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Review: Virtuozzo for Linux 3.0

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by hkwint on Jul 5, 2006 6:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Virtualization is sweeping the nation. Well, maybe not the nation, but it's a big hit with data centers and organizations that need to consolidate systems and streamline management. With so many virtualization applications on the market, which one to choose? SWsoft's Virtuozzo is a strong contender. I reviewed Virtuozzo 3.0 for Linux, and it's definitely one of the best options you can choose to centralize server management and consolidate workloads onto fewer systems.

Univention's system administration is now free software

  • Heise Online; By Craig Morris (Posted by hkwint on Jul 5, 2006 4:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Univention, a provider of a complete Linux suite optimized for corporate use, is loosening up its licensed policy: from now on, the Germany firm will be licensing all in-house developments created as part of the Univention Corporate Server (UCS) under the GNU GPL.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 53

  • Fedora Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by hkwint on Jul 5, 2006 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 53 of Fedora Weekly News.

In this issue, we have following articles:

  • 1 Fedora Core 4 Status Update
  • 2 Red Hat CEO Says Linux Could Become U.S. Standard
  • 3 Request for testing: DejaVu 2.7 font family
  • 4 Mailing List for K-12 Open Source Questions
  • 5 DesktopLinux: Fedora Core 6 Test 1 beckons
  • 6 2.0.3 Is Here
  • 7 QEMU a Virtualization System for Open Source World
  • 8 Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book Giveaway Winner
  • 9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-26
  • 10 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates
  • 11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News
  • 12 Editor's Blog

Novell Delivers Preview Edition Of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10

Novell has released a special preview version of its new SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform. Available for free, customers and other interested parties can now download pre-release versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 to experience their cutting-edge innovation and sophisticated functionality firsthand.

Open source project integrated into Philippine 71 schools

  •; By Alexander Villafania (Posted by hkwint on Jul 2, 2006 12:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Seventy-one members of a nationwide open source project are implementing an open source courseware as part called of the Philippine Open Source Initiative (POSITIVE), a joint effort of the European Information Technology Service Center Foundation (EITSC), mobile content developer Wireless Services Asia (WSA) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).

France vs. Apple: iTunes should become open-source?

  •; By Cyberlord (Posted by hkwint on Jul 1, 2006 10:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
French lawmakers have decided on Friday that companies which use DRM (digital rights management) technologies to protect music downloads will be required to provide information about their technology to competitors wishing to create interoperable systems. This could be a great step forward for all open-source programmers and users in the world.

[ Apple will probably simple withdraw iTunes from the French market, so nobody wins - hkwint ]

Red Hat Tests Investors' Patience

Red Hat is taking a beating Thursday, as investors frown over news that the company's takeover of JBoss will take longer than expected to pay off.

Lyricue Gets Lifted to Higher Ground

  LXer Feature: 28-Jun-06

With Lyricue, you can display song lyrics on the wall screens during worship. With Lyricue 1.9.3, you can easily add Bible verses, and manage the display across the network from the comfort of your pew, using a server and a tablet PC running GNU/Linux. Support for two more languages makes Lyricue usable by more people as well.

Bandit to attack open source identity management

Novell plans another ambush

A number of news sites have reported that Novell will soon be announcing its latest foray into open source identity management: the Bandit project (a somewhat surprising choice of name given the focus on security, privacy and so forth).

OpenSUSE 10.1 Is Versatile, but Uneven

Review: Novell's OpenSUSE 10.1 operating system wears many hats well, but management tools can use some smoothing.

Overall, eWEEK Labs appreciated the ambitious scope of OpenSUSE 10.1's configuration tools, but we also ran into some areas in which Yast's reach frustratingly exceeded its grasp.

Fujitsu Launches PRIMEQUEST™ 420 Midrange Server For Linux...

  • IT Backbones (press release); By (Posted by hkwint on May 31, 2006 6:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Intel, Linux
Leading regional IT and communications solutions provider Fujitsu India Ltd today unveiled the PRIMEQUEST™ 420 midrange server for Intel® Itanium® 2-based systems running Linux or Windows Server 2003 platforms. to become an open YouTube alternative

If you think YouTube is a great idea but its proprietary Flash implementation sucks, and if you think that the "alternatives" using Windows Media or Quicktime always leave out one platform - your favourite platform - just hear what the Blip.TV guys have in store.

European Commission: EPO Case Law Not Binding - Software Not Patentable

  •; By FFII editors (Posted by hkwint on May 26, 2006 3:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Brussels, 24 May 2006. In a reply to a question from Polish MEP and inventor Adam Gierek, the European Commission has confirmed that the European Patent Office's (EPO) case law is not binding for member states, nor (under the proposed Community Patent regulation) for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). For the first time, the Commission has also clearly stated that computer programs are not patentable subject matter, without hiding behind the infamous "as such" cop-out.

Xitimonitor: "The 20% rate of Firefox use is crossed for half the European countries"

  •; By XiTi (Posted by hkwint on May 5, 2006 1:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
The 'new' XiTi-report about Firefox-usage worldwide is in, and it shows us Finland has lost is lead in Firefox-usage to Slovenia. Three countries have have more than 30% usage of Firefox now: Slovenia, Finland and Croatia, while the European average is 19,4%.
Usage in the continent of Northern America is 15,6% now.

[ The report is a few weeks old, but I thought our readers might like it anyway. The survey was based on 268M visits to the websites audited by XiTi during a full week.
Note to our American readers: Please read a point where this report states a comma. - hkwint ]

Uk Cabinet Office backs security enhanced Linux

  • SC Magazine; By William Eazel (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Steve Marsh, director of the U.K. government’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA), has announced that IBM, and its partners Tresys Technology and Belmin Group, are working with the U.K. Cabinet Office to demonstrate one of the first mainstream mandatory access control (MAC) environments. The design is based upon Security Enhanced Linux and IBM WebSphere.

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 2:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian, Linux
MEPIS, also known as SimplyMEPIS, is a Linux Distribution that's the brainchild of Warren Woodford. First released in 2003, MEPIS was the culmination of its founder's frustration with the dominant desktop distributions provided by Red Hat and SUSE, which he felt lacked user-friendliness and seemed clumsy and awkward.

It Services Providers Need to Act Now on Open Source Opportunities, says IDC

  • Tekrati Industry Analyst Reporter; By IDC (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IDC is advising IT services providers to wake up and smell the open source. A new report analyzes 11 service companies that compete in the open source services market, presents an open source services competitive map, and offers advice on business strategy. The analysts say open source is becoming a fundamental aspect of services portfolios for IBM Global Services, HP Services (HPS)), Unisys, Novell and other major services providers.

Linux Gazette #126 is out!

  •; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by hkwint on May 3, 2006 10:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
May 2006 (#126):
# The Mailbag, by Kat Tanaka Okopnik
# News Bytes, by Howard Dyckoff
# Preventing DDoS attacks, by Blessen Cherian and Ben Okopnik
# Away Mission -- SDWest 2006, by Howard Dyckoff
# From Assembler to COBOL with the Aid of Open Source, by Edgar Howell
# Plotting time series data with Gnuplot, by Ron Peterson
# Digging More Secure Tunnels with IPsec, by René Pfeiffer
# Column: IT's Enough To Drive You Crazy, by Pete Savage
# HelpDex, by Shane Collinge
# The Linux Launderette

[ Sorry, I messed up the layout. Fixed it! - hkwint ]

The Increasing Importance of Community

Community has always played a central role in the Open Source landscape, and the term 'community' is bandied around almost as much as 'Web 2.0'. Unfortunately, as with 'Web 2.0', the term 'community' has become a vague descriptor for a collection of principles that represent similar things. As more and more disparate groups and organisations make use of any definition, meaning tends to be blurred by the exceptions to the rule.

Gentoo, Linux? Yes, Sometimes

eWeek Labs tested the latest version of Gentoo Linux, 2006.0, which was released in late February. We were impressed by the steps the Gentoo team has taken toward making the system accessible to a broader group of potential users-—principally through the addition of a graphical installer that graces the distribution's new LiveCD installer.

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