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Zimbra to offer Ubuntu Linux support

The start-up focused on e-mail and calendar software for servers adds support for the up-and-coming version of Linux.

Sun Microsystems Embraces Free Software: An Interview with Patrick Finch

A long coming interview between the Libervis Community and Sun Microsystems representative is finally here. We have asked Patrick Finch, the leader of the OpenSolaris Content project and one of the guys working on FLOSS within the company, questions which we collectively believe might be of interest to anyone who uses or values Free Software.

Tux500: Last Day to Donate!

As you're reading this, there are fewer than 24 hours left to donate to the Tux500 project! Donations end at Noon EDT (UTC-4) on Saturday, May 26. If you've been waiting to donate, don't wait any longer... Let's make that Linux logo as large as we possibly can!

Red Hat, IBM form mainframe partnership

Agreement applies to use of Linux in IBM's System z mainframe systems, which currently use software from Red Hat rival Novell.

Eben Moglen's (slightly) lower profile

The law school professor says he'll continue his advocacy of open source, but wants to step out of the limelight.

Why Is Dell Hiding Their Ubuntu Boxes?

LXer Feature: 25-May-2007

Visit Dell's home page. Click either the desktops or laptops option. Now tell me if you see anything at all about Ubuntu or GNU/Linux. No? Why is it that Dell hides their Ubuntu option in a menu bar?

Update - Midnight 26 May 2007: Dell's website shows the Open Source PC's listed under "Essential Links" on the left side of the web pages for notebooks and desktops respectively. - dcparris

Review: Beginning JavaScript 3rd Edition

What do you need to know to get the most out of this book? Practically nothing. What will you learn by using this book? Practically everything about JavaScript and AJAX. Ok, I'm exaggerating... but let me explain. You will need to know basic HTML but if you are planning to use JavaScript to liven up your tired, static website, that's a given. No, you won't learn everything there is to know about JavaScript, but you will learn more than the basics and in fact, if you are patient and stick with the book to the end, you'll be building JavaScript applications by the time you hit the appendix.

Create chroot jails the easy way - with Jailkit

How to use Jailkit to create jails quickly and easily.

Red Hat tries new desktop Linux angle

Red Hat Global Desktop, the company's latest PC-oriented Linux product, is aimed for users in developing nations.

Red Hat launches open-source Exchange

Linux seller bands with open-source allies to sell wide range of server software on the Red Hat Exchange.

Will we see any more Linux System Administration books in the future?

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by dcparris on May 25, 2007 5:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
A reliable source says the days of Linux sysadmin books have ended. If you can barely sell 5,000 copies, then why bother? Programming books continue to sell at a fast pace, so you can guess where job demand in IT has gone.

Microsoft's New Open-Source War

The company is trying new tactics in its efforts to scare businesses away from open-source products.

[If he hadn't referred to these old claims (at least as far back as 2004, if not earlier) as 'new' tactics, I wouldn't think he was new to the field. But you still might enjoy reading what he has to say about 'little brother's' tantrums. - dcparris]

These are Dell's Ubuntu PCs

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 25, 2007 4:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Analysis -- Long expected, Dell finally officially released its first line of consumer PCs with pre-installed Linux, Ubuntu 7.04, on May 24. Here's a closer look at exactly what's what in Dell's initial line of Ubuntu-powered desktops and laptops.

GPE project and in acrimonious trademark dispute

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on May 25, 2007 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Disagreements between developers from the G Palmtop Environment (GPE) project and the administrators of the mobile Linux portal now include a trademark dispute. claims trademark ownership of the name GPE, and has demanded control over the GPE IRC channel.

Automounting removable devices on Debian

One of my users complained today that automount for USB devices wasn’t working on his machine (running Debian etch). I did a little light Googling, & came across this article on the subject. Which seemed horrendously complicated for something that (surely?) should Just Work out-of-the-box. Hmm. Messed around a bit with the suggestions there, but to no avail. Further googling produced this blog post which suggested a much more simple solution - add the user to the plugdev group. This worked like a charm. My thanks to Matt! I note in passing that this is one of the downsides of central auth - the “emergency” local user is automatically added to this group (& also part of the audio group), but Kerberos/LDAP users unsurprisingly aren’t.

Semaphores in Linux

Semaphores are one of those things that most programmers have heard of, but may not have ever used. But if you're using threads under Linux, it's one of the best ways to keep everyone in sync. Vikram Shukla provides a code-rich tutorial on semaphores, including the differences between the System V and POSIX styles.

Hey Microsoft, Sue Me First

I bought the domain name at the suggestion of Marcel Gagné after posting a blog entry on the topic. The idea was to ask Linux users to join me in calling Microsoft's bluff. Let's get the patent infringement claims tried in court and get this over with. Several people talked me out of it. Fortunately, a lawyer named Christian Einfeldt had the same idea and followed through. Here's a copy ofMarcel's entry on the topic from his own blog, with a link to the"Sue me first Microsoft list" in case you want to add your own name. Christof, if you're reading this, you're welcome to the domain name

China stepping back from proposed blog rules

Country had planned to require bloggers to use their real names when they register blogs but will instead back a "self-discipline code."

[Not FOSS, but involves freedom - dcparris]

Fedora Project Web gets a face lift

The Fedora Project website has gotten a face lift: Prior to today that site went straight to the wiki, which is largely developer content with good (but somewhat hard to find) docs. Now we're expanding on and adding some more user-centric content like that found at The websites team has been hard at work at this for a while and we're all excited to release it today.

Mozilla Foundation initiates search for Executive Director

As of May 2007 the Mozilla Foundation is looking for an executive director to continue and expand upon the Foundation's activities to date.

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