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Open-Xchange Offers Free 'Live-CD' for Open-Xchange Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Enables Easy Review of Leading Open Source Collaboration Server

New Year, New Linux Kernel

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 9:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Fifteen years to the day since Linux creator Linus Torvalds bought the machine that started it all, the first new Linux kernel of the year has hit the street only two months after its predecessor hit.

In a mailing list posting, Torvalds said the changes in 2.6.15, "are really pretty much all over the place, with over four thousand commits merged in the two weeks since 2.6.14."

Linux on PowerPC users will notice a significant change in that the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC kernel development trees have been merged into a generic PowerPC development branch. The new generic tree allows for kernel compilation on either 64- or 32-bit PowerPCs.

Grid computing can aid complex applications

The economic advantages delivered by grid technology are compelling many companies to move beyond discussion and into commercial pilots. Balancing workload by taking advantage of lightly used CPUs and providing system virtualization to improve application availability are two of the primary drivers behind the expanding adoption of a variety of processor grid technologies. And as infrastructure and tools to manage the process have matured, many organizations are ready to embrace the next innovation: the application grid, where even the most complex applications will be able to leverage distributed computing.

Installing Xen 3.0 upon Debian Unstable, with a custom Kernel

Recently we demonstrated the process of installing a binary release of Xen 3.0 on Sarge, since the packages on Debian Unstable are not yet available for Xen 3.0 we're now going to look at installing it via the packages provided by Ralph Passgang. This also includes building a custom Xen kernel from source.

The advantage to building the Xen kernel from source is that you can add, or remove, drivers - so the kernel is utterly customised for your system.

Mcfadden's Free Software For XML Services

If embedding OSS in consumer applicances excites you, i.e the inevitable march to "World Domination", here's a blurb for you. It has XML, a gui front end and it's friendly.

Google to 'launch own PC'

  • The Register; By Tony Smith (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google is planning to provide an own-brand Windows-less PC and sell the low-cost system through a partnership with retail giant Wal-Mart. The machine and/or the sales deal could be announced as early as this coming Friday.

So claims the Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources. Whether they've seen the text of Google co-founder Larry Page's Consumer Electronics Show keynote, which he'll make in Las Vegas on Friday, isn't clear, but it's suggested that the talk will cover the new box.

Linux desktop to run Dashboard widgets

  • PC Pro; By Simon Aughton (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 7:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
The next version of the KDE desktop for Linux will be able to run Dashboard widgets ostensibly developed for Mac OS X.

Lead developer Zack Rusin revealed in his blog that a layer in the desktop will be capable of running most widgets as they are use nothing more than HTML and Javascript code. The fact that Apple's WebKit rendering engine is based on KDE's Konqueror browser also helps. However those that also employ Cocoa and/or Applescript will remain the preserve of Mac users.

Turkish Linux distribution aims for the big time

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the main advantages of open source is its openness, which prevents developers "with evil intentions" from putting "suspicious code" into the software, according to a developer on a project in Turkey

Debian Etch for eight architectures

At the end of December the Debian release team published the first details that indicate out of which architectures the next version of the free Linux distribution will be composed. As early as September discussions had become known in which in the interest of shortening the program development time of new releases the developers had thought aloud about reducing the number of officially supported architectures. At the time the talk was of perhaps four architectures only.

My sysadmin toolbox

After reading an article on system administration utilities, I started thinking about the utilities I find most valuable in my day-to-day work. A few were mentioned in the article, such as Vim and GNU Screen, but most were not. When thinking over my list, I was surprised by how many were recent additions.

Another Attack Upon Quinn

Her title says it better: "David Coursey's Massachusetts FUD", however, I thought it might mislead certain types such as myself into thinking this was a new popular culture dance craze. Nonetheless, where pulling "facts" from strange, smelly places is de rigueur I guess such trash has its place. In any case, see its dismemberment here. I just regret the readership of the former is so much larger than for the latter.

Red Hat Third-Quarter Earnings Call

Management said that technology buyers are narrowing their lists of approved vendors, which magnifies the success of category leaders. For the fourth quarter, Red Hat expects to earn 11 to 12 cents a share, 15% above estimates and double the year-ago earnings. According to International Data Corp., dollar sales of servers shipped with Linux installed grew 34.3% in the quarter, with unit shipments up 20.5%. Sales and earnings are expected to grow at double-digit rates for several more quarters.

Intel's new plan: Inside everything

  • CNN Money (Fortune); By Adam Lashinsky (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2006 1:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
(Fortune) Technology users, prepare to be sold. Intel, the world's most important semiconductor maker, has decided that it wants to be inside far more than just your PC. As a result, if you pay attention to anything having to do with digital gadgets, bits and bytes, software and hardware, starting this week Intel (Research) plans to make it damn near impossible to ignore the company's new message.

Financial regulatory guidance over deployment of open source ...

  • IT Directors (Posted by bstadil on Jan 3, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free open source software (FOSS), while not pervasive, is being more extensively deployed within financial institutions in the UK

DebConf6: Final call for sponsorship requests

  • Mailing list; By Neil McGovern (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 12:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
Hi! DebConf6 will take place from the 14 May to the 22th 2006 in Oaxtepec, Mexico. It is preceded by an unofficial work camp called "debcamp",

Problem: In need of a Time-Tracking Software

From idea/demand to test deployment in 3 hours. - thanks to Debian and FOSS.

Queen Honors iPod Designer

Queen Elizabeth II named Jonathan Ive, the designer of Apple Computer’s iPod and iMac, to the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List. The 38-year-old London-born Apple employee was named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) on Saturday.

[Ed: It still doesn't do Ogg-Vorbis. Well, congrats to you Jonathan! - dcparris]

Cheap Google PCs, anyone?

  •; By Sallie Hofmeister (Posted by henke54 on Jan 3, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
Cheap PCs, anyone? Google will unveil its own low-price personal computer or other device that connects to the Internet. Sources say Google has been in negotiations with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., among other retailers, to sell a Google PC. The machine would run an operating system created by Google, not Microsoft's Windows, which is one reason it would be so cheap — perhaps as little as a couple of hundred dollars. Bear Stearns analysts speculated in a research report last month that consumers would soon see something called "Google Cubes" — a small hardware box that could allow users to move songs, videos and other digital files between their computers and TV sets. Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products, will give a keynote address Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Don't wait for Microsoft to fix WMF flaw

Windows users should install an unofficial security patch now, without waiting for Microsoft to make its move, advised security researchers at The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC).

[Ed: For our readers who still deal with Windows, you'll want to pay attention to the WMF vulnerability! - dcparris]

Report: Hardware Emulation and Old Games

Have you ever found yourself quoting something from a favorite old arcade game ("Elf needs food, badly!") and wondered whatever happened to that original experience? When caught in a nostalgic mood, it's a natural move these days to find out if you can revisit those old games again.

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