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City of Light, city of Linux?

The Linux open-source computer system won a tough battle over Microsoft earlier this year when the German city of Munich decided to change the operating software of 14,000 government computers, despite the personal intervention of Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Nvu 0.5 Released

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Oct 13, 2004 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nvu 0.5 has been released. It include several enhancements in addition to: syntax highlighting, inbuilt spell checker, better horizontal and vertical rulers, Bidi control, smaller windows installer(6.5MB), etc. is four years old today; community manager Louis Suarez-Potts talks about the changes

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 13, 2004 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Four years is a long time in software development, and the changes between 2000 and 2004 reflect that. In 2000, didn't exist -- only StarOffice, a product that Sun Microsystems had bought in 1999 from the German-based StarDivision, and didn't seem to know what to do with it. Today, is the source of Sun's version of StarOffice, but very much a project in its own right. Today's has features that the code that was open sourced in 2000 didn't, including automatic installation of dictionaries and fonts, PDF export, and the ability to write plug-ins in Java, Python, and several other programming languages. Louis Suarez-Potts has been community manager of the project since before it was announced. Recently, I talked with him via e-mail about where is heading, its relations with the greater open source community, and some of the issues that surround the project in the news.

Open source drawing software for children gets major update

  • (Posted by dave on Oct 13, 2004 5:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New Breed Software has announced the immediate availability of major update to its children's art and drawing program, TuxPaint. The new version incorporates features requested by teachers and parents including an easy-to-use configuration tool, a multi-layered coloring book mode, and templates to jump-start design says project creator and well known open source developer Bill Kendrick.

Build a high-availability Linux Web server

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 13, 2004 4:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Set up a heartbeat failover cluster that lets a good server pick up where a bad one leaves off, ensuring that your site is never down for long. Maintaining maximum system uptime is increasingly critical to the success of on demand computing. Unfortunately, many off-the-shelf solutions for high availability (HA) are expensive and require expertise.

Novell to launch Linux distribution

Novell will launch its own Linux distribution, aimed at the enterprise, before the end of the year, the company's solutions manager for the Asia-Pacific, Paul Kangro said yesterday. Kangro demonstrated the features of the forthcoming distribution, which will be named Novell Linux Desktop, during a roadshow organised in Melbourne yesterday. The Novell Linux Desktop is based on SUSE Linux which Novell acquired last year.

Party Time!

That's right, folks - we're close to the release of Firefox and Thunderbird 1.0 and, just like our last 1.0 release, we want to organise worldwide parties to celebrate.

KDE 3.3.1 Release Announcement

KDE Project Ships First Translation and Service Release of the 3.3 Generation GNU/Linux - UNIX Desktop, Offering Enterprises and Governments a Compelling Free and Open Desktop Solution

linux_review: The Practice of Network Security by Allan Liska

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Oct 13, 2004 2:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Attention to details and solid advice make up for less-than-stellar graphics.

Review: Should you do Ubuntu?

Ubuntu Linux is a new Debian-based distro sponsored by Canonical Ltd. I spent a week using Ubuntu and came away impressed, despite some of its obvious teething pains.

From the Editor: November 2004 -- Got a Linux Server? Thank a Beowulf.

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Oct 12, 2004 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ten years ago, Donald Becker and Thomas Sterling built a 16-node cluster, the original Beowulf, and started Linux and commodity hardware on a program of relentless improvement.

An Interview with Jeremy Garcia of

  • LXer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2004 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
One of the most successful Linux sites on the Web, reflects the "superb" community support about which we so often read. I caught up with Jeremy Garcia, the founder of, and the result is this interview.

Debian Weekly News - October 12th, 2004

Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Christian Perrier reported the new debian-installer can be understood by two third of the world population since it is translated into 40 languages.

Linspire Partners with Centel, Mexico's Leading IT Distributor

Centel is now distributing LinspireEspañol, the Linux operating system for laptops and PCs.

SLAX 4.1.4 screenshot review by OSDir

  •; By Chris (Posted by linuxbeta on Oct 12, 2004 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
SLAX 4.1.4 has been released, and we've done some screenshots for you. "SLAX is a small bootable CD containing the Linux operating system. It runs Linux directly from the CD without installing. The Live CD described here is based on the Slackware Linux distribution and is downloadable from this website as an ISO image. All scripts and source code are available and can be used to build your own Live CD. Imagine the ability to boot your favorite Linux distribution whether you are at home, at school, or at work. Imagine walking on the street and carrying the only thing you needed in life - the 8cm compact disk with your Live Linux CD. Wouldn't you want to experience such a feeling? :-)" -

The Future of BitlBee, the IRC Gateway for Instant Messaging protocols (MSN, ICQ, Jabber, Yahoo)

  •; By xiando (Posted by xiando on Oct 12, 2004 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Find out what new cool features will be available in v1.0, what features have been implemented so far and what visions these bright young men have for the future of BitlBee and the Open Source world.

Review: The View from Xandros 2.5 Business Edition

  •; By Jim Smerk (Posted by tim1980 on Oct 12, 2004 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
My Conclusion is this, for a SOHO Business system that wants to get more useable life out of their computer systems I cannot think of a better Linux system out there. Adds Officially Recognized Suse Linux Forum is proud to announce that it now hosts an officially recognized forum for Suse Linux.

France and China form Linux alliance

  • (Posted by dave on Oct 12, 2004 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the French Atomic Energy Commission have signed an agreement to work together on an open-source software product.

Picture-perfect: Sun plays it safe and rolls over for Kodak

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 12, 2004 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Well now, it turns out Sun was done after all. On first take, this looked way preposterous: Eastman Kodak Co., which knows little or nothing about enterprise software and is falling quickly behind the competition in its own market, sues Sun Microsystems for patent infringement involving Java -- Sun's supposedly homegrown, bread-and-butter IP and front-line enterprise software product. Then, bam, Kodak wins a legal judgment last week in a federal court, with the jury populated by Rochester, N.Y. citizens. And the camera guys do this in a mere three weeks in a case that was first filed in February 2002.

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