OpenOffice.org 2.4 is released

The OpenOffice.org Community is pleased to announce the release of OpenOffice.org 2.4, the latest version of the leading open source office productivity suite. OpenOffice.org 2.4 includes new features, enhancements, and bug fixes to all its core components. OpenOffice.org 2.4 is available for immediate download from http://download.openoffice.org.

New features:

Users will appreciate changes such as usability improvements in printing, and further enhancements to PDF handling (OpenOffice.org creates PDF files ‘out of the box’ to ISO standard). The default font is now DejaVu, which supports more languages/localisations than the previous BitStream Vera -part of a raft of localisation improvements covering languages from Hiligaynon to Quechua. Mac OS X users will appreciate the use of the native Quicktime player and spell-checker.

Writer, OpenOffice.org‘s word processor, now has easier selection of the language for spellchecking; users can set options for printing hidden and place holder text and for following hyperlinks; text selection and ‘find and replace’ have been improved; and ‘power users’ will
appreciate new extra keyboard shortcuts for paragraph styles.

Regular users of Calc, OpenOffice.org‘s spreadsheet, will appreciate the streamlining of data and formulae entry. Other new features include a ‘smart move and copy’ for blocks of cells; the ability to transform data into columns; and improvements to printing, data filtering, and the Data Pilot.

Usability improvements have been made to Draw, the drawing and diagramming module, and Impress, OpenOffice.org‘s application for creating presentations. Both applications have enhanced PDF export capabilities. In addition, Impress now has a new range of thrilling 3D transition effects supported through an extension.

The Chart module, used throughout OpenOffice.org, continues to evolve rapidly. Novice users benefit from more intelligent default choices from the graphics engine; advanced users have more options allowing them to fine tune a chart exactly the way they want it.

OpenOffice.org‘s database application, Base, now supports MS-Access 2007 (accdb files on MS-Windows), and has enhanced capabilities for MySQL, Oracle/jdbc, and native (HSQL) databases. The Query Designer is also improved.

OpenOffice.org 2.4 is the eleventh release in the 2.x series (launched in October 2005) and demonstrates the Community’s commitment to continuous and regular improvement of its software. The next major release – 3.0 – is planned for the autumn/fall this year. If you would like to help us, please visit http://contributing.openoffice.org.

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Award-winning Zend Framework releases version 1.5!

Zend Framework was awarded a “Jolt Productivity Award” at the 18th annual Dr. Dobb’s Jolt Awards, the “Oscars of the software industry.” With over 4.5 million downloads, Zend Framework has become the fastest growing PHP framework on the market. Now the award-winning open source framework has released version 1.5 which supports new services and enhancements to many existing features. Highlights include:

  • Support for OpenID and Microsoft’s InfoCard – two emerging technologies behind “Identity 2.0,” a movement to simplify and fortify identity management online
  • Forms – New support for forms, including Ajax usage patterns that makes building and using web-based forms much easier
  • Layout and view – New layout support and view enhancements for consistent look and feel throughout PHP applications
  • LDAP authentication – Now with enterprise-ready authentication using LDAP technology
  • Lucene search engine – New advanced queries using wildcards, date ranges, fuzzy searches as well as Lucene index format version 2.1
  • Extended Ajax support – Server-side support for Ajax with action helpers to automate Ajax detection and responses makes programming using JavaScript & PHP much easier
  • UTF-8 character sets in Adobe PDF creation – PDF support enhanced to enable non-Latin character sets such as Kanji, Cyrillic, etc.
  • Google GData web services – Significant enhancements to Google Data services makes it easier to build web applications that leverage the Google application network. New support for upload and write capabilities to Google YouTube

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Using smtp_generic_maps to rewrite domain/address for outgoing mails in Postfix/Zimbra

Greetings to everyone.

Sometimes, you think it’s so easy to use generic table in Postfix like this http://www.postfix.org/generic.5.html to rewrite mail address/domain for outgoing mails.

It must be really easy, of course, with only Postfix. However, if you do that with the Postfix running inside a Zimbra server, you should do more work if you would not like to get undeliverable reports when sending/receiving mails from/to mapped email addresses. This is so simple but it waste me hours to find out. Hope this will help to save your time.

All you need to do is add “smtp_generic_maps=” to the amavis service options in master.cf:

smtp-amavis unix - - n - 10 smtp
-o smtp_data_done_timeout=1200
-o smtp_send_xforward_command=yes
-o disable_dns_lookups=yes
-o max_use=20
-o smtp_generic_maps=

This stops the outgoing generic map from being applied when the mail gets reinjected into Postfix. Thats’ all.

Sendmail’s Greet_Pause

Slamming is a popular spammer tactic in which the spammer quickly fires off SMTP messages without waiting for responses from the receiving server. A poorly behaved MTA will then accept traffic from the spammer, instead of rejecting it as it should. But even well-behaved MTAs are affected because of the sheer volume of traffic with which they are forced to deal. The venerable sendmail, as of version 8.13, has a nifty feature called “greet_pause” that not only rejects incorrect SMTP transactions, but also discourages re-sends.

In a normal SMTP transaction, the client first connects and the server is supposed to send back a “220” greeting, something like:

$ telnet mail.foo.org 25
Trying 12.34.56.78...
Connected to foo.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
220-host6.foo.org ESMTP Sendmail 8.13.6/8.13.6; Wed, 14 Jun 2006 18:04:49 -0600
220-We do not authorize the use of this system to transport unsolicited,
220 and/or bulk e-mail.

Then, the client says “ehlo” or “helo,” and the transaction continues. When the client is an impatient spammer and sends more commands without listening, the greet_pause feature detects this, marks the connection bad, and responds to anything else that tries to come over that connection with a 554 (transaction failed) message. It works by pausing briefly before sending out its 220 messages.

The pause interval is configurable, so you can tune it as needed.

Interestingly, you’ll probably find that your total spam attempts drop significantly after implementing greet_pause, possibly because the spammer’s software thinks it’s hitting a bad server or bad addresses, or otherwise getting stuck somehow. It’s an ingenious and simple method with a low-overhead that discourages significant amounts of spam.

As always, be sure to whitelist all of your important addresses. Visit sendmail.org/doc/ to learn more.

Is Drupal the best CMS or is it Joomla?

When I read forums, sometimes I see people asking for advice on which CMS would be adapted for their particular project, and often there are replies of what looks like Joomla fanatics who answer without any argument that Joomla is the best CMS.

I can’t stand it because I know it’s wrong, but then I’m not paid to promote any particular CMS nor am I paid by the original poster to convince him to choose the best solution for his project. Because let’s be real here, for most common uses, from people who have no experience of CMS, Joomla will do the job as well as a number of other CMS solutions!

Drupal LogoI say that Drupal is the best CMS and I can back it up, but anyone who had first hand experience with both CMS can state the same as me: Joomla (and previously Mambo) is not as good a work of art as Drupal, it is less efficient and is less flexible. The positive thing about Joomla is that the graphic design part of their user community is clearly more developped than Drupal’s and probably even the total user community is larger than Drupal’s because when you look at both projects from an untrained eye Joomla look far better out of the box. Joomla also have tons of modules/add-ons to add features and so has Drupal. In fact there are some “contests” organized on the web and sometimes Drupal wins, sometimes Joomla wins. But honestly if a contest has public vote, then what? You have the biggest user community who can go to a website and vote and then you win? OK, this is lame. The next one in line is the Packtpub Award with voting closing on october 26th and if you vote you could win a….. yes a stupid iPod, of course what do you think? It’s not christmas! The award has a total fund of $20 000 in prizes you get to win a stupid iPod, life’s cruel sometimes… And if Joomla wins, then life can be really cruel sometimes! Because, come on! Drupal is clearly better, even a canadian recognizes Drupal is the best! Although finally he says that he would recommend Joomla over Drupal for an “organization looking for a CMS to merely manage the pages and content on your website”. In fact to merely manage the pages and content on your website, clearly any CMS would do the job, hopefully. But Drupal can do it too -)

So the user community is more vibrant on Joomla, but the code of the CMS isn’t as clean and efficient as Drupal. In Drupal the administration panel is part of the website, it’s based on user’s rights to see or not to see the administration menus. On Joomla it’s more classic, you access the admin panel and manage things from here. The admin panel looks nicer on Joomla too, so you understand why many people believe it is the best CMS, it attracts the eye.

There’s is something that will change things a little, it’s that Joomla will very soon have a major update with the 1.5 version, and Drupal will continue to improve with Drupal 6 before the end of the year. The major update of Joomla is worth installing and try out. But for sure Drupal 6 is the CMS to install to base your future projects on.

It’s simple, several years ago I had one Drupal and one Mambo (before being called Joomla) sites, and after that most of my projects have been done with Drupal, it’s so versatile, so flexible, so clear and works like a charm, I never had anything to complain about, it can do so much more than what I have time to implement!

OK, Joomla fanatics can say exactly the same thing as I said, but for me Drupal is the best CMS, if you’re new to CMS and want to start a website, you cannot make a mistake by choosing Drupal and start to learn it. Anyway it doesn’t hurt to install both CMS and start 2 websites instead of one, but if you have that kind of motivation and time in your hands, then you can learn deeper and deeper about Drupal, you’ll love it!

To rest my case I’ll send to you to more reading dealing with Drupal vs Joomla:

Source: http://blog-money-wiki.com/blog/2007/10/is-drupal-the-best-cms-or-is-it-joomla.php

Document Freedom Day DFD

26 March: A global day for document liberation
Sign up your DFD team today!

The Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for Document Liberation with grassroots action for promotion of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general. The DFD was initiated and is supported by a group of organisations and companies, including, but not limited to, the Free Software Foundation Europe, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, IBM, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

On 26 March 2008, the Document Freedom Day will provide a global rallying point for Document Liberation and Open Standards. It will literally give teams around the world the chance to “hoist the flag”: A “DFD Starter Pack” containing a flag, t-shirt, leaflets and stickers is in preparation and is planned to be sent out in the first weeks of March to the first 100 teams that sign up. Sixteen teams already signed up during the preparation phase of the DFD prior to this release. Sign your team up now!

“We’re proud to support this global effort to encourage open and inclusive information exchange,” said Marino Marcich, Managing Director, Open Document Format Alliance. “Document freedom means creating,

exchanging, and preserving your electronic documents without having to buy software from a particular vendor.”

“Data lock-in and subsequent vendor lock-in are some of the most severe issues users are facing today,” says FSFE president Georg Greve. “Yet most people only realise this connection when it is too late and they have effectively lost control over their own data. We are supporting the Document Freedom Day to help raise awareness for this issue by starting with something that affects pretty much all users of computers: text documents, spreadsheets and presentations.”

“Free document formats and open standards are important elements in the continued expansion of the global open source community,” said Tom Rabon, executive vice president, Corporate Affairs at Red Hat. “Red Hat strongly supports Document Freedom Day and encourages participation by all who look forward to the day when documents are controlled by those who own them, not necessarily by those who create the technology to access those documents.”

Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer, Sun Microsystems stated, “As I explained in my paper “Freedom to Leave“, it’s fundamental in the emerging market for people to be free to use any software they desire tohandle their data. I fully support the goals of Document Freedom .”

Alexandre Oliva of the Free Software Foundation Latin America (FSFLA) comments: “When you save your documents using a Free Open Standard format such as ODF, you’re also saving your own future, ensuring your continued ability to access, decode and convert their contents.”

Graham Taylor Director of OpenForum Europe: “OpenForum Europe applauds the announcement of Document Freedom Day. The whole essence of ‘openness’ is captured by the right of users, citizens, governments… to be able to freely access and exchange documents todayand in the future. Nothing gives greater meaning to the prevalent danger of lock-in to proprietary solutions, and for the need for Government to act now.”

About Document Freedom Day:

The Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for Document Liberation. It is a day of grassroots effort around the world to promote and build awareness for the relevance of Free Document Formats in particular and Open Standards in general. The DFD is supported by a large group of organisations and individuals, including, but not limited to Ars Aperta, COSS, Esoma, Free Software Foundations Europe and Latin America, IBM, NLnet, ODF Alliance, OpenForum Europe, OSL, iMatix, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Inc., The Open Learning Centre, Opentia, Estandares Abiertos.

The list of DFD supporting groups can be found at
http://documentfreedom.org/Who

The list of DFD teams is available at
http://documentfreedom.org/Category:Teams

Further information:
http://documentfreedom.org

Contact:
contact@documentfreedom.org

WinMerge – powerful FOSS visual tool for files/folders differencing and merging

WinMerge is an Open Source visual text file differencing and merging tool for Win32 platforms. It is highly useful for determining what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions.
Key Features:

  • Visual differencing and merging of text files
  • Flexible editor with syntax highlighting, line numbers and word-wrap
  • Handles DOS, UNIX and MAC text file formats
  • Unicode support
  • Difference pane shows current difference in two vertical panes
  • Location pane shows map of files compared
  • Highlights differences inside lines in file compare
  • Regular Expression based file filters in directory compare allow excluding and including items
  • Moved lines detection in file compare
  • Creates patch files
  • Shell Integration (supports 64-bit Windows versions)
  • Rudimentary Visual SourceSafe and Rational ClearCase integration
  • Archive file support using 7-Zip
  • Plugin support
  • Localizable interface via resource DLL
  • Online manual and installed HTML Help manual

More information: http://winmerge.org/

New Features for Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0

Sunnyvale, Calif. – February 5, 2008 – Zimbra, a Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) company, and the leader in open source, next-generation e-mail, today announced the availability of Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 5.0. ZCS 5.0 includes hundreds of enhancements that expand Zimbra’s access across desktops and devices while setting the standard for Web-based productivity in a business environment, and showcases Yahoo!’s dedication to providing world-class e-mail and collaboration services.

Enhancements in ZCS 5.0 extend Zimbra’s best-of-breed anywhere access on the desktop, including support for Microsoft Outlook 2007, and on virtually any device, with support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, J2ME-enabled handsets such as the Motorola RAZR, and a new version of ZCS for mobile web browsers. New features in the award-winning Zimbra AJAX Web client include instant messaging, briefcase, and task applications as well as Zimbra Desktop, the world’s first offline-capable Web 2.0 collaboration experience.

New features in ZCS 5.0 include:

  • Task Lists. Off by default when you upgrade. A new Tasks tab is added to the application tabs. The tasks list feature includes the ability to create multiple task lists, create tasks, mange a task, including setting the priority and tracking the progress
  • Documents. On by default when you upgrade. Documents is a document sharing and collaboration application that gives you a central place on the Zimbra Web Client to develop, organize, and share information
  • Briefcase. Off by default when you upgrade. Briefcase lets you save files on the Zimbra Web Client so that you can access them whenever you log on to the ZWC
  • Delegated Mailbox. Users can share any of their email folders, including the Inbox and sub-folders
  • Users can be notified when their mailbox is almost full (quota feature)
  • Calendar entries can be marked private or public
  • Search for an appointment up to 180 days in the future
  • Photos and images can be uploaded and synced to the address book contacts list
  • Message priority can be set
  • Instant notification of email messages can be enabled
  • Major changes to the administration console include:
    • Layout of the administration console has been improved. You can open more than one function at a time. Tabs are opened above the Content pane
    • Search queries can be saved
    • Search for all administrators and domain administrators on ZCS
    • Last login time is displayed from the administration console Accounts content pane
    • Default time zone set in the COS/Admin can now be changed by users. This timezone is used for Zimbra Mobile and the standard Zimbra Web client
    • Monitoring, Server Statistics for individual servers now includes a Sessions tab that displays information about active web client, administrator and IMAP sessions
    • Certificates can be managed and installed from the administration console
  • The Jetty Web server is now used as the server container that the Zimbra software runs within. Reference to this servlet is called mailboxd
  • Domain name can be changed from the zmprov CLI
  • Ngnix is used to support more scalable POP/IMAP proxy
  • Domain’s status can be set, including status of Suspended
  • Account level logging can be configured
  • ZCS HTTP mode now includes Redirect. Redirect mode redirects any users connecting via HTTP to a HTTPS connection
  • If more than one language locale has been installed on ZCS, users have the option to select the locale that is different from the browser language settings from the Preferences, General tab
  • Major import and migration feature enhancements:
    • Tasks can be imported/migrated
    • The types of items (appointments, email, contacts, and tasks) to import can be selected
    • Photos associated with contacts can be imported/migrated
    • Appointments and tasks private status is retained

Top 50 Proprietary Software and their Open Source alternatives

Basics
1. Windows Vista OS to Ubuntu OS
2. Internet Explorer Browser to Firefox Browser

Office Suites
3. Microsoft Office to OpenOffice
4. Mactopia to NeoOffice

Office Tools
5. MathWorks MATLAB to Scilab
6. Microsoft Access to Kexi
7. Microsoft Word to OpenOffice Writer
8. Microsoft Excel to OpenOffice Calc
9. Microsoft Visio to Dia

Productivity
10. Blackboard to Moodle
11. Box to Cabos
12. Microsoft Project to Open Workbench
13. Mindjet to FreeMind

Graphic Programs
14. Adobe Illustrator to Inkscape
15. Adobe PhotoShop to GIMP
16. Adobe Premiere to Avidemux
17. AutoCAD to Archimedes
18. Microsoft PowerPoint to OpenOffice Impress
19. Microsoft Paint to Tux Paint

Web Editors
21. Adobe GoLive CS2 to Mozilla SeaMonkey
22. Adobe Dreamweaver to NVU
23. Macromedia Flash Professional to OpenLaszlo
24. Microsoft Frontpage to Bluefish
25. Windows Notepad to ConTEXT
26. Altova XMLSpy to XML Copy Editor

Publishing
27. Adobe Acrobat to PDFCreator
28. Adobe Framemaker to DocBook
29. Microsoft Publisher to Scribus

Communications
30. AIM to Pidgin
31. FeedDemon to RSS Bandit
32. Microsoft MSN Messenger to aMSN
33. Microsoft Outlook to Thunderbird
34. Skype to Wengophone

Media
35. iTunes to Songbird
36. Nero Burning Rom to K3b
37. Quicktime to Darwin Streaming Server
38. TiVo Desktop to Galleon.tv
39. Windows Media Player to Miro

Utilities
40. CuteFTP to Filezilla
41. iBackup to ZManda
42. Norton Ghost to Partition Image
43. Rational Purify to Valgrind
44. WinZip to 7-Zip

Security
45. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal to Winpooch
46. McAfee VirusScan to ClamWin
47. Norton Personal Firewall to WIPFW

Financial
48. Authorize.net to OpenSSL
49. Microsoft Money (Plus) to TurboCash
50. Quickbooks to Compiere

Enterprise IT ain’t what it used to be

Enterprise IT” vendors are in the midst of an identity crisis, and Linux is to blame.
Want proof? Just look at some recent news announcements: Not only is the erstwhile uber-proprietary Sun Microsystems selling Intel- and AMD-based servers, it has also snapped up open source giants like MySQL. That’s quite a shift from a year ago, when Sun seemed almost ashamed of its Linux success.
Next, consider IBM, with its Linux-on-mainframe initiative. Big Blue recently took this approach a step further and announced Lx86, a virtualization technique for running — you guessed it — native Linux on its traditional System p Unix boxes.
Not to be left out, Hewlett-Packard is also singing the praises of Linux and open source, with its new FOSSology tools for managing open source software and licenses.
These are just a few examples. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Web 2.0 companies are busy redefining the very notion of “enterprise IT,” but one thing is clear: Linux is pervasive there as well.

RELATED INFORMATION:
> Sun, MySQL users ponder blockbuster acquisition: http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996424/82182
> Sun Microsystems, the begrudging Linux vendor: http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996425/82182
> Low-cost Linux revives IBM mainframe (again): http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996426/82182
> HP ferrets out open source software: http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996427/82182