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Cray's CTO Plans Its Future Converged Iron

  • Itjungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 5:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Cray has lots of smart people, and it will proceed with its plans to make specialized Linux-Opteron supercomputers as well as its vector machines and the future "Cascade" supers, whatever they might end up being.

US-based Indians build homebrewed mobiles

  • DNA Evolutions; By Jayalakshmi Venugopal (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2005 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BANGALORE: Computers built from scratch are part of technology folklore. Now it is the turn of the mobile phone. Two Indians, Surj Patel and Deva Seetharam are working on a homebrewed cell phone, which will challenge the quality and capabilities of traditional models available in the market today.

Working on the project for two weeks, the two are confirming American writer Thomas Friedman's belief that innovation is no longer confined to the realm of big companies.

Deva explains, "We are building an open source hardware/software Linux-based cell phone." Open source refers to a programme for which the source code (written by a programmer and converted into machine language) is available to the public to use or modify free of cost. The prototype they are working on will be open source and will help developers build powerful applications as they like.

Windows beats Linux market share, dog bites man

  • Linux Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 28, 2005 3:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Already, you can argue that Linux is used more often as a server operating system than Windows. After all, you don't have to pay a thin dime to buy Linux, and that's what these studies measure. It's hard to say that for sure, though, because while it's relatively easy to measure who's buying what, it's a lot harder to know what people are actually using.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 5, Test1, Gnubuntu, PCLinuxOS 0.92, DesktopBSD

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2005 2:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 48th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The first test release of Fedora Core 5 and a final release of PCLinuxOS 0.92 were responsible for much excitement during the past week; we'll take a brief look at both these new products. Is Libranet GNU/Linux history? It would appear so, based on an informal announcement by Libranet's Tal Danzig. Also in this issue: a new "ideologically-pure" Ubuntu derivative, KNOPPIX seeks graphics artists, and a quick look at the new KDE 3.5 expected later this week. Our featured distribution of the week is DesktopBSD, a surprisingly intuitive and user-friendly FreeBSD derivative. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Podcast receivers for Linux

If you're bored with blogging and ready for new worlds to conquer, podcasting might be just the impetus you need to refuel your interest in Internet publishing. The term is something of a misnomer. You don't need an iPod to create or receive a podcast, and it's not really a broadcast. What it is is hot, and with open source tools for both podcast creation and reception, it's a game that Linux users can play.

IBM maintains grip on server market

  • ComputerWorld; By Manek Dubash (Posted by tadelste on Nov 28, 2005 1:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Big Blue's also taken the leader spot in overall Linux-based server revenue worldwide in 3Q05, with 29.7 percent of the revenue, up 32 per cent year-on-year.

Issue 9 of Free Software Magazine is out and free for download

Free Software Magazine's Issue 9 contains philosophical, technical and other articles about free software in full colour high resolution PDF format. It is free to subscribe and free to download.

Italian Linux Day 2005: A smashing success

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux and the Free Software movement are slowly but constantly getting closer to the general public in Italy. More confirmation came last Thursday, when the home page of La Repubblica, one of the biggest national newspapers, displayed a smiling penguin linking to a full-blown article presenting the "Fifth Edition of the National Day of Linux and Free Software, celebrated with 97 events in 94 cities from Agrigento (Southern Sicily) to Aosta (in the Alps)."

RubyForge surpasses 1,000 hosted projects

  • Newsforge; By Stephen Feller (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 28, 2005 12:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
RubyForge, the hosting repository for open source applications written using the object-oriented programming language Ruby, added its thousandth project last week. The language has exploded in popularity in the year since the release of the Ruby on Rails (RoR) framework. The addition of developer Joseph Tremblay's Rolling Gemstone, planned to be an e-zine engine powered on RoR, pushed the Web site's project count up to 1,000 on November 7. RubyForge adds four projects a day on average, according to Richard Kilmer, one of two administrators for the site

Life, The Universe, and Your Cluster

  • Linux Magazine; By Douglas Eadline and Jeffrey B. Layton (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 11:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Cluster computing is great, or so it’s said. Cobble together a few thousand commodity servers, wire the machines together with Ethernet, grab some freely-available software, and with comparatively little expense, you can assemble a machine capable of calculating the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Or choose a problem that remains unsolved.

Enabling drug discovery with cutting-edge tech

  • Financial Express, India; By SUDHIR CHOWDHARY (Posted by tadelste on Nov 27, 2005 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
CGA has already deployed a four-teraflop HP supercomputer running the Linux operating system to advance its life sciences computational biology research

Microsoft Censors UN Document from Referencing to FOSS

  • Pinoy Tech; By Rain Contreras (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 27, 2005 9:53 PM EDT)
Microsoft admitted censoring a document (link to PDF), known as the Vienna Conclusions, presented at the recent UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) conference from any references to FOSS (Free and Open Source Software).

OOo Off the Wall: Domesticating Autocorrect

  • Linux Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dave on Nov 27, 2005 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Don't you hate it when the word completion feature wants to finish your words for you? Or do you love it? Learn how to customize (or kill) Autocorrect in OOo and live in word-processing peace.

Linux Magazine's Tip of the Day

  • Linux Magazine (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 8:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Here be a whole gaggle of Linux tips, including an easy way to mass-kill processes, simple version control, and a KDE app that browses the TV guides of several countries.

Linux is Doomed, Thanks to Microsoft

Varun Dubey writes: "The Linux community was left stunned when Windows Server software outsold Linux in the server market. Gartner, Inc. recently reported that sales of Windows systems accounted for nearly 37 percent of all server revenue in the last quarter while Linux accounted for 31.7 percent. Windows has a 5+ percent lead over Linux, which should be the cause for celebration at Microsoft. Is this the downfall or, as they say, the beginning of the end of Linux? Most definitely not. Before the folks at Redmond rejoice too much, there are some things they need to consider."

[Ed: Gee, just when I was planning to write an article about how Microsoft could save themselves from obsolescence. You should still look forward to that one. - dcparris]

Nec and Stratus aim for fault-tolerant Linux servers

Japanese vendor NEC has signed a 10-year deal with US firm Stratus Technologies establishing a joint product development alliance and a long-term hardware purchasing arrangement for the development of fault-tolerant Linux and Windows servers to be used in critical uptime systems.

Firefox 1.5 Will Launch with a Big Marketing Push

Mozilla vice-president of products Christopher Beard announced last week that there is a "strong likelihood that the newest version of Firefox 1.5 will be available on November 29.

Damn Small Linux Review - Version 2

  •; By Mike Weber (Posted by tadelste on Nov 27, 2005 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Damn Small Linux is a distribution built for small size (under 50 MB) but with powerful features. DSL is useful. What I mean by that is, much of the fluff that actually wastes CPU cycles and RAM is left out of this system so what you get is a ground level, fast operating system that can revitalize old hardware and perform almost every task you throw at it.

International Business Server, International Business Desktop

Like a number of industry analysts over the years, I have been suggesting to Big Blue that the company build a small OS/400 server that can compete against Windows. Yet, even I have not yet asked IBM to build the International Business Desktop, which might sound strange for a company that just exited the PC business. Today, I start to ask.

If IBM goes along with this little guy, this i5 in its smallest form factor yet is just the ticket to bring the i5 product and IBM well over the top in the small to very small business community

Building a Linux video jukebox for an anime convention

  • NewsForge; By Amy R. Zunk (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 27, 2005 3:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How do you run video to four different video rooms at an anime convention without having a staff member change tapes or DVDs at regular intervals? How do you run a video room where viewers can choose what to watch and when to watch it? You hire an open source developer to code a video keg and video jukebox.

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