As we approach the imminent release of the "stable" version of OpenOffice.org 2.0 (OOo 2.0), it is becoming increasingly apparent that OOo 2.0 and is going shake up the desktop software industry. The "clean" XML standard adopted by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee (TC) and the State of Massachusettst is at the heart of massive changes now under way in the multi-billion dollar office productivity software industry.
Debian users have always boasted that their Advanced Package Tool (APT) was the best and fastest way there has ever been to install and delete software. They were right, except for two details:
The team developing the open source desktop environment claims to have made 'very significant improvements' in performance and memory usage, as they target the embedded market with future versions.
MySQL AB's imminent release of its MySQL 5.0 database will introduce new enterprise features making it more competitive with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, but the company's CEO has maintained that it is more interested in mimicking the run-away success of Swedish retailer Ikea than any of the established database vendors.
Review: Beta 1.5 of the open-source Thunderbird e-mail client is looking a lot better, but it still lacks calendar functions.
In this article, we're not going to concentrate on the technical aspects of the different MySQL storage engines (although we will inevitably have to look at some of these elements), instead we will concentrate on how and where these different engines can be best employed. To achieve this, we'll have to look at some of the fundamental issues before moving on to the specifics of each engine type.
Mozilla said the follow-up to September's Beta 1 includes improvements in the automatic update system, performance and site rendering enhancements, and fixes for several security problems.
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Sourcefire, Inc., developers of Snort, today announced that they have signed an agreement for Check Point to acquire Sourcefire. What does this mean for Snort?
Opera's browser seems to be music to the ears of Internet surfers. After the Oslo-based company served up about 1 million browser downloads in the first two days following its launch of the ad- and license-free Opera v8.5, some 3 million additional copies were downloaded in next two weeks.
Sun Microsystems Inc. and Google Inc. on Tuesday said they had agreed to a multi-year pact to distribute Sun's software technologies that offer a potential alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of business users' desktops.
Flaws have been patched in RealPlayer and Helix Player's Unix and Linux versions.
Quite a few devices such as cameras and music players, work immediately. All you have to do is plug them in. On Linux, two applications really stand out for working with photos: F-Spot and LPhoto.
StarOffice 8 may be getting the lion's share of attention, but Corel insists that its WordPerfect Office is also a leading contender for office suites and that it will soon be supporting the OpenDocument format.
What common goal is shared by the Toledo Area LUG and Toledo Hip-Hop? Building a recording studio with open-source software that the whole community can use.
Device synchronisation and offline calendar support are some of the features planned in a future version of the open source project.
Once a curiosity of computer rooms, open-source software applications are now giving commercial programs a run for their money in public-sector information technology shops. Here is a closer look at five open-source products and why they are winning favor in government IT shops.
Started just over ten years ago, the PHP programming language has become the most popular programming language for web application development. PHP 5, the most recent release, adds even more features — all the while remaining approachable to novices. Here’s a look at the life of PHP 5 so far.
For those of you who do not understand how to use KimDaBa, there is now no reason not to use it. KimDaBa is the first KDE application to offer small flash videos with voice-overs describing how to use it.
Also: Tonight's star of The People Behind KDE is geek girl Janet Theobroma.
One excellent open-source program that often gets overlooked in the focus on products like Linux is The Gimp. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is freely distributed software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.