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Bizcall, Aheeva offer OSS for call centres

BizCall, which specialises in open source PBX software for small to medium businesses using solutions based on the open source Asterisk solution, now partnered with Aheeva, a Canadian company to offer enterprise level open source call centre software for larger organisations in South Africa.

Storm turns to Synaq for open source security

Telecoms company Storm will include the open source-based Pinpoint Securemail in its data products following a deal with Linux specialists Synaq.

Novell announces local Red Hat to SUSE Server training

Novell SA's locally-appointed training partner, SmartSource, will now be offering the 'Migrating from Red Hat to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10' training course. The course is aimed at allowing existing Red Hat qualified engineers to expand their skills base and benefit from a deeper understanding of the two solutions' similarities and differences.

Import mail into Gmail with the Gmail Loader

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 19, 2007 2:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So, you've turned your back on traditional mail clients and get your mail fix via Gmail these days. The only problem is getting to all those old message that are stuck in your old email client. One way to stuff that old mail into your shiny and capacious Gmail account is to use Mark Lyon's Gmail Loader.

The Nuclear Option

  • PolishLinux.org; By Daniel Koć (Posted by michux on Mar 19, 2007 1:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
The FLOSS Movement is not yet recognized enough to develop peacefully. There are many obstacles in the way of its expansion: either internal (e.g. lack of standards) or external (e.g. stubborn hardware manufacturers). Those problems could be gradually overcome in a relatively short period of time but a question arises: What will happen if the paranoia wins?

DistroWatch Weekly: A new open source model, Wolvix review, RHEL 5, evolution of a "geek"

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 19, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, the focus of many Linux users will shift to those projects that rebuild the source packages made available by the prominent North American Linux vendor into a complete RHEL clone. Many other distributions are also in advanced stages of development: Mandriva Linux 2007.1 will be one of the first major distributions to make a new release this year, while a highly up-to-date Slackware Linux 11.1 shouldn't be far behind either. In other news: Debian has announced the second release candidate of Debian Installer for Etch, Gentoo approves a new code of conduct for its developers, the Freespire community voices its concerns over the direction of the distribution, and OpenBSD announces the release date for version 4.1. Our feature story this week is a commentary about a new, collaborative development model as pioneered by the Wolvix and Ultima developers, followed by a brief review of Wolvix 1.1.0 alpha. Happy reading!

Black Duck floats GPL 3 safety line

Black Duck software today announces the latest edition of its license sniffing software, primed and ready for General Public License Version 3.0.

KDE Commit-Digest for 18th March 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Interface experiments in Amarok 2.0, with the aKode engine shown the door. Initial work on incremental parsing functionality in KDevelop. Further functional development in the Step educational physics simulation package. More refinement of the Oxygen-themed KDE Games artwork, revised sounds in the Oxygen sound theme and more work done on the Oxygen widget style. The Oxygen iconset is dual-licenced as Creative Commons and LGPL. Support for the Plucker document format in okular. Zoom work (ViewBar) and Coverity fixes in KOffice. Basic Phishing protection and the start of user documentation in Mailody. Optimisations in KJS (JavaScript interpreter) and KSysGuard. Import of Athec into playground/games and KBackup to playground/utils in KDE SVN. First NEPOMUK-based GUI elements appear. KSplashX displaces KSplashML as the splash screen engine for KDE 4.

Adobe targets developers with Apollo

Adobe Systems is opening a new phase in the rich client wars, releasing code that could help developers change notions of what a PC interface looks like.

FSlint: annoyingly vague, but useful

Version 2.20 of FSlint is a program whose functionality is at odds with its design. On the one hand, a program for -- as the name suggests --- locating and removing unnecessary or useless material ("lint") from a filesystem is a handy one to install. On the other hand, a rough interface with cryptic buttons and options and a lack of anything except minimal help files makes accessing its options a bit of a challenge, especially at first.

KDE at CeBIT 2007 This Week

The KDE Project will present itself at CeBIT, the world's largest computer trade show, taking place in Hannover, Germany, from March 16th to March 21th. KDE will be presenting the latest release KDE 3.5 and give a preview of current developments for KDE 4, the next major KDE-version. You will find numerous KDE-developers and other contributors in Hall 5, booth G64/6. The KDE team would like to thank the LinuxPark for the booth and KDE e.V. and its supporting members for financial support. We would also like to thank Canonical, Fedora and Novell for providing CDs featuring the latest and greatest KDE.

Sabayon Linux v3.3 DVD Screenshots

Sabayon Linux, a LiveDVD distribution known for being based upon Gentoo and its inclusion of desktop eye-candy such as Beryl and XGL, has reached version 3.3. New in this Sabayon release is the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, X.Org 7.2 with AIGLX and Composite support, Beryl 0.2.0-rc2, updated NVIDIA and ATI drivers, and much more.

Integrating amavisd-new Into Postfix For Spam- And Virus-Scanning

This article shows how to integrate amavisd-new into a Postfix mail server for spam- and virus-scanning. amavisd-new is a high-performance interface between MTAs such as Postfix and content checkers: virus scanners, and/or SpamAssassin. We will use ClamAV for virus scanning and SpamAssassin for spam scanning in this tutorial.

Ubuntu's Migration Assistant Works!

If you had missed my original blog entry, migration-assistant is automatically run during the Ubuntu installation process from its LiveCD. Microsoft Windows is not the only operating system supported, but you can automatically transport the files and settings from a previous Ubuntu installation or other Linux distributions. I have detailed the workings of migration-assistant a lot more in my original post. A working copy of migration-assistant is available through the daily LiveCD builds of Ubuntu and will also be available in the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04.

A postcard from SunLIVE07

Time for the green revolution?, Sun's jamboree was held in the magnificent Methodist Central Hall in London to the sound of the Beatles' Revolution (Evolution, plus Innovation equals.... geddit?)

Top five PC manufacturers fail naked PC test

IT professionals are being forced to adopt Microsoft's operating systems — even if they tell their PC supplier they want a system free of Microsoft software, ZDNet UK's research has revealed.

Slightly changed openSUSE 10.2 ISOs Released

Today the openSUSE team is releasing slightly changed openSUSE 10.2 ISO images. The reason for putting out those updated ISOs is a license issue, which had to be addressed. The following ISOs have be replaced on the mirrors.

Thousand Parsec participating in Google Summer of Code

  • Thousand Parsec Project; By Jure Repinc (Posted by JLP on Mar 17, 2007 12:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Thousand Parsec logoThousand Parsec is a vibrant free and open source project, creating a framework for (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate) space strategy games. We are happy to announce that this year we are also participating in Google Summer of Code as a mentoring organisation.

Report: Novell BrainShare 2007 Preview

When Novell's BrainShare users' show opens its doors this Sunday, Microsoft will be on hand for the first time ever. With and without this controversial, recently minted partner, Novell will issue announcements around SUSE Linux in areas that include products, training, and new customer wins, say company sources.

A reason why Dell probably won't pre-load OpenOffice

In an open letter released earlier this week, the OpenOffice.org community invited Michael Dell to work with them to pre-install OpenOffice.org 2 office software on Dell computers. This rather humorous ad campaign could play a roll in why Dell may not accept the invitation.

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