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European open source providers trial franchise approach

A group of European open source suppliers have grouped together to trial the franchise model as a means to boost open source adoption among SMEs and help local providers find strength in numbers.

Sun Re-Affirms Commitment to Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Helps Ensure Platform Interoperability

At RSA, ECC Leaders Discuss Plans to Advance Industry Adoption of Next-Gen Encryption

Is E-Commerce Ready for Open Source?

Thirty-seven percent of North American enterprises that sell products or services online will purchase a new e-commerce platform, according to Forrester Research. The options available to them include a considerable amount of open source applications. However, while open source is clearly making an impact in the e-commerce space, it is not yet fully integrated.

Is Windows losing out and Linux gaining?

The penguin’s come of age. What began as a battle between proprietary and open source Linux software, started by geeks around the world, isn’t plain tech rhetoric anymore. It’s now a mainstream commercial platform — a technology that enterprises are taking very seriously and looking at as a major cost-effective solution that has scalability and a great future roadmap.

XAMPP - All in one web server Installation and Configuration in Debian

  • (Posted by gg234 on Feb 5, 2007 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
XAMPP - All in one web server Installation and Configuration in Debian

Bits from the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD porters

This is a status update for the Debian GNU/FreeBSD port. This port consists of two architectures: kfreebsd-i386 and kfreebsd-amd64.

Software isn’t open and closed case

  • Czech Business Weekly; By Tomáš Přibyl (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 5, 2007 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To begin with, one myth that has to be exposed is that a division exists between open-source and commercial software. This isn’t true because some open software can be sold on a commercial basis, and services connected to open software can be sold as well. In this context, “free” doesn’t necessarily mean that open software is free of charge, but rather that it supports creative freedom. So it’s much better to categorize software as open and proprietary, rather than free-of-charge and commercial. The biggest difference is in fact, that open software can be “freely” distributed and modified, while proprietary software is under strict control of its author.

CLI Magic: Bring in podcasts with BashPodder

Podcatchers, the programs that download and aggregate your favorite podcasts, are popular on all platforms. Many are available for Linux, including iPodder and Podget. But the truth is that you don't need all that fancy stuff to harvest podcasts with Linux. BashPodder is a quick CLI-based GPLed podcatching client. It's one of the oldest ones out there, and may still be the best. It's hands-on, no-frills -- and a perfect example of how a few command-line statements can work together to do a powerful job.

Speed Up Firefox web browser

Mozilla Firefox is a graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation. Started as a fork of the browser component (Navigator) of the Mozilla Application Suite, Firefox has replaced the Mozilla Suite as the flagship product of the Mozilla project, stewarded by the Mozilla Foundation and a large community of external contributors.

Asterisknow Rocks Open Source Telecom World

Solution providers searching "Mark Spencer" on YouTube will find not only a bizarre clip about a homemade cake and humorous downloads regarding British department store Marks & Spencer, but a sure-fire way to increase sales in the lucrative IP PBX and VoIP market courtesy of Asterisk open-source PBX creator Mark Spencer.

Software to Make 'Word' Open Source

According to reports, developers have completed the first phase of a Microsoft-sponsored open source project to create software that can convert Microsoft Word documents between Open XML and OpenDocument Format (ODF) for Office Applications file formats.

[I can just see someone thinking that they now have an Open Source copy of MS Word because they got the Open Source ODF/OOXML converter. Good thing there are plenty of lawyers to help out the poor sods who misunderstand the title of this one. - dcparris]

How To Tell The Open-Source Winners From The Losers

There are 139,834 open source projects under way on SourceForge, the popular open source hosting site. Five years from now, only a handful of those projects will be remembered for making lasting contributions--most will remain in niches, unnoticed by the rest of the world. For every Linux, Apache, or MySQL, dozens of other open source efforts fizzle out.

Security watchers lambast Vista

Malware blocking credentials questioned

Windows Vista has only just left the starting blocks but security watchers have wasted no time in challenging claims that it provides improved security defences.…

Novell facing Linux ban

THE Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell's right to sell new versions of Linux after the open source community criticised the company for teaming up with Microsoft.

DistroWatch Weekly: Mandriva's financial concerns, Fedora 7 Test1, Freespire "madness"

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 5, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! As usual, this week's issue focuses on a variety of distributions and topics. We'll start with a frightening financial analysis of Mandriva Corporation whose most recent financial results were published last week. The news section then looks at the release process of the Fedora Project whose latest -- and incomplete -- test release came, once again, without any release notes or other useful information. Also in the news: Ubuntu has quietly scrapped the idea of including the 3D desktop in Feisty Fawn, openSUSE and Linspire brace for surprise announcements, Red Hat's Matthew Szulik has kind words to say about Linus Torvalds, and Nexenta announces plans to produce more frequent development releases. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the DistroWatch January 2007 donation has been awarded to the GQview and Kaffeine projects. Happy reading!

Netscape Announces Cross-Platform Netscape 9 to be Developed In-House

The official Netscape Blog has announced that Netscape 9 is under development. Like the current Netscape Browser 8, this release will presumably be based on Mozilla Firefox. According to the announcement, Netscape 9 will be a standalone browser (lacking components like a mail client or Web page editor) and will have tight integration with the website, which was relaunched as a Digg-style user-driven news and current events portal last year. A subsequent post revealed that Netscape 9 will be released simultaneously for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Netscape Browser 8 is only available for Windows.

KDE Commit-Digest for 4th February 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Work begins on Amarok 2.0. KBlackBox becomes the latest games application to take the step into the scalable graphics arena. KTTT, a tic-tac-toe game, is ported to KDE 4. Further progress made on the knewstuff2 framework. Software RAID monitoring, along with other improvements in KSysGuard. Mailody gets support for printing HTML emails. Improved support for custom emoticons in Kopete. The sublime-integration user interface branch is merged back into the main KDevelop source tree..

First look at Foresight Linux 1.0

Distrowatch takes a first look at Foresight Linux 1.0.

Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 2nd Edition

Fully updated introduction to networking on Linux now covers firewalls, including the use of ipchains and iptables (netfilter), masquerading, and accounting. Other new topics include Novell (NCP/IPX) support and INN (news administration). Original material on serial connections, UUCP, routing and DNS, mail and News, SLIP and PPP, NFS, and NIS has been thoroughly updated.

Google goes its own way

Tech-heads yearning for Google to challenge Microsoft's domination of the desktop shouldn't hold their breaths, says Chris DiBona, the search giant's open source program manager.

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