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Open source MetaDot helps organic farmers grow

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 14, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Organic Valley farming cooperative had a Web site and email for its member farms, but it desperately needed a corporate-style intranet to facilitate collaboration and better communication. That's where the open source MetaDot project came in, replacing phpWebSite as the sole point of reference for Organic Valley's employees and members. Now that the organization is familiar with open source software, it's finding open source alternatives may be the answer to more software dilemmas.

Gartner: Linux Process, Not Tech, Biggest Hurdle

Neither SCO Group's copyright claims on select Linux code nor Microsoft will be able to slow the spread of Linux in the enterprise over the next two years, an analyst for Gartner Research said.

The BitKeeper Example: A Bad Development Model

  • OfB.biz: Open for Business (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 4:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To say one could see a train wreck coming from hundreds of miles away when the Linux kernel development process switched to using BitKeeper to manage development is to make an understatement of the largest kind. The idea that the best known Free Software kernel would be developed with the aid of a non-Free development tool just seemed peculiar at best and dangerous at worst. OfB's Timothy R. Butler asserts that the moral of this story is one that every business ought to pay attention to.

Linux-based voicemail messaging catching on

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As my colleague John Fontana wrote in a recent story in Network World (link below), Linux-based messaging systems are catching on. Many users are starting to migrate to Linux-based servers for hosting applications such as e-mail, calendar and collaboration. But another aspect of messaging that is also heating up in Linux land is voicemail and unified messaging.

Comment: March on open source in public sector

  • Siliconrepublic.com (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Towards the end of last year, when I was speculating about what might happen in the area of e-government this year, I said that open source software would start to make a greater impact. I know there are many people who consider open source to be the only way to go forward and that any government not fully committed to it is in some way remiss.

Round Two offers Firefox complements

  • Geek.com (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 11:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Round Two, a start-up company based in California, launched its website this week and announced that it is working on products and services for use with the Firefox browser. The company was started by former Mozilla marketing head Bart Decrem, who was on board for the Firefox 1.0 release. Round Two is currently developing extensions and enhancements for Firefox, including integrated anti-virus software.

Essential Firefox extensions you should download today - part 2

Yesterday we look at three useful Firefox extensions -- small applications that add functionality to Mozilla's Web browser. Here are a few more favorites.

Federal Computer Week: "Linux use drives innovation"

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Penguins climb the steps to the Capitol on the cover of last week's Federal Computer Week magazine. Inside, Tom Adelstein, co-author of Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop and regular contributor to Linux Journal magazine, writes about the various open source success stories in the US federal government.

Mandriva's Limited Edition 2005 brings the ultimate to Linux enthusiasts

  • Mailing list; By Mandriva Press <press@mandriva.com> (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Mandriva
the first Mandriva Linux release is now available! Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005 is a transitional release which provides all the best and up to date open source applications to power-users, 32-bit/64-bit trouble-free coexistence, capability to boot from a USB key and many other features, with an excellent stability.

Cluster Resources, Inc., Partners with LinuxHPC.org to Provide Enhanced Multi-vendor Quoting Service

  • Cluster Resources and LinuxHPC.org; By Lane Stilson (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 13, 2005 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Cluster Resources announced today a new partnership with LinuxHPC.org, an online site that provides news, technical information and a free multi-vendor cluster quoting service.

Open source community called to fight war on patents

Stanford law professor and free software advocate, Lawrence Lessig, has called on the open source community to stand up and fight or risk being buried by patent-wielding legacy businesses with arsenals of powerful lawyers.

What Does Microsoft's Latest Windows-Versus-Linux Test Show?

Microsoft continues to add more material to its 'Get the Facts' Web site to bolster the case for Windows against Linux. The latest addition, which was posted last week, describes a series of tests that were structured to determine which production X86-server environment was easier to set up and run--the one running Windows Server 2003, or the one running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. We'll give you one try to guess who came out on top. (Here's a hint: It wasn't the Linux.)

Open Source medical records software can save lives, article says

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As many as 98,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical errors which Free and Open Source electronic medical records software could reduce, according to an article at LinuxMedNews.com. "A contender in this area is the Veterans Administration (VA) public domain VistA codebase and large community," the author writes.

Startup Looks To Build Business Around Firefox

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Startup Round Two announces plans to build software and services that make the Firefox browser consumers' control panel for all web activity.

OOo Off the Wall: Fielding Questions, Part 4 - Mail Merges

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 5:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It takes a while to get the hang of mail merges, but OOo 2.0's new Mail Merge Wizard helps make them easier to use.

Neoxen Systems and Novell bring Process Improvement Solutions to Novell Linux Desktop and SUSE LINUX Professional

Neoxen Systems, a European software company developing process management solutions, has today released its process improvement product for Novell platforms. The Neoxen® Modus Lite release 3.1 is specifically targeted at software professionals using Novell Linux Desktop 9, SUSE LINUX Professional and OpenOffice.org 1.1.

'Tridge' on joining OSDL, Samba4, patents, and bad predictions

Earlier this year, free software and Samba developer Andrew Tridgell was named as the second Open Source Development Labs fellow, sharing the title only with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Downplaying the moniker and claiming to be more of a "bloke" from Down Under, where he continues to work, Tridgell -- known by many as "Tridge" -- explained that his move from IBM to OSDL was really meant to give him more time to focus on the newest version of Samba4, a FOSS file, and print server for Windows. He talked about the latest version of the software that "opens Windows to a wider world," along with a few other subjects, in a recent email interview with NewsForge.

SpikeSource: Simplifying open source adoption for the enterprise

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Businesses of all sizes are moving to Linux and other open source software because the up-front investment is low, even though the learning curve for installation, support, and validation might be steep. New companies are springing up to help the enterprise deal with complexities that come into play after open source adoption.

Is MySQL Gearing Up to Take on Oracle?

With new features in the latest version of MySQL, like subqueries and a new binary format, the company has become a stronger competitor against much larger companies, and seems poised to bite into their revenues. Even more importantly, MySQL might actually spark some fundamental changes in the market.

Debian Weekly News - April 12th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 6:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. After an unscheduled downtime of one major host in the Debian network the machine is available again, but suffered from gross filesystem corruption.

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