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An Open Letter to Jonathan Schwartz and Miguel de Icaza

Jonathan, you are leading the development of a Free Software, high-quality, multi-language VM runtime with an extensive class library, called OpenJDK. Miguel, you are leading the development of a Free Software, high-quality, multi-language VM runtime with an extensive class library, called Mono. How about a merge? We'll call the new project "OpenVM", for convenience in this letter. Let's jump right in to the advantages for the projects:

What does IBM mean for an open source start-up?

  • ZDNet Blogs; By Dana Blankenhorn & Paula Rooney (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Mar 26, 2008 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: IBM
News that IBM is among the new investors in EnterpriseDB has already been remarked upon by our own Matt Asay. I know it gives employees a warm feeling to know that the VC money is flowing and Big Blue believes in them. But what should this mean to the EnterpriseDB community? Does IBM’s backing for an open source company give you the same feeling, or something queasier?

Creating your own streaming music server with Ubuntu and Ampache.

The main focus of this article is to get you setup with a solid Linux server and a streaming media application called Ampache. If you follow my guide verbatim, you will have exactly that. Let's get started!

Automated System Lock Down Tool for Oracle Enterprise Linux

Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. (TCS), a leader in building security applications that run on the Linux operating system, today announced that it has become a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork and now offers organizations that have invested in Oracle® Enterprise Linux versions 4 or 5 with Security Blanket 1.2, an automated system lock down and security management tool. Security Blanket enables systems administrators to automatically configure and enhance the security level of their Linux operating platform by simplifying the current arduous methods for “hardening” systems that must be undertaken on a regular basis to meet security compliancy requirements.

Is open source anti-American?

While Matt Asay and Paula Rooney chose the meat in Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s remarks at OSBC, others chose to play the political game of gotcha. So, is open source anti-American?

First public release of Web Console

The Web Console Group announced the immediate availability of an open source application, Web Console 0.2 beta. The application is written on Perl using AJAX technology does not require any database and can be deployed in about 10 minutes. Web Console is a web-based application that allows remote users to execute UNIX/Windows shell commands on a server, upload/download files to/from server, edit text files directly on a server and much more. The application is represented as a web page that accepts user input such as a command, executes that command n a remote web server, and shows command output in a browser.

Taking A Good Long Look At Vector Linux 5.9 Standard

  • O'Reilly Linux Dev Center; By Caitlyn Martin (Posted by caitlyn on Mar 26, 2008 5:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux, Slackware
Over the past 14 months I’ve reviewed two previous releases of Vector Linux: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard and Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO. Anyone who has run those versions of Vector Linux would find the new version quite familiar. In reality the changes between 5.8 and 5.9, which was released in December, are like day and night.

Red Hat: More Customer Involvement with Community Needed

Red Hat hasn't done a good enough job of promoting its position as the leading Linux vendor, and also needs to do a better job of getting its customers involved with the community, Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO and president, told attendees at the opening keynote at the Open Source Business Conference here March 25. "Our customers expect a lot more from us than we are currently delivering," Whitehurst said. "While we deliver the value of the community model to enterprises, we do a lousy job of getting those enterprises involved with the community."

LinMin announces proprietary provisioning for FOSS networks

Developing a business model around free and open source software (FOSS) can be a delicate balancing game. Many companies in this space opt for models in which revenue comes from sources such as services, rather than the software itself. However, the recently announced LinMin is taking a different approach with a new appliance and imaging appliance: Although it runs and works on FOSS, LinMin's software is proprietary. The company's reasons for this practice raise several core issues about the relationship between FOSS and proprietary software on one hand and business priorities on the other.

Vyatta Delivers Appliance for Small Networks

Vyatta today introduced the Vyatta 514, a networking appliance that combines Vyatta’s open-source routing and security software with a small form factor hardware platform. With integrated routing, firewall, and VPN features, the Vyatta 514 is ideally suited to connect small businesses and branch offices to the Internet or private networks. The Vyatta 514 provides all the security, performance, and functionality of proprietary networking solutions at a fraction of the cost.

A response to Patrick Durusau: Who Loses If OpenXML Loses?

LXer Feature: 26-Mar-2008

This is a response to Patrick Durusau's recent letter Who loses if OpenXML loses?. The only one who loses if DIS 29500 fails is Microsoft, whose Office 2007 cashcow will run into trouble. Everyone else, including the OpenDocument Format, do not need an ISO stamp of approval on DIS 29500. The current Ecma 376 standard, flawed as it is, is more than enough to work with. Read more to find out why.

Updated on 26-Mar-2008 12:34 PM I emailed a copy of this article to Patrick and he responded. I have posted his response at the bottom of the article.

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Fedora 9 Beta Screenshots

Jesse Keating has announced the availability of the beta release of Fedora 9. Highlights: "GNOME 2.22, with new features like a helpful world time clock, better file system performance, security improvements, power management at the login screen, the ability to dynamically configure displays, better Bluetooth integration; KDE 4.0.2, which includes a brand new desktop and panel with many new concepts; Screenshots at The Coding Studio

HAMMER Approaches Alpha Status

Matthew Dillon posted on update on his evolving HAMMER filesystem, noting that it "passes all standard filesystem stress tests and buildworld will run with a HAMMER /usr/obj". He also noted, "pruning and reblocking code is in and partially tested, but now needs more stringent testing; full historical access appears to be working but needs testing." He added, "there are two big-ticket and several little-ticket items left. HAMMER will officially go Alpha when the big-ticket items are done, and beta when we get a few of the little-ticket items done." The two "big-ticket" items left to be completed are UNDO crash recovery code, and handling for full filesystems.

eBay's Eclipse plug-ins in action

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Galpin (Posted by jmalasko on Mar 25, 2008 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here's a two-part "Eclipse at eBay" series, that first looks at eBay's architecture and how eBay has tailored Eclipse to suit it, then at some of the organizational needs of eBay and how it has used Eclipse to fill those needs. These articles concentrate on how eBay has used Eclipse, but the beauty is that you can employ similar tactics for your organization.

Yahoo!, MySpace and Google to Form Non-Profit OpenSocial Foundation

Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google today announced they have agreed to form the OpenSocial Foundation to ensure the neutrality and longevity of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed specification for building social applications across the web. Yahoo!'s support of OpenSocial and role as a founding member of the new foundation are landmarks for the rapidly growing specification which will now offer developers the potential to connect with more than 500 million people worldwide.

Interview with organizers of the BSD certification exam

The BSD Certification Group, (BSDCG) held its first in-person BSDA certification exam session for systems administrators during SCALE last month in Los Angeles. Subsequent tests were then held held during FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium, and Linux-Tage Chemnitzer in Chemnitz, Germany. During the events, we were able to catch up with several people involved in the testing. Here's what they had to say about the exam development process, the events themselves, and reasons for becoming certified.

ODF editor: ODF loses if OOXML does

The editor of the Open Document Format (ODF) standard has written a letter that strongly supports recognizing Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) file format as a standard, arguing that if it fails, ODF will suffer. As the editor of OpenDocument, I want to promote OpenDocument, extol its features, urge the widest use of it as possible, none of which is accomplished by the anti-OpenXML position in ISO," Patrick Durusau wrote. "The bottom line is that OpenDocument, among others, will lose if OpenXML loses. ... Passage of OpenXML in ISO is going to benefit OpenDocument as much as anyone else."

[More FUD from Patrick. How did he become an ODF editor? - Sander]

Debian Installer Lenny Beta1 Screenshots

The Debian Installer team is pleased to announce the first beta of Debian Lenny's Installer. This is the first release since Etch and the whole team has been hard at work during the past 11 months to make this release full of new features and bug fixes. Screenshots at The Coding Studio

Open Source Technology in Digital Signage

  • Writer and Free Thinker at Large; By Michael Willems (Posted by freethinker on Mar 25, 2008 7:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source empowers business. This article describes some of the facts, outlines how EnQii, the Digital Signage company where the author is Chief Technology Officer, is benefiting from FOSS, and outlines how in the future, FOSS will be increasingly used.

CrossOver Games Preview & Benchmarks

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 25, 2008 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While we're continuing to see new Linux-native games introduced (such as the recent Shadowgrounds announcement) and the continued work by Linux Game Publishing with different games, the Linux gaming market is still far from being saturated and it keeps many gamers from even trying out Linux because of the limited choices. As they near version 1.0, WINE has been making strides at allowing gamers to run their Windows game binaries on Linux and last year Transgaming had introduced Cedega 6.0 with expanded game support -- among other improvements. Today though another option has been introduced and that is using CrossOver Games to run your favorite Windows games on Linux.

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