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Software Product Documentation

  •; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Aug 14, 2006 6:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How to write good documentation for your product and why it is important ? The ideal software would be free of errors and so easy to use that everybody would be familiar with it the minute they start the application.

Open-source E-Mail Options On The March

A scrum of scrappy e-mail providers are updating their offerings, pegging their news to LinuxWorld Expo opening in San Francisco on Monday.

DistroWatch Weekly: openSUSE anniversary, Robbins returns to Gentoo, Ulteo, Central America

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 14, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 32nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The openSUSE project celebrated its first year in existence last week and it has a lot to be proud of: two great releases, many new users and a solid base for Novell's enterprise products. In the meanwhile, the founder of Gentoo Linux Daniel Robbins is once again working on his old project, while the creator of Mandrake Linux Gaël Duval keeps on hacking on the mysterious Ulteo distribution. But not all is good news this week - we are sad to say good-bye to Shawn Milo and the podcast edition of DistroWatch Weekly. Finally, if you live in Central America, don't miss the statistical table summarising visits to DistroWatch from your region. Happy reading!

Digipede's Powers: The Next McNealy?

The one thing that never ceases to amaze me when speaking with Digipede CEO John Powers is how frank he can be. Some might consider that a bad personality trait to have when trying to make a name for your upstart company; I am not one of those people.

Start-up Vyatta launches open-source router

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Matt Hamblen (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 14, 2006 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software for use in networking applications is relatively rare, but start-up Vyatta recently released free software that provides basic router functions, while running on a commodity PC.

PalmSource Releases Newly Created Software Library to the Open Source Community

Created as part of the ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP), the libsqlfs library is an add-on to the popular SQLite package. The libsqlfs software library was designed to provide a more flexible and convenient way to implement an Open Mobile Alliance-Device Management (OMA-DM) compliant registry.

Using umask

  • - Feature Stories; By Ryan W. Maple (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 14, 2006 1:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The umask can be used to control the default file permission on newly-created files. Announces Launch of Banner Exchange

Fossystems today announced the launch of its new online resource, The banner exchange will serve as a provider of free advertising opportunities for open source, BSD and Linux related websites.

Class Assignment: Implement a Open Source Solution for Non-Profits

The undergraduate students in the George Fox University management and business information systems program this fall will tackle a tough assignment familiar to non-profit organizations everywhere.

HP offers Debian Linux support

Debian is a steadfastly noncommercial version of Linux. But Hewlett-Packard will give it a big corporate hug Monday with the announcement of a plan to provide support for the open-source operating system.

Mozilla/Firefox Used by 68 Percent of UK Universities and Colleges

Mozilla-based programs and open source software in general are becoming increasingly accepted by UK universities and colleges, according to OSS Watch, a group that provides advice and guidance on free and open source software to UK educational institutions.

IBM Unveils Linux IM

The company will announce at LinuxWorld that its Lotus Sametime IM platform will support Linux. Meanwhile, HP will introduce its Debian Linux effort.

How To Create Cool Effects in a Terminal

Ubuntu can be configured and managed from the desktop for the most part but occasionally, you may still have to open a terminal session to get some work done.

KDE Commit-Digest for 13th August 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: kdesu, the KDE application privileges manager, gets long-awaited support for the sudo method. Strigi gets .rpm and .deb package contents indexing capabilities, and can now index UTF-8 encoded text. Guidance gets a new power manager applet. Code import for the Physiks educational Summer Of Code project. Amarok gets support for MTP media devices. Work starts on porting KGoldRunner to KDE 4. Rewrites begin in the KReversi game and Oskar media player. GUI optimisations in KTorrent and KTU (KDE Translation Updater). Experiments using Kexi as a database backend in KPhotoAlbum, and rendering SVG in Unity.

Create Incremental Snapshot-style Backups With rSync And SSH

As neither human nor computers are perfect (humans err / computers may fail) it is quite obvious that a good backup system will prevent too much damage once the computer may go down. This could be either because the harddrive is failing, because of hackers, because you accidentally deleted something important, ...

Neowin’s Shift Linux Distro Reaches 0.3

Tech news and discussions website,, has started developing it’s own distribution of Linux, titled Shift, which has just reached version 0.3. Shift is not being built entirely from scratch, but is instead a derivative of another linux distribution called Morphix.

Linux 101: Efficient software management with the Advanced Package Tool in Debian

One of the characteristic features of any Linux distribution is its official software management system. Just as RPM to some degree defined Red Hat Linux throughout much of its history so too has the DEB package format helped to define the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Explore the benefits of the Advanced Package Tool (APT) package manager for the Debian Linux distribution.

[A nice review of Debian and information on how APT works - Scott]

Open source project may help end homelessness in Toronto

Dr. Tomislav Svoboda spends a lot of time working to improve the plight of the homeless in Toronto. He began his residency by working at the Seaton House, Canada's largest homeless shelter, which cares for about 700 men. Svoboda and Seaton House director Art Manuel are transforming the way the homeless receive services in this city. In their quest to provide the best care possible and to fulfill their vision to end the problem of homelessness in Toronto, Svoboda and Manuel aren't afraid to challenge paradigms by using non-traditional tools, like a small glass of wine and a full-blown open source development project.

Micro-Evolution: Dates and Contacts

The developers at Opened Hand have released a pair of lightweight, low-resource applications for calendaring and address book management. They were designed to run on small embedded systems such as Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet and the Sharp Zaurus -- but that doesn't mean you can't use them on your desktop Linux box just as easily.

PC turns 25? Apple may beg to differ

Today, as everybody kicks up their heels at the offices of PC manufacturers worldwide celebrating the 25th anniversary of the desktop computer known as the IBM PC, one wonders what Steve Jobs and the crew over at Apple Computer must be thinking.

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