12/22/2005

Migrating From Windows to Linux Simplified With Versora

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Versora and Linspire, Inc. today announced the release of Versora’s Progression Desktop for Linspire. This easy-to-use migration tool allows users to transfer e-mail, files and settings from their Windows machine to a Linux machine, moving critical data, application settings, e-mail, calendar entries, contact lists, desktop settings and directory structures via a “Click-Next-Next-Finished” interface. Progression Desktop, which will be normally priced at $29.95, is available to Linspire CNR subscribers for a special introductory price of $14.95 and to CNR Gold subscribers for $9.95 through January 31, 2006.

Using Versora Progression Desktop makes setting up a Linux computer easy. Information from Windows XP programs such as Microsoft Outlook are moved to the equivalent Linux application (such as Mozilla’s Thunderbird or Evolution). Similarly, it will migrate a user’s settings from Internet Explorer to the Firefox Internet browser, Microsoft Word files to OpenOffice.org, or Instant Messenger buddy lists to the Linux IM client Gaim.

Ford Computer With Employee Data Stolen

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Ford Motor Co. informed about 70,000 active and former white-collar employees that a computer with company data, including social security numbers, was stolen from a Ford facility.

In an e-mail sent to “Affected U.S. Salaried Employees,” Joe Laymon, group vice president for human resources, told staffers that their personal information may have been compromised, though the company had “no evidence that there has been identity theft or misuse of employee information.”

Laymon said in the e-mail, a copy of which was reviewed by Dow Jones Newswires, that the company is taking precautionary steps and urges the affected employees to take steps to help safeguard their personal information.

Source: AP

Security “checkpoint of the future”

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An airport security “checkpoint of the future” that lets travellers leave shoes on feet, keys in pockets and laptop computers in carry-on bags was shown off in San Francisco.

General Electric (GE) got clearance from San Francisco International Airport to set up a “laboratory” in an unused lane at an active passenger checkpoint.

GE merged an array of computer and scanning technologies into a system that promises to get passengers through an automated checkpoint in 20 seconds, Steve Hill GE Security’s Homeland Protection division told AFP.

“In our vision for the checkpoint of the future, no one will have to take shoes or coats off, or take anything out of pockets or take laptops out of bags,” Hill said.

Passenger screening would begin when a traveller presses a finger to an explosive-sensing touch pad while checking baggage or getting a ticket.

Sophisticated CAT scan devices would replace X-ray technology currently used to scan carry on bags, Hill said. Passengers would then step through a circular, transparent “wave portal” capable of detecting “threat anomalies” such as weapons or bombs, Hill said.

Passengers would then step on a scanner that detects dangerous chemicals or other hazards, according to Hill.

“A passenger then picks up bags and proceeds on their merry way,” Hill said. “Unless some potential threat is identified.”

Source: AFP

EU Threatens Microsoft With Penalties

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The European Union took new legal steps against Microsoft Corp. on Thursday to ensure better compliance with its 2004 antitrust ruling, threatening fines of up to 2 million euros ($2.37 million) a day if the software giant does not meet its demands.

The EU head office is insistent that Microsoft must provide better documentation on its software programs to competitors in order to achieve interoperability with the dominant Windows PCs and servers. It gave Microsoft until Jan. 25 to answer the complaint.

The EU said it also was investigating the royalties Microsoft would charge for using its software information and said another legal challenge might be issued if it was unhappy with the financial demands.

Source: AP

OpenOffice.org Takes Another Step Forward

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The new version of OpenOffice.org, 2.01, fixes some small bugs and includes support for several new languages, such as Turkish, Russian and Hungarian.

The bigger news is that the office suite now includes several business-friendly features.

The first of these is that administrators can now disable and hide some application settings. This enables managers to build a special installation set of OO.o (OpenOffice.org) suitable for different user groups.

OO.o has also become a bit more compatible with Microsoft Office formats with an expansion of its support for various bullets and numbering features.

Thus, when a Word document is converted into an ODF (OpenDocument Format) any bullet or number lists are more likely to be converted with the same images or numbering schemes.

This version also includes a new keyboard shortcut, which enables users to return to a saved cursor position. The default, in OO.o Writer, for authors is to open the document at the position where they left the document last time. For a reader, the default is to open the paper at its first page.

Source: eWeek

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