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KOffice 2.0 Beta 3 Released

KOffice 2.0 Beta 3 Released

The KOffice team has announced the availability of the third beta version of KOffice 2.0, a free and open source cross-platform office suite very much like the popular OpenOffice.org. KOffice is part of the K Desktop Environment, though with a separate release cycle.

Invasion of the Linux Desktop

Invasion of the Linux Desktop

This story reports on a trend that’s been observed in most of Africa, South America, and the rest of the developing world. Would you rather pay for a legitimate copy of Windows, use a bootlegged copy (of Windows) and risk dealing with the local BSA, or use a free and open source operating system like Linux? Smart businesses throughout the […]

Customize Firefox with Fashion Your Firefox

Customize Firefox with Fashion Your Firefox

You can already download and install as many Firefox add-ons as you like, but now the Mozilla Foundation has made it a lot easier to customize your Firefox installation with a new Web application.

University to Migrate from Windows to Pardus GNU/Linux

More than a hundred computers have already been equipped with the Turkish Pardus GNU/Linux distribution. The first group using it is the university administration. The number of PCs running the open source system will quadruple in the first half of 2009 when all student laboratories will be migrated.

Elisa 0.5.18 Released

Elisa 0.5.18 Released

The Elisa development team has announced the release of Elisa Media Center 0.5.18. Elisa Media Center is a cross-platform, free and open source media center software application, developed by Fluendo S. A, the Spanish company also responsible for the development for the fee-based Codeina Codec Installer Service.

Norwegian Ministry to Sponsor Adoption of OpenOffice.org

Norwegian Ministry to Sponsor Adoption of OpenOffice.org

Here’s news that will make advocates of open source software solutions very happy: A Norwegian Minister – Heidi Grande Røys – has allocated 2 million Kroners towards the adoption OpenOffice.org in public agencies – in Norway, of course.

Linux Logical Volume Manager

A number of tutorials have been published on this site, written with the non-expert user in mind. Most of the tutorials have been on how to configure Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in the Linux distros with support for it. To make it easier to find these tutorials, we a listing them all in this post. So here they are […]

Elastix 1.4 Beta Released

Elastix 1.4 Beta Released

Elastix 1.4 Beta has been released and made available for download. Elastix is a CentOS-based, IP-PBX “appliance software that integrates the best tools available for Asterisk-based PBXs into a single, easy-to-use interface”.

LVM Configuration in Ubuntu 8.10

LVM Configuration in Ubuntu 8.10

There are two desktop editions of Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution. The one most people are used to is the Live CD version, the edition that allows you to take it for a spin without installing it on your PC. The problem with the Live CD edition is that the installer is a watered-down, graphical, 7-step installer that does not […]

Bilski Ruling and Software Patents

Bilski Ruling and Software Patents

As opinions form about the extent to which the Court ruling impacts the patenting of software, one thing is clear. The State Street ruling that in 1998 opened the flood gates to the patenting of business methods and software has been gutted, if not technically overturned.

FreeNAS 0.69 Release Candidate 1

FreeNAS 0.69 Release Candidate 1

The FreeNAS development team has announced the availability of FreeNAS 0.69 Release Candidate 1. FreeNAS is an open source, m0n0Wall-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) cum Storage Area Network (SAN) server.

A Privacy Agenda for the New Administration

A Privacy Agenda for the New Administration

This is the first post in a three part series directed at restoring some of the civil liberties we’ve lost over the past eight years. Today’s post is about our privacy rights. We’ll follow this up early next week with our thoughts on intellectual property rights and government transparency.

Open Document Format Toolkit

Open Document Format Toolkit

IBM and Sun MicroSystems, Inc. have “announced the launch of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) Toolkit Union, a new open-source software community project organized to make document software more innovative, versatile and useful for business”.

Theora 1.0 Released

Theora 1.0 Released

The Xiph.Org Foundation has announced the release of Theora 1.0. “Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties.” This is the first major point release of Theora, and marks an “important milestone reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase”.

Contributing with Git

Contributing with Git

Git is an open source, distributed version control system written by Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, the core of the Linux operating system. Google recently hosted the first Git Developer Conference in their Mountain View headquarters. The three-day event featured talks by prominent Git developers.

A Guide to DRM-Free Living

A Guide to DRM-Free Living

Welcome to our brief guide to living a DRM-free existence. We want to provide a range of links pointing you toward online stores, video/music players, software and hardware that will help you take back your rights as a concerned customer and citizen.

GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 Released

GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 Released

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced the release of version 1.3 of the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL). This version of the license allows public wikis to relicense their FDL-covered materials under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) 3.0 license.

Ubuntu 8.10 Tidbits

Ubuntu 8.10 Tidbits

The desktop version of Ubuntu 8.10, which was released just yesterday, comes with a few nice features. Aside from those few new features, there are a few other features that we think you should know, that is if you are new to the world of Ubuntu.

Qt Creator Technology Preview Released

Qt Creator Technology Preview Released

Qt Software has announced the release of a Technology Preview of Qt® Creator™, a “new, lightweight, cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) designed to make development with the Qt application framework even faster and easier”.

Ubuntu 8.10 Released

Ubuntu 8.10 Released

Ubuntu 8.10, the latest in the line of the popular Linux operating system is now available for download from Ubuntu repositories and download mirrors worldwide. Both the desktop and server editions were rolled out today.