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For big companies that want to use the Linux operating system and get business-level support, there are only two main options: Red Hat Inc. and Novell. And one of those looked shaky last week.
As China prepares to become a full member of the World Trade Organization, the Beijing government is trying to prove to the West that it is serious about reducing software piracy. And so ’s government agencies and businesses are turning to Linux as their desktop operating system of choice, a trend with potential to influence how the world uses the open-source software.
This review is subtitled "the Desktop Linux Showcase" which hints that it's not going to be a regular review about Mandriva Linux 2006 - I will certainly mention the strong and weak points about Mandriva Linux 2006, and report how things work in everyday use. But on top of that, I have decided to add some (well, a lot) more information; first, you will find an article within this review, about the background of the software repositories and software installation on Linux (please use that permanent link to the inline article). This will be illustrated and explained with Mandriva Linux specific tools, but most of the information is valid for all major Linux distributions.
Dissatisfied with the quality of current South African search engines, Alistair Carruthers has built Jonga with a mixture of open source and proprietary tools, which he hopes will become the first stop for South African Web searches when it launches later this month.
When open source software is mentioned, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python). While these products are not generally associated with Windows development, at least one of them is certainly well suited for Windows development, particularly when using .NET. The MySQL database server is an open source relational database developed by MySQL AB. MySQL is available for Windows, Linux, UNIX, and the Macintosh operating system. Using MySQL with Windows has never been easier with .NET and ADO.NET.
When preparing for a test, your chances of passing are better if your study buddy helped write it. That's the idea IBM had when it hired atsec, an information technology security consulting firm, to help it get Common Criteria certification for eServers running Red Hat's Enterprise Linux operating system.
Heather Bellini of UBS Investment Research raised the price target and maintained a "buy" rating on Red Hat (nasdaq: RHAT - news - people ) in anticipation of strong fiscal third-quarter 2006 results driven by increasing customer absolute spend.
[Renewals and increased spending are helping Red Hat - guess they must be doing something righ! - Ed]
"There is a lot of momentum for Linux on handhelds, specifically for mobile phones," says Eirik Chambe-Eng, president and cofounder of Trolltech, a company that builds a GUI on top of Linux for mobile devices and has joined the OSDL effort.
UNIX was a terrific workhorse for its time, but eventually the old nag needs to be put out to pasture. David Chisnall argues that it's time to retire UNIX in favor of modern systems with a lot more horsepower.
Kurumin Linux is a Brazilian run-from-CD Linux distribution based on Knoppix. Its main features are excellent hardware auto-detection, support for Brazilian Portuguese and small size. Version 5.1 Alpha 3 has been released.
OSDir has some nice shots of Kurumin 5.1 Alpha 3.
Andy Sullivan writes: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - File-sharing service Grokster Ltd. has agreed to stop distributing software that allows users to copy songs over the Internet after losing its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a recording industry trade group said on Monday.
[If we keep surrendering our freedom, eventually, we won't have any freedom left to surrender. It's up to a government *of* and *by* the people to ensure that the it works *for* the people. IOW, if we, the people quit surrendering our freedoms, the government won't be able to encroach on them this way. - Ed]
Welcome to our issue number 21 of Fedora Weekly News.
[Ed: I passed on this article earlier in the day. One of our readers suggested we look at it again. Well, I don't consider it a fit. The author doesn't seem to have a real handle on the subject. But he does make a point or two worth nothing. He writes:"Too many of these companies [now forming] are being funded without a community," said David Skok, a venture capitalist at Matrix Partners. "If a community doesn't form and form fast, then they're going to burn through their venture capital, and they're going to be disasters."
The worse part of the article waffles around the metaphor of a bubble that might burst and the imagery of Venture Capital firms pouring money into startups. So, look past that and you might find a gem in the story. - tadelste]
New nGenius Performance Manager Appliance Tailored to Support Large NetFlow Implementations; Support for NetFlow Version Nine Added
Web comics are the next incarnation of traditional cartoons. And while the medium in which they are published has changed, the idea of comics making commentary still stays the same. Today, some Web comic creators use their comic to promote Linux advocacy.
Two of the better known Web comics, User Friendly and General Protection Fault, have used Linux and open source as inspiration for many of their story lines.
[Ed.- Don't miss this hilarious interview. Just like The Daily Show, you find more truth in the comics than in the news.]
The Linux.Plupii worm is attacking Linux distributions via several Web service related holes.
At the initiative of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the national research institutes of France and China have signed a declaration of intent to promote Open Source middleware. The French Computer Science Institute INRIA will be working with the Chinese coordination center in the High-Tech Development and Research Program (HTRDP), also simply called Program 863. They will be representing the development consortia: France's ObjectWeb and China's Orientware.
This section is aimed at all those who have no or limited Linux experience, and are unfamiliar with software repositories. It occurred to me that novice Linux users are often at a loss where to get software, and the next thing that happens is that they manage to find some rpm file somewhere on the internet, and run into what is aptly called 'dependency hell' (for Linux insiders: note the pun! Ah well, I'm not good with those anyway..). So I decided to put up a couple of paragraphs about software installation, and clear up a few puzzling points.
[Ed.- great article- only please, for the love of $deity and readability, lose the text-scrolling-over-fixed background. Ow.]
Tech Analysis: Software project must iron out code issues.
In this Standards and specs
, Peter shines light on a potential oxymoron -- standards designed to subvert and prevent interoperability. DRM: what it is, why you should avoid it, and how you should use it when you have to.
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