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Unico Chooses IFS Business Software to Keep Pace With Global Growth

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 10:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
CHICAGO, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- IFS announced today that Unico, Inc., a global manufacturer of drive products and systems for the motion-control market, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications(TM) business software. The Franksville, Wisconsin-based company will deploy the full IFS Applications suite, including applications for supply chain management, financials, engineering, and asset management, on a Linux(R) platform. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030320/IFSLOGO)

/etc/fstab demystified

A nice article describing the purpose of /etc/fstab file in GNU/Linux.

CodeWeavers, WorldVistA Collaborate on Linux Edition of Public Domain VistA Health Information Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open Source Version Will Greatly Increase Appeal for Non-Profits, Developing Nations

Execute commands simultaneously on multiple servers

If you have multiple servers with similar or identical configurations (such as nodes in a cluster), it's often difficult to make sure the contents and configuration of those servers are identical. It's even more difficult when you need to make configuration modifications from the command line, knowing you'll have to execute the exact same command on a large number of systems (better get coffee first). You could try writing a script to perform the task automatically, but sometimes scripting is overkill for the work to be done. Fortunately, there's another way to execute commands on multiple hosts simultaneously.

In brief: Aventail rolls out SSL VPN package

Aventail last week rolled out an SSL VPN package for Macintosh and Linux platforms.

Linux back on Sparc

  • ZDNet UK; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by fernando494 on Feb 20, 2006 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Well, that didn't take too long.

Dave Miller, the lead programmer for Linux on Sun's Sparc processors, wrote on his blog on Friday he has fired up the open source operating system on Sun's new UltraSparc T1 Niagara-based server. The move is an early milestone in Sun's effort, not just to make Linux functioning on its Sparc-based computers, but also to foster a useful software environment for Linux on Sparc.

Linux Ubuntu - the installation mystery unravels

From the dumb and dumber department:

After wasting much of my weekend trying to burn a simple Linux Ubuntu installation disk and posting a story to tell the world about how Ubuntu's documentation sucks, what I predicted would happen did in fact happen.

The emails came flooding in. A couple were semi-abusive but most were helpful and encouraging. The problem it seems is that you need CD-ROM burning software that can handle the ISO images that you download for your Linux distribution. Oh gee, I wish Ubuntu would have written that somewhere visible on their site - like where they talk about downloading images.

Terrorist Alert: Microsoft reveals piracy battle plan for the UK

Microsoft has launched a campaign targeting software piracy in the UK. Called 'Keep IT Real', the campaign aims to reduce the UK piracy level for Windows by five per cent to 11.7 per cent within three years. The company says its goal would help the UK economy. "Keep IT Real will help us to address the problem in a number of ways," Microsoft UK head of anti-piracy Michala Alexander said. "By educating customers on how to purchase legitimate software, we can protect them from the risks associated with piracy. And by closing down channels for the sale of pirate software, we can reduce the impact of illegal trade on Microsoft's UK partners."

MySQL's response to Oracle's moves

I've recently written two articles on this topic for Database Journal, the earlier, written after the InnoDB purchase, entitled Oracle's purchase of InnoDB, their release of Oracle Express, and the effect on MySQL, and the most recent, just after the Sleepycat purchase, entitled Pressure on MySQL increases as Oracle purchases Sleepycat, with more to come. Since I only do a monthly column for Database Journal, and things change quite quickly, I thought I'd post a few more thoughts on the topic.

Ubuntu Dapper adds graphical installer goodness

The next version of Ubuntu, Dapper Drake, is making its slow way to a finished product, with the fourth version of its Flight CD available yesterday. The most notable addition is Espresso, a graphical installer that runs from the live CD.

Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 20, 2006 7:00 AM EDT)
Mark agreed on releasing an interview about anything and everything

OpenWengo's VoIP Firefox extension

GPL-licensed VoIP client WengoPhone is now available as an extension for Mozilla Firefox. The software uses SIP and defaults to the patent-free Speex audio codec. Parent company Neuf Telecom offers the optional Wengo call-out service to connect users to the public telephone network. Windows and Mac builds are available now, with Linux on the way.

How to Build a Linux Service Business



Interested in enhancing your project by adding an efficient service function. Open source solutions exist that can help you build a high quality, low cost solution. Interested? Read on.

Free software's obligation

With sincere apologies to Pablo Neruda for this parody on "The Poet's Obligation."

Which Distribution Do You Use for Your Desktop? Fedora, Mandrake and Slackware

Currently I have 4 main machines being used at home(work at home. I use Fedora Core 4 ( dual monitors and triple boot FC4 Mandriva 2006 and XP), Fedora Core 3 (dual monitors), Mandriva 2006, and Slackware 10.

Help save the endangered time servers

Someone stops you on the street and asks "Hey, do you know what time it is?" You tell him and continue on your way. But what if it was hundreds of thousands of people every day, because they didn't know who else to ask? You might decide to not answer any more. That's the situation that some important Internet time servers are in, and some simple changes in your computer's configuration can help ease the strain.

DistroWatch Weekly: DistroWatch meets Mark Shuttleworth

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 20, 2006 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 8th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux and one of the most prominent personalities of the Free Software world, is the focus of today's issue. The featured article is then followed by a news round-up quoting Mandriva's position on Xgl, discussing the current delays in the development of both SUSE Linux 10.1 and Fedora Core 5, revealing "Ebuntu", a new Ubuntu derivative with Enlightenment 17, and monitoring the career path of Daniel Robbins, the founder of Gentoo Linux. The issue concludes with the usual sections detailing the upcoming releases and new distributions. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Ubuntu founder visits RP, holds collaboration talks

  • Manila Bulletin; By MELVIN G. CALIMAG (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, whose other claim to fame is being the second "space tourist" in history, visited the Philippines for less than 24 hours early this month to conduct collaboration talks with industry stakeholders.

Flight CD 4

  • Mailing list; By Colin Watson (Posted by tadelste on Feb 19, 2006 11:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hello world,

Filtering Kids' Internet with Linux

You're probably just using your Linux workstation at home to get on the Internet. But those spare cycles in the background could be used to filter your kids' web surfing with minimal impact to you.

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