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Drupal 5.0 beta scaling new heights in the Content Management Systems arena

A Content management system is a software which allows one to publish content online without being bogged down by any technical aspects. This article takes an indepth look at Drupal ver 5.0 beta and explores the pros and cons of this very popular CMS.

Free Software Foundation backs new distro

"Ours is more free than yours," war of words looms as foundation sponsors GNU/Linux distribtion based on Ubuntu Linux but without the proprietary bits.

Microsoft, Novell Set Linux Pact,

Ummm...OK...I don't think I use any meds, but now I think maybe I may just have forgotten to take them. Microsoft and Novell have entered into a cooperative agreement. Patent infringement indemnity, interoperability, supporting users of the other guy's platform. Cats dating dogs and gingerbread men getting into politics. Oh my.

Conference on open-source mobile phones mobilizes

Prominent embedded Linux companies, standards organizations, and mobile carriers will attend the inaugural "Open Source in Mobile" conference next week in Amsterdam. Sponsored by Trolltech, the event features presentations from MontaVista, Motorola, Panasonic, Purple Labs, a la Mobile, Nokia, VirtualLogix, Access/Palmsource, Orange, BT, Vodafone, Neuf Cegetel, Navica, Sun, and others.

The Microsoft–Novell patent deal and the GPL

The news of the Microsoft–Novell deal is hard to miss in the Linux community. The most interesting bit of the agreement are the patent clauses. Did Novell sign away it's future by mistake or did it cleverly safeguard the future of Mono, Samba and OpenOffice.org?

Lintrack: Linux for Internet Service Providers

Lintrack is a fairly new GNU/Linux distribution for routers, firewalls, network access servers and more. It features Flatconf -- a completely new approach to software and network configuration. The article provides step-by-step instructions for configuring Lintrack as a simple OSPF backbone router and a PPPoE network access server.

Linux powers multi-protocol, multi-frequency wireless switch

Symbol Technologies will soon release a Linux powered, multi-protocol, multi-frequency wireless switch. The RFS7000, expected early next year, aims to help business deploy and centrally manage devices throughout the RF (radio frequency) spectrum, Symbol says.

Novell Sells Out

Novell is paying Microsoft for its patents, and will pay royalties ongoing. Microsoft in turn promises not to sue individual non-commercial coders or paid coders who contribute to SUSE:

Protection racket, anyone?- TC

Novell, Microsoft to Partner on Linux?

While this may sound as likely as George Bush and John Kerry singing a duet together, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft will be announcing that it will offer sales support for Novell's SUSE Linux family. In addition, it said, the two companies will work together on technologies that will make it easier for users to run both SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10 and Windows XP and Vista on the same desktop.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Shiny New Asterisk 1.4

  • Enterprise VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 3, 2006 3:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Digium has released the Asterisk 1.4 beta. New! Shiny! Improved! This is the first major update since 1.2 was launched over a year ago. Don't put it on production machines yet, but you can have many pleasant hours of fun getting acquainted with it on a text box. Today we'll take a look at some new features, and run through installing it. Installation has changed a bit, so we'll take a walk through the new bits.

Web Hosting Solution, Features Linux-Based Backup Server

Righteous Software, has launched an all-Linux version of its backup server offering. The new product, primarily developed in response to industry leaders demand, offers nearly continuous backups for Linux servers. According to the company, the technology remains unmatched in the industry, running on a standalone server, to provide simultaneous disk-based backup services for up to three hundred Linux servers.

Jon "Maddog" Hall Advocates for Open Source

In this two part series Jon Hall, president of Linux International, speaks at length on the progress and challenges for open source, and on the need to recapture a purer vision of education, consumerism, and more.

Which open source CI tool is best suited for your application's ...

The term "continuous integration," commonly attributed to Martin Fowler, who first wrote about the software development practice back in 2000 (see Resources for a link to the article), is one of the pillars of modern programming techniques. CI involves automatically building and testing an application at frequent intervals on a dedicated integration server. Developers regularly commit small updates and are notified rapidly if their changes cause the build to fail.

Company profile: Mobile Linux pioneer Trolltech

But the Norwegian company, which in July became only the second Linux operation after Red Hat to float its shares publicly, had already played its part in developing some of the world's best-known software brands, including Adobe Photoshop Elements, Skype and Google Earth. And these are just a few of the thousands of applications using Trolltech's Qt cross-platform application development tool or its mobile spin-off Qtopia; others include NASA (for flight simulators), Volvo (for its human-machine interface for bus drivers) and Sony (for the Mylo personal communicator).

Red Hat's Focus for 2007: Virtualisation and SOA

Red Hat has revealed that the Red Hat ISV Partner Program has experienced record growth, posting an increase in certified software partners by 122 percent in the last six months, April through October 2006. The company targeted application providers in industry verticals where open source adoption is happening rapidly, healthcare, telecommunications and financial services.

Behind the upsurge in Chinese open source communities

When Novell and Red Hat set up open source communities in China last year, most Chinese companies merely watched. Recently, however, China-based software companies have begun to show a greater interest in creating communities of their own. TurboLinux and Red Flag have created Whitefin and Linux-Ren, respectively. Red Flag also plans to create two additional open source communities -- UMPC (with Intel) and OpenAsianux -- before the end of this year. Why have Chinese companies suddenly changed their tunes?

Sun's Niagara chip breaks like the Wind River

The software maker announced that its telco hardened version of Linux will be tuned for Sun's UltraSPARC T1 processor. Customers will need to wait quite awhile to see the - prepare for it - Wind River Platform for Networking Equipment, Linux Edition operating system - phew - run on Sun's UltraSPARC T1 - aka Niagara. The companies plan to have everything done and dusted in the second half of 2007 by which time Niagara II should be stirring.

Report: CentOS: Oracle Linux Doesn't Measure Up

Oracle's plans for its own Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product, announced last week, follow on the heels of Red Hat derivatives put together by dozens of open source projects, including CentOS, Pie Box, and Startcom Linux. But this week, members of the influential CentOS community voiced strong pessimism over Oracle Linux.

Mathematics on a UNIX workstation

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Bill Zimmerly (Posted by solrac on Nov 2, 2006 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Mathematics is the King of Science. Commercial uses for mathematical workstations are vast: From basic engineering to designer drugs and from gene therapy to celestial navigation, mathematics rules the world.

FSF debuts fully-free Ubuntu/Debian variant

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has unveiled a new Linux distribution, free of the proprietary software contained in most Linuxes. gNewSense is based on Ubuntu and Debian, and offers users "the stability of Ubuntu with the addition of freedom," developers Brian Brazil and Paul O'Malley said.

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