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Online music school saves cash with Linux

WorkshopLive.com is a virtual music school that features dozens of professional instructors teaching lessons online for all levels of expertise, in guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. When WorkshopLive was in the early stages of development, the company had limited funds to devote to hardware, software, and human resources, so CTO Marilyn Hoefner decided to give open source software a try. "We've been extremely happy," Hoefner says.

XWiki vies for top spot in enterprise market

As hordes of European Java programmers descend on the JavaPolis conference in Belgium in mid-december, the developers of XWiki hope to turn heads with their "second-generation" wiki software that includes experimental integration with the Google Docs spreadsheet module. XWiki faces formidable competition, though. JavaPolis's own site runs on the competing Confluence platform, said by its developer to be in use by more than 4,000 organizations; XWiki's clients number in the hundreds. Confluence has its own spreadsheet plugin that interfaces with EditGrid rather than the ubiquitous Google Docs. XWiki hopes Google integration will be the killer plugin that raises its profile as an enterprise wiki.

OLPC: Give One Get One, right now

I’ve been demoing this little green laptop for months. Everywhere I go, it’s a star, and everyone who sees it always asks me the same question: when can I get one? Finally, I have an answer: right now. But you’d better hurry, because they are only available for another 12 days. And here’s a little secret: it’s a really good deal. The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is ambitious: to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.

Mandriva Linux 2008 — the worst/best release

  • PolishLinux.org; By Paulina Budzoń (Posted by michux on Nov 15, 2007 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mandriva
Each new release of Mandriva is called by its developers “the best of all editions”. We had the same situation with Mandriva Linux 2008. But is this really true? Hardly so.

Mantis helps developers eat bugs

Tracking and squishing bugs (both the six-legged and the computer software kind) is hard, and you need all the help you can get. Though of no use against actual insects, Mantis is great for the other variety, since it lets end users report bugs or suggestions, and gives developers a full workflow solution so bugs can be assigned and progress on them checked until eventually the problems are fixed.

Will the biggest clouds stay open source?

Everyone wants to become Google these days. In a way. Google runs Linux. A lot of enterprises, from banking to health care, are now looking to deploy gigantic Internet-facing applications to customer sets numbering in the tens of millions. (Government, too.) The biggest and best IT system suppliers are gearing up for what they call “cloud” computing. IBM floated its offering today. It runs Linux.

Response to "Why Wal-Mart Linux PC Is A Bad Deal" article

  • TechieM2's Blog; By Mark Montgomery II (Posted by hkwint on Nov 15, 2007 1:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux, Ubuntu
Ok, so I read this article about why the Everex $200 PC being sold at Wal-Mart is a bad deal (fyi, it's also sold at ZaReason).

However, I see the issue a bit differently than he does.

[ For the originating discussion on LXer, look here - hkwint ]

Red Hat and Hyperic have meeting of the mimes

Red Hat and systems management specialist Hyperic have formalized their ties. The companies now plan to create an open source systems management package that will run across Red Hat's portfolio. Up until now, Red Hat's JBoss unit showed Hyperic the most love. It developed code on top of Hyperic's base software as part of the JBoss Operations Network. That work will continue and should benefit from more communications between Red Hat and Hyperic. The two companies plan to discuss roadmaps and work to share core more liberally. In fact, Red Hat will contribute its code to the open source Hyperic project.

Collections and arrays for the busy Java developer

Collections and arrays introduce new levels of complexity to the structured objects first discussed in The busy Java developer's guide to db4o: Beyond simple objects. Fortunately, db4o isn't the least bit fazed by handling multiplicity relationships -- and neither should you be.

Ubuntu Scores First Major Pre-installed Server Win

Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but it's made comparatively little progress on servers. That's about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server lines. In an interview with Rick Becker, Dell Product Group's vice president of solutions, Becker said that Dell is currently in the process of certifying Ubuntu for all its server lines. "But we are still several months away from announcing a certification. I'd say it'll be announced in Q1 next year."

Ten useful uses of find command

Check here some examples of useful uses of the Linux find command, them could also be combined to have other options.

First Look: Google Android

The iPhone reinvented smart phones. Google's Android operating system could up the ante again. Android could make open source the key component of smart phones that roam between cellular and WiFi networks in 2008 and beyond, The VAR Guy believes. Check out this video of Android, which provides a first look at Google's mobile phone operating platform.

Kile rationalizes LaTeX

You can think of Kile as an IDE for the LaTeX document layout system. Instead of requiring you to learn a considerable amount of markup language, as LaTeX itself does, or providing you with a graphical interface that hides you from the complexity, as Lyx does, Kile automates the process of working with LaTeX while keeping the markup visible. This arrangement makes Kile an ideal way for beginners to learn LaTeX, as well as a convenient and efficient way for more advanced users to work with LaTeX.

Review: Linux Backups For Real People, Part 3

Today we're going to create menu icons for launching our backups whenever we darned well feel like it, set up a simple network backup scheme, and create automatic scheduled backups.

AXIGEN Announces 2 Million EUR Investment

Gecad Technologies, AXIGEN Mail Server developer, announces 2 million euro-worth investment from a consortium of important venture capitals and technology companies such as Global Finance, 3TS-Cisco Growth Fund III and others.

Sun unveils open virtualisation platform

Sun yesterday announced its new open virtualisation and management platform, xVM.

Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 8 GNOME Desktop (ATI Mobility Radeon 9200)

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on a Fedora 8 GNOME desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I am using an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 here). With Compiz Fusion you can use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube on your desktop.

C3PC.com Servers Now Available with Elastix Asterisk and CentOS-based VoIP PBX

New Ideas Corp. announced the availability of Elastix, an Asterisk and CentOS based VoiP PBX, preloaded on their custom built C3 PBX servers.

Developer crafts Linux support for Logitech Harmony remote controls

Logitech's Harmony series of programmable universal remote controls ship with Windows and Mac OS X configuration programs. That wasn't enough for Phil Dibowitz, though -- he set out to build his own Linux support. Remotes from the Harmony line feature fully programmable buttons, an infrared (IR) receiver that can learn commands from other remotes, LCD screens (some in color) with reprogrammable labels, and user-defined macros with which you can script multiple-command sequences involving multiple devices. All of these advanced features are configured through a GUI application that accesses Logitech's remote database of home theater devices and uploads your settings to the remote over a USB cable.

Microsoft vows cluster OS upgrade will include Linux nod

Microsoft's charge into the high performance computing game continues at pace. The software maker this week announced that its new cluster operating system - HPC Server 2008 - based on Windows Server 2008 will ship next Summer. In addition, the code dandy has fired up a Parallel Computing Initiative to develop more parallelized software for both HPC and business users. Microsoft? HPC? Surely, we jest.

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