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Symantec throws weight behind Linux in IBM agreement

Security and storage management vendor Symantec has announced an agreement with IBM involving delivery of Symantec high availability, storage management, and backup products for the Linux on POWER platform by the end of 2006. The solutions target clients consolidating Linux applications on the IBM System p platform.

[Say, isn't Symantec suing Microsoft? Is there a trend here? - dcparris]

Microsoft Cozies Up to the GPL?

Opinion: Microsoft cuddling up to open source is something like a snake cuddling up with a rabbit.

New system

A colleague had a defective harddisk in his personal laptop, so I told him to get a new one. When he came back with his shiny brand-new 2,5″ Samsung harddisk, he wanted Windows XP or better - so I installed Debian Etch…

Move to python 2.4 / Changing the packaging style for python packages

  • Mailing list; By Matthias Klose (Posted by dcparris on Jun 13, 2006 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
We will hopefully soon switch the default python version in sid from 2.3 to 2.4. With the upcoming releases of the last packages which didn't support 2.4 yet (Plone on the Zope application server) we may be able to drop support for 2.3 in sid and etch as well.

My desktop OS: Zenwalk

There are so many desktop distributions that I often find myself testing them like I'm looking for the Holy Grail and forgetting what I really want: An operating system for my daily tasks at home. I found my Grail in Zenwalk, a Slackware-based Linux distro that uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment along with an up-to-date 2.6.16 kernel.

Firefox Market Share: On the Rise Again?

What percentage of Internet users are Firefox users? There's no easy way to answer that question, since so much depends on how you do the math. (Here's a site that says it was 10.56 percent in May; here's another that says 11.79 percent.) Me, there's only one site whose visitors I can talk about with any authority--PCWorld.com, natch--and after a long period of stability, it looks like Firefox is seeing an uptick in use hereabouts.

Windows vs. Linux: Time to Call a Truce?

It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server.

[I couldn't agree more that we need a truce. Now just tell Microsoft to cease their anti-competitive behavior, their legal, political, and PR shenanigans, and then we can actually talk about a truce. - dcparris]

Google the Earth with Linux

Google has released a version of Google Earth for Linux, at last. The Beta Version 4 has been tested on numerous versions of Linux, including Ubuntu, Suse, Linspire and Red Hat, and is a significant improvement to running Google Earth under Wine.

Looking for a few good women

...but men are just as welcome! The Fedora Infrastructure and Administration Project is looking for people who want to help create & maintain infrastructure that will take Fedora to the next level.

Red Hat: Microsoft, Ubuntu no competition in the high end

Red Hat is not losing any sleep over Microsoft's impending entry into the cluster computing space.

Linux Australia urges Govt to support free competition

Linux Australia, Australia's peak Open Source Software community group, announced the launch of a petition today calling on the Australian Federal Government to resist pressure to abandon consumer and competition rights when drafting anti-circumvention laws. New laws are required under the terms of the Free Trade Agreement negotiated between Australia and the United States.

Javed Tapia quits as Red Hat India president

  • CRN-India; By Nirendra Dev (Posted by grouch on Jun 13, 2006 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Javed Tapia, president of Red Hat Indian Subcontinent, has put in his papers announcing his departure from the vanguard open source vendor?s India operations. He, however, would continue to be one of the directors.

Oracle(R) Validated Configurations Offer Faster Linux Deployment

Fully-Tested Solutions Continue Oracle's Efforts To Drive Down IT Costs

Fiveruns launches open source management tools

At the JBoss World conference, a year-old startup is launching a hosted systems management service that is aimed at getting Windows shops over their fear of open source.

Bridging the Digital Divide in Health: The Role of FOSS

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by grouch on Jun 13, 2006 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community, GNU, Linux
According to Molly Cheah on theopenhealth list Dr. Joan Dzenowagis has apresentation (pdf'ed ppt) entitled Bridging the Digital Divide in Health The Role of Free and Open Source Software:"Dr. Joan Dzenowagis, is based at the World Health Organization, where she is Project Manager of the United Nations Health InterNetwork, led by WHO. This initiative is one of the four initiatives of the UN Millennium Action Plan launched by Secretary General Kofi Annan in September 2000. The Health InterNetwork is a public-private partnership which aims to improve the flow of health information for scientists, health professionals and policy makers in developing countries, using the Internet."

Brainstorming ways to push open source

Having the latest computer technology is great. But what e-government users from the public sector as well as citizens really want is software interoperability. Unfortunately IT managers still only pay lip service to such interoperability, concludes a European project assessing today’s open-source movement.

I Technologies Corp (ITC) Joins the Open Source Community

I Technologies Corp (ITC) with its corporate offices located in Hartford, CT announces the release of ITCWorks™ Ver 2.1, an Open Source all Java Framework Library.

Hospital OS Software, Key to Sustainable Development in Thai Hospitals

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Nalinee Chanyavanich (Posted by grouch on Jun 13, 2006 2:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU, Linux
Nowadays, large hospitals in Thailand have started investing a hefty sum of money in internal information management system to increase their healthcare service efficiency. However, the majority of hospitals in Thailand, especially those in remote communities, still lack Information Technology (IT) fund for such software development.

Dear Adelie: All about me

Tux's less famous sister answers even your silliest questions on Linux and open source software.

CLI Magic: ext2hide veils sensitive files

User Level: Advanced ext2hide is a proof-of-concept program that seeks to magically hide confidential data and files where nobody will look for them. It accomplishes its magic by making use of otherwise abandoned space in the superblocks in ext2/ext3 filesystems. Even though Jason McManus, the author of the code, has been testing and using ext2hide on his own machines without catastrophic results, I urge you to use the utmost caution both in testing and using it. If you don't grok superblocks and filesystems, you probably should not experiment with ext2hide, at least until it's out of beta testing.

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