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BBC launches open source network testing platform

  • (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 4:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The BBC has created a network protocol testing platform written in Python and made it available as an open source application

The wide world of Linux word processors

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 4:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
There are several word processors in GNU/Linux, each with different goals and features. Some are free software, some are based on free software, some are proprietary. What do you, as an amateur or professional writer, need to consider in such programs when moving to GNU/Linux? If you're not entirely satisfied with your current word processor or if you're wondering what's available on the GNU/Linux platform in terms of word processors, this article's for you.

Sprucing up open source's GPL foundation

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 4:12 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Modernization is coming to the General Public License, a legal framework that supports a large part of the free and open-source software movements and that has received sharp criticism from Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.

Red Hat pulls out a profit

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 2:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Linux seller Red Hat reported on Wednesday that its third-quarter net income jumped 155 percent year-over-year to $10.8 million as its software business matured.

Jeremy Allison weighs in on EU/MS appeal decision

Microsoft today lost its appeal of the European Union ruling which requires it to -- among other things -- unbundle the Windows Media Player in order to level the playing field with other firms offering the same functionality for streaming audio and video. It must also make public the information required to allow others to interoperate with the Windows platform. But don't break out the champagne just yet. According to Jeremy Allison, the lead developer, if the ruling doesn't preclude royalties then the whole effort by the EU will turn out to have been a waste of time.

Site review:

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 22, 2004 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If it's your first time with Linux, you want it to be with someone who is gentle, someone who really cares about you. Yet, the gruffness of a good number of Linux pros is enough to scare off all but the most ardent Linux pursuers. Maybe that's Linux's way of ensuring survival of the fittest. Not everyone who's experienced with Linux is rough and rude, though. Michael Davis knows what it's like to be a Linux virgin who needs to be treated with tenderness. With that in mind, Davis created, a gentle guide for first-time Linux users.

2004: The year in Linux

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Dec 22, 2004 7:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Looking back at all the Linux stories in 2004 still elicits eye-popping, head-scratching and, sometimes, fist-pounding reaction. So as the year closes, here's a rundown of some of the biggest stories in Linux and open source

Microsoft gets one over open source

US software giant Microsoft Corp scored a victory against open source software in India after the Indian state of Karnataka chose its software to power a major e-governance initiative.

DoCoMo invests $3m in Linux company

  • (Posted by dave on Dec 22, 2004 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The investment is part of the company's - Japan's biggest mobile phone carrier - plans to assist Japanese handset vendors develop more models that use the Linux OS, said spokeswoman Tomoko Tsuda. "The investment will help us have a direct relationship with MontaVista so they can help mobile phone makers get products to the market faster," she said. Weekly Screenshots for Dec 21, 2004

This week at we had the following screenshot tours on our agenda Vine Linux 3.1, Overclockix 3.7, Novell Linux Desktop 9, FreeSBIE 1.1, and PCLinuxOS Preview 8. Check it out!

A complete listing of our Linux and Open Source screenshot tours is here:

Project to manage open source complexity

  • The Age (subscription) (Posted by dave on Dec 22, 2004 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A number of European research institutions and open source software companies have launched a project to manage complexity in open source software. Called the Environment for the Development and Distribution of Free Software or EDOS, it will research and implement new ways to manage the complexity. The team includes six research and academic institutions and four software and services companies.

Paul Ferris: The GNU/Linux desktop-adoption drive of 2005

Paul Ferris speculates that the time is ripe for a couple of heavy-hitting retail vendors to embrace GNU/Linux in the sales arena. This FeriCyde Chat continues last weeks rant, suggesting that there's cash on the table for the first vendor that matches todays security opportunity with a Linux desktop alternative.

LWN: James Barry Corbet 1936 - 2004

I'm not certain that this is entirely on topic here. But Linux Weekly News, a very high quality Linux news site, is running a story on the life (and recent death) of James Barry Corbet, by all accounts an exceptional human being, and father of Jonathan Corbet, the very dedicated editor of that site. Many members of the community are expressing their condolences.

Debian Weekly News - December 21st, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dave on Dec 22, 2004 4:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 50th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. The Oxford University's computer centre will complete its move to PostgreSQL running on Debian as the back-end database over the next year. The next stable update is being prepared and expected before New Year's eve. For those of you who celebrate Christmas we wish you a Merry Christmas.

Novell Linux Desktop 9 screenshot tour

Novell Linux Desktop 9 is a desktop operating system and office-productivity environment that enables businesses to use Linux and open source with confidence. -

After a long struggle with this distro and VMWare, we finally got Novell Linux Desktop 9 installed at OSDir, and grabbed some screenshots, running both KDE and GNOME.

Poles push patents off EU agenda

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Dec 21, 2004 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The EU has again failed to ratify the software patent directive, after a crucial last-minute intervention.

OpenOffice 2.0 focuses on interoperability

The preview release of OpenOffice 2.0 claims to have improved compatability with Microsoft Office, which could encourage businesses to migrate to the open source application.

Copyright...Copywrong - Part II (A Clarification)

  •; By James W. Thompson, II (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 21, 2004 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Just like my first blog on "FOSS in the Church" this second one has hit a nerve, although in a much more negative way. I shouldn't be surprised, and indeed I'm not because people are very passionate about the issue of copyright, especially when it comes to the FOSS movement as a community. Perhaps I can clarify some of my views here. Note: I am working on a more extensive treatment of this subject to come out after the first of the year along with the continuation of my "FOSS in the Church" posts.

Open source software set to influence VoIP

  • iT News (Posted by dave on Dec 21, 2004 9:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software will influence the VoIP market in a big way next year, according to VoIP pioneer Jeff Pulver, who released his predictions this week. Pulver, who heads the industry standard VON (Voice on the Net) conferences and publications, said open source software for VoIP PBXs is progressing at a rapid rate. "It will continue to gain momentum, the effects of which will be felt in the next 12 to 18 months," he said.

Quick Do-It-Yourself Greeting Cards

  • TUX Magazine; By Michael Stibbs (Posted by freethinker on Dec 21, 2004 9:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Did you, like me, forget to buy greeting cards in the midst and stress of the few weeks leading up to Christmas? If so, we have to come up with a quick solution. There are just four days left. I create my own cards with Scribus, a top-notch Linux desktop publishing package (DTP) and send them as PDF by email or printed and sent by regular mail.

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