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Nokia's journey with Maemo, 770, and open source

Nokia is "product" company, product manager Ari Jaaski told listeners at LinuxWorld last week; it never publicly released the source code to anything before. Yet in conjunction with the launch of its 770 Internet tablet, Nokia has started an open source application platform, dedicated programmers to existing open source projects, sponsored developers already working on open source, and expended resources to promote open source software.

Rethink the way you hire IT professionals

  • NewsForge; By John Murray (Posted by dcparris on Apr 10, 2006 4:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some organizations, in spite of their best efforts, are not able to attract high-caliber IT personnel. In the increasingly competitive world of business, IT plays a critical role in the success of the enterprise. Failing to attract highly skilled IT employees takes a competitive toll over time.

Microsoft helped write Oklahoma computer law

It’s supposed to protect you from predators spying on your computer habits, but a bill Microsoft Corp. helped write for Oklahoma will open your personal information to warrantless searches, according to a computer privacy expert and a state representative.

Is this the same Oklahoma that sits just North of Texas in the United States, or some other Oklahoma in a parallel universe? Oklahomans need to burn up the telephone wires to some legislators! - dcparris

Life Insurance Corp. of India to Deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat India announced that Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has chosen to implement Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its desktops and servers. LIC will migrate all its mission critical business applications to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, across all its locations in India and abroad.

The future of the amd64 port

Iwave's iW-RainboW-Giga Supports Linux

Sunday, April 09, 2006: iWave Systems, an embedded systems design company from Bangalore, has announced its new design, the iW-RainboW-Giga, at the ICT Pavilion, HongKong Electronics Fair 2006.

Microsoft + Open Source: Too good to be true?

Bill Hilf, Microsoft's director of platform technology strategy, is charging ahead by looking for ways his company can work with open source that he says are beneficial to all. At LinuxWorld Conference & Expo - Boston 2006 last week, Hilf said Microsoft is launching a Web site solely for the purpose of communicating Microsoft's own open source activities.

Bill Hilf spoke with's news director Margie Semilof about Microsoft's activities in community development.

Microsoft announces virtualization freebie

Microsoft said last week it would remove the price tag from its Virtual Server and begin offering the virtualization technology as a free download to Windows users.

Soa Goes Open Source

Entrepreneur has a software suite to help companies build their own service-oriented architectures

Deals for 10 April: Palm, Red Hat, JBoss, Comverse, Netcentrix ...

Red Hat, Inc., a vendor of open source products to the enterprise, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JBoss, a vendor of open source middleware.

The Minnesota Open Formats Bill: Bandwagon or Babel?

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 10, 2006 10:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
It is perhaps no surprise that Minnesota, a blue state like Massachusetts and heir to the political traditions of the Prairie Populists, should be the next state to host a bill to require "open data formats." In spirit, this is a good thing, as it indicates a broadening appeal for open document format standards that, if missing, would be worrisome.

More Linux Users Means Higher Returns for Red Hat

Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan said the LinuxWorld expo in San Francisco has reinforced his firm’s conviction on the Linux open source market, and that what’s good for Linux is also good for leading open-source provider Red Hat.

Xchange Network's XC Connect Enables Independence Across Desktop Applications; Now Available in a Hosted Environment

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Xchange Network announced that their advanced collaboration software, XC Connect, is now available in a secure hosted environment. With XC Connect, users can seamlessly share calendar, contact, and task management data between and across familiar desktop applications such as Microsoft(R) Outlook(R), Microsoft Entourage(R), iCal, Mac Address Book, and Novell(R) Evolution -- whether running on Windows, OS X, or Linux operating systems.

Users at LinuxWorld talk up security

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on Apr 10, 2006 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In conference sessions and hallway discussions at LinuxWorld Expo last week, open source users swapped strategies for hardening Linux servers and building open source applications that can repel hackers, stand up to regulators and survive the sc

Internet Explorer to Firefox -- Rather Worry Than Switch?

I had a comment on the blog entry on waiting for official IE patches or not. The comment asked this: why don't people just switch to Firefox? This isn't to say that Firefox doesn't also sometimes have security issues (it does) but there are advantages to using a browser that isn't as tied into the operating system as Internet Explorer.

Red Hat to Buy JBoss for About $350 Million Initially

Red Hat said in a statement, the transaction consists of 40 percent cash, with the balance in Red Hat common stock. It said it will also pay about $70 million more if certain performance metrics are achieved in the future.

Proven Success of ProCAST 2005 Helps ESI Group Pick Up 2006 Frost & Sullivan European Technology Leadership of the Year Award

LONDON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's 2006 European Technology Leadership of the Year Award in digital simulation for prototyping and manufacturing processes goes to the France-based ESI Group for its ProCAST 2005 software for foundry simulation. ProCAST 2005 has demonstrated exemplary success in streamlining casting process design. Based on proven finite element technology, ProCAST 2005 provides a complete solution for a wide range of casting processes including high-pressure die casting, investment casting, shell casting, low pressure die casting, sand casting, gravity die casting, tilt pouring and the lost foam process.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora Foundation, Kubuntu troubles, Anthony Towns, Xandros Server

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2006 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. This will be an interesting week for distribution developers and beta testers - if everything goes according to the plan, the release candidate of the much delayed SUSE Linux 10.1 should be released later this week, together with the first beta of Ubuntu Linux 6.06. We'll also look at the events of the past week - the unexpected burial of the Fedora Foundation plans, troubles in Kubuntu, and elections of the new Debian Project Leader. As promised, the winners of the Beginning Ubuntu Linux competition are also announced. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Building a Linux supercomputer using SSH and PVM

  •; By Mark Alexander Bain (Posted by hkwint on Apr 10, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
If you have a couple of old Linux boxes sitting around, then you've got the makings of a supercomputer. Dust them off, install Secure Shell (SSH) and Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM), and start your complex algorithms.

Open-Xchange Server Wins 'Best Open Source Solution' Award at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 10, 2006 6:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
International Judges Reward Innovative Character of the Leading Open Source Collaboration Server

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