Jason Schultz's "What every open source project should know about patents" was the last session I got to attend at this year's OSCON, and I'm really glad I did. Even though I knew the most crucial things about patents, there were a number of things that Jason managed to clue me in on
A longtime Microsoft ally whose organization has been on the software maker's payroll is now President Bush's pick to be the U.S. representative to the European Union. Bush this week named C. Boyden Gray, a Washington lawyer, to the post -- which comes as the European antitrust bureaucracy is embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with Microsoft (including a 497 million euro fine). Gray's nomination, which has the rank of ambassador, requires Senate confirmation.
Eric Laffoon, the project lead for KDE's Kdewebdev module, takes exception to Butler's arguments and makes the case for his view on the issue of Qt, below.
The idea for this list comes from Hilbert's problems. In 1900s Mathematician David Hilbert posed 23 problems, 10 were announced at a conference, the full list published later, very influential. He notes that all of these things were obvious, suggested or proposed by others.
Day three of Linux 2005 began with a long introduction to Xen 3, presented by Ian Pratt from the University of Cambridge. Xen is a virtual machine monitor. The concept of a virtual machine comes from the realisation that most computers only use a fraction of their CPU most of the time. If you could partition the resources of a single machine and allow it to pretend to be two or more systems, then this would be more efficient
The security of WLAN networks has been a major concern that is impeding their widespread use. The methods for securing the network like WEP and WPA have been shown to be vulnerable if the the encryption keys chosen is weak. The use of VPN overlay in WLAN networks can provide an additional layer of encryption and dramatically enhance the security of the network. Presented below is a review of my experiences implementing VPN overlay over a WLAN network using SuSE Linux as the server as well as the client platform.
Basing its claim on data from IDC's China Linux Market Analysis, 1H2005, Novell leads the Chinese Linux industry in revenue with a 32.9 percent market share, as well as in units shipped at 30 percent. "Novell grew faster than the market average in the first half of 2005," said Nielse Jiang, market analyst at IDC China, in a statement.
Beloved old technologies don't die. They go open source. For some reason the open source model has enabled dead and dying technologies to stay alive long after commercial interests left them to rot. The names of once popular but now ancient technologies, such as Gopher, DecNet, Amiga and even the Atari 2600 -- the granddaddy of all video game systems -- still live in the hearts, minds and source code of open source developers.
The DCCA (Debian Common Core Alliance) is an apt name. Sources within the Alliance said that "there will be a single set of packages, bit-identical to Debian Sarge in most if not all cases, that the participating distributions will share." "So, there will be a tangible Debian Common Core that you can download, that you can base a distribution on, and that you can certify to if you are an ISV[independent software vendor] or an IHV [independent hardware vendor]."
Recently our LUG mailing list experienced a significant quantity of messages which many participants considered to be off topic. During the several days of exchanges, one person voiced the opinion that to him Linux has always been as much about the free exchange of ideas as it being a developing operating system. There are reasonable arguments both ways.
Here at the seventh annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention this week, many open-source companies have been touting enterprise applications that offer alternatives to proprietary software for a wide ranges of uses, including business intelligence, customer relationship management and content management.
Analysis: This summer's LinuxWorld will feature more in the way of wheeling and dealing than technical breakthroughs and changes.
In the United States, traditional bastions of learning such as colleges and universities are limited in the education they can provide by the expertise of the professors they have on staff and by the hardware and software that they have available for laboratories. While most university lab technology is based onopen source, Latest News about open source Linux, Latest News about Linux and Unix -- popular elements of today"s corporate I.T. landscape -- courses centered upon systems integration, Latest News about integration legacy system knowledge, and detailed network management are frequently missing. What can you do to train your workforce?
What is Firefox? Straight from the horse's mouth: "Firefox is a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and is based on the Mozilla codebase. It is small, fast and easy to use, and offers many advantages over Internet Explorer, such as the ability to block pop-up windows."
The University of the Western Cape launches GNU/Linux laboratory to raise awareness of free software and increase its use in teaching and learning. Laboratory will be used to showcase the latest free software applications and prove "quality can be built on freedom".
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) is buying $8 million worth of Red Hat's Linux software and services. The deal was awarded through Red Hat reseller DLT Solutions, which has been a Red Hat partner since 2000. The DoC signed a "Blanket Purchase Agreement" (BPA) with Herndon, Va.-based DLT Solutions for Red Hat software and services to be obtained from June 1, 2005, to May 31, 2008, and "is not to exceed $8 million." Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Global File System and Red Hat Network products and services are all part of the deal.
Linux applications are gaining popularity in the retail sector, according to a study released by the Open Source Development Labs on Thursday. In all, Linux deployments in the retail sector were up 34 per cent in 2004 over previous years, according to the study, which was partially based on data from major Linux vendors including IBM, Novell, Red Hat and HP. The popularity of the open source operating system has been part of the reason that costs of POS systems have nosedived in cost, from $4,000 in 2000 to less than $1,000 in 2004, according to the Labs.
The chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center hopes that his organization will act as a spawning ground for top legal talent, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since January, the small team at the center has been juggling running a law practice with building a law firm, according to the center's chairman, Eben Moglen. With the center now established in its New York office, Moglen is looking to take on more clients and hire new staff, and he has high hopes for the center's future.
This is the third in a seven-part series written by FreeNX Development Team member Kurt Pfeifle about his involvement with NX technology. Along the way, he gives some basic insight into the inner workings of NX and FreeNX while outlining its future roadmap.
Novell is to move its SuSE Linux Professional to a community-driven development process with a project called OpenSuse. The move follows the strategy of RedHat's Fedora.