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An open letter to the open source community

We end users are happy with the way the open source movement is progressing. With Linux now a stable operating system worthy of mainstream deployments, we've begun looking up the stack to see where else open source can fit in our data centers.

HealthAlliance plans another open source pilot

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by dave on Jul 4, 2005 6:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
HealthAlliance, the consortium of DHBs including Waitemata Health and Counties Manukau, is looking at running its own open-source desktop project. It would run in parallel with an initiative led by Good Health Wanganui, whose plan is temporarily stalled.

DistroWatch Weekly: SUSE released to mirrors, Sarge update problems, Lycoris commentary

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jul 4, 2005 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DistroWatch Weekly and happy Independence Day to all our visitors from the United States! Last week's release of SUSE LINUX 9.3 ISO images provided much excitement during the otherwise dull week and many users are now discovering the joys of computing with one of the oldest and best-known Linux operating systems around. In the meantime, the Debian Project ended up with a tarnished reputation for being unable to provide timely security updates for sarge - will this fiasco bring radical changes to the project's security infrastructure? Also in this issue: comment on the recent merger of Mandriva and Lycoris, and an interesting change in the release policy of Fedora Core. Happy reading!

Aussie Linux body faces growing pains

The future of Linux Australia (LA) is in doubt as the organisation debates how to best carry out its operations with limited resources.

Scaredy Cats' Introduction to Linux

  • OSDir (Posted by dave on Jul 3, 2005 6:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are compelling reasons for Windows users to switch to (or at least evaluate) Linux, but when you know no other world than Windows or don’t want to even think about partitioning your precious hard drive, it can be one heck of a leap of faith!

Carrier Grade Linux Servers

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by dave on Jul 3, 2005 12:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Artesyn and Wind River will work together to develop Carrier Grade Linux and VxWorks™ board support packages (BSP) for Artesyn’s telecom blades, beginning with the PowerPC® processor-based KatanaQp AdvancedTCA blade. Wind River will provide validation services for the new BSPs. Both companies will work together to market the new products.

The Linux Programming Model for Cell

Base platform support for Linux on the Cell has been established and is currently on its way into the mainstream Linux kernel tree. Read about the Cell's unique architecture and the SPU file system interface that allows Linux to run on it.

Windows Dumbs Down Even More! Shiny! New!

In an effort to capture more of the vital overseas-customers-who-don't-have-much-money market, Microsoft released localized versions of Windows XP Starter Edition in several countries, which is so dumbed-down and crippled that those of us who thought our low expectations of Microsoft could not be beaten were proven wrong yet again.

Open source industry group offers free server software to Australian schools

OSV has developed a free product called LiveLAMP, which is a bootable CD that turns a spare computer into a Linux development server for students to practice and publish programming exercises in over a dozen languages with hundreds of development tools.

How schools can get free software

  • BBC News (Posted by dave on Jul 2, 2005 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The UK government's school computing agency, Becta, has said schools could save costs by switching to what is known as open source software. In open source software (OSS), the underlying computer code is freely available so users can alter it and publish new versions, to benefit the community.

Hats Off to Red Hat

Red Hat, a leading provider of the Linux-based operating system, continues to see increasing acceptance of the open source technology. While the Microsoft faithful may be yawning at the latest results from its competitor, they nonetheless would have to grudgingly admit that the first quarter showed impressive growth.

Microsoft partnership vexes open source fans

Partnerships between the government and Microsoft announced on Thursday upon the visit of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates are worrying the open source community which wants to promote alternative open standard software.

Sun opens door to Windows

  • InfoWorld; By By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service (Posted by peragrin on Jul 2, 2005 5:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems may be warming up to the idea of selling Microsoft's Windows operating system on its servers. Tom Goguen, vice president of operating platform marketing for Sun, said this week that while Sun currently has no definite plan to strike a deal with Microsoft to sell Windows, the vendor will consider it if customers and partners think it's a good idea.

First Community Bank selects Harland's Phoenix System for core processing

First Community Bank chose the Phoenix System because of its advanced technology, including the ease of integrating the bank's existing third-party systems into the Phoenix System using PhoenixXM middleware; the open source architecture of the system; and Harland Financial Solutions' strong reputation in the marketplace.

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 3 -- Pre-game Banter

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 5:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux versus Windows isn't just servers and desktops anymore. Smart devices are showing up all over the place, and the embedded arena features fighting just as intense. This Smack-Down aims to sort it out once and for all, and find out which embedded OS is best.

Sun 'distorts' definition of free software

Jonathan Schwartz's claim that the best thing about free and open source software is the price has raised hackles

Linux moves into midrange Motorola phones

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Company announces new step in its plan to remake most of its mobile phone line with the open-source OS.

'Open source' products a growing concern

  • Salt Lake Tribune (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The SCO Group's controversial Linux-related lawsuit against IBM does not go to trial for another year, but the Utah company's litigation already has corporate software buyers worried. Information technology professionals identify indemnification of "open source" products, such as the freely distributed Linux operating system, as a primary and growing concern, according to a new survey of 200 United States-based IT professionals.

Linux for Scaredy Cats

There are compelling reasons for Windows users to switch to (or at least evaluate) Linux, but when you know no other world than Windows or don’t want to even think about partitioning your precious hard drive, it can be one heck of a leap of faith! As a Windows user wanting to try Linux but scared of losing the world as I knew it, I found a risk-free method of trying Linux without threatening the installation of Windows safely installed on my PC. Mandriva Move and Knoppix are two different flavours of Linux that reside entirely on a bootable LiveCD.

African free software on show at world education conference

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 1, 2005 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
African open source advocates will be putting their best foot forward next week when they showcase many of their open source education solutions at the World Conference on Computers in Education. WCCE, which is held every four years, will be held in Stellenbosch from 4 to 7 July.

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