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Mandriva unfurls Linux software update, management services

Mandriva Linux released a pair of new services this week. Mandriva Kiosk is a web-based, click-through software installation service, similar in many ways to Linspire's "Click N Run" (CNR), while Mandriva Pulse is the company's new open source system for deploying and managing Linux on large, complex networks, the company said.

KDE joins ODF Alliance

  • KDE Dot News; By Sebastian Kügler (Posted by dcparris on May 20, 2006 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The position of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) was today strengthened by the K Desktop Environment (KDE) joining the ODF Alliance. KDE joins other partners such as Oracle, SUN Microsystems, Mandriva, IBM and Junta de Andalucia in promoting the OpenDocument Format as a market leader in document exchange and storage.

Device Profile: DVEO NCoder HD transport stream encoder

DVEO used Linux to build a high-definition MPEG-2 4:2:2 transport stream encoder that compresses HD-SDI video from HD cameras in near real time, and encodes it for transmission over satellite uplinks or cable networks. The NCoder HD targets sports broadcasters, corporate HD videoconferencing, and military applications.

Install and use Eclipse for Linux on POWER

Eclipse is an open source community that provides a development platform and a collection of application frameworks for building software. Learn how to install and use Eclipse specifically for Linux running on IBM POWER processor-based systems. Learn, also, how to use Eclipse to compile and run applications through sample Java and C programs.

People Behind KDE: José Nuno Coelho Sanarra Pires

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathan Riddell (Posted by dcparris on May 20, 2006 1:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
KDE's Portugese translation is showing an impressive amount of green in the translation statistics. To find out more about the man who has helped make our winning translation team People Behind KDE interviewed José Nuno Coelho Sanarra Pires, a 'mood chamelion' who has the best name out of any KDE developer we've interviewed so far.

Linux Professional Institute Offers Certification Exams at São ...

he Linux Professional Institute will provide certification testing on two continents on May 24-25, 2006 at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo events in Shanghai, China and São Paulo, Brazil

Command Prompt Announces Strategic Marketing Partnership with ...

Covalent to bundle driver and recommend Command Prompt’s PostgreSQL offerings to help customers insure database scalability, security, reliability, performance, and high availability across the enterprise.

Accessing Network attached storage from Linux system for file sharing and backup purpose

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by nixcraft on May 19, 2006 11:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Network attached storage (NAS) allows using TCP/IP network to backup files. This enables multiple servers in an IDC to share the same storage for backup at once, which minimizes overhead by centrally managing hard disks.
The protocol used with NAS is a file-based protocol such as NFS or Microsoft's Common Internet File System (CIFS). Both of them allow storing backups using UNIX and Linux systems.
NAS are not just common in IDC or offices anymore, you can use for file sharing and backup at home. You can purchase 200+GB NAS for less than $200. However many new Linux or UNIX sys admin or home users find it difficult to use NAS for backup and sharing purpose. This tutorial covers how to access NAS from Linux using various methods.

Symantec moves to slap Redmond with Vista injunction

Fight, fight, fight!

Symantec is suing Microsoft over the Volume Manager software it acquired in its Veritas purchaselast year. The suit was filed yesterday in the Seattle district court.

[Hey, you don't suppose they'll threaten to withdraw their software from the U.S. market, do you? - dcparris]

Wallace's Anti-GPL Suit Loses Again

Daniel Wallace's second anti-GPL suit accusing IBM, Red Hat and Novell of predatory price-fixing and restraint of trade has gone down in flames like his first against the Free Software Foundation, which wrote the license.

[Goodby and good riddance, Mr. Wallace! - dcparris]

Microsoft's draft Open XML straitjacket arrives

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Opinion: The Intermediate Draft 1.3 of Microsoft's Open XML office document standard has been released by Ecma International, a European standards organization. At 4,000 plus pages, a 6.7MB Microsoft Word document, the Open XML draft standard is less of a standard and more of a painfully detailed description of how Open XML could be used to display almost any possible Microsoft Office document. Note, I say, Microsoft Office document.

OpenSync - Synching on the Free Desktop

  • KDE Dot News; By Arne Babenhauserheide (Posted by dcparris on May 19, 2006 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
"It's the first time I feel good when thinking about synching.", Cornelius, one of the OpenSync developers. This interview intends to give you some insight into OpenSync, the upcoming free unified synching solution for the free desktop. Arne interviews the developers from OpenSync and KDE PIM, Cornelius Schumacher, Armin Bauer and Tobias Koenig.

Oregon lab plays Web host to the stars of open source

Who is the biggest Web host in open source? The answer, at least for the Mozilla Foundation, Debian GNU/Linux, Gentoo Linux, KernelTrap, Drupal, and many others is the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The Dangers of Dictating Procurement

A Massachusetts directive that mandates use of an open source software format for electronic document storage marked a major victory for the open source movement. It remains to be seen, however, whether the order will benefit the state’s agencies and employees or save taxpayers money.

[This is one of the greatest pieces of misinformation I have seen to date. LXer readers can be sure they'll see my response to the author of this article posted right here on LXer Saturday morning. For now, I just want to know how this author got his position? - dcparris]

Green Seems Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Rich Green, who recently returned to Sun Microsystems to head its software efforts, said that it's "not whether but how" Sun can open source Java and maintain compatibility that's delaying it from doing so.

How Article 57 Quietly Perverts China's New Anti-Spam Regs

Most who have read China's Internet Email Service Management Regulations know that, in an effort to control spam, it limits commercial email, while forcing email service providers to register all IP addresses and keep logs of email correspondents. But an article incorporated by reference strips all anti-spam pretensions aside, by aiming squarely at email communications between consenting, and possibly religious or political, adults.

Can Ubuntu jump from community to commercial?

Opinion: Anyone who follows Linux closely knows that Ubuntu is the most popular community distribution. But, is that enough for Ubuntu to make a go of it as a commercial business distribution? It looks like we're going to get to find out.

LPI clarifies SA exam pricing

The Linux Professional Institute's director of operations, Glenn McKnight, says LPI exam prices will remain unchanged until the end of the year in South Africa. He remains tight-lipped, however, on next year's prices.

Slackware - from first boot to usable desktop.

 LXer Feature: 19-May-06

There's a saying, "use Debian - learn Debian - use Slackware - learn Linux". You might want to take that with a tiny pinch of salt. There's a grain of truth in there but it's not quite as straight forward as it first appears.

This is by no means an exhaustive lesson in slackware, just some steps to get you to to a place where you can get things done.

New Software to Undo Linux Disasters

The program, like the Windows version, lets you roll back your PC in case of an operating system failure (what, does Linux do that?), find deleted files, and backtrack from the effects of malicious attacks from spyware or worms.
[I'm with Steve on this one. I would have to see if they can help me crash my box first. Otherwise, this could sit on the shelves for a looong time. - dcparris]

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