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Kurdish translation of Ubuntu stirs controversy in Turkey

Controversy followed the release of a Kurdish translation of Ubuntu in Turkey last week. The release was originally reported in Millyet, a Turkish national newspaper, on November 21. This first release of a Kurdish language operating system and software has caused a stir in Turkey, where, up until 1991, it was illegal even to speak Kurdish in public.

Developing Linux apps for the Trolltech Greenphone

Foreword: Trolltech's Linux/Qtopia-powered Greenphone aims to provide a real (rather than emulated) hardware platform for mobile phone application developers to test their applications on. This hands-on review takes an in-depth look at the phone's software environment, and at the development tools supplied with the phone.

Browser Smackdown: Firefox vs. IE vs. Opera vs. Safari

  • Computerworld; By Scot Finnie, Dennis Fowler, Preston Gralla and Ken Mingis (Posted by dcparris on Dec 6, 2006 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft, Mozilla
Four experts go head-to-head (to-head-to-head) to defend their Web browser of choice in an opinionated free-for-all.

[This one will make you feel all warm and runny inside - everyone's a winner! - dcparris]

5-point checklist for understanding Linux as part of a virtual ...

When executives from VMware Inc. and commercial Linux vendor Red Hat said they would expand cooperation between the two companies on the Linux front, it signaled a possible shift in the way IT managers might look at operating system distribution in the future.

Terracotta's Open Source JVM Clustering Project Well-Received

On Monday, clustering provider Terracotta announced that it is launching a new open source project around its Java Virtual Machine clustering product line. The company hopes to increase adoption of the technology by open source developers.

Why Ajax Works So Well with Ruby

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 6, 2006 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
The hype for Ajax, a technique for making Web pages more interactive, is in overdrive. In this article, find out why Ajax works so well with the flourishing Ruby on Rails framework to make Ajax on Rails a powerful combination.

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  • And the desktop Linux survey says...

    •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Dec 6, 2006 7:44 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
    Analysis -- The OSDL's Desktop Working Group recently concluded a survey on what areas of development are most important to desktop Linux users. The results, now in, will be put to immediate use at the next Desktop Architects Meeting this week in Portland.

    [Meanwhile, we hope they'll take Carla Schroder's suggestion that the various distro leaders team up to push for support. - dcparris]

    More Power to Linux, IBM says

    Enough of this Lintel stuff, IBM says. More Power to Linux.

    Sun Announces the Latest in Open Source Tools..

    NetBeans Community offers Developers Tools Designed to Fuel the Build Out of Next Generation Web Applications and Integrated Support For Building Native Applications

    Mandriva Linux, 3D on a flash drive

    Mandriva Flash is meant for all those who want to have a complete OS and their personal data handy at all times without the hassle of carrying a laptop around. It is a full workstation, packed with all the latest technologies.

    Novell Supports Linux Professional Institute's Upcoming Enterprise-Level Certification

    Cooperation Aimed at Driving Open Source Adoption.

    Edgy Kubuntu: A great desktop alternative

    After testing Kubuntu on an office machine Ian Gilfillan takes the next step and installs the latest version, Edgy Eft, on his laptop. Despite a couple of hardware obstacles, he is impressed by the result.

    ResellersPanel Debuts API and Launches a Hosting Plan Creator

    The UK Linux-based web host ResellersPanel has incorporated API (Application Programming Interface) software into its hosting platform, and has launched Liquid Plan Builder – a web hosting tool, which allows the resellers to create their own hosting plans.

    Terracotta Enters the Open Source Arena with JVM

    erracotta is planning to open source its Java Virtual Machine (JVM) clustering software. Open source software companies like Spring, Geronimo, Tomcat and others support this move. “Terracotta’s move will have a positive impact on the Java open source community,” said Jeff Genender, CTO and chief architect of Savoir Technologies and active committer and Project Management Committee (PMC) member for Apache Geronimo.

    More on Novell and ODF

    David Berlind posted an interesting interview yesterday with Justin Steinman, Novell's director of marketing. In that exchange, Steinman doesn't show any cards regarding Microsoft's plans, but he does confirm that the conversion code that Novell is developing to make its office suite "bi-directional" will be "100% open source."

    Red Hat partners with Sirius

    Red Hat announced that European Open Source deployment specialist, Sirius Corporation, has become a Red Hat Advanced Partner. By partnering with Sirius Corporation, Red Hat is further extending its outreach to organisations looking to implement integrated, enterprise-class Open Source solutions. Sirius Corporation brings with it a reputation as a top-tier Open Source implementation specialist, responsible for some of the largest and most complex deployments of Open Source technologies in the UK.

    Novell revenues drop, but rise in Linux and identity management areas

    Novell, Inc. has announced preliminary financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2006. These financial results are preliminary because Novell, during the third fiscal quarter, began a self- initiated, voluntary review of the company's historical stock-based compensation practices and related potential accounting impact.

    Facts and Friction on Open Source and Free Software

    A description of differences and a modern perspective on the friction between Open Source and Free Software views.

    Novell: where have the PR folk gone?

    It is difficult to find a better case of bad timing than Novell's announcement this week that it would be implementing support for Microsoft's OpenXML format in its (Novell's) version of

    A New Way to Introduce Linux

    •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 6, 2006 12:28 PM EDT)
    • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
    While I would certainly not wish to speak for everyone, I do try to introduce Linux to just about anyone that will listen. And even though I would rather avoid using the “XGL whiz-bang gloss” to do so, I think, for a long time, the bootable Linux CD was a seriously effective way to get the word out.

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