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Mcnealy pumps open standards, open source

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Grant Gross (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 20, 2006 5:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
McNealy recommended government agencies buy commercial software built on open-source code, instead of downloading software and running it without commercial support.

Reports from PyCON 2006 (Python Conference)

  • Free Software Magazine; By Terry Hancock (Posted by fsmdave on Mar 20, 2006 5:16 AM EDT)
FSM's Terry Hancock was at PyCON2006, in Dallas, Texas. He talks about some of what went on at the conference.

The Big Four Organized Music cartel's RIAA licking its wounds

  • People to People (Posted by tadelste on Mar 20, 2006 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Big Four Organized Music record label cartel's RIAA is licking its wounds after losing a bid for unfettered access to the hard drive of an Oregon mother it's victimizing in a p2p file sharing case. The woman, Tanya Andersen, lives alone with her nine-year-old daughter, Kylee, surviving on Social Security disability payments.

RIAA, "settlement" worker Mark Eilers accused her of "illegally" downloading music files, demanding an extortion payment to get the labels off her back.

This woman fought them on her own facing the RIAA potential legal fees if she lost. You go girl!

OpenZaurus 3.5.4 released!

On behalf of the OpenEmbedded, OpenZaurus, Opie and GPE teams, I am proud to present to you the fourth OpenZaurus release based on the BitBake build system and the OpenEmbedded metadata repository.

Internet Protocol Television driven by Linux

IPTV vendors have joined forces to offer a prepackaged starter kit for telcos to get into IPTV quickly and easily. The vendors believe initial deployments will be for broadband TV and on-demand services.

DistroWatch Weekly: Duval, Fedora 5, KNOPPIX 5.0

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 20, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. It's that time of the year when development activity in the open source software world is about to reach its peak - the release of GNOME 2.14 last week will be followed by Fedora Core 5 later today, with SUSE 10.1 coming out next month. At the same time, Ubuntu's Dapper Drake has received extra 6 weeks to get more polish, while Mandriva's new "One" product has been overshadowed by news about the sudden involuntary departure of the distribution's founder. Also in this issue: Debian developers on explaining their project to non-geeks, update on the custom DVD booting a number of distributions, and a quick look at the new KNOPPIX 5.0. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Ubuntu, Macintosh and Windows XP



If you think that a Linux advocate cannot make an objective analysis of desktop operating systems, then you need to read this report. You may find yourself surprised with some brutal honesty that leaves out the free software philosophy.

Building A Virtual Private Server (VPS) With Debian Sarge And OpenVZ

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by falko on Mar 19, 2006 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial describes how to prepare a server for OpenVZ virtual machines on a Debian Sarge system. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project.

Engarde Secure Linux v3.0.5 Now Available

EnGarde Secure Linux is a Linux server distribution that is geared toward providing a open source platform that is highly secure by default as well as easy to administer.

Theme for the Weekend: Open Source Problems/Misuse



The topic of misuse of Open Source term has appeared implicitly and explicitly in several articles published on this site. Moreover, the same sense of confusion has been reflected in the comments section. Hence, for those new to the site and for others we a repeating several of these opinion pieces so that they can be viewed together as a problem that must be solved.

What is Dell's Linux Distro Strategy?

This Cyber Cynic podcast with Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols looks at Dell's Linux distribution strategy. (eWEEK Podcast #40)

[ED: This author always has an interesting, provocative view point. Nonetheless, I am including this with some doubt, because once locating the file I could not get it to play. Let me know if it works or not for you. - HC]

Pie Box Enterprise Linux 3AS U7

  • http://www.piebox.com; By Nigel Jewell (Posted by pixexcel on Mar 19, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Update 7 of Pie Box Enterprise Linux 3 was made available March 16, 2006.

A quick look at GanttProject 2.0

Although my daily work doesn't require any project management tools, I do have a soft spot for GanttProject, an easy-to-use application that has been previously featured on NewsForge. GanttProject's developers recently released version 2.0 of the application, which introduced two significant features: critical path and PERT charts.

IBM to Power Dow Jones Indexes' Investable Indexes

  • IT News On-line; By IT News Online Staff (Posted by tadelste on Mar 19, 2006 3:13 AM EDT)
IBM announced that Dow Jones Indexes, a provider of investable indexes, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), has selected IBM servers as the platform to calculate its suite of worldwide indexes and averages that are disseminated globally in real-time through major market data vendors and published in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Dow Jones Newswires, MarketWatch and other Dow Jones and third-party publications.

The system is designed to scale with both UNIX and Linux enterprise applications on demand. Dow Jones Electronic Publishing and an extensive IBM team worked closely to enhance Dow Jones application performance.

Courier and Postfix with MySQL on Fedora Core

This would get a Fedora Core system with Postfix handling mail for virtual domains and accounts of which the details are stored on a MySQL database (Ruby on Rails friendly) and the email files are on disk. Courier IMAP/POP will be used for email retrieval. A very fine email setup.

Creating a Data Backup and Recovery Strategy

Data backup and Recovery is probably one of the most essential tasks as a system administrator. In the event of a disaster, a successful recovery of data and services will determine whether you will be getting your raise or you will be looking for a new job.

The 'Mandriva Wars' and More

The Cyber Cynic podcast with Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols looks at the popular French-based Linux distributor Mandriva and its troubles.

Linux powers "Ming" smartphone in China

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 18, 2006 11:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola is shipping its Linux-based A1200 smartphone to distributors in China, where the phone will be sold under a "Ming" model-name, according to a hardware blog at TheRegister. Ming means "bright, clear, open and clear-sighted," TheRegister reports, reflecting the phone's translucent cover and open-source operating system.

BEA Systems Partners with Cantata Technology to Advance Converged IMS Service Creation

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 18, 2006 11:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
BEA WebLogic SIP Server Coupled with Cantata SnowShore IP Media Server Designed to Help Communication Service Providers Deliver Next-Generation Services for Fixed and Mobile Networks; BEA and Cantata to Perform Innovative Demo at Spring VON 2006

Red Hat To Promote Open Source In Education

Red Hat has announced their partnership with the Lotus Learning Systems Society to promote open source in education in schools. The Hyderabad based Lotus Learning Systems Society, an organisation established to provide world- class professional teacher development and establishing and operating educational institutions, will deploy Red Hat's open source programs in Lotus National Schools

[ED: Nice, but improvements in U.S. would be appreciated too. - HC]

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