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Larry Ellison and that story about buying Novell

Novell and acquisitions were all the rage in the press last week. Larry Ellison gave an interview to London's Financial Times about Linux and said that he had considered buying Novell. All the subsequent press reports showed that most media don't read before spouting off. But before going into that, Novell last week announced its own acquisition of eSecurity.

Stallman sells autographs for the cause

  • NewsForge; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on Apr 29, 2006 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Sports stars, musicians, and other celebrities have been charging for autographs for years, but who would have thought Richard Stallman would be doing the same?

Government Moves to Intervene in AT&T Surveillance Case

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation; By Rebecca Jeschke (Posted by oilyfish on Apr 29, 2006 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Government Moves to Intervene in AT&T Surveillance Case
DOJ Will Assert Military and State Secrets Privilege and Request Dismissal of Lawsuit

Development tools accelerate the ARM race

Computer Solutions has been appointed UK distributor for the Embest range of ARM development tools. These include UNetICE, a low-cost, high-speed JTAG emulator for ARM processors, debugging and Flash programming software to support it and a wide range of ARM evaluation boards. UNetICE connects the USB or Ethernet port of a PC to the JTAG interface of the ARM target board and allows Flash programming and debugging.

If open source on its own doesn't prevent vendor lock-in, what's ...

If open source on its own doesn't prevent vendor lock-in, what's to stop Linux from ending up like Unix?
Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group , is on a mission. He wants to prevent Linux from falling prey to the fragmentation fate that befell Unix.

Public's creative muscle lifts Mozilla

When up against Microsoft and AOL, one has to be creative. That's what Mozilla tried earlier this year by holding a filmmaking contest to promote its Firefox Web browser.

Open source backup gets more support

Startup Zmanda Inc. came out of stealth this week with the launch of an open source backup product based on the Amanda open source backup and recovery software.

Ubuntu 6.06 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu teams are proud to present a second beta release of Ubuntu / Kubuntu / Edubuntu 6.06 LTS, codenamed 'Dapper Drake'. This release corrects some serious flaws in the installer present on the Desktop CD in the first beta release. Although the text-mode install CD also forms part of this release, it has not been modified since Beta 1.

OSDir had a look at the changes since the previous Dapper beta in the Ubuntu 6.06 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour.

Linux Mozilla hole plugged

Linux company Ubuntu has issued an update for the Mozilla browser that fixes exploits which could be used phishing, denial of service (DoS) or other security attacks.

Tool migrates Windows desktops to Turbolinux

Versora announced April 27 the release of its Progression Desktop for Turbolinux, a migration tool that helps users to transfer files and settings from their Windows system to a Linux system. Progression Desktop for Turbolinux moves critical data, application settings, email, calendar entries, contact lists, desktop settings and directory structures via a "Click-Next-Next-Finished" interface, according to Versora.

Two SIP hardphones for your Asterisk PBX

  • NewsForge; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on Apr 29, 2006 1:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Considering the Asterisk PBX in your SOHO, but unsure of which Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) hardphone to buy? Here's a look at two different models to help you decide which might be better for your home office: the Grandstream BT-101 or the Zultys ZIP2x2.

Linux: Cleaning the Kernel Headers

David Woodhouse offered a collection of patches aimed at cleaning up Linux kernel headers, explaining that he maintains the Fedora glibc-kernheaders package and has found the process of syncing with the latest kernel to be unnecessarily tedious.

Mysql Launches Open Source Collaboration Site

The goal of the MySQL Forge Web site is to become a focal point for all MySQL-related community contributions and communication. Community members can contribute by adding articles and tutorials to the MySQL Forge Wiki, posting and maintaining projects in the Project Directory, and by providing sample code snippets in the Snippet Repository.

Open Source Based Voice Conferencing Solution

April 28, 2006 -- Nearly every company today uses Voice Conferencing in daily business to maximize productivity. There are many conferencing solutions in the market today but the challenge is to select an affordable, feature rich, scalable solution that will meet your current and future needs, and in addition to that delivers cost-efficiency and a good return on investment (ROI).

[Now all we need is a solution that is FOSS licensed - not just built on top of a FOSS PBX. - dcparris]

Judge Cooke questions EC settlement

Europe vs MS Day four: Patents, protocols and intellectual property

In response to "Free Code For Sale: The New Business of Open Source"

  • Eye on IT; By Con Zymaris (Posted by conz on Apr 28, 2006 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I recently read a piece by Christopher Koch in CIO magazine. It highlighted, to me, how far many in senior IT management positions have to go before they truly understand the benefits that the freedom inherent in open source software delivers to them. What follows is my email to Christopher outlining some of the business outcomes and advantages of such freedoms.

Review: Adventures with a SUSE Linux-Powered OQO Palmtop

"After seeing the specs for the OQO model 01+ tablet palmtop PC, I knew I had to put SUSE 10.0 Linux on it and do a review..." So, we let him. Rob Reilly's review within.

Open Source in the Enterprise

  • http://community.livejournal.com/migrate2linux/; By Db0 (Posted by db0 on Apr 28, 2006 6:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Microsoft
Do you work in an IT position and wish to promote Free/Open Source Software in a strict Microsoft Enterprise? Are you a user and wish to make your IT department see the light? I had a goal of one day migrating the company to Linux and while I may not be there yet, I made considerable progress by using small, easily used Open Sourced applications. In the end, I had built enough trust to take the next step If you wish to do the same, this article may help you.

Enterprise Backup Open Source Style

With 20,000 global deployments as a part of every major Linux distribution, the Amanda project has provided an open source alternative to proprietary backup systems since 1991. But there has been no formal enterprise edition until now.

Xara retools for FOSS

  • NewsForge; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on Apr 28, 2006 5:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The conventional wisdom is that software development companies have trouble converting to free and open source (FOSS) business models. But someone seems to have forgot to mention that to Charles Moir, the upbeat CEO of Xara.

[The company that seeks to collaborate with its competitor is beginning to grasp the true nature of FOSS. - dcparris]

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