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New Mass ODF Rollout Date is June 2007

We've already learned from press accounts that Mass. will use plugins for those with disabilities, and that the January 2007 date for full implementation of ODF has slipped. Now we know what the new date is

This week at LWN: Fighting image spam

A number of spammers have been evading filters like SpamAssassin (SA) recently by encoding their messages as images. SA already has a set of rules that are meant to combat image spam, but the more recent messages (typically for stock scams or pharmacy products) have been crafted to avoid them. This would indicate, once again, that spammers are using SA to pre-test their messages and are modifying them to get through. SA developers, however, are up to the challenge and two specific countermeasures have been released.

French company embraces, contributes to free software

Dental-On-Line, a French company selling hardware and software for use in dentists' offices, offers full dental assistance suites and associated services. The twenty-first century dentist's office includes a computer with a touchscreen interface for displaying a patient's oral X-rays, photographs, medical history, treatment plans, and other information, all of which needs to be kept secure and backed up.

Update Your XML with XSLT, Apache Ant, and Java SE

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tom Coppedge (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 24, 2006 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Learn the method for automating updates to a library of XML files so that they all conform to an updated XML schema in this two part tutorial series. In Part 1, you learn the steps in the entire process, and then create an XSLT stylesheet to update the XML files. In Part 2, you learn to install, configure, and run Ant and Java SE to iteratively transform each of your XML files based on the updates specified in your XSLT stylesheet.

Reg unleashes turbocharged search engine

We're delighted to announce today what some you may have already noticed: El Reg now has a new, improved, search engine facility to better help you navigate our burgeoning roster of sites.

Running Terminal Programs in the Background with Screen

  • PCBurn; By Inhibit (Posted by Inhibit on Aug 24, 2006 3:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sometimes you just need to run a process in the background. Today we're going over an easy method of accomplishing that using the full screen multiplexer program "screen" with a port forwarded SSH session as an example.

Minimalist tools for writers

Doing word processing without a dedicated word processor may seem like an absurd idea, but it actually makes a lot of sense, as long as you have the right set of writing tools -- a solid text editor, the txt2tags utility, and Aspell spelling software.

Echo2 versus GWT

A little while ago, I wrote about the GWT (Google Web Toolkit) here, which I'm particularly interested in as it provides a pure Java environment that can be translated into pure AJAX-style code. This means that a Java developer can work with the GWT and create effective, lightweight, interactive websites without the need to get into how AJAX is implemented.

A conversation with Eben Moglen

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Eben Moglen is a man who wears many hats: professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, general counsel for the Free Software Foundation, and chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC). Last week at the LinuxWorld Conference& Expo in San Francisco, I sat down with Moglen to get an update on the draft process of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3), his opinion on modified versions of the GPL, and the status of the SFLC.

Bioknoppix and Medical Live CDs

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Peter Murray (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
While researching a review article on free/libre and open source in healthcare, I came across some examples of attempts to integrate/bundle GNU/Linux with other health-related applications.

Making waves in the Ruby world

There are three projects in the Ruby world that really stood out this summer:JRuby,Mongrel, andRuport. It's not so much what they've done in terms of development (though that's been impressive), but how well they've communicated. This is something that a lot of projects don't do as well, so I wanted to take a look at what they've done in hopes that more projects might follow their lead.

Iona on course and moving closer to open source

  •; By John Kennedy (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Iona Technologies is claiming progress in all areas of its business and said its work in open source software will begin to translate into revenue from next year.

Open Source Image Archiving: Exif, IPTC, XMP and all that

Store metadata in the image. Actually I should be more precise about the word metadata here—there are essentially three significant types of metadata when in comes to digital images, when it comes to who created it and where it’s stored.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look at PCLinuxOS 0.93a

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks (Posted by ReviewLinux on Aug 24, 2006 11:08 AM EDT)
ReviewLinux.Com takes a quick look at the latest version of PCLinuxOS 0.93a. We were surprised at it's ease of use and great looking desktop. Probably a good distro for any beginner to look into. Its full of many application on this 655 meg iso. Download it and have a look!

Tips on keeping your Ubuntu Linux server secure

This article is excerpted from The Official Ubuntu Book by Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jesse and Ivan Krstic, copyright Prentice Hall. Reprinted with permission of Prentice Hall, all rights reserved.

CIO's Take a Top Down Approach to Open Source

  •; By Shamus McGillicuddy (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 24, 2006 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CIOs are taking over from those in the trenches and leading the charge into open source. Experts say enterprise use of open source has long been the provenance of developers and other rank-and-file IT pros, but as open source matures and more enterprise-ready tools become available, CIOs are taking over, bringing a new top-down approach to adoption.

Prosilica releases Linux software development kit

Prosilica has released a Linux software development kit (SDK) for their GigE Vision cameras. These GigE Vision gigabit Ethernet cameras, which have been used in wide range of Windows-based computer vision applications, can now also be easily used on Linux computers.

Designing a book with LyX

Self-publishing is becoming easier and cheaper, thanks in part to improved printing technologies and desktop publishing tools. If you've ever considered writing a book, you may have looked at the layout capabilities of Writer, AbiWord, KWrite, or other word processing programs. While these tools can produce adequate results for many types of documents, it's also worth considering LyX, an open source (GPL) desktop publishing application that, with a bit of work, can create a really professional-looking book that is indistinguishable from a book produced by a mainstream publishing house.

DistroWatch Weekly: LinuxWorld Expo, Linux distribution timeline, Ubuntu Christian Edition

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 24, 2006 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! A slow week in terms of distribution releases, but an exciting one for those who attended the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco. Missing from the exhibition for the first time in years, Red Hat also failed to release the first beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 - apparently due to issues with Xen. But the company was represented by a Fedora booth - a distribution that is rapidly regaining trust among its users and passion among its developers. In other news, we'll take a quick look at Linux in Cuba, point you to a list of new features in Ubuntu "Edgy Eft", and link to a chart depicting Linux distribution timeline. A range of new distributions should make up for the lack of other news this week. Happy reading!

Packt announces open-source CMS award scheme

A new award scheme has been launched by Packt Publishing offering a first prize of $5,000 and the title of best Open Source Content Management System, 2006.

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