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Final Office Open XML Draft 1.0 Posted at Ecma Site

The final version of the Office Open XML 1.0 draft was posted an hour or so ago at the Ecma site. It is this specification that Microsoft hopes will be adopted, not only by Ecma, but by global standards body ISO/IEC as well, in an effort to slow the adoption of OpenDocument Format (ODF) by government users, among others.

Book review:ImageMagick Tricks

Command-line utilities can be powerful, but it takes some doing to make a typical desktop user work in the shell. The image manipulation program ImageMagick is one command-line program that gives users a good reason to use the CLI. Now Packt Publishing has released ImageMagick Tricks, a book that covers ImageMagick from the ground up. If you've never used ImageMagick before, this book is a good starting place. Delivers Business-Ready Open Source Search

Baynote, Inc., a pioneer in content guidance software for the business web, today unveiled (, a community-based website that encourages the adoption of business-ready open source search.

Mozilla still looking into Firefox flaw claims

  •; By Dennis Fisher (Posted by dcparris on Oct 9, 2006 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Despite claims by one of the researchers involved that the whole thing was a joke , security experts at Mozilla Corp. are continuing to investigate whether there is indeed a remotely-exploitable flaw in the Firefox browser.

Open Source Company Chariot Solutions Pioneers New Tools For ...

Chariot Solutions, a firm specializing in software development using Java and open source, introduced three new tools for the Apache Geronimo J2EE platform at ApacheCon US 2006. The new Geronimo components include a first-of-its-kind Apache Tomcat-to-Geronimo migration tool, a Java Persistence API (JPA) plug-in, and a plug-in for JasperReports.

Report: Bugzilla Makes Big Trucks Better

Adapting the popular Open Source Bugzilla framework proved a great way to track the Komatsu manufacturing process. Rob Reilly files this report on a unique solution to a long-standing problem.

Open for training

The fight for free access to information, especially educational, is an age-old battle. But with the open source software revolution, various online projects have been established to help people access free educational information.

Securing your corporate database

Much is written about network security. There are many classes of product that have been developed to manage network access and to inspect traffic in order to identify anomalous behaviour.

The Joys of Linux Tech Support

With the job market constantly going up and down these days, a lot of IT pros have toyed with the idea of building a PC repair business, but they really loathe the idea of being at the butt-end of the stick when the next big Windows virus hits.

Keyboard caters for all 11 SA languages has released a new South African keyboard that caters for all of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa including support for previously ignored characters for languages such as Venda, Northern Sotho and Tswana.

Latest podcast posted, Naming standards and more

Listen Up! the latest audio program on the site - What's Happening in the World of Databases.

Creative Commons launches new SA licences

Creative Commons South Africa, the local arm of the global alternative licensing movement, last week released an updated set of licences. Version 2.5 of the licences allow the author or rightsholder to specify with more detail how they wish their work to be attributed.

Antiphishing efforts try to keep pace

While many experts say phishers will continue to stay one step ahead of even advanced preventive measures, some security companies are developing new ways to keep the public informed about fraudulent Web sites and cut down on scams.

Java and Linux based IPTV kit and PVR from Amino showcased

IPTV Firm Amino, which makes linux and Java powered set-top boxes and an interesting Personal Video Recorder (PVR) was represented at the show by one of the local distributors.

Unfortunately you do not have flash 8

Today, Australian DD and SELinux kernel hacker Russell Coker wrote an open letter to Toyota. He wanted to visit their australian website to get information about one of their cars, and was greeted by the above headline.

North-West science schools get Linux labs

A company founded out of the Shuttleworth Foundation schools Linux project has started rolling out computer laboratories to schools in South Africa's North-West Province and plans to equip all maths and science-focused Dinaledi schools in the province with computer labs in 2007.

WINK: Linux Tutorials Made Simple

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 9, 2006 8:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Ask any Linux user and they'll likely point out that one of the key challenges they face these days is showing beginners how to accomplish specific tasks with any given distribution. Think about it, how many times have we simply shuffled them off to the community forums rather than making time to show them step-by-step “how to get things done?”

Penguinistas (or Debian Chix) NG

DD Erich Schubert has a nice story (even with photo) about his niece Fiona visiting him and discovering his Tux. Our daughter Hanna Zuleikha, almost the same age, went to the “Zoo am Meer” in Bremerhaven with us in February, and guess at what she’s looking here:

User Group Administration - Lessons From the Ohio LinuxFest

LXer Feature: 08-Oct-2006

In Charlotte, our Linux User Group is struggling, as others do, with getting our act together. While at the Ohio LinuxFest last weekend, I picked up a few interesting notes from the panel discussion about user group administration. I thought I would share what I learned, in the hopes that it might help your LUG, too.

CLI Magic: Running multiple jobs with xjobs

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 9, 2006 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever feel like you're not getting the most out of your multiprocessor machine? The xjobs utility allows you to schedule several processes to run simultaneously to make the most of your system's resources.

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