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Open source at the National Education Computing Conference

Open source software made a big showing earlier this month at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego. Presentations were made on a variety of open source topics including advocacy, programming, deployment, and education software. [...] Huffman comments that the "time needed for a Windows-using high school student to acclimate him or herself to the Linux desktop [is] 10 minutes."

[Based on my experience during a recent family reunion, I would say that is highly accurate. - dcparris]

ISO 27001: A new standard for IT security

  • IT Manager's Journal; By Mikael Vingaard (Posted by dcparris on Jul 27, 2006 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Information security flaws can create havoc within your business operations. The ISO 27001 standard for information security management systems can help to locate existing security problems and prevent future threats before they prove harmful to your organization.

GPLv3 Draft Moves Forward, Torvalds Unimpressed

  • Linuxwatch.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by hkwint on Jul 27, 2006 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The latest draft revision of the GPL 3 open-source license is out, but Linux creator Linus Torvalds doesn't see any new reasons to use it for Linux. (Linux-Watch)

Scalix To Open Source E-Mail

Scalix will offer up a good chunk of its next e-mail release to the open source world, the company said Wednesday. Components of Scalix Community Edition will be available under a license modeled on the Mozilla Public License (MPL). That will enable the legal use of third-party code not licensed under the MPL to coexist with commercial code. A commercial license will also be available for the Scalix enterprise product.

While this is not the first company to open source a software package, but now we're seeing a market battle centered around Free/Open Source Software

Comodo launches Zero Touch Linux (ZTL)

Comodo Group has announced the launch of Zero Touch Linux (ZTL) for Back Office Automation in one easy to install package.

Sun and Greenplum Launch Commercial Open Source Data Warehouse ...

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Greenplum unveiled a data warehouse appliance built from open source software and general purpose systems. Powered by the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and PostgreSQL, both the mature product of open source development, this breakthrough solution aims to deliver two orders of magnitude better price-performance over the competition.

Why We Migrated Our Zope Blog To WordPress

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Jul 27, 2006 12:39 PM EDT)
When we first built our newsblog, existing blogging software was dumb and ugly. So we wrote our own blogware in Python, using Zope as the platform. It was beyond state-of-the-art. But blogging software grew up with lots of exciting features, while simply maintaining our custom-built platform became more and more painful for our guy with more important things to do. In the end, we gained a lot, and lost a little.

Missoula Organization to Offer Free Computers

"Helping the Needy get Nerdy"

“The idea here is to bridge the digital divide,” says a zealous Cole Moeller, “to provide free access to all.” He’s been talking so much he’s completely ignored the veggie burger and fries sitting cold on his plate. “It will be a resource for and an integral part of the Missoula community.”

An XML Language for Emotions?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jul 27, 2006 11:34 AM EDT)
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Five years ago, Tim Berners-Lee announced his vision of the Semantic Web. Now, the W3C has launched a new activity called the "Emotion Incubator Group," and its purpose is to take us beyond the narrow range of the emoticon to a Web that can incorporate information about emotions into Web pages.

Editors of Mac website switch to Ubuntu

The editors of popular Mac website ResExcellence have switched to Linux and made public their complaints about the Mac community. Judging by most comments posted by readers they are not making any friends.

The real reason for Windows activation

Thanks to Anonymous Reader at Ed Foster's Gripelog for getting me started thinking on this storyline. This is one side of an actual conversation with Microsoft tech support, recorded 2-3 years from now.

KDE and Distributions: SabayonLinux

Sabayon Linux is quite a new addition to the family of KDE distributions.

Tutorial: Overhauling CUPS: Pushing Windows Printer Drivers

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jul 27, 2006 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Network printing is a leading cause of high blood pressure and premature hair loss in our long-suffering network administrator demographic. Fortunately, the FOSS world, as usual, does its best to mitigate our suffering. Today you shall learn how to use CUPS and Samba together to set up automagic client printer installations.

Is Linux Ready For The Fight Ahead?

Lately there has been a lot of talk about how Red Hat is working towards becoming the standard for the desktop market here in the U.S. In addition to that, I have just learned that Novell is working to front a full scale assault on Microsoft's Vista as they ready their own Linux distribution, SuSE 10.1 and that super-cool xgl feature based on OpenGL.

Open letter to nVidia - plus some background on that

No; this time it’s no open letter from me, or from us. It is from Floris Kraak, and it was published in LWN.net here. For those of you who need an update about why binary & closed source (video) drivers are to be considered evil, read this - and please also follow the comments, like in the above article as well.

Does dual licensing threaten free software?

After the dotcom doldrums of the past five years, there is a new wind blowing through the world of commercial software. It's open source, but not as we know it. The first-generation start-ups like LinuxCare, TurboLinux and even Red Hat, were essentially service companies. Today, an increasingly-favored approach is to employ dual licensing to create two revenue streams: one based on providing services for free software and the other through traditional commercial licenses to products that are generally based on the free software version.

Open BI Forum: Live ... From the World Technology Community ... It's Open Source BI!

Back in the mid 70s, Saturday Night Live (SNL) arrived on late night TV with a radically different approach to live entertainment. The first few seasons represented a true experiment in network television, departing from the cookie-cutter prime time variety shows of the era and introducing a new brand of raw, energetic - and irreverent - comedy.
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In the past few years, a similar upstart has emerged to confront the mature, staid proprietary software market.
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New OS players are emerging, and software powers such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle are making serious accommodations to the growing threat.

Electronic Tools Company Receives Synopsys Sixth Annual Tenzing Norgay Interoperability Achievement Award

EDA Company Honored for Key Contributions to Open Source Parser for Liberty(TM) Library Format

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in semiconductor design software, announced that Electronic Tools Company (also known as E-Tools), a leader in EDA (Electronic Design Automation) data interchange tools and services, has received Synopsys' sixth annual Tenzing Norgay Interoperability Achievement Award for its key contributions to the parser for the open source Liberty(TM) library format. The Liberty parser developed by Electronic Tools Company is currently in use by over 50 EDA companies and 100 end-user companies.
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Liberty, the de facto standard in the EDA industry, was amongst the first to use an open source model for standardization.

From Back Bedroom to Country Mansion

The latest, and perhaps most ambitious plan, is to take on Adobe and Microsoft in an attempt to create a new industry standard in the graphics and publishing tool market. Xara Xtreme is evolving from a relatively niche graphics product for Windows only, into a general purpose graphics and publishing tool for Mac and Linux. Xara has recently open-sourced their product as part of this plan to establish it as an industry standard on Linux. This is territory neither Microsoft nor Adobe dare to tread.

[A rarity: a fascinating press release, with historical context! -- grouch]

Managing your net for next to nothing

Savvy network managers have long known the best way to quickly address some pesky network problems is to scour Internet sites such as freshmeat.net and SourceForge.net for freeware applications.

[Freeware? -- grouch]

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