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Real-time Linux, middleware support US Navy Aegis systems

Real-time Linux and middleware from Concurrent Computer Corp. and Real-Time Innovations Inc. (RTI) are supporting the U.S. Navy's Aegis Open Architecture program, the companies announced Aug. 28. Aegis Open Architecture is the foundation for the modernization of the Navy's Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers, the companies said.

No One Ever Got Fired For Using Microsoft. - Yes They Did.

This company had been the focus of a BSA audit four months ago. It seemed that the fellow who had been taking care of his system had used a pirated copy of Windows Server 2005 and Windows XP Professional on most of the desktop units.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 6

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Last week we set up a very simple digital receptionist and installed Zgsmplay for reviewing Asterisk's GSM-formatted soundfiles. Today we're going to build a better custom recorder for creating our own custom prompts and greetings.

Linux Libertine Open Fonts offers free Times Roman alternative

Philipp H. Poll started the Linux Libertine Open Fonts project in September 2003 because of his dissatisfaction with the fonts shipped with GNU/Linux distributions. "In SUSE 9.x," he recalls, "you had to use a script to download the Microsoft core fonts if you wanted to have good TrueType fonts." To improve the situation, Poll chose to start with the basics with Linux Libertine, an alternative to Time Roman and Times New Roman, the most commonly used typefaces in computing, and to develop it using free software methodologies and tools under the GNU General Public License.

Microsoft backs down on XML patent

The New Zealand Open Source Society(NZOSS) has claimed a moral victory in the patent office after Microsoft amended its patent on XML schema. NZOSS president Peter Harrison says the changes made to the patent were such that the organisation was no longer concerned about the threat posed by the patent.

A fifteenth chance for GNOME

Okay, I don't really know how many chances I've given GNOME, but I've tried to switch to GNOME as my default desktop many times. I always ended up switching back to KDE (to be fair, I use other window managers, too, such as Fluxbox, which is one of my favorites). Thanks to the rumors that Xgl/Compiz/cgwd worked best on GNOME, I gave GNOME another shot.

[I know how he feels. - Scott]

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 5

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 4:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Today we're going to learn how to play Asterisk .gsm files with a special audio player, and how to construct a sturdy, reliable digital receptionist to answer and route all incoming calls.

Careers: Ride the Outsourcing Wave

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by tuxchick2 on Aug 28, 2006 3:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rising salaries in India will stifle current outsourcing initiatives, but not by a significant amount. Let’s take a look at what can be outsourced, and what employees should focus on in order to remain competitive in the IT world.

Experience installing and running Kubuntu

have been running various distributions of Linux for about 4 years. I started out with RedHat and later switched to SuSE. I was by and large satisfied with SuSE and used it till OpenSuSE 10.1. However, all the chatter about Ubuntu on the various Linux forums that I visit really piqued my interest and I wanted to try it. The main obstacle for me to try Ubuntu was that it was a Gnome centric distribution and I am used to KDE. Hence, I kept monitoring Kubuntu and as soon as I found out that they had a release based on the latest and greatest Ubuntu I decided that it was time for me to take the plunge.

Award to recognise contributions to FOSS

The Association for Progressive Communications has established a new award to reward organisations or people who make it easier for others to start using free and open source software.

Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite, First Components Due This Week

For such sharp rivals, the contests between Google and Microsoft have been laughably lopsided. Even as they jostle for users and software developers, Google has run away with the search traffic market while Microsoft has kept a lock on desktop software--like they're hardly even playing the same game. That's about to change, as Google readies a long-rumored push to assemble its E-mail, word processing, and spreadsheet apps into a Web-based suite that sounds more like Microsoft Office with each addition.

[Included for the general interest in Google's competition with Microsoft - dcparris]

Get yourself up to speed with UML 2.0

The Unified Modelling Language (UML) has firmly established itself as the lingua franca of the object oriented development world. It offers the right levels of abstraction, independence from programming language implementation to make it pretty much ubiquitous.

Open source companies to watch

Open source software is a given in most enterprise data centers, so it's not surprising to see the ranks of open source companies and projects swell. It's not just Linux anymore - community-developed software is offering alternatives for everything from databases to application servers to network management to disaster preparedness. How do you know which open source approach is right for you? We've pulled out a few start-ups that you might not be familiar with, but we think should be on your radar.

New portal will track Java's evolution into open source

Sun Microsystems has unveiled a portal that will detail its efforts to make its Java programming language available as open source code. After the announcement, Bob Brewin, Sun’s chief technology officer for software, talked to Computerworld about the state of the company’s effort to make Java SE (Standard Edition) code available to the open source community.

In Zend (And PHP) We Invest

Only the very brave can pick winners amongst the current crop of Web 2.0 start-ups, social networks and other sundry services. And whatever the outcome might be, it is safe to say that the popularity of open source database MySQL and programming language PHP will only increase.

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LXer Feature: 28-Aug-2006

Neoscopio adheres closely to the principles of Free/Open Source Software by providing customized solutions and services based on available software projects. LXer's Don Parris interviews the Neoscopio team.

Novell gets more 'passionate' about Linux

If you ask any Novell watcher to rate the software vendor's abilities, the chances are that observer will give the company a low grade for marketing. Novell has struggled with how to position its products for years and now hopes it's finally on the right track with a new focus for its SuSE Linux distribution.

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 21 August 2006

[This is from early last week, but you might find something worthwhile in this. We'll try to get the upcoming edition in a timely manner. - dcparris]

Coverage from Gentoo's booth at the San Francisco Linux World Conference and Expo, a call for translators for Slovak and Greek languages, and some very important information about future upgrades to GCC and glibc, all in this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. Also in this issue, developer of the week, two Gentoo events that will take you away from your comfort zone, and more.

DistroWatch Weekly: Kubuntu vs openSUSE, Quo vadis Linux distribution

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 28, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 34rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The essence of this week's issue is a comment on the status of Linux distributions. Why are there so many of them? What motivates developers to create new ones? Wouldn't we be better off if there were only 10 - 20 major projects, instead of hundreds of one-man distros? We attempt to give some answers. Also in this issue: a long-term SUSE user explains why Kubuntu meets his needs better, openSUSE's Andreas Jaeger comments on the reasons behind removal of proprietary kernel modules from the popular operating system, and Gentoo's Donnie Berkholz argues that democracy is not always a good thing for the advancements of the largest source-based distribution. Updates on Fedora Core 6 and Mandriva Linux 2007, together with links to two resources comparing and rating several popular distributions conclude the news section. Happy reading!

Sci-Fi: A New Kind of OS

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 28, 2006 3:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Imagine if you will, a world where your ideas and perhaps, even your own creative works became part of the OS of tomorrow. Consider the obvious advantages to an operating system that actually morphed and adapted to the needs of the users instead of the other way around.

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