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Mozilla Vice President of Engineering, Lends Expertise to Open Source Router

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Vyatta has announced that Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla, has joined its recently created advisory board. Schroepfer also built the digital video effects software used in motion pictures such as "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and "Gladiator."

Pictorial desktop Linux books available for free download

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Book publisher In Pictures announced this week that it has added new how-to books on desktop Linux (Linspire Five-O), and the four OpenOffice.org programs (Base, Calc, Impress, Writer) to its catalog. The books are all designed for new and relatively new users.

Also: O'Reilly's releases book betas online

Coming soon: ODF for MS Office

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Just because Microsoft refuses to support ODF (Open Document Format) never meant that someone wouldn't write a plug-in to enable Microsoft Office users to read and write ODF documents. Well, it's happened.

Sun's McNealy eyes e-government

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Now chairman of Sun Federal Inc., McNealy's new focus will be expanding Sun's market share in the federal government. McNealy told GCN that in his role at Sun Federal he'd be concentrating on, among other things, helping agencies with their citizen-centric e-government initiatives.

LinuxWorld Expo in Windows Server shocker

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LinuxWorld 2006 Conference & Expo is batting for the other side - and when we say the other side, we mean the forces of galactic darkness operating from their base in Redmond, USA:

http://www.linuxworldexpo.co.uk was running Microsoft-IIS on Windows Server 2003 when last queried at 3-May-2006.

Eraser ... McNealy style

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Anticipating our likely line of questioning, his opening remark was: "I still work here." And then, before he handed out his business card, he scribbled out the section which read 'CEO':

Open enterprise: Schwartz doesn't get Linux

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Scott McNealy is out. Jonathan Schwartz is in. And the future never looked brighter for Sun Microsystems—or so we're told. But if Sun's new CEO is going to convince me that his company can remain a dominant player in enterprise software, first he's going to have to get his story straight, particularly when it comes to Linux and open source.

Also: Interview with Jonathan Schwartz

10 world-changing social innovations

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As named in the Young Foundation publication Social Silicon Valleys, A Manifesto For Social Innovation

8. Linux software - and other open source methods such as Wikipedia and Ohmynews that are transforming many fields.

Thank you, Mr. McNealy

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Never forget that while he was unable to right Sun in recent years, McNealy wasn't just an industry giant. He changed the IT world forever.

In 1982, Scott McNealy founded Sun Microsystems with three graduate student friends -- Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, and Vinod Khosla from Stanford University.

I doubt they knew they were making history.

Sun Founder McNealy to Step Down as Losses Mount

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Scott McNealy stepped down as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief executive officer after failing to stem losses at the company he founded 24 years ago.

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