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Gates seeking samba with Brazil's president?

Microsoft is lobbying Brazil's government to agree to a meeting between the company's chairman, Bill Gates, and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the World Economic Forum next week, a Brazilian official said. The country has taken prominent role in the so-called free software movement, an effort that champions free computer operating systems like Linux as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows program.

Bugzilla 2.18 includes Windows support

The popular open source bug tracking system gets improved Enterprise features and is easier to run on Windows.

Entering International Characters, or "How do I enter that accent on your name?"

  • TUX Magazine; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Jan 18, 2005 6:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE
Being a guy with an accent on one of the letters of his name, you can imagine that I probably spend a lot of time entering so-called "special characters" in my documents and e-mails. Short of keeping a document with these letters already written, then copying, and pasting them, entering an é can be amazingly time consuming. Worst of all, while lets me click Insert, Special Character to select from a list, not all applications have a handy list of characters to choose from. For everyone out there who routinely has to enter special characters or letters with accents, I'm going to give you a great KDE trick to use that will ease the pain.

GaDuGi and free software share one fire

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recently Linux Business Week ran a story entitled "Cherokee Indians To Encircle Open Source? Or How the GPL Might Wind Up with Arrows Sticking in It." Luckily, author Maureen O'Gara seems to have the story all wrong.

A Linux Island in a C: of Windows, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 18, 2005 4:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Connecting your Linux VM to the company network and to rest of the world.

Linux kernel rewrite claims denied

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 18, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
Open Source Development Labs has reportedly rejected reports it is leading a revision of the Linux Kernel to remove code that might infringe software patents.

Site review:

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 6:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are a lot of good links to security information at, a site whose self-proclaimed mission is to prevent the spread of FUD, because there are just too many "naive people" online and not enough computer security experts.

The Importance of KOffice

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KOffice is built on KDE. This advantage brings enormous potential in terms of integration, performance, scalability, and with the coming full support for the OASIS Open Document Format, even portability. All these factors are vital for business deployments. The KOffice team is looking for contributors and developers to significantly increase and utilize the potential of KOffice even further.

Ubuntu's Xorg on Debian Sid

Now you can run Xorg on Debian Sid easily!

FreeBSD Status Report Jul-Dec 2004

If you are interested in what's going on with the FreeBSD project, this is a must-read.

Most European developers back open source

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than 60 per cent of European software developers believe that using open source software can have significant benefits, newly published research has shown. However, the survey of more than 1,000 European developers by BEA Systems also found that software engineers see significant barriers to widespread implementation.

A Linux Island in a C: of Windows, Part 1

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new series on setting up a Linux VM on your workplace desktop to help make the switch to a pure Linux desktop.

Red Hat readies Enterprise Linux 4

Red Hat is taking on rivals such as Novell with the latest version of its Linux distribution for businesses.

Must-have applications for the open source Mac desktop

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I bought my Apple Powerbook G4 in May 2002 after finding out it ran a *nix variant. The 'it just works' of Apple's Mac OS X was very tempting, but I didn't want to be without the open source applications I had come to know and love. To the rescue came the DarwinPorts project, which gives you the tools to install open source software onto your computer easily.

EV1Servers sponsors Fedora Forum Hosting

Dallas, TX | January 17th, 2004 – Since the inception of on April 26th 2004, it has proven to be a self-sustaining community of avid volunteers which have formed around Fedora Linux (a branch of Red Hat Linux). Its founder Ewdison Then, one of the leading minds in the Open Source community, has nurtured its growth to over 15,000 members in less than a year. This is success that many can only dream of, but with success of that magnitude comes some rather large financial responsibility as bandwidth surges higher and hardware requirements become more demanding.

Fedora Core 4 Preliminayr Schedule Released

The Fedora Project has announced the preliminary development schedule for Fedora Core 4. They have also in a related announcement announced the preliminary upcoming end of support for Fedora Core 2 for March 21.

Linux here, there and everywhere

  • Asia Computer Weekly (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
To use Linux on a bigger scale, companies will need more reasons than low licence fees. Although Linux gained some acceptance last year—mainly among cash-strapped organisations and government agencies—its adoption was restricted to corporate servers.

Review: Lycoris Desktop/lx 1.4 could replace Windows 98

  •; By Tim Mullins (Posted by tim1980 on Jan 17, 2005 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Although Lycoris Desktop/lx 1.4 is a modern Linux based desktop operating system, which was released in the last 6 months and has relatively up to date packages, I would compare its usability to that of Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition. I think the system would be a good desktop for my little sister, all kids in general, and my Nana. However, my Mum & I require a more advanced system to meet our needs.

Open-source Biology Evolves

  • Wired News (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 6:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To push research forward, scientists need to draw from the best data and innovations in their field. Much of the work, however, is patented, leaving many academic and nonprofit researchers hamstrung. But an Australian organization advocating an open-source approach to biology hopes to free up biological data without violating intellectual property rights.

Pervasive joins the open source bandwagon

  • IT-Analysis (Posted by dave on Jan 17, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Pervasive has announced that Pervasive Postgres (its version of the open source PostgreSQL) will be generally available next month. There are a number of interesting things about this announcement.

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