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New Releases Lead to Better Ruby Testing

The last week or so has seen new releases of two of my favorite additions to testing (or speccing if you're of the BDD persuasion) in the Ruby world.zenspider andKevin Clark have released a new version ofHeckle on the 20th, andMauricio Fernandez released a new version ofrcov this morning (the 21st).

Qlogic iSCSI HBAs First in the Linux Kernel

QLogic Corp., a leading provider of iSCSI HBAs, today announced the availability of the industry's first iSCSI HBA functionality to be accepted into the "upstream" Linux kernel. Developed by the Linux community, the upstream Linux kernel is the central core of popular Linux packages including Debian, Red Hat, SuSE, Slackware and Yellowdog.

Sun joins the Free Software Foundation

Sun Microsystems is the latest company to become a patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The FSF's corporate patron program allows companies to provide financial sponsorship for the FSF in return for free license consulting services. High-profile FSF patron affiliates include prominent technology companies like Google, Nokia, IBM, Cisco, and Intel. FSF involvement represents Sun's latest attempt to take a more active role in the open-source software community.

Red Hat competition to seek fresh ideas

The global Red Hat Challenge gives Asian graduate students a chance to develop creative solutions to business problems posed by the No. 1 Linux vendor.

Linux: 2.6.21-rc2, Lots of Changes

Announcing 2.6.21-rc2, Linus Torvalds noted,"I'm not very proud of this, because quite frankly, -rc2 has way more changes than I really like." The current Linux kernel development model is that the bulk of changes in a new kernel should happen during the -rc1 phase, with the rest of the -rc kernels being primarily bug fixes. Linus explains,"it's largely my fault, because I simply missed a V4L/DVB merge that came in before the merge window closed, but since I didn't notice it didn't make -rc1, and as such it got merged late and is in -rc2 instead." With typical humor he added,"but because I'll flail around wildly and rather blame anything else than my own incompetence, I'll just claim that all the other kernel developers have been irresponsible, and caused -rc2 to be bigger than needed.

Software runs Linux, Windows apps on Mac desktops

Desktop software maker Parallels on Feb. 27 launched the final, stable version of its virtualization software for Intel-powered Apple Macs. "Desktop for Mac" aims to enable users to easily install and seamlessly run Linux, Windows, and other operating systems alongside Mac OS X on their Macs -- without re-booting.

Most popular websites 6 out of 7 powered by GNU/Linux

Pingdom - an uptime monitoring company conducted a survey recently where it researched the technologies that power 7 most popular websites namely -

Upcoming PHP release will offer Unicode support

Andrei Zmievski is one of the leading developers of the PHP programming language. Since March 2005, he has been working with about 20 other developers to add Unicode support to version 6.0 of PHP. Now their efforts are nearing an alpha release.

Help Lobby Washington To Protect Open Source from Software Patents ...

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is making another attempt to reform patent law. I need your help to lobby them to add protection from software patent attacks for Open Source software and Open Standards. Please visit If you signed the Novell petition, you have a login there. You'll see a form asking for more data. If you didn't sign, please create a new login, and you'll be asked for the same data.

Self-Executing Application Installers in Linux: Yay or Nay?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 5:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Windows users prefer self-executing application installers, and for the most part, they get the job done well. But those of us on the Linux side of the fence have long since been content with Deb and RPM packages, among other application packaging options.

AdWords Campaigns? Avoiding the Mistakes

  •; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Feb 28, 2007 4:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
How to avoid the most common AdWords errors. Some of the most common AdWords campaign mistakes come from superficiality or insufficient knowledge about the targeted market and the way the Web works.

How to dual boot Linux and Windows XP (Linux installed first)

You want to install XP on your machine alongside your existing Linux installation, on the same drive. You have installed Ubuntu already. (If you have already have XP installed, keep an eye out for our upcoming tutorial on how to dual-boot Linux with XP, with XP installed first.)

International IT companies still prefer Mother City

South Africa is seen by the outside world as a good launchpad into Africa. For international IT companies opening new offices in South Africa, Cape Town appears to be the first choice.

UK government ignores open-source potential

The UK government is biased against the use of open-source technology, a situation that could limit the computing skills of the future workforce, according to experts attending the launch of the National Open Centre (NOC) this week. Speaking at the launch event at the Houses of Parliament, John Pugh MP argued that there is “widespread ignorance” within the public sector about open-source.

Sabayon Linux 3.26 -- The name is a dessert while the Linux is just as sweet

My goal with Knolinux 6 months ago was to get at least most of the top ten of Distrowatch reviewed, minus only Fedora and openSuse (we need not go into why on those, just personal reasons) and one that I always look forward to was Sabayon. Originally called RR4/64, Sabayon is an Italian (sorry everyone) project that takes the excellence of a Gentoo system and adds a ease of installation and eye candy appeal that is second to none.

So, How Does It Feel To Have Been "Had"?

Ballmer publicly states that Linux infringes on MS Intellectual Property, Novell jingles a little silver bell to one side and says "Over here...This one is safe, here's your Linux", and the three of them make mega-bucks off of the labor of thousands of open source developers.

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" a step closer

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Feb 28, 2007 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu developers are finalising preparations for the release of the next version -- dubbed Feisty Fawn -- of the popular Linux distribution in mid-April.

Securing Linux by breaking it with Damn Vulnerable Linux

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is everything a good Linux distribution isn't. Its developers have spent hours stuffing it with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. DVL isn't built to run on your desktop -- it's a learning tool for security students.

Fedora Linux Leaves Behind Its Users?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Red Hat
Those of you who are outside of the Linux circle of influences must have heard about Eric Raymond's rejection of Fedora in favor of a distribution that he believes will better serve his needs.

Open News Episode 5 Released

This week on Open News Eric Raymond Ditches Red Hat, Cisco Not Opening CTA, South Africa Goes Open Source, So Does An Ohio School, Order Your PS3 With Linux Pre-Installed.

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