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Linux News for May 29, 2008

  • Brazil Appeals OOXML Adoption (May 29, 2008, 23:15)
    ConsortiumInfo: "Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas, the National Body representing Brazil, today filed an appeal to the approval of OOXML by ISO/IEC, bringing the current total of appeals to two..."

  • KDE 4.1: Have it Our Way (May 29, 2008, 22:30)
    Practical Tech: To me, [KDE] offered the right combination of ease of use and access to Linux's power-user resources. Now, though, one of the forthcoming changes in KDE 4.1 is already annoying me and it's barely in beta.

  • Google Shows Off 'iPhone-like' Android Features (May 29, 2008, 21:45) "Google kicked off its Google I/O developer's conference here with an update on several of its Web-related initiatives and a flashy demo of its Android software for mobile devices..."

  • Otellini: 'MID Revolution Will Be Centred Round Linux' (May 29, 2008, 21:00)
    PCRetail: "Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to open source rival..."

  • Ulteo Virtual Desktop: Letting Linux Do Windows (May 29, 2008, 20:15)
    ChannelWeb: "Although running some form of Linux within a Windows environment has been done before, no one has been able to implement it with 100 percent success--yet..."

  • Firefox 3: The Semantic Web Browser? (May 29, 2008, 19:30) "The Semantic Web is a lofty idea intended to help connect sources of information and make sense of them. But how do you actually access the Semantic Web...?"

  • Via's OpenBook Initiative Fails at Actually Being Open (May 29, 2008, 18:45)
    Ars Technica: "Chipmaker VIA has announced its new OpenBook Mini-Note reference design, which is a set of 'open' specifications for its next-generation ultramobile concept..."

  • Fedora Nightlife Project Harnesses Idle Computer Power (May 29, 2008, 18:00)
    OStatic: "Bryan Che, part of the project management team at Red Hat, started a new project at Fedora this week called Nightlife..."

  • Open Source Making the Grade in Higher Education (May 29, 2008, 17:15) "Burgeoning success for open source eLearning and a string of major university wins for a commercial vendor point to a trend..."

  • Hospital Dumps Microsoft Exchange for Linux-Based Clone (May 29, 2008, 16:30)
    Computerworld:"Taking a page from the doctors at Moses Taylor Hospital, IT staffers at the facility in Scranton, Pa., last year diagnosed their messaging system and came up with an effective treatment that has turned out to be a lifesaver..."

  • Mozilla Guns for Guinness World Record with Firefox 3.0 (May 29, 2008, 15:45)
    The Register: "Mozilla aims to make Firefox 3 a record breaker. It wants the release of the next version of its flagship open source browser to be accompanied by a record for the most software downloads in a single 24-hour period 1..."

  • UK Developers Prefer Open Source (May 29, 2008, 15:00)
    Techworld: "The majority of UK developers who do not already use open source licences for their products would do so if they had the choice, according to a new survey from Kingpin Intelligence..."

  • GNOME 2.22.2 Released (May 29, 2008, 14:15) "Come and see all the bug fixing, all the new translations and all the updated documentation brought to you by the wonderful team of GNOME contributors...!"

  • Ozzie: Open Source a More Disruptive Competitor than Google (May 29, 2008, 13:30)
    All About Microsoft: "Google has nothing on open source when it comes to potential competitive threats to Microsoft, according to Redmond's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie..."

  • Samba Dinged by 'Highly Critical' Flaw (May 29, 2008, 12:45)
    Zero Day: "Researchers at Secunia have flagged a 'highly critical' vulnerability in Samba, the widely deployed open-source software for networked file sharing and printing..."

  • Low-Cost Linux Laptop Targets British Education Market (May 29, 2008, 12:00)
    LinuxDevices: "Elonex is taking orders for a sub-$200 Linux-based laptop aimed at the British educational market. Based on a 300MHz processor, the Elonex One includes WiFi, Ethernet, Flash storage, USB, and a 7-inch, 800 x 480 detachable touch display..."

  • Open Source on the Wire (May 29, 2008, 10:30)
    InfoWorld: "But there's one place in the modern enterprise infrastructure where open-source solutions have yet to make a sizeable dent, and that's in the very network that connects all of these pieces..."

  • 42 More of the Best Free Linux Games (May 29, 2008, 09:00)
    LinuxLinks: "After careful deliberation, we have whittled down the recommendations to a list of 42 more highly compelling Linux games, trying not to focus unduly on any one particular type of computer game genre..."

  • Simple Arithmetic In Bash, Perl and Awk--More Porting (May 29, 2008, 07:30)
    The Linux and Unix Menagerie: "Today we're going to continue along on our series of posts dealing with porting code between the bash shell, Perl and awk...."

  • Sweeten Your Vim With Cream (May 29, 2008, 06:00)
    Linux Magazine: "Frustrated by Vim? Confused about why some swear by it but you can't figure out how make simple edits? Cream can take the edge off Vim's learning curve..."

  • Redundant Array Of Inexpensive Disks (RAID)--Technical Paper (May 29, 2008, 04:30)
    HowtoForge: "The storage capacity and data retrieval speeds of Hard Disks have increased multiple folds in last few years..."

  • Lenovo: Time for a Linux Server Strategy? (May 29, 2008, 03:45)
    The VAR Guy: "The VAR Guy runs hot and cold on Lenovo. One minute, he praises Lenovo's ThinkPad brand. The next, he openly wonders if Lenovo can hold off rivals like Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer..."

  • Linux Users: No MSDN Downloads for You! (May 29, 2008, 03:00)
    Between the Lines: "Maybe I'm being totally unreasonable, but with the advent of free desktop and SMB virtualization products, one should be able to have the choice of running Microsoft applications, including Windows, on Linux or any other alternative environment of their liking..."

  • The Fall of Microsoft Office (May 29, 2008, 02:15)
    The Motley Fool: "On the same day that the state of New York published a report supporting open formats for electronic documents, mighty Microsoft said that it would support the open-source ODF format in Office 2007..."

  • Free Software vs. Software-as-a-Service: Is the GPL Too Weak for the Web? (May 29, 2008, 01:30)
    Free Software Magazine: "But what's the future of free software in the era of Flickr, Google Apps, and Facebook...?"

  • RIP, Levanta (May 29, 2008, 00:45) "It seemed like such a great idea. Linux is moving from edge and departmental servers to the data center, so why not offer Linux data center automation, complete with virtualization Linux lifecycle management...?"

  • Paying The "Linux Tax" (May 29, 2008, 00:00)
    InformationWeek: "Most of us know about the 'Windows Tax'--the extra cash you shell out to pay for the cost of a Windows license when you buy a new PC. But what about a (so-called) 'Linux Tax,' the cost incurred by an ordinary user switching to Linux from Windows...?"