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Linux Lab sets its sites on the Linux desktop

The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and strives to be the "center of gravity" for Linux, is preparing to aggressively move its Desktop Linux Initiative forward. Architects from over 20 key desktop-oriented Linux projects will gather Dec. 1-2 at the OSDL's Portland, Ore. headquarters to set strategic directions and standards, and find synergies amongst Desktop Linux organizations, the OSDL says.

The meeting, which comes hot on the heels of the Desktop Linux Working Group's recent Linux client survey, will focus on analyzing Linux desktop deployment case studies, and discussing technical and architectural strategies to help accelerate world-wide adoption of Linux as a desktop platform.

KOffice Meets the Users

Are you using KOffice? What are you using KOffice for? Why did you decide to use KOffice? What are your main problems? We want to know who uses KOffice and we are especially interested in companies and people using KOffice applications in the course of their business. We have done usability testing with OpenUsability on some of the KOffice programs and will be working more with them. Now we want to reach our users directly and ask them what they think.

Comment of the Day- November 5, 2005 at work I support NetWare, Windows, Solaris, and linux servers...

"... at work I support NetWare, Windows, Solaris, and linux servers, in order by count. In order by time to support per server, Windows, Windows, Windows, Windows, Windows, NetWare, linux, Solaris."

From the Why do people switch to Linux? thread.

Linux Today's Editor's Note: Helping Save the World

  •; By Brian Proffitt (Posted by tadelste on Nov 5, 2005 2:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is saving the world.

Yes, you read that right. I wrote "is saving." Not "will save" or "has a chance to save."


Is. Saving.

Nokia debuts Linux-powered Internet tablet

Nokia demonstrated a compact, handheld tablet device powered by Linux at LinuxWorld in New York this week. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet has a WVGA (800x480) screen, and is intended to offer convenient Internet browsing and email through built-in Wi-Fi, or via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile phone. It will ship in Q3, 2005 to select European and American markets.

Tsunami-inspired FSF award focuses on humanity

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced a new annual award that honours the use of free software in "the service of humanity".

The Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit is "presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life," reads the announcement.

Breathalyzer company refuses to turn over source code

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 5, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The maker of the Intoxilyzer 5000 breathalyzer, CMI Inc., has informed prosecutors involved in several DUI cases in Sarasota County, Florida, that it will not assist prosecutors in complying with a judicial order to allow an expert hired by defense attorneys to review the source code for software used in the device.

The Case for OpenDocument Format in Non-Profits

Although the OpenDocument format decision is under fire in Massachusetts, this article discusses how the logic applied to adopting OpenDocument in that state can be applied to faith-based and non-profit organizations. After all, these organizations have similar needs and requirements.

Linux/Windows admin console open sourced

China Martens writes: "Centeris has decided to open source part of its Likewise Management Suite software. The company has put the software on SourceForge, rather than its own website, as a way to ensure a wide distribution, according to Centeris CEO Barry Crist. "SourceForge is the first place developers look for open-source projects," he said. The download will be available from 18 November."

[Oh sure. Open only part of it. It may be that opening part is better than nothing at all. Still, their approach makes it sound more like freeware. If you want the 'fully functional' version, you have to pay. This violates the first freedom guaranteed by libre software licenses - namely the freedom to run the program for any purpose! - Ed]

How to Make Millions Writing Free Software

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 10:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: So long as your program does whatever it's supposed to do, you're at least in the race for financial success, which is reserved for those who go beyond identifying a need. (

Report: The Yin and Yang of Open Source Commerce, Part 4

  • LinuxPlanet; By John Terpstra (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"The bulk of Linux business opportunity is demonstrably in the SMB/SME marketplace, a market that is presently under-serviced by Linux companies. The nature of the market as a whole has been discussed, and in this concluding part of the series, the competitive situation is briefly mentioned so as to round out the argument that it is time for seriously profitable Linux business activity from businesses that know the rules for success..."

AOL, MSN, Yahoo: Is Instant Messaging Trying To Overthrow Email?

Instant messaging fans point to the sheer availability of IM offerings from the likes of AOL, MSN and Yahoo as the reason for scrapping old-fashioned email systems. Email managers consider those firms' implementations to be excellent reasons to avoid IM. Email Battles says nobody's asking the right question, to wit: "How fast can a virus scanner scan?"

Pocket guide covers popular desktop Linux distros

David Brickner came to the conclusion that the biggest obstacle to faster adoption of Linux on the desktop was that there's too much information available. So what does he do to remedy this situation? Write another book, of course! It's titled the Linux Desktop Pocket Guide.

[This looks like a great book if you're new to the GNU/Linux world and can't figure out where to start. - Ed]

Ethereal Trouble

  • Linux DevCenter; By Noel Davis (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in sudo, Ethereal, Apache mod_auth_shadow, fetchmailconf, lynx, Mantis, pnmtopng, gnump3d, Squid, unzip, uim, Curl, and imlib.


  • Glasgow Daily Record; By Steve Lawson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 4, 2005 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
Twelve months ago Ubuntu barely registered on the Distrowatch ( list of favourite OSes. In the past six months it's soared to number one, beating distributions from major global companies - we're talking phenomenon here, folks.

Lessons on open source politics from the campaign forge

What do we know about"open source" political campaigns? More with every loss. Including a huge one, two months ago.

SuSE Users' Panic Unfounded

  • E-Week; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Nov 4, 2005 7:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
A Linux Today story, which asked the rhetorical question "Why has Novell management decided to discontinue their entire SuSE Linux branded desktop and workstation product line?" seems to have been the source of these stories.

[Perhaps their focus on GNOME will benefit the SUSE users who prefer that desktop. - ed]

Red Hat partners SQL Star

Red Hat announced the appointment of SQL Star as a preferred partner. SQL Star, currently in software and learning services, will now be a Red Hat Authorized Training Partner and a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 test version out

Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 1, which came out earlier this week, is a preview of the upcoming version of the browser. The final release is expected later this year, following several delays.

MyahOS 1.1 Screenshot Tour states - There are many Linux-based Live CDs our there. So we've made sure Myah is different by including the programs you're going to use on a daily basis... To Windows users the unfamiliar Linux program names can be confusing. So we've changed the menus to make sense... Also: the user isn't hassled for any information during startup. Myah boots up completely on its own.

OSDir has some screenshots of MyahOS 1.1.

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