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Mr. Dell and Desktop Linux

Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc. believes in offering Linux on the desktop, server, and workstation. What he doesn't believe in, for now, is giving Linux full support on the desktop. In an exclusive interview, Dell explained his company's Linux desktop strategy to's Steven J. Vaughan Nichols.

Docebo: An integrated learning management system

The Docebo project combines a learning management system (LMS), content management system (CMS), and knowledge management system (KMS) in one suite, available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The integration of these components into a single suite saves users a lot of time, and provides a clean and convenient single window interface. I found Docebo to be very capable, though it does have a few glitches.

Vyatta is building a business around Open Flexible Router

The one-year-old company Vyatta is attempting to grow a community around the Open Flexible Router (OFR) it has compiled with several already available pieces of software -- and perhaps bring something new to the router market.

The Five Patents That Brought BlackBerry Down

The final minutes of the battle between BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) and NTP Incorporated hinged on five patents that, when the dust settles, may not be enforceable. You know the outcome. Over $612 million slid from RIM's checking account into NTP's. Everybody picked sides, based largely on principle... or BlackBerry ownership. But once you've read the patents for yourself, you may find yourself switching sides.

Sharp Zaurus SL-C3200 PDA with 6GB HDD

There was once a time when Sharp was a cutting-edge producer of PDAs, and the company's Zaurus was a market leader. But as the market has matured (and declined), the Zaurus line has devolved into little more than a pocket dictionary, giving it something of a second life in countries like Japan and Korea, where such products are still popular, but continuing to marginalize it as a portable computer. Still, the latest Zaurus, the SL-C3200, does have a few nice features, including a 6GB hard drive, SD slot and 3.7-inch VGA touchscreen display.

OOo Off the Wall: That's Your Version--Document Control in OOo Writer

Learn how to use Writer's version control tools to keep track of who made which changes and when, without diving into big CMS applications.

IBM will not use Windows Vista - but will move to Linux desktops

  • NeoSeeker; By William Henning (Posted by tadelste on Mar 7, 2006 11:36 AM EDT)
IBM switching to Linux destops in Germany according to a Linux Forum 2006 presentation by their head of open source and Linux sales in Germany.

Die, file, die!

  •; By Ron Nutter (Posted by tadelste on Mar 7, 2006 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A man writes in asking for help in removing a file that just doesn't want to be deleted. (When I say you are deleted, you are deleted! - Scott)

Open source election systems desirable, unavailable

Even if American voters are ready to use open source systems to cast their ballots -- meaning publicly available code under an open source license -- no vendor offers open source software and systems that are ready for voting.

[ED: Why not some effort to do it? Any vendor not wanting to play can be excluded. Remember, a republic is built on the belief you have some say in your vote. If that proves true, over throwing the current holders of power becomes the only option. Hence, this is too important an issue to say it's a nice concept. - HC]

Fedora Core 5 Test 3 Review (Quick Looks)

As RedHat's community-supported Linux distribution, Fedora Core, amps up for its fifth release, the third test release has come out to give us an idea of what to expect when the final release hits in March. So, what's changed, what's new, and should you bother looking Fedora again? Full Review at

How Microsoft wastes its money on anything but software

"Windows Server System outperforms Linux on TCO, reliability, security, and indemnification." No, your Linux News editor in the Netherlands is not joking, it is really true. I read it on MS' "Get the Facts" page, so it has to be. On the other hand, Windows bla bla also outperforms Linux on indirect costs for marketing FUD and paying people to create studies, etc. They also outperform Linux in getting lawyers to do their bidding, fixing software bugs which tie customers to them, and money going to political parties in the US.

IBM releases OSS speech development tools

IBM has launched new open source development software enhancements for Web developers to use popular browser tools to build, test and run new voice applications. With the tools, developers can build serious speech recognition technology for everything from a cellphone to a TV.

Do you have something to ask Sun Microsystems about? is doing a community interview with Simon Phipps, the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems. Our interviewing process is open and cooperative inviting everyone that wants to propose a question to be asked in a final interview.

Digital Editing on Linux Adventures, part 2

  • LinuxDevCenter; By Carla Shroder (Posted by tadelste on Mar 7, 2006 4:36 AM EDT)
Last month I wrote about buying a shiny new digital camera, and figuring out what computing platform to use for digital editing and archiving. Much to my shame, I actually tried Windows first. That didn't work very well. Then I thought, well hey, Macs are way cool and this kind of work is just what Macs excel at.

Well, I still don't own a Mac, as lovely and tempting as they are. Linux is working out great for my needs. Here's a quick outline.

The Perfect Linux Firewall Part II -- IPCop & Copfilter

  •; By Joseph Guarino - Evolutionary IT™ (Posted by evolutionaryit on Mar 7, 2006 3:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
The Perfect Linux Firewall Part II -- IPCop & Copfilter
Joseph Guarino - Evolutionary IT™
This is the second segment in a series on installing the GNU/Linux IPCop firewall. We will be creating a “DMZ” for hosting our very own web server & mail server & configuring Copfilter to filter ingress and egress application layer network traffic.


  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Mar 7, 2006 3:01 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
The Debian project happily announces the re-availability of the service on a new machine.

Is OpenOffice really ten years behind MS Office?

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Mar 7, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I use 2 every day. It works. It has all the features I need. It's fast. It's reliable. I can send files from it via email directly from my application. It's also secure, unlike Office. And, its file format can also be read now and forever-after by any program that uses the ODF

Oh, and did I mention that OO.o doesn't cost a penny, while Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 lists for $499?

OK, I give up, what's the problem with OO.o again? Let's get real for a minute. There has not been a significant upgrade in Office suite functionality, from anyone, since, oh, Office 97.

Africa's Internet community to gather in Nairobi

The annual African Internet Forum will be held in Nairobi from 18 to 19 May and is expected to be the largest gathering of Africa's expanding Internet community.

It’s time for hardware vendors to rethink their strategies

Hmmm ok - you are thinking about getting new computer hardware, either a desktop or a laptop.
The problem is: where would you get one - if you don’t build it yourself - without the “Redmond tax”?

Carrier Grade Linux Reg Race Begins

The next version of the Carrier Grade Linux specification is out. Now, it's up to the vendors to get registered and prove themselves compliant. The OSDL has opened up registration for newly-released Carrier Grade Linux 3.2 specification (CGL 3.2). The new CGL specification is an evolution of the version 3 specification that was originally announced just over a year ago.

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