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GNOME 2.14 due next month

The countdown to the next update to the GNOME desktop is on: mark March 15 on your calendar. (Unless, of course, you're a KDE disciple, or one of those CLI old-school types.) VoIP support, improved security for corporate deployments and several tools for making it easier to search the Web are some of the new features uses can expect in Version 2.14 of GNOME.

Os X under attack

In the past few weeks, Apple's Mac OS X has taken some very serious security hits, leading some of us professionally paranoid security types to wonder if we're finally seeing the long-expected surge of attacks on Apple systems. I never did buy into the theory that Apple's software was immune to malware or significant vulnerabilities — I've always figured that vandals attack the most obvious target, which is why Microsoft vulnerabilities are so often in the security headlines.

About: FOSDEM 2006

So - the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) of 2006 is over, and it was a great experience. You can find additional reports about it at their Wiki page, and they also provide links to their flickr photo album and other pictures.

WIN4LIN ANNOUNCES MAJOR UPGRADE TO 2000/XP DESKTOP PRODUCT

Company’s Products run Windows Desktop and Applications on Linux at Near-Native Speed

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 125:
We talk to long-time KDE developer Zack Rusin
Personal mp3 streaming software
Pat migrates to Ubuntu on his laptop
Palm T5 and Linux
Security Monkey
Bashpodder gets some press
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Report: Wall Street: Linux Gets a Lift from Web Services, Tech Support

Are Linux and open source implementations rising on Wall Street? "Yes," said participants in a financial services IT trade show held this week in New York City, who cited Web services and incremental improvements to tech support as two big drivers. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Swedish National Supercomputing Center to Tackle Large-Scale Problems With New SGI Altix System

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 5:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Researchers Work to Simulate Electrical Properties of Low-Cost Alternative to Silicon

Where is the outrage as Oracle bids for open source?

Where is the outrage? Hey as you will be reading soon, from an informed source, some of the acquired properties are necessary for Oracle's survial due to its lack of functional tools. This does not seem, at least in some of the cases, to buy and bury. If Oracle went that route it might find they owned only a zombie whereas the Ghost was outside running wild and free.

To be fair, he does mention that true friend of open and free SAP is helping fund MySQL AB's search for alternative transaction support. This buying fenzy by Oracle may end in making it a friendlier supported of open and free. Patience, lets wait and see.

Linux Networx Announces Linux Supercomputing Storage Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 3:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Storage Is Integrated With Linux Networx Supersystems to Drive New Levels of Total Application Throughput Coupled With Unrivaled Total Cost of Operations

HP Enables DreamWorks Animation to Simplify Business Operations with SOA on Linux

  • LinuxElectroncs; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Mar 1, 2006 2:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
HP has said that DreamWorks Animation has implemented an HP solution based on a service-oriented architecture that simplifies and consolidates key business operations.

A service-oriented architecture (SOA) is an approach to building and managing IT infrastructures using standards-based software and services as autonomous, re-usable components.

HP worked closely with DreamWorks to integrate several of its key business applications into the new architecture. Overall, the HP SOA approach provides DreamWorks with a more streamlined workflow and a common look and feel across each application.

Switching to SUSE 10



Back in November, sharkscott decided to go cold turnkey from XP to Linux. He's a rep for HP and works in places like CompUSA.

Lots of people posted to his thread on Lxer and helped him a lot.

So, on his own, he posted a nice piece on Digg.com

I started a thread on my switch to SuSE 10 from XP. I am pretty much a newbie still and with the help of those who responded I have come a long way in my knowledge and experience. I thought that it might be of help to someone out there who is like me. I know my way around a computer but I am not a programmer or system administrator by trade.

A survey of free font licenses

Suddenly, it's free font license time. The Bitstream Vera license, the starting point for most free font licenses, is several years old. In late January, SIL International's Non-Roman Script Initiative announced the SIL Open Font license. A new draft of the STIX License is due in March, with fonts scheduled to be released in beta in April and in final form in June. Each of these licenses has been developed in consultation with the free and open source software (FOSS) communities and strives to balance the philosophy of the communities with the concerns of font designers.

Phoenix makes a compelling case for the Open Source BIOS

BIOS GIANT Phoenix, the company responsible for the pieces of code saved on flash memory and which initialize our computers and interfaces to the hardware at the low level -even before the OS loads, is giving us plenty of reasons to support the case of an open source BIOS.

The Lion, the Witch, and Linux

Walden Media, the company that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, wanted a community-driven Web site that would encourage discussion and collaboration on the educational products related to its movies. After considering the options, Walden Media chose Liferay's MIT-licensed open source content management system (CMS), running on Linux.

Novell Continues Linux Market Leadership in China

New research from CCID Consulting, China's leading industry analyst firm, shows Novell continues to lead the Linux* market in China. Novell holds a 25.1 percent share of the Linux market in China, surpassing other local and international Linux distributors. Novell's success in China reflects a strong commitment to Chinese open source development and to Novell's growing customer base in this rapidly expanding market.

Test drive: Parallels

Parallels launched Parallels Workstation for Desktop, its first x86 virtualization software, back in September, joining VMware's proprietary Workstation and the Xen open source virtual machine applications. Parallels Workstation, which is also proprietary, offers similar features and performance to VMware Workstation, but at only $49, compared to VMware's $189 price. This month the company announced version 2.1 beta. I liked the user interface, the virtual machine wizard, and the price.

Hardware: Open Graphics Project's OGD1 PCB Schematic Completed

This week, developers with the Open Graphics Project are announcing that we have the PCB schematic for the OGD1 product ready for public review.

The Open Graphics Project is dedicated to developing open-architecture graphics hardware, specifically for use with Free and Open Source operating systems. Based on community feedback, we have defined a graphics architecture, and are working steadily towards producing real graphics hardware that "just works" with Linux, BSD, and other free operating systems.

Major EE trade journal discovers embedded Linux

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Feb 28, 2006 9:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the largest electronics design magazines has published an extensive, detailed primer on Linux in consumer electronics (CE). Written by Technical Editor Warren Webb, and published in EDN magazine, the well-written article presents an extensive list of advantages driving CE Linux adoption, along with a few lingering concerns.

Develop Your Own Filesystem With FUSE

  • dW (Posted by idean on Feb 28, 2006 8:31 PM EDT)
With Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE), you can develop a user space filesystem framework without understanding filesystem internals or learning kernel module programming. Follow this simple, step-by-step guide to install, customize, and enable FUSE and AFS, so you can create your own fully functional filesystem in user space in Linux.

Ubuntu: Dapper Drake

I use Dapper Drake on my laptop because it doesn't do everything I want it to do. But, I'm bound and determined to make sure the final release can do everything I want it to do.

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