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SAP dismisses open source innovation

  • VNUNet.com; By Tom Sanders (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 9, 2005 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"IP socialism is the worst that can happen," argues SAP president Shai Agassi

Open source will fail to deliver innovation and is more likely to break applications, said SAP executive Shai Agassi, president of SAP's product and technology group.

[Ed.- A truly breathtaking article.]

Microsoft 'Concerned' by Sony DRM

Microsoft Corp. is concerned about rootkit features in CDs from Sony BMG artists and is evaluating the situation to see if any action needs to be taken, a spokesperson said. The Redmond, Wash., software maker said that the security of its customers' information is a "top priority" and that the company is concerned by software like that deployed by Sony to block illegal CD copying.

[Wow! Microsoft concerned about Sony? You mean Windows isn't a rootkit? - Ed]

IBM Releases Breakthrough Cell BE Technology

The Cell Broadband Engine (CBE) is a breakthrough microprocessor with unique capabilities for applications requiring video, 3D graphics, or high-performance computation for imaging, security, visualization, healthcare, surveillance and more. The following technologies below are from the CBE Software Development Kit v1.0 that provides everything Cell software developers need to create, build, simulate, and test Cell applications.

Hotrod Your Linksys WAP with Linux (Part 3)

  • Enteprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 9, 2005 7:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Now that we have ripped out the stock guts out of our Linksys WRT54G and replaced them with a miniature, but mighty, Linux operating system, it's time to configure it to do some actual work...sharing a broadband connection, and configuring a local DNS/DHCP server the easy way.

Where are the open-source SD/SDIO stacks?

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Nov 9, 2005 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: This intriguing guest editorial discusses the current legal landscape surrounding the SDIO and MMC specifications, and explains why no open source SDIO host controller drivers exist. It was written by Paul Lever, the president of Codetelligence, which markets a proprietary SDIO stack. Enjoy . . . !

Postgresql community releases version 8.1

  • Computer Business Review; By CBR Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 6:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
The PostgreSQL development community has released version 8.1 of the open source database introducing new advanced features and performance improvements for what is claimed to be the most advanced open source database management system.

Are You Infected by Sony-BMG's Rootkit?

You insert your CD into your Windows PC, click "agree" in the pop up window, and the CD automatically installs software that uses rootkit techniques to cloak itself from you.... But how do you know whether you've been infected?

10 Seconds Guide to Bash Shell Scripting

A great concise guide on Bash scripting which claims to get you upto date in just 10 Seconds. It is just the guide needed for people who are pressed for time but want to learn bash shell scripting.

Linux: Secure as You Want It to Be

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2005 5:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Yes, Linux will be attacked more often in the days ahead, but far fewer attacks will get through than do on Windows.

Device Profile: Arxceo Ally ip100 intrusion prevention device

Arxceo used embedded Linux to build a small anti-reconnaissance, anti-intrusion device the size of an eyeglasses case. The Ally ip100 can be installed in front of wireless access points or at the edge of 100Mbps networks, where it provides behavior-based intrusion detection and prevention,

Building Image Galleries with Konqueror

Did you know Konqueror has a handy little program to create photo galleries in a few quick steps? Here's how to use it.

Open University chooses Moodle!

  • Moodle; By Martin Dougiamas (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 9, 2005 4:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release

PRESS RELEASE - Tuesday 8th November 2005 The Open University builds student online environment with Moodle and more The OU’s expertise in supported distance learning has always meant it being a leader in developing the best technology to support its students. Now, The Open University’s Learning and Teaching Office has started a new programme worth nearly £5 million to build a comprehensive online student learning environment for the 21st century.

The development, which will first appear in May of 2006, and be fully operational for February 2007 courses, will see the largest use of Moodle in the world. Moodle is a free, Open Source software package course management system used by educators to create effective online learning communities.

[It's only fitting that an 'open' educational institution would choose one of the leading libre software learning management systems. - Ed]

Moodle in the real world

Moodle is a free, open source course management system, based on sound educational principles. Many institutions across the world (around 6500 in 128 countries, as registered on the Moodle site) are taking advantage of the low cost, scalability, and extensive feature set of Moodle to deliver their e-learning.

[Moodle is an excellent tool, matching Docent almost feature for feature. - Ed]

Ubuntu Gains IBM DB2 Certification

Ubuntu is moving into Enterprise computing with IBM's certification of Ubuntu as “Ready for IBM DB2 Software for Linux.”

(PRWEB) November 9, 2005 -- Ubuntu has successfully gone through the stringent process whereby IBM ensures that DB2 Universal Database for Linux operates in the Ubuntu environment. By working closely together, IBM and Ubuntu have shown that DB2 UDB and Ubuntu deliver a stable environment in which to run business applications using DB2 as the chosen database.

Linux continues growing in the smartphone market

  • Mobile Mag via Business Week; By T.O. Whenham (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2005 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The appeal of Linux for manufacturers of mobile phones is growing rapidly. Motorola, the second biggest manufacturer in the world, first experimented with the OS in 2001 and has since sold more than 3 million Linux phones in Asia. They are now shipping three Linux phones globally, with another coming next year. They plan to move all of their phones to Linux over time.

Is the Mac Mini a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Machine?

I'm in the market for a new desktop machine. Performance isn't the goal -- low noise and lower power consumption are. Aside from too-little memory, running Ubuntu on a Mac Mini seems like a good option, especially for the price. Am I missing anything?

French opt for laissez-faire Linux

Ingrid Marson writes: " "Think small, start small, scale up." The strategy ex-Wal-Mart executive Michael Bergdahl claims was responsible for creating one of the most successful businesses ever, is good advice for organisations looking to adopt open source."

Microsoft takes on enterprise - Again

  • The Register; By David Norfolk and Martin Banks (Posted by tadelste on Nov 9, 2005 1:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Norfolk and Banks watch Microsoft's attack on the Enterprise from the safety of London.

They write: "At which point Martin Banks adds, "Never one to miss a blindingly obvious `cheap shot’ when it's presented on a plate, I did note that, although billed as a database ideal for user migration, all the users brought out for the launch were existing SQL Server users, so it was hardly a stunning demo of migration in action."

Suse cofounder leaves Novell

Hubert Mantel resigns, saying this is no longer the company he founded 13 years ago.

Review: OpenLab 4 impresses with ease of use

Years of working with schools and communities across Africa has clearly paid off for Linux distribution OpenLab which has incorporated many of the lessons learned into the latest version of its operating system. The work makes for an easier to use, simpler Linux desktop with very impressive thin client capabilities.

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