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The Debian legacy

Last week's 3.1 release makes this a great time to give Debian GNU/Linux a whirl. Debian's popularity has inspired dozens of variants, including many that circumvent your hard disk and run directly from a combination of CD-ROM and computer memory. Here's a look at some of the celebrities in the Debian family tree.

Linux in Government: The End Game for Vendor Lock-In

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 10:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source and standards compliance Linux quickly is becoming the enabler in today's complex IT infrastructures.

Home-grown open-source video Codec to save BBC millions

  • Digital Copyright Canada (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 9:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dirac video Codec created by BBC R&D and co-developed since early 2004 with open-source programmers is set to remove one massive barrier to making available on the internet all BBC TV output – by saving the corporation very many millions of pounds in streaming license fees in coming years.

Novell: The old cash cow ain't what she used to be

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 8:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Novell's recent quarterly financial announcements brought a good news-bad news mix for NetWare that's almost becoming the permanent snapshot for the company.

Ubuntu Linux Desktop Reviewed

Tom Adelstein has written a thorough review of the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Open Source Community TV Launched

An open source solution enabling councils and registered social landlords to deliver video-based interactive eGovernment services is set to be made available through national government procurement frameworks in October.

Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 Update 1 now available

  • www.piebox.com; By PixExcel (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 13, 2005 7:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Update 1 of Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 was made available today. This update features numerous security and driver updates and is fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

The Eighth Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A system log is one of the most effective ways to monitor a server's health and underlying problems. Often before a major hardware or application crash takes place there are indicators of impending disaster within the syslog. As a good and attentive administrator, you should be reviewing your logs on a regular basis, but oftentimes these logs are forgotten due to other duties or important data is lost within pages of white noise telling about normal events.

Pass Over a Frosty Mug of Home Brew Version 1.0

  • New York Times; By Pamela Licalzi O'Connell (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"With the proliferation of free (open-source) software, it was only a matter of time before open-source beer became reality." So stated a spoof news article in 1998 that turned out to be prescient. There now is such a thing as free beer - or at least a free recipe for beer - thanks to a group of Danish artists and university students in Copenhagen. [Free registration required to read.]

The Amazing Fedora Core 4!

  • Mailing list; By The Fedora Project (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
You may have *thought* you were using the latest and greatest in open source software, but folks, today we have something really, really exciting for you.

DistroWatch Weekly: End of the "release season", Apple, Debian GNU/Linux, SpamAssassin II

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 13, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 24th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Today's release of Fedora Core 4 marks the end of the current "release season", with only some of the smaller project likely to make any new releases between now and October. What effect will the controversial Apple's switch to Intel have on Linux? Hardly any, we believe. The featured distribution of the week section had to go to Debian GNU/Linux, following its much awaited new stable release early last week. And if you are still struggling to rid your inbox of all the unwanted drug and mortgage offers, Robert Storey provides further tips in the second part of his article on SpamAssassin. Happy reading!

Linus compares Linux and BSDs

I recently asked Linus Torvalds for his thoughts on the relative strengths and weaknesses of Linux and BSD, and about how much synergy there might be between the Linux kernel and the BSDs.

The 'Naked' Laptop

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Jun 12, 2005 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I tried a whole slew of different Linux systems because I bought a book with a cover-mounted DVD containing five different Linux distributions. All in all, the HP Compaq Presario M2312 comes off quite well as a desktop PC rather than a laptop.

Climbing Open Source Obstacles

  • RedNova.com (Posted by dave on Jun 12, 2005 7:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Companies are increasingly considering Linux, but persuading them to buy is a challenge. Resellers have to fight the perception that it's a risk Linux adoption in Canada is growing, in both volume and acceptance. According to a recent survey by IDC Canada, the server market for Linux grew more than 36 per cent here in 2003-2004, beating the Windows server market's growth of about 27 per cent for the same year.

Talking with Richard Stallman

  • TuxJournal.net; By Vincenzo Ciaglia (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 12, 2005 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
What I started in 1984 was the development of the GNU operating system. All the operating systems for modern computers of the day were proprietary; users were forbidden to share them, and could not get the source code to change them. The only way to use computers in freedom was to replace those systems with a free operating system. That's what GNU was meant to do. The Free Software Foundation was started in late 1985 to raise funds for GNU development, and more generally to promote free software.

Microsoft bans "democracy" for Chinese users.

Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal has banned the words "democracy" and "freedom" from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid offending Beijing's political censors. [Note from Dave: it's a slow news day so here's something to read. Better than nothing, I say!]

Linux: Using Multiple Swap Partitions In 2.4

One day I was searching the web and found either a SuSE or Red Hat site that was saying that you could set up your swap in a RAID fashion. They were talking about a large server with a lot of disk drives, and you could put a swap partition on many of them, and set all these swap partitions to the same priority. This way they would work more like they were in a RAID setup, and the speed of swap writing and reading from the disks would be improved.

GPLv3 - Stallman spells out the challenges

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jun 11, 2005 6:16 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The GNU General Public Licence version 2 was released in 1991. Since then the software sector and the free software landscape has changed significantly and the Free Software Foundation is working on an updated licence to account for a reflect these changes. Yesterday Richard Stallman and FSF legal adviser Eben Moglen released an article explaining a few of the issues at stake in drafting GPL version 3.

Brazil and Open Source

Hey -- did you know that Brazil had become the world's biggest advocate of free/open source software for developing countries? If you've read WorldChanging over the last couple of years, there's no way you could have missed it. But if you need to get up to speed on Brazil's adoption of Linux and the free software philosophy, the BBC has a useful article. It hits all the key points, and does so relatively clearly.

Device Profile: Digital Techniques Blackbird music server

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Jun 11, 2005 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Digital Techniques has used embedded Linux, off-the-shelf mini-ITX parts, and high-end PCI sound cards to build a line of digital home music servers. The Blackbird servers have 80-300GB hard drives, lots of networking options, and a web interface supporting control from a wireless PDA.

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