September 22 news briefs

By   |  September 22, 2003

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Linux govt support grows
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More than two dozen countries are considering proposals to promote or require the use of Linux in government offices according to the information technology unit of the city of Vienna which is looking to convert 15000 Windows desktops to Linux.

More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/33035.html

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Sun to support AMD with Mad Hatter
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When Sun releases its Linux-based Java Desktop later this year, it will run on AMD\’s Ahtlon 64 processor. Initially only in 32-bit mode but later also in 64-bit.

More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/33022.html

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HP to protect Linux users
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HP plans to protect its Linux customers from the wrath of SCO by defending them in court at the company\’s own expense.

More at:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/33017.html

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Only Windows and Linux in the future, says Gates
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Bill Gates told a South African audience earlier this week that he only sees a future for Windows and Linux. So long Solaris, HP-UX, AIX etc?

More at:
http://www.ictworld.co.za/EditorialEdit.asp?EditorialID=15761

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Samba 3.0 dances out the door
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Samba 3.0 is being billed as the first open source replacement for Windows NT4 Primary and Backup Domain Controllers.

More at:
http://newsforge.com/newsforge/03/09/25/0434246.shtml?tid=15

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Red Hat posts strong financials
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18 September 2003: Red Hat continues to grow it\’s influence in the server market, turning around a 2002 second quarter loss to post US$28.8 million revenue and net income of US$3.3 million for the same quarter this year. Red Hat grew server subscriptions by 10% in the quarter and now sits on a US$10 million cash war chest.

More:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/32920.html

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Sun releases Linux Java desktop, Star Office 7
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16 September, 2003: Sun Microsystems launched two significant new products at it\’s annual SunNetwork event, including the impressive, open source Sun Java Desktop System (formerly Mad Hatter) which utilises Suse and Gnome 2.2 components embellished with healthy doses of Java. Early reports are very positive and even suggest that this product has the look and feel required to sway Windows users.

More:
http://www.internetweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=14800087
http://sdc.sun.com/partners/sunjavasystem/javadesktopsystem/

Full review:
http://newsforge.com/newsforge/03/09/18/003212.shtml?tid=23

Sun\’s Star Office 7 has also been released, with the most significant improvements being ability to export to PDFs and recover corrupted or damaged documents. Early reports also suggest that it has some minor interface enhancements like more colourful buttons and that it loads much faster than previous versions.

More:
http://wwws.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/index.html
http://wwws.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/whatsnew/whatsnewguide.pdf

Full review:
http://www.thejemreport.com/software/staroffice7.htm

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Gnome Office 1.0 released
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16 September, 2003: The first version of the Gnome-Office suite has been released. Gnome-Office 1.0 holds few surprises and merely represents a bundling of the already well-known AbiWord 2.0 wordprocessor, Gnome-DB 1.0 database interface and the Gnumeric 1.2.0 spreadsheet. Unfortunately the bundle is still not available as a single download.

More:
http://gnomedesktop.org/article.php?sid=1353
http://www.gnome.org

This follows the release of the latest Gnome desktop last week. Gnome 2.4 sports a built-in browser named Epiphany and based on the Mozilla engine, and video conferencing and IP telephony utilities. There is also a CD burner, a new PDF viewer and several minor interface enhancements.

More:
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20030912S0007
http://www.gnome.org/

16 September, 2003: Not to be outdone rival desktop, KDE, also delivered a maintenance release, moving it to version 3.1.4. Improvements are reportedly marginal, involving some minor vulnerabilities fixes and the bug tracking system.

More:
http://www.kde.org/announcements/announce-3.1.4.php
http://www.kde.org/announcements/changelogs/changelog3_1_3to3_1_4.php

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Novell Linux services product delayed
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18 September, 2003: Novell has announced delays for its Linux services product, named Novell Nterprise Linux Services, until year end in order to better integrate code it inherited through the acquisition of Xymian some weeks ago. Novell has regularly spoken of plans to migrate its entire product offering to Linux, including NetWare 7.0 and future editions of Groupwise.

More:
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3079661

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Scribus DTP package improved
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Highly anticipated DTP package, Scribus Desktop Publishing, has moved to version 1.10. The new version uses an all-new rendering engine, which reportedly works up to 5 times faster than before. A new web site, www.scribus.org.uk , has also been developed for product support.

More:
http://www.scribus.org.uk
http://newsvac.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/09/14/1629236

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