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The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its server software with free and open-source alternatives, and to install open-source applications on desktops, city officials said last week.
[Ed: After learning of Munich's slow-down, it's certainly good to see Paris is not merely speeding up, but also contributing to the community. - dcparris]
At LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, it occurred to me that I had overlooked a very important Open Source business model, the Membership Model. Confronted by a keynote speech by Stuart Cohen, the leader of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) (www.osdl.org), it became clear that I had jumped into the Advertising and Conversion Models too quickly and had to back up and deal with the membership phenomenon.
Linux is not Windows, and although there are some similarities, you must realise that there may be a few "new ways of doing things" to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux. Linux is an open-source clone of UNIX, a secure operating system (OS) that predates DOS and Windows and is designed for multiple users. The items in the following list generally apply to any UNIX-based *nix system, such as Linux and the various BSD's. For the purposes of this article, assume that it's all Linux.
Advocates of free software and open-source software were neither protesting nor dancing in the halls of the Kram conference and exhibition center at the Internet summit in Tunis. A few critics, including Richard Stallman, questioned why they even came
Net telephone service Skype Technologies is set to make its first appearance in a U.S. retail store.
Highly scalable solution will manage computational workloads for massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers
According to a survey by Evans Data Corp., open source software (OSS) developers find and fix software bugs quickly, with 17% of them being able to find and repair severe bugs in less than four business hours on average.
Red Hat Desktop is such a business-orientated Linux distribution that it's only available in bundles of 10 licences, along with a Linux server and online management from Red Hat. Buy 50 desktops and you get the online management in your building, run on its own server. The operating system is 'closed down' and applications and IT staff can be certified -- an approach that's either 'lock-in' or 'making a business-grade Linux' according to your viewpoint.
Sam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did Play to your strengths. That's the key to success in any industry. This is the week I promised to explain where I think Google is headed, and playing to the company's strengths is key if they are going to do what I think, which is effectively take over the Internet. Oh they won't steal it or strong-arm us. They'll seduce us into giving it to them. And I am not at all sure that's a bad thing.
There it is (or will soon be - the tar-ball and patches are still uploading, and mirroring can obviously take some time after that).
It's slightly bigger than I'd like, but that's partly because I had (once more) missed a merge that was actually sent in well before the -rc1 cut-off, so the x86-64 merge is from there and was delayed due to yours truly, not Andi Kleen.
Apart from the x86-64 merge and various fixups, I've let MIPS, PARISC and PowerPC merge up some more.
The shortlog speaks for itself.
Novell, aiming at creating Linux and IDM (Identity Management Solutions) awareness, held a seminar in Bahrain at Movenpick on November 14'th along with its GOLD partner Al Faris technologies.
Software development company Akiva has been around since 1999, creating proprietary collaboration software for companies that rely on instant messaging, video conferencing, and email to create an idea-sharing atmosphere for employees. But after prompting from some of its largest customers, such as Cisco, Qualcomm, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Akiva began to discover the value of open source. Now, the company is so sure that open source software is the future of IT, it is 100% committed to developing and using open collaboration software and nurturing a community around it.
LXer Day Desk: 11-20-2005
Apple can alter its business plan slightly and become the well-liked dominant force in the technology market. Everything Apple needs sits right in front of them for the taking. We're just sitting here waiting to restart global innovation and take the PC to the next step.
From the Dept. of Duh:
Highly sensitive personal data on 161,000 current and former Boeing workers are missing after the theft of a company personal computer...."What's a guy doing with that amount of data on a laptop?"
Win4Lin, a supplier of enterprise Windows-on-Linux virtualization solutions and SafeDesk Solutions, a provider of Linux based thin-client solutions has announced a strategic relationship with joint product and marketing initiatives.
Recently, I spoke with Peter Yared, CEO of ActiveGrid. I asked him why ActiveGrid chose to host their project at SourceForge instead of contributing the code to a foundation like Apache. He replied, “Because Apache comes with too much overhead.” He’s certainly not alone in this sentiment - it’s something I have heard from a few people.
They've now moved into the new era of wikis and other collaborative tools by announcing their WEX project - an online collaborative legal encyclopedia. It's like the Wikipedia concept, but with some constraints on who may contribute to WEX.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is going to court in North Carolina to prevent Diebold Election Systems, Inc. from evading North Carolina law. In a last-minute filing, e-voting equipment maker Diebold asked a North Carolina court to exempt it from tough new election requirements designed to ensure transparency in the state's elections.
Linux, like all platforms, is susceptible to hosting and spreading viruses and malicious code; and today’s security requirements demand protection on all systems within a network. With this new solution, Bytware is providing users with a key tool needed to add reliable anti-virus protection to the Linux servers in their networks.
In Europe, for example, open source is much more common. "That's so last year," he says of the open-source versus proprietary software debate, in Europe. "It's not even a relevant conversation."
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