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Red Hat Magazine | February 2006

Red Hat Magazine, Issue #16

Acquisitions expert: What's behind Oracle's open source buys?

What lies behind Oracle's open source vendor buying spree? That question was hotly debated at San Francisco's Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) after news broke about Oracle's successful and attempted purchases of two open source database vendors -- Sleepycat Software and MySQL AB, respectively -- during that two-day event.

"Oracle stole the buzz at this show," said Douglas Levin, CEO of Waltham, Mass.-based Black Duck Software in an interview at OSBC. "People are trying to understand Oracle's motivations for buying open source software (OSS) companies like Sleepycat and InnoDB and, possibly in the near future, JBoss."

Levin has been working behind the scenes with prospective open source vendor buyers and sellers, because Black Duck specializes in compliance management and due diligence for software asset sales. In this interview, he offers an insiders' view of the levels of meaning behind Oracle's OSS deals.

Nuxified Forums, a new Free Software support site

Almost two months ago a new Free Software support forum site has been quietly launched with the goal of being completely community driven, exclusively Free Software powered and, as part of Libervis Network, with no contradictory and annoying advertising.

Linux joins the consumer-electronics revolution

  • EDN.com; By Warren Webb (Posted by tadelste on Feb 16, 2006 3:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Designers are turning to the Linux operating system to meet the escalating user-interface, networking, and multimedia requirements of today's consumer-electronics products.

New KDE Localisation Website

After 6 months of development, the KDE Localisation (l10n) website web site has been launched replacing the old i18n.kde.org. It uses the default KDE layout, and its admins hope this site will help the KDE translation process work better than ever. Read on for the details.

Ruby on Rails

  • Reg Developer; By Tim Anderson (Posted by tadelste on Feb 16, 2006 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ruby on Rails is an open-source application framework which has won praise for its elegance and high productivity. Its creator, David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals, was in London for the Carson conference on the Future of Web Apps.

Linux Management Cheaper Than Windows?

Eighty-eight percent of survey respondents reported that they spend less effort managing Linux than Windows. Some 97 percent noted that, at worst, systems management effort is the same whether it's Windows or Linux.

Former CA chief accused of destroying evidence

Sanjay Kumar, prosecutors say, reformatted his laptop to run Linux--erasing its hard drive's memory.

Linux Boots on INTEL iMac

  • Digg.com; By lonelycanuck (Posted by tadelste on Feb 16, 2006 10:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Members of the Mactel-Linux effort today announced that they have managed to boot Linux on a 17-inch iMac Core Duo, and devoted special thanks to one user in particular for his efforts.

Linux substitutes for "most wanted" Windows-only software

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Feb 16, 2006 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
DesktopLinux.com has reported recently on Novell Inc.'s survey of the "most wanted" Windows/MacOS-only applications among Linux users. As a result of over 14,000 votes and comments that have been registered since the beginning of January, some useful suggestions about good Linux substitutes have come to the fore.

Time to yell Geronimo and jump from JBoss to WAS CE

The no-cost WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) is a lightweight J2EE application server built on Apache Geronimo, the open source application server project of the Apache Software Foundation. The introduction of the free WAS CE download is a golden opportunity for small and medium sized organizations.

Cyber sleuths using open source to track criminals

The South African Police Service's cybercrime unit uses a range of software to analyse and track criminals through their digital conspiracies and is increasingly seeing success in using open source tools such as Linux Live CDs in securing convictions.

Enterprise Linux desktop near tipping point?

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Feb 16, 2006 9:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Novell's new CTO Jeff Jaffe is bullish on the outlook for the Linux desktop going forward, saying he believes it is on the cusp of a significant adoption wave. "I think we are approaching a tipping point on the enterprise desktop side," Jaffe said.

"The industry has built a commercial infrastructure to make it easy now for more open source projects to be relevant to business. There used to be all sorts of barriers and obstacles, even if the technology was good enough, but a lot of the nontechnical barriers are now evaporating," he said.

While previously there was not enough momentum behind the desktop, the technology is now better. Corporate IT departments have became more comfortable with having the right skills for Linux and are developing acquisition policies to bring open source into their enterprise, he said.

Virtualization comes to Novell's Linux

Editor's Note: Dave Kearns is traveling this week. In place of his usual newsletter, we bring you breaking Novell news from Networkworld.com.

How to Misunderstand the Current Impact of Open Source Software



Commercial software companies like SAP don't get it about Free or Open Source Software. Neither do Venture Capitalists. The ecosystem doesn't rely on a medium of exchange but first on faith and trust and then monetization. Those concepts don't fly well in a system where decision makers cannot take a long-term approach to business. Look how long it took Linux to get into the mainstream and look at the changes in the industry once it broke through.

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DVD Copy Protection Creates Security Risk

Two German Video-DVDs use a new copy protection scheme which creates a security risk on Windows machines.

War declared

LXer reports of a declaration of war against Google from cDc (Cult of the dead cow), a prominent hacker group who in 1998 invented Back Orifice, one of the first rootkits against Micro$oft’s Windows operating system. They link to the original article, which has some nice layouts for t-shirts which are supposed to support the campaign.

No Goobuntu for the public says Shuttleworth

Google isn't about to loose a version of Ubuntu upon the unsuspecting world, Shuttleworth announced on his blog. But it is pretty good at sending patches back.

ENLASO releases open source localization tools for Okapi

The growing array of open source tools available to translators and localization professionals got a little bigger recently, when ENLASO Corp. began to port a set of its localization tools to the open source Okapi Framework, which is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Charlotte Linux User Group tackles GPLv3

  LXer Feature: 16-Feb-06

Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte Linux User Group, in a monthly meeting Saturday, discussed the provisions of the GPLv3 draft. Members of the group expressed concerns about the language used in the anti-DRM, license compatibility and license termination sections of the revision draft. The anti-DRM section was seen by some as a potential show-stopper for many developers, while the license compatibility section was seen as potentially encouraging further adoption.

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