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University moves toward open source despite some resistance

Systems administrators fighting tooth and nail for open source in their own all-Windows shops would be wise to look to John Scott for a little inspiration.

Open source debate brought to a close - for now

Arguments over whether open source software really does save money over commercial rivals have come to a head...

Mozilla's Thunderbird flies forth

Mozilla released an additional "security and stability" update to its Thunderbird email client, v1.5.0.4, on June 1.

Making SUSE Linux 10.1 the perfect desktop OS

  •; By Jem Matzan (Posted by grouch on Jun 1, 2006 8:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, SUSE
When you're done downloading and installing SUSE Linux 10.1 OSS, your desktop system is not complete. You might still need support for Java programs, MP3 audio files, and browser plug-ins for Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Windows Media Video. You may also want to add support for playing DVD videos on your computer, and to try out the new XGL graphical toys. Here's how to effectively make SUSE Linux 10.1 into the perfect desktop OS.

OpenOffice Attracts its First Virus (and the press notices)

Two weeks ago, a Word Trojan with minimal impact was in the news, and now its StarOffice's turn, having taken a single "proof of concept" hit. So far, the "Stardust" virus seems to be bigger news.

Day 2 keynotes at the Red Hat Summit

Nashville, Tenn. -- Eben Moglen's key address this morning on the second day of the second Red Hat Summit was a thing of beauty: the right man, with the right message, for the right audience. Not that there was anything wrong with the previous talks this morning -- if you like company marketing with a twist of geek.

Kubuntu 6.06 LTS Here for the Long Term

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathan Riddell (Posted by grouch on Jun 1, 2006 5:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: KDE
KDE based distribution Kubuntu 6.06 LTS has been released.

Review: CCux Linux

CCux Linux is a performance-oriented distribution whose main idea is to remove everything that is not i686-related, such as old compatibility packages, and to have everything from the kernel up compiled in the i686 flavor. Last month's release of CCux version 0.9.8 is also an up-to-date distro, having kernel 2.6.16, KDE 3.5.2, and Firefox I found it to be a damn good distro.

Steeleye Technology Completes Merger with Japanese Open Source ...

Ten Art-ni is recognized throughout Japan as a leader in support and deployment of Linux and web application business solutions and is a five year business partner of SteelEye.

Starter Toolkit for DB2 on Rails Released

  • alphaWorks; By gham (Posted by gham on Jun 1, 2006 2:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: IBM
Starter Toolkit for DB2 on Rails is a set of tools that enables rapid building of Web applications with Ruby on Rails and DB2. It comes with a unique, one-click installer for pre-tested and reconfigured installation of not only Ruby and Rails, but a complete DB2 Express - C solution. Several Demos available showcasing the toolkit.

Open Source ERP Gains Momentum

  • Managing Automation Magazine; By Jeff Moad (Posted by grouch on Jun 1, 2006 1:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Accelerating the pace of innovation, open source ERP software provider OpenMFG LLC today released the fourth new upgrade of its manufacturing-centric product and announced plans to double the frequency of its releases.

Microsoft offers security service

from the I-am-not-making-this-up dept:
no, really, I'm not:
Microsoft is starting an anti-virus and security service for PC users. The service would be on a yearly subscription basis, just like other anti-virus protection services.

The service is designed to automatically patch-up security holes, as well as beef up anti-virus and spyware protection. It will also help maintain the health of a user's PC generally, according to Microsoft.

[Even if you don't believe in God, this would be a great time to start praying for Windows users - dcparris]

Tax authorities in Lower Saxony switch to Linux

The State of Lower Saxony has begun switching the PCs its tax authorities use from Solaris x86 to Linux. According to a press release, 12,000 computers are affected. Since the end of April, all tax authorities have been involved in migration. By the end of September 2006, the desktop systems are all to be running on Linux except for telecommuters and servers.

Bluefish, for all your web dev needs

  •; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by grouch on Jun 1, 2006 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Looking for a competent, stable web developer IDE with tons of features for beginners through to code gurus? Introducing Bluefish, for all your coding needs.

Linux Timeline

100 of the most significant events in Linux history.
We would like to recognize our indebtedness to Rebecca Sobol and Jonathan Corbet at Linux Weekly News, for allowing us to borrow heavily from the timeline featured on their site and for their accurate and gracious historical editing.

This week at LWN: The kernel lock validator

Special To LXer - 1 June 06

Locking is a necessary evil in operating systems; without a solid locking regime, different parts of the system will collide when trying to access the same resources, leading to data corruption and general chaos. But locking has hazards of its own; carelessly implemented locking can cause system deadlocks.

[LXer presents this access to LWN's normally subscriber-only content in full cooperation with Jonathan Corbet, Executive editor, LXer hopes you enjoy this free peek at LWN's excellent community magazine and thanks Mr. Corbet for his cooperation.]

USENIX Auction To Help Establish UNIX Teaching Position

Jon 'maddog' Hall and Ken Thompson

Yesterday, Jon 'maddog' Hall contacted LXer to announce the auction of a copy of John Lions' book, Lions' Commentary on UNIX, autographed by Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, Kirk McKusick, Eric Allman, Peter Salus, and Linus Torvalds. This is part of a drive to establish the John Lions Chair in Operating Systems at the University of New South Wales, but for the lucky bid-winner, it's a chance to own a bit of computing history.

Leading French Retailers Select MySQL for their Supply Chain ...

Franprix and Leader Price have chosen MySQL to manage the data in their enterprise-wide supply chain and product distribution platforms

Emacs tips: Windows and buffers

If you are an Emacs user who read Joe Brockmeier's Vim tips column on Vim viewports and thought, "Viewports sound useful; can I use them in a real text editor?" The answer is yes.

Getting started with Wacom tablets in Linux

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Jun 1, 2006 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The mouse, despite all of its admirable qualities, was created by a left-brained thinker and built for left-brained work. Mostly that's fine, but when it comes time to draw an icon or retouch a photograph, you'll be cursing your mouse as the worst input device imaginable -- awkward to hold, awkward to move with, and awkward to click. To get the right side of your brain happy, you need a pressure-sensitive tablet. Here is how to get started in Linux.

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