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Latin America's free software revolution challenges U.S. corporate domination

  • Guerrilla News Network (Posted by dave on Jun 29, 2005 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In 2002, then-U.S. ambassador to Peru John Hilton delivered a threatening letter to the Peruvian congress on behalf of a powerful American special interest. The letter stated that the Microsoft Corporation and its chairman Bill Gates disapproved of Peruvian politicians debating a proposed law, Special Bill 1609, which favored the use of free software in its government ministries. Hilton warned its passage would harm U.S.-Peru relations. The bill was quietly dropped after then-Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was invited by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to personally receive a donation for a Toledo controlled Peruvian foundation.

OpenOffice 2.0 Beta Review

  • OSJournal.com; By Visnu (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 29, 2005 5:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
I have been exploring the use of free Open Source software as an alternative to Microsoft Software for quite some time now. I have been using Open Office for about 8 months now for my word processing needs. In a nutshell I am satisfied. Last week the version 2.0 was released, I downloaded it as soon as it was made available, on first view, even though the key functionality in version 2.0 Beta remains largely intact, it promises dozens, possibly hundreds, of changes.

New Fedora core something to crow about

Finally Fedora Core 4 (FC4) has been released, and its time to get rid of the broken FC3. It took me about an hour to upgrade from FC3 to FC4 (codenamed Stentz) but it did not immediately fix anything – the menu was confusing, missing some icons and so on.

Sun Goes Large For Open Source

Sun Microsystems flung open the doors to its code with an extension of its open sourcing initiatives. Monday's announcements here at JavaOne, Sun's annual developer conference, included the open-sourcing of its application server and enterprise Java technologies, along with the introduction of a new spec for business integration. Executives promised still more code to come.

AMD sues Intel for monopoly abuse

  • BBC News - World Edition; By none listed (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Jun 28, 2005 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
The lawsuit covers x86 microprocessors, used to run PC operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Solaris and Linux systems. AMD said its lawsuit alleges that Intel has coerced customers away from dealing with AMD, and was based on evidence obtained from 38 companies.

Sun cools down Linux desktop plan

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Java Desktop System will continue to exist, but expect to see "less of an emphasis" on it, company's top software exec says.

Device Profile: ZTE e3 Linux camera phone

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of China's largest telecommunications equipment companies has used Linux and Qtopia Phone Edition to build a dual-band GSM mobile phone with a 1.3MP camera and unique pivoting color touchscreen. ZTE's e3 has strong multimedia and video capabilities, along with a full web browser and Chinese-English translation software.

Sun outlines open source, tools plans, IBM truce

  • Techworld.com (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
Sun will publish its Java System Application Server under a form of open source licence, company president Jonathan Schwartz announced this week. However, the move has received no positive reaction from technology and financial observers who remain unconvinced that Sun is serious about open source.

BEA Widens Open Source Support

  • InternetNews.com (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a move that reflects the growing popularity of the open source platforms, BEA Systems is adding support for the Spring Framework for developing Java-based Web applications, and the open source Web application framework, Apache Struts.

SugarCRM Appoints Larry Augustin as Member of Board of Directors

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 11:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Medsphere CEO brings knowledge of Open Source Technologies to SugarCRM, Customer Relationship Management solutions

Fedora Weekly News Issue 2

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 2 of Fedora Weekly News.

Open Source and the Legend of Linksys

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 10:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
People want to know what, exactly, can they get away with. To answer this, it's important to understand how violations of the GPL appear on the enforcement radar screen, so here is how: Somebody rats on you, usually your competitors or disgruntled employees.

Nokia's open source advantage

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 9:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia's challenge? Sell more mobile phones. To do that, it needed to beat the competition on features. And to do that, it turned to open source. Hold on, you may be saying, that doesn't sound right. Open source is good for many things, but sustainable competitive advantage isn't one of them. Anything you implement using open source today your competitors can implement tomorrow. That's true, but it isn't the whole picture.

PCLinuxOs Review

  • www.ReviewLinux.com; By James Roettger (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 28, 2005 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
A simple review, geared towards the new Linux user. Explore PCLinuxOs a great Distro, that is stable, powerful, secure, and user friendly.

World's Largest Gathering of Linux-Itanium Experts at Gelato Meeting

Over 150 scientists, developers, and engineers convened from all around the globe for the May 2005 meeting of the Gelato Federation, an international organization dedicated to advancing Linux on the Intel Itanium processor.

I.B.M. Agrees to Modify Its Software for Sun Line

Sun had been trying to seal a new alliance with I.B.M. for the last year, and executives at both companies said Monday that pressure from large customers had been a central factor in forcing the renewed alliance. [An understatement from Jonathan Schwartz]: "To be honest, we've had a little bit of a chill in our I.B.M. relationship ..." Story also cites AMD new chips and software: Java plus WebSphere.

Open Source Enterprise Content Management

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by dave on Jun 28, 2005 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Alfresco is the first open source enterprise-scale content management system that includes a modern content repository, an out-of-the-box portal framework for managing and using content designed to work with standard portals, and a groundbreaking Common Internet File System (CIFS) interface that provides Microsoft Windows file system compatibility.

Latest Microsoft Oppression

Msn.com updated to filter mouse click events such that right-clicking functionality is only provided by IE. Firefox user's attempt to open links in another tab find themselves SOL as a right click attempt simply behaves as a left click thereby proceeding to the Msn site in the current window. This is completely uncalled for. Just because open source is stealing IE's market share they had to go below the belt and pull an immature stunt like this. As far as I am concerned there is no legit security reason for a move like this so I am curious to hear their response when confronted. Spread the word!

Announcing BatchLogin

Have you ever found yourself logging into several servers, serial fashion, just to do the same repetitive task and found yourself wondering why the login process itself couldn't be automated? If so, this software may be for you...

KNOPPIX 4.0 Screenshot Tour

Distrowatch reports - Presented for the first time yesterday at Linux Tag in Karlsruhe, the much awaited "Live DVD" edition of KNOPPIX 4.0 is now available as a BitTorrent download from several sources. The new version contains over 4 GB of compressed files or over 2,600 packages, including the full KDE 3.4.1 and GNOME 2.8.1 desktop environments, OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta, and the usual array of server, development and multimedia applications.

OSDir grabbed some nice shots of this release.

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