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Should Oracle get into the Linux business?

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Apr 18, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Oracle
If Oracle were to get into the operating system business with Linux, would this be a good thing for the database giant? Industry watchers are all over the map with their thoughts on the matter.

U.S. advised to promote open standards, source, innovation

  • linuxdevices.com (Posted by henke54 on Apr 18, 2006 6:42 AM EDT)
A business- and university-led public policy group has issued a downloadable 72-page report examining open standards, open source software, and "open innovation." The report concludes that openness should be promoted as a matter of public policy, in order to foster innovation and economic growth in the U.S. and world economies.

Why can't free software do portable right?

I recently bought a U3 compliant USB key, the hype and packaging was amazing and for the most part the U3 drive lived up to the expectations. Thunderbird was included on the key, and I was excited about being able to make any computer “my computer”, do my work, and then go without leaving a trace.

Oracle to become a Linux power?

In an interview with the Financial Times, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said that Oracle may be considering buying a Linux company in the future. After considering open-source and Linux's pluses and minuses, Ellison has concluded that for Oracle, "We don't have to fight open source, we have to exploit open source," Ellison reportedly said.

SONY's New Patent Gets Canned By Spam Filters

When SONY applied for a patent for attaching scripts to messages that force email recipients to respond, it seemed like a capital idea. But by the time a patent number was churned out five years later, many email recipients were safely ensconced behind network filters designed to strip or mangle most attached scripts, which have become well-known carriers of malware. What's SONY's hot patent factory to do with a patent that's gone cold?

[First a rootkit, now this. Maybe they should quit while they're behind. - dcparris]

Enterprisedb Teams Up With JBoss To Deliver Joint Open-Source ...

In an attempt to increase their market share with open-source enterprise database solutions, EnterpriseDB, the world's leading enterprise-class, open source database company, announced that it has entered into a partnership with JBoss, the global leader in open source middleware.

Tiny OpenFirmware-based PowerPC system updated

Genesi has quietly announced a new line of tiny PowerPC- and OpenFirmware-based boards and systems. The Efika 2 line will ship in mid-May, and comprise three models that mix and match Altera FPGAs, onboard graphics chips, and PCI slots. The systems will run Linux, standard Java, and "Polaris," a PowerPC port of OpenSolaris. [I want to get one and run DSL on it! - Scott]

CSP Inc. Reports First-Quarter Fiscal 2006 Financial Results

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 18, 2006 3:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
BILLERICA, Mass., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CSP Inc. (Nasdaq: CSPI), a provider of IT solutions, systems integration services and dense cluster computing systems, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2006 ended December 31, 2005.

amaroK"Fast Forward" Feature Guide

  • KDE Dot News; By Józef (Posted by dcparris on Apr 18, 2006 2:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
For those of you living on the bleeding edge, I discovered a document describing features recently added to amaroK "Fast Forward" 1.4 in SVN. Although this document is a work in progress, it should give you a good idea of what to expect in the next major amaroK release.

Building an Asterisk@Home Test Lab

  • Linux DevCenter; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dcparris on Apr 18, 2006 1:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, PHP

Learn how to build an Asterisk@Home test lab.This series is also a good howto for setting up a small production Asterisk iPBX on the cheap. This three-part series is aimed at both telephony and Linux noobs. If you understand computer networking basics, this is just the Asterisk howto you need to get up and running. Not only for a test lab, but also a small production system. The series covers installation, what hardware to use, how to set up local extensions and automatic call routing, how to connect to the outside world, and how to replace the Asterisk@Home logo with your own custom logo.

VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk - Building a Test Lab, Part 1
VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk-Building a Test Lab, Part 2
VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk-Building a Test Lab, Part 3

Apple Needs to Make OS X Open-Source

A cloud is rising over Mac OS X and its future unless Apple makes its boldest move ever: turning OS X into an open-source project. That would make the battle between OS X and Linux the most interesting one on the computer scene. With all attention turned in that direction, there would be nothing Microsoft could do to stem a reversal of its fortunes.

Micro Center isn't a happy home for Linux

Last November, Linspire issued a press release announcing that Micro Center would be devoting floor space and staff to desktop Linux. I decided to take a trip to my local Micro Center this week to see how that initiative was going. Unfortunately, the answer is not so well.

[That seems to be the approach many retailers, including a number of smaller custom PC shops take. Then they wonder why there's no interest in GNU/Linux. Hmmm... - dcparris]

Virtualization: The time has come

  • Network World; By John Dix (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 10:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The virtualization ember that VMware fanned into a fire is about to explode into a conflagration as major players pour on fuel. Consider these developments:

Open Source and Anti-Virus Don't Mix

  • eWEEK Linux; By Jim Rapoza (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 9:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Opinion: But they could and should make a match of it—and we'd be better off if they did.

Asian firms team up on Linux for enterprises

China, South Korea and Japan plan to set up a joint venture next week to develop and sell an Asian version of Linux software products, a Beijing-based software company said yesterday. The joint venture, called Asianux, will be formally launched at a news conference on Monday, said Chase Fan, market manager at Red Flag Software Co.

Handheld Linux gaming platform available stateside

A Linux-based handheld gaming platform that runs native and emulated games is shipping in the US. Gamepark's GP2X is powered by a pair of ARM9 processors, has an "open-source" API and development tools, and can run thousands of classic console video games, online retailer Dynamism says.

Soliddb™ Storage Engine for MySQL

A prototype of solidDB™ Storage Engine for MySQL will be available for download and community testing on April 24, 2006.

Server Protection for Linux Platform Enhanced

San Jose, California - (The Hosting News) - April 17, 2006 - Enterprise security firm, Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS), has launched Linux support for its Proventia Server Intrusion Prevention System product line.

Netbeans attempts to eclipse Eclipse

NetBeans 5.0 is an intuitive, well-designed Java development platform with superb collaboration capabilities and several remarkable features, including the new Matisse GUI builder. The limited number of plug-ins hamper wider acceptance, however, and some of the new features have rough edges.

Red Hat Again Tries to Move Beyond OS Level

Planned purchase of JBoss gives Linux vendor new hope in app server market

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