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Varicent Announces Support for PostgreSQL v8.1

Varicent Software Incorporated, an incentive and sales performance management (SPM) solutions provider, announced that the latest version of Varicent SPM supports PostgreSQL v8.1. PostgreSQL is the leading open source relational database system, with more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness.

Thou Shalt Work with Hamburg, My Son

One of the most frequent critics that I can hear and read here and there concerning the project is that the development of is being done entirely by Sun. Worse, but also very frequent comes the (false) assumption that is owned by Sun. I would like to describe accurately the relationship of with Sun Microsystems and why the critics are in most cases unjustified. Also, I will point out areas that need improvements. These improvements can be worked on with time and if some conditions are met.

Gentoo GCC 3.4 for x86 marked "stable"

The Gentoo Linux project reported Friday that Gentoo GCC 3.4 has been marked stable on x86 machines. Since Gentoo is largely "from source" distribution, a new compiler release has significance to all Gentoo users, not just developers.

New SeaMonkey Logo Revealed

"After months of submissions and selection processes, the SeaMonkey Council is announcing a new logo for its project and application. The project's initial call for logo submissions was answered with no fewer than 197 different proposals submitted by Mozilla and SeaMonkey community members.

Open source to be part of engg curriculum

Bangalore: Open source will be added to engineering curriculum across the country.

A three-year project to include open source subjects such as Python programming and the Linux kernel is being funded by the Department of Information Technology. Aiding the academia is the city's Free and Open Source Software event, 2005. It has set the stage for movers and shakers in the field to interact with them. "Such events allow us to reach out to the industry," said a representative of Anna University-KB Chandrasekhar Research Centre, Chennai.

Linux Networx zooms into supercomputing

Linux Networx recently launched the first of its Linux Supersystems for high-performance computing environments.

LXer Weekend Update

Here are some of the must-see stories published on LXer in the past week.

First look at Enhance IT Infrastructure Library Service

Service management is a concern that cross-cuts a lot of industries. This is a first look at Enhance IT Infrastructure Library Service. The artcle analyzes the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) guidelines and discovers and isolates the canonical domain models.

ITIL is currently the most widely-adopted approach to IT service management available and provides a set of best-practice guidelines for IT service management developed by the British office of Government Commerce. The ITIL guide breaks down the key principles of the IT service management discipline into the following sub-categories, which are collectively known as the ITIL framework.

Hibernate Object Relational Mapping

First in a two-part series by Java guru John Hunt

Southern California Linux Expo Signs Google as Sponsor

SCALE 4x welcomes Google as a Silver sponsor to an extensive list of organizations coming together in Los Angeles this February for its 4th Southern California Linux Expo.

Red Hat reunites with New Orleans choir

Red Hat's holiday party Friday night was more than just a celebration -- it also reunited employees with some new old friends.

In June, the Raleigh software company hired New Orleans' The Joyful Choir to entertain at its first Red Hat Summit in the Big Easy. Joined on stage by CEO Matthew Szulik in his own red robe, the group wowed the crowd.

Ergonomics Exposed

As you are reading this, how far away are your eyes from the screen? Is your mouse at a 90 degree angle with your elbows. Are your feet flat on the floor or on a carefully positioned foot rest? If you are like me, the chances are probably not.

Working long hours on a computer can create many physical ailments. These include eye strain and a host of musculoskeletal disorders. I should know, I have suffered many of them and need to consciously work at preventing new problems.


Stark criticism of Microsoft's Imagine Cup

By entering you agree that Microsoft will not have any obligation to limit or restrict the assignment of such persons or to pay royalties for any work resulting from the use of residuals. " So although as the legal notice states later, you are not granting a license of any copyrights or patents, you grant Microsoft an irrevocable, royalty free, fully paid up, worldwide license to use, review, assess, test and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with this Contest.

If you're not using Firefox, start now

  • Summit Daily News; By ERIN PHEIL (Posted by tadelste on Dec 3, 2005 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Today's article is for all you smart people out there who have stopped using AOL or Internet Explorer and are now using Firefox as your web browser. (If you don't use Firefox, it's time to start. Yes, you!)

Ooooookay. So you use Firefox. My question for you is: Do you make use of Firefox's tabs? If you said "No," you're in for a very special treat today. (For all of you who said "Yes," you can skip to the "advanced tab trick" at the end of the article.)

Writing a Widget Using Cairo and GTK+2.8

  •; By Davyd Madeley (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 3, 2005 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
Since version 2.8, GTK+ renders many of its interface widgets with Cairo, a powerful vector graphics library. This tutorial explains how you can implement your own GTK+ widget using Cairo for the actual drawing.

Soho: The news can come to you

You can read RSS feeds in the FireFox web browser ( and Microsoft promises the next version of IE will read them. Firefox calls its RSS feeds live bookmarks. An icon appears in the bottom left of the screen when a website can send RSS. Clicking on this icon bookmarks the page. When you look at the bookmark, you'll find a submenu listing that page's current RSS headlines.

Stable Apache Release Hits

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 3, 2005 5:20 AM EDT)
Justin Erenkrantz, director and treasurer of The Apache Software Foundation, told that he was very proud of the new release.

Hewlett-Packard donates blade cluster to FreeBSD

The FreeBSD Foundation received a donation of a blade system from Hewlett-Packard for use as a third-party software build cluster. This 20-node HP BladeSystem cluster triples the speed of the build process for i386 packages.

Why Open Document Failed In Massachusetts and How it Could Have Been Different

When the State of Massachusetts announced that government agencies would adopt Open Document Format (ODF) as their official format, talks of a domino effect across the country quickly ensued. The idea was that Massachusetts would become a pillar of open standards, and too large of a market for Microsoft to ignore. Many concluded that Microsoft would need to support ODF because the demand created by Massachusetts would be large and “delaying support for OpenDocument [would] drive people to …”, as said by one ZDnet article. The state recently sided with Microsoft, but how could things have gone differently?

Evolution of the Pentium Chip - Intel in Israel

While much has been said about Intel's business in China, new ground is being broken for a multi-billion dollar facility in Israel. The next two generations of Intel chips will be born of this effort.

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