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IDC: This open source market is getting big

Matt Lawton of IDC has a great job. He gets to spend his time analyzing open source business models and markets to see where it's all going. According to a research report he just released, it's going up. Way up. He has the standalone open source software market pegged to grow 26% through 2011 to hit $5.8 billion by that year. Not too shabby.

Supply the big picture with Google Map Image Cutter

  • Linux.com; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Jun 4, 2007 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google Map Image Cutter (GMIC) is a free software program that automatically slices up images, arranges them in tiles, and puts them into a Google Maps browser. It allows you to embed panoramas or extremely large images into Web pages, so visitors can zoom down to as much detail as they want and pan and scroll with the mouse.

Microsoft Gives Xandros Linux Users Patent Protection

Microsoft, shrugging off licensing moves to prevent it from repeating its controversial patent deal with Novell, has signed a set of broad collaboration agreements with Linux provider Xandros that include an intellectual property assurance under which Microsoft will provide patent covenants for Xandros customers.

The Microsoft Xandros Deal

"Microsoft, Xandros Broad Collaboration Agreement Extends Bridge Between Commercial Open Source and Microsoft Software". And so it begins again ... Xandros is looking for love (possibly in all the wrong places). A quick tour of DistroWatch for the comparative view for Xandros over the past 12, 6, 3, and one month periods shows it falling from 25th to 28th to 31st to 40th respectively.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Expands Supercomputing Projects Using Appro Cluster Solutions

Appro Delivers Fourth LLNL Supercomputing Cluster Powered by AMD Opteron(TM) Processors

Microsoft and Xandros Sign Agreement

Today Microsoft Corp. and Linux platform provider Xandros Inc. announced a broad collaboration agreement based on a set of technical, business, marketing and intellectual property commitments.

Encrypt and sign Gmail messages with FireGPG

Gmail may be an excellent Web-based email application, but there is no easy way to use it with privacy tools like GnuPG. The FireGPG extension for Firefox is designed to solve this problem. It integrates nicely into Gmail's interface and allows you to sign and encrypt not only email messages but also text snippets from any Web page.

Novell Supports Xen Virtualization at BMW Group

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with Xen will save money without sacrificing performance

GPLv3 Authors Comment on Final Draft

The GPL authors talk about how they addressed Microsoft/Novell, patents and other issues in the GPLv3's final draft.

[I think the MS-Xandros deal will have to be talked about as well. - Scott]

SolutionBase: Stop spam on Linux e-mail servers with SpamAssassin

  • TechRepublic; By Jack Wallen (Posted by NoDough on Jun 4, 2007 2:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Spam has long been a problem for e-mail servers, including those running Linux. Here's how you can use SpamAssassin to stop the spam onslaught on your Linux servers.

Word 2007 documents rejected by leading science journals

For reasons known only to itself, Microsoft has changed the default equations editor of Word 2007 so that, unlike previous versions of Word, it is no longer compatible with the globally accepted standard for writing equations in documents, Mathematical Markup Language (MathML).

[As a former Geology and Chemistry Major I feel for the students who have to deal with this. - Scott]

Tiny SBC integrates biometrics, Linux

U.K.-based startup TriMetrix has announced a tiny single-board computer (SBC) designed for use in devices requiring biometric scanners, including time/attendence, access control, and POS (point-of-sales) equipment. The TMX1000 has a powerful ARM9 processor, and comes with an open-source software stack based on Linux 2.6.

This week at LWN: What Microsoft and Novell agreed to

Since last November, there has been much discussion of the deal between Microsoft and Novell. To an extent, it has all been talk in a vacuum, since the actual text of the agreement has not been available. That has finally changed, however; the terms of the agreement have been released as part of Novell's (delayed) annual regulatory filings.

The Perfect Server - CentOS 4.5 (32-bit)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 4, 2007 10:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 4.5 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and web hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of CentOS 4.5, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Top Linux Misconceptions

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 4, 2007 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I could hardly believe the words in this blog piece from ZDNET. Surely, I must have missed something along the way? But rather than bad mouthing yet another “hot air” article, I will look at each point to see where our opinions differ.

FNB switches to Linux desktops

Following recent reports of a South African bank eyeing out Linux, Novell South Africa today issued a statement in which it said it had reached an agreement with First National Bank of South Africa to standardise the bank's 12 000 desktops in its 680 retail branches on Novell's Linux product.

Customise legal documents online

Now one can avoid the pain of dealing with lawyers for simple legal paperwork thanks to DocumentX, the first website to offer customised legal documents, created and stored online.

KeyJnote: A nifty engine for your presentations

If you need to create a presentation every now and then, but you find OpenOffice.org Impress too complicated and bulky, check out KeyJnote, a tool that turns any PDF document or set of graphics files into a professional-quality presentation with impressive transition effects.

Microsoft teams with Linux distributor Xandros

Microsoft and Linux distributor Xandros announced on Monday a technical and legal collaboration, the latest step in the software giant's ongoing program to partner with open-source companies.

[I wonder what the dollar amount was this time. - Scott]

Application Installers: Let's Be Open

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Jun 4, 2007 5:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Can someone please tell me why software installers that alter the operating system in backhanded ways are still tolerated by so many people?

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