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Massachusetts reaffirms move to ODF

The State of Massachusetts has reaffirmed its commitment to begin using the OpenDocument Format by Jan. 1, 2007, a move that has been welcomed by the ODF Alliance.

Ease database management and automate functions with triggers in MySQL

In SQL terms, a trigger is "procedural code that is automatically executed in response to certain events on a particular table in a database" (Wikipedia). More simply, it is a stub of code that is automatically activated when a particular database event, such as an INSERT or DELETE, occurs.

Firefox Extension Promises Private P2P

AllPeers released a beta Thursday of what it called the most ambitious Firefox extension to date, a peer-to-peer application that would allow friends and family to share files and content between one another in a private setting.

Open-source stack providers getting squeezed?

Pure-play open-source software providers are being squeezed out of the enterprise market by increasingly complete offerings from application and OS providers, according to a report from The 451 Group's just-launched "Commercial Adoption of Open Source" (CAOS) service. The report's findings may be applicable to embedded Linux stack providers, as well.

Making Linux and Windows network management easy

OK, "easy" really isn't the word for heterogeneous network management. Still, with the right tools, managing Windows and Linux systems on a LAN can go from dragging blocks, to building a pyramid, to using wheels to move those massive stone blocks. Over at Linux-Watch's sister publication, eWEEK, we recently reviewed Centeris' Likewise Management Suite 2. This is a management program for Windows Server 2003 and W2K server managers who know how to snap an AD (Active Directory) whip, but aren't too clear on Linux management details.

Geronimo Serves Up One-Click Upgrades with Plug-In Support

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sing Li (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 24, 2006 9:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The ability to install and create plug-ins is one of the most anticipated new features in the Apache Geronimo 1.1 release. This article introduces you to Geronimo plug-ins and shows you how to find them, install them, and create them yourself. Plug-ins open a new world of instant upgrades for Geronimo users. You can now download new applications and services and have them running on your Geronimo server within minutes.

NVIDIA - Linux Display Driver - AMD64/EM64T

On 24 August 2006 NVIDIA released a 64-bit Linux driver that got 1.0-7184 as serial number. The driver permits the use of some older graphics controllers under 64-bit Linux.

Kerala logs on to free software

  • Business Standard; By Sanjeev Ramachandran (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 8:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It’s the free software mantra that is doing the rounds in the state these days. When free software guru Richard Stallman came calling, he too supported the idea. The thoughts got louder with chief minister V S Achuthanandan, known for his stance against monopoly companies, coming out strongly in support of free software.

[This is just one of the articles I have been seeing about RMS's Tour of India. I think the timing of his Tour is right on the mark. - Scott]

Linux update becomes terminal pain

Many users of the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution found themselves on Tuesday thrown back to mid-1990s, when a botched update to the graphical X Window subsystem brought them face-to-face with the command-line terminal.

SCALE Announces 2007 Expo Dates and Call For Papers

Bigger and Badder! The Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Expo is coming! It will be February 10-11, 2007, at The Westin Los Angeles Airport

New Mass ODF Rollout Date is June 2007

We've already learned from press accounts that Mass. will use plugins for those with disabilities, and that the January 2007 date for full implementation of ODF has slipped. Now we know what the new date is

This week at LWN: Fighting image spam

A number of spammers have been evading filters like SpamAssassin (SA) recently by encoding their messages as images. SA already has a set of rules that are meant to combat image spam, but the more recent messages (typically for stock scams or pharmacy products) have been crafted to avoid them. This would indicate, once again, that spammers are using SA to pre-test their messages and are modifying them to get through. SA developers, however, are up to the challenge and two specific countermeasures have been released.

French company embraces, contributes to free software

Dental-On-Line, a French company selling hardware and software for use in dentists' offices, offers full dental assistance suites and associated services. The twenty-first century dentist's office includes a computer with a touchscreen interface for displaying a patient's oral X-rays, photographs, medical history, treatment plans, and other information, all of which needs to be kept secure and backed up.

Update Your XML with XSLT, Apache Ant, and Java SE

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tom Coppedge (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 24, 2006 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Learn the method for automating updates to a library of XML files so that they all conform to an updated XML schema in this two part tutorial series. In Part 1, you learn the steps in the entire process, and then create an XSLT stylesheet to update the XML files. In Part 2, you learn to install, configure, and run Ant and Java SE to iteratively transform each of your XML files based on the updates specified in your XSLT stylesheet.

Reg unleashes turbocharged search engine

We're delighted to announce today what some you may have already noticed: El Reg now has a new, improved, search engine facility to better help you navigate our burgeoning roster of sites.

Running Terminal Programs in the Background with Screen

  • PCBurn; By Inhibit (Posted by Inhibit on Aug 24, 2006 3:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sometimes you just need to run a process in the background. Today we're going over an easy method of accomplishing that using the full screen multiplexer program "screen" with a port forwarded SSH session as an example.

Minimalist tools for writers

Doing word processing without a dedicated word processor may seem like an absurd idea, but it actually makes a lot of sense, as long as you have the right set of writing tools -- a solid text editor, the txt2tags utility, and Aspell spelling software.

Echo2 versus GWT

A little while ago, I wrote about the GWT (Google Web Toolkit) here, which I'm particularly interested in as it provides a pure Java environment that can be translated into pure AJAX-style code. This means that a Java developer can work with the GWT and create effective, lightweight, interactive websites without the need to get into how AJAX is implemented.

A conversation with Eben Moglen

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Eben Moglen is a man who wears many hats: professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, general counsel for the Free Software Foundation, and chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Last week at the LinuxWorld Conference& Expo in San Francisco, I sat down with Moglen to get an update on the draft process of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3), his opinion on modified versions of the GPL, and the status of the SFLC.

Bioknoppix and Medical Live CDs

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Peter Murray (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
While researching a review article on free/libre and open source in healthcare, I came across some examples of attempts to integrate/bundle GNU/Linux with other health-related applications.

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