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Funambol to Speak, Exhibit at World's Leading Mobile and Open Source Events Throughout First Half of 2006

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 25 -- Funambol, the mobile open source software company, today announced its participation and presentation of mobile open source software demonstrations at multiple industry forums this spring, including 3GSM World Congress, CTIA Wireless, the Open Source Business Conference, LinuxWorld Boston, and O'Reilly's Emerging Telephony Conference.

Hp Goes to School

As part of the CIO Network's ongoing series of discussions focusing on the challenges that chief information officers face, technology reporter Rachel Rosmarin spoke with Tony Redmond, vice president and chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Services division and Security Program Office. What follows is a transcript of their conversation.

File System Design part 1: XFS

Generally, file systems are not considered "sexy." When a young programmer wants to do something really cool, his or her first thought is generally not "Dude, two words...File System." However, I am what is politely termed "different." I find file systems very interesting and they have seldom been more so than they are right now. Hans Reiser is working on getting Reiser4 integrated into the Linux kernel, the BSD's are working on getting a journaled file system together, and Sun Microsystems just recently released a beta of ZFS into OpenSolaris. This is an excellent time to be me.

LinuxWorld Magazine Honors Sybase RDBMS With Readers' Choice Award

Sybase ASE Wins Best Linux Database Category

[ED: Sybase produces a high quality RDBMS and has in the past released even an enterprise version (no charge) for even commercial use. Moreover, for years there was a developers' Linux version available for download - HC]

Xandros Launches Education Edition in Response to Growing Academic Demand for Easy-to-Use Linux Solution

  • MarketWire; By Xandros, Inc. (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 25, 2006 6:05 PM EDT)
Xandros Launches Education Edition in Response to Growing Academic Demand for Simple, Secure, Stable, School Desktops for as Little as $10 Per Seat

Writing ISO Images to CD with cdrecord

You can't simply cp a CD image onto a new disk. For this task, you need the cdrecord program.

Debian Weekly News - January 24th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 4th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community.

MEPIS distributor to implement serial number system

Technalign, the official distributor for MEPIS Linux, said it plans to implement a serial number system for the retail version that will prevent unauthorized users from downloading free updates from Technalign's repository servers.

GStreamer framework eases development of media applications

The team behind the GStreamer media application framework, a library for developers, recently launched its stable series with version 0.10.0, and announced plugins to support files protected by digital rights management (DRM) software and for playback of the widely used MP3 format.

Sita tender postponed to Valentine's day

The State Information Technology Agency will announce its preferred list of suppliers for South Africa's biggest open source tender on 14 February, two weeks after its published target date.

CIOs face even more pressure in 2006

Improved performance through more competitive use of IT is what 2006 holds for chief information officers, new survey findings suggest.

Carried out by Gartner Executive Programmes, a unit of Gartner Inc, the report titled Growing IT's Contribution: The 2006 CIO Agenda, says CIOs will come under increased pressure in 2006 to perform, while making their IT organisation more externally focused.

European software patent fight is on again

Opponents of software patents in Europe knew this summer's overwhelming European Parliament vote against a patent directive was not the end of the fight. They are now gearing up for another round, as pro-patent lobbyists come out of their corner swinging.

ARM Processor and Physical IP Deliver Groundbreaking 750 MHz ARM11 Implementation

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 12:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Combination of ARM1176JZF-S Processor, Plus ARM Artisan Advantage Libraries and Memories Achieves More Than 750 MHz Performance for Next-Generation Digital Home Products and High-End Consumer Devices

Microsoft ads aim to erase 'huge' image

  • BLOOMBERG NEWS; By REBECCA BARR (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 11:44 AM EDT)
Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, will spend $120 million a year on an advertising campaign to fight its image as "a huge American company." The campaign, using television, print and the Internet, highlights Microsoft's education and economic development projects in 32 countries, including France and Taiwan, according to group advertising manager Mike Lucero. Actor William Macy of the movie "Fargo" narrates the ads.

The company's 63,000 employees are based in 102 countries, 37 percent of them outside of the United States.

[Ed: Thanks to peragrin for this story -tadelste]

Debian scrutinizes GPL3

At last week's launch of the first draft for the revised GNU General Public Licence (GPL3), the Debian project was out in force. Besides Branden Robinson, the Debian Project Leader, Debian members at the meeting included Don Armstrong, Benjamin Mako Hill, Bruce Perens, and several Debian members from the Boston area. In the aftermath of the meeting, a consensus is still emerging, but Debian members seem to regard GPL3 generally favorably, although some have concerns about exact wording and the implications of some parts of the draft.

Now Go Daddy's Accused of Astroturfing

Have Go Daddy employees been hitting a small ISP below the belt on his blog, as claimed? It's a classic case of the David versus Goliath. Email Battles presents the evidence, then hides behind the sofa while you decide.

Which Database Is Right For You?

If you're doing things yourself, though, or you have one of those rare hosts, then you might find that you need to weigh up the positives and negatives of different database software.


Would you like to ask him why he quit, and who inspired The Boston Globe to investigate Quinn (which in turn instigated a Commonwealth investigation clearing Quinn completely), and what will happen to ODF? I felt the same way, and so I asked him. Here are his answers ...

         1. he hears Microsoft was the Boston Globe's source

         2. ODF has a good chance to prevail.

And much more.

Digg Story

Royal Bank of Scotland embraces open source

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 25, 2006 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Royal Bank of Scotland has revealed that it is working on a large content management system based on the open source application server Zope.

Racing Towards 2 [Firefox 2.0]

This is the real source of the listed changes expected in version 2.0 of the upcoming Firefox. However, this blog is more than a mere listing of expected feature changes. Reasons are given as to the expected pace and goals as well as user feedback with some expression of trepidation regarding some changes, e.g. the bookmarks.

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