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Embedded Systems Conference Boston Opens Fall's Largest Gathering for Electronics Engineers

140 Top Exhibitors, Extensive Technical Training, and New Innovative Programming Offer Knowledge in Real Time at 15th Annual Conference; September 25-28

Why Torvalds is sitting out the GPLv3 process

Why isn't Linus Torvalds involved with the drafting of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPL)? Torvalds has frequently criticized the process and the drafts of the GPLv3, and recently voted against the license in an informal poll of kernel developers, so it seems obvious to question why he chose to sit out the process. Torvalds gives his reasons as a dislike of committees, an inability to contribute in his preferred way, and philosophical differences with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which he suggests is trying to absorb other licenses under the GPL.

[What would be wrong with absorbing other licenses under the GPL? That could essentially reduce the number of licenses one has to worry about, couldn't it? - dcparris]

Hasta la Vista, part 3: Of Windows security and other oxy-morons

Windows security was primarily designed for a single user, stand alone Operating System. Instead of fixing the fundamental problems, Microsoft has continued to add kludges, which in essence don't solve anything. And don't think Vista will do much better. Apart from being nagged by UAC popups, it will only get worse since Microsoft has decided security cannot be left to third parties. Well, that feels good, being totally dependent on Microsoft for your digital security..

[ANNOUNCE] New mailing list: fedora-selinux

This is to announce the availablity of a new Fedora mailing list for SELinux-specific discussion.

Kubuntu 6.06 LTS Installation Walkthrough with Screenshots

  • debianadmin.com; By debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Sep 26, 2006 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Ubuntu
Kubuntu 6.06 LTS Installation Walkthrough with Screenshots

Jaspersoft mashes open source BI into AppExchange

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Sep 26, 2006 12:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
JasperSoft Inc is the first open source vendor to marry its business intelligence software to the CRM software as a service model.

IBM Ups the IPR Ante; Adopts Open Patent Policy

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 26, 2006 12:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The New York Times reports that IBM will announce a new patent policy later today under which it will significantly change the way it deals with its patent portfolio. According to the Times, IBM hopes to move the industry in the same direction by its example.

[Go IBM! This editor certainly encourages other businesses to consider what they can do to join IBM in working toward patent reform here in the US. - dcparris]

Get started coding with GAWK and AWK

Learn the basic concepts of the AWK text-processing and pattern-scanning language. Learn how AWK reads and sorts its input data, run AWK programs, manipulate data, and perform complex pattern matching. When you're finished, you'll also understand GNU AWK (GAWK).

Embwise to demo Linux CE-ATA software stack/driver at IDF

embWiSe Technologies Pvt. Ltd, a supplier of products and engineering services solutions around SDIO, USB and 802.11 WLAN technologies, will be demonstrating its Linux CE-ATA software stack/driver at the CE-ATA booth at this week's (Sept. 26-28) Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, United States.

Novell, Intel Deliver Xen-Enabled Linux for Dual-Core Xeons

Novell and Intel have joined forces to produce a Xen-enabled Linux that will work especially well on dual-core Xen processors. (Linux-Watch)

Study: Linux and Windows Costs Equal

Marking what could have been a summer-long hiatus in its "Get the Facts" campaign, Microsoft is re-igniting the flames on the argument over whether enterprises spend less to manage Windows systems than Linux systems.

[And in other news, LXer editor Don Parris commissioned a study that proves he is the best looking guy on the planet. I'm sure everyone will believe that study too. The fact that women flock to other guys can be explained by their relaxed standards. Yeah, that's the ticket! - dcparris]

Configure Remote DB2 with WebSphere Enterprise Stage

  • ibm.com/developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 26, 2006 9:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
This article provides step-by-step instructions for configuring connectivity to remote DB2 instances using DB2 Enterprise Stage. In addition, the authors compare the performance of DB2 API Stage with DB2 Enterprise Stage running in the same environment.

[Anyone running DB2? - dcparris]

Kurumin Linux rolls out lightweight live CD

The Kurumin Linux project, which produces a Knoppix-based distribution, released a stripped-down, live CD edition of Kurumin Linux 6.1 on Sept. 24. It features a 2.6.17.6 kernel and the KDE desktop. Key features include excellent hardware auto-detection, support for Brazilian Portuguese, and small size, according to the team.

Uversa opens new testing service

Uversa has recently opened a testing tool (with a very punny name)limtus test. The system is designed to help provide a way for ClearHealth community members to contribute to the testing of releases in a systematic way. This is really smart and should take the code quality of ClearHealth to another level. I think they are the first EHR project to do this. The tool seems to be integrated with theMantis bug tracking tool.Fred Trotter

Munich embraces Linux at last

The City of Munich has finally started to migrate to Linux on the desktop, a year later than planned. The local government in the German city has transferred 100 users in the Lord Mayor's department to a Debian configuration, and it intends to migrate 80 percent of its PCs by mid-2009.

Linux: Linus Praises the GPLv2

Linux creator Linus Torvalds posted an email titled, "An Ode to GPLv2" examining why he feels the GPLv2 is such a great license as an alternative way to look at the GPLv3 debate [story]. "This post is kind of another way to look at the whole GPLv3 issues," Linus explains, "not caring so much about why the GPLv3 is worse, but a much more positive 'Why the GPLv2 is _better_'."

Novell's Linux Road Show Makes A Good Impression

LXer Feature: 15-Jul-2006

Novell Linux Road Show attendees seemed pretty impressed by the introductions to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Desktop.

Microsoft's IIS 7 will aid PHP developers' Linux deployments

Open source software advocate and developer W. Jason Gilmore attended a recent Microsoft confab for Web developers. In this column, he discusses Redmond's Linux-friendlier IIS 7. In another report, he offers views on Microsoft's Codeplex, a code repository that mimics but doesn't live up to Sourceforge. -- Editor (Open Source News)

VIRTUAL BRIDGES ANNOUNCES WIN4BSD PRODUCT TO RUN WINDOWS ON FREEBSD/PC-BSD DESKTOP

Company Aims Products at Using Virtualization Technology to Create Competitive Advantage for Enterprise and SMB Businesses by Providing Multi-Platform Virtualization Solutions

Hands-on Open Source Java Tools Practicum

Just how many enterprise problems can you really solve with Open Source Java tools? Open Source Live will bring enterprise devs hands-on exposure to some of the hott4est Open Source Java-based tools, including Ajax, JSF, Hibernate, Spring and even EJB3. The forum will be a weekend-long Practicum for Java open source tools October 6-8 in the heart of Silicon Valley – Santa Clara, Calif.

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