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Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.4 available

The OpenPKG project released version 2.4 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.4 consists of 562 selected (from a pool of over 880) packages.

Interview with Gaël Duval of Mandriva (ex MandrakeSoft)

1) Hi Gael, thank you for you availability. Can you tell us something about you? How are you? What's your work? What do you do in your life and your sparetime? What are your hobbies?

KOffice 1.4 gets the go-ahead

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest version of KOffice a new graphics tool and database manager. Now also uses OpenDocument file format.

OpenOffice.org Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Several years ago, I wrote "Opening Up to OpenOffice.org: Finding an Alternative to Microsoft Word" -- my most quoted article. At that time OpenOffice.org (OOo) was barely known, so I confined myself to highlights. Now that OOo is starting to be used in business, a more detailed look seems overdue. Accordingly, I compared the beta of OOo Writer 2.0 with Microsoft Word 2003. Both are adequate for most users' purposes, so I focused on functions that power users are likely to want:

The Role of Open Source in Enterprise Portals

  • B-EYE-Network (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When evaluating open-source solutions there are four main areas to consider: features provided, development effort, product cost and support.

IBM Linux Wizard for creating Workplace Applications

A Linux based plug-in for Rational Application Developer is the first, and currently only, wizard available to assist getting started with writing Workplace Collaboration Services components.

Open source makes business intelligence move

With an announcement this week supporting the Eclipse Foundation's push into the business intelligence (BI) market, Actuate has opened the door to open source BI.

New server NIC for Linux boxes makes intriguing claims

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Users looking to get more bandwidth out of Linux server connections may want to check out a new server adapter from start-up Level 5.

Progress Embraces Open Source with Eclipse-Based Tools

Progress Software's Joe Alsop explains the strategy behind the vendor's move to open source.

Fifty years of sharing open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Through its Academic Initiative, IBM is sharpening its focus on providing learning tools for college students interested in open standards and open source software on IBM products. But a volunteer-led group called SHARE has been working to teach open source methods to those already in the business world.

Final Week for First-Round Voting in 2005 Readers' Choice Awards

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We're closing in on the end of the first-round voting, so don't miss your last chance to write in your favorites.

JBoss Releases New Open-Source Portal

  • ADT Magazine (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: JBoss
JBoss Inc. released the latest version of its open-source, Java-based portal product. The new JBoss Portal 2.0 embraces the Java portlet API specification (JSR-168) and provides an extensible portal framework designed to integrate dynamic Web pages and applications within standardized reusable portlets.

ftp-master, ftp and db .debian.org moving - hosting sought

  • Mailing list; By James Troup (Posted by dave on Jun 22, 2005 4:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
I'm sorry to say that Debian's hosting of machines at Above.Net has come to an end...we are now actively soliciting hosting for these two machines

DShield - A community approach to intrusion detection

Analyzing firewall logs is key to understanding the threats your servers face. Knowing what the bad guys are looking for is the first step in assessing how vulnerable your servers are. Both open source and commercial firewalls make log information available to firewall administrator. But taking risk assessment a step further, what if there were a way to apply the principles that make open source software successful to firewall log analysis? A way to help yourself and others at the same time? The DShield project seeks to do just that.

Total cost of ownership: an expensive red herring

In the ongoing brand war between the Linux and Microsoft marketing factions much of the true value of each of the platforms has become lost in pointless debate, argues James Ainslie.

The ROI of open source

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on Jun 21, 2005 3:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The ROI of open-source software is a contentious issue. Several recent studies, conducted by Yankee Group, Jupiter Research, Forrester Research and others, have focused on the ROI of upgrading a Windows installation vs. switching to Linux and have concluded that it is less expensive to stick with Windows. But the reports miss a critical point: Switching from Windows to Linux is the worst-case ROI scenario. After all, the new platform requires training and perhaps hiring new personnel -- always expensive propositions -- vs. merely paying for licenses.

The Proprietary Curse

Proprietary, the one word that will send a shiver down any Free Software users spine, like Pandora's Box holding a whole wealth of curses inside just waiting to be unleashed. Any business can be proprietary, all they have to do is disallow you the luxury of having the source code, giving users no choice but to buy it through the simple fact that they have no choice but to buy it.

Iona readies open source ESB

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Jun 21, 2005 3:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Iona Technologies announced that it is to sponsor an open source enterprise service bus (ESB) project called Celtix, hosted by the ObjectWeb Consortium, in a move likely to accelerate commoditization at the low end of the ESB market.

Lobby4Linux Interview Ms. Joanie Mann, VP of Appgen Technologies, Inc

If you ask me, our competitor's products hedge their bets by designing their software with the odds that many businesses will fail in a couple of years. We build our applications for the businesses that grow and thrive.

Debian Weekly News - June 21st, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dave on Jun 21, 2005 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 25th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Jordi Mallach reported that the GNOME team has completed all uploads needed to bring GNOME 2.10.1 into unstable. With the presence at this year's LinuxTag and the first sarge DVD after the release this will become a hectic week for European Debian people.

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