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The clocks have fallen back, the leaves are hitting the ground and new BSD releases are on the Net. Among all the noise and buzz created by Linux, it's important to remember that it's not the only open source variant of Unix. OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD are all still very much alive and kicking and have recently been released from their respective projects.
One of the most frequently voiced objections when discussing a migration to OpenOffice.org is the cost of retraining the users. The argument is raised as a cost barrier, and essentially amounts to claiming that it would be cheaper to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft Office than to retrain users on OpenOffice.org. It's an attempt at the old "libre software isn't gratis" argument. Let's examine this argument closely to find out why it doesn't hold water.
EnterpriseDB has made release 2 of its open-source database available, less than three months after the release of its first version.
The software, built on PostgreSQL, lets you run unmodified Oracle apps and includes various improvements and enhancements to the basic PostgreSQL but at a tenth of the cost of an Oracle database, the company claims.
If you look at the Sony rootkit, it does several things. It strips you of your rights, it potentially causes your computer harm, it breaks your computer if you remove it, and eats your CPU time. All of these things are bad, no question there. It also does the end user no good in any way, shape or form, not even by the most demented stretch of the imagination. It only hurts those who spent money to buy it.
It does Sony no good either because the files are rippable on a whim by anything more intelligent than a half-drunk monkey. So, you have software that does you flat out harm, and no good for the producer. What isn't malware about this, and how can Sony claim this?
[Ed.- Boycott time. It won't happen, but at least they don't get my money.]
An anonymous reader writes "A new feature in CustomizeGoogle (Firefox extension) modifies the Google Cache urls so that they are no longer blocked by the Chinese firewall. This feature is only available in CustomizeGoogle zh-CN.
Open source is now "a mature technology" and the right, cost-effective option for many companies, according to Peter Blackmore, executive vice-president and president of worldwide sales at Unisys.
WALTHAM, Mass. – Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) has said that it will concentrate its business on key growth opportunities in the Linux and Open Source and Identity and Resource Management markets, resulting in a restructuring of the business that will reduce annual run rate expenses by more than $110 million. Novell anticipates that it will record a restructuring charge in the range of $30-35 million in the fourth fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, 2005.
The full effect of the cost reductions is expected to be realized in the first fiscal quarter ending Jan. 31, 2006. When completed in the first fiscal quarter 2006, the cost restructuring is expected to result in a total headcount reduction of approximately 600 positions, more than 10% of Novell’s worldwide workforce.
Sean Michael Kerner writes: A new effort is aiming to take the Solaris kernel (SunOS) and use it as the core of GNU systems with Debian-based packages. The effort could potentially represent an affront to Sun's open source effort OpenSolaris. Then again it might not.
[Sounds pretty interesting. I'm sure Sun is thrilled by this news! The question is, how will the GNU/Linux community view this? - Ed]
Web sites that use certain custom applications won't display as expected in Internet Explorer after installing two Microsoft security updates. To fix the situation one can download Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 or developers can recompile the affected ActiveX control and mark it as safe when run in an Internet browser. Pick your poison!
At this week's Cryptographic Hash Workshop in Washington, DC, the giants of the cryptography field met to discuss the problem of our disintegrating hash algorithms. Today, the security of the algorithms that protect our online banking and digital signature systems is crumbling, and no one has a simple answer to the problem.
Download a new and free Linux compatible trial version of Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time Tracking. Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time Tracking lets you follow the path of a user transaction end-to-end across your business infrastructure. You can drill down into each step that the transaction takes as it travels across multiple systems, and measure how each transaction component contributes to the overall response time.
Nowadays, Red Hat has real competition in Novell SuSE, said Warren Shiau, senior IT analyst for The Strategic Council in Toronto. Shiau said the enhancements Red Hat has made to its Enterprise Linux and the company's forthcoming solutions are all good news. Furthermore, Red Hat is giving Unix shops pause to consider Linux in terms of a long-term platform strategy.
[Healthy competition is a beautiful thing! Companies like Red Hat have to keep in shape. Customers benefit from this in more ways than one. - Ed]
Simon Burns writes: As regulators from the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) met to discuss a ruling in an antitrust case aimed at Microsoft, the president of Microsoft Korea, Yoo Jae-sung, said that if the KFTC urges Microsoft to remove bundled applications from Windows, it would be "difficult for us to do business in Korea". The comments, reported in the Korea Times, appear to represent a strengthening of Microsoft's position, after a Korean official scolded the company earlier today.
[Microsoft is reiterating their stance on Korea. Promises, promises. - Ed]
Ron Hovsepian says the vendors have not done too little to help companies make the transition to open source.
Hamburg, Germany, November, 2005 – German software producer Gentleware AG has made an outstanding user experience the focus of the solid new features of the newest release, version 3.2, of Poseidon for UML.
This article is a small letter to Stephen Harpster's most recent blog entry which chastises Lxer's Tom Adelstein for his look at the JDS. "Sorry Stephen, but Tom Adelstein was right...JDS is a throw away desktop...that's what you do to old Linux distros that stop their development.
Years removed from the original release of Postfix, the Unix-based mail server is still serving oodles of people every day. As a great alternative to Microsoft Exchange and the predecessor to crazy uncle Sendmail, Postfix is becoming the Linux mail server of choice, and is the SMTP mail transfer agent for Mac OS X Server. Sendmail may have a larger market share in the Linux community, but Postfix has a much simpler setup and is good for users who do not want to spend a lot of time configuring a mail server.
An international organization is preparing to publish its approval of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) as a worldwide standard, which could potentially lead to easier migration to and software development for Linux.
How did a school in Italy go from having one computer for the entire school and no Internet connection to having a thin-client network connected to the whole world? Free software, of course.
[ED.- Having myself received my first IT classes in elementary school, I can testify of the importance of such projects. A must read! - Tsela]
At the Open Source Business Conference this week, a hot new crop of open-source startups, including Centeris, XenSource, and rPath, showcased their upcoming wares.
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