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OpenOffice.org development boosted by Arab and Israeli collaboration

The Hebrew and Arabic OpenOffice.org teams have cooperated on local versions of the open-source productivity application, which celebrated its fourth birthday on Wednesday. Similarities between the Arabic and Hebrew languages have enabled groups of Israeli and Arab developers to assist each other in solving common problems developing local versions of OpenOffice.org software.

Driving Mr. Tux -- Linux takes on automotive apps

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Metrowerks has set out to drive Linux further into the automotive telematics market by launching what it calls "Automotive Grade Linux," a version of the open source operating system enhanced with non-traditional features to address the specific requirements of automotive telematics. In entering the automotive telematics market, Metrowerks can expect to face stiff competition from Microsoft, which has aggressively pursued that market for several years; but Metrowerks is counting on its close relationship with parent company and automotive telematics chip leader Freescale to help its Linux-based solution succeed.

Linux lowdown

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Consider the options with open source certification.

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 18 October 2004

  • Mailing list; By Ulrich Plate (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 3:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Gentoo
Gentoo's next release is being prepared, with previews to be expected this week, writes the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. Other things in motion reported this week are the translation lead role for the Japanese GWN that is being transfered, a particularly rich community and press coverage, international news from Germany and Italy, and a little Q & A game about Gentoo's initscripts and how to deal with them properly.

Is U.S. cyber-security policy leaving critical mainframe systems at risk?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security experts disagree over how well the U.S. government and the nation's industries have protected and defended the critical infrastructure of North American networks, but one thing they agree upon is the increased vulnerability inherent in both control systems running Windows and connections with the Internet.

Open-source TCO Favors Large European Companies

  • TechWeb (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 12:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Large European companies benefit the most from using open-source software for servers and on the desktop, while small and midsize companies see very little financial benefit, an analyst firm said Monday.

Firefox Preview Release: 5 Million Downloads

The SpreadFirefox campaign has hit a "5 million downloads" milestone.

Paris govt. offices slowly switching to open-source software

  • National Post (Posted by dave on Oct 17, 2004 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Local government offices in the French capital will be moving to open source software, but they'll be doing it slowly.

Quanta+ Sponsor Asks for Assistance

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Oct 17, 2004 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
For the past year and a half, I've been a co-sponsor of the KDE Quanta+ project helping Eric, Andras and the entire Quanta+ team deliver one of the best web development applications in the world -- Free or otherwise. It has been my pleasure and an honor to be part of bringing Quanta+ to you.

Why large corporations will disappear, after all...

  • ; By Charles-H. Schulz (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 17, 2004 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
A Darwinian-like post in response of the "Open Source and Post Capitalistic Society" article, that may show how to reach this conclusion while being fairly capitalist.

Storming the Microsoft Edifice

In a recent LinuxWorld Magazine article, entitled "The Power of Mozilla Firefox and OpenOffice on Windows," I observed some of the causes and practical implications of market share gains being made [by Firefox and OpenOffice.org]. Equally alluring are the strategic implications, which may conjure images of a few heroic Englishmen in pursuit of the Holy Grail--way back in the 1970s.

Giving Linux-client users access to NetWare

Last issue, I mentioned that a number of readers were leery of moving to Linux servers because they feared they might lose NetWare's traditional highly granular file and folder permissions matrix. As I also mentioned, Novell assures me that Novell Storage Services would be ported to the SuSE Linux server platform in the upcoming release of Open Enterprise Server. So that's one major hurdle overcome. But there is one other (at least; I'm sure you'll tell me about more as time goes on).

New Tool Checks Legality Of Open-Source Software

  • Information Week; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by dave on Oct 16, 2004 4:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the growing use of open-source software, businesses may find themselves using someone else's intellectual property without knowing it.

Linux office suite officially released

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2004 11:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Softmaker has fully released its Microsoft Windows-compatible office suite that runs on the Linux operating system. The German software maker's SoftMaker Office 2004 includes Textmaker for word processing, and Planmaker, a spreadsheet program.

Montavista project sparks real-time Linux debate

MontaVista Software Inc's plans to boost the real-time capabilities of Linux via a new open source project have been dismissed by both Linux creator Linus Torvalds and fellow embedded operating specialist Wind River Systems Inc.

Schools, patents and the future of Linux

  • The Register - Software: Operating Systems (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2004 7:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source activists need to get Linux into schools if Windows' pre-eminance on the desktop is ever to be seriously challenged, a panel discussion at LinuxWorld conference in London last week concluded.

Petit MP3 player boots PCs into Linux

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2004 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A French company that claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of portable DVD players has added a unique capability to its medallion-shaped portable MP3 players. New "Z2" models of Shinco's "Medaillon" (French spelling) line can be used as USB storage devices that boot PCs into embedded Linux.

Eclipse Gaining Traction

More than half of all developers are using Eclipse, with the bulk of those users developing Java applications—and the biggest reason why Eclipse is being adopted is because it’s an open-source platform, according to a recent study conducted by BZ Research.

Advice to Microsoft: Learn to love Linux

  • CNET News.com; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2004 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Management guru Clayton Christensen has a paradoxical answer for Microsoft to the challenge posed by open source: Invest in Linux applications for handheld devices.

Embedded Linux helps to swell Wind River

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2004 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Wind River Systems Inc's turnaround under chairman and CEO, Ken Klein, looks set to continue thanks to improving market conditions, a new management structure, and its recent conversion to the Linux operating system.

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