John Lewis has become one of the first UK blue-chip organisations to deploy Linux on a strategic business application.
Nigel McFarlane's Rapid Application Development with Mozilla is now available as a PDF download from Bruce Perens' Open Source series at InformIT. Please support the author and buy the book if you find it to be useful.
In releasing YaST (Yet Another Setup Tool) to open source, Novell has thrown down the welcome mat to management solutions aimed at homes and small businesses as well as enterprises, according to Novell officials.
O'Reilly & Associates founder Tim O'Reilly is fond of quoting an Athenian in ancient Greece who said, "The difference between a man and a sheep is that the sheep just bleats, but a man keeps saying the same thing in different ways until he gets what he wants." O'Reilly takes the Athenian's tack, declaring, "There are many things that I want to have happen in this world. I keep talking about them and bit by bit, some of them are coming true."
This review is a brief overview and first look of Red Hat's Fedora Linux. Never doubt Red Hat to produce a top quality Linux distribution. Since Red Hat is moving more towards the enterprise and away from the home, they have released Fedora which is the proving ground for Red Hat Linux Enterprise. Basically, all things that could be enterprise start in Fedora. Fedora is a non profit, unsupported OS with the backing of Red Hat.
This update fixes a remote denial of service vulnerabiliy in Apache web-servers which have mod_python enabled (this is not the default in Conectiva Linux). An attacker can crash an apache child process by sending a specially crafted message that triggers the bug in mod_python.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-0189 to this issue.
Lineo Solutions has contributed two more embedded Linux kernel ports to the CE Linux Forum (CELF) source tree. The ports support mobile phone and automotive telematics chips from Hitachi spinoff Renesas. They include power management, real-time, and other performance optimizations for consumer electronic devices.
The open source database from Sweden has quickly risen to the forefront as a potential player. The company has accrued some customers here and will announce enterprise offerings this week, but is it enough? IDC Canada runs the numbers while Microsoft assesses its competition
This week at its MySQL Users Conference in Orlando, Fla., MySQL will launch MySQL Cluster. The main-memory database technology supports high-volume distributed enterprise applications, and it provides automatic failover and data replication across multiple nodes, according to MySQL officials.
Recently we've been receiving emails from users about missing sections and content in the newsletter. We've had some contributors leave the team, and others have been unable to participate due to personal issues, but once we start adding some new contributors to the team and reorganizing, we should be right back on track. Those who responded to the recruitment drive last week, please hold on as we determine what positions we need filled and begin responding to applicants. Thanks to all our readers for reading the newsletter each week; we'll bring back all our regular content as quickly as possible.
Proactive planning is the antidote to fear and resistance. Novell began its migration plan by documenting critical business processes, categorizing users, identifying "must have" applications and choosing the best opportunities for early success.
Last week one of LinuxWorld's sister sites reported on WiX. Now the wider technology community has begun to comment on the surprise move by Microsoft to open-source some of its technology for a change. Microsoft may not be about to make the source code for Windows or any other major program available under an open-source license, but it was still a nice change and has been welcomed.
A local Linux enthusiast has set up a website for New Zealand Linux users to swap information about compatible and incompatible hardware.
Don Marti responds to a new user's inquiry on a local mailing list.
In many ways Linux can be so much more graceful than Windows. The KDE project and the commercial desktops based on Gnome (Ximian, Sun JDS etc.) demonstrate this. And for daily use, I enjoy KDE more than I enjoy XP, period. It makes more sense to me. But the initial configuration and the gotchas that I have outlined above will continue to stunt the growth of large scale adoption. It's not that the learning curve is too high, it's that this entire generation of computer users has learned how to use computers the Microsoft way. Flaws and all. And unlearning all of that baggage is the biggest factor in "figuring Linux out."
Microlite Corporation is pleased to announce immediate support for the new Iomega REV drive for use as a backup and disaster recovery storage device under the Linux operating environment.
THE ABC's New Media and Digital Services wants a new Content Management System, but has placed strict rules on parties wishing to win the contract with an open source program. In calling for expressions of interest, it says "submissions from consultants aggregating third-party software, including open-source software will not be considered".
Downloading Lindows 4.5 via P2P file-sharing application BitTorrent cuts the cost in half.
Via Tobias Schlitt, Alexey Borzov kicked off a huge debate on PEAR quality and standards, part inspired by another discussion that raises a number of very valid issues related to PEAR (Sitepoint Forums regulars will spot a familiar name or two).