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Hey, it's fifteen years today since I bought the machine that got Linux started. January 2nd is a good date.
Happy New Year to all of you. New Year in the western world is the typical point in time to take a look backward and forward to see what happened and what one expects to happen next year. Also, we're almost in the middle between release of sarge and release of etch, another good reason to look both ways. :)
Stephan Binner has released a VMware player image of KDE 3.5 with KOffice running on OpenSuSE 10.
Open source software got an enterprise shot in the arm recently when Fidelity Investments Inc. created a policy and governance structure that gives open source and proprietary products equal consideration in buying decisions.
Fidelity has more than a dozen open source packages in production and is willing to evaluate open source options in almost any application, according to Charles Pickelhaupt, a vice president in Fidelity's Center for Applied Technology. A new review board has been set up to weigh licensing options, which are one of Fidelity's biggest open source concerns.
THE EUROPEAN IT Service Center (EITSC) is expected to complete a revised open source curriculum for colleges this year, part of a major learning project to create a pool of open source developers in the country.
Under the project name "Philippine Open Source Initiative" (POSITIVE), the EITSC hopes that the new open source curriculum will be integrated in several partner schools by the start of the school year in June 2006. These schools include Don Bosco Technical College, Cebu Institute of Technology, the Asia Pacific College, Angeles University Foundation, and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.
Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Mohammed Adnène Trojette summarised all major Debian events in 2005 in the timeline for 2005. Philip Charles reported that he has uploaded the latest CD images for Debian GNU/Hurd. Manoj Srivastava announced that the debian-private list is only private for three years after the general resolution on the declassification procedure has passed.
The announcement represents the most significant elevation of IBM's strategic partnerships with its key Linux Distribution Partners since it embraced Linux six years ago, a testament to a Linux market that continues to experience strong growth. The alliances are timed to tap the boom in IBM's Linux growth expanding its base of 12,000 enterprise deployments worldwide.
Rex Dieter has been making the unofficial KDE Red Hat packages for some years now. Since this is a service depended upon by thousands of Red Hat users to get their required latest build of KDE, KDE Dot News interviewed Rex to find out how he got started, why the need for the project exists and how he makes the packages. Read on for the interview.
A qualitative assessment of operating system security is subjective and your 'mileage may vary' based on present and past experience. The overall finding of this analysis is that Linux provides more secure capabilities than Windows. Taken from a IBM White Paper by Stacey Quandt.
[ED: A reasonably worded look at some security issues pertaining to both systems - HC]
Announces Ultra High Performance Five-Port SteelVine(TM) Storage Processor
Enables Easy Review of Leading Open Source Collaboration Server
Fifteen years to the day since Linux creator Linus Torvalds bought the machine that started it all, the first new Linux kernel of the year has hit the street only two months after its predecessor hit.
In a mailing list posting, Torvalds said the changes in 2.6.15, "are really pretty much all over the place, with over four thousand commits merged in the two weeks since 2.6.14."
Linux on PowerPC users will notice a significant change in that the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC kernel development trees have been merged into a generic PowerPC development branch. The new generic tree allows for kernel compilation on either 64- or 32-bit PowerPCs.
The economic advantages delivered by grid technology are compelling many companies to move beyond discussion and into commercial pilots. Balancing workload by taking advantage of lightly used CPUs and providing system virtualization to improve application availability are two of the primary drivers behind the expanding adoption of a variety of processor grid technologies. And as infrastructure and tools to manage the process have matured, many organizations are ready to embrace the next innovation: the application grid, where even the most complex applications will be able to leverage distributed computing.
Recently we demonstrated the process of installing a binary release of Xen 3.0 on Sarge, since the packages on Debian Unstable are not yet available for Xen 3.0 we're now going to look at installing it via the packages provided by Ralph Passgang. This also includes building a custom Xen kernel from source.
The advantage to building the Xen kernel from source is that you can add, or remove, drivers - so the kernel is utterly customised for your system.
If embedding OSS in consumer applicances excites you, i.e the inevitable march to "World Domination", here's a blurb for you. It has XML, a gui front end and it's friendly.
Google is planning to provide an own-brand Windows-less PC and sell the low-cost system through a partnership with retail giant Wal-Mart. The machine and/or the sales deal could be announced as early as this coming Friday.
So claims the Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources. Whether they've seen the text of Google co-founder Larry Page's Consumer Electronics Show keynote, which he'll make in Las Vegas on Friday, isn't clear, but it's suggested that the talk will cover the new box.
The next version of the KDE desktop for Linux will be able to run Dashboard widgets ostensibly developed for Mac OS X.
One of the main advantages of open source is its openness, which prevents developers "with evil intentions" from putting "suspicious code" into the software, according to a developer on a project in Turkey
At the end of December the Debian release team published the first details that indicate out of which architectures the next version of the free Linux distribution will be composed. As early as September discussions had become known in which in the interest of shortening the program development time of new releases the developers had thought aloud about reducing the number of officially supported architectures. At the time the talk was of perhaps four architectures only.
After reading an article on system administration utilities, I started thinking about the utilities I find most valuable in my day-to-day work. A few were mentioned in the article, such as Vim and GNU Screen, but most were not. When thinking over my list, I was surprised by how many were recent additions.
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