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Ever since Sun announced the inclusion of Java DB, known in the wild as Derby, in the JDK of the Java SE platform, there have been many complaints about it. A recent blog entry (funny URL by the way :) by Simon Morris caught my attention. I understand why one would complain about bloating the JDK with a database, or with the WS stack or even Rhino for that matter.
The Google Summer of Code is over, and final reports have been submitted. Most of our students worked well right up to (and in some cases beyond) the end of the summer, and hopefully we'll see some useful results from their projects coming to light soon. Expect a more detailed summary of what was achieved, coming soon to a d-d-a list near you.
- Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 milestone. This is a public beta. This is the first Red Hat Enterprise Linux release that includes Xen based open source virtualization technology. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 1 release contains virtualization on the i386 and x86_64 architectures as well as a technology preview for IA64. OSDir has some nice screenshots of Red Hat EL 5 Beta 1 in the Red Hat EL 5 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour
Articles like this one are so misguided
. Giving you a brief overview what the article from ComputerWorld says: Open Source supporters build fortresses around them that make them unapproachable and have infinite animosity toward Microsoft. Yep, that about sums it up. I'll show you below how this article was written by a ignorant journalist...one that probably is too prideful to ask for help when writing his garbage.
The Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit is ready to move into the second phase of its open source initiative, which is to expand use of the technology to more government agencies.
This whitepaper examines the market potential for hardware add-in cards that interface open telephony systems with the PSTN (public switched telephone network). It also looks at the trends driving businesses to adopt IP telephony systems, and at various popular open source PBXs and other tools.
Being a RISC OS user is an odd experience. It's normally baffling to non-believers why so many (mostly British) computer users persist with the eccentric beast. It's easy to list reasons why no self-respecting geek would trouble with it: many old or under-developed applications, poor streaming media support, lack of compatibility with key standards and technologies, limited hardware support, and there are many more. For most, RISC OS is a thing of the past, a curio, a once-promising minority OS trampled on by the juggernauts of Windows, MacOS and Linux.
[Its got another one of those big MS ads. but it is a decent article. - Scott]
A series of one-day trade shows on embedded systems and real-time computing will be held during the next four months in cities around the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conference (RTECC) events will include embedded Linux sessions and demonstrations.
Motorola is readying a slim, Linux-based PDA phone, according to several sources around the web. The E690, a tri-band GSM phone with QVGA touchscreen and 2 megapixel camera, will reportedly ship to China Mobile customers at an unspecified time.
Underneath the familiar KDE desktop, DesktopBSD is still FreeBSD; in fact, you will find more references to "FreeBSD" than "DesktopBSD" throughout the system. That's because, as the DesktopBSD FAQ says, "DesktopBSD isn't a 'fork' [of FreeBSD] -- it's a customized FreeBSD installation that mainly consists of the DesktopBSD Tools and a collection of configuration files and software for desktop use."
- Fluxbuntu is a Ubuntu-based derivative that uses FluxBox as the desktop environment (window manager). It is lightweight, swift and efficient compared to Gnome or KDE. These features makes Fluxbuntu suitable for vast range of computers, from low-end to high-end. OSDir has some great shots of the first ever public Fluxbuntu release in the Fluxbuntu nBuild1 Alpha Screenshot Tour
At this year's International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) a system that goes by the Italian name of Piero, which is capable of calculating the position and movement of people and objects on the basis of TV footage, is one of the projects shortlisted for the IBC2006 Innovation Awards.
Open source seems to present a number of obstacles to those making technical purchasing decisions in those businesses that are classified non-profit. The interesting facet of this discussion, however, is that the same business needs exist in not-for-profit institutions as it does in for-profit ones. At the end of the day, each organization has to have money in the bank to conduct its affairs. Ian Hodge files his debut report for LinuxPlanet.
Release includes virtualisation technology based on the open source Xen project, despite Red Hat executives' disparaging comments about Xen
Links IT Service Management with Infrastructure to Close Change Control Gap
[How in the world they figure WIndows is an 'open' system is beyond me. Oh, maybe they mean 'open to attack'. - dcparris]
When I was investigating the Abilene/Internet2 network sometime back, I found its "network weather map," which graphically shows the load on network segments, to be an interesting tool. I thought something similar could be helpful on our network. Today, we're using Weathermap4RRD to show a high-level graphical representation of our network.
The UNC School of Medicine turns to an open-source system to reduce the costs of course materials.
Before the WinMo-running Q came along, Motorola's smartphones were predominately powered by Linux. It seems that they are returning to the penguin with their next offering, the E690 PDA phone. Naturally, it rocks quite the slim profile (what else would you expect given the relative popularity of the Q and the RAZR); in fact, its styling is eerily reminiscent of the SLVR L7, less the numpad.
PIKA Technologies announced the upcoming release of a new addition to the PIKA Connect product line. The second generation PIKA Connect for Asterisk is a channel driver for the popular open source Linux-based Asterisk PBX, enabling connectivity to Skype.
[It could be a really nice tool. Unfortunately, non-libre software doesn't meet our requirements. Of course, they would need a Wengophone connector anyway. - dcparris]
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