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Bruce Perens: State of Open Source

Bruce Perens has published a transcript of his State of Open Source press conference from the LinuxWorld conference. "It's interesting to note that Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist implicated in scandal with Republican Tom Delay, was employed by Bill Gates' dad's law firm "Preston Gates", a political proxy for Microsoft. Microsoft succeeded in lobbying both Republicans and Democrats to oppose ODF. Two candidates for the Massachussets Secretary of State are already facing off on Open Document: Democrat John Bonifaz is for it, Republican William Francis Galvin was one of Quinn's tormentors and remains opposed. Departing Republican Massachussets governor Mitt Romney wants to be the next President of the United States, and after an abortive flip-flop on the topic, seems to be resisting pressure to abandon ODF as a means of distancing his campaign from Microsoft's aggressive lobbying and the Abramoff scandal."

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Dress for success? Decide on your goals, then act to reach them, by David A. Wheeler (Groklaw)

David A. Wheeler looks at dressing for success, on Groklaw. "The fact is, people judge others by appearance. Pretending this is not true doesn't change the truth. What's more, you're unlikely to stop people from judging by appearance; universal genetic engineering on humans would probably be required."

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Trade Shows and Conferences

FUDCon and folding the Fedora Foundation (NewsForge)

NewsForge covers FUDCon. "Last Friday, after the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, I sat in on the fifth Fedora User and Developer Conference (FUDCon) at the Boston University School of Management. Some of the buzz in the halls concerned Red Hat's announcement of the end of the Fedora Foundation (about which more in a moment), but there were some good talks too."

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LinuxWorld Boston (Linux-Watch and NewsForge)

Linux-Watch covers LinuxWorld, Boston. "Another move that appears quiet but speaks volumes is that Ubuntu, the popular community Linux, is starting its own certification program. Since the only reason to certify administrators on an operating system is for business use, this makes it clear that Ubuntu is going to try the jump from community distribution to business Linux."

NewsForge has this LinuxWorld expo wrapup. "Exhibitors had different opinions about what is important in the world of Linux this year, depending on their perspective, but one common thread seemed to be the desktop, and specifically multimedia support."

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PalmSource has high hopes for Linux (vnunet)

Vnunet covers a LinuxWorld presentation by Didier Diaz. ""What Linux has done on the PC and server can also happen on the phone and handheld," Didier Diaz, vice president of marketing at PalmSource, said during a presentation at LinuxWorld in Boston. "We want to speed up the creation of a complete Linux-based platform for the mobile phone." PalmSource is the developer of the Palm OS mobile operating system. The company was acquired last November by Access of Japan, and has since shifted its focus entirely to the creation of a Linux operating system for mobile phones. Several other mobile phone makers have created Linux phones, including Samsung and Motorola, but unlike the competition, ALP will feature APIs that allow developers to create applications for the device."

Comments (3 posted) Community Choice Award winners announced (NewsForge)

NewsForge covers the announcement of the SourceForge Community Choice Awards at the LinuxWorld Expo. "For the past few months, SourceForge users have been voting for the best projects on the site in various project categories, as well as an overall choice. Nearly 250,000 votes were cast to determine the winners." First place winners include: BitTorrent, phpMyAdmin, Wine, Gaim, a PHP PayPal API, Xbox Media Center, Linux on Xbox, FileZilla, WinSCP, phpMyAdmin, Asterisk, and Azureus.

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LinuxWorld Boston 2006 Wrap-Up (Linux Journal)

Linux Journal covers LinuxWorld, Boston. "Overall, Novell seemed to have the biggest presence of all the exhibitors. In addition to having its own booth, the company sponsored the Zen Email Garden. Also, Novell won the Best of Show award for its OpenSUSE product, which recognizes the best total industry solution, as well as the Best Application Development Platform award for the Mono Development Framework."

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U.S. calls for more antipiracy action from China (ZDNet)

ZDNet reports from a US/Chinese press conference in Washington. "Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi said her government has already issued rules requiring all manufacturers to preload legal operating systems on all computers sold in China--a change from sales of what the software industry decries as 'naked' PCs, lacking legitimate operating systems or applications.... (It wasn't clear whether Linux would qualify--Wu said only that 'legal operating systems must be preloaded on all machines.')"

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Intel, Red Hat Team to Help Users Move to Linux (eWeek)

eWeek covers a collaboration between Intel and Red Hat on a global training and support program. ""The Red Hat and Intel Solution Acceleration Program will give customers real-time access to the critical information, tools and support they need to build and optimize high-value Linux solutions on Intel-based platforms," Jon Bork, director of Intel's open-source program office, said in a statement. "This program will help customers quickly and effectively take advantage of new Intel platforms and technologies as they come to market." Intel is taking a much more active interest in supporting, not just Red Hat, but Linux in general. During a panel discussion, Waldo Bastian, Intel's Linux client architect, said that "Intel is making sure that all of our equipment comes with the drivers needed for Linux.""

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Intel and Red Hat Launch Linux Global Solution Acceleration Program (TheHN)

The Hosting News covers a collaboration between Red Hat and Intel. "A global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize their deployments of Linux solutions has been developed by Intel Corporation and open source and Linux provider, Red Hat. According to the companies, the Red-Hat Intel Solution Acceleration Program will launch this month and be the first of its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focusing on developing and disseminating tools for platform virtualization and grid computing."

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Microsoft Launches Linux Website (CIO) mentions a new Microsoft web site for Linux, known as Port 25. "Microsoft Thursday at LinuxWorld is expected to unveil a new website for users to find information about its Linux and open-source interoperability efforts, according to the executive in charge of those plans. Bill Hilf, general manager of the platform strategy group for Microsoft, will discuss the site during his keynote at the conference in Boston Thursday morning. The site will also go live on Thursday."

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Nokia's journey with Maemo, 770, and open source (NewsForge)

NewsForge looks at Nokia. "Within its research center, Nokia has ported the Linux kernel to all of its hardware for some time, "just for kicks," says [product manager Ari] Jaaksi. But the decision was made just under two years ago to stop toying around and finally make an actual product. Nokia settled on the Web pad form factor in order to have something complementary to the cell phone, but that didn't duplicate any of its functionality. Responding to an audience question on the matter, Jaaksi explained that the PDA -- similar in size to the 770 -- is a phenomenon almost solely limited to the United States. Instead, smart phones dominate the calendar and PIM landscape overseas."

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Linux Adoption

Intense Linux Competition in China (IDC)

IDC has sent out a press release concerning the rise of Linux in China. "China's Linux market revenue reached USD11.8 million in 2005, up 27.1% over 2004. 2005 saw a steady growth in the China Linux market, brought about mainly by the huge volume of government procurements and large-scale SCO Unix replacement by major banks and industrial projects such as Telecommunication and Internet cafes. Along with the growing acceptance of Linux in the China market, IDC also noted that Linux servers were adopted for high-end, mission critical support applications in some industries and Linux desktops were able to withstand the competition of pirated Windows to hold its market share."

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Life Insurance Corporation of India chooses Red Hat (moneycontrol) covers a large deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). "LIC will deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its 2,048 branches, 100 divisional offices, seven zonal offices, head office, subsidiary offices and overseas locations. The Linux deployment will provide LIC with a uniform, finely tuned operating system environment, along with security and integrity for its core application software. The implementation will also include utilisation of enterprise-layered solutions through Linux Servers for management, provisioning and monitoring of Red Hat Network."

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Linux a BIG hit in India ( looks at the deployment of Linux, particularly Red Hat, in Indian businesses. ""Linux has become prettly stable. We never considered Windows because of the perception that it has a lot of vulnerabilities. Hence, we adopted the Linux route and are satisfied with the results," says Tejinderpal Singh Miglani, CTO, Indiabulls. IDBI's Sanjay Sharma, Head IT, corroborates this view. IDBI has been using an Oracle HR management and financial accounting system, which runs on Linux. From Sharma's perspective, this is a "mission-critical" application. "We did evaluate options like Unix and Windows too. However, we did not want to be tied up to resource-hungry applications and any particular vendor. Besides, you hardly have a problem of viruses with Linux," he says."

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Sendmail may turn tools over to open source (ZDNet)

ZDNet talks to Sendmail's Eric Allman about the release of several applications as open-source software. "One candidate for sharing is the company's Mailcenter Store, Allman said. The technology archives e-mail once it reaches its destination server and lets personal computers access it over a network. Another possibility is the Mailstream Manager, an engine that handles mail according to policies and that accepts plug-ins for tasks such as screening out viruses, or complying with regulatory requirements."

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Interview with Debian Project Leader-elect Anthony Towns ( has an interview with Anthony Towns. "NF: What do you see as Debian's biggest challenges for the next year? AT: One major challenge is ensuring that we find ways to allow all the people who want to contribute something to Debian to do so -- the time it takes to get through our new-maintainer process is one problem we have in that aspect, but it can also be hard just getting any idea where your help is actually wanted; and in a volunteer project like Debian, you need to make sure you harness all the help you possibly can."

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People Behind KDE: Kenneth Wesley Wimer II (KDE.News)

KDE.News has announced the latest interview in their People Behind KDE series. "Tonight, the People Behind KDE interview series brings you an interview with Kenneth Wesley Wimer II. As an KDE artist, he is known for his work on KDE's artwork and the Oxygen Icons for KDE 4. An American living in Germany, Kenneth tells you what he wants us to know about himself in this interview."

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Traditional DNS Howto (HowtoForge)

Tom Adelstein and Falko Timme have published a Traditional DNS Howto on HowtoForge. "Linux system administrators should learn traditional DNS. Front-ends and quick templates to setup domain records have a place in managing sites. When confronted with DNS configurations already in existence, nothing can substitute for knowing and using the fundamentals. The vast majority of users on the Internet have no clue about DNS. They may have seen the term when they set up their ISP connection, but they do not realize its connection to their lives. Simply put, DNS servers allow you to use friendly names in your browser, email or other Internet applications to perform tasks which require IP addresses."

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Set up a secure IMAP/POP3 server with Dovecot (

Manolis Tzanidakis shows how to install Dovecot in a article. "Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) servers such as Courier-IMAP and Cyrus IMAP may work well, but they’re complicated to install and configure. I'll show you how to set up your mail server quickly and securely using Dovecot, an open source IMAP and Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) server for Unix-like operating systems."

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Installing iPodLinux on the iPod Nano (

Joe Barr installs iPodLinux on an iPod Nano mp3 player in a article. "My Nano is amazingly small, contains a gigabyte of storage, and sounds very good through its ear buds. It didn't take long for me to learn that folks have been putting Linux on iPods for a couple of years now, courtesy of the iPodLinux Project. Granted, the software for the Nano and most fourth- and fifth-generation versions of the iPod is experimental -- we're talking the bleeding edge -- but, well, you know me -- Linux on my desktop, workstation, laptop, Tivo, and router. I had to have it on the Nano, too. Here's my report how I converted my stock iPod Nano into a dual-booting, sweet MP3-singing, iDoom-playing monster."

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Running Photoshop plugins in the GIMP, even under Linux (

Nathan Willis explores the use of Photoshop plugins under the GIMP in a article. "Linux advocates are familiar with the refrain that would-be switchers in the graphic arts have to rely on Adobe Photoshop under Windows because it can do things that the GIMP can't. An important but altogether different hurdle is the installed (and paid-for) base of often expensive third-party Photoshop plugins. But a solution to that problem might be easier than you think. The key is a piece of software called pspi (for Photoshop Plugin Interface), written by GIMP hacker Tor Lillqvist. It is a GIMP plugin that acts as a bridge between the GIMP and Photoshop plugins; to the Photoshop plugin it looks like a full, running copy of Photoshop. It provides the hooks into the menus and functions of Photoshop that the plugin expects to see, and connects them to the GIMP's extension and menu system."

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My sysadmin toolbox ( presents another edition of the sysadmin toolbox, featuring GNU Screen, Duplicity, ssync, FUSE, and more. "Figaro's Password Manager (FPM) is a lightweight password manager and password generator. After you type your master password, double-clicking a link in the FPM GUI will launch your browser, or gnome-terminal with SSH, or any other program. It also copies your username to the clipboard and the password to the primary selection, to make it easy to log into whatever service you're using. You can then paste your username with Shift-Insert and your password with the middle mouse button. I find this tool useful on my notebook, and feel safe using passwords even if I'm not alone, since no one can see me typing a password on the keyboard."

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At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software, the Final Installment (Linux Journal)

Dave Phillips presents the final installment in his Linux Journal series on music notation software. "Dave wraps up his discussion of music notation programs with a look at FOMUS and a new one on the horizon, MuseScore."

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KDE 3 - All About the Apps (KDE.News)

KDE.News explores some of the software improvements in KDE 3.5.0. "Last November, KDE 3.5.0 was released. Since then, many users have been waiting for the next big steps. While most of the core developers are working on the first iterations of KDE 4, the KDE 3 developer platform is more vital than ever, resulting in new and exciting applications. "All About the Apps" puts the spotlight on the classics of KDE's applications as well as new and promising applications from the KDE community that can make your KDE desktop more productive. We will also keep you informed about development in current KDE 3.5 series."

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Linux Terminal Server Project releases 4.2 (NewsForge)

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier reviews version 4.2 of the Linux Terminal Server Project, a thin client system. "The new release adds improved local device support, reduces memory requirements, and offers scanner and multi-head support and a 2.6 kernel. With improved local device support, users can plug in USB flash drives or other devices which are read across the network and can be used normally -- just as if their thin client was a regular desktop computer. Project leader Jim McQuillan says that the goal of the project is to see to it that "people aren't penalized for using a thin client" and that they can have the same type of experience as a normal desktop machine."

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Debian electing new project leader (NewsForge)

NewsForge takes a look at this year's DPL election. "Every year, Debian developers are asked to choose one of their own to serve as Debian Project Leader (DPL). It's that time again, and once again it's a crowded field. Seven developers are running this year: Jeroen van Wolffelaar, Ari Pollak, Steve McIntyre, Anthony Towns, Andreas Schuldei, Jonathan (Ted) Walther, and Bill Allombert. Retiring DPL Branden Robinson is not running for re-election."

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