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DistroWatch Weekly: Freespire, BSD releases, Kevin Carmony, GRUB with XFS

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 1, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. This issue focuses on Linspire, or more precisely Freespire, a new distribution built with the same user-friendly aspects as its commercial partner, but without the price tag; besides revisiting the Freespire press release, we also bring you an interview with Kevin Carmony, the company's CEO. The news section then informs about all the recent BSD releases, brings news from the Slackware current changelog, and provides updates on the development of Kubuntu. Robert Storey is back with his "tips and tricks" column, advising on how to use GRUB with the XFS file system. Finally, its our pleasure to announce that the April 2006 donation of US$260 goes to the Doxygen project. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Is XP crippling my Telecom ADSL?

Faster broadband, but only for Linux users?

Logicblaze, MySQL Enable SOA for LAMP, AJAX Connectivity

LogicBlaze has entered into an agreement with MySQL AB, under which LogicBlaze will distribute LogicBlaze FUSE for MySQL, a configuration developed exclusively for the MySQL database. Under the agreement, LogicBlaze will resell support for MySQL through the MySQL Network and offer product delivery and coordinated support through subscriptions to its Community-oriented Real-time Engineering (CoRE) Network, which delivers a suite of services for open source SOA, including consulting, training, developer assistance and enterprise production support.

Federal Aviation Administration Migrates to Red Hat Enterprise ...

Red Hat has said that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) saved the federal government more than $15 million in datacenter operating and upgrading costs by migrating to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The FAA executed a major systems migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in one-third of the original scheduled time and with 30 percent more operational efficiency than the previous system. In addition, by switching to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the FAA realized 50 percent savings and spent less than $10 million on a project initially estimated at $25 million.

Linux Standard Base Supported by Linux Industry, Says Free ...

San Diego, California - (The Hosting News) - April 28, 2006 - According to The LSB workgroup and The Free Standards Group, fourteen leading Linux vendors have united behind the Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first version of the LSB to include support for portable Linux desktop applications.

OpenSUSE 10.1 RC3 delta iso released

  • (Posted by dcparris on Apr 30, 2006 11:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On April 28, the OpenSUSE Linux project unveiled the third release candidate of OpenSUSE 10.1. The project has released four alpha and nine beta versions of the upcoming distro. The "final" release date for 10.1 has not been set, but is expected to be within several weeks, the project said.

Google growing to compete with MS

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has unveiled a new plan to promote the open-source Firefox Internet browser, starting off a new phase in the browser wars with Microsoft.

Linux Journal Contents #146, June 2006

Linux Journal Contents #146, June 2006

The Impact of Open Source on the Business Intelligence Industry

BI is one of the fastest growing enterprise software segments, and the number of options available to a company is exploding. With the increase in both commercial and open source business models, most prospective customers do not have a strategy to evaluate them. Perhaps not surprisingly, many buyers do not consider their own deployment strategy or future roadmaps but rely on much more subjective information.

Xubuntu 6.06 Beta 2 Released

  • Mailing list; By "Jani Monoses" <> (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 30, 2006 7:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Handheld Linux software index launches

A new index of Linux software for mobile devices has launched. The Handheld Linux Software Index was created for the community and is hosted by, an online store specializing in small, handheld Linux devices.

Will Sun Open-Source Java?

The debate inside Sun over whether to take Java open source is coming to a head as the JavaOne conference looms May 15. One of new Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz's first chores will be to manage the scrum and gauge the future of Java.

Red Hat plus JBoss equals takeover target

Red Hat’s acquisition of JBoss came as something of a surprise. Like many others, I expected Oracle would be the one to snap up the open source J2EE vendor. Still, stranger things have happened.

First look at the Opera 9.0 beta

  • PC Advisor; By Erik Larkin (Posted by dcparris on Apr 30, 2006 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Opera released a version 9.0 public beta last week with a handful of nice new features such as widgets and site-specific preferences. Here are our first impressions.

Windows Genuine Advantage: Genuinely Annoying

I don't begrudge Microsoft the money it makes from Windows. I think people shouldn't pirate software. And I believe that publishers have the right to defend themselves against theft of their wares. But boy, am I irked at the moment at Windows Genuine Advantage, a Microsoft campaign which involves forcing people to prove their copies of Windows are legitimate before they can download utilities and fixes. (A Microsoft Office counterpart, Office Genuine Advantage, was rolled out this week.)

[I prefer the GNU/Linux Genuine Advantage program - I never have to worry that my software is "pirated". - dcparris]

Killing With Linux: A Primer

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dave on Apr 30, 2006 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
So there you are, dutifully wading through the documentation for whatever gnarly Linux application you're rassling into submission. You're running commands and editing configuration files and things are working and life is good. Until -- yes, you knew the good times weren't going to last -- until you hit the dreaded "send the process a SIGHUP" instruction.

Unfazed, you motor onwards. What is a SIGHUP and how do you send it? Is it like a bouquet of flowers that you send your sweetheart?

Mysql head seeks to profit from online-user surge

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Apr 30, 2006 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Marten Mickos, chief executive of open source database vendor MySQL, believes increasing web use will fuel demand for databases. China Martens reports

Agilysys and InfoSystems Ship the Largest IBM eServer Cluster 1350 Through the Channel

CLEVELAND, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading provider of enterprise computer technology solutions, and its partner InfoSystems, Inc., one of Tennessee's fastest growing systems integration companies and a long-time Agilysys KeyLink Systems Group (KSG) reseller, recently shipped the largest IBM eServer Cluster 1350 with Cluster Systems Management (CSM) through the channel. The solution was shipped to COLSA, a federal agency private contractor specializing in missile flight simulation testing.

Gizmo Project Selects Vapps for Advanced VoIP Conference Calling Feature

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 30, 2006 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Conference Calling Feature Allows Gizmo Users to Conduct Free Worldwide Conference Calls

Firefox Picks User Ads

Mozilla explores nature of user-created ads with its ‘Firefox Flicks’ contest.

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