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Google Spreadsheets and the usefulness of online applications

To many commentators, the newly released Limited Test version of Google Spreadsheets is the first move by a major company to challenge Microsoft's domination of the office suite. The functional reality, however, is less dramatic. From a user's perspective, Google Spreadsheets suffers the same limitations as Writely, Ajax13, ThinkFree Online, and half a dozen other online applications. Its lack of printing options and narrow selection of format, sorting, and formula tools makes it such a lightweight application that using it for anything except the simplest of projects is impossible. In fact, now that online applications are no longer a novelty, its main interest is as an illustration of how little developers assume that users actually need in an office application.

Ethereal changes name to Wireshark

  • NewsForge; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Gerald Combs, founder of the Ethereal project -- billed as the world's most popular network protocol analyzer -- caused a flurry of excitement among users and developers yesterday when he announced on the Ethereal developers mailing list yesterday that he was changing jobs, moving to a new location, and taking the project and its core developers with him as he leaves.

Fsmlabs Unveils OSDL Carrier Grade Linux 3.2

FSMLabs has announced immediate availability of a complete 64-bit Carrier Grade Linux distribution qualified under the recently published OSDL Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 3.2 specification.

Wyse Technology's New Linux Solutions

  • Computing News; By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 3:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Wyse Technology announces the availability of Wyse Linux 6.3, the latest release of the Wyse Linux V6 products. The product will be offered as a free software upgrade for current Wyse customers of the S50, V50, and 5150 SE thin clients.

KDE team offers glimpses of KDE 4.0, KOffice 2.0

Developer Thomas Zander of the KDE team, in a brief article in KDE News, writes that the team is now busy working "on its future" --- KDE 4.0 – and that many of the ideas they want to incorporate into the future version of KOffice are already being developed.

Reducing IT risk aversion

  • IT Manager's Journal; By John Murray (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
IT is a high-risk profession, yet some organizations are reluctant to assume reasonable levels of IT risk. When an organization is too cautious in dealing with the issue of risk, it may fail to gain all the potential benefits of information technology.

Report: FreedomHEC Unconference Fosters Linux Device Support

  • LinuxPlanet; By Jacqueline Emigh (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Although quickly convened, last month's first-time FreedomHEC event brought together hardware makers and driver developers in ways that could help boost device connectivity for Linux. Jacqueline Emigh gets a post-show debrief from conference organizer Don Marti.

Anti-drm protests planned at Apple Stores this weekend

An anti-Digital Rights Management (DRM) activist group plans this weekend to stage “flash mobs” to “warn Apple customers of the dangers of DRM in iTunes and Apple software” at Apple Store locations in six cities around the country.

Lower Saxony KDE Migration

  • KDE Dot News; By Wade Olson (Posted by dcparris on Jun 10, 2006 10:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
ZDNet reports on a recent German Linux migration by the tax authority in Lower Saxony which has made the decision to migrate an impressive 12,000 desktops to SuSE Linux using KDE. The project, which is now in process converting 300 desktops daily, moves systems from Solaris x86 version 8, which the organisation has been running since 2002. The migrations are reported as going well thus far. KDE's Kiosk desktop customisation, source code access and licensing costs were cited as key reasons for the decision. Congratulations to all involved, and best of luck going forward with this effort!

A Growing Racket Over iTunes

Apple continues to anger consumers overseas with its restrictions on music downloading. But it's not the only company drawing fire
A group called the Free Software Foundation has planned June 10 protests for seven Apple retail stores in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle.

Don't Let 'Intellectual Property' Twist Your Ethos

What the Constitution says is that copyright law and patent law are optional.... They are not rights that their holders are entitled to; they are artificial privileges that we might, or might not, want to hand out to encourage people to do what we find useful.

Open-source Telephony

  •; By Will Kelly (Posted by grouch on Jun 10, 2006 7:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Expand Your SME’s VoIP Telecommunications Infrastructure

Intel Capital invests in open source middleware start-up

  •; By China Martens (Posted by grouch on Jun 10, 2006 6:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
WS02 announces its first software, Tungsten, and a key investor.

LinuxWorld SF looms

IDG World Expo announced the exhibitor and keynote speaker line-ups for this summer's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, themed "Fifteen Years of Breaking the Rules" and scheduled for Aug. 14-17, 2006 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Mobile DTV technology supports Linux devices

Intervideo is demonstrating mobile digital TV (DTV) technology that supports Linux devices this week, at Computex in Taipei.

Experiencing Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 (step by step with screenshots)

This is a comprehensive review of the new Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 experience featuring a good deal of nice screenshots from before installation, every step of the install and post installation.

Sdk offers "natural" handwriting input for Linux devices

Vision Objects is shipping a mobile and embedded device version of its handwriting recognition SDK (software development kit).

OLPC debuts at Boston meeting

At an event honoring top technology innovations from Massachusetts companies in Boston June 7, Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the MIT Media Lab and chairman of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, was inducted into the MITX (Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange) Innovation Hall of Fame.

Glom, the point-and-click database tool

I am by no means a database wizard. I know a bit of SQL, but primarily my interaction with databases is secondhand, through either PHP or desktop applications that work on top of MySQL or PostgreSQL. But like a lot of you, I occasionally need to build a small database for my own private record-keeping -- and for that, I recommend Glom.

Building a heterogeneous home network for Linux and Mac OS X

  • NewsForge; By Kris Shaffer (Posted by grouch on Jun 10, 2006 1:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
You can find plenty of information online about building heterogeneous networks involving Windows, but relatively little about connecting Macs with Linux PCs in a home or small office network. Mac OS X's Unix base, however, means there are plenty of good options for networking a Mac with a Linux PC, despite the relative lack of documentation. In this article, I'll discuss how to set up Mac-Linux printer and file sharing using NFS and SSH.

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