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Lawrence Rosen publicly backed Microsoft's Open Office XML as sufficiently open to all parties to warrant its use as an open data format. It was because of this stance, I thought LXer readers would be interested to learn upon what basis he came to this decision and to learn if he has any doubts. To say more would be unfair to the interviewee, hence, please read his responses. While the interview is short there is much to consider.
Robin Miller is after your granny. Again. He's trying to entice her with the delights of free open source software. He's trying to make it look easy and fun to play around with open source. First, there was his Point & Click Linux book. Now he's out trying to tempt the uninitiated with an alternative office productivity via his new book, Point & Click OpenOffice.org. When is someone going to put a stop to it?
A couple of weeks ago, my article Managing MySQL on Mac OS X was published, detailing some of the best Mac options for interacting with the popular database management system. There were some good tidbits in the comments of that article that I'd like to pull out as a followup.
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Sometimes as a Linux user, you wish you could buy any computer with Linux preinstalled, or if that's not possible, just without an operating system, but that's not the reality. If that isn't possible, is it possible to buy any computer with Windows pre-installed, and then, return the unused Windows, and ask a refund for it? That's a question many non-Windows users ask themselves. The answer however, isn't clear to consumers. There's only one way to find out: ask your hardware manufacturer. Or do they neither know the answer? Time to find out.
Open source must in some way present itself as a bit of a dichotomy to Adobe, now that it has acquired Macromedia. It is generally accepted that open source solutions foster innovation and adoption. However, with an open file format and a free player, is it possible that some projects could eventually challenge Flash's own role by creating competing tools?
In this interesting interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, TxtEdMacs finds the kind of information many people want to have but simply don't know how to ask.
For example, Marten says: "We are not competing with Oracle, because they are the kings of existing database applications. But when it comes to new development and new paradigms, that's where MySQL fits in".
Fabio Marzocca represents a new class of innovators in the twenty-first century. He's living proof that talented people can make a contribution to global technology even when the corporate maw would eat them up and spit them out. In what other era of human endeavor would such an individual be allowed to make a difference?
Fabio: Ubuntu developer, but also member of the Italian Ubuntu LoCoTeam, father of two children, and for his employment, dealing with company management and reorganizations.
LXer interviewed him, and asked him questions about his personal life, his view on Linux and Ubuntu in particular, and about two applications of which he is the developer and maintainer: the BUM graphical Boot-Up Manager, and the Baobab graphical disk-space viewer.
We invite you into his life to see what the future may bring.
What is the future of Linux and Free Software? A rigid little cult that accept only the Right People? Or a community that truly practices "Free as in Freedom"?
People of faith need a way to study the scriptures. BibleTime is a KDE-based application that is both mature and popular. Don Parris shepherds users through installing Sword and BibleTime from RPMs and source on SUSE Linux 10.0. If you think compiling a program from source code is akin to walking on water, just start walking and you'll see Don calm the geeky waters.
Libervis is a community for those who are interested in free culture. We believe in freedom, cooperation and sharing. In this article we will review what happened in our community in 2005 and unfold our plans for 2006.
LXer Day Desk: 12-07-2005
Lately, many signs exist showing how Microsoft's monopoly power extends to government and media. We can add a new example to this list: The “Vienna conclusions”. It seems, their power even extends to distorting findings in official UN documents. The story contains all usual elements: Sponsorship, not willing to participate in public discussions, a conflict of interest of one of the members of the committee, and a Microsoft PR worker making a ridiculous statement. After that, of course, Microsoft denied most of it and ignored the rest.
Penguin values can turn the Christmas season into something worthwhile, instead of a stressful greed-fest that leaves you broke and exhausted.
According to accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, open-source firms raised $144 million from venture capital and other private investors in the first three quarters of 2005, more than double the same period the year before.
Bloggers around the world have been talking about the latest Firefox extension, even though it isn't yet available.
Here are 5 new year resolutions you can take which will go a long way to get Linux on the desktop of more and more people using computers.
Linux was designed originally for the X86 platform. One of the core legacies of that platform was its openness. Will that legacy last?
Last month inSaving the Net, I sounded a warning about the carriers' threats to restrict the flow of"content" in the Net, to serve their own purposes, as well as those of the"content industry".
Now Intel is not onlypushing Viiv as a new platform, butlaunching a new branding strategy, substituting"leap ahead" for its"intel inside" slogan. Both signal a re-alignment with the content industry, and a shift of core mareting interest away from the computer industry. Are they changing sides, from Silicon Valley to Hollywood?
THE GRASSROOTS community of users, programmers and advocates who refuse to embrace Firefox and instead prefer the old approach of an integrated "suite" comprised of e-mail client, html editor and web browser -a combination still more powerful to some of us, released last week the first beta version of "SeaMonkey".
There are hundreds of firefox extensions on the web. Which ones do you use? Here is my attempt to collect the 50 best and popular firefox extensions which make your browsing, downloading and navigation in Firefox as easy as possible, while harnessing the full power and features of Firefox.
2005 in review We're all pinko now
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