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The ODF Allies Launch an Offensive in Europe: It's Now a Two-Front War

Until now, the action on ODF vs. the Microsoft XML Reference Schema has focused on Massachusetts. In the last two days, however, the supporters of ODF have launched an offensive in Europe - making it now a two-front war

Blue Flame goes up in Linux

Blue Flame Data is a consumer preferences data aggregator and analysis firm based in New York City. The company provides a Web application that presents consumers with a game-like interface that collects information about their likes and dislikes on a variety of products and services. Blue Flame custom configures the interface and the resulting data for its corporate customers. Until recently, all of Blue Flame's database and Web servers were running on Solaris and Sun hardware. Now, with the help of Rackspace, the company is nearing the end of a companywide migration to Linux.

Bristol Switches to StarOffice

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Sun
Bristol is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom. Recently, the city council reviewed its software policies and needs and decided to switch to open document formats by using Sun's StarOffice, based on Jono Bacon recently interviewed Gavin Beckett, architect of the strategy, to discover how and why the migration was successful.

Facelets fits JSF like a glove

While working on a Java Server Faces (JSF) project recently, I had the pleasure of using Facelets for the first time. What I most liked about Facelets was that it let me create reusable composition components.

JBoss Moves Ahead with Acquisition

JBoss, a rumored acquisition target, moves to make an acquisition of its own, acquiring German partner, objectone.

Sunwah LINUX Announces Beta Release of RAYS LX 1.5

UNWAH LINUX today announced the beta release of its Debian-based Linux Operating System RAYS LX 1.5. Based on customer feedback on the previous versions of RAYS LX, the stability and application performance of RAYS LX 1.5 Beta has been greatly improved with the following enhancements:

Ubuntu eyes gadgets

Three developers have launched a project to bring Ubuntu, a popular Debian-based desktop Linux distribution, to embedded Linux devices. EmbeddedUbuntu aims to radically simplify device firmware creation, availing mobile phone, PDA, and web tablet owners of easier access to sophisticated open source desktop applications, such as multimedia streaming software.

Group 1 Software and DataSynapse Collaborate to Extend DOC1 to New Enterprise Platforms

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 6:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Migration to Advanced Grid Computing Environment Designed to Lower Costs, Improve Performance and Business Agility for Group 1 Customers

The new era of mobile Linux ubiquity

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 4:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This whitepaper by OSDL Analyst/Strategist Bill Weinberg examines the growing role of Linux and open source software in the device industry, with a particular emphasis on mobile phones. It examines obstacles to adoption, as well as market opportunities and forces causing Linux to proliferate in devices.

KDE Catalan Team and Catalan Government Work Together

It was announced on Tuesday that the KDE Catalan l10n team will work together with TERMCAT (Catalan link), the organisation that standarises new words, usually technology related, in the Catalan language.

Microsoft under new legal attacks

  • Seattle PI; By MATTHEW NEWMAN AND DINA BASS (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft Corp. was accused Wednesday by a group representing IBM Corp., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. of abusing its dominance in products such as Word and Excel.

"We have evidence that Microsoft has refused to disclose formatting and other information," Thomas Vinje, a lawyer representing the group, said. "Word processing, spreadsheets and presentation programs can't achieve full interoperability with Microsoft Office."

Red Hat offers Linux eye candy alternative

The next version of Red Hat's Fedora version of Linux will include software to give the operating system some of the eye candy of a rival Novell project--but it will use a less intrusive mechanism, advocates say.

Novell's project is called GLX, and Red Hat's alternative is AIGLX, short for Accelerated Indirect GL X. X refers to the Xorg software that handles graphics in most Unix and Linux computers, and GL to the OpenGL standard for 3D graphics.

Book Review: Kontact Compact

  • KDE Dot News; By Hans Kwint (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 2:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Some people still think KDE can not do groupware as well as proprietry systems. I found on the KDE site, the German publisher Bomots offers a German book about Kontact, KDE's Personal Information Manager. I decided it was time to see if this book, "Kontact Kompact" by Andre Schreiber, is useful for people looking for a replacement groupware client, and people willing to learn Kontact. Read the book review at LXer.

The wake up call of the JBoss blueprint

Gary Edwards post on He writes "I hope that important FLOSS communities like my beloved can rise to the occasion and learn from the JBoss blueprint."

Free Software Foundation berates apathy over Microsoft antitrust case

Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), criticised the IT industry on Wednesday for not doing enough to support the European Commission in its antitrust case against Microsoft. Greve said that despite the importance of the antitrust case in establishing the bounds of acceptable behaviour in the IT industry, the FSFE has been one of the few organisations that has helped the Commission.

Novell's most-wanted list of Linux applications

As Linux use continues to grow, requests for popular applications on the operating system continue to grow as well -- requests that mostly go unanswered by vendors of those software. Last month Novell posted a survey to find out what applications Linux users want most. After three weeks, the company released the top 10 applications users requested. The list is a mix of the usual suspects and a couple of surprises.

IBM vs. SCO: Now It's IBM's Turn

IBM unleashes a series of discovery motions at former and current SCO allies: BayStar, HP, Microsoft and Sun.

Making apt Work for You: A Book Excerpt

For readers, here's an exclusive excerpt fromLinux Patch Management: Keeping Linux Systems Up to Date.

IBM Subpoenas Microsoft RE Linux

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer; By Todd Bishop (Posted by Dr_Gene_Nelson on Feb 23, 2006 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IBM Corp. is seeking to compel Microsoft Corp. to hand over internal documents detailing its rivalry with the Linux operating system, in a move that could shed new light on the Redmond company's response to one of its biggest competitive threats.

The demand is part of a wide-ranging subpoena through which IBM is trying to examine the relationship between Microsoft and a company suing IBM over Linux.

[Ed: While they're at it, they should subpoena David Boise and ask if his legal fees were actually laundry from the anti-trust case.]


Open Source Clone of Windows Not a Ripoff?

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ReactOS is part of a decade old effort to replicate a Windows operating system as an open source or free software based system. It's not the only effort trying to duplicate Windows type functionality on an open source system. The Wine project which began in 1993 is a similar effort but unlike ReactOS its goal is not to produce an entire operating system, but rather just allow Windows applications to run on Linux. Certain elements of Wine are also part of ReactOS.

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