Even if you're the most dedicated OpenOffice.org (OOo) user in the world, sooner or later you'll be asked to share files with someone using Microsoft Office. Some free software advocates refuse outright, or suggest outputting to HTML, PDF, or RTF formats, but these aren't always options -- especially if your boss is the one doing the asking. However, with a few preparations and a sense of what works and what doesn't, you can usually share files with Microsoft Office users with a minimum of headaches on both sides. Here's how.
The Open Source Business Conference held recently in San Francisco was chock-full of information on how to make money using open source software. Once a bastion for socialist thinking, the open source community is finally coming of age.
The solid growth of Linux of late serves to dismiss even the most outrageous of anti-Linux campaigns as more of a dud than FUD. But what of the much-ballyhooed Linux desktop, which has yet to catch on in the enterprise like its server-side sibling? For the answer, one needs to look no further than the business practices presently adopted by the top two commercial Linux vendors -- Red Hat and Novell.
What's behind all the Ruby hype? Reuven walks us through a couple of examples to let the code speak for itself.
Fitness equipment supplier LA Gym Equipment is getting its information technology in shape by moving from Windows to Linux.
The Shuttleworth Foundation has rolled out another four Freedom Toasters across South Africa with immediate plans for at least another five. The free software "vending machines" now include DVD support and include all major Linux distros from Ubuntu and Impi through to SuSE 9.3 and a complete set of Debian CDs.
Geronimo provides a number of facilities for securing applications at multiple levels, both declaratively and programmatically. This article takes you through a banking scenario that shows off the AGeronimo application server's robust security features.
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Lots of people know Leo Laporte. You might have seen him as one of the hosts on Tech TV's Screen Savers show, or heard his podcast, which is the number one or two most downloaded podcast currently, depending on who you talk to. If so, you know that Leo is the consummate pragmatist. He's not an open source advocate per se, but a best-of-breed kinda guy.
A 1990's Linux start-up that resurfaced as a Linux system management software vendor is now shipping a Linux device aimed at simplifying Linux system administration. The Intrepid M is the first hardware product from Levanta, formerly LinuxCare -- and the "world's first Linux management appliance," according to the company.
IBM XML Enhancements for Java, part of their Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK), has released a Linux based tool for providing language extensions to J2EE 1.4 to support XML, XML Schema, and XPath in Java.
Each open-source platform effectively meets diverse enterprise needs.
Spread Firefox is reporting that Mozilla Firefox has been downloaded 75,000,000 times. The 75 millionth download came at 11:17:10am UTC/GMT today. The download count does not include upgrades obtained using Firefox's in-built software update system.
Network World's product testing gurus recently tested several products that could help users interested in deploying open source technology in a number of ways.
.Net is a software framework from Microsoft that enables language-non-specific software development, resulting in applications that can easily interoperate across platforms and networks. A question seasoned developers should ask at this point is, "What about security?" The good news is that .Net provides a broad range of security tools and functionality to the developer. However, improper application of these security measures can be far more dangerous to than not applying them at all.
Companies must be held accountable for their"open-source" claims.
Spontaneous outbursts can reveal much about group behavior. Advocates of open source showed such a moment on the first day of the Ottawa Linux Symposium, about which I recently reported at length. But the incident I am thinking of was recorded for history in a Newsforge article by David "cdlu" Graham: He [Doug Fisher] wrapped up his presentation to the usual polite applause and closed his slide show to reveal the message "Windows XP has locked your desktop," resulting in the single loudest and most sustained booing by nearly everyone present I have ever heard, followed by a member of the audience rushing to the front brandishing a Linux installation CD to widespread applause.
A number of companies are working together to promote the commercial use of the Debian Linux distribution, in a consortium that is due to be announced at LinuxWorld in California next month.
The company announces three Linux/Java phones, and says it will partner with Yahoo on mobile-phone and iRadio product content.
The Hut Community Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, provides to local residents services like group fitness classes, a community bus, job search help, and computer access. The Centre is staffed mostly with retired volunteers, under the supervision of Hut manager Garry McDonald. McDonald and his staff came to a technological fork in the road in 2003 when aging hardware, licensing costs, and viruses converged, threatening to stop The Hut in its tracks. Fortunately, a non-profit organization called ITShare and open source software came to The Hut's rescue.