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The X Factor: Solaris Versus Linux Support Pricing

Since Solaris 10 was announced nearly two years ago, Sun Microsystems has been determined to convince any and all that its Unix variant, which was taken open source and made freely available in binaries as well like Linux, is not only spiritually like Linux, but better and cheaper, too. With the initial Solaris 10 support pricing announced in early 2005, Solaris 10 support was certainly a lot less expensive than Linux. But a lot has changed since then.

Two tools for building third-party installers

Bitrock's InstallBuilder and Macrovision's Install Anywhere Enterprise edition are tools for building third-party software installers. InstallBuilder uses Qt widgets, while Install Anywhere requires a Java Virtual Machine, but both are cross-platform, multi-lingual, proprietary tools that are available in downloadable demos. Both, too require minimal expertise to use. When run in wizard mode, Install Anywhere is more basic than InstallBuilder and suffers in comparison, but, when run in Advanced Designer mode, it eclipses its rival with a huge set of options.

Mandriva Linux new life cycle

Customers and partners can sometimes make a difference. In accordance with their feedback and Mandriva's analysis of the overall advantages and drawbacks of the longer development schedule, Mandriva decided to adjust the life cycle of the consumer oriented products to a shorter 6 month period.

Rosegarden is SourceForge Project of the Month

Rosegarden, a powerful KDE based professional music composition and editing environment, has been named SourceForge project of the month for December. With a notation editor, event editor, intuitive MIDI Studio concept, vast mixing and plugin capabilities, Rosegarden provides the audio professional with the tools they need for a complete Digital Audio Workstation. In this article, the programmers discuss how the project started, the intended audience, and the defining moment for Rosegarden as a widely used and important application. Congratulations to the Rosegarden team!

Quickly add Ajax-style navigation with Rico LiveGrid widget

This article will briefly introduce you to the Rico open-source, client-side JavaScript framework, and then focus on one of its widgets, LiveGrid.

Novell launches Vista/Linux comparison site

Novell has just launched a Vista/Linux comparison site, in anticipation of the Jan. 31 arrival of the retail version of Windows Vista. Unsurprisingly, Novell's site reminds users that SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) is already here, and promotes it as the better upgrade for Windows business users.

Red Hat Earns Upgrade

CIBC upgraded shares of Red Hat saying the Linux software distributor appears to be positioned well against its competition.

Q&A with Joost: Content Details, Technology Used, Name Explained

Despite the fact that on their official site they say Joost does not yet support Linux or Macintosh, I did manage to install the most recent build on an Ubuntu Linux 6.10 (Edgy Eft), of course using wine. Although I did install CrossOver Office 5.0 on my Ubuntu I haven’t yet been able to test whether I can run Joost with COO, but I will probably do that tonight. So, all in all, it did work on Linux. I shall soon ready some videos. I specified this because Marc James-Robbins (TVP) said that: “While a Linux version is definitely on the roadmap for the future, it will be a long way off before a version is able to be released to beta testers. As we have more info, we'll keeping people up to date via the blog and forums.”

Reporter's Notebook VistA : A look back and a look forward

Modern Healthcare Online has an in-deptharticle on VistA and VOE:'...Next month, WorldVistA plans to submit to the federally funded Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology its VistA Office Electronic Health Record for testing and, if all goes well, certification. The submission will be a milestone in the life of the project begun in 2004 by the VA and the CMS. The goal of the project is to make EHRs more affordable to physicians in solo practice and small groups, where EHR adoption remains persistently low and where the real-dollar incomes of many primary-care physicians has shrunk during the decade. VistA was a natural choice by the CMS for two reasons. It is in use at more than 800 outpatient facilities across the VA, and the VistA software is in the public domain, thus it is available from the VA without charge under the Freedom of Information Act...'

OpenOffice.org Training for Local Self-government Units in Macedonia

Metamorphosis Foundation organized OpenOffice.org training for representatives of local self-government units in Republic of Macedonia in Ohrid, from 15 to 20 January, 2007. About 100 employees from 25 Macedonian municipalities were trained during the six day training.

Fedora Core 6 (Zod) Re-Spins from Fedora Unity

The Fedora Unity Project is proud to announce the release of new ISO Re-Spins (DVD and CD Sets) of Fedora Core 6. These Re-Spin ISOs are based on Fedora Core 6 and all updates released as of January 11th, 2007.

Linspire brings place shifting to Linux

Commercial desktop Linux firm Linspire and personal video recording firm SageTV have teamed up to bring place shifting to the open source operating system.

Linux and Open Source: One Step Closer to the Mainstream

Perhaps the most significant work in open source in 2006 was the process of drafting the next version of the GPL, or general public license, which continued throughout the year. Though not completed yet, Version 3 of the license is expected to include strict new rules regarding software patents and digital rights management technologies, among other tweaks.

2007 Begins with a Bang

Wow: has there ever been a month in computing like this one? A January distinguished by not one major announcement, not two, but four significant events that will surely go down as milestones in the history of technology.

Linus and Andy together again: Day three at Linux.conf.au

SYDNEY -- Linux.conf.au (LCA) 2007 continued Wednesday with a keynote by Dr. Andrew S. Tanenbaum, a full day of talks and tutorials, and a cameo appearance by Linus Torvalds.

Linspire, SageTV simplify Linux Media Center installation

Linux developer Linspire Inc. and SageTV LLC, one of the first digital video recording (DVR) and home media center software developers, have collaborated to make SageTV Media Center Version 6 easily available to users of the Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux operating systems. SageTV previously favored Gentoo users.

Linux related videos from CES 2007

  • CES 2007 video-blog; By Charbax (Posted by Charbax on Jan 19, 2007 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Is Linux going to take over the PC market from Microsoft with a cheaper solution like the one of the 130$ OLPC becoming mainstream? Is Linux going to win at the Ultra Portable PC market over Microsoft with the cheaper platform based on low power chips like the PepperPad 3? Is Linux going to dominate in the pocket-sized Tablet industry and phone section with products like the Nokia N800 against the iPhone from Apple and the Smart-phone and Pocket PC products of Microsoft?

New plug-ins bring WMV, MPEG-2/4 to Linux

A Spain-based software services provider is shipping commercial Gstreamer plug-ins that enable Linux and Solaris systems to decompress popular multimedia formats. Fluendo says its plug-ins allow applications like the Totem music player and Jokosher digital audio workstation to support a wide range of formats, including Windows Media and MPEG-2/4.

Use Apache Derby to develop Eclipse plug-ins

Get a demonstration on how to use resource indexing with the Apache Derby database to develop Eclipse plug-ins. The Derby database embedded in Eclipse allows you to create an SQL database on the client side with no security issues or network problems, such as an unstable connection or high latency.

Linux Certification: Vendor-Specific or Vendor Neutral

Talk to anyone who follows hiring trends in IT and they’ll tell you the same thing: having Linux proficiency is growing increasingly important in getting and keeping a job in IT. From sysadmins to help desk workers to database miners, knowledge of open source has moved from being a cutting-edge “gee whiz” skill set to a must-have tool for IT staffers.

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