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PLM vendor says SAAS and OSS are a natural together

Arena Solutions produces and sells a hosted, subscription-based product lifecycle management (PLM) tool for manufacturing companies. Arena founder and CTO Eric Larkin uses open source tools to develop, secure, and maintain the software-as-a-service product. He believes that open source is the path to success for subscription software. "It's a more cost-effective way to build and scale a SAAS business," he says.

Container Virtualization for Cell/B.E. and Linux Part 1

Learn about an efficient virtualization approach for the Cell/B.E. processor regarding hardware resources called container virtualization, and the open source software OpenVZ Linux project. This first article discusses basic concepts, architectures, and tools of OpenVZ and Cell/B.E., and how they work together.

Root Certificate Programs - The root of all trust

  • G-Loaded Journal; By George Notaras (Posted by raoulsland on Dec 15, 2007 1:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
How can a Root Certificate make its way into the default set of certificates that ship with web browsers and operating systems? Wouldn't a unified list of Root Certificates serve as a more realistic trust model?

Managing with Net-SNMP and IPython in UNIX and Linux systems

The Net-SNMP library now has Python bindings, and it is an excellent choice to write custom code to manage a data center or supplement full-blown Network Management Systems. In this article, learn how to use Net-SNMP, Python, and the IPython shell to interactively explore and manage a network.

Veterans Affairs Healthcare System No. 1

ABC news has a video and transcript : "Socialized medicine may sound un-American, but in fact, it's exactly what we provide to our American heroes -- the more than 5 million armed forces veterans and their families. They get health care that the government both pays for and delivers. It's the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and according to health care experts such as Phil Longman -- it's become one of the best health care systems in the country. So how did the once-maligned VA transform itself? "First and foremost, by pioneering electronic medical records," Longman said. "Which is a much bigger deal than it might sound." Experts generally agree that electronic records are absolutely essential to significant health care reform. However, only about 5 percent of the nation's hospitals now have them. That means, for example, that in most private hospitals 20 percent of lab tests are repeated simply because doctors can't find a patient's results. But in the VA system, every patient's records are as close as a computer. It saves millions of dollars. And it's not just good business, it's good medicine..."

In Search of the Elusive Average Computer User

Either there really is no "average" computer user, or "Mrs. D" is just not your "average" average user.

Novell's Linux Income Increases

After an unexpected delay of eight days, Novell finally announced its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and 2007 fiscal year, which ended Oct. 31, 2007. Novell reported net revenue for the overall year of $932 million, a loss of $26 million or 8 cents per share, although the company also reported 69% growth in its core Linux products.

Red Hat appoints TSI-Systems as JBoss partner

Red Hat yesterday announced that it had appointed TSI-Systems as a JBoss Certified Systems Integrator for South Africa. This follows Red Hat's August announcement of Obsidian Training as JBoss' first official training partner in South Africa.

Open source fonts

If you’ve ever gone looking for legitimately free fonts, you’ve probably found that there are a lot of really bad ones. But there’s also a lot of discussion out there about “open source fonts.” Some who post about open source fonts are really just talking about free-as-in-beer typefaces. Some, however, have embraced the open source philosophy as applied to typography.

PacketProtector turns SOHO router into security powerhouse

PacketProtector is an embedded Linux distribution based on OpenWRT, the first popular distribution designed to run on a number of wireless routers commonly found in SOHO settings. Like X-Wrt, which we reviewed earlier this year, PacketProtector extends OpenWrt by offering additional functionality to enhance network security right out of the box. PacketProtector's forte is the ability to use properly prepared USB drives for swap and storage. At present, the only routers supported are the Linksys WRTSL54GS and the Asus WL-500g, in either the Deluxe or Premium models. provided me with a loaner Linksys WRTSL54GS on which to do the review. I used both an external USB IDE drive and a USB key flash drive with the router.

Canonical Unwraps 'Bazaar' Version Control Tool

Open-source projects often face the problem of keeping track of a project's code, while avoiding stifling developers' creativity. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, claims it has a solution to that problem: Bazaar 1.0, its new version control system.

Linux configure pound reverse proxy for Apache http / https web server

Pound is a reverse-proxy load balancing server. It accepts requests from HTTP / HTTPS clients and distributes them to one or more Web servers. The HTTPS requests are decrypted and passed to the back-ends as plain HTTP. It will act as:

Google SketchUp 6 on Linux and FreeBSD with Wine

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Dec 14, 2007 2:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Google SketchUp 6 on Linux and FreeBSD with Wine

iptables as a replacement for commercial enterprise firewalls

With IT budgets getting tighter, managers need to trim costs. Service contracts are expensive for any technology; firewalls are no exception. Netfilter, the project that provides the packet filtering program iptables, is a free firewall alternative. While it lacks the service contract of commercial solutions and a pretty interfaces to make firewall modification easy, it has solid performance, performs effectively at firewalling, and allows for add-on functionality to enhance its reporting and response functions.

Setting Up ProFTPd + TLS On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 14, 2007 1:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up ProFTPd with TLS on a Debian Etch server.

Parse RDDL Documents with PHP

When working with XML you really need a way to describe a namespace using multiple resources, including DTDs, XML Schemas, XSL stylesheets and software documents. The Resource Directory Description Language (RDDL) allows you to do exactly this! Parse RDDL descriptors with an API in the XML_RDDL package from PEAR, and extract resource information for use in any PHP application.

Netherlands supports open standards and open source

Yesterday, the Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber) of the Dutch parliament adopted a plan to switch the country's public sector over to open standards. At the same time, authorities will be called upon to use open source software wherever possible. The 26-page paper from the Dutch Economics Ministry obligates governmental services to provide reasons why they need to continue to use proprietary solutions, such as operating systems or office suites from Microsoft, starting next April; next December, this duty will be imposed upon all public authorities. At the same time, authorities are required to come up with a strategy that includes a timeline for migration to open standards and free software.

phpBB Launches Next Wave of Social Networking and Forum Features

phpBB™, the leading open source forum and online collaboration system announced today the availability of phpBB Version 3.0. This release includes enhanced collaboration features, better security and delegated administration features, extended support for open source and commercial database management systems, and optimisation for mobile devices and search engines. phpBB is available at no cost, released under the GNU General Public License.

Using HDMI With ATI Linux Drivers

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Dec 14, 2007 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
One of the special abilities of ATI's R600 GPU family is the integrated 5.1 surround sound audio support through HDMI. Many Radeon HD 2000 and HD 3800 series graphics cards also ship with a DVI to HDMI dongle, so that one can experience the full video playback capabilities of these discrete graphics cards. But what level of HDMI support can Linux users expect when using these latest ATI graphics cards? We have done some testing internally and have the initial ATI Linux HDMI video and audio results to report in this article.

Canonical's Future: Enterprise or Consumer

Canonical has been pushing its Ubuntu Server Edition, but I believe that they should instead be pushing their desktop version and dropping their server version altogether, because Ubuntu has a unique advantage on the desktop that they should not abandon.

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