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New version of Mozilla for mobile released

FEBRUARY 20, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - The Minimo Project, the group developing a shrunk-down version of the Mozilla open source browser for handheld devices, released a new version of Minimo on Saturday. The announcement is the latest indication that mobile phones will increasingly be used to access any content that is available on the Internet, analysts say.

Will major vendors dilute open source?

Commercial software giants such as Oracle and IBM are moving deeper into and changing the face of the open source community by snapping up start-ups.

We're so close to losing the Internet - right now! Hello!

  •; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 2:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LXer
The Supreme Court and your local telephone company have decided to hose everyone on the Internet. Meanwhile, Congress is trying to figure out how to stop it. Where's the media? Hey, WAKE UP!

Linux-based framework for mobiles

PalmSource has announced its Access Linux Platform, designed to be an integrated, open and flexible Linux-based platform tailored for smart phones and mobile devices.

Microsoft keeps eye on open-source prize

  • Computer Business Review; By Rhonda Ascierto (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Speaking to a standing-room only crowd of open source startups, investors and lawyers, Bill Hilf, director of platform technology strategy at the company, outlined why, from a business perspective, Microsoft is involved with open source. Microsoft views open source through the lens of "coopetition from commercial and open-source strategies at the same time," Hilf said.

Coopetition, or simultaneously cooperating and competing with rivals, has long been Microsoft's broader business strategy. But Hilf gave an insight on how open source fits into this plan.

"Making money matters. More importantly, making money sustainably matters. Being a successful commercial software company is very hard ... staying successful is even harder," Hilf said. "Developing coopetition strategies is a great way for growth in this environment and we're seeing that today."

Rackspace launches new Linux managed-hosting service

  • San Antonio Business Journal (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rackspace Managing Hosting inked a new partnership agreement with JBoss Inc. that will allow Rackspace to create a new managed-hosting service for the Linux operating system.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 34

Welcome to our issue number 34 of Fedora Weekly News.

Unico Chooses IFS Business Software to Keep Pace With Global Growth

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 10:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
CHICAGO, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- IFS announced today that Unico, Inc., a global manufacturer of drive products and systems for the motion-control market, has signed a contract to implement IFS Applications(TM) business software. The Franksville, Wisconsin-based company will deploy the full IFS Applications suite, including applications for supply chain management, financials, engineering, and asset management, on a Linux(R) platform. (Logo:

/etc/fstab demystified

A nice article describing the purpose of /etc/fstab file in GNU/Linux.

CodeWeavers, WorldVistA Collaborate on Linux Edition of Public Domain VistA Health Information Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open Source Version Will Greatly Increase Appeal for Non-Profits, Developing Nations

Execute commands simultaneously on multiple servers

If you have multiple servers with similar or identical configurations (such as nodes in a cluster), it's often difficult to make sure the contents and configuration of those servers are identical. It's even more difficult when you need to make configuration modifications from the command line, knowing you'll have to execute the exact same command on a large number of systems (better get coffee first). You could try writing a script to perform the task automatically, but sometimes scripting is overkill for the work to be done. Fortunately, there's another way to execute commands on multiple hosts simultaneously.

In brief: Aventail rolls out SSL VPN package

Aventail last week rolled out an SSL VPN package for Macintosh and Linux platforms.

Linux back on Sparc

  • ZDNet UK; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by fernando494 on Feb 20, 2006 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Well, that didn't take too long.

Dave Miller, the lead programmer for Linux on Sun's Sparc processors, wrote on his blog on Friday he has fired up the open source operating system on Sun's new UltraSparc T1 Niagara-based server. The move is an early milestone in Sun's effort, not just to make Linux functioning on its Sparc-based computers, but also to foster a useful software environment for Linux on Sparc.

Linux Ubuntu - the installation mystery unravels

From the dumb and dumber department:

After wasting much of my weekend trying to burn a simple Linux Ubuntu installation disk and posting a story to tell the world about how Ubuntu's documentation sucks, what I predicted would happen did in fact happen.

The emails came flooding in. A couple were semi-abusive but most were helpful and encouraging. The problem it seems is that you need CD-ROM burning software that can handle the ISO images that you download for your Linux distribution. Oh gee, I wish Ubuntu would have written that somewhere visible on their site - like where they talk about downloading images.

Terrorist Alert: Microsoft reveals piracy battle plan for the UK

Microsoft has launched a campaign targeting software piracy in the UK. Called 'Keep IT Real', the campaign aims to reduce the UK piracy level for Windows by five per cent to 11.7 per cent within three years. The company says its goal would help the UK economy. "Keep IT Real will help us to address the problem in a number of ways," Microsoft UK head of anti-piracy Michala Alexander said. "By educating customers on how to purchase legitimate software, we can protect them from the risks associated with piracy. And by closing down channels for the sale of pirate software, we can reduce the impact of illegal trade on Microsoft's UK partners."

MySQL's response to Oracle's moves

I've recently written two articles on this topic for Database Journal, the earlier, written after the InnoDB purchase, entitled Oracle's purchase of InnoDB, their release of Oracle Express, and the effect on MySQL, and the most recent, just after the Sleepycat purchase, entitled Pressure on MySQL increases as Oracle purchases Sleepycat, with more to come. Since I only do a monthly column for Database Journal, and things change quite quickly, I thought I'd post a few more thoughts on the topic.

Ubuntu Dapper adds graphical installer goodness

The next version of Ubuntu, Dapper Drake, is making its slow way to a finished product, with the fourth version of its Flight CD available yesterday. The most notable addition is Espresso, a graphical installer that runs from the live CD.

Interview with Mark Shuttleworth

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 20, 2006 7:00 AM EDT)
Mark agreed on releasing an interview about anything and everything

OpenWengo's VoIP Firefox extension

GPL-licensed VoIP client WengoPhone is now available as an extension for Mozilla Firefox. The software uses SIP and defaults to the patent-free Speex audio codec. Parent company Neuf Telecom offers the optional Wengo call-out service to connect users to the public telephone network. Windows and Mac builds are available now, with Linux on the way.

How to Build a Linux Service Business

Interested in enhancing your project by adding an efficient service function. Open source solutions exist that can help you build a high quality, low cost solution. Interested? Read on.

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