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In just a few short months, an open-source software package called Xen has been catapulted from obscurity to the limelight as many computing industry powers throw their weight behind the project.
The Open Source Development Lab is bringing potential good news for carrier network managers at the LinuxWorld show this week. The non-profit organization has announced new versions of its Carrier Grade Linux and Data Center Linux operating system specifications.
It began with an email invitation to play in the Celebrity Challenge with an open source community leader and AMD and Sun Microsystems executives on Tuesday morning at the LinuxWorld Convention and Exposition in Boston. The game was not unfamiliar to me: Unreal Tournament 2004, which was released last spring and works wonderfully on GNU/Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Although I missed my home setup -- the 64-bit edition of UT2004 running over 64-bit Gentoo on my Athlon 64 system -- all the players were on a level playing field, as we were all equally disadvantaged. But the stakes were high and dozens of people were watching us prove that GNU/Linux is not just for servers and workstations.
In this month's mocking toast To Evil! Danny O'Brien finds evil within Sun's Hotspot Java Machine, Sun's CSL (the other license), and the foolhardiness that is the "secret" email filtering techniques of our ugly American Verizon.net in Europe: "... banning email coming from countries outside the USA. Given that most spam comes from American companies, this sounds a bit like fighting stings by locking yourself in a beehive, and smearing yourself with royal jelly. But mostly, it's odd because eventually those foreigners are going to find someone they *can* communicate with. And once they snap out of that crazy bloo-bloo language they all speak, and talk proper English to a journalist, Word Will Get Out."
Erik van Konijnenburg announced Yaird, "Yet Another mkInitRD". Implemented in Perl, he describes the work in progress and proof of concept as "a rewrite of mkinitrd based on hotplug algorithms."
It's not only the code that will get sucked off the desktop, but also the content itself! Motorola, Sony, and Linspire have both announced initiatives to let you play your music on your mobile phones. Motorola is teaming up with Apple's iTunes stores, and is going to allow only DRM'd music. For that reason, the more open Linspire and Sony offerings are more disruptive and more interesting. The Sony deal won't be announced until March, so for now, let's take a look at the Linspire deal.
I started using Linux when SUSE Linux 6.1 came out. I've fiddled with Corel Linux, Mandrake, Turbolinux, and Slackware 9.0, but since I came across Arch Linux 0.7, a.k.a. "Wombat," I've become an avid convert.
Many factors should be taken into account when approaching the fork in Red Hat's Linux road.
I was glancing through the headlines at CNET news today, and I was surprised to see an article by RMS, the president of the FSF. What makes this surprising is that CNET always seems to have a vaguely pro-m$ agenda. I read through the article, and my surprise diminished.
On the final day, all signs point to success in Boston.
Xj3D is an open source toolkit for X3D (the XML and network-savvy successor to VRML). This new Xj3D M10 is the first release with an installer for Linux.
With new threats showing up every day, administrators find it increasingly hard to establish continued trust with their filesystems. Luckily, it's easier than you might think to maintain omniscient control of your filesystem. Through effective use of a filesystem integrity checker, you can keep a watchful eye on every aspect of an important machine's filesystem.
Organizations must consider licensing, platform differences carefully.
Companies can weigh the benefits of expanded help and bug fixes in commercial Linux alternatives.
IBM on Thursday unveiled a plan to spend $100 million over the next three years to build support for Linux into desktop applications for its Workplace software.
Tectonic Magazine, the first of its kind in South Africa, get overwhelmingly positive reception from local community.
It says: The European Parliament has thrown out a bill that would have allowed software to be patented. But I have seen this so often only to read another back door approach is immenient. What's the scoop on this?
McObject has announced the impending release of eXtremeSQL, a high-performance implementation of the popular SQL database programming language for use with eXtremeDB, which is an in-memory database for intelligent Linux devices. According to the company, eXtremeSQL serves the real-time enterprise Linux software market by greatly simplifying database programming.
When eWEEK Labs analysts want to puncture a software vendor's exaggerated claims, they often ask if the next release will cure world hunger.
The European Parliament is unequivocal: the software patents directive needs to go back to the drawing board. But the jury is still out on whether the Commission will listen.