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Distribute Software on a Linux LiveCD

  • IBM DeveloperWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 7, 2006 7:55 AM EDT)
Linux has always been comfortable running Web servers, firewalls, and other single-function services on dedicated machines, thanks to its flexibility, reliability, and small kernel footprint. LiveCDs are a natural extension of this capability of single-mindedness, letting you install a specialized, bootable Linux distribution -- along with whatever applications you choose -- onto a single CD for distribution.

VMware Server Goes Free, but Not Open

VMWare's new, beta Server is now available to run virtual machines on both Linux and Windows server systems at no cost.

Linux Australia addresses burnout syndrome

Australia's peak Linux body will informally separate some of its governance and executive functions in a move to relieve some of the pressure on its voluntary leadership.

Domain name contact information and the right to anonymity

  • SysAdmin; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 6:33 AM EDT)

The conflict between the open Internet--the one we all love for its small users and free speech--and the commercial Internet--with high barriers to entry--continues. The conflict's back this week in ICANN, which came into being in the midst of the conflict and has been subject to its vicissitudes for over seven years.

The perfect printer for small workgroups

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Feb 7, 2006 6:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, HP
Testing a printer recommended by the HP Deskjet 6840. German customers please ask HP why they don’t want to sell it anymore.

VMware Introduces Free VMware Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Entry-level Virtualization Product to Accelerate Mainstream Adoption of Virtualization and to Provide Path to Enterprise-class Virtual Infrastructure

Affordable computing poised to fuel IT penetration: Analysts

  • CRN India; By CRN Network, Mumbai (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 5:06 AM EDT)
The industry is betting on Open Source and Linux community to lead the way. Open Source solutions becoming the base for efficient delivery of e-government services, modernise education and empower more Indians with the power of IT - compelling economic, political and cultural reasons for a country that is on the threshold of making a mark in world economy,

Linux-based Motorola cell phones frustrate third-party developers

Motorola first announced its intention to migrate its mobile "smart" phones to embedded Linux in 2003. The first such phone to reach the market was the A760 in the fourth quarter of that year. Today there are a dozen or so models (differing product numbers in different markets and minor hardware variations lead to different counts), but there are still no significant ecosystems for third-party applications or developers. Is Motorola's switch to Linux a hit for the company but a miss for end users?

Book Review: Linux Patch management - Keeping Linux systems up to date

Patch management is a very important topic for people maintaining multiple Linux machines. By hosting ones own repository, one can bring down the ISP costs significantly. This book deals with this very important subject.

Virtual dev-board runs Linux on multi-threaded MIPS cores

Virtio has announced a version of its "Virtual Platform" product aimed at simulating MIPS Technologies's new 34K multi-threaded processor cores. Virtio's VPMM-SC runs on a PC, providing a virtual target and test-bed for application developers evaluating the 34K architecture, or awaiting custom hardware designs based on 34K cores, Virtio says.

Smartphone News: Open source push email

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 11:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Its rare to have an open sourced email application on the mobile devices, much less a push email. Yet the company, Funambol, went ahead and announced its beta email available to the public. The email application supports SyncML, present in a lot of phones and smartphones, like the Nokias, Sony Ericssons and some Motorola products.

Sony's cavernous pocket vault

  • Stuff Magazine; By Mark Wilson (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We’re starting to suspect that all USB storage design is just handed over to the local kindergarten – every key we get now is either bright pink, shaped like a pigeon or looks like sushi. Thankfully, besuited Sony has just walked in, opened its suitcase and restored some sanity with this new microdrive.

Mot should open up its Linux phones, article suggests

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola's use of Linux in mobile phones complies with the letter but not the spirit of the GPL, suggests a Newsforge editorial by Nathan Willis. Willis believes Motorola should help the open source community add value to its Linux-based phones.

CLI Magic: ifup, ifdown, ifstatus

User Level: Beginner I've always assumed that ifup and ifdown were conditional commands that performed their assigned duties only if the interface device in question was up or down, as the command might be. I was dead wrong. I blame my mistake on being a programmer, rather than being stupid, but it's simply too close to call.

Novell Supports Virtual Iron's Virtualization On Linux

Novell will ship SUSE Linux with a pre-configured kernel for use with Virtual Iron virtualization software to let users rapidly deploy and configure enterprise-class computing workloads.

The Rise of Real-time Linux

  • SDA Asia Magazine (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New real-time Linux enhancements open a whole new world of possibilities for Linux, ranging across the latest 3G technologies and as near as the mobile handset in your pocket. The purpose of modifying the Linux kernel with real-time functionality: to dramatically reduce interrupt and task preemption latency, thus enabling the 2.6 kernel for use in high-performance multimedia applications and those requiring extremely fast, task level reliable control functions. Real-time Linux has come a long way — where is it now and where is it heading?

Four-year 'limited patent' proposed

  • Reg Developer; By OUT-LAW.COM (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A patent lasting 20 years makes sense for some inventions, but for those in the fields of software and technology, a four-year term is often more appropriate. This is part of a new 'limited patent' proposal set out by a computing professor this month.

An article by Lee Hollaar, a Professor with the School of Computing at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, appeared in this month’s IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Spectrum magazine and complements an 11-page paper he wrote on patent reform last October

Virtualization companies vie for advantage

Three virtualization software companies take diffrents tacks to leap ahead of the competition. Which approach will work?

Fixing Patents, Open-Source Style

  • BusinessWeek; By Bryan Sims (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 3:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
During the American Revolution, Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death." In midst of its own revolution, the open-source software community might say something along the lines of, "Give me innovation or give me death."

The software developers and users who make up the open-source software community have waged a war of words against software patents. Their main argument is that software shouldn't be patented because it stifles innovation.

Novell to ship Suse Linux server OS with virtualization ...

Novell Inc. will begin shipping the server version of its SUSE Linux operating system with the option to install virtualization technology from Virtual Iron Software Inc., the two companies announced today.

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