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Hospital software vendor McKesson uses Linux to heal IT budgets

In 2004, health care software vendor McKesson Provider Technologies began focusing on ways to cut IT costs for customers, including hospitals and medical offices. The cure for IT cost bloat: moving many of McKesson's medical software applications to Linux, which could then be used on less expensive commodity hardware instead of expensive mainframes.

Samba Domaincontroller For Small Workgroups With SWAT On Fedora 8

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Dec 13, 2007 12:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up and configure a Samba Domaincontroller for small workgroups (up to 250 users) on Fedora 8 with the Samba Web Administration Tool. The resulting system provides an easy-to-manage domaincontroller for your Windows network.

Global census to show business OSS use

Yesterday OpenLogic announced that it would be running a global census to collect and share quantitative data to count how many enterprise installations there are in the world for each open source software package.

Generate Awesome Photomosaics On Linux With Metapixel

Ok, I admit. I thrashed the servers for a little while using an open source website mirroring tool, which I wont mention, but it’s easy to find. :) About 30,000 user icons later, I present to you a product created by a couple very short and sweet command line tools. So how can you make your own mosaic? Simple! Download and install metapixel, if you’re running Ubuntu, it’s located in the universe repository.

Ubuntu / Debian Linux: Services Configuration Tool to Start / Stop System Services

Your Debian / Ubuntu Linux box security depends upon access to system services (one of many aspects). For example, you may need to provide a web server (Apache service) to serve web pages. However, if you do not need use a service, you should always turn off all unused services to avoid exploits.Under Red hat and Centos Linux you can use chkconfig command (ntsysv command) to configure Sys V style init script links. There is also service command to stop / start / restart services. So if you are addicted to the service command under RHEL / CentOS / Mandriva Linux and have wondered what to do in Debian / Ubuntu, Linux try sysvconfig package.

Novell Lands Major Linux Server Contract with Office Depot

Second in the Linux server business to leader Red Hat, Novell is continuing to strive for major server wins. In its latest significant victory, Novell announced that Office Depot has elected to consolidate its server infrastructure on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1. According to Novell, moving to SLES on commodity hardware has already helped Office Depot reduce its hardware and power costs.

Trolltech Hosting Phonon Backends in KDE Subversion Repository

Trolltech announced today that the Phonon backends, which they have been developing for inclusion in Qt, are being transferred into the KDE source code repository. Phonon is the KDE 4 API for multimedia and is also set to be part of Qt 4.4, scheduled for the end of Q1 2008. You heard it right folks, a part of Qt will be officially hosted and developed inside KDE's very own Subversion repository, from whose loins Phonon first sprung, and be freely available to all under the LGPL.

Red Hat Delays New Desktop Linux Product Due to Codec Liscensing Issues

Red Hat delayed its new desktop product due to licensing issues on media playback codecs. Although the information available is unclear, it appears that the new product will be free and include legal codecs, something which has never been available before.

Turkey's Pardus distro is easy to use

Pardus developers describe the Linux distribution as advanced yet easy to install and use. Let's see how well it lives up to the hype. Pardus originated in Turkey, was once based on Gentoo Linux, and is packaged with KDE. It comes in two versions: a live CD and a traditional, multilanguage installer, which I used. Its full-screen interface is uncluttered, simple, and easy to navigate and decipher. Helpful information appears on the right for every step. The installer follows the same basic recipe most installers adopt, but it also lets you choose a language --Turkish, Spanish, German, Dutch, or English Goes Online with SAAS Version

Do you really like as your office suite? Would you like to be able to use it on any computer with an Internet connection? If you answered yes to both those questions, you'll be interested in Ulteo's beta of Ulteo Online Desktop, which allows the use of over the Internet as SAAS (software as a service).

Fedora Core 6 No More

As of this last Friday, December 7th Fedora Core 6 is no more. With it goes the last release the Fedora Project had seen the split between “Community” (Extras) and Red Hat sponsored (Core). Those not intimately involved in Fedora might be interested to learn that when the merge happened it was the core packages that ended up having to follow the former “Extras” packaging guidelines and not the other way around. Yet another testament to the power of community.

Freemed-YiRC V1.00 Released

It's been a long road, but Freemed-YiRC V1.00 has finally been released! Freemed-YiRC is an open source software project intended for use as a complete information system by child caring agencies.

Latest NetBeans thinks big for scripting

Sun Microsystems is reaching out to scripters and developers on rivals' IDEs with enterprise tools and a migration program for its latest version of NetBeans. NetBeans 6.0, released Wednesday, targets Ruby and Ruby on Rails fans squarely with tools for code refactoring, debugging and deployment.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: Volatile Debian

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 13, 2007 1:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
On today's menu we are serving up Debian going all volatile, the lowdown on cdrkit usurping cdrtools, and a simple way to use iptables rules to foil brute-force password attacks.

...New to me, anyway, though they've been around for a couple of years, and those are the sarge-volatile and the etch-volatile repositories. OK, so you're already rolling on the floor laughing at the idea of anything in Debian being labeled "volatile", and are thinking "wait, don't you mean catatonic?", but really, these are cool and good.

Stuffing it Up - ODF and OOXML Document Format Battle

This three-part summary on Microsoft's main strategy in its attempt to replace its own OOXML format in place of the current ODF format as an ISO standard. Its starts from the development of ODF at OASIS to the current gridlock at ISO due to the large influx of new members. Industry Motive: To preserve a monopoly and the fight to protect a four-billion-dollar per year cash cow against those who stand for open standards, against those who want to create even playing fields, fair competition, innovation and open access for everyone to benefit.

One year on, the Java community continues to build

What has happened in the year since Sun Microsystems released the source code for Java? While end users might be starting to wonder, those most involved in the building of the free Java community describe a thriving community that, after one year, is still working hard to reinvent itself. Free Java projects that existed prior to Sun's announcement on November 13, 2006, are either integrating into the OpenJDK community or continuing to provide alternatives -- but with greater resources in code.

Configure Linux

Some people are happy with their operating systems as installed. Others like to tinker. Still others—PC Magazine readers, often enough-need to dive under the hood and make those systems run exactly the way they want. Its all about control, and Linux gives you as much control as you can handle. The configuration tools in Ubuntu Linux provide a full range of customization choices. Some are cosmetic, of course, but others dig deep into system settings.

OpenOffice lives in the browser

A new service from Ulteo lets you use from a browser. It consists in a sort of remote desktop that, streamed through a java applet, that gives you control over a real openoffice instance on the Ulteo’s servers, no html, xul or javascript magic. Currently this is in beta and accepting up to 15000 testers, you just need to open a free account.

An Easy Way to Convert Java to XML

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Brett D. McLaughlin, Sr. (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 12, 2007 9:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
In the last article of this series, you downloaded, installed, and set up Castor. In this article, you'll learn how to convert your Java classes to XML and transform that XML back into Java code, as well as how Castor works and how to design your classes to function well with the API.

Tip from an RHCE: Memory storage on PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is very sophisticated and powerful database server to use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. However, many people argue that one of the features it lacks is the memory storage engine of MySQL. This storage engine is ideal for applications that process temporary data that is updated rarely but accessed many times. These applications use databases stored in memory to decrease the number of disc operations. An example of such an application is the web-based BitTorrent tracker.

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