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Mandriva Linux 2006 Beta 3 Reviewed

Mandriva Linux 2006 Beta 3 was quietly released on Tuesday. No mention of the release is as of yet posted at, but a 3 ISO set and a Mini CD are available for download. I've been following these last 3 betas to see what Mandriva has got up their sleeve for their official Mandriva Linux 2006. The final release was expected to be available on September 15 but it looks to be delayed by at least a week, according to their release schedule which is now a week behind.

Linux Center to Launch Open Source Showrooms

Chilean software development firm Linux Center and its Mexican subsidiary Tallard Telecom plan to open five Linux showcase operation centers in the region -- one in Santiago, three in Mexico and one in Venezuela

SA OSS task team finalises action plan

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2005 3:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
South African government representatives, big business and open source advocates yesterday concluded a two-day meeting aimed at putting in place a plan for the country's adoption of open source software. But will we see any action?

Sipphone Hooks Up with Google Talk

  • VoIP Magazine (press release) (Posted by bstadil on Aug 24, 2005 1:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SIPphone Inc. has released Gizmo Project 1.0 net calling software and signed an agreement to link with the Google Talk instant messaging network in the future.

Microsoft tries to seduce OSDL with joint Linux probe

Microsoft has approached the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), home of Linus Torvalds, to propose working together on a Windows vs Linux analysis. The Redmond giant is hoping to woo the open source organisation into conducting what it calls "independent" and "fact-based" research.

Xen passes Windows milestone

XenSource said Tuesday it accomplished the feat using an Intel processor equipped with VT, or virtualization technology--a feature scheduled to begin shipping in new chips later this year. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is demonstrating the software this week at the Intel Developer Forum here. Xen, which is designed to let multiple operating systems run on the same computer, is almost always is used with Linux. But running Windows as well is useful in the real world, where both operating systems are widely used atop the powerful networked computers called servers.

Microsoft details virtualization plans

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Announces it will shift its next update of Virtual Server from a maintenance release to a paid upgrade.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Is there a linux friendly online music store? We give a rundown of the options for linux users looking to buy music online.

Hugin paints a panoramic picture

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2005 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I like to spend my vacations in places with wide-open vistas, and I love taking pictures of those views. I'm not a professional photographer, and I like the convenience of digital cameras, but sometimes the photo I get is not what I imagined: the area taken by the camera is just too small. Modern digital cameras offer specific functions that in conjunction with their own software can give us a panoramic view, but often that still doesn't give me what I want. When that happens, I can get the effect I want from Hugin, an open source interface to other open source tools that helps easily transform your pictures into panoramas.

Linux companies set to launch Asianux 2.0

  • CNET; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2005 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Backers in China, South Korea and Japan are ready to go with a regional variation on the open-source operating system.

South Africa OSS task team finalises action plan

  • Tectonic; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by tadelste on Aug 24, 2005 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open source task team, a collection of government, private and technology experts with an interest in promoting open source, wrapped up its conference in Sandton, Johannesburg, yesterday with a finalised open source action plan which it hopes will be presented to South Africa's government. The document's goal is to affect policy and legislation regarding open source software in the public sector. Spearheaded by Mark Shuttleworth and the Go Open Source campaign, the action plan contains recommendations for both implementing open source software as well as licensing government software and information under open source licences. Skills development and education are also covered.

Meet your local LUG

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Are you a businessperson or non-techie who wants to learn more about Linux and computers, but don't know where to start? One excellent place to start is a Linux user group (LUG).

Want To Join the World Trade Organization? Dump Microsoft Go With Linux

When Mark Shuttleworth asked for help in putting together a list of Government Projects for the Go Open Source Task Team conference to be held on August 22 & 23 for South Africa, he faciliated an unique database of best practices and brought to light needs of developing countries.

Skype opens up to Web sites and software programs

Free Internet telephony firm Skype will allow its instant messaging to be built into Web sites and software applications such as music playing programs and multiplayer online games, it said on Wednesday. The announcement by the Luxemburg-based firm, which has 51 million registered users of its free software to make telephone calls over broadband Internet connections, came a few hours after Google announced it would become a competitor of Skype.

Asia 'to show Linux-based system'

  • CNN International (Posted by tadelste on Aug 24, 2005 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A partnership of companies from Japan, China and South Korea will unveil a new Linux-based operating system for local markets later this week in Beijing to challenge Microsoft Corp.'s dominance, a news report said Wednesday. The new software, called Asianux 2.0, will be introduced Thursday and was developed by Japan-based Miracle Linux Corp., China's Red Flag Software Co. and Haansoft Inc. of South Korea, the Nihon Keizai newspaper said.

Microsoft desires that Linux prove its cost case

This might seem strange as Vole has spent a fortune on an aggressive ‘Get The Facts campaign’ claiming that Windows is much better than Linux. Now, either Microsoft is supremely confident that any research will prove that Windows is much better than Linux, or it has another cunning plan which we are not aware of.

Sync your Pocket PC with Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You can use a Pocket PC with Linux, but the integration of a device such as Hewlett-Packard's iPaq with Linux software such as Evolution requires add-on software. If you wish to use a Windows CE device with Linux you will need to install SynCE, a set of open source tools.

Developing an open source directory

With a growing enterprise focus on identity management and related capabilities such as SSO (single sign-on) and automated provisioning, directory services are fast becoming a vital component of network infrastructures

Make Your Own "Phantom Edit" with Mplayer

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Aug 23, 2005 6:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mplayer has always been an impressive media player, but with its Edit Decision List feature, you can create custom edits of movies that leave out the stuff you don't want--whether that's profanity, violence, sex, or Jar Jar.

Linux growing, limited by Microsoft

Research house BMI-t predicts steady but capped growth for open source, particularly on the desktop, due to Microsoft's market domination.

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