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SimplyMepis 2004.06 or: Gnome Guy Goes KDE

A long-time Gnome user takes a week to try out SimplyMepis to see what all the hubub is about. The result is not only a favorable look at a capable Linux distro, but an examination of the state of the Desktop Environment landscape, and the areas in which KDE can tempt even a dyed-in-the-wool Gnome fan.

Book Writer

O'Reilly's Writer, by Australian technical writer and active community contributer Jean H. Weber, is an enhanced and updated version of her earlier book, Taming Writer, which was the first book ever published about OOo. This book skips basic functionality and focuses on one OOo component: Writer. It includes a copy of, and has many useful tips for technical writers and advanced OOo users.

Free Linux development tool from PROIV

PROIV has launched new, free, Linux and Windows versions of its PROIV Rapid Application Development tools – and in return for downloading the software, is sending out free penguins.

Review: Thunderbird 1.0

  •; By Aditya Nag (Posted by LTN on Jan 5, 2005 9:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
At the end, I must say that Thunderbird is perfectly capable of being used as your only email client. It did not crash on me once in weeks of testing, on either OS. It's not perfect, but it's very very good. Go ahead and try it.

Sun Microsystems' Unix Version May Trip Linux

  • TechNewsWorld; By Prabhakar Deshpande (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 8:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat, Sun
Rajesh Rege, director of sales, Sun Microsystems, said the biggest blow will be for commercial vendors of Linux. Why would anyone buy a paid version, when an operating system tested in mission critical situations is available for use free of cost, he asked.

Linux predictions for 2005

  • Network World on Linux; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux starts off the new year looking better than ever, but not without its challenges. Today, we're dusting off the crystal ball and taking a look at what users of the open-source operating system might expect this year.

Linux and Security at Salem Hospital: A Case Study

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 8:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Salem Hospital of Oregon switches from barebones OS projects to commercialized Linux for its security.

Understanding NetBSD 2.0's new technology

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NetBSD is widely known as the most portable operating system in the world. It currently supports 52 system architectures, all from a single source tree, and is always being ported to more. NetBSD 2.0 continues the long tradition with major improvements in file system and memory management performance, significant security enhancements, and support for many new platforms and peripherals. To celebrate the release, we've asked several well-known NetBSD developers to comment on some of NetBSD 2.0's new features.

Case Study: Exchange makes Linux call

  • Computerworld Australia; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel, Sun
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange credits its migration to commodity Intel-based servers and Linux with cutting costs and shaving 100 milliseconds off the time required to complete a trade.

RANT_MODE=1: Current generation shells -- Will Microsoft Ever Fill The Needs of the Enterprise?

Paul Ferris is at it again. Someone is bashing the Linux command-line (pun intended), and the misconceptions are many. This article takes a swing at a few of the many dimensions that make Enterprise-class Linux capabilities a hard thing for Microsoft to thwart in the long run.

Official nod for Sun open-source license

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
The Open Source Initiative's license approval committee has given a vote of support to Sun Microsystems' license. In late December, the committee recommended that Sun's Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL) be granted official status as an open-source license, Chairman Russell Nelson said in an e-mail posting. The recommendation still must be approved by OSI's board, Nelson added.

MySQL readies beta of enterprise open source database

  • InfoWorld; By Paul Krill (Posted by dave on Jan 5, 2005 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
MySQL at the end of January is expected to release a beta version of its MySQL 5.0 open source database, which is to feature enterprise-level functionality such as stored procedures and triggers, according to a company representative.

Debian Weekly News - January 4th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Martin Michlmayr announced that Jörg Jaspert has been appointed as an additional Debian account manager. The Debian project announced another update of their stable release. Joey Hess published a list of security problems fixed in unstable but pending in sarge.

OpenOffice Off-the-Wall: ToCs, Indexes and Bibliographies in OOo Writer

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 5:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new way of thinking about and tagging a document's table of contents and other supporting features makes sense and is more convenient.

Bell Labs grapples with VOIP, open source

  • InfoWorld (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 4:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Voice over IP (VOIP) and open source technology hold great promise for cost savings, but also threaten traditional ways of doing business. Rather than shy away from the challenges that these disruptive technologies represent, Bell Laboratories, the renowned R&D (research and development) arm of Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, New Jersey, is attempting to bring them into the mainstream.

Mandrake Enters Enterprise Linux Zone

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 4, 2005 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mandriva; Story Type: News Story
The enterprise Linux space got a bit more crowded Tuesday with a pair of new releases from Mandrakesoft. The France-based Linux distribution vendor announced a new version of its Corporate Server and a new Corporate Desktop.

Shun Linux and kiss your job security good-bye, part 1 [Interview with Robin Miller]

IT managers who think that their Microsoft certifications give them all the tenure they need are in for a rude awakening. In fact, says author Robin Miller, their pink slips are only a point-and-click away. Learn to use Linux, he said, or you'll be left behind. To help IT managers and users see how easy it is to use Linux, Miller has written Point & Click Linux: Your Guide to Trouble-Free Computing, which has just been published by Prentice Hall PTR. Miller, who is also editor-in-chief of Open Source Technology Group, offers tips on building Linux skills and easing a company and its users onto Linux desktops in this interview. In part two, he focuses on choosing tools and distributions and supporting Linux.

Polese opens up on open-source plans

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 2:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SpikeSource, a start-up headed by computing industry veteran Kim Polese, has revealed more details of its plan to tap into the growing popularity of open-source software at corporations.

Why there's no need to abandon .NET for open source

A client recently greeted me with a barrage of complaints about Microsoft, product costs, and so forth. They wondered aloud whether they ought to assemble a strategy for moving to an open source platform to save money. Now, I'm not one to start an argument about the merits of consumer vs. open source. Rather, I took the opportunity to point out the open source route available to .NET connoisseurs.

Interview: Richard Stallman

  • KernelTrap (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
We began this interview via email, but later had to finish by telephone after Richard Stallman fell and broke his arm. He was kind enough to speak with me at length, discussing his first contact with computers, his time in the AI lab, the current state of the GNU Hurd, his current role in the Free Software Foundation, the problems with non-free software, and much more. The following words offer much insight into how we got here, and what challenges we still face.

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