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Report: SugarCRM 5 Pulling Against Closed Source CRM

The multi-billion-dollar market for CRM software is hotly contested by closed source vendors like SAP, Oracle and Salesforce.com among others, all of whom spend tens of millions of dollars marketing their wares. Can open source compete?

A Linux user group in a Pacific paradise

What springs to your mind upon hearing the words"Tahiti" of"Fiji"? White sandy beaches? Spectacular sunsets? Blue lagoons with colorful marine life? While natural beauty is indeed one of the most attractive aspects of the South Pacific, you might be surprised to learn that on some of these paradise islands there are active Linux user communities and even officially registered Linux user groups (LUG). New Caledonia, which I had the pleasure to visit last month, is one such place.

Microsoft Loses, Spins Open XML Vote

While the ISO hasn't made its official announcement, Microsoft conceded that it had been unsuccessful in its attempt to make Open XML an ISO standard.

Book Review Shell Script Pearls

Shell Script Pearls is designed to provide information about shell scripting. The book is collection with all tips and code sample you need to learn about shell scripting. Author has clearly demonstrated unique tools and script samples that go beyond the level of basic scripting. The book is useful for geeks, hackers, sys admin and advanced users. The book doesn’t explain basic programming structure and syntax. If you are the beginner get some basic book or start with our own tutorial. You will find lots of useful collection of a shell scripts and practical examples that can be used in day today life.

Vote closes on draft ISO/IEC DIS 29500 standard - (OOXML fails ISO certification at this time)

A ballot on whether to publish the draft standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, as an International Standard by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has not achieved the required number of votes for approval.

Shell, terminal, console — the basics

  • PolishLinux.org; By adz (Posted by michux on Sep 4, 2007 2:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this article we’d like to present the basic concepts needed to navigate the console world. We are going to find out what a shell is all about, what is a terminal, and what the famous console is actually for.

How To Set Up A Facebook RSS Feed Reader Application For Your Blog

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 4, 2007 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
This guide shows how you can build an RSS feed reader application for the social network Facebook that will display your blog's/web site's RSS feed on the profile pages of Facebook users (that have installed the RSS feed reader application). Each item of the RSS feed will have a Share button so that people can share the story with their friends, and the application will have an Invite link so that people can invite up to ten friends at once to also install this feed reader application. I will use PHP5 to build the RSS feed reader application. To parse the RSS feed and generate HTML from it, I will use Magpie RSS.

Microsoft edges closer to OOXML standard

Amid intense lobbying and politics Microsoft has moved closer to achieving its goal of having Office Open XML (OOXML) ratified as an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standard. But, it now seems, the company may have to wait until next year before getting the official thumbs up.

KnowledgTree partners with Novell

KnowledgeTree, the Cape Town-based open source document management company, has partnered with Novell to offer their system to SUSE Linux Enterprise customers.

Foresight Linux Newsletter Issue 6

This month's issue features an update on the Foresight Linux 2.0 development and release dates, upcoming speaking engagements by members of the Foresight Linux team, and an introduction and overview to PackageKit.

The problems of counting Linux desktops

Here's what we know beyond doubt. First, the Linux desktop is gaining in popularity. Second, it's doing so at the expense of the Windows desktop. After that, things get muddy. For example, our recent DesktopLinux survey results, clearly show that there is simply more interest in Linux desktop. After all, more than twice as many people filled out our survey this year when compared to the 2006 survey.

Expert: Open XML loses standards battle

Standards expert and attorney Andrew Updegrove has predicted that on Sept. 4 the International Organization for Standards will announce that the draft ISO specification based on Microsoft's Office Open XML formats failed to make the standardization grade.

Nouveau project hacks away at free Nvidia drivers

Currently, GNU/Linux users with Nvidia graphics cards have two choices: Either use the proprietary drivers and violate their free software principles, or use the free nv driver and do without 3-D acceleration. The Nouveau project is working to overcome this dilemma by producing its own set of fully functional free Nvidia drivers. We talked to Stephane Marchesin and Ben Skeggs, two of the active developers in Nouveau, about the history of the project and the current status of its work.

US Bank to Fund Open Source Projects

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 4, 2007 2:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
For many open source enthusiasts, the problem is finding the funds to help support their favorite open source projects, which include various Linux distros. It's not that we do not have the money, it's the method of forwarding the necessary funds that's the problem.

First Look at SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta 3

SimplyMEPIS has never been my first choice of a Linux OS. I was surprised at how familiar looking it really was. Check out my short screenshot tour as well as my short flash video of SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta.

RenaissanceCore IDS Seeks to take Intrusion Detection to the Next Level

Blue GNU got Jim Sansing to talk about the fairly new RenaissanceCore IDS project, and what they have been able to accomplish. It's certainly a project you might want to consider, especially if security is your gig.

Linux: Discussing the Really Fair Scheduler

Ingo Molnar reviewed Roman Zippel's Really Fair Scheduler code, suggesting that much of the work was similar to that which was being done by Peter Zijlstra, "all in one, we don't disagree, this is an incremental improvement we are thinking about for 2.6.24. We do disagree with this being positioned as something fundamentally different though - it's just the same thing mathematically, expressed without a "/weight" divisor, resulting in no change in scheduling behavior. (except for a small shift of CPU utilization for a synthetic corner-case)"

First Look at Mandriva 2008 Beta 2

Our first look at the new Mandriva 2008. Only in beta form at the moment we thought a short screenshot tour would be nice... Enjoy...

If this were any other JTC1 Proposal, the OOXML Vote Would be Over Now

Public announcements of how P members of ISO have voted on OOXML are now rolling in one at a time, and the trend thus far is meaningfully weighted towards "No with comments." If this was a month ago, that would already be enough to block approval. Here's why.

Panasonic puts Linux PCs at 35,000 feet

Today, I read a short note in the latest (print issue) c’t magazine about Singapore Airlines, who currently assemble Panasonic PCs into each seat of their new Airbus A380 fleet. All of the systems will run a Red Hat-based Linux variant on a VIA hardware, and screen sizes differ from 10.6″ in economy to 23″ in first class. Fasten your seatbelts, ladies, gentlemen - and penguins...

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