course of their business. We have done usability testing with OpenUsability on some of the KOffice programs and will be working more with them. Now we want to reach our users directly and ask them what they think.
"... at work I support NetWare, Windows, Solaris, and linux servers, in order by count. In order by time to support per server, Windows, Windows, Windows, Windows, Windows, NetWare, linux, Solaris."
From the Why do people switch to Linux? thread.
Linux is saving the world.
Yes, you read that right. I wrote "is saving." Not "will save" or "has a chance to save."
Nokia demonstrated a compact, handheld tablet device powered by Linux at LinuxWorld in New York this week. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet has a WVGA (800x480) screen, and is intended to offer convenient Internet browsing and email through built-in Wi-Fi, or via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile phone. It will ship in Q3, 2005 to select European and American markets.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a new annual award that honours the use of free software in "the service of humanity".
The Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit is "presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life," reads the announcement.
The maker of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breathalyzer, CMI Inc., has informed prosecutors involved in several DUI cases in Sarasota County, Florida, that it will not assist prosecutors in complying with a judicial order to allow an expert hired by defense attorneys to review the source code for software used in the device.
Although the OpenDocument format decision is under fire in Massachusetts, this article discusses how the logic applied to adopting OpenDocument in that state can be applied to faith-based and non-profit organizations. After all, these organizations have similar needs and requirements.
China Martens writes: "Centeris has decided to open source part of its Likewise Management Suite software. The company has put the software on SourceForge, rather than its own website, as a way to ensure a wide distribution, according to Centeris CEO Barry Crist. "SourceForge is the first place developers look for open-source projects," he said. The download will be available from 18 November."
[Oh sure. Open only part of it. It may be that opening part is better than nothing at all. Still, their approach makes it sound more like freeware. If you want the 'fully functional' version, you have to pay. This violates the first freedom guaranteed by libre software licenses - namely the freedom to run the program for any purpose! - Ed]
Opinion: So long as your program does whatever it's supposed to do, you're at least in the race for financial success, which is reserved for those who go beyond identifying a need. (Linux-Watch.com)
"The bulk of Linux business opportunity is demonstrably in the SMB/SME marketplace, a market that is presently under-serviced by Linux companies. The nature of the market as a whole has been discussed, and in this concluding part of the series, the competitive situation is briefly mentioned so as to round out the argument that it is time for seriously profitable Linux business activity from businesses that know the rules for success..."
Instant messaging fans point to the sheer availability of IM offerings from the likes of AOL, MSN and Yahoo as the reason for scrapping old-fashioned email systems. Email managers consider those firms' implementations to be excellent reasons to avoid IM. Email Battles says nobody's asking the right question, to wit: "How fast can a virus scanner scan?"
David Brickner came to the conclusion that the biggest obstacle to faster adoption of Linux on the desktop was that there's too much information available. So what does he do to remedy this situation? Write another book, of course! It's titled the Linux Desktop Pocket Guide.
[This looks like a great book if you're new to the GNU/Linux world and can't figure out where to start. - Ed]
Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in sudo, Ethereal, Apache mod_auth_shadow, fetchmailconf, lynx, Mantis, pnmtopng, gnump3d, Squid, unzip, uim, Curl, and imlib.
Twelve months ago Ubuntu barely registered on the Distrowatch (www.distrowatch.com) list of favourite OSes. In the past six months it's soared to number one, beating distributions from major global companies - we're talking phenomenon here, folks.
What do we know about"open source" political campaigns? More with every loss. Including a huge one, two months ago.
A Linux Today story, which asked the rhetorical question "Why has Novell management decided to discontinue their entire SuSE Linux branded desktop and workstation product line?" seems to have been the source of these stories.
[Perhaps their focus on GNOME will benefit the SUSE users who prefer that desktop. - ed]
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