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New approaches to Linux package management

Traditional Linux package management systems such as RPM, Debian's dpkg, and Slackware's pkgtool present several problems for users. Users who want optimized packages often have problems finding them, different package repositories have conflicting naming conventions, and binary packages are often not available for packages in a timely fashion. However, for users willing to stray from the beaten path, there are alternatives. Two projects have taken up the challenge of making a package management system that overcomes these shortcomings.

Panasas to Demonstrate Success in Bridging the Clustered Storage Needs of the Scientific and Commercial HPC Communities at SC 05

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
-- Customers To Present Real-World Benefits of Panasas Storage Cluster -- CTO Garth Gibson To Deliver Masterworks Presentation -- Newest Additions To Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster On Display

OpenSync and KDE Cooperate on Unified Data Syncing

The OpenSync and KDE teams have joined forces to create a unified library to synchronize data from mobile devices with the data on the desktop

California Suing Sony Over Rootkit DRM

  • Slashdot; By samzenpus (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"California has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony and a second one may be filed today in New York. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 1 in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Vernon, CA. It asks the court to prevent Sony from selling additional CDs protected by the anti-piracy software, and seeks monetary damages for California consumers who purchased them. The suit alleges that Sony's software violates at least three California statutes...

[Ed.- Hurrah! Sic 'em. Many good links in the article.]

Sleepycat - a blue ribbon example of open source financial success

  • IT Managers Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

Cell processor to support Linux

  • EE Times; By Mark LaPedus (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM Corp. and Sony Corp. have released new software components and documentation for the Cell processor, including extensions to Linux. The Cell processor was originally devised by IBM, Sony and Toshiba. Delivering on a promise, IBM, Sony and Toshiba in August released the first detailed specifications for the Cell microprocessor (see Aug. 29 story). Then, Toshiba recently said it is readying a hardware development platform for applications based on the Cell processor. The reference design kit, and the cell chip set, will be available from April 2006 (see Sept. 20 story).

Analyst: Security Will Drive Windows-to-Mac Switch

Elizabeth Millard writes: "A financial analyst predicts that the ubiquity of computer viruses, and Apple's success in its music ventures, will drive more and more Windows users to switch to Macs."

[Well, there was an article somewhere about Apple making significant gains, thanks to the Ipod. This will be something to keep our eyes on. A lot of GNU/Linux users also use Macs. - Ed]

Windows Supports More Hardware than Linux, Just Not as Well

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Nov 10, 2005 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Kernel
Chris Bergeron writes: "One of the things that gets overlooked in comparisons of Windows and Linux is the ability to troubleshoot hardware conflicts. Sometimes, it's not about how many devices are supported but how easy repair is when something goes wrong."

[Excellent article, and a must read if you're concerned about hardware support under GNU/Linux. This ties in with the "Year Without Windows" article from a few days ago. - Ed]

Open Source ERP to Drive Open Source Database Adoption

Recent survey found that open source databases were overwhelmingly preferred for open source ERP applications.

(PRWEB) November 10, 2005 -- Can open source software play a dominant role in the $15 billion database software market? The answer, according to a recent survey, is a resounding yes.
    

Sleepycat - a blue ribbon example of open source financial success

  • IT Manager's Journal; By Lauren Rudd (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

PunBB: A simple, speedy bulletin board

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
For some time now, I've been looking for a good, open source bulletin board package to run a discussion board on my Web site. After a lot of searching, I've settled on PunBB because it offers the features that I want, and is available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

A Higher Linux League For Ubuntu?

For years, Red Hat and SUSE have dominated the enterprise Linux distribution space. But that duopoly may be in trouble, because the Debian-based GNU/Linux-derived Ubuntu has a little help from Big Blue.

Linux backers form patent-sharing firm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Three of the world's biggest electronics companies -- IBM, Sony and Philips -- have joined forces with the two largest Linux software distributors to create a company for sharing Linux patents, royalty-free.

[ED.- While the true solution is to ban software patents, which should not have existed in the first place, this won't happen for a while, so this initiative is welcome. Hopefully it will just be a stop-gap measure until people come to their senses. - Tsela]

KDE, Debian, Google to attend Southern Calif. Linux expo

Linux desktop stalwarts KDE and Debian will be joining such other open source projects as MythTV and NetBSD alongside large corporate sponsors like IBM at SCALE 4x, at the fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb 11-12, 2006 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport.

Google and Firefox Working Together for A Better Browser

There's really no point in stating the obvious, Google has always been a supporter of Mozilla Foundation and especially its Firefox browser. In case you missed it, there's even an integrated Google search field in the Firefox structure and the homepage is set to Google.com by default. And since this friendship is going so well, it seems that soon Firefox could include features developed by Google and thus promote both brands once more.

Pols Battle Over Future of Open Document

Legislators in the Massachusetts will meet in the coming weeks to reconcile differing bills on the use of open documents by state agencies, and the outcome may alter the landscape for open document software, analysts said.

Grafpup 1.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com; By Chris Haney (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 2:10 AM EDT)
grafpup.com states - Grafpup Linux is a desktop Linux operating system based closely on Puppy Linux. It's goal is to be as useful to graphic designers and other imaging professionals as possible while still remaining extremely small and fast. How small? Grafpup is a live cd of only 72mb with current versions of Gimp, Cinepaint, Inkscape, and Scribus!

OSDir has some cool screenshots of Grafpup 1.0.

PCLinuxOS .92 Test 3 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 1:13 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The third test release of PCLinuxOS .92 is available. From the changelog: "Updated Unionfs to stable release which fixes some live CD problems with logout, login as well as shutdown; updated kusbhome and tested with guest.img on USB vfat key; turned off anacron, cron, atd and pcsc from live CD boot to streamline the boot process; set anacron, cron, atd to start at boot on hard disk install via the livecd-installer...

OSDir has some nice shots of PCLinuxOS .92 Test 3.

Project management with Trac

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you've ever been a part of a large development project, you've no doubt become accustomed to having access to source control and bug tracking tools and design document repositories. But what if you're part of smaller project where you're responsible for setting up your own infrastructure? Trac, an open source project sponsored by Edgewall Software Services, provides a complete project infrastructure that's easy to install and maintain.

Live.com Adds Firefox Support

Just one week after the launch of Live.com, Microsoft has added support for Firefox to its new services-based Web site. But the upgrade is not entirely bug free; a minor flaw causes the tabs in search results to display improperly. The problem will be fixed shortly, according to developers.

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