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Today, July 11, is the day Microsoft is ending all support for Windows 98, 98SE, and ME. And, when they say ending all support, they mean ending all support: "Microsoft will end public and technical support by this date. This also includes security updates."
This Month in The Globus Consortium Journal
It's been a week now since Microsoft announced its ODF/Office open source converter project - time enough for 183 on-line stories to be written, as well as hundreds of blog entries (one expects) and untold numbers of appended comments. Lest all that virtual ink fade silently into obscurity, it seems like a good time to look back and try to figure out What it All Means
- The fans of Zenwalk Linux will be excited to learn that a new live CD edition of the Slackware-based distribution has been released: An idea has quickly become a reality as the ZenLive Linux live CD project is happy to announce its first major release - ZenLive 2.6! This release is based on a combination of Zenwalk Linux and Linux-Live scripts to create the ultimate Linux live CD. The features of this release include hardware recognition using Zenwalk's configuration tools, international translations, the latest XFce window manager, multimedia applications, video games, office software, and networking and development tools - all in a single CD. OSDir has some great shots of ZenLive in the ZenLive Linux 2.6 Screenshot Tour
Seagate is shipping a Linux-based network-attached storage device claimed capable of providing data security to homes or small offices. The Maxtor Shared Storage II is a dual-drive appliance with gigabit Ethernet, two USB ports, a capacity of 1,000GB, and DLNA-compliant media server software from Mediabolic.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has stated that the database company could soon be providing Linux support services to Red Hat customers.
IBM announced today that its collaborative software and email system Lotus Notes is now available for the Linux desktop. Lotus Notes on Linux is the first business-grade collaboration software of its kind to formally support the Linux operating system. Previous versions of Lotus Notes have been limited to Windows or Macintosh platforms.
[Available, but neither open source nor free/libre. -- grouch]
Mozilla's Firefox browser has gained more than a percentage point in global market share since May, a Dutch web analytics firm said Monday, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer dropped under the 80 percent mark in the US for the first time since it took on Netscape.
In typical FOSS fashion, developers saw a good idea and made it better. The result was Beagle, a powerful searching and indexing tool for the Gnome desktop environment.
Beagle has been showing up slowly around the place, but nowhere as impressively as Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED10). When they say “integrated” search at Novell, they really mean it.
Just after we went to press with the prior issue, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat reported its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2007 ended May 31, and it has turned in another high-growth, high-profit quarter.
OpenClovis this week launches a series of free, hour-long webinars on applying its dual-licensed high-availability middleware and other "open standard" technologies to high availability systems in telecommunications and other markets.
Two months ago, OpenClovis released its complete telecom middleware stack as open-source software under the GPL, in hopes of expanding into markets outside of telecom, it said.
It was almost two years ago to the day that we reported on Internet Explorer's first-ever drop in browser market share.
Intrinsyc has added an LCD module and graphics stack based on Opie (open palmtop integrated environment) to its Intel XScale PXA270-based Linux reference design. The CerfBoard 270 with Display for Linux comes with a 2.6.14 kernel and a flexible bootloader, and targets Internet-based devices and appliances, according to the company.
Wikis and groupware are great for distributed collaboration between teams, but they lack the ability to provide real-time feedback to teams working on a shared document. Collaborative editors, on the other hand, give multiple users a convenient way to work together on one or more documents. Mac users have had SubEthaEdit for some time, but Gobby is the first collaborative editor for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X users. Let's take a look at how you can start editing documents with your friends and co-workers using Gobby.
LXer Feature: 12-Jul-2006
Canonical Ltd., the parent company of Ubuntu Linux, recently hired a brand-new Quality Controller, Simon Law. I was curious about what a Quality Controller does on a Linux distribution, especially a popular high-profile distribution like Ubuntu. It's difficult for me to imagine the scope of such a job. Any Linux distribution has thousands of available packages from thousands of different sources. Then each distribution adds its own customizations. Each distribution supports a number of hardware architectures. Some programs are in phases of rapid development and distribute a constant flurry of releases and patches.
Do the old dictums "release early, release often" and "many eyes make all bugs shallow" still apply in an era when non-coder users far outnumber programmers and software developers? When Linux has so grown huge and complex, and reaches into every aspect of computing? To me, the idea of trying to impose some meaningful quality control on all that is like trying to organize the tides.
LXer Feature: 12-Jul-2006
Evolution's usefulness has long been hampered by the lack of a single feature. Because it is free software, one organization knew the feature could be added, either by themselves, or by paying someone to do it for them. Find out what they did, why and how they did it, and how you can get the patch for yourself. [Updated at 12:05 US Eastern Time - dcparris]
They say that lightning never strikes twice, and for all I know, it never has. But will it? The question on my mind right now is whether or not it counts if lightning strikes once at home and once in the enterprise. That's the dilema of the day. Let’s put it this way… outstanding bugs aside, Novell hit a home run with SUSE Linux 10.1. There is no question that it is one of the most impressive desktop Linux distros ever released. Currently, it’s the second most popular desktop Linux distribution in the world (according to DistroWatch.com page hit rankings) with Ubuntu coming in at #1 and Fedora at #3. Those three distros, in my opinion (and apparently everyone else in the world), are at the top of the desktop Linux heap.
MEPIS founder and chief maintainer Warren Woodford on July 10 announced the availability of the third release candidate of SimplyMEPIS 6.0. Woodford also announced that due to a license audit, the final SimplyMEPIS 6.0 bootable CD has been rescheduled for release around July 18.
"This is an even bigger battle than the last one," said NoSoftwarePatents campaign founder Florian Mueller. "The software patent directive would have made software patents more enforceable in Europe, and that would have been bad enough, but the European Patent Litigation Agreement would effectively result in more enforceable software patents and encourage patent litigation in Europe."
Microsoft has been fined €280.5 million, the first time the EU Commission has ever had to do so, and, Neelie Kroes stated at the announcement, hopefully the last.
Groklaw's Sean Daly attended the press conference by feed, and shares with us his notes. Transcript to follow.
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