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Eight Asian ICT predictions for 2008

This year will see Linux gain a stronger foothold as an enterprise platform in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as steady growth in mobile-commerce, a market report revealed. In its study released Wednesday, Canadian-based research house XMG gave its top eight predictions and trends that will impact the region in 2008.

Dell XPS 1330n is like m1330, Except It's Got Ubuntu Linux

That crazy penguin is making some huge strides toward the mainstream, because Dell has announced that they will be preloading the Linux-based Ubuntu 7.10 OS in their new XPS 1330n notebook computer. From what I can gather, this unit is similar in many ways to the Windows-based XPS m1330, with the obvious difference of the operating system.

Microsoft: We're Open (Source) for Business

For years, the poster child of the anti-open source movement was Microsoft, with its proprietary software model. In recent years, however, the company has changed its views, opening an open source software lab to work on interoperability issues. It's even become a purveyor of its own open source-approved licenses.

KDE Sets its Sights on Windows, Mac OS X

KDE isn't just for Linux anymore. With the recent release of KDE 4, the K Desktop team has set their focus on porting the core libraries that power KDE applications over to both Windows and OS X. Although still in the early stages, there are already builds available for both platforms that will enable you to compile and run popular KDE application like the Amarok Jukebox or KOffice suite on either Windows or Mac, and KDE's goal is to have production-ready versions out later this year.

New Linux flash filesystem offers 4X speed

Flash filesystem (FFS) specialist Datalight Inc. will soon release a commercial Linux FFS claimed to provide 400 percent faster write performance and 500 percent faster mount speed compared to JFFS2. The new FFS will target Linux-based mobile phones, set-top boxes, and other embedded devices.

Ubuntu chief decries interest rate cut

Canonical Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu version of Linux, called Tuesday's interest-rate cut the "most extraordinary failure of economic leadership in recent years."

KDE goes cross-platform with Windows, Mac OS X support

The open-source KDE desktop environment is making the jump across platforms with broad support for Windows and Mac OS X. The core KDE desktop programs, the KOffice suite, and the Amarok music player are actively being ported. Related Stories * First look: Qt 4.4.0 with Phonon and WebKit These efforts are largely made possible by the inherent portability of Trolltech's Qt development toolkit, the underlying framework used by KDE software. Qt is designed for cross-platform portability and even uses native widgets on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Spam and Virus filtering for e-mail with UNIX

Look beyond tools like SpamAssassin and Amavis to see how you can extend them and provide additional filtering facilities to lower the amount of spam hitting the e-mail boxes of your users. Most companies use spam and virus filtering services on their UNIX platforms, but there are some methods that you can use that help improve your filtering scores and might even eliminate spam reaching inboxes.

Compete Solely on Price, No Thanks.

A while ago Roy Russo had made a comment to the effect: "OSS needs to stop competing on price". Regardless what you read about him on the Interweb, I say, he's a smart guy! ;-) I've never really looked at the price of Windows vs. RHEL or Ubuntu. The simple answer is that CentOS/Fedora (near RHEL replacements) and Ubuntu are free without commercial support, so end of discussion. But, if you want commercial support and consider a typical Windows replacement cycle (~5 years), it seems that Windows is actually cheaper than purchasing RHEL+support or support for Ubuntu.

Review: Fie on Photoshop: Image Editing in Linux

It has been said that the most important missing killer app for Linux is a free Adobe Photoshop clone. In this series we'll correct that assertion, and then move on to bringing high-quality digital images to life in Linux itself, without having to use icky old Windows, or spending a pot of money.

How To Install And Use The djbdns Name Server On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 25, 2008 12:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
djbdns is a very secure suite of DNS tools that consists out of multiple parts: dnscache, a DNS cache that can be used in /etc/resolv.conf instead of your ISP's name servers and that tries to sort out wrong (malicious) DNS answers; axfrdns, a service that runs on the master DNS server and to which the slaves connect for zone transfers; and tinydns, the actual DNS server, a very secure replacement for BIND.

WordPress secures $29 million in funding

Automattic, the parent company of popular open source blogging platform WordPress, announced this week it received $29 million in funding from four investors who will take a minority stake in the company. Though this isn't the first round of financing for the not quite three-year-old company, it has drawn a lot of notice because one of the investors is the New York Times. It's an unusual pairing of two industries -- blogging and conventional media -- typically thought to be at odds with each other.

Five reasons not to fear a $200 Linux PC

Linux is not just for computer whizzes. In fact, buying Linux and learning how to use it are easier than ever, thanks to the open-source operating system's expanding presence in affordable computers and mainstream retail outlets. In quick succession, the number of mass-market, sub-$200 desktops has tripled--from one to three--in less than three months.

Dutch firm ships Linux-based rack-mount ADK

Netherlands-based systems integrator Deciso is shipping a 1U Appliance Development Kit (ADK) for routers, firewalls, and other rack-mounted network appliances. Based on PC Engines' ALIX single-board computer (SBC), the 19" ADK comes preinstalled with Voyage Linux.

Interview with Eric S. Raymond

  • Free Software Magazine; By Colin McGregor (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Jan 24, 2008 8:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Every field of knowledge has writing that defines the field. In the open source field one of the key essays is “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” by Eric Steven Raymond, or ESR as he is often known. In the essay Eric S. Raymond compares and contrasts the cathedral as a highly structured, highly organized approach of creating software against the faster adapting less structured bazaar like approach used in open source. In this interview Mr. Raymond talks about a number of the projects he is involved in.

Open source business model reaching tipping point

Over the last several years open source has grown in stature and maturity, becoming more worthy in the eyes of corporate buyers and investors. Everyone could point to Red Hat, which dominates the Linux operating system space, as the poster child for open source but few other “pure” open source companies rose up to that level. Sun has gradually been making its vast portfolio of software open source under various licenses, embracing the notion of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software). “Volume drives everything, and developers are picking free and open source software,” Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz has said.

Moonlight is Not Silverlight, Silverlight is Not Flash

Just some quick points worthy of clarification: Moonlight is not Silverlight. Microsoft does not support GNU/Linux as far as Silverlight is concerned. Novell merely plays catch-up trying to implement something which Microsoft refuses to make available for GNU/Linux. There is no promise of full compatibility and future support. Microsoft can (and will) change it any time it wishes to suit other business goals such as O/S competition, application integration, Web services, or advertising.

Cheap laptop price tags can mislead users

Personal computer (laptop and desktop) prices may have crashed. The low price tags, however, can be misleading - especially for first-time buyers. Consider this. All low-cost laptops and desktops come pre-loaded with a Linux OS or a DOS version (obsolete on desktops). The installation of a legal Microsoft operating system (OS) and office suite (for word, excel, etc) will increase the price of the desktop or laptop by 20 to 35 per cent.

[Here's my submission for FUD-of-the-Week - Sander]

Y2K38 Bug

In the next three days, every Linux or Unix people will start the thirty years of countdown before the unix timestamps overflows. This bug is called Y2K38 and it affects all unix-like operating system which represent system time as the number of seconds since January 1, 1970.

Impossible thing #1: Developing efficient, well engineered free software like Debian GNU/Linux

new world from the old one, even though it is glaringly obvious once you’ve crossed over. Empirical evidence is one way to bridge the gap. To that end, I want to show some solid evidence for the “impossible” things that commons-based peer production (CBPP) has already accomplished—things that the old conventional wisdom would tell us “can’t be done”. This week, I’ll look at what is probably the most obvious case: free software.

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