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OS Virtualization: An Introduction

One of the hottest topics in all of IT today is the subject of virtualization. While it has been around for some time, it has just recently started to garner the attention of the biggest names in tech. Everyone from Intel and AMD, to Microsoft, Sun, and virtually every commercial Linux vendor has either current or planned support for virtualization. So what is it, and why is everyone so head over heels about it?

Reports of Linux's death premature

A recent Slashdot offering entitled A Look At Windows Server Outselling Linux pointed to a story on CoolTechZone with the absurd title of "Linux is Doomed, Thanks to Microsoft." The story, title and all, is one of the most egregiously wrong reports of the century. Here's why.

if (Windows Rules) then (Linux fails)

FUD, taken as the art of spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt, is at its most dangerous when it plays on existing certainties to reinforce delusion. A recent report by Security Innovation comparing Windows and Linux seems to fall squarely into that category.

Partition Image is a utility which saves partitions in many formats

  • Digg.com; By bcassner (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Description: Partition Image is a Linux/UNIX utility which saves partitions in many formats (see below) to an image file. The image file can be compressed in the GZIP/BZIP2 formats to save disk space, and split into multiple files to be copied on removable floppies (ZIP for example), ... Partitions can be saved across the network since version 0.6.0.

Hacking 101

  • sourceforge.net; By Project (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This document gives the reader a tour of what the UNIX development environment has to offer. It describes the components usually found in the toolboxes of open source developers, and points the readers to selected web resources that introduce the use of those tools. The goal of all these is to help the readers to become productive quickly in the UNIX world. This document can be used by a young hacker as a syllabus for a self-guided study...

Official Alpha Release of RSS D.J.

RSS DJ is a new style of RSS aggregator. It can take any text based RSS feed (blogs, news feeds, anything), and automatically convert them to spoken word MP3 podcasts. You can even create your own “Mixes” combining feeds based on tags, freshness, and peer ratings.

Libranet Shutting Down

  • Something Happened; By Tal Danzig (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 8:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
On the Libranet front, I hope to be able to post something more official soon, but basically the operation is shutting down. I don't know if this will be permanent or not, but it's the situation for now. I'm not a business man, and I can't run the company on my own so it's really the only choice for the moment. There is a possibility of finding some outside involvement to give Libranet a good kick in the pants and get it going again, but I'm not going to be able to even investigate anything along this path until I get back to Canada next spring. Still, if anyone out there is seriously interested (or knows of someone who is interested) in getting involved in the GNU/Linux world in a big way, don't hesitate to let me know.

MySQL wants to be Ikea of the database market

MySQL AB's imminent release of its MySQL 5.0 database will introduce new enterprise features making it more competitive with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, but the company's CEO has maintained that it is more interested in mimicking the run-away success of Swedish retailer Ikea than any of the established database vendors.

OpenSolaris leader leaves Sun for Amazon

Claire Giordano, the Sun executive who led the introduction of the Sun's OpenSolaris operating system project and its accompanying open-source Community Development and Distribution License, is leaving the company for a to work for Amazon's A9 search engine project.

Review: Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

  • Newsfactor Network; By Mark Long (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intuitive controls make Internet browsing and e-mailing simple. If you use a PDA, then you should feel right at home: The color touch-screen allows you to input text using an included stylus via a virtual keyboard or handwriting, although a slide-out Qwerty keyboard would have been nice. A directional pad makes for easy scrolling.

Join the Geekcorp, see the world.

  • Tectonic; By Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
US non-profit volunteer group Geekcorps is recruiting geeky volunteers to brave darkest Africa with Linux in one hand and goodwill in the other.

Nvidia Linux SLI Primer

Now that the 1.0-8XXX drivers are due out for an official public launch shortly, and the 1.0-8168 BETA drivers have been leaked by ASUS, GNU/Linux users can finally begin to experience the benefits of Scalable Link Interface (SLI) Technology in addition to many other improvements that Microsoft Windows ForceWare users have been able to utilize in their high-end systems for quite some time.

So why not put Linux on your business desktops?

  • ZDNet UK; By Peter Judge (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The encroachment of Linux and other free or open source software on the server is well-documented; first at the edge of the network running web servers, email servers and the like, and now increasingly in the datacentre. But what about Linux on the desktop?

Linux desktop packages now include more and more features and are packaged up better and better. The specifications and prices of the packages in our current shoot-out of Linux desktops should be enough to make anyone at least consider making the switch to open source.

New free software makes contact ezee

  • Marketing Web; By Ken Young (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Spliced Networks has launched an online magazine focusing on open source solutions related to enterprise data networking.

Social Source

  • OhmyNews International (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A recent Social Source event in London looked at how open source software could be used by voluntary organizations. As well as covering blogs and wikis, a new topic was the Open Document -- a standard supported by Oasis and featured in Open Office 2. Similar issues will be part of Online Information Conference in London Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

SGI Demonstrates Portfolio of Government Solutions at I/ITSEC Designed to Manage Information Overload

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Diskless Operation Server for Multi-Level Security Changes and Media Fusion Demo in Ultra-High Resolution Featured in SGI Booth

HowTo: Linux-Vserver on Debian Sarge

  • HowtoForge; By BJ Dierkes (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 28, 2005 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Linux-VServer allows you to create virtual private servers and security contexts which operate like a normal Linux server, but allow many independent servers to be run simultaneously in one box at full speed.

Software offers open source RFID/sensory integration.

  • Industrial News Room (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
i-Konect Announces First Milestone Release of "Singularity", an Open Source RFID/Sensory Integration Platform

Open-source Risk Considered

  • TechNewsWorld; By Jay Lyman (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 7:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Black Duck Software's customers, who number about 70, are interested in planning for software combinations, analyzing code for compliance, dealing with issues when they arise and documenting code to show contributions, rights and responsibilities.

Open source developers intervene in Microsoft EU lawsuit

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is intervening in the case Microsoft has brought against the European Commission over its order that the company’s server protocols should be available to the open-source community.

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