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Two days ago, in a post called ODF Update: What Will Happen Next on Beacon Hill and When I reported that it looked like the Massachusetts legislature would adjourn without adopting a bill that would enable the enemies of ODF to block its implementation in Massachusetts.
The good news is that I was right. The bad news is that everything else decided on Beacon Hill today is bad news. Even the good news may not amount to much, on which more below.
The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its software, both on servers and desktops, with open-source.
With some activists claiming that the whole concept of patent pledges is misguided, ZDNet UK spoke with OSDL chief executive Stuart Cohen to find out the wider aims of the project.
It's a dangerous Internet out there, kids. If you are going to work on remotely connected machines, do it safely. Simple file transfers and interactive sessions have scp and ssh respectively; in fact there is hardly a commercial Web hosting provider left that doesn't support them. For more complicated scenarios we have VPN tools. But what if you need to work with files on a remote server, but find scp tedious in repetition and FreeS/WAN too cumbersome? You might find just what you're looking for in sshfs -- a tool for mounting a remote filesystem transparently and securely as if it were just another directory on your local machine.
- ..this release does feature a few installer improvements which some people may find useful (many synced from Debian), including: FAT filesystems may no longer be mounted in places which will break the system (#5374, #6441), The timezone question has been overhauled, is now asked before base system installation, and will no longer be asked at all for countries with only one meaningful modern timezone, Improved SMP kernel detection (for netboot or DVD installations), Various improvements to installer log file management and Writable CD/DVD devices are now properly excluded from the partitioner.
OSDir has some sweet shots of Kubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight 1.
This is an important piece of information that has baffled many enterprises. Highly recommended reading for anyone attempting to move Linux on the desktop into a Microsoft 2000 infrastructure.
November 21, 2005 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Daffodil Software and Denmark-based Unix/Linux/BSD web hosting company have announced a partnership designed to benefit the CRM community. The companies have established an affordable online CRM solution that maximizes the potential of EasySpeedy’s customer reach and will benefit those who want a hosted CRM solution, but do not want to maintain a server.
One teacher's willingness to dive into free software is helping the entire school to use a network that is newer, more secure and more diverse in its application--and the students love it.
Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. There is no rest for the developers of most distributions - following new development releases of SUSE and Ubuntu last week, the first test release of Fedora Core 5 is also expected shortly. What do you think of the new Mandriva 2006 and how does it compare with other KDE-centric distributions, such as Kubuntu 5.10? A long-time Mandriva user offers his views. Also in this issue: a new release of TheOpenCD, a quick look at RR4 Linux and an observation about the changing attitude of Microsoft towards Linux. Last but not least, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, affectionately known as GIMP, is exactly 10 years old today. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
Yunus Bookwala has published a tutorial dealing with setting up a WLAN HotSpot on a Linksys WRT54GS router using OpenWrt, ChilliSpot, and FreeRadius.
Today we interviewed Tim Baggett who used a bunch of Open Source applications to map a balloon race!
"We needed a mapping system for tracking long distance balloon flights that served two purposes. One was for the benefit of the race organizers who constantly monitor the position of the teams flying the balloons, while the second purpose was to provide real-time tracking updates to a web page so the general public can watch the event unfold. It's a bit like watching a three day horse race! After exploring several other possibilities for a solution, I settled on using the UMN MapServer, PHP MapScript, GDAL/OGR, Postgres/PostGIS and Apache2 on a RedHat Fedora3 system."
RELTRONICS offers a wide range of services including Novell and Suse Linux operating systems installation. They also provide administration and customisation of the Linux operating system and installation of various Linux software.
Linux is Linux and, sure, there are several other great desktops out there. Can I argue that Ubuntu hasn't made great strides in this area? Hell no. They most certainly have, and their progression has been duly noted as so many others have before them and are currently making. Although many might not see the difference, corporations such as Mandriva, Novell/SUSE, and Linspire strive to understand and cater to the lowest common denominator: the average consumer. Almost every other distribution available is a “geek only” thing no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise.
The Generative Internet is more than a seminal brief on behalf of the Net. It provides the intellectual and legal foundations for many arguments to come.
Although IBM already supports a free open source database engine called Cloudscape which provides a migration path to DB2, IBM feels that a free starter edition of DB2 could attract developers that would otherwise use an open source solution. A free DB2 version could also possibly prevent potential IBM customers from adopting the proprietary database solutions distributed by IBM's chief competitors in the database market. Microsft and Oracle both offer their own free starter editions: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, and Oracle Database XE.
At ccMixter, musicians and DJs are using Creative Commons licensing to share music content and build a community of artists, thanks to the open source back-end system ccHost, an infrastructure designed to facilitate storage, tracking, and sharing of multimedia content.
Banks worldwide are opting for the predictability and familiarity of Microsoft's Windows for application servers over Linux, according to a global financial services software company. [Ed: The article mentions only Australia and India. What about in the other 191 countries? - dcparris]
This week is all about simplicity. Mirdir provides a quick and easy way to make an ad hoc backup of important data. With it you can copy a file or directories to your keydisk, or save redundant copies of data you can't afford to lose. It tries to do only one thing, and do it well: mirror a directory.
Florian Mueller, the founder of the NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign that successfully opposed a European patent bill this year, believes that "those announcements by the OIN and the OSDL grossly overstate the effectiveness of those partially ill-conceived approaches. By misleading people they don't put us any closer to a real solution, but even further away from one."
"I'm a Linux advocate. I always want Linux to win. But, I refuse to lie to myself when it comes to Apple's potential with Mac OS X," Tom Adelstein writes for LXer.com. "OS X for Intel would change the PC landscape like no other operating system has or could. Apple should open-source their operating system, port Openoffice.org to Aqua and bundle it for Intel PC's. Offer it for $199 for a home edition and $299 for a professional edition and the world will say goodbye to Windows for good." [Ed: This is MacDailyNews' take on Adelstein's article.
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