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Fans aim to get Linux on desktops

Desktop PCs, the most visible spot in computing, are the spot where Linux is least apparent. Of more than 200 million computers shipped worldwide this year, industry estimates suggest fewer than one in 25 will come loaded with Linux.

Open Source Development Labs hopes to improve that, beginning Thursday. The Beaverton industry consortium, which bills itself as the "center of gravity for Linux," is hosting more than 50 top desktop Linux developers from as far as the Czech Republic and Sweden for two days of strategizing.

OSDL has two goals for the gathering: identify areas that need improvement; and boost collaboration among the various groups that make versions of desktop Linux.

Wsis: Microsoft failed to remove free software reference

  •; By John Blau, IDG News Service, Düsseldorf Bureau (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Microsoft Corp. tried to have references to free software removed from a document approved at the United Nations-sponsored Internet summit in Tunis two weeks ago, a blog discussion has revealed. But the attempt failed.

OSDL survey, gathering target desktop Linux

Linux desktops have always faced an uphill battle against Windows desktops. Now, OSDL is calling together architects from over two dozen key desktop-oriented Linux projects to a Dec. 1-2 meeting at its headquarters to set strategic directions and standards, and find synergy amongst Desktop Linux organizations.

Firefox, Gmail top PC World's list of 100 best computer products

Number one is Firefox, Mozilla's web browser that absolutely shames Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The actual market share of Firefox is still relatively low, with Internet Explorer still far in the lead. And it is doubtful that PC World recognizing it as the best product of 2005 will do anything to change that. The same niche of people that read PC World probably already realize Firefox's superiority.

KDE 3.5 Released

  • KDE Project; By Tom Chance (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 29, 2005 5:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: KDE
The KDE Project is happy to announce a new major release of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Many features have been added or refined, making KDE 3.5 the most complete, stable and integrated free desktop environment available. Read on for some notable changes and a visual guide to KDE 3.5.

A quick AWstats guide

  • Raoul’s Land Reloaded!; By Raoul (Posted by raoulsland on Nov 29, 2005 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
AWstats is a free, popular log analyzer, released under the GPL. It can generate advanced graphical statistics from web, streaming, ftp or mail server log files. This document is not intended to be a review, but rather a quick installation and configuration guide for a specific web site, in order to have as accurate statistical data as possible for use in your traffic analysis reports.

New Firefox out today

  • Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
THE LATEST version of the Firefox web browser will be formally released this afternoon. V 1.5 has been in beta for a while and it offers an automated update to streamline product upgrades.

Related Story:
Using Firefox 1.5 with Ubuntu 5.10 - Quick Howto
Ubuntu's Linux Wireless Utility Easier than Windows

Linux Debugging and Performance Tuning (Tips and Techniques)

  •; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Nov 29, 2005 2:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Kernel
Linux Debugging and Performance Tuning by Steve Best takes a look at finding performance snags and tweaking them out of a system. Determine if this book would make a good addition to your reference library in this review.

Give an old Mac new life by turning it into an iWipe

  • Tech Republic; By Shawn Morton (Posted by dcparris on Nov 29, 2005 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Well, as soon as I saw the Mac SE case, I realized that this one had the most potential. So this weekend, I bought a few things at Home Depot and got started making my Apple-powered, wireless, portable toilet paper dispenser -- the iWipe.

[Ed: Take your Mac with you, no matter when you have to go! - dcparris]

Tips For Managing Legal Risks for Businesses Using Open Source

  • Corante; By Dennis Kennedy (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are important business benefits that Open Source programs bring to the table, not the least of which are potentially substantial cost savings and the access to and right to use the source code of the software.

[ED- Waring. This is an article for lawyers and Australian at that but well balanced -bstadil]

Qmail Toaster makes mail server setup easy

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A mail server is an essential part of any organization's IT infrastructure, but installing and maintaining a mail server is not always easy, and it's often difficult for small organizations to pay an expert to set up a mail server. Fortunately, Qmail Toaster can simplify the task enormously.

Texas Instruments' New OMAP(TM) 2 Processor for Mobile Phones Boosts Video Performance by 4X

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 12:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Video Technology Accelerates H.264 and Windows Media Video 9 (VC-1) Performance for Consumer Electronics Quality Experience on the Handset

Mysql Searches for New Engine

Nov 28, 2005: Oracle's purchase of the InnoDB database engine sees MySQL in the hunt for a replacement technology.

CIO Magazine: The Myths of Open Source

  • OSI News Weblog (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 10:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CIO Magazine is featuring an excellent article debunking ill perceived myths about open source in the business world.

Thales to Run Red Hat Enterprise Linux

November 28 2005 –Toulon, France and Raleigh, North Carolina – Thales computers activities, market leader in providing integrated PowerPC and Pentium-based VME and cPCI COTS embedded solutions to OEMs and system integrators, today announced it has entered into a hardware partner agreement with Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider.

Sun urges Massachusetts to reject MS' Open XML

  • LinuxWorld; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by bstadil on Nov 28, 2005 8:47 PM EDT)
Sun Microsystems Monday urged a Massachusetts state official to rethink an opinion that Microsoft's Open XML (Extensible Markup Language) meets the state's parameters for an acceptable open document format just because it has been submitted as an open standard.

Comment of the Day - November 29, 2005 - Maybe Mac Isn't Such a Good Alternative

WolfRune writes: PCs, by their very nature, are closer to Open Source than Macs. IBM developed the original specs, and then opened things up to the market. While this obviously was a mistake for them, it's been a boon for the general populace. Without this, there would BE no "clone" machines, only the kind of monopoly that Apple now maintains.

Related to:
Linux Desktops will get killed by Microsoft this Christmas

What Users Want from Desktop Linux

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Nov 28, 2005 7:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
An OSDL survey reveals that Linux desktop users want better e-mail, native Linux versions of Windows applications, and better USB and network printing support.

Red Hat Magazine | November 2005

Happy birthday, Red Hat Magazine. We're one. And we can't wait to turn two and start throwing tantrums.

Yahoo Gives Linux Ymessenger..Where is Google?

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Nov 28, 2005 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
What investment does Yahoo have in Linux? None that I can see, yet they bothered to port their popular chat tool to Linux. Shouldn't Google have done this?

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