Yesterday the final version of Open Office 2.0 was released.
I have been using open office while I had Mandrake Linux on my machine, although I don’t have any state of the art system but still MS Office runs smoothly on it, however the speed of Open Office was horrible, it took ages to open even simple files, I hope that speed has also been worked upon in the new version. As it is also available for Windows so this time I am thinking of trying it out on XP.

Its old news now but I had not posted about it, apparently it seems a move to counter the AIM/AOL IM market share as they have about 50% of it.
Or may be both Yahoo! and MSN did not want to lose any user base to Google Talk?

With MSN and Yahoo tying up their users will be able to swap messages between both networks

There are a thousand things about which I can write but still I don’t feel like posting anything online, may be I am just too shy to tell share personal thoughts with others on the internet

Differences between Linux and Solaris
Linux is also just a kernel by itself, while Solaris is a whole operating system. You could, for example, compare Solaris to Slackware for something more accurate.

They also have different names for partitions. In Solaris, as well as in BSD, they are called Slices. They also have different default shells with the Bourne shell being the default for Solaris and Bash for Linux.

A few commands are also different, like pkill (process kill) in Solaris is equivalent to killall in Linux. They use, however, the same kill signal with 15 being a soft, default one for both Operating System. Another one is the lp for Solaris (line print command), being lpr on Linux.

A few files have different sets of permissions by default too. They also use different types of file system, with UFS being common for Solaris and EXT2, EXT3, ReiserFS and many others being common for Linux.

They have different requirements for Login and passwords. Solaris and Linux passwords must be at least six characters in length and different from the login ID. The first six characters of the Solaris password must contain at least two alphabetic characters and at least one numeric or special character. Linux passwords can be any combination of alphanumeric or special characters and there is no requirement for what the first six must contain.

Linux also defaults the home directory to /home/user, while Solaris defaults them to /export/home/user.

Hardware support for Solaris/X86 is very, very limited when comparing to X86/Linux as well.

Google and Sun are to make StarOffice apps available to Google users.

The decision will be part of a larger technology partnership between Sun and Google that will build a network to provide Web-based apps, in competition with Microsoft.

A joint conference between the two giants and their CEOs is taking place later today in California where the news will be officially released.

Company representatives have been tight-lipped, causing rampant speculation – most of it of the usual kill-Microsoft kind. Microsoft has made no bones about its aim to unseat Google as the leading search-engine company. Sun, too, sees Microsoft as one of its chief rivals in the software market, and has been having trouble getting widespread adoption of its software portfolio, including its answer of Microsoft Office – StarOffice.

The company has just released a new version of StarOffice that includes better inter-operation with Microsoft Office.

Sun also believes it has momentum for StarOffice. In particular, a recent decision by the US state of Massachusetts will see its government agencies move to open office file formats – which Microsoft Office currently do not support.

A deal between Google and Sun could give Google the technology it needs to rival Microsoft in providing applications as services, while giving Sun an edge in the applications business.