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OOXML vs. ODF: What a Week!

What do global wiki projects, assistive technologies announcements, efforts to buy Wikipedia access, major platform announcements, simultaneous competing toolkit releases, and public calls to arms to defend Europe against being "railroaded" all have in common? They're all part of just one week's head-butting between the proponents of ODF and Microsoft, as OOXML embarks on its effort to become an ISO/IEC-adopted standard (a status ODF already enjoys).

Liberty Alliance Seeks Open-source Adoption

Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium, has unveiled the openLiberty Project, a global initiative formed to provide resources and support to open source developers building identity-based applications, the company said. With today's news, Liberty Alliance has launched a portal where developers can collaborate in the openLiberty Project and access tools and information for 'jump starting' the development of secure and privacy-respecting applications based on the widely deployed Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards, the company is quoted to have said.

Open Source Pioneer Alan Dechert To Deliver Keynote at Red Hat Summit

Alan Dechert, one of the pioneers in the open source software movement, will deliver the keynote speech at the Red Hat Summit. The third of the annual events put on by the Raleigh-based Linux software developer and services provider is set for May 9-11 in San Diego.

Mobile Leaders Around the World Launch LiMo Foundation

To support their goal of creating the world's first globally competitive, Linux-based software platform for mobile devices, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone announced today the official launch of the LiMo Foundation.

Dynamic XML document construction with the PHP DOM

When working with XML-based applications, developers often find themselves facing the requirement to generate XML-encoded data structures on the fly. Examples of this include an XML order template based on user input in a Web form, or an XML representation of a server request or client response based on run-time parameters.

Setting Up A News-Voting Website With Pligg

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 25, 2007 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
This article shows how to set up your own news-voting website with Pligg. Pligg is a content-management system published under the Affero General Public License, and it is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database for storing its data. With a little work you can create your own community and let users vote news to the front page.

BEAT TeH L33T - Challenge some of Linux's Best With Your Most Nagging Problems

How many times have you encountered a Linux-related problem and turned to Google, Clusty, Yahoo or any other search engine for the answer? It happens more times than it should. The results snippet shows you a question hauntingly familiar to yours being asked and a link to an answer resides right below. Your heart beats wildly as you anticipate applying the deathstroke to this persistent problem...

Portrait: Rosegarden's D. Michael McIntyre

If there is anything like a "typical" member of the free/open source community, that template is probably nothing like D. Michael McIntyre. By profession a truck driver, McIntyre holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages, and he's used his facility with words to document the popular Rosegarden project. He's since gone on to do whatever he sees that needs to be done on the project, and has become an integral part of the Rosegarden team.

CSIR adopts ODF, moves to open source

Scientific and industrial research parastal adopts open document format as default standard and rolls out to 2500 workstations.

Wow, Bill, this thing is Defective!

Having a "Wow moment" with Windows Vista? Bill Gates invites you to share them on Monday January 29th at the Vista launch event. FSF's DefectiveByDesign and BadVista campaigns plan to be there outside the event and they invite you to come along as well.

Is old code automatically good code?

Teaching an old dog new tricks. The "old dog&" in this case is Marcus Ranum, inventor of the proxy firewall and the man who implemented the first commercial firewall product. He’s now the CSO at Tenable Network Security, the company that produces the Nessus security scanner, and author of the book The Myth of Homeland Security.

Novell 'Auto' Builds Linux For All

Building and maintaining packages for multiple Linux distributions has never been an easy task. But Novell wants to change that with a pair of releases it hopes will make it easier to build Linux application packages and custom Linux distributions. Novell's openSUSE Build Service and KIWI build-your-own distro efforts are aimed at building community open source participation, as well as SUSE Linux itself.

Xandros ships v4.0 "professional" Linux desktop

Xandros announced today that it is now shipping its new Desktop Professional 4.0 boxed product, which features enhanced network integration, advanced 3D capabilities, Bluetooth wireless support, and its own desktop search function. It sports a 2.6.18 kernel and the KDE desktop as a default. Podcast - 01.24.07

The latest Podcast. Topics include the new LQ Radio ogg feed, the LQ Wiki, the contradictory nature of OOXML and the OOXML certification process, OSDL and the Free Standards Group will become The Linux Foundation and the meaning of FREE.

Linux appliance manages enterprise Linux systems

Levanta (formerly LinuxCare) is shipping a second-generation "Linux management appliance." The Intrepid X aims to help system administrators maintain highly available, highly reliable computing centers, by helping them rapidly provision, recover, roll back, or migrate Linux systems across physical and/or virtual hardware resources.

SAM 2007 Test 1 Screenshots

This first snapshot of the upcoming SAM 2007-1 is a complete rebuild, built on top of the new PCLinuxOS 2007 system and software base. What comes with the new SAM: kernel, GCC 4.1.1 and updated glibc, X.Org 7.1; Xfce with auto-mounting of removable devices and media; Beryl, Compiz, Emerald, AIGLX and Xgl for eye candy; only GTK+-based applications for more speed; a complete set of applications for current or older hardware alike; OpenOffice 2.1.0, AbiWord and Gnumeric; Firefox, including Flash 9... - DistroWatch. Screenshots of SAM 2007 Test 1 are available at

Linux: 2.6.20-rc6, Back From Australia

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the 2.6.20-rc6 release candidate kernel,"it's been more than a week since -rc5, but I blame everybody (including me) being away for and then me waiting for a few days afterwards to let everybody sync up." He asked that people test the regressions reported against earlier release candidates [story],"so that we can confirm whether they are still active and relevant." Linus noted that he hoped this would be the final release candidate before 2.6.20 is released, then went on to discuss what's new:"As to -rc6 itself: the bulk of it are the MTD updates (including a few new drivers), and the POWER update (and the bulk of _that_ in terms of patch size being defconfig updates ;)"But there's various random fixes in infiniband, DVB, network drivers, scsi, usb, some filesystems (cifs, jffs2, nfs, ntfs, ocfs2) as well as core networking too.

Cell BE SDK 2.0 from alphaWorks to Barcelona

A complete Cell BE development environment, including Linux kernel for Cell BE blades, Linux support libraries, tool chains, system simulator, source code for libraries and samples, and a new, fully-integrated installation. Available for downloading from both alphaWorks and Barcelona Supercomputing Center's Web site.

Linspire CEO on opening up CNR: share the bread

Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says his company is opening up its CNR ("Click 'N Run") software download and management service to other Linux distributions because "Linux really needs an easier way to find and install software, regardless of which flavor of Linux you're using."

The State of Enterprise Linux

For more than 20 years, Unix played the role of the 800 pound gorilla in the server space, especially in enterprise, scientific, government and academic environments. But traditional Unix vendors have faced increasing competition on two fronts. Microsoft Windows Server products have made significant inroads, particularly in the business back-end. To a lesser extent, but cutting closer to the bone, is competition from Linux.

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