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Open Source Virtualization Project Builds Momentum and ...

HERNDON, Va., February 23, 2006 -- The OpenVZ project today announced that its website attracted more than one million hits in January - just one month after full production - as more businesses and individuals explore and contribute to the leading open source operating system virtualization project. Also, with more than 1,000 message posts, the OpenVZ support Forum has been very active with the user community.

New DHCP For Linux?

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
A new DHCP (define) client for Linux is set to take advantage of an expected new feature in a future Linux kernel.

The new DHCP client is being proposed by kernel developer Stefan Rompf and will (when completed) automatically recognize when a Linux user has disconnected from a particular DHCP server and look for a new connection.

Samsung's OneNAND Driver Now Available as Open Source

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics has said that it is making the driver source code for its best-selling and highest performing memory publicly available, a move that will make it sought after by designers using the new Linux 2.6 operating system. Samsung is providing designers of mobile devices and other consumer electronics with the basic driver for its highly popular fusion memory technology — OneNAND™ — not only on its own web site, but also through that of the Linux/Open Source community.

GoblinX 2006.1 Screencast

  • LinClips (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 22, 2006 11:55 AM EDT)
The GoblinX project has released GoblinX Premium 2006.1. The GoblinX Premium 2006.1 is the special edition created to be the main operating system of the goblin fan, our O.S. Replacement. LinClips takes GoblinX Premium 2006.1 for a spin in their screencast.

Review: Pixel Image Editor Gives Graphics Goodness

Pixel is a multi-award-winning, multi-platform image editor aimed at the Adobe Photoshop market. Dee-Ann LeBlanc takes this shareware app for Linux on a test drive to see how it compares to Photoshop and The GIMP.

Among Linux music players, Banshee really wails

Over the last few years, the number of Linux music players has mushroomed, providing a variety of applications to suit different people. I've tried several Linux music players since I started using the operating system, but none of them were perfect for my requirements. I recently tried out an increasingly popular music player, Banshee, and have found a new personal favourite.

GPL gets another brickbat--but where does the Sarbanes-Oxley problem really lie?

  • OnLamp; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Honestly, I don't know how thousands of businesses can thrive on free software. They certainly wouldn't if they listened to the software industry experts. First there were all the claims (borne out by some real major failures in the industry during the dot-com bust) that there was no business case for making money on software that everyone could download, run, and freely alter. Now that free software is a well established industry, there comes a white paper by Jay Michaelson of Wasabi Systems, which got reported on by, NewsForge, and others.

Windows Finally Beats Unix, But Linux Is Coming on Strong

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 10:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IDC's server numbers show that Windows has finally overtaken Unix in the server market, but what's even more interesting is that Unix is continuing to accelerate at double-digit growth rates.

Gartner: Server sales up sharply in 2005

  • BusinessWeek; By Associated Press (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 9:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Worldwide server shipments jumped 12.7 percent in 2005 while revenues increased 4.5 percent to $51.68 billion as companies turned to lower-end -- and less expensive -- systems for their computing needs, the research firm Gartner Inc. reported. The numbers, released Tuesday, show the continuation of a trend toward servers based on commodity, or "x86," microprocessors from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. They often run the freely distributed Linux operating system.

Mainstream Media: What is an 'RSS Feed'?

  • This is North Scotland (The Press and Journal) (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 9:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An RSS feed is a summary of the most recently updated headlines or posts on a website, with links to go directly to any content you're interested in reading in greater detail.

There are a number of suggested meanings for 'RSS', but it's most commonly referred to as 'Really Simple Syndication', indicating that it is an easy way to manage your favourite news sources.

Review: Versora Progression Desktop

Linux distributions have virtually all of the amenities that desktop users want, but moving from Windows to Linux is still a bit of a challenge for users who need to migrate their settings and files to a new desktop. Versora's Progression Desktop utility is designed to copy a user's settings and files from Windows to Linux, mitigating the hassles that come with migration. It's still a bit rough around the edges, but it's a major step toward making it easier to move to Linux.

Linux Consultant Survey Results Are In

  • Linux Journal (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 8:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Who better to give their opinions on the state of Linux than the people who help other organizations get Linux up and running?

Csr Brings Bluetooth to Linux-based Multimedia Smartphone

CSR plc the world leader in Bluetooth technology, today announced that its BlueCore silicon has been chosen by TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd., one of China's largest mobile phone manufacturers, for its latest handset, the TCLe787.

Interviewing hackers

Many articles address the question of how to interview people when trying to fill a technical post. Perhaps the most important part of such an interview is the technical assessment. Here's a technique that we believe can improve the accuracy of technical assessment.

Mainstream Media: Plug in to these extensions

  • The State (S. Carolina) (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free downloads for Firefox browser make Web surfing much easier.

Plug-ins, or extensions, are tiny programs that increase the usability of other programs. A wealth of free extensions has surfaced recently for the Web browser Firefox. Here are several:

IBM demands details of SCO dealings with HP, Microsoft, Sun

Microsoft, HP, Sun and BayStar must hand over details of their involvement with SCO, as IBM builds its defences against the charge that it included SCO's Unix code in Linux

Groklaw, a legal Web site that had been following the case closely, believes the subpoenas could help to bring important information about the case to light.

Dutch found to be most computer literate in world

  • International Herald Tribune; By Kevin J. O'Brien (Posted by tadelste on Feb 22, 2006 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Residents of the Netherlands, armed with a tax break for computer purchases and some of Europe's lowest broadband fees, lead the world in the use of personal computers and the Internet, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts released Tuesday. In a survey of habits in 17 nations, 82 percent of Dutch residents said they used a computer at least occasionally at home or at work, and 72 percent used the Internet. In Canada, the numbers were 79 percent and 71 percent, respectively, while they were 76 percent and 70 percent in the United States.

An Interview with Falko Timme - the Perfect Linux Guy

Falko Timme will be thirty this year. He's possibly one of the most popular mentors for people wanting to become Linux system administrators on the Internet. His step-by-step tutorials have gained a large readership.

He was born in Celle, Germany. He studied industrial engineering in Dresden and Braunschweig and speaks and writes perfect English, even though it's not his first language.

I have interviewed a lot of people over the years. I don't remember an unpleasant one. But this interview with Falko stands out in my mind as the best. I hope you enjoy spending time with him. He's a remarkable person.


Project BlackDog Skills Contest $50,000 Grand Prize Winner Named

Realm Systems has announced that Terry Bayne is the Grand Prize winner of the Project BlackDog Skills contest. He won $50,000 for his work on "Kibble," a tool for building integration solutions between the host PC and the BlackDog device using a SOAP-based RPC mechanism to send arbitrary (LUA) code to be executed on the host PC from the BlackDog. A panel of judges from such firms as HP and Avaya determined that Kibble won for its originality, value, and functionality.

My desktop OS: Slackware 10.2

I've used Linux since 1999. I started with SUSE 6.4, but soon moved to Slackware because I wanted to learn how to administer an enterprise server. I then decided to try it on the desktop to improve my Linux knowledge. My experience with Slackware has been both demanding and amazing.

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