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Can open-source upstarts compete with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft? It's an uphill battle, but customers are starting to look at the alternatives
The makers of an open-source implementation of push email are hoping to leap-frog the patent-embroiled likes of RIM, Good Technology and Microsoft with this latest version of its product.
Welcome to our issue number 32 of Fedora Weekly News.
An InformationWeek survey of 354 business-technology professionals finds that many already are expanding their use of open-source software into new application areas and even to the desktop. The low cost of Linux continues to be the big adoption driver; the operating system's performance and reliability are increasingly seen as pluses. But issues such as compatibility with the Microsoft world, potential security weaknesses, and the lack of Linux skills among IT workers stand in the way.
Nearly 60% of those surveyed are using Linux and other open-source software on servers, up from 49% just a year ago. More surprising, 35% also use open-source software on desktop PCs, with another 18% pilot-testing such desktop software and another 10% planning to try it this year.
An emergency management centre in Cape Town will soon be using open source VOIP telephony to deal with and respond to disasters in the region. The implementation of the Asterisk-based call-handling system by local VOIP gurus, Connection Telecom, points towards growing open source use in critical applications.
Fon has been around for awhile. Which is to say, three months. The Spain-based brainchild ofMartin Varsavsky, it's a global community of people who share WiFi connections. Also a business. And it's about to get a lot bigger, because Google, Skype and Sequoia Capital have justinvested $21.7 million in it. And if you're a"Linus", a"Bill", or even an"Alien", you get to benefit too. Or that's the idea, anyway.
When we asked the question: What Linux Distribution do you use as a desktop? We received an overwhelming response. In a short time, a question posed to LXer readers generated unparalleled activity on our site and on other sites around the globe. We now have several hundred replies we can use to create a statistical model to project Linux desktop use.
We also will feature comments from the forum posts such as Rajiv's. He makes a compelling case for his favorite distribution. You can find all the posts in our Linux Meta Forum
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Welcome to this year's sixth issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With all eyes on the final stages of development of Fedora Core 5 and SUSE Linux 10.1, other distributions are not resting either; we bring you interesting information about the upcoming releases of Novell Linux Desktop 10 and Kubuntu 6.04. Interested in network security and penetration testing? The brand new BackTrack live CD provides an amazing collection of tools just for this purpose; we'll take a quick look at the first beta released over the weekend. Also in this issue: try the new smart-urpmi for Mandriva and read how a vice president of a large financial firm fell in love with Gentoo. Finally, our January donation, the largest DistroWatch.com has ever made, goes to Gambas and Krusader. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
The OpenQRM project is being hosted on SourceForge.net and distributed under a modified Mozilla Public License. The software is available for free download. Qlusters will generate revenue by offering support packages, starting at US$750 per server, per year. Add-ons, such as support for VMware, will bump the cost of OpenQRM to about $1,250 per server, per year, says Ofer Shoshan, founder and CEO of Qlusters.
Paris, France (AHN) - In a move that stunned those supportive of open sourcing for computers, officials announced that French police will convert their 70,000 desktops to Mozilla's Firefox browser, abandoning Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
IBM has announced free software and educational resources to help developers in Russia build and deploy innovative applications based on open standards and open source. The company is giving software developers, architects and students in Russia free access to software and hundreds of new tools and technical and educational resources that will enable them to easily build open standards-based applications.
In Linux Land, distributions are often divided into categories based on how they manage software. It's more than just keeping track of what is installed, but what version. The obvious issue is security updates. Software is usually offered in packages. Sometimes they are all self-contained; often there are packages which depend on others. These dependencies usually make sense, but not always.
Server management vendor Centeris is looking for UK channel partners keen to make Linux and Windows work together. Centeris provides a cross-platform suite for managing Linux and Windows servers and hopes to boost business for resellers working with either vendor.
The antennas are linked to a high-speed fiber optic ring, which routes data to a cluster of Linux-based servers.
After doing research for years using computer clusters, Iowa State University has a high-performance supercomputer running to decipher the corn genome. Meanwhile, Georgia Institute of Technology deepened its high-performance computing relationship with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Buffalo Technology set the entry-level NAS world alight when it launched the TeraStation last year. This smart little box stuffed everything else on the market by delivering a full Terabyte (TB) of network storage at a price no-one else could even come close to. Well, it’s done it again with the TeraStation Pro. This desktop appliance also delivers masses of low-cost storage but goes one step beyond its predecessor by adding improved hard disk swap capabilities.
Because I like small, gutsy companies that are willing to take on the big guys, a graphics outfit Xara caught my eye....But it goes toe to toe against Adobe Illustrator, the $500 heavyweight widely considered a standard. You compete against industry titans on two obvious levels, one of them being price. Xara Xtreme sells for $79 yet offers composition and editing tools that stand out in the rapidly growing vector graphics field. And if low price can improve its market share, Xara is getting more aggressive still with the announcement that it will convert its products to an open source format and make them freely available to Linux developers (a Mac OS X version also looms).
LinuxDevices.com has launched a discussion forum specifically focused on the exciting new Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. We believe the 770 has lots of potential, and we expect it to evolve rapidly as more and more of the tablets get into Linux enthusiasts' hands. We therefore want to encourage our readers to ask -- and answer -- questions about the device.
PARIS: Supporters of open sourcing for computers have been given a shot in the arm by news the French police is abandoning Microsofts Internet Explorer for the Mozilla Foundations browser Firefox.
The gendarmerie's 70,000 desktops were being converted to Firefox and its email client Thunderbird because of the navigator's "reliability, security and inter-operability with other state services," said General Christian Brachet, IT director of the police force.
Google and eBay's Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from internet service providers (ISPs). The Internet heavyweights were joined by venture capital firms Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital in making a $US22 million investment in FON, the Spanish startup.
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