The next stable update of the Linux kernel has been released. It was announced by an e-mail from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to the Linux kernel mailing list. The 2.6.13 release comes after a series of release candidates were being tested, a process that uncovered several problems. The release updates the kernel's file system event monitoring -- a set of system calls that lets users load another kernel from a current kernel -- and advances in the Xtensa instruction set architecture designed for embedded applications.
There's been a substantial drop in the number of companies outsourcing application development in order to utilize external skills, as more companies instead turn to outsourcing for cost savings. Just 19 per cent of those companies polled are outsourcing to tap their suppliers' expertise, down from 44 per cent in the year 2000, according to Evan Data Corp (EDC). Twenty eight per cent said cost savings was their main reason for going out of house - up from 15 per cent. Evans, who polled 400 developers for its Summer 2005 enterprise development survey, said there has been a transition in needs from firefighting to solve the year 2000 problem to on-going, low-cost management of corporate systems like enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM).
Like many companies, National Semiconductor is looking for ways to cut costs and has Linux and open source high on its list. While the company already is making the move to Linux, the big project this year is to take a close look at open source databases to figure out where less-expensive data management products could fit in its infrastructure.
The program has three categories-Platinum, Gold and Silver-for technology partners, solution providers and training partners and will help position Novell's solutions for focus customer segments
Michael Tiemann, Vice President, Open Source Affairs, Red Hat will visit India from September 12 to 14. During this visit, Tiemann is scheduled to meet a cross-section of leaders from the Indian Government, Corporates and members of the Academia.
Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.6.13 Linux kernel. "The most painful part of 2.6.13 is likely to be the fact that we made x86 use the generic PCI bus setup code for assigning unassigned resources," Linus began. "That uncovered rather a lot of nasty small details, but should also mean that a lot of laptops in particular should be able to discover PCI devices behind bridges that the BIOS hasn't set up." He went on to note, "we've hopefully fixed up all the problems that the longish -rc series showed, and it shouldn't be that painful, but if you have device problems, please make a report that at a minimum contains the unified diff of the output of 'lspci -vvx' running on 2.6.12 vs 2.6.13. That might give us some clues."
Welcome to our issue number 11 of Fedora Weekly News.
Novell, continuing to push hard on its open source agenda, last week announced an upgrade to its management suite that includes improved Linux support.
Microsoft approached the Open Source Development Lab about conducting a jointly-funded research study that would purportedly produce some facts-based analysis and comparisons of the two operating systems. Both Microsoft and the OSDL have been pretty tight-lipped about the discussions held during a LinuxWorld meeting between Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy, Martin Taylor, and the OSDL's CEO Stuart Cohen. However, late last week the OSDL forwarded us a statement from Cohen that explains some of the silence.
During my daily night cap on DistroWatch I came across an interesting new Linux distribution called Pocketlinux. A quick scan through the release announcement said 'pocketlinux is a new Slackware-based distribution created by former developers of the Bonzai Linux distribution. Its main features are a simplified Slackware installer...' Whoa... okay I've read enough... where's the download link? You have to understand that I install a lot of distros. I've installed/Live CD booted a few Slackware based distros before like slax, Mutagenix and GoblinX which were all pretty descent (especially slax - nice job boys). When it comes to installing Slackware (here comes the hate mail), I run the other way.
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Plenty of media hype about Asianux last week, but is the project worth the attention? We doubt it and we'll tell you why. We have not done a book review before, but we couldn't resist one in this edition after we found ourselves infatuated with Dru Lavigne's BSD Hacks, an excellent collection of superb tips for administering BSD operating systems. Also in this issue: an interview with Jay Klepacs, the founder and lead developer of aLinux, and the usual regular departments. Happy reading!
Normally when one decides to contribute to an open source project, the first step is to download the sources and study them. This can be a tedious job, especially if the project is large. It would be more useful if the project leaders would provide a graphical representation of the project, which would enable current contributors to keep an overview of the developing software, and would help potential contributors to see how each part of the software is interconnected with other parts. Most commercial software developers provide such graphical representation, and do so in a standard manner, with the Unified Modeling Language (UML). However, only a minuscule number of projects in SourceForge.net (which boasts of being the largest open source projects repository) describe their software in UML. Part of the reason may be that OSS UML editors are not up to the job.
The Mozilla open-source army is asking for the users’ help to test their next versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, well not the entire versions, just the software update mechanism that will eliminate the need to download large files to replace outdated versions of the browser and e-mail client.
Following yesterday's rousing KDE e.V. meeting, aKademy 2005 officially kicked off today with dual presentation tracks filled with content designed for users and system administrators. At the same time the hacking rooms were full of busy developers from morning until evening at which point everyone went to a party sponsored by Novell.
"Linux use doesn't go beyond file servers or print servers because the applications aren't there," said Jupiter Research analyst Joe Wilcox. Although the number of Linux-compatible applications is growing, Windows still boasts more software offerings.
The term Linux also is applied to the popular GNU operating system (OS) built on top of the Linux kernel, often simply called the Linux OS. Then on top of that are the Linux-based distributions that usually and simply are called Linux distributions, such as Mandriva Linux, Red Hat Linux, or SUSE Linux.
Prentice Hall has announced the publication of Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux, which includes a Linspire LiveCD and is aimed at Windows users who are considering a move to Linux. The book outlines the pros and cons of making the switch, according to its publisher.
Google endorses open source XMPP with Google Talk
Microsoft recently approached the Open Source Development Labs, the home of Linux, with an offer of co-operation on research. Unfortunately, the kind of joint research that Microsoft proposed, namely more paid-for analyst comparisons, is designed to extend the Linux vs Windows war-of -words, not help users of either platform, says Cybersource.
After carefully reading Clarence Ladson Jr.'s story of 18 August 2005, I realized Flexbeta and the author may have tricked me and other readers. Ladson's story had little, if anything to do with a GNU Perspective. So what exactly would you call it?