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Sun Plug-in Brings ODF Support to Microsoft Office

Sun Microsystems' ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office won't usher in an era of universal document interoperability, but eWEEK Labs believes it is the best option currently available for adding Open Document Format support to Office's massive installed base. The plug-in, which Sun debuted on July 4 in the form of a freely downloadable 30MB installation package, enables users to read, edit and save ODF-formatted word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation documents using the 2000, XP, and 2003 versions of Microsoft Office.

Linux: Suspend and Hibernation Status Report

Rafael Wysocki posted a lengthy status report "describing the current state of development of the suspend and hibernation infrastructure: how it works, what known problems there are in it and what the future development plans are". Regarding future plans, Rafael noted, "the part of the suspend and hibernation code that should be taken care of first is the handling of devices. Namely, I think that we should first separate the hibernation-related handling of devices from the suspend-related handling of them in order to overcome limitations mentioned in Section IX. This also will be necessary if we want to try some new approaches to hibernation, such as the kexec-based one recently discussed on the LKML." He added, "the next thing that seems reasonable to do is to eliminate the freezing of tasks, described in Section VI, from the suspend and resume code, since the limitations related to it are regarded by many people as too restrictive."

Fedora stats offer insight into Linux usage

The Fedora Project offered a peek under its kimono recently with details about Fedora 7 adoption and other statistics. Fedora 7 has snagged more than 300,000 users since its release at the end of May. While that sounds pretty good, Fedora Core 6 managed to attract more than 400,000 in roughly the same amount of time after its release. We asked Max Spevack, the Fedora project leader, whether the numbers are telling the full story.

Enterprise Linux News: Microsoft's high prices drive FSW to Linux, open source

  •; By By Jan Stafford, Editor (Posted by jsusanka on Jul 28, 2007 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, GNU
Here is a great story about those corporations that think they are locked into Microsoft exchange server forever and there is no way out.

Marcus Rex joins Linux Foundation as CTO

The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit group dedicated to accelerating Linux's growth, announced on July 24 that it had tapped long-time Linux executive Marcus Rex to serve as CTO. Rex "will help drive new standardization and technical initiatives around Linux and promote Linux adoption more broadly," the LF said.

Wine 0.9.42 Released

  •; By (Posted by linuxlookup on Jul 28, 2007 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New to Wine 0.9.42 is support for activation contexts and side-by-side assemblies, more gdiplus functions, other messaging support in crypt32.dll, many HTTP protocol handling fixes and other bug fixes.

Misys Moves to Open Source

"British software group Misys is expected to announce a major strategic gamble this week - giving its products away for free.""Under new American management, the company is planning to embrace the 'open source' movement, releasing a software code that can be copied or modified by other programmers.""Two new products are planned in healthcare and financial markets that Misys hopes will become industry standards: one offering a platform for trading carbon credits and the other aimed at harmonising medical records."

Tutorial: Power Saving for the Workstation, Part 1

Ordinarily, the only place you see these programs are in laptops and the methods should work on laptops, and there are many places to go for information on the specialized laptop tweaks and GNOME and KDE laptop configuration options. But in an age of global warming and increasing costs per KWh, saving power on workstations by putting them to sleep when not in active use is a good idea, too.

Schedule Tasks Using Gnome-schedule (cron & at GUI)

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jul 27, 2007 9:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Schedule Tasks Using Gnome-schedule (cron & at GUI)

Service consolidation with Xen 3.0.2 on Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe

I have been looking for a way to replace my old Windows NT machine that I mainly use to run MS Word, Reference Manager and to connect to my Linux desktop via XWin32. I figured if I get one of the new AM2 dual core CPUs from AMD with low energy consumption (35 Watt TDP specified) .

Novell SA chief quits to join Google

Novell South Africa's Stafford Masie is leaving the Linux vendor to head up the local Google operation, reports ITWeb. Masie has led the Soth African Novell office for the past four years and has been a key figure in the Linux strategy adopted by Novell globally.® Announces 2007 Community Choice Awards Winners

Open Source Awards Emphasize Enterprise Apps and Collaboration

Use Google Linux repositories in Debian

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jul 27, 2007 5:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Use Google Linux repositories in Debian

Dissecting The ATI/AMD Linux Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jul 27, 2007 4:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
If you have been reading our ATI/AMD Linux display driver reviews for some time, you will know that there are periods where it doesn't look like the fglrx driver is actively being worked on, but in fact changes are being made "under the hood". We are going through one of these droughts right now where not many new features or bug fixes are being introduced, though a lot of work is going on internally. We have decided to dissect the last 19 months of driver releases from ATI/AMD to expose some interesting facts and what should be coming in the future.

Is forking a sin?

Why the fuss about the idea of forking the Linux kernel to create a desktop-optimized OS? It seems the community doesn't grant the same freedoms as the GPL!

Announcement: T-Dose (International) Dutch Open Source Event 2007

T-DOSE 2007 - In the weekend of 13th and 14th October 2007 the free Open Source Event T-DOSE (Technical Dutch Open Source Event) will take place at the Fontys College of Applied Science in Eindhoven, ,The Netherlands (GoogleMaps) . During this event there are 2 central tracks an open source market and several developer or community rooms. There is still room for more Open Source projects and Talks.

* All Open Source Projects that want a booth can reserve one at
* All speakers can sent their abstracts and small biography to

For more information about T-DOSE see

[ T-DOSE was held for the first time last year - I was one of the attendants, and I can recommend the event to anyone involved with open source, talks were very interesting. I'll try to be there this year - hkwint ]

SourceForge Announces 2007 Community Choice Awards Winners

SourceForge announced the winners of its second annual Community Choice Awards in Portland, OR, at an evening celebration held during the OSCON conference. The awards recognize open source projects that have the most supportive community following, and those that the community’s members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jul 27, 2007 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora, PHP
This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a Fedora 7 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core. Suhosin comes in two independent parts, that can be used separately or in combination. The first part is a small patch against the PHP core, that implements a few low-level protections against bufferoverflows or format string vulnerabilities and the second part is a powerful PHP extension that implements all the other protections."

Customize your laptop keyboard with X and KDE

I am a Linux user, and I recently got an eMachines laptop. Since I'm Uruguayan, my mother tongue is Spanish, and that presented a problem: laptops usually have an American-style keyboard, and Spanish (as well as Portuguese, French, German, and other languages) requires some special keys that aren't on American keyboards. Here's how you can get international characters on your American keyboard -- and as a bonus, we'll see how you can enable the special"media" or"Internet" keys on some keyboards that aren't supported by Linux out of the box.

On Microsoft’s ‘Terror Culture’...

Apparently, some people take pride in attacking Free software. With statements such as “we would like to strike similar patent deals with all the Linux vendors, but we had to start somewhere” or even “the Free Software movement is dead. Linux doesn’t exist in 2007. Even Linus has got a job today,” Bill Hilf is no popular figure these days.

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