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Toshiba Italy mulls pre-loaded Linux notebooks

Toshiba's Italian channel sales and marketing operation reportedly is considering offering pre-loaded Linux in its Tecra, Satellite, Portege, and Qosmio notebook lines, according to a story published online last week in the Il Sole newspaper.

Something's Happening Here

It's a relaxed entry this time, an update on some recent happenings in the Linux audio world. Without further preamble, let's take a look at some of the good things going on there.

Court rules in favor of Microsoft in case involving AT&T patent

The Supreme Court sided with Microsoft Corp. on Monday in a case that restricts the reach of U.S. patents overseas. In a 7-1 decision, the court found that Microsoft is not liable in a patent dispute with AT&T. The decision could impact other lawsuits against Microsoft and save the company billions because of the global scope of its operations. (footnote: although perhaps not directly affecting Linux/FOSS now, subject could impact other pending FOSS-related issues in the future)

Josh Berkus: KDE Aids The PostgreSQL Team

During FISL 8.0 I caught up with PostgreSQL contributor Josh Berkus who was there to present on PostgreSQL and meet up with the local PostgreSQL community. Josh is a member of the PostgreSQL core team and works at Sun Microsystems as part of their open source database team. Over lunch, Josh shared how KDE plays an important role in the release coordination process which Josh oversees.

State by state, Microsoft responds to creeping threat

State-by-state skirmishes over open-source document formats represent the latest showdown in a long-running, and so far unsuccessful, campaign to topple Microsoft's sheer dominance of the desktop software application market. Outside of Florida, four other states since January have seen language similar to Homan's included in proposed bills.

Desktop Linux: Can Your Users Even Handle Windows?

The trouble with most comparisons between desktop Linux distros and Windows is that they are written from the perspective of someone who is comfortable enough with a PC that they can undertake a feature-for-feature comparison in the first place.

Dell to choose Ubuntu

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bigg on May 1, 2007 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Officially, Dell Inc. hasn't said a word yet about which Linux it will be preloading on its desktops and laptops. Several sources within Dell, however, have told that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu.

KnowledgeTree opens SOAP interfaces

Open source document management application KnowledgeTree has released SOAP Web Services interfaces for the application, opening up opportunities for third party developers to integrate with the document management system.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 85

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 85 for the week of April 22nd through April 28th, 2007.

VMware on Debian Etch 4.0

I like playing around with different distributions. As soon as a new version of gentoo, suse, ubuntu, sabayon or fedora appears I want to try it out. What I'm getting tired of is having to reinstall my system again and again, which has to be done if using beta versions or other cutting edge software (like beryl) which trashes my system. Besides all this I hate dual boot so this is not an option for me. For this reason I wanted to try some virtualisation software to overcome this problem.

SCO Receives Nasdaq Notice Letter

SCO gets its Nasdaq delisting notification.

Top U.S. Court Clears Way for More Patent Challenges

  •; By Greg Stohr (Posted by azerthoth on Apr 30, 2007 10:36 PM EDT)
The U.S. Supreme Court made it easier to challenge patents for failing to introduce genuine innovations, siding with Intel Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. and dealing a setback to the drug and biotechnology industries.

OpenLogic Announces Free Software to Inventory Installed Open Source Software

OpenLogic Discovery helps enterprises gain visibility into installed open source software across multiple platforms

Canonical and Savoir-Faire Linux Partner to Deliver Ubuntu Certified Professional Training in Canada

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced it has signed an agreement with Savoir-Faire to deliver 'Ubuntu Certified Professional' (UCP) training in Canada. Savoir-Faire will deliver official courses in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa-Gatineau from May 2007.

MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.2 shootout

After yesterday's blog about the relevance of feature bloat, I figured that I would follow up with some quantitative analysis on the performance characteristics to measure resource bloat. This isn't the first time I've measured Office CPU and memory consumption of Microsoft Office and Open Office. I have a whole series on it dating back to 2005. This time, I'm pitting Microsoft-backed OOXML (Office Open XML) versus the OASIS-backed ODF (OpenDocument) format with Microsoft Office 2007 and Open Office 2.2.

PCLinuxOS Magazine May 2007 Issue 9 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the May 2007 issue (#9)  is available for download!

Some highlights include:

  1. KDE User Guide Part 2
  2. Scroogle and Konqueror Integration
  3. Top Ten Reasons for Using Linux
  4. Linux in Education
  5. Using Settings from a Previous Linux Install
  6. As always, much more

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WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 Achieves CCHIT Certification

According tothis announcement, WorldVistA EHR/VOE 1.0 is now CCHIT certified. Formerly VistA Office EHR (VOE) there has been a name change due to entanglements. It is now known as WorldVistA EHR.

Custom Charts with Perl and GD

This article describes techniques you can use to create new levels of usefulness in your dynamically generated charts with Perl and GD.

Make Gmail better

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 30, 2007 5:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many people have embraced Google's Gmail service due to its slick interface and ample storage -- but like any application, Gmail leaves a few things to be desired. To trick Gmail out to your specifications, take a look at Lifehacker's Better Gmail, a Firefox extension that brings all sorts of extra goodness to Gmail.

Making Debian sexy again: Sam Hocevar speaks

How many developers run for the post of leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project and cite as part of their platform a desire to make Debian sexy again? None that I know of - except Sam Hocevar who won the recent election for leader of the project.

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