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SQL Queries for Mere Mortals

The first edition of this book got very good reviews and usually that means that unless something is drastically different about the second edition or it didn't keep up with the technology, it'll be a success, too. It's been seven years since the first edition came out which is reason enough to publish this updated title. This book comes off as cool in a couple of ways right off the bat. First of all, it's vendor-neutral...

Wal-Mart's $200 Linux PCs sell out

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 15, 2007 11:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Right after Halloween, Wal-Mart introduced Everex's Ubuntu Linux-powered TC2502 gPC for a list price of $198. Two weeks later, they're sold out. Everex tells DesktopLinux that more will be coming though. Wal-Mart only bought an initial run of approximately 10,000 units. For once, Wal-Mart's vaunted supply chain management system failed to predict just how popular an item would be. Wal-Mart offers a similar Everex model with more base memory and Windows Vista Home Basic called the Everex Impact GC3502 Desktop, for $100 more. Wal-Mart still has plenty of those.

Red Hat haunts Ellison's Linux dream

This time last year, Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network launched at OpenWorld to much fanfare. It was supposed to be a Red Hat killer. It has had as much impact upon Red Hat has a dead sheep. Larry Ellison says this is going to change. During his OpenWorld keynote this year, the Oracle CEO said the company means business next year. Oracle VM server virtualization, launched this week, will "differentiate ourselves from Red Hat", he proclaimed. And "going into the second year we will have sales with support and engineering, and we will grow faster."

AMD Preparing For Another GPU Documentation Release

Back on September 6th of this year AMD shocked the open-source community by committing to the development of a new open-source display driver (this driver is now known as RadeonHD) and that they would be providing specifications to the development community. A week later, they set precedence by not only releasing the documentation to the developers but to the everyone! Their first batch of documentation covered the basics for the RV630 and M56 GPUs and was released freely to the public without any Non-Disclosure Agreement! However, they still have much more GPU documentation that has yet to be released. Some simply believe AMD is doing this as a publicity stunt, but today we have new details to share as they prepare for their next GPU documentation release.

The OpenMoko Linux Phone

  • IBM/DeveloperWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 15, 2007 8:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial introduces the OpenEmbedded build environment used to create filesystem images for OpenMoko phones, such as the Neo 1973. The OpenMoko environment provides a completely free development environment for running application and system code on supported phone hardware, eliminating all dependency on proprietary code.

If the truth about Linux hurts … shoot the messenger

Apparently, a fair number of my readers think I am either clueless about Linux or worse, that I am just plain anti-Linux. Actually, both assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth! ... From 1991 through 1996, I was a UNIX systems administrator. At home, I piddled extensively with Slackware but I soon grew bored with the experimentation required to use Linux. (In those days, OpenOffice didn’t exist so I was still tied to Windows for much of my personal productivity needs.) Nevertheless, I never stopped watching Linux.

Online music school saves cash with Linux

WorkshopLive.com is a virtual music school that features dozens of professional instructors teaching lessons online for all levels of expertise, in guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. When WorkshopLive was in the early stages of development, the company had limited funds to devote to hardware, software, and human resources, so CTO Marilyn Hoefner decided to give open source software a try. "We've been extremely happy," Hoefner says.

XWiki vies for top spot in enterprise market

As hordes of European Java programmers descend on the JavaPolis conference in Belgium in mid-december, the developers of XWiki hope to turn heads with their "second-generation" wiki software that includes experimental integration with the Google Docs spreadsheet module. XWiki faces formidable competition, though. JavaPolis's own site runs on the competing Confluence platform, said by its developer to be in use by more than 4,000 organizations; XWiki's clients number in the hundreds. Confluence has its own spreadsheet plugin that interfaces with EditGrid rather than the ubiquitous Google Docs. XWiki hopes Google integration will be the killer plugin that raises its profile as an enterprise wiki.

OLPC: Give One Get One, right now

I’ve been demoing this little green laptop for months. Everywhere I go, it’s a star, and everyone who sees it always asks me the same question: when can I get one? Finally, I have an answer: right now. But you’d better hurry, because they are only available for another 12 days. And here’s a little secret: it’s a really good deal. The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is ambitious: to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child.

Mandriva Linux 2008 — the worst/best release

  • PolishLinux.org; By Paulina Budzoń (Posted by michux on Nov 15, 2007 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mandriva
Each new release of Mandriva is called by its developers “the best of all editions”. We had the same situation with Mandriva Linux 2008. But is this really true? Hardly so.

Mantis helps developers eat bugs

Tracking and squishing bugs (both the six-legged and the computer software kind) is hard, and you need all the help you can get. Though of no use against actual insects, Mantis is great for the other variety, since it lets end users report bugs or suggestions, and gives developers a full workflow solution so bugs can be assigned and progress on them checked until eventually the problems are fixed.

Will the biggest clouds stay open source?

Everyone wants to become Google these days. In a way. Google runs Linux. A lot of enterprises, from banking to health care, are now looking to deploy gigantic Internet-facing applications to customer sets numbering in the tens of millions. (Government, too.) The biggest and best IT system suppliers are gearing up for what they call “cloud” computing. IBM floated its offering today. It runs Linux.

Response to "Why Wal-Mart Linux PC Is A Bad Deal" article

  • TechieM2's Blog; By Mark Montgomery II (Posted by hkwint on Nov 15, 2007 1:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux, Ubuntu
Ok, so I read this article about why the Everex $200 PC being sold at Wal-Mart is a bad deal (fyi, it's also sold at ZaReason).

However, I see the issue a bit differently than he does.

[ For the originating discussion on LXer, look here - hkwint ]

Red Hat and Hyperic have meeting of the mimes

Red Hat and systems management specialist Hyperic have formalized their ties. The companies now plan to create an open source systems management package that will run across Red Hat's portfolio. Up until now, Red Hat's JBoss unit showed Hyperic the most love. It developed code on top of Hyperic's base software as part of the JBoss Operations Network. That work will continue and should benefit from more communications between Red Hat and Hyperic. The two companies plan to discuss roadmaps and work to share core more liberally. In fact, Red Hat will contribute its code to the open source Hyperic project.

Collections and arrays for the busy Java developer

Collections and arrays introduce new levels of complexity to the structured objects first discussed in The busy Java developer's guide to db4o: Beyond simple objects. Fortunately, db4o isn't the least bit fazed by handling multiplicity relationships -- and neither should you be.

Ubuntu Scores First Major Pre-installed Server Win

Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but it's made comparatively little progress on servers. That's about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server lines. In an interview with Rick Becker, Dell Product Group's vice president of solutions, Becker said that Dell is currently in the process of certifying Ubuntu for all its server lines. "But we are still several months away from announcing a certification. I'd say it'll be announced in Q1 next year."

Ten useful uses of find command

Check here some examples of useful uses of the Linux find command, them could also be combined to have other options.

First Look: Google Android

The iPhone reinvented smart phones. Google's Android operating system could up the ante again. Android could make open source the key component of smart phones that roam between cellular and WiFi networks in 2008 and beyond, The VAR Guy believes. Check out this video of Android, which provides a first look at Google's mobile phone operating platform.

Kile rationalizes LaTeX

You can think of Kile as an IDE for the LaTeX document layout system. Instead of requiring you to learn a considerable amount of markup language, as LaTeX itself does, or providing you with a graphical interface that hides you from the complexity, as Lyx does, Kile automates the process of working with LaTeX while keeping the markup visible. This arrangement makes Kile an ideal way for beginners to learn LaTeX, as well as a convenient and efficient way for more advanced users to work with LaTeX.

Review: Linux Backups For Real People, Part 3

Today we're going to create menu icons for launching our backups whenever we darned well feel like it, set up a simple network backup scheme, and create automatic scheduled backups.

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