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The open and closed regions of the software world are poles apart, and not even the open source community can agree on the terminology. So, secure in the knowledge that fear, uncertainty and doubt are rife, how do you navigate the open source minefield?
Open source code generally evolves through the cooperation of a community of developers and is made available to the public, enabling anyone to make a copy, modify or redistribute it without paying royalties or licence fees. Traditionally, software vendors have distributed their products with no access to the source code, making modifications technically impossible.
Where do we begin when it comes to separating the open source words from the business reality? Where is open source in business and, in particular, in New Zealand business?
Like last year's PDA, donated by xtops.de, the Free Software Foundation Europe will be raffling off two HP notebooks to all active Fellows on 1 April this year. For two lucky Fellows, April Fool's Day will be anything but foolish.
Novell Inc. of Provo, Utah, has released the source code for its recently acquired open-source Linux security application, AppArmor, and has also set up a project site in hopes of attracting outside developers to further refine the program. The release of the software has sparked debate in the open-source community, however.
Rackspace Managed Hosting, a managed hosting provider, and JBoss, a professional open-source company, announced a partnership agreement to create Intensive Hosting for Linux/JBoss Edition, a managed Linux hosting solution specifically designed for complex Java Enterprise Edition applications running on JBoss Application Server.
Microsoft lately has been challenging Linux's suitability for older hardware, so it seems like a good time to look at Linux distributions that can run on older machines. I took six distributions for a test run on an old machine, and also tried software that turns old hardware into a thin client. The bottom line: Linux is still quite suitable for older hardware. It might not turn your aging PC into a powerhouse, but it will extend its lifespan considerably.
For these tests, I dug out Igor, an old PC that had been collecting dust in my closet. Igor is a Pentium II 233MHz machine with 64MB of RAM, an 8x CD-ROM drive, a 3GB hard drive, and an integrated ATI 3D Rage Pro video card with 4MB of video RAM. You can run Linux on older and slower machines, but this is the most under-powered machine I had available.
The Access/PalmSource Linux platform (ALP) will feature a native GTK+ environment, a Dragonball 68K emulator, and other interesting technologies, according to an article at ComputingUnplugged. However, the product could face challenges in the business world, author Jason Perlow suggests.
You might not expect it, but one of the security industry's most successful executives shares a house with his mother-in-law. In fact, Martin Roesch, founder and chief technology officer of Sourcefire Inc., and inventor of the popular Snort open source IDS tool, also manages a frenetic household that includes his wife, three young daughters and several pets.
If you want an answer to how serious Sun is about supporting Linux, you can just visit their home page
. Isn't this the same old Sun Microsystems we've come to know? Well according to Marc Andreessen, Solaris is a better Linux than Linux
This tutorial shows how to install and configure Apache2 with PHP5 and PHP4 enabled at the same time. On Digg.com
The Gentoo Release Engineering team proudly announces the release of Gentoo Linux 2006.0. Gentoo Linux 2006.0, the first release in the 2006 series, represents improvements across many architectures since the 2005.1 release.
The article explains why and how policies regarding Open source may be changed. And what is being done at the Allahabad high court at open source level.
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MySQL has hired Jim Starkey, creator of the InterBase database, which later became the popular open-source Firebird database,in addition to scooping up Starkey's one-man Firebird-based company, Netfrastructure.
Legazpi City (24 February) -- That “the best things in life are free,” was proven during the Bicol Open Source Forum held February 16, 2006 at the Daragang Magayon Hall, Aquinas University in Legazpi City where a total of 150 computer users and ICT advocates from the government, academe and the private sector from all over the region convened.
The Penetration Tester’s Open Source Toolkit is a new offering from Syngress that primarily focuses on using the Auditor live CD. The 200605-02-ipw2100 version comes included with the book; if you have an IPW2200 wireless interface in your laptop, though, the 802.11x tools won’t work as it doesn’t include the proper driver.
DriverHeaven just posted an open source editorial concerning ATi’s non-existent support of Linux. Panagiotis “Kombatant” Vagiakos details with some passion his frustration with ATi’s current (lack of) Linux driver support. Here is a quote for you:
MySQL will announce next week that is has acquired Web application technology firm Netfrastructure. Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Netfrastructure's founder Jim Starkey will serve as MySQL's senior software architect, though exact details of what his position entails have not yet been disclosed. Starkey is considered a relational database pioneer. He has played a pivotal role in the Firebird-embedded database project and may serve to hedge MySQL against incursion from proprietary database goliath Oracle.
Wouldn’t it be refreshing if you could email the author of the software you use to ask questions about it? Open source software users do that every day, and would have us believe their software is all the better for it.
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