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The Next Big Thing?

If, as the Apple iPhone has showed, one can be swept up in a mania by chic items, then you can put the iPhone behind you and jump to the Next Big Thing. Now.

CentOS 5.0 and Scientific Linux Live CDs -- first impressions

My test box seems to like Debian-based distros and dislike Fedora and SUSE. I've never been able to get Fedora, SUSE to even boot, in fact, on this VIA C7-equipped ECS EVEm motherboard. Early in the booting process, the system resets itself, and just keeps rebooting, never getting anywhere. So on my test box, I give up, but both the Red Hat-derived CentOS 5.0 and Scientific Linux 5.0 do load in my Dell Optiplex 3 GHz Pentium 4 work box, on which I can explore them as live CDs but not actually install them to the hard drive.

Open XML Translator Now Available To Freespire & Linspire Users

Linspire, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of the Open XML Translator within their latest released Freespire and Linspire products. Adding another interoperability tool to their core operating systems, the Open XML Translator enables bi-directional compatibility so that files saved in Open XML can be opened by OpenOffice users, and files created by OpenOffice to be save in Open XML format.

antiX MEPIS 6.5 Screenshots

MEPIS has announced the 'Spartacus' release of antiX, a lightweight derivative of MEPIS. AntiX is built and maintained by MEPIS a community member, as a free version of MEPIS for very old 32-bit PC hardware. AntiX is built using the MEPIS Linux 6.5 core including the MEPIS 2.6.15 kernel and utilities, but mostly it has a different set of default user applications: Fluxbox and IceWM, AbiWord, Gnumeric, Leafpad, Scite, Nano, GIMP, Firefox 2, Sylpheed-claws, Dillo.... AntiX is designed to work on computers with as little as 64 MB RAM and Pentium II or equivalent AMD processors. has a nice collection of antiX MEPIS 6.5 screenshots.

Work the Shell - 007's Favorite Game:"Baccarat"?

Work the Shell - 007's Favorite Game:"Baccarat"?

Open Source Community Honors Its Best and Brightest

SourceForge, Inc. today announced the finalists of its second annual Community Choice Awards. The awards recognize open source projects which not only have the most supportive community following, but also those which the community’s members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity

Microsoft Makes Another Linux Friend: Turbolinux

Microsoft announced that Asian Linux distributor Turbolinux is the latest Linux company to join its Ecma Open XML-Open Document Format Translator Project. Unlike the earlier Microsoft/Linux partnerships—Novell, Xandros and Linspire—there's no patent agreement or any other technical partnerships. This project seeks to create tools to build a "technical bridge" between Microsoft's Open XML Formats and ODF (Open Document Format).

Serial entrepreneurs find OSS"a no-brainer"

Together, Isaac Garcia and Arnulf Hsu have launched several successful businesses, including two that were eventually purchased by CNET. Garcia and Hsu were firmly in the Microsoft development camp, but recently they noticed what they call the increasing maturity of open source software. They decided to launch their latest endeavor, (CD), using an open source platform.

Microsoft vows to bark like a dog for you in 2008

Microsoft has promised "big dog" products and R&D spend next year, to defend its partner turf and go head-to-head against competitors new and old. Woof! Opening the company's annual Worldwide Partner Conference chief operating officer Kevin Turner adopted a combative tone during a morning session that acknowledged Microsoft partners are being bombarded by new alternatives in technology and platform choice, with on demand software and open source making Microsoft look dated.

Gobuntu is… go

Thanks to Colin and Evan’s efforts we now have daily images of a freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu, "Gobuntu". This is a call for developers who are interested in pushing the limits of content and code freedom - including firmware, content, and authoring infrastructure, to join the team and help identify places where we must separate out pieces that don’t belong in Gobuntu from the standard Ubuntu builds.

TurboLinux to Help Translate Open XML for Asia

Microsoft Corp. is enlisting Linux distributor TurboLinux Inc. to help tailor work being done to translate documents between Open XML and ODF file formats for Japanese and Chinese users. TurboLinux has joined the Microsoft-funded but community-led Open XML-ODF (Open Document Format) translator project and will help ensure that documents based on Open XML can communicate smoothly with ODF-based documents in Office suites that use Japanese and Chinese characters.

[A Groklaw poster insightfully notices that Microsoft has now enlisted all the original United Linux members, except for Mandriva. Coincidence? -- Sander]

Linus Torvalds Speaks: Have You Something To Ask?

What is the future of Linux and open source? What is the contribution of Indian community to the development of Linux kernel? There could be millions of such questions wandering in your mind. So, if you have questions for Linus Torvalds, feel free to ask. Just send in your question at The deadline to submit questions is 13 July 2007.

CentOS announces CentOS 5 i386 Live CD

The CentOS Development team is pleased to announce the availability of the CentOS 5 i386 Live CD. This CD is based on our CentOS-5.0 i386 distribution. This CD has a non writable /usr directory, which means it is not able to have software installed on it after boot up. That means that the purposes of this CD are to see if CentOS will boot/work on your hardware, to test some of the features of CentOS as a workstation, and to use as a Rescue CD.

A penguin, a panda & an animated paperclip walk into a bar

Fortune magazine has an interesting article stressing the Chinese market's importance to Microsoft's long term strategy, and touching on Linux's involvement in the Chinese market. So has Microsoft truly conquered China? I don't believe so.

Improved kprop script

I run a master and slave Kerberos servers, which requires setting up kprop to run regularly on the master server in order to transfer any changes to the slave server. I didn't like the standard script, because I only want to know about it in the event of failure. So I wrote this slightly improved script, which does just that.

rPath Launches Certified Software Appliance Architect Curriculum

rPath today announced it is launching a Certified Software Appliance Architect training curriculum, which will give participants the skills needed to build, deploy and maintain software appliances. The curriculum will employ a hands-on, lab-driven approach and focus on application packaging, software appliance design, image construction, lifecycle management, and virtualization technologies.

Linux: Completely Fair Scheduler Merged

Ingo Molnar's Completely Fair Scheduler has been merged into the Linux kernel for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.23 release.

Jabber servers - any experiences?

A request for opinion/experience today: does anyone have experience of running (local) Jabber servers under Linux? (Debian, ideally). I've been experimenting with setting up a Jabber server to run within our LAN. I would also very much like for it to hook into our LDAP/Kerberos setup.

Mandriva advances into Korea, the IT hub of Asia

Mandriva Korea (MetaNav) begins operations in order to offer Mandriva Linux solutions to organizations and people all over South Korea and the East Asia area. Mandriva, the global Linux distributor, selected MetaNav to become its official local representative in this fast growing technological environment in Asia. Mandriva and MetaNav reached an agreement to work together and co-develop open source products and services closely adapted to the East Asian market.

Canonical releases Launchpad component as open source

Canonical has announced the release of Storm, a open source object-relational mapping (ORM) tool for Python that can support simultaneous communication with multiple databases.

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