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Setting up a PXE-Boot Server

This documents how to setup a PXE boot server for Linux. This assumes that you're using Redhat/FC as the PXE boot server.

Cruise Report 3: New Species Discovered at Sea

Doc expands on insights he gained while hanging with A-list kernel maintainers on last month's Linux Lunacy Geek Cruise.

Thin client server revitalizes old PCs

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by bstadil on Nov 10, 2005 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
2X Software Ltd. has released a new thin-client software suite that aims to simplify thin-client deployment and give new life to old PCs, by converting them into thin-client terminals. The client-side operating system is a "small footprint Linux-based OS," and the server-side software works on Linux

Industry group forms to buy Linux patents

A group of tech giants linked up on Thursday to promote Linux globally, with the unveiling of a new company called the Open Invention Network (OIN). They are IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and [Ed Rootkit sleazeball] , Sony

Autumn Symposium Rakes Over Copyright and Patent Law

  • O'Reilly PolicyDevCenter; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 5:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The organizers of the recent Symposium on Intellectual Property, Creativity, and the Innovation Process must possess extraordinary confidence in their mastery of the kind of intellectual crowd control required to manage the range of people they invited to the conference, from computer hackers shouting "Let me be free!" to businesspeople asking, "How can I find a revenue model in the new technologies and media?" alongside artists asking, "How can I find a revenue model in the new technologies and media?" (yes, artists are just businesspeople with funny haircuts) to librarians claiming, "Whatever emerges, we want a part of it," and a bevy of lawyers wondering, "How do all the doctrines I learned in law school--or (more urgently) teach in law school--hold up in the path of the current technological and social onslaught?"

I'm Not Dead Yet! KDE vs. GNOME

Opinion: Novell's decision to go with GNOME has KDE aficianados in an uproar. KDE is the better interface, says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, and it won't go away.

Forget Munich's Linux Migration, It's Already Done by Extremadura (Spain)

We changed the desktop systems from Windows to Linux during the weekend, when the civil servants came back next Monday morning they found Linux running on their desktop machines". Wow! So Munich is receiving all the press about their careful and detailed migration to Linux on the desktop and here comes one of the poorest region in Europe showing that this can be simply done during a weekend.

Report: Communicate with CommuniGate Pro 5.0

Do you need an Internet communications server solution that handles email, instant messaging, calendaring, and VoIP? Want it to run on Linux? CommuniGate Pro 5.0 could be the ticket. Rob Reilly examines the features of the latest flagship release from Stalker Software.

Firefox Turns 1, Ratchets Up Marketing

Although Mozilla Corp. down-played the first anniversary of its Firefox browser, an executive Wednesday 's said that the demand for the alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer had "completely outstripped our expectations."

Ibm, Red Hat join others in Linux patent venture

When the Open Invention Network acquires patents, they will be available to any company, institution or individual that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux operating system or certain Linux-related applications.

LXer Feature: Survival Guide For Women In FOSS: Striking Out On Your Own

Most women, when they plan their careers, think in terms of having jobs. But why limit yourself? The computing world is a haven for the self-employed, and the FOSS world supplies tools and opportunities you won't find anywhere else...The whole idea is to do something that you find personally rewarding, get paid for it, and do it your way.

Draft legislation to create Open Source Agency posted

  • Patuxent River Tester; By News and information for Naval Air Station Patuxent River personnel (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON-- Robert David Steele Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., former Marine and spy, and since 1988 the foremost international proponent for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and multi-national information-sharing, has today posted draft legislation to create an Open Source Agency (OSA) to serve as the central element of a new multi-national appreciation for Information Operations (IO), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Peacekeeping Intelligence (PKI).

"Winston Churchill liked to say that the Americans always do the right thing, they simply try everything else first," Steele says. "Well, we are done with failure. We have failed in our national intelligence endeavors in every way possible, and compounded that with political failures of an extreme nature."

New approaches to Linux package management

Traditional Linux package management systems such as RPM, Debian's dpkg, and Slackware's pkgtool present several problems for users. Users who want optimized packages often have problems finding them, different package repositories have conflicting naming conventions, and binary packages are often not available for packages in a timely fashion. However, for users willing to stray from the beaten path, there are alternatives. Two projects have taken up the challenge of making a package management system that overcomes these shortcomings.

Panasas to Demonstrate Success in Bridging the Clustered Storage Needs of the Scientific and Commercial HPC Communities at SC 05

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 10, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
-- Customers To Present Real-World Benefits of Panasas Storage Cluster -- CTO Garth Gibson To Deliver Masterworks Presentation -- Newest Additions To Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster On Display

OpenSync and KDE Cooperate on Unified Data Syncing

The OpenSync and KDE teams have joined forces to create a unified library to synchronize data from mobile devices with the data on the desktop

California Suing Sony Over Rootkit DRM

  • Slashdot; By samzenpus (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 10, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"California has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony and a second one may be filed today in New York. The lawsuit was filed Nov. 1 in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Vernon, CA. It asks the court to prevent Sony from selling additional CDs protected by the anti-piracy software, and seeks monetary damages for California consumers who purchased them. The suit alleges that Sony's software violates at least three California statutes...

[Ed.- Hurrah! Sic 'em. Many good links in the article.]

Sleepycat - a blue ribbon example of open source financial success

  • IT Managers Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 10, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

Cell processor to support Linux

  • EE Times; By Mark LaPedus (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 10, 2005 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM Corp. and Sony Corp. have released new software components and documentation for the Cell processor, including extensions to Linux. The Cell processor was originally devised by IBM, Sony and Toshiba. Delivering on a promise, IBM, Sony and Toshiba in August released the first detailed specifications for the Cell microprocessor (see Aug. 29 story). Then, Toshiba recently said it is readying a hardware development platform for applications based on the Cell processor. The reference design kit, and the cell chip set, will be available from April 2006 (see Sept. 20 story).

Analyst: Security Will Drive Windows-to-Mac Switch

Elizabeth Millard writes: "A financial analyst predicts that the ubiquity of computer viruses, and Apple's success in its music ventures, will drive more and more Windows users to switch to Macs."

[Well, there was an article somewhere about Apple making significant gains, thanks to the Ipod. This will be something to keep our eyes on. A lot of GNU/Linux users also use Macs. - Ed]

Windows Supports More Hardware than Linux, Just Not as Well

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Nov 10, 2005 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Kernel
Chris Bergeron writes: "One of the things that gets overlooked in comparisons of Windows and Linux is the ability to troubleshoot hardware conflicts. Sometimes, it's not about how many devices are supported but how easy repair is when something goes wrong."

[Excellent article, and a must read if you're concerned about hardware support under GNU/Linux. This ties in with the "Year Without Windows" article from a few days ago. - Ed]

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