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The Business Case for Open Source Software

  • InfoWorld; By High Mobley (Posted by drhigh on Mar 22, 2007 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
High Mobley's article The Business Case for Open Source Software is not the usual "OSS saves money" argument. The article addresses issues like proprietary software vendors going out of business, being bought out, or even just dropping support for some of their products and leaving their customers out in the cold...

Do-it-all CMS Drupal

Tectonic decides to check out what all the hype is about, and takes popular content management system Drupal out for a road test.

How to Handle Network Growing Pains

  • InfoWorld; By Cynthia Kuo (Posted by drhigh on Mar 22, 2007 12:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In How to Handle Network Growing Pains, Cynthia Kuo outlines the presentation "Admin++, What Root Never Told You", which Ron Gorodetzky, Senior Systems Administrator for Digg, gave at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) in February. It includes a link to Gorodetzky's presentation slides.

Open Source Network Monitoring at SCALE 5x

  • InfoWorld; By High Mobley (Posted by drhigh on Mar 22, 2007 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
High Mobley's article Open Source Network Monitoring at SCALE 5x he talks about the three big Open Source networking monitoring systems who had booths at last month's Southern California Linux Expo - Zenoss, OpenNMS, and GroundWork. The article gives an overview of each project and it's associated company's business model, as well as a short run down of a few of the interesting features of each project.

Trusting Microsoft: Not Going to Happen

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 22, 2007 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Our product activation servers perform a more rigorous analysis of the keys that are sent up for activation than the local key logic does. Producing keys that will ultimately activate is less likely than just hitting upon one that will pass the local logic.

Linux File System Security Options

  • InfoWorld; By Josh Kuo (Posted by drhigh on Mar 22, 2007 10:11 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Josh Kuo's article Linux File System Security Options outlines various software-based methods to encrypt your Linux filesystems. He addresses loop-AES, FUSE, eCryptfs, steganographic filesystems, sshfs, and ReiserFSv4.

BSD Licensing Versus GPL

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 22, 2007 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I just wrapped up a productive dialog with an individual who heads a company tasked with video distribution. During the dialogue, I found myself questioning the wisdom of GPL in all things. That’s not because I don't believe that the GPL is a solid open source license mind you, but rather how it can encourage creation while inhibiting growth at the same time.

Linux-based open "software appliance" advances IP PBX

Digium's Linux-based, GPL-licensed "software appliance" marks a major step in the development of the open-source IP PBX (Internet protocol private branch exchange), according to a detailed, informative review. The "AsteriskNow" appliance simplifies installation, configuration, and maintenance, and helps enterprises transition from testing to deployment, the review suggests.

How I Accidentally Un-Installed Synaptic - The Debian Chronicles

LXer Feature: 22-Mar-2007

I install, begin to configure and unknowingly make a mistake in the second installment of my adventures in Debian-land.

The Road to KDE 4: Updates and Addenda

Well, so far I've published a dozen articles about KDE 4 over the last 12 weeks. A lot of content has been covered, but there is rapid progress still being made on those topics. So, in no particular order, this week's issue deals with addenda and updates to the last 12 articles, so that you can see some of the rapid progress happening as KDE races forward. Read on for details.

Tech Vendors Cause Many User Security Errors, Says Mozilla's Snyder

Study after study tells us that the biggest threat to business networks is human error, and those stats are never a surprise to IT professionals. Despite policies and training, users continue to respond to spam. They click on links and open executables from unknown senders. They lose files. Heck, they lose laptops. Users, many IT managers say, are just hopeless.

Dell launches low-cost PC in China

Dell has launched a new low-cost desktop PC aimed at grabbing market share in China. Instead of Microsoft's new Windows Vista OS, it runs Windows XP. Another PC the company is offering at a special price runs Linux.

The signs of Ghana's tech success

You are on holiday in Ghana's capital, Accra. Walking down the street, you wonder what that tall building with the clock tower is to your left. On the gatepost, you see a little black and white drawing - a calling card from one of Ghana's leading software developers, Guido Sohne.

Five Ajax anti-patterns to avoid like the plague

This article discusses some very common Ajax coding practices that can hurt you, and will want to avoid

Tabletkiosk Builds UMPC with Linux Support

Linux fans listen up. Next month TabletKiosk is debuting the TufTab, one of the first UMPCs that'll let you ditch Windows for Linux. The 2-lb UMPC will be semi-rugged (thanks to a rubberized case) and for all you security freaks, it'll come with a built-in fingerprint reader. There's no WWAN, but you do get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a decent 7-inch display. With Windows XP it'll go for $1,699. With Linux it'll go for $1,624, which is still very steep, so you gotta be a hardcore Linux fanboy for this one.

3d control device gets Linux support

3Dconnexion has released beta Linux drives for its SpaceNavigator control device, enabling users of Maya 8 and 8.5 on that platform to manipulate objects in 3D.

Drupal vs. WordPress: Which is better for blogging?

How do Drupal and WordPress, the leading content management systems for blogging, compare for the average user? To find out, used a preconfigure Drupal site from Bryght and a free site from to set up two similar sites. We compared the interfaces, the basic tasks of customizing a site, adding content, managing comments and spam, and reading site statistics, as well as the other available options. A pattern soon emerged. Consistently, Drupal offered more fine-tuning and tools for managing multiple blogs, while WordPress, although less configurable than Drupal, proved easier to use and navigate.

Dear Microsoft, Sue This, Please

November of last year, you announced a covenant with Novell not to sue its customers for patent violations. Shortly thereafter you tried to strike a similar deal with Red Hat. Red Hat turned you down. Somewhere early in the public discussion you claimed that all users of Linux owe Microsoft money for using Microsoft intellectual property (read: infringing upon Microsoft patents). Please tell us when you plan to collect said monies. When are you going to sue Red Hat Linux customers? When do you plan to sue the users of other countless non-Novell distributions? Surely Novell customers will feel their protection money was ill-spent unless you follow through with such lawsuits. So please fill us in on your plans to sue. The suspense is excruciating.

Mot licenses FOTA for Linux phones

Red Bend Software says its firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client has been licensed by Motorola for use in forthcoming Linux-Java phones. The vCurrent Mobile client will enable efficient, reliable, and cost-effective software update delivery to enhance the user experience beyond the point of purchase, according to Red Bend.

KDE 4.0 Release Schedule Finalised

The KDE Community and the release team have put together a release plan for the long anticipated version 4.0, which is planned to be released in October 2007. KDE 4.0 will be a major milestone for the Free Desktop, as it offers a new foundation and set of frameworks that will shape the desktop user experience for years to come. Users will benefit from improved speed through Qt 4, integration of hardware through Solid, multimedia performance via Phonon, usability enhancements by close collaboration with OpenUsability, new real-time communication options with Decibel, spell-checking with Sonnet, comprehensive desktop search through Strigi and Nepomuk, a new desktop metaphor through Plasma and, last but not least, a completely new artwork experience called Oxygen.

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