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Windows Genuine Advantage: Genuinely Annoying

I don't begrudge Microsoft the money it makes from Windows. I think people shouldn't pirate software. And I believe that publishers have the right to defend themselves against theft of their wares. But boy, am I irked at the moment at Windows Genuine Advantage, a Microsoft campaign which involves forcing people to prove their copies of Windows are legitimate before they can download utilities and fixes. (A Microsoft Office counterpart, Office Genuine Advantage, was rolled out this week.)

[I prefer the GNU/Linux Genuine Advantage program - I never have to worry that my software is "pirated". - dcparris]

Killing With Linux: A Primer

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dave on Apr 30, 2006 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
So there you are, dutifully wading through the documentation for whatever gnarly Linux application you're rassling into submission. You're running commands and editing configuration files and things are working and life is good. Until -- yes, you knew the good times weren't going to last -- until you hit the dreaded "send the process a SIGHUP" instruction.

Unfazed, you motor onwards. What is a SIGHUP and how do you send it? Is it like a bouquet of flowers that you send your sweetheart?

Mysql head seeks to profit from online-user surge

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Apr 30, 2006 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Marten Mickos, chief executive of open source database vendor MySQL, believes increasing web use will fuel demand for databases. China Martens reports

Agilysys and InfoSystems Ship the Largest IBM eServer Cluster 1350 Through the Channel

CLEVELAND, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading provider of enterprise computer technology solutions, and its partner InfoSystems, Inc., one of Tennessee's fastest growing systems integration companies and a long-time Agilysys KeyLink Systems Group (KSG) reseller, recently shipped the largest IBM eServer Cluster 1350 with Cluster Systems Management (CSM) through the channel. The solution was shipped to COLSA, a federal agency private contractor specializing in missile flight simulation testing.

Gizmo Project Selects Vapps for Advanced VoIP Conference Calling Feature

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 30, 2006 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Conference Calling Feature Allows Gizmo Users to Conduct Free Worldwide Conference Calls

Firefox Picks User Ads

Mozilla explores nature of user-created ads with its ‘Firefox Flicks’ contest.

Small Systems Solutions to offer customized Linux training using ...

Small Systems Solutions, also known as "Triple S", has started working on its 2006 schedule to offer customized Linux training.

Open Source LogicBlaze FUSE for MySQL

LogicBlaze, Inc. has entered into an agreement with MySQL AB, under which LogicBlaze will distribute LogicBlaze FUSE for MySQL, a configuration developed exclusively for the MySQL database. Under the agreement, LogicBlaze will resell support for MySQL through the MySQL Network and offer product delivery and coordinated support through subscriptions to its Community-oriented Real-time Engineering (CoRE) Network, which delivers a suite of services for open source SOA, including consulting, training, developer assistance and enterprise production support. launched

In the growing tradition of -women groups, Ubuntu-Women now joins the ranks with the annoucement of the launch of their official website this week.

Officially founded by Vid Ayer, the group has similar aims to other F/OSS -women projects, with perhaps a greater weight put on getting more women using linux (specifically Ubuntu) and feeling more comfortable in the F/OSS world in general.

The Ubuntu-Women mailing list was started in February 2006, and a related Ubuntu-Women Forum and IRC channel (#ubuntu-women on have been around since mid 2005.

MS vs. EC: Final Q& A and final pleadings

Thank you and good night

Nokia 770 falters on real-world chores

  • Seattle Times; By Rob Pegoraro (Posted by dcparris on Apr 29, 2006 11:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet ought to possess all the ingredients necessary for tech success. This thin, light device — essentially, a touch-sensitive color screen framed by a few buttons — looks like an artifact from science fiction. It comes from a company with a long history of innovation in mobile devices. And it runs on the tinkering-friendly, open-source Linux operating system.

Sybase Reports Solid Q1 2006 Results, Driven by 30% Growth in Mobile & Wireless Business

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 29, 2006 9:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Highlights: - Pro Forma EPS increased 14% to $0.25, beating analyst consensus estimates - GAAP EPS increased 36% to $0.19 - Total license revenues increased 7% year-over-year - Mobile & wireless license revenues increased 49%

Rapid application development with GTK+ bindings

The C programming language is a fine language that many of us hold dear. But it's not necessarily the right solution for every situation, and it certainly isn't the fastest way to create one of the most common classes of applications today: end-user-oriented graphical user interface applications. Discover options for accelerating your GUI development with GTK+ language bindings.

MS vs. EC: Why the fine is unfair and the trustee appointment is wrong

Or not…

Band of Activists in Europe Holds the Line in the Case Against ...

A brigade of software activists and lawyers have formed a primary line of defense for the European Union in its antitrust dispute with Microsoft.

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Should you redesign your site for Firefox?

  • Entrepreneur; By Melissa Campanelli (Posted by dcparris on Apr 29, 2006 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
While most web users rely on Internet Explorer when surfing the net, it might also be a good idea to redesign your site for Mozilla's Firefox browser. Why? For one thing, more than 140 million people have downloaded Firefox to date, and 40 million to 50 million use it on a daily basis, according to Mozilla.

digital editing in Linux: SATA drive fun

My Kubuntu system is working out great as a digital photo editing workstation. Originally it had a 80gig SATA drive, but I decided to get a bigger drive and swap the old one into my main workstation-for-paying-work. Well now, Linux support for SATA is fine n dandy, you don’t have to install drivers like you do for poor antique Windowses. But in the computing world rule #1 is “there are always glitches.” My workstation-for-paying-work wouldn’t recognize the 80-gig SATA drive. It took awhile to get there, but the answer turned out to be a simple one…

Mozilla Pulls Major Firefox 2.0 Feature

Mozilla Corp. developers yanked one of the most prominent features from the next version of the Firefox browser after deciding it couldn't be finished in time.

Keep Tabs on Network Services with Nagios

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by dcparris on Apr 29, 2006 1:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Nagios provides an advanced server and device monitoring solution. It has become the de facto standard among other service monitoring applications, and is highly competitive with the non-free ones. This article will explain why Nagios is useful, and then cover some installation concepts to help get you started.

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.

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