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Michael Meeks interview

In Linux Format issue 72, we chat to Gnome and OpenOffice.org coder Michael Meeks about all things Linux. Here's a few of the questions we asked the Novell employee...

Power Architecture Technology Accelerating Beyond IBM

At a members' conference in Shanghai, China today, Power.org -- an organization dedicated to accelerating collaborative innovation on Power Architecture™ technology -- said that new membership and product development by member companies had exceeded first year expectations. Organization officials credited the growth to the collaborative innovation approach Power.org fosters among members, in addition to advances made in Power Architecture technology itself.

Red Hat looks for new partners at GITEX 2005

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, is participating at the 25th Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) with Dubai-based distributor Opennet to look for more channel partners in the Middle East.

Mysql 5.0 Release Candidate is Here

Meetings archive set up and online

  • Mailing list; By Holger Levsen (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm pleased to announce the permanent availability of an archive in which D ebian can preserve materials (video, audio, slides, example code used, etc.) gathered, used at or derived from real life meetings.

Bits from the Darmstadt QA team meeting

We had a very productive QA Team Meeting in Darmstadt from the 9th to the 11th of September[1]. The participants had a lot of fruitful discussions during the weekend. Besides minor bits that "just happened", the following major issues progressed significantly:

Peru Passes Free Software Law - That's Free as in Free Speech

Peru has passed its law encouraging procurement of Free Software by the government. Please note that the law is about Free Software, not Open Source, as opposed to proprietary software, distinguished by license. Here's an English translation published by the Asociación Peruana de Software Libre, and here is the law itself [PDF]. Technically, it's not official until it is published in the official Peruvian daily newspaper, but that is pretty much certain at this point. Note that the version Slashdot links to on OSI is not, I don't think, the final version. It's a useful translation, but be aware that certain articles in that beta version are not in the final version.

Ibm, Red Hat and Trusted Computer Solutions Team to Deliver Most ...

Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. (TCS), a leading supplier of information sharing technologies to the Department of Defense, the intelligence community and commercial industry, together with Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is in Common Criteria evaluation on a broad range of IBM eServer systems.

SSH Claims for New Secure Shell Draw Open-Source Ire

SSH Communications Security claims that its new Secure Shell program is far superior to open-source alternatives draws free-software developers'ire.

Bonhams to migrate to open source

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By John Riley (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Auction firm Bonhams is embracing open source, the company's global CIO, Roland Whitehead, told the Triple i Convention. It is phasing out Microsoft Exchange and has no plans to migrate to Windows 2003. The auctioneer is planning to stop using Microsoft Word. In future all documents will go through Bonhams' core system using...

University of Toronto at Scarborough Standardizes on StarOffice for all Student Computing Resources

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 6:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Students Run StarOffice on Campus' Solaris, Linux and Windows Platforms

The Breezy Badger

I'm writing this column on my trusty IBM Thinkpad, which has been running the newly released Gnome 2.12 for about a week now. This is thanks to Ubuntu Linux, which has gotten so much praise in my recent reports, a colleague suggested I should change the name of this column to "Ubuntu Agent." Ahem.

Red Hat EAL5 To Get Government Blessing

Although it is still a year away from being released, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is already on the path toward EAL4 certification.

Email and Litigation

  • Linux Magazine; By Nicholas Wells (Posted by bstadil on Sep 27, 2005 4:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Whenever a lawsuit is in the offing — from patent litigation to prosecuting a sexual harassment suit — email is the best source of a “smoking gun,” or evidence that almost ensures a victory or lucrative settlement for one side. After all, email is very informal: email is worded much differently than a printed letter, and things are often said in email that might never be said in a face-to-face conversation. Moreover, most employees think of email as ephemeral, like so much water-cooler conversation.

IT manager's crash course: 64-bit computing

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 27, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The kind of hardware you buy can have a profound effect on the success of your business, but choosing among the available options is now tougher than ever. The advent of inexpensive, binary-compatible 64-bit processors has introduced a new facet to the decision-making process. The "early adoption" phase is over, and affordable 64-bit computers are stampeding toward businesses of all kinds. Should you stay 32-bit or go 64-bit? In as non-technical a manner as possible, here is a crash course on 64-bit hardware, the software that runs on it, and how it affects performance.

Google adds browser playback to video service

  • ComputerWorld; By Juan Carlos Perez (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 3:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google has improved its Google Video service by eliminating the need for users to download software to play back videos, the California-based company announced Monday.

Google The Bully?

Is Google becoming the bully that whisperers say it is? The question has come up again since Microsoft announced a major reorganization into three main business divisions, largely in order to be more nimble about innovating and delivering software over the Internet. Naturally, a big part of Microsoft's reaction is due to the growth of open source software, thanks to the ease with which the Internet fosters a community to work on code from far-flung locales.

Dell talks up multicore servers, workstations

  • IDG News Service; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 2:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dell has added multicore technology to its single-core dual-socket servers and workstations, the company announced Monday. Dell claims the new systems provide a maximum improvement in performance of 53 percent compared with the single-core, dual-socket machines they supersede. Multicore computing is the placing together of two or more CPUs (central processing units) onto a single piece of silicon as a way to both cut costs and lower thermal emissions. Since processor-intensive tasks can be handled separately, multicore chips can also help improve the performance of multithreaded applications.

Open slather

  • Australian IT; By Ian Grayson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 2:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OPEN-source software has been infiltrating the business world for 10 years, surfacing first as an alternative operating system for web servers and then growing into an array of tools and applications. Starting out as something of interest to computer programmers and engineers only, the concept is capturing the attention of business executives, keen to put its benefits to commercial use.

Arm devcon talk discusses Linux bring-up and debugging

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 1:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hardware-assisted tools vendor American Arium says its principal firmware engineer, John Overton, will speak on debugging Linux on ARM targets, at the ARM Developer's Conference next week in San Jose. Overton's talk will cover Linux bring-up, as well as debugging Linux, drivers, and bootloaders.

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