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Announcing Fedora Core 3 Test 1

  • Mailing list; By Bill Nottingham <> (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
Yes, it's time for the [number] test release of Fedora Core [number]. Fedore Core [number] includes various new features, such as KDE [version], GNOME [version], and the [version] kernel.

Just the Linux facts, from IBM and Novell

Novell Inc and IBM Corp have joined forces to hold technical workshops aimed at IT professionals in Malaysia and Singapore. The workshops offer introductory technical training that would provide the basic knowledge necessary to investigate the business and enterprise applicability of Linux, Novell said in a statement.

Status of the Linux Standard Base

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 7:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Having closed the formal public review process for the latest Linux Standard Base -- a working group effort of the Free Standards Group aimed at driving and promoting standards to increase Linux compatibility for ISVs -- LSB 2.0 is set to be released soon, according to Jim Zemlin, named FSG director last May.

Reading, Writing And Linux

  • Techweb (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Primary school pupils in 16 Mexican states will soon be using Linux-based IBM desktop PCs. The 1,000 ThinkCentre desktop PCs were recently donated to the schools by Omnilife, a Mexican retail business. IBM Global Services is providing support services.

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 28

  • Mailing list; By Yuji Kosugi <> (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Gentoo
In this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter we'll tell you about version 2.0.51 of Portage, which is currently in testing. You'll also find security and community coverage as well as a tip on using 'make' for backups. Enjoy!

Start-up Forges Open Source BPEL Group

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As further proof that open source technologies are bleeding into the mainstream, start-up Active Endpoints has hatched a Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) initiative and submitted core technology under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Shelton, Conn.-based Active Endpoints Monday announced the formation of ActiveBPEL, LLC, an open source subsidiary whose goal is to stimulate interest in, and educate the industry about, BPEL.

Linux: a bridgehead into branch banking with IBM

Lorenzo de Francesco is an IBM senior project manager within the EMEA Region. He is a multi-channel transformation solution leader. In this role he has responsibility for providing project management integration services and e-business solutions on major bank accounts. In a recent interview with, Lorenzo de Francesco described the successful implementation of a Linux based solution for the domestic Italian branches of Banca Popolare di Milano (BPM).

Linux adapts to devices

Linux could soon be in more devices following the release of the first specification and reference implementation from the CE Linux Forum (Celf), a consortium of manufacturers which aims to optimise the operating system for information appliances and other devices.

IBM attacks Unix rivals with Power5

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 5:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
IBM is expected to announce a new generation of Unix servers on Tuesday, systems it believes powerful enough to let Big Blue topple rivals Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard.

Free Software - Free Society! Interview with Richard Stallman

  • Indymedia Argentina (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 1:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Transcript of an interview with Richard Stallman that took place at the School of Informatics, Edinburgh University, on 27th May 2004. Full audio Interview (ca. 8 MB - 22 min.) available in ogg- vorbis audio format...

Linux wins another European government contract

  • Techworld (Posted by dave on Jul 13, 2004 12:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The French Ministry of Equipment is to migrate 1,500 ageing Windows NT servers to a specially developed version of MandrakeSoft's Mandrake Linux Corporate Server, amid growing evidence that large European organisations are treating open-source software as a serious alternative to proprietary offerings.

Updated Mozilla Firefox Roadmap Targets 1.0 Release for September 14th

Ben Goodger has updated the Mozilla Firefox Roadmap with the latest information about the path to 1.0. Development will remain on the AVIARY_1_0_20040515_BRANCH (itself cut from the Mozilla 1.7 branch) until 1.0, with three releases candidates planned. The launch of Mozilla Firefox 1.0 for Windows and Linux is currently scheduled for Tuesday 14th September. The Mac OS X version will be released a little later, following additional work to make Firefox fit in the Aqua look and feel. Further details about the updated Roadmap, including information on nominating blocker bugs, have been posted to the Firefox General forum.

French licence will improve access to open source software

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2004 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Researchers at three French government funded research organisations have introduced a new licence which is compatible with the Free Software Foundation's GNU General Public License (GPL). Plenty of free software licences exist already, but they are mostly written in English, from the point of view of the US legal system, which can pose a problem in countries where the legal system is based on different assumptions.

French bid to boost open source

  • The Register (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2004 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
In a bid to boost the spread of open source software in France, a group researchers have announced a new software license they claim is compatible with the Free Software Foundation's GNU general public license (GPL). The authors, whose work has been funded by three government bodies, say the license is necessary because of idiosyncrasies in French law. These that mean consumer product manufacturers can't absolve themselves of total responsibility for their product, meaning open source writers often can't release code without exposing themselves to financial risk.

MozillaZine Admin Jason Kersey Interviewed in Mozilla Links Newsletter

The latest issue of the Mozilla Links Newsletter features an interview with MozillaZine admin Jason Kersey. Kerz discusses the history of the site, describes some of the technology that holds it together and talks about future plans.

More Extensions for Mozilla

  • Wired News; By Michelle Delio (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2004 7:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
"My absolute favorite (extension) is AdBlock," wrote Alec Berry in an e-mail. "It gives you very fine-grained control of images, iframes, scripts and embedded content (like) Java and Flash. You can use wildcards to block just the parts of pages you don't want. I have been using it for months now, Mozilla and Firefox, Mac and PC. Works great!"

The devastating case for Windows against Linux is the devastating case against Longhorn

Microsoft has commissioned studies left and right to counter Linux's perceived cost advantages. These studies have been universally decried among Linux enthusiasts, and every flaw has been pointed out in one way or another. Rather than completely debunking the flaws, most of the critics simply point out that there is still a lot of work to do on the Linux front.

MySQL, SAP Plot Upgrade Of Open-Source Database

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2004 5:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
SAP AG and development partner MySQL AB are readying an upgrade to SAP's open-source database that will add support for 64-bit computing, along with new monitoring and management features. SAP inked a deal with open-source database vendor MySQL in May 2003 to take over much of the development, support and marketing of the SAP DB software, which MySQL renamed MaxDB.

Slight Linux Market Share Loss for Red Hat

Red Hat remains the leading Linux distribution in use on the Internet, experiencing slight market share erosion in the first six months of 2004, but still showing a healthy net gain of sites under its new licensing structure. Debian and SuSE show market share gains among Linux distributions detected by our Hosting Provider Switching Analysis, while Gentoo has the fastest percentage growth rate.

Computer cluster company raises cash

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2004 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Scali, whose software helps connect clusters of low-end machines running Linux into a single supercomputer, raised $7.5 million in funding to boost U.S. expansion and product development, the Norwegian company reported Monday. Atlas Venture, a new investor, led the round, in which earlier investor Four Seasons Venture participated.

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