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War Installing GNU/Linux or The Any Box: Do We Share The Hardware or Raise a Bridge?

While we're waiting for the tier one hardware OEM's to face down Microsoft, perhaps the GNU/Linux community's appropriate course of action should be to do what we should have done long ago. That is, to create a Linux-specific hardware vendor (or vendors) of our own.

Two ways Microsoft sabotages Linux desktop adoption

MP helped a business move from Windows NT4 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux four years ago. Since then, the business has trebled in size, in revenues, facilities, data, transactions and users.

"This has been an unqualified success," said Holt. "The Linux server has not flinched." The business' management has been delighted with the cost-performance gains.

The server migration was transparent to users, an important point to remember as the plot thickens.

Why Not Python?, Part 3

  • Linux Journal; By Collin Park (Posted by dcparris on Feb 9, 2006 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Now it's time for this new Python user to do the hard work--code the program to fill in the blanks of Sudoku puzzles.

aKademy-es 2006 in Barcelona

Did you think that this year we would not have a KDE event in Spain? Nothing further from reality. Badopi (the LUG of Barcelona) are organising the first aKademy-es event so you can have an excuse to meet other Spanish KDE developers, users, translators, artists and share some good days with other KDE people.

New Ukrainian-language open source news site

The Ukrainian-language open source community got a new site, which will light various events from the open source world by their mother tongue. There is this site to address

A collection of books, howtos and documentation on GNU/Linux for offline use

Here is an excellent collection of books, How-Tos and docs on GNU/Linux which you can download and read offline.

Trolltech, Teleca partner on Linux phone stack

  • (Posted by dcparris on Feb 9, 2006 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Trolltech has partnered with mobile phone application vendor Teleca. The two companies will jointly create and market a mobile phone software reference design based on Trolltech's Qtopia graphics framework and Teleca's Obigo applications suite, which includes products for browsing, messaging, content management, media playback, and DRM (digital rights management).

Rock your desktop with entertainment LiveCDs

  • IBM developerWorks; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Feb 9, 2006 9:32 AM EDT)
Listen to music and watch DVDs on your Linux® system without lengthy installation and configuration efforts. Learn about four packages -- MoviX2, GeeXBoX, WOMP!, and LLGP -- that put the fun back into your computer.

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

SimplyMEPIS is a KDE-based, Debian-derived distro that focuses on desktop use. The previous stable release came out in May of 2005, but the newest version of SimplyMEPIS is scheduled for release today, and it looks like a great release for anyone who's interested in desktop Linux.

FOXNEWS: Open-source Users Break Free From Commercial Software

LONDON — Danny and Linda Lee, who are both in their mid-50s, know as much about computers as they do about gangsta rap. Yet Mr and Mrs Lee's computer at their home in Bedhampton, Hampshire, England, doesn't run Microsoft Windows. Nor is it a newbie-friendly Mac.

[Ed: Congrats to the mainstream press writer who actually conveyed with some accuracy the difference between freeware and FOSS! - dcparris]

Comment of the Day - February 9, 2006 - You Misunderstand Pieces of Our License

  • - Article; By Ned Lilly - President/CEO, OpenMFG (Posted by tadelste on Feb 9, 2006 6:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Ned Lilly responds to yesterday's reader comment.

Related to:
Comment of the Day -February 8, 2006 - OpenMFG isn't Open Source

Firefox Users Urged To Download Security Patch

Firefox users are being urged to update their browsers in the wake of a new, malicious code set to attack compromised PC's.

HP to launch Linux notebooks in SA

HP South Africa is planning to launch a range of its notebooks pre-installed with the Linux operating system later this month. The machines will run the Linspire version of Linux and include the ThinkFree office suite.

Songbird: Open-Source iTunes Killer?

  • PC World; By Harry McCracken (Posted by dcparris on Feb 9, 2006 5:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
I'm not sure if anyone or anything can kill anything music-related from Apple right now--or even give it a serious flesh wound. But Songbird is a new open-source music player, built on some of the same code as Firefox, that aims to change how people think about online music. This Windows-based program is rather iTunes-like in look, feel, and functionality. (Actually, it's incredibly iTunes-like: Sometimes, imitation is the sincerest form of open-source development.) But rather than hooking into one online music source--Apple's iTunes Music Store--Songbird aims to talk to lots and lots of them.

Tibco, Adobe offer open-source AJAX alternatives

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by tadelste on Feb 9, 2006 4:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tibco Software and Adobe Systems plan to offer alternatives to the open-source Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) tools being created by the newly formed Open AJAX collaborative.

Tibco this week plans to unveil Version 3.1 of its Tibco General Interface AJAX tools, while Adobe earlier this month introduced the public beta of its Adobe Flex 2.0 and Adobe Flash Player 8.5 tools, which use a proprietary scripting language.

Exploit turns up heat for Firefox flaw

Computer code that could be used in cyberattacks on Firefox users has been released, increasing the urgency for people to upgrade to the latest version of the Web browser.

Open Source Grid Community Talks Data Management

  • (Posted by sharonpr on Feb 9, 2006 2:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the February issue of the Globus Consortium Journal (, open source Grid computing pioneers explain Grid's relevance to common enterprise data management requirements. "It's data management -- not mere compute horsepower -- that's capturing commercial interest in Grid today," says Greg Nawrocki, President of the Globus Consortium.

Message Partners Selects New Distribution Partners in Brazil ...

Message Partners has selected Protagon, a Brazilian security software company based at Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, and Yellow Cube, a IT security and messaging company based in Budapest, Hungary, as distribution partners for its Message Processing Platform (MPP).

Final Gnome 2.12 version released

The Gnome project Wednesday released version 2.12.3 of its popular Linux desktop, the final release in the 2.12 branch. Version 2.13 will be skipped, and the next edition, v2.14, is already well into development, the project said.

IBM, Sun (and OpenOffice!) Say "No Way" to VNUnet Control Story

An article in seems to say that there's a rift between Sun and IBM at, and that Sun is fighting to hang on to the code. I asked Bob Sutor and Simon Phipps, and they both say, "no way."

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