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Five Year Review Back to the future

  • Legal IT; By Kieran Flatt (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 5:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
despite threats from various firms to go down the Linux route, in the end each and every firm tightened its belt, paid up and continued its Micro-soft-centric strategy. To do otherwise would have been difficult, potentially expensive in the short term, certainly disruptive to fee earners and may have caused great difficulty with software deployment in the long run.

Sun Wah Linux Chosen by Chinese Government for the Largest Linux Desktop Roll-Out in China's History

NANJING, China – Six PC makers, including Haier and Founder, announced yesterday that they have won contracts to provide a total of 141,624 PCs to the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education for an educational program called, "School-to-School Project." At the same time, Sun Wah Linux's Debian-based Chinese Operating System RAYS LX was also chosen as the operating system used in all 141,624 PCs. "This project marks the cooperative effort of Sun Wah Linux and the Jiangsu government's use of Linux to fight against Microsoft's monopoly in China," said Alex Banh, CEO, Sun Wah Linux. "This is the largest Linux desktop roll-out in Asia, thus proving that national Linux OS is moving toward more practical usage by saving millions of dollars and bringing profound influence to China Linux development and application promotion."

Web 2.0 day 1: Open Source Infrastructure

  • Onlamp; By Robert Kaye (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 4:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This morning the sold-out Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco started off with large crowds pouring out of the presentation rooms. This morning focused on Workshops, that here at Web 2.0, are informal discussions that attempt to get everyone's juices flowing for this evening and the next two days when the conference kicks into high gear.

Red Hat launches new academic offer in Europe

Red Hat, Inc. today announced a new academic bundle, specially-priced for the needs of schools, universities and other educational institutions in Europe. For a yearly subscription price of 351 Euro the academic bundle includes 15 Red Hat Desktop subscriptions and one Red Hat Network Management Module subscription. Subscriptions also include the Red Hat Network Update Module to ensure continuous updates with the latest security and functionality patches. Specially-priced Red Hat Desktop extension bundles are also available.

A Slacker Tries His Hand at Gentoo

I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.

Nokia Linux Internet Tablet Delayed

  • BetaNews; By Ed Oswald (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia's Internet Tablet has been delayed due to software issues, the mobile phone maker told the Reuters on Wednesday. The Nokia 770 had originally been scheduled for a late summer launch. The tablet runs on the Linux operating system, and would allow users to check e-mail, browse the Web and view multimedia files.

Protecting Files at Home Using Encrypted Containers

Many people encrypt partitions or drives to keep data safe, but if you're looking for something a little simpler but still safe, try using containers.

Comment of the Day October 5, 2005 - Do for Linux what you did for Mac

From the story: "Microsoft: No Office on Linux 'at this time'"

Microsoft gets on the grid

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Once quiet on computing grids, the software giant is upping its commitment to high-performance computing and grid industry standards.

Microsoft: No Office software for Linux

  • Macworld; By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service (Posted by tadelste on Oct 5, 2005 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said Wednesday.

Open source high on agenda at ACT Summit

Meraka,, Openlab and other big SA OSS names push the open source agenda at African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT).

David Sugar talks about GNU Bayonne

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
A handful of open source and free software projects tend to get most of the attention. The GNU Bayonne project, a telephony server that is used for a wide range of voice and telco applications, is one of the stealthy ones. We caught up with David Sugar, maintainer of the Bayonne project, to learn about the status of Bayonne, its history, where it's going, and where the project got its intriguing name.

yellowTAB's ZETA OS: Linux Alternative

When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Apple's OS X or Linux. Of course, these are both viable alternatives but there are not the only options. One way to go is with yellowTAB's ZETA operating system.

Microsoft's Linux-related patents rejected

  • CNET; By Ina Fried (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
U.S. Patent Office rejects claims on popular FAT storage format, used in the open-source OS. But software giant can pursue issue further.

Microsoft: No Office on Linux 'at this time'

  • CNET; By Andrew Donoghue (Posted by dave on Oct 5, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Won't do the same for the open-source OS that it did for Apple's software--at least for now, an exec says.

Flock To Offer More Social Web Browsing

Today, at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, a California startup is set to announce a new Web browser based on open source Mozilla technologies, the software at the core of the popular FireFox browser. Dubbed Flock, the new browser is designed to improve the handling of bookmarks, surfing history, blogs, and RSS feeds. The company, also known as Flock, calls it a "social Web browser." ADVERTISEMENT

Obsidian adds ImpiLinux support to lineup

Already an official Ubuntu support partner, Obsidian Systems will now also offer ImpiLinux support following the recent investment by Mark Shuttleworth into the ImpiLinux company.

Battle lines drawn again between browsers

Late on the night of 30 September 1997, a group of Microsoft employees strategically placed a large metal likeness of the Internet Explorer logo on the front lawn at Netscape Communications in Mountain View, California – a signal that the browser war was fully ignited.

Three New Companies Join The GNOME Foundation's Advisory Board

European Start-Ups in Media and Mobile Technology Use GNOME

Read Microsoft's Linux reports, says Novell

Windows and Unix users evaluating Linux should read all studies on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), even those from Microsoft, according to Linux champion Novell. Brian Green, Novell's director of solutions management, has urged potential customers to "get the big picture" even though TCO reports sponsored by Microsoft quote selectively on the performance of Linux. Green noted Novell had also quoted from the same reports used by Microsoft in an attempt to further Linux.

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