Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?
Take a look at Drupal and the different distributions that are available for download (pre-defined packages of modules and features known to work together). It looks like they have a distribution right up your alley in OpenPublic (openpublicapp.com).
Twitter To Open Source Streaming Data Analyzer
The original blog post is here.
Microsoft Releases Kinect SDK For Windows
Red Hat Open Sources SPICE Desktop Virtualization
Sun's SunRay clients can support multiple monitors, I've seen over 4 monitors on their system.
AT&T Dropping Usenet Netnews; Low-Cost Alternatives?
I would recommend Easynews if you want a web interface to the binaries newsgroups. For retention Giganews can't be beat (>300 days at last count). Google Groups is great for regular text newsgroups.
Portables Without Cameras?
So they don't let you have cameras in a secure environment, but WiFi is OK (and don't give me that whole wpa/wpa2 is secure enough - if it's government or important enough to warrant security that high - then it's important enough to warrant some class-a espionage)? Sounds like our government to me.
How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?
You may also want to look at some free, but not foss solutions. I know that Sun's Java Communications Suite is freely available and offers pretty much everything that exchange offers, including a pretty ajax-enabled web interface and an Outlook plugin so that it works just as if it were an Exchange server.
And then there's the foss solutions like Zimbra, etc.
Best FOSS Active Directory Alternative?
It may not be opensourced yet, but Sun has released almost their entire enterprise stack for free for anyone to use, including their DSEE, with unlimited entries. It can synchronize with AD, and they have a good deployment planning guide for synchronizing with AD and there are guides all over the place regarding authenticating Windows off of LDAP servers.
Fast-Booting Text-Editor Operating System?
You mentioned that you don't want to wait too long for a computer to boot up to to jot down your idea. My recommendation would be to use what's worked for hundreds of years, a pen and paper - pens are fairly nondescript and a nice moleskine along with a decent fountain pen (you can get a decent one for $30-50 that should last as long as you take care of it) makes writing a sheer pleasure.