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LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Jun-2007


LXer Feature: 17-Jun-2007

First off, Happy Fathers Day to all you Fathers out there, especially mine. It seems that Microsoft is all over the news this week. Between the Linspire deal, getting help from an old friend in the Justice Department to yet another one of their shills stating that OpenXML really is an open standard. Not to worry though, I have lots of other articles for you to check out.

Microsoft bows to complaint from Linpro

The NCA has been working on Linpro's complaint for a year, looking into both the technological and legal aspects. – We made it clear to Microsoft that we were preparing sanctions, as the school agreements excluxded competitors from this market. Now that they have met our demands, we dismiss the case, says NCA department director Jostein Skaar to Norwegian daily Dagbladet. From now on, schools will only be licensed for PCs actually using Microsoft software, and not for all computers, including PCs using software from competitors like Linux, Mac and Openoffice.org.

Venezuela Launches Sale of "Bolivarian" Computers

  • Venezuelanalysis.com; By Chris Carlson (Posted by Abe on Jun 17, 2007 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of their "Bolivarian Computers" last week, consisting of four different models produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology. The new computers will run the open-source Linux operating system and will first be used inside the government "missions" and state companies and institutions but eventually are expected to be sold across Venezuela and Latin America. .......
With respect to the operating system, Venezuela has taken a strong position in favor of open-source software in order to "promote technological development" and help "reach technological independence." For this reason the computers will use the open-source Linux, but the components are also compatible with the Windows operating system.

Debian releases fix for Linux kernel 2.6.8 vulnerabilities

According to the debian.org mailing list three security vulnerabilites have now been fixed with the release of numerous updates for Linux kernel 2.6.8 as detailed in Debian Security Advisory DSA 1304-1.

IBM banks on software for growth

  • Reg Developer; By Adrian Bridgwater (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2007 7:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM acquires software governance

[Not specific to GNU/Linux or FOSS, but might be of interest to some in our audience - dcparris]

Availigent Names StrataFusion's Mark Egan to Board of Directors

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Availigent, a leading provider of Application Service Management software for Linux-based dynamic data centers, has named Silicon Valley information technology expert Mark Egan to its board of directors.

Retrieving Emails From Remote Servers With getmail (Debian Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 17, 2007 2:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Getmail is a program for retrieving emails from remote servers; it is very similar to fetchmail, but more flexible. For example, it can be configured to deliver mails directly to a Maildir or mbox mailbox without the need for an MTA such as Postfix, but of course it can also pipe the mails through an MTA if you want. Getmail can use so called filters such as SpamAssassin and ClamAV to scan the mails, and you can even tell getmail to delete mails on the original server only after a certain number of days.

Azul Systems Certifies JBoss Application Server 4.2 on the Azul Compute Appliance

Azul Systems, today announced certification of the JBoss Application Server 4.2 on the Azul Compute Appliance. The joint solution is being deployed by CitiStreet to drive down the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the company's data center as it expands for large Java-based deployments.

New Google Linux Apps Coming Soon

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jun 16, 2007 9:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In addition to Chris DiBona's words about NVIDIA and ATI binary display drivers, Google had also made an interesting splash at the first-ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit (which they had kindly hosted at their Mountain View campus) during a presentation by the Google Linux Client Team. What was it? Well, there are some "significant accomplishments" and other new Google desktop applications coming out this year for the Linux platform.

Live from the 15th VistA Community Conference in Seattle

We are live from the 15th annual VistA community meeting on the campus of the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, Washington. The major news so far is the announcement of a subscription service from theWorldVistA organization for updates to the CCHIT certified WorldVistA EHR/VOE 1.0 Details to follow.

This week at LWN: An interview with Fedora leader Max Spevack

Now that Fedora 7 has been released, Fedora project leader Max Spevack has a little bit of breathing room. Like nature, LWN abhors a vacuum, so we sent Max a list of questions and a request for answers. We are now happy to present the answers.

USDA Keeps Up with the Flow

The agency turns to NetBeans, other open-source tools to project the water supply.

OpenBSD: Free As In Air

"OpenBSD is free as in air," Theo de Raadt [interview] stated in a recent thread on the OpenBSD -misc mailing list. The discussion began with a note that the Open Sound System [story] had recently been "open sourced" under the GPLv2 and CDDL leading Theo to comment, "noone cares about being Open and Free anymore. They just care about being called Open and Free, and how convenient -- a bunch of laywers generated an organization that will label then Open and Free when they are not in fact so."

Garnering support for non-proprietary software such as Linux and Firefox

  • dotancohen.com; By Dotan Cohen (Posted by dotancohen on Jun 16, 2007 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Due to the amazing feedback regarding my Linux and Firefox Compatibility pages, I've written about how I got into open source software. Read all about garnering support for non-proprietary software such as Linux and Firefox.

22 Confessions Of A Former Dell Sales Manager

A former Dell kiosk manager writes us to share helpful tips about doing business with Dell. He has no particular problems with Dell, he just wanted to share some helpful tips for consumers looking to get the best deal. He includes info on getting the best deal from the website, different kinds of promotions the Dell offers, insider details on how the kiosk sales reps are compensated, what coupons and deals they have to offer you to close the deal, the email format for Dell in case you're thinking of launching an EECB, where to take your Dell credit card complaints, which extended warranties to avoid, how to get a domestic tech support rep... and more.

Apache and Subversion authentication with Microsoft Active Directory

In this article I will explain how to set up Apache 2 on Debian Etch and make it talk to an Active Directory 2003 server. After that I will show you how to setup Subversion and use LDAP groups to control access to multiple subversion repositories. After I rant a bit about my two-day nightmare with Active Directory that is…

Ralink - RT2500 Help For Ubuntu Feisty

If you are reading this, chances are you are running a RT2500 based chipset wireless card that worked perfectly with Ubuntu Edgy and then stopped working after your upgrade to Feisty.

Develop an End-to-End Ajax Web Application

  • IBM/alphaWorks; By Senthil Nathan (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 16, 2007 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
This article is the first of a three-part series about developing an end-to-end Ajax application using an open source middleware stack. If you're a novice Web developer who can read and understand the code written in XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL, this article is for you. After you're done, you will have a good understanding of the basic concepts of Ajax and its potential in the context of a three-tier Web application scenario.

Get your GRUB info here

After wiping out my Ubuntu 6.06 LTS install and redoing it because I totally screwed up GRUB, last night I opened up Carla Schroder's "Linux Cookbook" and saw the many errors of my GRUB-installing and -configuring ways.

Know Your Regular Expressions

Essential aids in building and testing regular expression on UNIX systems. Discover the available tools and techniques that can help you learn how to construct regular expressions for various programs and languages.

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