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Last year in August -- Linux newbie website -- officially started as a English version of, a Linux vortal popular in Poland. What happened during this year? What are we going to become next year? Read on! And leave some feedback!

Serving Two Markets

One of the challenges open source companies have is that you serve two distinct markets: your customers as well as non-paying community users. Paradoxically, the non-paying users can be the most vocal and demanding. Matt Asay blogs about this as the "Open Source Community's Double Standard on MySQL." I had not thought about it quite the way Matt has framed the discussion, but his observations ring true to me.

Entries open for KwaZulu-Natal ICT award

Durban's drive to improve its support for ICT businesses will see it backing the upcoming SmartXchange ICT Awards ceremony. The second of this event, it is billed as the biggest event on Durban's ICT calendar and will be held on September 27. Entrance is open to any small medium or micro enterprise (SMME) operating in KwaZulu-Natal in the ICT sector.

Linux ready to play with rivals

DELL'S chief technology officer sees a huge future in Linux virtualisation for the once-dominant PC manufacturer. Kevin Kettler told an audience at LinuxWorld that virtualisation and Linux was no longer such an odd combination. "The two play to one another very strongly, particularly in the re-emerging trend of virtualisation." Researchers at Dell Labs are working on embedding the hypervisor, a virtualisation platform that allows multiple operating systems to run on a host computer at the same time.

SCO: What Difference Did It Make?

Prior to SCO, open source and Linux were still something that, even in the software community, a minority of largely UNIX people spoke about. However, the threats of violence against SCO, the massive denial-of-service attacks got a lot of folks looking at open source who otherwise probably wouldn’t. But I think it burned much of the behavior out, and major Linux players moved to stop it. Now I see most people viewing open source as a means to an end. As we go into next decade I doubt we’ll even talk about open source that much. It will be everywhere.

[So, first Open Source is losing momentum, and now it's everywhere. Somebody hook a dynamo to the man. The spinning could keep a small country powered.—Sander]

Gobby — network text editor

  •; By Maciej Malinowski (Posted by michux on Aug 14, 2007 4:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
There seems to be a common belief that programmers usually work alone. This is completely untrue. Most of them create applications in teams exchanging ideas and sharing the source code through the Internet (or the Network in the office). There are some complex version control systems but they are suitable for large projects. What if you have a small project? Here comes is Gobby. With the help of this little app you can edit files together with other people or create new ones. Everything works remotely.

GPLv3: past the 5K mark, and going strong

I still continue to find articles on the internet downplaying the seemingly normal and sweeping adoption and acceptance of the GPLv3 license. This should point out a few things that indicate that GPLv3 is "here to stay". We have quietly passed 5000 GPLv3 projects.

Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow

Citrix will announce its acquisition of XenSource tomorrow, The Register has learned. In a bid to expand its software management play, Citrix will grab the developer of the open source Xen hypervisor. The deal will give XenSource heftier corporate backing needed to compete against VMware. Meanwhile, Citrix will be able to expand its own virtual desktop effort revealed in April and its flagship software streaming service.

Novell’s CEO: Painted Into A Corner?

Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian is calling for a standardized way to develop Linux applications across multiple distributions (Novell, Red Hat, etc.). Hmmm. Hovsepian’s motivations are easy to understand — Novell badly trails Red Hat when it comes to Linux application support. But will anybody answer his call for help?

50 reasons to dump Windows

I wanted to write 5 reasons to dump windows over linux, but soon I was so overwhelmed by rush of reasons that I could find, that I ended up making a list of 50 reasons. So here it goes...

Red Hat Named #1 IT Vendor To Do Business With By Customers In Japan

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Red Hat's operations in Japan has been named the number one vendor that customers intend to conduct business with in the future by Nikkei Market Access' "Industry Trends in Intended Use of Products/Services of Major Vendors" study. This accolade adds to Red Hat's already-robust list of vendor awards including recognition from CIO Insight Magazine as the number one vendor delivering value in its annual Vendor Value study for three consecutive years.

QuakeCon Wrapup: John Carmack comments on future of Linux and open source gaming.

John Carmack, during the Q&A session: "I won't commit to a date, but the Doom 3 stuff will be open source. We still make those decisions even today when we're doing the Rage code when we have decisions about "do we want to integrate some other vendor's solution, some proprietary code into this". And the answer's usually no, because eventually id Tech 5 is going to be open source also. This is still the law of the land at id, that the policy is that we're not going to integrate stuff that's going to make it impossible for us to do an eventual open source release."

Microsoft Must Earn Respect of FOSS Community

Can you believe it? Given Microsoft's history of antagonism, It's hard to believe anyone - let alone the Linux Foundation - would call on the FOSS community to respect Microsoft. No, if Microsoft wants respect, they should get it the 'old-fashioned' way - by earning it.

Malaysia formally embraces open doc format

The Malaysian Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) last week issued a tender for a nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards in its information communications technology (ICT) deployment. The study will also look into how the Malaysian public sector should migrate to open standards and the ODF, according to the Malaysia Open Source Software Alliance (MOSSA).

Open source gathers steam in Malaysia

According to Ditesh Kumar, OSS developer evangelist for Malaysia's Free and Open Source (FOSS) Foundation, OSS is being widely adopted across all the major verticals including public, technical, educational, financial and services sectors, and even within small and midsize enterprises (SMEs), Ditesh said. "On a scale of one to 10, I would give it a healthy seven," he told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview, as he described the state of open source adoption in the country.

The VMware house of cards

Bloomberg believe VMware’s IPO today may the largest technology offering since Google. But doubts have been cast over the company’s supposedly proprietary ESX product, which may be derived from Linux. Linux acts as the bootstrap for the VMkernel. When ESX boots, Linux is ESXs kernel: vmkmod is a driver, and vmkernel a large piece of software loaded by that driver that functions in kernelspace. After that, vmkernel takes over and hosts Linux as a VM. The only way to load vmkernel is by vmkmod, a driver that requires Linux. Proprietary kernel modules for Linux do exist and according to Torvalds, that’s fine - as long as a driver clearly doesn’t need Linux to start it - as is the case with Nvidia's kernel modules. But this doesn't appear to be so in VMWare's case.

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 14, 2007 9:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

Is my hardware Linux-compatible? Find out here

Deciding whether a particular computer is a good candidate for installing GNU/Linux can involve a nightmare of details about hardware compatibility. Nor is assembling a custom computer on which to run GNU/Linux any easier. In both cases, you need to evaluate video cards, sound cards, printers, scanners, digital camera, wireless cards, and mobile devices for compatibility with the operating system. Fortunately, help is available.

Torvalds attacks Microsoft over open source

Faced by technical inferiority and an inability to compete on price, Microsoft has resorted to spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt, says the Linux creator.

GnuCash: Something gnu for coin counting

  • theage; By Bill Bennett (Posted by paolo on Aug 14, 2007 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU
After years of living in the Linux wilderness, Gnucash, the open-source small business accounting program, now runs on Windows. Popular with Linux users, the program isn't likely to threaten Quicken and MYOB's market dominance in the immediate future.

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