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Audi's new luxury cars engineered on Linux

For several years, German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, has been steadily migrating its engineering systems over to Linux. The company hopes to finish the job in 2007 and have the bulk of its servers and workstations running 64-bit Linux by the end of the year.

The Road to KDE 4: SVG Rendering in Applications

  • KDE News; By Troy Unrau (Posted by JLP on Jan 3, 2007 9:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: KDE
Since KDE 4 development is in full swing with plans for a KDE 4.0 release sometime later this year, I thought I'd put together a weekly piece entitled The Road to KDE 4. The idea is to have a short overview of one or two of the features that show progress in KDE 4. For my first issue, the goal is to show off some of the great SVG work that has taken place so far.

Market analyst predicts enterprise Linux surge

Nearly half the world's large businesses will use Linux on desktops or in servers by the end of 2011, Saugatuck Technology predicts. "The data are especially impressive when looking at the expected growth in the number of companies moving beyond 'proof of concept' by the end of the decade," the analyst firm said.

Big Blue cheaper than Red Hat

Fresh light on mainframe total cost of ownership reveals Big Blue's big iron is cheaper than a roomful of servers. Research house Illuminata's report, "IBM System z TCO: Man Bites Dog," shows that running 10 to 50 applications on a mainframe costs less than running the same workload on a one server/one application basis where the servers run Linux or Solaris.

Long-term Fedora Linux support ending

Lack of contributions from outside programmers, funding among reasons why Fedora Legacy project is winding down.

64-bit beta of SimplyMEPIS Linux arrives

MEPIS LLC released Beta 1 of its SimplyMEPIS-64 Version 6.0-4 last week, a mere seven days after the project team released its 32-bit version of the same system. The release features a security-patched 2.6.15 kernel and the KDE 3.5.3 desktop.

Mozilla Discloses 2005 Revenues: $53M

While the most interesting thing about Mozilla is most definitely its excellent Firefox browser, it’s also noteworthy that the non-profit makes quite a bit of money. Today, Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker wrote on her blog that the Mozilla Foundation (which owns the subsidiary Mozilla Corporation, created in part to deal with the cash flow) made $52.9 million in revenue in 2005.

Let's hope Amsterdam's Linux interest

It's heartening to see so many large Dutch public sector organisations looking at open source.

Wish List for the New Year

  • Linux DevCenter; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2007 5:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I’m not going to indulge in the shopworn habit of doing a year-end review or making predictions for the new year. Feh. Old mold and who cares. Instead, I am going to share my list of Most Wanted Computer Things.

Linux Group to Simplify Software Installation

  • LinuxWatch; By Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2007 5:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Developers are uniting to create an API intended to make it easier to install software on Linux systems for ISVs and users. (Linux-Watch)

Women at the 8th International Free Software Forum in Brazil

From the WikiChix mailing list, Drica Veloso writes to say that G2G, a women-only group, will be going en masse to the 8th International Free Software Forum, April 12-14, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

[Now, if we can get them to a LUG meeting in Charlotte... - dcparris]

Exit Interview: Why Open Source Guru Left Novell

Jeremy Allison is a hero in the open source community these days. After spending two years at Novell, he decided to leave the Waltham, Mass.-based software company for reasons of principle right after the Linux-vendor signed a deal with Microsoft (see Microsoft, Novell in Linux Pact and Open-Source Guru Goes to Google).

Group aims to standardize Linux application packaging

The Free Standards Group has launched a working group aimed at creating a universal Linux application installation API (application programming interface). The Packaging Workgroup grew from an FSG-sponsored "face-to-face" last month in Berlin, where ISVs (independent software vendors) reportedly met with key Linux software packaging and installation tools developers.

U of R offers open source course

In recent years, software giants like Microsoft have found open source software like Linux and Firefox nipping at their heels.

Straddling the Open Source/Proprietary Fence

Given the jaw-dropping occurrences in the open source world last year (Red Hat’s acquisition of JBoss, Oracle’s announcement of “Unbreakable Linux,” and Novell’s patent pact with Microsoft, to name a few), InfoWorld’s Neil McAllister says balancing open and proprietary, commercial and free, will be the critical task for enterprise IT managers this year and for a time to follow.

OpenVZ Virtualization Software Available for Sun UltraSPARC T1 Processor

  •; By Press Release (Posted by sharonpr on Jan 3, 2007 2:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Greater sever utilization and superior availability with fever performance penalties

REAL Software Ships REALbasic 2007 Release 1; Improves Universal Binary and Database Support

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- REAL Software, provider of REALbasic, cross-platform that really works, announced that REALbasic 2007 Release 1 is shipping today. In addition to improved reliability for building Universal Binary applications, REALbasic 2007 Release 1 improves support for MySQL, PostreSQL and ODBC compliant databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This release also improves support for QuickTime and making network connections via proxy servers. Recent improvements to database support include:

Tux Magazine folds

Tux magazine, billed as "The first and only magazine for the new Linux user," has published its last issue, according to a New Year's Day announcement by publisher Phil Hughes. The magazine had achieved a circulation of over 100,000 readers, Hughes said.

Open-source tracking system launched

An open-source wireless tracking system for following people around buildings got its first public use last week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Amsterdam to evaluate open source

Seeking independence from proprietary software, city joins growing list of other municipalities testing Linux.

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