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Red Hat In The Black

If Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison thought Linux purveyor Red Hat would go down easily, he was wrong.

Red Hat CEO on Microsoft, Novell customers

Linux vendor Red Hat posted solid results Thursday amid rising competitive pressure from Oracle, Novell and Microsoft. During the earnings call with analysts, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik was asked about Microsoft's announcement of three joint customers with Novell this week. Old news, he said.

Softmaker Office 2006 for Linux and FreeBSD Released

German software vendor SoftMaker has released SoftMaker Office 2006 for Linux and FreeBSD, an office suite for computers running Linux or FreeBSD that reads and writes all Microsoft Word and Excel files.

[Not to fear - there's still and KOffice. They're truly free. - dcparris]

Other smart devices with Linux inside

Here, we take a look at a wide variety of interesting Linux-powered gadgets that don't fit into the other categories of this guide -- everything from web-enabled digital cameras, to automobile telematics systems, to IBM's Linux wrist watch, to . . .

The well-tempered Debian desktop

  •; By Rick Lehrbaum (Posted by dcparris on Dec 23, 2006 4:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
I recently reported on my good results with migrating an old server from RH7 to Debian Sarge, beginning with the network-install CD. Responding to my comments that an install of a Sarge desktop on my old Thinkpad left me less than impressed, several readers admonished me for not installing Etch.

[Yep, I'm pretty sold on Debian Etch myself. - dcparris]

Linux man Reiser flogs Namesys

LINUX PROGRAMMER Hans Reiser, who is facing a charge that he murdered his estranged wife, is flogging his open sauce outfit Namesys to pay his legal bills.


BURBANK – 12/22/06 – Media production software developer Linux Media Arts Inc. (LMA) has formed a partnership with the Government of Manitoba, Canada, to open a new Open Source product research and development center in Winnipeg that will assist California-based global media companies wanting to penetrate Canadian and international markets.

Framework aims to commercialize mobile Linux apps

Access's open-source "application framework" for Linux devices, released under the Mozilla Public License (MPL), is now available for download. The Hiker Application Framework -- a set of libraries and utilities for GTK+ application installation, management, security, and inter-communication -- aims to enable the commercialization of applications targeting mobile Linux devices.

Polar Rose's Mikkel Thagaard

Hoping to do for internet photo searches what Yahoo did for text searches, Swedish company Polar Rose AB has announced a web browser plug-in that allows users to find photographic facial matches through any search engine.

[Posted for your reading pleasure - looks interesting! - dcparris]

Commercial gaming: Can it thrive on Linux?

Can a game company make a profit producing commercial offerings for Linux? Two cross-platform offerings that run on Linux are hoping to show that it can be done.

Fedora 6 Zod live CD

After lots of feedback, bug fixing and testing of the beta live CD announced 3 weeks ago, The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the first official Fedora live CD. This live CD is based on packages from the Fedora Core 6 (codenamed "Zod") and Fedora Extras package collections and is such 100% free software.

Generate Flash movies on the fly with PHP

Rich Internet Applications is the new buzz-phrase for Web 2.0, and a key component of the substance behind Web 2.0 is Adobe Flash. Take a break and have some fun with learning how to create Rich Internet Applications, integrate Adobe Flash movies into your applications and generate Flash movies dynamically with the Ming library.

PostgreSQL for MySQL users

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Dec 22, 2006 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
If you have been using MySQL for a while, you have a knowledge investment that may discourage you from exploring other databases. This short guide shows how common tasks in MySQL are accomplished in PostgreSQL. It also highlights some unique features of each database.

Codin' for the Web

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Dec 22, 2006 9:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: MySQL, PHP

I'm an extremely visual learner. If you introduce yourself to me, chances are that I'll forget your name after a few minutes. If I see your name in print, it's locked in my brain for all time (ok, I'm exaggerating, but not by much). Codin' for the Web (like, Singin' in the Rain) is a very visual book. Peachpit Press seems to specialize in producing their texts using high quality paper, fonts, colors, and images. Even without reading the content, it's just a pleasure to look at the pages. However, without good content, the "eye candy" effect doesn't mean much.

Tufte'sBeautiful Evidence combines theory and practical advice

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 8:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What does an anti-slavery pamphlet, a graph of French losses during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and a PowerPoint slide presentation have in common? The answer, according to Edward Tufte's latest collection of essays, Beautiful Evidence , is that all of them combine words and graphics to convey information -- although not with the same success. This is a subject with which readers of Tufte's previous books will be already familiar, and some of the essays in the book have been available online in slightly different forms for several years. Yet, for all this familiarity, in Beautiful Evidence, Tufte still manages to offer readers a combination of practical advice and theory in a style that manages to be both leisurely and challenging at the same time.

Open source to be a driving force in education

  • Computeractive; By Andrea-Marie Vassou (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 7:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software in schools will be the driving force for Gordon Brown’s proposed ‘Knowledge Economy’, it was claimed today. The claim comes from Bluefountain, after massive cross-party backbench support for a change in government policy for IT in education. Nearly one in five backbenchers from all parties questioned the exclusion of open-source software from UK schools.

Linux Desktop 2006: better than ever

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 22, 2006 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
I recently read a story that asked, "Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?" Burst!? No, I don't think so. Actually, it still isn't even half as big as it will be when it's full.

This week at LWN: The 2006 Linux and free software timeline

For the ninth year in a row, the editors at have put together a timeline highlighting the most important events of the last twelve months.

Release-critical Bugreport for December 22, 2006

Bug stamp-out list for December 22, 2006

Airbus is banking on open source

The development of vital computer systems to be used and maintained for decades in aerospace and automobile construction is preconditioned on development tools the specifications of which elude most classical software products. Therefore a consortium of companies centered on the aircraft manufacturer Airbus has decided to make sure -- by launching a project dubbed TOPCASED (Toolkit in Open source for Critical Applications & Systems Development) -- that it gets its hands on such tools.

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