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And Now There are Two: Sun Announces its ODF Plug-in

Just a few minutes ago, Sun announced that it would make a "preview" version of its Office to ODF plugin in "mid February," with the full version to follow "later this spring." Plugins will be available for use with both Sun's StarOffice as well as the open source OpenOffice.org office suite. The announcement comes three days after Microsoft announced the immediate availability of its Office to ODF plugin at SourceForge.

New Open Source Group to Focus on Apps

A new open source advocacy group is about to launch with a focus on applications rather than open source standards.

Sun bangs on Thumper, CAS, open source drum

Sun Microsystems Inc has earmarked its Thumper disk array as a future NAS and VTL platform, and said that it plans to make its Honeycomb CAS software open source.

Advanced XML parsing techniques using Perl

This article shows you how to convert an XML document using Perl into a tree of objects in memory. Most Perl programmers find this approach more natural, and it is indeed more convenient. It then introduces you to SAX and event-based parsing, an entirely different style of programming, one that turns out to be very rich, using the SAX pipeline.

Raymond, Nelson critical of new planned license for open source peripherals

Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) is sponsoring a plan to encourage and popularize the idea of open source -- for hardware components. The organization released a draft of an open source license for computer hardware this month, and issued a public call for comments on the draft. The new license is already drawing criticism from prominent members of the open source community.

Routing project expands open-source networking

IT managers looking to build an open source-based networking infrastructure will shortly be able to get their hands on free software that handles a range of routing and security features.

Aussie CIOs get clearer vista on open source

Local chief information officers at a Sydney conference this week were more interested in talking about open source and standards-based software than Microsoft's new operating system.

OpenBeOS: It's Alive and Well

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 7, 2007 1:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
As we witness the release of Windows Vista to the world at large, I thought it was interesting to see the evolution of BeOS coming back into the spotlight. Today, the spirit of BeOS remains alive and well in OpenBeOS' latest incarnation, known as Haiku.

Faking the FOSS

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jabari Zakiya (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 7, 2007 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do your ever wonder if some self-proclaimed open source projects really 'get it' what it means to truly be about being 'free and open source' versus just using FOSS for other means? Sometimes I really have to wonder, because I keep running into examples where projects touting open source software engage in behavior where they glaringly contradict the holistic and philosophical embrace of its ideals. There's a lot of faking the FOSS going on out there.

Open Source: Understanding the Core Principals

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 7, 2007 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Earlier today, I stumbled upon an article that was filled with reader comments stating that the sellers of open source software are to be dismissed as scam artists. Those in this crowd that actually understand the legal bindings of the individual license(s) and definition of open source generally pointed out that they feel such sales are unethical - just not illegal.

ROX Desktop provides light, quirky alternative to GNOME and KDE

The ROX Desktop is a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE built around the ROX-Filer file manager. The project's name is an abbreviation of "RISC OS on X." The ROX Desktop's performance is reminiscent of IceWM, and it's noticeably faster opening programs than GNOME or KDE. However, its speed comes at the expense of a needlessly redundant default configuration, and some users may balk at some of the assumptions its design makes about how they prefer to work.

Rugged automation controller runs Linux

United Electronics Industries (UEI) is shipping a rugged Linux-based programmable automation controller based on a PowerPC processor. The UEIPAC Cube is available with extensive I/O options, and targets unmanned vehicles, environmental control, and test stand applications such as hardware-in-the-loop simulation.

A Beginner’s Dozen of No-Cost Computing Tools

Ah, survived the holidays! But if your bank balance is anything like mine right now, you’re looking for ways to save money. Here’s one means of economizing -- stop buying computer software. No, I’m not advocating becoming a pirate. Johnny Depp can pull it off, but I wouldn’t recommend it for educators. (Too few of us look that good in mascara.) Instead, take a serious look at some high quality software that is now available -- at no cost.

Unisys, Oracle partner on Linux conversions

Featured in the expanded arrangement are specific blueprints that demonstrate how to redeploy applications. For example, the companies have been building a blueprint, or "proof point," on moving from an IBM CICS environment onto Linux running Oracle Fusion Middleware and the Oracle 10g database on Unisys ES7000/one Enterprise Servers.

GNU and FSF News

This is the first in what will hopefully be monthly summaries of news from the Free Software Foundation and GNU project. This summary has been distilled down from press releases, blogs, email lists, and website news pages. The idea is to provide a concise summary of the latest FSF/GNU news for those who don't have the time or interest to find and read all the original news sources within that community.

Proprietary software will kill PC in 30 years, conference told

If proprietary software continues to dominate, within 10 years no one will be able to store any file and even view their own content without first paying a service provider to see it and the PC as we know it will be gone within 30 years. Those were just two of the predictions made by German Linux consultant Klaus Knopper, creator of the Knoppix live CD computer operating system, at the three-day Open Source conference, LinuxAsia 2007, in New Delhi.

Debian release may slip to March

The release of the upcoming version of Debian may slip to March, according to one of the two release managers for the Linux distribution.

XForms as an RSS Reader/Editor

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 7, 2007 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
RSS, Atom, and other syndication strategies involve making XML data available for download. This article explains how to create an XML reader and editor using XForms. XForms, which is designed to view and edit XML, is the perfect environment for an XML editor and reader.

Novel approach to novels

Book publishers Penguin has launched an interesting new project that will apply the wiki style of collaborative editing and writing to the novel in their experimental project, A Million Penguins.

The Contradictory Nature of OOXML (Part II) – 19 Nations Respond

With Microsoft's OOXML formats at last under review by Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) of global standards bodies ISO and IEC, things are heating up dramatically in the battle between ODF and OOXML. When the deadline for the one month contradictions period of the ISO/IUEC Fast Track closed on Monday afternoon, JTC 1 had received responses from a total of nineteen national bodies, with most or all of those responses including formal "contradictions" under applicable rules.

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