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UI Improvements in Evolution 2.8

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Four months, in GNOME 2.16 cycle, We have added a lot of UI improvements to Evolution to make it look much better. Not just features and lot of bug fixes too!!! I have blogged them in parts. Im summarising all of them.

VMware Slams XenSource-Microsoft Deal

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VMware has slammed Microsoft's tie-up with open source virtualization developer XenSource, announced earlier this week, calling it a "one-way street," and accusing XenSource of betraying its open source roots.

Kerio Mail Server Spam Filtering

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Kerio Mail Server has several configuration options to protect against spam email. For maximum protection, you should investigate and set all appropriate items. Under the Security Options tab for the SMTP server are several limits and controls you can set.

OpenSSL loses FIPS certification

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has revoked certification of the open-source encryption tool OpenSSL under the Federal Information Processing Standard.

Image manipulation using Image Magick

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In an earlier post, I had reviewed Gimp - a robust image manipulation software which is installed by default in most Linux distributions. If you need a tool which allows you to do batch conversions of 100s of images to the required size, there is a very powerful suite in Imagemagick.

Unmasking Novell's identity plans

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Identity systems such as Higgins and InfoCard give us new ways of storing and exchanging information about users; good news for users and developers.

GNOME v2.15.4 Screenshots

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The fourth development release for GNOME 2.16.0 has been released. In GNOME 2.15.4 are several enhancements (mainly under the hood for this release) but it is certainly attention for GNU/Linux desktop enthusiasts. For those not wishing to take this unstable exploration of GNOME 2.15.4, we have provided screenshots of this release today at Phoronix.

OpenOffice.org Extensions

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OpenOffice.org extensions are a quick way to add functionality. Writable in a variety of languages, including Java, JavaScript, OpenOffice.org Basic, Python, and C++, they allow developers to contribute features without having to master much of OpenOffice.org's notoriously cryptic source code. For users, they provide quick fixes for commonly requested features.

Smart Package Manager study cases: inconclusive!

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Smart PM is advocated by a lot of people for using it instead of APT, YUM, YaST2, or whatever else. I tried it once and it worked well. However, I was not impressed that much. Besides, where's the proof it actually performs better?

Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap

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The Smart Package Manager hopes to beat the native package management applications for distributions like Red Hat, SUSE, and Debian at their own game. Still in beta, it has support for most major GNU/Linux package and repository formats. Smart introduces many innovative and useful ideas, but its killer feature is the algorithms it uses to select packages and versions.

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