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Announcing Beta release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

StartCom EL 3.0.5 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - StartCom Enterprise Linux 3.0.5 has been released. This is the latest in the series of updated releases based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. What's new? StartCom made a strategic switch concerning the update mechanism and all current and future operating systems will receive their updates via the new YUM. Other changes and additions for AS-3.0.5 are full support for smart cards from the OpenSC project, addition of Firefox and Thunderbird (both 1.5 versions) with the natural support for the StartCom Free SSL Certification Authority, but also some 300 other updated packages.

OSDir had a look at the latest StartCom Enterprise Linux in the StartCom EL 3.0.5 Screenshot Tour.

Open source approach reshapes intelligence-gathering

  • Washington Technology; By Alice Lipowicz (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 20, 2006 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New forms of intelligence-gathering—including the availability of open-source information on the Internet—are becoming increasingly important for fighting terrorism and may even reduce the need for more traditional collection efforts, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout

The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones?

Phaeronix 0.85 Beta Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - A beta livecd version 0.85 of Phaeronix is now available. It is a Gentoo-based RR4 CD optimised for i686, with GNOME, Reiser4-enabled GRUB and automatic hardware detection.

OSDir had a look at this fresh release in the Phaeronix 0.85 Beta Screenshot Tour.

Hp Aims to Ease Linux Management On Blades

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Wednesday rolled out software aimed to simplify the management of its BladeSystem blade servers running Linux, said the company.

Book review: Wicked Cool Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jeremy Turner (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 20, 2006 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Every GNU/Linux administrator will need to touch a Perl script or two at some point. Perl seems to be the scripting glue of choice since it has matured so well over the years. As a result, administrators can choose from many different Perl books. One such book is Wicked Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline and published by No Starch Press.

Cycle-Accurate Simulation for Fun and Profit

  • 128.ibm.com; By David Murrell (Posted by idean on Apr 20, 2006 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article describes the SPU pipeline configuration, performance metric, and trace facilities that are available in the IBM Full-System Simulator for the Cell BE platform. Find out the exact cycle where the SPE stalls, or identify a poor choice of branch predictions, using pipeline tracing in the Cell BE simulator.

Linux vendors to Back Unified Standard

More than a dozen technology companies, including IBM Corp. Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. are planning to support a new integrated server and desktop Linux standard unveiled at next week's Linux Desktop Summit by the Free Standards Group (FSG).

IBM Speaks Out on Red Hat-JBoss Deal

A company executive says he is not fazed by Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss and that the deal will not adversely affect their relationship.

State of E-Mail Authentication: SPF Dead, Others on Life Support

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Apr 20, 2006 4:29 AM EDT)
Email authentication's lack of adoption isn't simply about technology. It's more about competing visions, and the powerful sponsors behind each. At least one experiment has badly stumbled on both counts. Others await the political settlement that must take place before a plurality of network managers bother adding the Last Authentication Technology Standing to their job jars. Email Battles gives you a treetop view.

Linux in China to grow five-fold

According to technology research group IDC's latest research, China Linux 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis, China's Linux market revenue reached just $11.8 million in 2005, up 27.1% over 2004. However, 2005 saw a steady growth in the China Linux market, brought about mainly by the huge volume of government procurements and large-scale SCO Unix replacement by major banks and industrial projects such as Telecommunication and Internet cafes.

Dhs Bug Hunt Returns Mixed Reaction

The results of a Homeland Security Department-funded bug hunt spanning 40 popular open-source programs has thus far met ambivalence from the open-source community. While many projects are using the results to improve their software, others are bemoaning the high number of false positives.

Moving to PDF as a future print job spooling format

Portable Document Format (PDF) is set to displace PostScript as the standard print job transfer and processing format for Linux, though Linux will maintain PostScript support for a long time to ensure backward compatibility.

Debian Sarge release patches security, fixes "serious" problems

The Debian project team has released a second revision of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 "Sarge." The release adds security updates to the stable version, along with corrections for some "serious problems," the team said. The distro uses a 2.6.16 kernel and the GNOME desktop environment as default.

Use Thunderbird like a pro

Even if you use Thunderbird on a daily basis, you probably don't know it inside out. There are still quite a few 'hidden' features not covered in the online help that can significantly improve your emailing habits. And since Thunderbird's functionality can be expanded via extensions, you can add some clever features to it too.

Book Review: Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux

This is the third of my three-part series of reviews on books written for people migrating from Windows to Linux. The first book was Marcel Gagne's Moving to Linux, Second Edition and the second was Spring into Linux by Janet Valade.. You might want to read those reviews before this one, since I draw comparisions between them.

Solid aims to fill Innobase shoes for MySQL

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Apr 20, 2006 12:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Finland-based Solid Information Technology Ltd hopes to pick up where Innobase Oy left off by announcing plans to develop an open source storage engine for the MySQL database.

Software reuse and DSO -- breaking the rules of embedded software development

Foreword: In this guest editorial, FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken relates his company's experiences in the real-time Linux market to market conditions shaping Wind River's effort to redefine embedded software development as "device software optimization," or DSO.

Bring Your Desktop to the Four Corners of the Earth with eyeOS

While other corporations develop vapourware, a small group of coders are actually delivering something.

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