IBM to help and promote OpenOffice.org office suite

last updated in Categories Business, GNU/Open source, Linux desktop, UNIX, Windows

Finally big blue has announced that it will support and promote OpenOffice.org office suite. These are the same companies once promoted Microsoft product. Dell, HP and IBM will one day force more Linux desktop systems and open source software for all of us:

The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite’s software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products.

This is great news for the tens of millions of users of OpenOffice.org and the thousands of individual members of the project”, said John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org Marketing Project Lead. “We welcome IBM’s contributions to further enhancing the OpenOffice.org product. But equally important is IBM’s future commitment to package and distribute new works that leverage OpenOffice.org technology supporting the ISO ODF standard. ODF is a once in a generation opportunity for the IT industry to unify round a standard, and deliver lasting benefit to users of desktop technology.”

=> IBM JOINS OPENOFFICE.ORG COMMUNITY [openoffice.org]

Happy 60th birthday, India!

last updated in Categories Beyond nixCraft, India

Happy 60th birthday, India! Don’t forget to taste the freedom with Open source software. If you value independence go with Linux, Firefox and other open source software 🙂

Today we gain independence from the United Kingdom and becomes an independent nation. Jawaharlal Nehru addresses the nation with the Indian Declaration of Independence and takes office as the first Prime Minister of India. Live it up India!

SCO Cannot Sue Linux Community as Novell Wins Ruling Against SCO

last updated in Categories Linux, News

On May 12, 2003 Sco attacked Linux and other companies. Now U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell owns Unix’s IP (intellectual property) rights i.e SCO has no rights to use Unix’s IP and Unixware software.

This ruling is good news for organizations and end users like you and me who use Linux and open-source software products everyday.

It was all started when SCO filed a suit against IBM claiming that it had violated SCO’s rights by contributing Unix code to Linux kernel. Now SCO’s threat to the Linux community is over.

Novell Wins Ruling Against SCO In High-Profile Linux Case:

The court’s ruling has cut out the core of SCO’s case and, as a result, eliminates SCO’s threat to the Linux community based upon allegations of copyright infringement of UNIX,” Novell said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome.

Will OpenSolaris repeat the Linux success again?

last updated in Categories Solaris, Ubuntu Linux, UNIX

Project Indiana is a new project to create an OpenSolaris binary distribution. This distribution will focus on providing a single CD install with the basic core operating system and desktop environment, with the opportunity of installing additional software off network repositories just like Ubuntu Linux.

This is a new project from Sun. The main aim is make OpenSolaris an easy to use UNIX:

The distribution will showcase much of the work continuing in the OpenSolaris community and the best of breed open source software available within other open source communities. Moverover, the distribution will include work that closes the familiarity gap with existing GNU/Linux users eg. install and packaging.

Project Indiana will be a leading edge distribution with an expected adoption of OpenSolaris enthusiasts and developers on single user systems and basic server setups. It will also encourage new users coming to the platform for the first time.

According to Ian Murdock’s Weblog:

Like Linux, OpenSolaris is a kernel. Except that it’s more than a kernel. Or, rather, more than a kernel but not quite a complete operating system. Are you confused yet?

Ian is 100% right and suggests ways to improve OpenSolaris. In short Sun’s new project trying to turn OpenSolaris into a practical distributions, you can download OpenSolaris just like Ubuntu and use it like a pro. Now the million dollar question ~ Can OpenSolaris make Sun shine again?

Read more: Sun’s Project Indiana: turning OpenSolaris into a practical platform

Open source usage increased in Indian and Asian business

last updated in Categories GNU/Open source, India, Linux, News

This news is 100% true; I’ve witnessed lots of growth recently here in India, especially in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Many south states making it compulsory to use Linux and open source software for government funded project.

Way back in 1999 I switched from Windows to Linux desktop because:
=> Cost
=> Virus issues
=> Reliability & Security

Today I can almost purchase any computer or toy, money is not issue, but I still prefer to use Linux as desktop. Windows Vista has given companies in less-developed markets a reason to consider open source alternatives, especially hardware requirements are high. People in Asia still purchase and use old Celeron based computer with 128 / 256 MB RAM, here is my desktop CPU (I’m using it since last 4 years):
$ grep -i cpu /proc/cpuinfo
Output:

cpu family      : 15
model name      : Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1.70GHz
cpu MHz         : 1716.927
cpuid level     : 2

Open source accounts for between 25 and 70 percent of all software in Australian, Chinese, Indian and Korean companies, according to a recent IDC survey.In an interview with ZDNet Australia sister site ZDNet Asia, Wilvin Chee, research director with IDC’s Asia-Pacific software research group, said: “Businesses are using a variety of open source software, ranging from infrastructure software and storage to enterprise applications such as CRM (customer relationship management) and ERM (enterprise resource management).”

Conducted by IDC between February and March this year, the study involved top executives from about 1,000 companies of all sizes.

Open source take-up booming in APAC (Via digg)

Howto create ringtones with Linux and open source software

last updated in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu Linux

Have you ever wondered how to create mobile phones ringtones with open source software?

This guide will teach you howto create ringtones using Ubuntu and some Open-Source software:

Download and Install Audacity. The Audacity package specific to Ubuntu can be found at the Ubuntu Download Site. Alternatively you can type the following from your command line.

Since most cell phones use the MP3 codec, you’ll also need to install the LAME library separately (it doesn’t come with Audacity because of patent issues). The LAME library can be found at the LAME project site on Source Forge. Once you’ve downloaded LAME, install it with the following commands.

=> 3 Steps to Creating Ringtones with Ubuntu (link is no longer working, hence removed!)

Download sun java GPL'd source code

last updated in Categories Beyond nixCraft, News

Yet another victory for Open Source software! Woot!!

First Solaris (OpenSolaris) and OpenOffice.org was made open source and now Java. Thanks to Linux (other open source oses) and open source movement.

Sun Microsystems Inc. said on Monday that it will make its Java software available for free to the open-source community, though it will continue to sell and support standardized versions of the product.

Read more lycos news

=> OpenJDK Source Releases/Download link (includes Java programming language compiler source, jtreg test harness for the JDK test framework and Java HotSpotVirtual Machine source under GPL version 2.0)

=> Check out David Herron’s Blog for more info and slashdot thread 🙂

It is time to learn Java!

List of open source cluster management systems

last updated in Categories Beyond nixCraft

M. Shuaib Khan has published a list of open-source cluster management systems.

Personally, I had used openMosix and Red Hat Cluster software (which is also based upon open source software funded by Red Hat).

From the article: In computing world, the term “cluster” refers to a group of independent computers combined through software and networking, which is often used to run highly compute-intensive jobs. With a cluster, you can build a high-speed supercomputer out of hundreds or even thousands of relatively low-speed systems. Cluster management software offers an easy-to-use interface for managing clusters, and automates the process of queuing jobs, matching the requirements of a job and the resources available to the cluster, and migrating jobs across the cluster:

=> openMosix
=> Kerrighed
=> OpenSSI
=> Gluster
=> BOINC

Read this article it offers feature, cons and pros of each solution.

Laptops pre-loaded with Linux getting popular in India

last updated in Categories Linux, News
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This is great news for open source software and country like India where price factor plays major purchase decision.

The Hindu India’s National Newspaper reports that:

Most serious players in the computers market expect two dominant operating systems — Microsoft Windows and Linux. Accordingly, computer makers such as IBM, Dell, HP and, of course, the Taiwanese computer exporter Acer are not really taking sides, happy to sell whatever the customer wants.

Indeed, with Linux consistently bettering market expectations, these large firms are offering more choice and lower prices, not just in the server market, but also on laptops. And laptops pre-loaded with Linux operating system are gaining in popularity among Indian customers as well.

=> Read more at the hindu.com.