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Desktop FreeBSD Part 1: Installation

A few years ago, Ed Hurst began what would become an extremely popular series of articles on getting started with desktop BSD. Because of the continuing popularity of this series, Ed had revised the articles to apply to the latest and greatest versions of FreeBSD. In thi...

Sun Aims To Outdo Linux

Sun Microsystems wants Internet developers to deploy their Web infrastructures on Sun's Solaris 10 operating system. Its three latest releases aim to help. They include Solaris Express, Developer Edition, an OpenSolaris-based distribution for Solaris, Java, and Web 2.0 developers; Solaris + AMP (Apache/MySQL/Perl or PHP), an open source-based Web infrastructure stack designed for the Solaris 10 operating system; and an expansion of Sun's Startup Essentials program.

Stackable Filesystems

  • Systhread; By Jason (Jay) R. Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Feb 17, 2007 10:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The nullfs filesystem is a passthrough filesystem. When nullfs is mounted it - literally copies the filesystem transaction. If a file is deleted, nullfs simply transmits the information down to the lower filesystem. Conversely, if a file is created, it does the same and tacks on all of the data needed for the filesystem underneath. Why is that a good thing? Where did nullfs come from and why?. What else, if anything, is it good for? The series focuses on where nullfs comes from, how it can be leveraged, a code walk and a skeloten implementation (nearly a blind copy).

Linux: Improving Syslets, User Interface

Ingo Molnar [interview] posted a second version of his syslets subystem patch set, which offers asynchrous system call support [story]. He noted that the effort is a work in progress, and that there are still outstanding issues to be fixed,"the biggest conceptual change in v2 is the ability of cachemiss threads to be turned into user threads. This fixes signal handling, makes them ptrace-eable, etc," going on to list numerous fixes since the first release. He noted that prior to releasing a third version of the patch set he will add support for multiple completion rings, add logic to share the'spare thread' between the rings to further reduce startup costs, and remove reliance on mlock().Linus Torvalds commented,"I'm still not a huge fan of the user space interface, but at least the core code looks quite clean. No objections on that front."

OpenVZ Open Source Software Virtualization Project Has Great 2006

Made available on all leading platforms, added tools, great awareness leads to banner year

Linus fires latest shot in GNOME Wars

Some bad blood between Linus Torvalds and GNOME developers is flaring up again. Previously, Torvalds has said that Linux users should switch to KDE instead of GNOME because of the GNOME team's "users are idiots" mentality. Now he has "put his money where his mouth is" by submitting patches to the GNOME Print Dialog in order to have it behave as he likes.

[Nyah! My GUI is better than your GUI! - dcparris]

Openwave offers open source push services to operators

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Antony Savvas (Posted by dcparris on Feb 17, 2007 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Openwave Systems has launched a personalised content delivery system for mobile operators, which can use Ajax open source development technology.

Tip jar: Open-source advice abounds at LinuxWorld OpenSolutions

February 16, 2007 (Computerworld) -- NEW YORK -- Still looking for ideas about bringing some Linux and other open-source applications to your company? Here at this week's LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit, experts have been advising attendees on what to look for and how to evaluate choices, and offering their real-world experiences with deploying open-source software inside their own operations.

Set up remote access in UNIX through OpenSSH

Use OpenSSH to provide a secure environment for running a remote terminal.

IBM Teams with AMD, Novell to Create Linux Offering for IDS Cheetah

IBM has partnered with AMD and Novell to create an integrated Linux offering built around its next generation Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) data server, code-named "Cheetah". IBM also said that Cheetah has now entered an open beta testing for customers and business partners.

Open Source Terraforming

  • Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies; By Jamais Cascio (Posted by dcparris on Feb 17, 2007 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Whether we like it or not, geoengineering—what I’ve taken to calling “(re)terraforming the Earth”—is on the table as a strategy for dealing with onrushing climate disaster. This isn’t because it’s a particularly good idea; as far as we can now tell, the potential negative impacts of geoengineering projects may significantly outweigh any benefits. The reason why (re)terraforming is now the subject of so much attention is that, if it could be made to work, it would be a climate change remediation method, not just a climate change moderation method.

Red Hat CTO: Oracle pricing moves a non-issue

February 16, 2007 (IDG News Service) -- Red Hat Inc. has scheduled a March release for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5), the latest version of its open-source operating system, while it tries to fend off new competitive threats from Oracle Corp. and the Microsoft Corp.-Novell Inc. partnership.

Sandeep Sehgal to lead Red Hat's government vertical

Red Hat has appointed Sandeep Sehgal as national manager to head the government vertical for Red Hat India. The government vertical has recently been a key focus area for Red Hat across the world. Sehgal has been appointed to continue the focus in this space and will be responsible for identifying opportunities with the government where computing can be optimized by the use of Linux.

Shuttleworth clarifies Ubuntu's stance on proprietary drivers

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by SamShazaam on Feb 17, 2007 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
Ubuntu's Technical Board has decided not to activate proprietary video drivers by default in the upcoming Ubuntu 7.04 ("Feisty Fawn") release. Some people have interpreted this to mean that Feisty won't include these drivers, or that Ubuntu was backing away from proprietary drivers. Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's founder and backer, however, has now taken pains to tell the public that Ubuntu will continue to include and use proprietary software for "essential hardware."

RPM development on the road to revival

The RPM Package Manager (RPM) package format and utilities are the backbone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Fedora Core, SUSE, and Mandriva Linux distributions, a host of smaller distros, and the Linux Standard Base. For years, the RPM utilities and specification were maintained by Red Hat. That changed in 2006 when, following a lengthy period of uncertainty, the company relaunched rpm.org as an independent hub for RPM development.

Webhosting Services Firm, Layered Technologies, Chosen by PHP SaaS ...

  • TheHostingNews.com (press release) (Posted by dcparris on Feb 17, 2007 10:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: PHP
Frisco, Texas - (The Hosting News) - February 16, 2007 - Self-managed, dedicated server platforms and services firm, Layered Technologies, Inc. (LT), has been deployed by SaaS Provider, SolidPHP, for dedicated server and hardware infrastructures.

The New XForms.org Communnity Forum

XForms.org, a clearinghouse for discussing various XForms implementations, has recently launched. It contains significant resources for people interested in XForms development.

GPL Draft Has Microsoft/Novell Deal in Mind

NEW YORK -- When the the third draft of the General Public License (define) comes out, look for language that addresses the recent Microsoft-Novell patent deal.

Is there a secret story behind the Novell/Microsoft deal?

Was the Novell/Microsoft deal a worthwhile well-meaning effort between renegade open-source geeks at Microsoft and geeks at Novell that got derailed by salespeople and management, after which it was turned into a nightmare deal with the devil? I raise this question because I know someone with ties to people at both Microsoft and Novell. He has a credible story to tell about what really happened, and how much it differs from what we now know about the Novell/Microsoft deal. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get him to write up the history - yet. While I continue to pester him, here's the short version, third hand.

[Actually, it sounds like what happens all too often in the everyday, rough-and-tumble business world. - dcparris]

Nist recertifies open source encryption module

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has recertified the OpenSSL open source encryption module. OpenSSL once again is compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 1 standard, according to the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) of Hattiesburg, Miss.

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