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Niti Offers Automated Linux-Based OS

Friday, January 20, 2006: Net Integration Technologies (NITI) has come up with Nitix that offers the users a Linux-based operating system with automatic capabilities. The product’s self-healing and self-maintenance capabilities do away with the need to have a Linux expert to monitor its operation.

DRM: Three dirty letters you won't hear in a CES keynote

Doc Searls pans Paul Otellini's CES presentation of Intel's ViiV for the media cartel it's bound to create:

Some of us (myself included) have been concerned about the DRM capabilities reportedly built into ViiV, but in his presentation Otellini made clear that Viiv has been in development with Microsoft, as a new Wintel platform for home entertainment…It's being presented as the Complete Replacement for TV…."A chance for broadcasters and rights-holders to extend their franchise"…This is an Intel-Microsoft story. All about Windows Media, but barely mentioning it….What about non-OEMs? Good luck. This is a juggernaunt.

"The Austin Project" - a community-driven Linux advertising effort.

  • Blog of Helios; By Helios (Posted by dave on Jan 21, 2006 8:58 AM EDT)
"The Austin Project" will bring Linux into the light of day for thousands…possibly tens of thousands. Those who believe that Microsoft Windows is their only choice will soon know better. This is the day Microsoft did not want to come. The day the Linux Community took it upon themselves to give the world Linux.

Digg Story

Wine IS actually being ported to OS X (not a hoax)

  •; By trogdoor (Posted by tadelste on Jan 21, 2006 8:52 AM EDT)
This is not a hoax (as the previous post on the front page is) Darwine, as the OS X port is called, currently only compiles for the power PC but they are working on an Intel build and hoping that the new Intel macs will bring more interest to the project.

Project site

Open source more popular and saves money says Optaros

Open source really is becoming more popular, especially in big business, according to a survey performed by Optaros and InformationWeek magazine. The survey shows that, on average, a company with over $1 Billion in revenue saved around $3.3 Million in 2004 as the result of using open source technologies over proprietary technologies.

Novell offering free NetWare to OES training

A couple of weeks ago, I quoted a reader as saying ""It is frustrating, to say the least, to see Novell gleefully decide that we (others with my experience) all need to embrace an OS that we have no familiarity with and that few of our software vendors support. If Novell were willing to make an initial investment in helping us retrain (for free, or at least at a greatly reduced price), it would make it easier for us to justify staying with Novell products."

Why open source works for weapons and defense

Military, weapons, and national defense are certainly not synonymous with open source software, but developers and companies that provide Linux and other open source software for such applications indicate the ideals of open source communities are not contrary to its use in defense.

Stallman Clarifies Free Software Movement

Following this week's unveiling of the proposed GNU General Public License Version 3 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation President and Founder Richard Stallman discussed his work on GPLv3 and other free software issues with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney.

[Ed: If you are new to the FOSS community, this is classic Richard M. Stallman. Once you get past the history lesson, you learn about Tivo's role in GPLv3. - dcparris]

Is Wine Really Faster than Windows?

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jan 21, 2006 2:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: It's debatable whether the open-source program that allows Windows programs to run on Linux is faster than native Windows, but it has its place. (Linux-Watch)

The Linux pod people pocket $1500

Not often thought of as radio stars, Linux developers are now able to steal the limelight thanks to Dapto couple James and Karin Purser who produce the Linux Australia Update and the LUG Roundup podcasts from their lounge room. Linux Australia has this week donated $1500 to the Purser's to help them upgrade their equipment. Introduces Subversion Support for Key Open Source ... has said that it will provide support for the Subversion Software Configuration Management (SCM) system in addition to the CVS (Concurrent Versions System) SCM (Source Control Management) services currently provided. Subversion is an Open Source version control system designed to serve as a compelling alternative for CVS by providing directories, renames and file meta-data, plus other improved key features.

Book review: Linux Server Hacks, Volume Two

If you are looking for cool useful Linux tips and tricks collection then this book is necessary read for you. It covers everything from authentication to recovering data from Linux servers. Both William von Hagen and Brian Jones (and contributors) have done a remarkable work to put together Linux Tips & Tools for Connecting, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting system. I am dam sure most new Linux (and experienced) sys admin find the stuff to improve your skills that result into a better productivity at the end of day.

MSN Blockades phpBB Searchers

MSN searchers looking for ISPs or other services that support phpBB are out of luck. MSN search forbids it. Same applied to Google until Monday. Developers claim to get different results, depending on browser and the phrasing of the search query. phpBB users and their vendors just want to know when the blockade will end.

[ED: Uncertain the author listed is correct, could not confirm on the article - HC]

Securing and Hardening Linux Production Systems

  •; By Werner Puschitz (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 20, 2006 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
A Practical Guide to Basic Security in Linux Production Environments

Device Profile: Sputnik Server 1100

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jan 20, 2006 9:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A company specializing in carrier-class WiFi network management software is shipping an appliance version of its flagship product. The Sputnik Server 1100 offers a way for wireless service providers, carriers, and businesses to buy Sputnik Control Center software pre-installed on a standard Intel-based server appliance.

Surveys show open source popularity on the rise in industry

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 9:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A survey conducted by IT consulting firm Optaros and InformationWeek magazine shows that American companies and government organizations are saving millions of dollars with open source software. Conducted in September 2005, the survey is based on responses collected from over 500 companies, government agencies, and organizations. According to the collected data, approximately 87 percent of American organizations use open source software within their technology infrastructure.

Store this Data: PostgreSQL 8.1 Bootcamp May 1-5, 2006

The five-day course is a full-scale presentation of information that covers principal themes in succinct lectures immediately followed by hands-on exercises that put new concepts into practical use. While a background in database administration or PostgreSQL is not required, it is recommended that students have a command of basic Unix administration, the Unix command line, simple SQL statements, and basic programming concepts.

Virtualisation in the Linux kernel

  • ZDNet UK; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by bstadil on Jan 20, 2006 7:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
OpenVZ wants to see its virtualisation technology in the heart of the open source operating system. OpenVZ divides a single copy of Linux so it appears to be several independent instances of the operating system, from the perspective of higher-level software. Separate domains, called virtual private servers, can be independently rebooted — though in reality, the underlying operating system stays up and running.

Novell urged to build open source community around AppArmor Linux

Industry experts have predicted that Novell’s recent decision to open up the source code of its AppArmor Linux security offering will only have a “meaningful result” if the firm succeeds in developing a true open-source community around the technology.

[Ed: I quite agree. Most (all?) of the successful projects have a solid community behind them. - dcparris]

IBM Proposes Open-Source AJAX Project to Eclipse

IBM's ATF Project will contain features for developing, deploying, debugging and testing AJAX applications. The AJAX Toolkit Framework will provide extensible frameworks and exemplary tools for building IDEs for the many different AJAX runtime offerings, such as Dojo, Zimbra, etc. in the market.

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