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The catalogue of open source products is growing in breadth and sophistication. But can it really form the basis for a comprehensive – and free – enterprise software stack?
You just installed your favorite Linux distribution and all your hardware is working. Your data is ready to go and all the default applications are working perfectly. You've even changed the wallpaper, theme, and window decorations. What's next?
A recent, well-written article appeared on newsforge that raised some issues about Freedom and Free Software and the context was something to the effect of "What's it worth to you? Are you willing to go through some sacrifices to maintain your Freedom or get it back?"
Email is commonly used in business today, yet only a small percentage of users take the time to guarantee their email is sent in a secure and confidential manner. If you're not part of that elite group, read on to learn how to setup OpenPGP with the Mozilla Thunderbird mail component.
Is Sun getting with the Open Source Community?
The Mozilla Project began under Netscape in 1998, when it publicly released the blueprint for its Navigator browser. Netscape was purchased by AOL, which in turn merged with Time Warner. Last year, Mozilla was established as a non-profit and Time Warner seeded it with US$2 million.
As for me, until game and peripheral manufacturers get into the act and provide robust Linux support - and that is not far away - Windows is still my poison of choice.
MEPIS has announced the release of beta 04 of ProMEPIS Linux, based on Linux kernel 2.6.10. The new kernel adds "many hardware and performance improvements, yet it comes at a price," according to MEPIS developer Warren Woodford. What price?
Following Jon Biddell's praise for Libranet, two more people immediately came forward to champion their distro of choice, both carrying the Slackware banner and both for somewhat different reasons. Let's start with Lew Pitcher's answer to the call.
8th Jan, 2005 (Gurgaon, India): Daffodil Software, a leading database technology company, today cracked the Compiere challenge by formally announcing the launch of its version of Daffodil DB compatible with Compiere.
This may be the year when enterprise apps go fully mainstream, even if small fees are attached. As I begin to execute InfoWorld’s initiatives for 2005, I’m finding that open source is still central to my overall IT strategy. My view of open source in the enterprise, however, is changing as open source matures.
ZeD features original live music, dance and spoken word performances by groundbreaking artists; frontline indie-culture reportage by a crew of cross-Canada video correspondents; chats with culture creators who are making a stir; and innovative short film, video, animation, music, words, performance, ideas and, visual art pieces from around the world. And on January 6, the code base that powers zed.cbc.ca became available as open source under Apache License 2.0.
HP plans to ship a Linux-based HDTV media hub later this year, according to an article at PC Magazine. CEO Carly Fiorina demonstrated a non-working prototype of the Linux media hub at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
This new technology offers developers an efficient means for http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/webextractor?open&S_TACT=... metadata from Web sites that use a common template design and is compliant with Linux and Windows based UIMA SDK. Web Metadata Extractor converts scattered, unstructured information into a structured format written with a pure Java-based user interface which users can quickly generate the required templates by simple interactions. Demo is available.
what new issues or surprises are waiting for us in 2005 with respect to Open Source? Here are a few predictions.
Jake Moilanen provided a series of four patches against the 2.6.9 Linux kernel that introduce a simple genetic algorithm used for automatic tuning. The patches update the anticipatory IO scheduler and the zaphod CPU scheduler to both use the new in-kernel library, theoretically allowing them to automatically tune themselves for the best possible performance for any given workload. Jake says, "using these patches, there are small gains (1-3%) in Unixbench & SpecJBB. I am hoping a scheduler guru will able to rework them to give higher gains."
This brief article outlines the history and story behind Linux Netwosix, a security-focused distribution that is still in early stages of development. Vincenzo Ciaglia, its Italian founder, gives the Linux community an update on how the project has progressed after 11 months.
The open source project, which was created when Borland open sourced Interbase in 2000, is due to release a version of its database with full SMP support allowing enterprises greater scalability.
Locally exploitable flaws have been found in the Linux binary format loaders' uselib() functions that allow local users to gain root privileges.
Open Source start-up firm TechWhale Inc. is offering for download the first Open Source CRM solution optimized for Microsoft's .NET Framework.