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[News] Review of Vine Linux 5 and Simply Brief One of Mepis 8

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Vine Linux 5

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| Product:      Vine Linux 5.0
| Web Site:     Vine Linux (Via Google Translator)
| Price:        Free
| Pros:         Let you choose from a range of install options and lets you customize 
| your software choices. 
| Cons:         Default language is Japanese so the initial install screen might throw 
| people. Doesnât come with any office suites or significant office apps 
| available during the install. Youâll need to download them via Synaptic after 
| you install Vine Linux.   
| Suitable For:         Particularly great if you need a Japanese Linux environment. 
| Can also be used by pretty much any other group of Linux users. Just be 
| mindful that youâll need to change the default language to English during the 
| install.   
| Summary:      Vine Linux provides Japanese (and English) users with a good 
| desktop Linux experience. Installation is easy and can be customized. Vine 
| Linux also provides a good range of Linux apps (with the exception of office 
| apps).   
| Rating:       3.5/5


Simply Mepis 8 is a nice little Debian-based Linux distro

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| I am now running the latest version of Simply Mepis 8, one of many offshoots 
| of Debian Linux and therefore a cousin of the venerable Ubuntu. I am taken 
| back a couple of years to the simpler days of the KDE 3.5 interface. KDE 4, 
| the current darling, is a work of art by the guys at TrollTech, borrowing 
| elements from Apple's Aqua interface, but this old tech favors reliability 
| over flash, and as a law student I have little time to expore the wonders of 
| KDE 4. Simply Mepis with KDE 3.5 is, in a word, familiar.      



2009,08,24 ÂVine Linux 5 ãåé



New Partnership Extends Linux Foundationâs Work with Japanese Developers

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| Agreement Signed with Japanese Government Information-technology Promotion
| Agency (IPA) to help increase participation of Japanese developers in Linux
| and open source Â


Japanese Government to Embrace Linux

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| Oracle Japan is said to be leading the effort, which could launch
| as early as next month.


Oracle, IBM, NEC to market Linux in Japan: Nikkei

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| Major information technology firms, including Oracle Corp., IBM Corp. and
| NEC Corp., will set up a consortium to sell servers and systems running
| the Linux operating system in Japan, a financial daily said on
| Thursday.


Schools across Japan may switch to Linux

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| Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported late last week that the
| Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce
| the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms
| across the country in the near future.


Microsoft foresees more suits in Japan

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| A legal battle between Microsoft and Japanese anti-monopoly authorities
| is likely to conclude next year and might lead to lawsuits or other
| patent infringement complaints against the U.S. software company,
| an executive said Thursday.
| [...]
| Microsoft has been slapped with hefty fines by European Union regulators,
| who have said Microsoft broke competition laws and abused its dominant
| market position.


OpenLogic Extends Reach in Japan with Ashisuto Strategic Partnership

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| Under the agreement, OpenLogic will provide support to Ashisuto
| customers for hundreds of open source packages.


BakBone Leads Linux Data Protection Software Market in Japan for Fifth
Consecutive Year

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| Between 2005 and 2006 BakBone grew its Linux data protection market share
| from 70.6% to 73.2% as outlined in the report "Japan Storage Software
| 2007-2011 Forecast and 2006 Vendor Shares." Â
| [...]
| According to IDC data, the Linux data protection software market in Japan is
| driven by BakBone, which continues to maintain high growth at approximately
| 20% per year. Â


MySQL K.K. to Strengthen its Presence in the Japanese Database Market

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| MySQL K.K., the Japanese arm of the open source database developer MySQL AB,
| has announced three new initiatives aimed at strengthening its expansion in
| the Japanese market. Â


Government of Japan Embraces Open Software Standards

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| The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), the leading organization
| advocating for openness and accessibility to government documents and
| information, today congratulated Japan for adopting a policy under which
| government ministries and agencies will solicit bids from software vendors
| whose products support internationally recognized open standards. Â Â


Linux hot at top Japanese embedded conference

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| Japan's largest embedded conference of the year reportedly
| featured a growing number of Linux-related demonstrations,
| compared to previous years.

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