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Open source ERP? Don't hold your breath

  • Search SAP; By Joshua Greenbaum (Posted by ralph on Nov 21, 2005 3:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I recently took a briefing from a company called OpenMFG, with the distinct hope that my skepticism about the role of open source in the ERP market would be dashed.

this early-stage vendor purports to have the first open source ERP product on the market. It's definitely an ERP product, albeit one that is considerably less functional than many. But when you dig under the covers, the reality is that OpenMFG's so-called open source process is not much different than any other vendor's software development process. OpenMFG was built, to give them credit, on top of a healthy assortment of open source tools. But the initial development was done by OpenMFG employees, and the upgrade and enhancement process, while purporting to be open source, is really just a clever modification of the way software has always been enhanced.

Microsoft, others eye supercomputing

  • Network World; By Network World Staff and IDG News Service (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 3:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
At the 18th annual Supercomputing conference held last week at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, vendors combined forces in an effort to spread supercomputing beyond its academic and research roots.

Leading the charge was Microsoft. The software giant used the conference as a launch pad for its formal entry into the market dominated by Linux.

Is China More Progressive than Massachusetts?

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 2:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, as translated by, is reporting that China's Open Source Software Promotion Union (OSS) says it will have a "new Linux standard" early next year.

Linux Triple Crown?

  • Linux DevCenter; By Tara McGoldrick Walsh (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 21, 2005 2:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
It may not have quite the same thrilling finish, but you need wait no longer for a new Triple Crown winner--we've just published the third jewel in our Linux Triple Crown: What Is a Linux Distribution, which follows the publications of What Is Linux and What Is a Linux Desktop, respectively. Each article is intended to introduce your friends, family members, and co-workers to the world you know so well, and maybe enlighten you in some untold way as well.

Microsoft to give Office access to rivals

  • FT; By Maija Palmer (Posted by bstadil on Nov 21, 2005 2:48 PM EDT)
Microsoft will on Tuesday announce it is opening up access to its Office file formats to competitors, as part of a move to ensure the software giant does not lose lucrative government markets for its Office software.

[ED-I bet the binary component of the format will be intact so this is mostly a feint, Note the 18 month leadtime before it will be made available. bstadil]

Still seeking common sense, the Power User logs off

  • Government Computer News; By John McCormick (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 2:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
I’ve spent years in Washington and elsewhere and have concluded that lack of common sense is by far the greatest threat facing this country. The examples are seemingly endless.

The procurement process can be so complex that new purchases may be several years behind the technology curve. Windows and Microsoft Office are the government standard, but free open-source alternatives are available that would save taxpayers millions every year. Do either of those things make sense?


What About the Linux/Unix Arena at

  • Linux DevCenter; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by bstadil on Nov 21, 2005 2:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story may be one of the fastest growing web sites on the global Internet. I know why: They listened to Tim.

Linux grows stronger with kernel update

  •; By Arif Mohamed (Posted by ralph on Nov 21, 2005 2:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Linux has moved closer to maturity as a robust datacentre platform, with the release of a major refresh of the kernel software.
The latest version of the Linux kernel - kernel 2.6.14 - which is at the core of many enterprise Linux products, is designed to make it a stronger alternative to the Windows operating system.

Saving Linux from the lawyers

CEO Stuart Cohen talks about OSDL's efforts to head off patent claims against the community-developed operating system.

Asterisk 1.2 Released

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 1:54 PM EDT)
The latest version of the Asterisk open source IP-PBX, version 1.2, is now available.

Educators wary of open source

  • Australian IT; By Jennifer Foreshew (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ALMOST 80 per cent of Australian TAFEs and universities plan to use customised, third-party or open source applications, along with commercial platforms to develop e-learning, a study shows.

Interview: Sobell on the Bourne Again Shell and the Linux Command Line

In this interview Mark Sobell, author ofA Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, contrasts the original Bourne Shell with GNU's Bourne Again Shell and talks about the usefulness of the gawk and tr utilities.

Icann, but can Africa?

Last week the USA held onto control of Internet domain addresses. Tectonic asked Internet Service Providers Association co-chair Greg Massel for his take on the affair.

Pantone and free software

Over the years, I've observed that for every favorable review written about the GIMP or other free graphics applications, there is another review denouncing it as useless because "it doesn't support Pantone." Although I've accepted this is how the universe works, it's worth noting that the unfavorable articles are generally accompanied by some misconceptions about what Pantone is and isn't used for, and the legality of supporting it.

Vienna's open source desktop migration takes off

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Vienna's 'soft' migration to open source on the desktop is proving more popular with users than expected, according to Erwin Gillich, the head of IT at Vienna's municipal authority.

Report on Banks Choosing Windows Over Linux Twists the Facts

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Lxer Day Desk (Posted by tadelste on Nov 21, 2005 10:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-21-2005

A report in ComputerWorld about Banks choosing Windows over Linux is a copy editor's dream. Too bad, it may never have seen a copy editor. Or if it did, perhaps it was a copy editor in the advertising department.


Cell Software Samples and Library Source Code

  • IBM developerWorks; By Document options Set printer orientation to landscape mode Print this page Email this page E-mai (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 10:02 AM EDT)
This article introduces the sample code provided with the Cell Broadband Engine SDK, taking a look at what kinds of programs are provided, how to build them, and what you can learn from them.

Media Refresh: Gentoo Linux 2005.1-r1

The 2005.1-r1 release is simply a media refresh over the 2005.1 release. What this means is that it used the same base snapshot, and has very few changes. It is essentially nothing more than a bug-fix release. Though offered to all architecture teams, only a few had bugs that were large enough to warrant an interim release before 2006.0's release next year. This media refresh is only of stages and the InstallCD images. The PackageCD images from 2005.1 are still valid and have not been rebuilt.

Film-makers asked to spread Firefox word

  • Times Online; By Rhys Blakely (Posted by hkwint on Nov 21, 2005 8:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla is preparing to use an "open source marketing" drive online to promote the next generation of Firefox, its free web browser.

Through a series of online viral videos, made by volunteers who enter a competition, Mozilla is hoping to repeat the success of the last year’s campaign to promote the launch of Firefox 1.0.

Andrew Morton on kernel development

  • Linux Format; By Nate (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 8:36 AM EDT)
Linux Format has a brief interview with Andrew Morton, the maintainer of the Linux kernel 2.6 tree. Andrew discusses the debates behind revision control systems (the BitKeeper and CVS), new kernel features and his own -mm tree.

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