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Postcard from Orlando

  • Reg Developer; By David Norfolk (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 11:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hello, from the Information Builders (IBI) summit in Orlando! Some interesting new ideas here, from people who've been in large-scale BI for some 30 years - how about BI embedded in workflow applications written in BPEL (when you receive an order, you can fire off a BI report on stock levels/locations, and fire up a request to the stock controller for action, with the BI report appended)?

Windows to Linux desktop migration: How Citrix can help

  • Network World; By Dave Kearns (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 10:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Last issue's look at migrating from Windows to Linux desktops overlooked one very useful possibility. That is to say, I overlooked it but a number of readers hadn't - and were quick to tell me about it: Citrix.

Introducing the CPI Breakdown Model

  • DeveloperWorks (Posted by idean on Apr 27, 2006 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Make substantial improvements in performance analysis with a CPI analysis model built on the tools introduced in Part 1. Learn ways to analyze the specific performance counter data produced by profiling runs to obtain statistics for events which the CPU cannot directly report on.

Bank of Canada puts its money on Linux back end and Windows PCs

TORONTO – The Bank of Canada is slowly moving off of Unix into an environment that will see its economic analysts using Windows PCs to create models running on a Linux-based cluster.

Judge Cooke turns up the heat on Commission

MS v EC Day four: Tough questions or tough love?

Emc promises open source, prototypes consumer gear

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 7:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EMC Corp is set to step up its involvement with open source code, and on another front has developed prototype consumer products that look unlikely to ever reach the market.

Levanta Enters German Linux Market, Signs Reseller Deal With ...

STUTTGART, Germany --(Business Wire)-- April 27, 2006 -- Levanta, the leader in Linux management, today announced the launch of its international sales program in Germany. Open source solutions provider Millenux ( has been named Levanta's first German reseller partner in the southern region, and Levanta is recruiting additional resellers in the northern region.

Iit Bombay, Red Hat promote open source education

Open source software company Red Hat and IIT Bombay have teamed to support and spread open source programming skills among educational institutions in India. The initiative is being supported by Red Hat's scholarship programme and a new collaborative learning programme.

Linux Throat Choke vs. Fragmentation

TORONTO -- Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Free Standards Group, is on a mission. He wants to prevent Linux from falling prey to the fragmentation fate that befell Unix.

God's gift to C

  • Reg Developer; By Nick Kew (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 3:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Crossing platforms with Apache Portable Runtime

Commission rejects MS server claims and demo

MS v EC Day three: Commission puts the boot in

MySQL critical of 'crippled' closed-source databases

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
MySQL's chief executive has cast himself as both friend and foe of closed-source database companies, criticizing partners and competitors for releasing "crippled" versions of existing database products.

Device Profile: Glyph/MGI GPM-216 personal monitor

Glyph Technologies used Linux and key open source audio software packages to build a personal monitoring system aimed at letting musicians create their own monitor mixes from local and networked audio sources. The GPM-216 runs a real-time Slackware implementation, and uses Jack, Alsa, and LADSPA software.

Ibm works with gov't on open source security trial

  •; By Graeme Wearden and Tom Espiner (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 12:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The Cabinet Office and IBM are working together on a secure open source environment for public and private sector organisations. The Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA) said this week the initiative had been launched to assure public and private sectors that Linux could provide security in a complex environment.

Henry’s Guide to Financing Your Free or Open Source Project

  • Henry The Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Apr 27, 2006 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Possibly the most important FOSS article ever written. But probably not.

[a.k.a., the lighter side of hacking - dcparris]

Vista security feature is 'anti-Linux'

Security features introduced in Windows Vista will make setting up PCs to boot in either Linux or Windows far more difficult, according to security guru Bruce Schneier. Vista is due to feature hardware-based encryption, called BitLocker Drive Encryption, which acts as a repository to protect sensitive data in the event of a PC being either lost or stolen. This encryption technology also has the effect of frustrating the exchange of data needed in a dual boot system. "You could look at BitLocker as anti-Linux because it frustrates dual boot," Schneier told El Reg.

[Hmmm... We're sure this is all accidental. Yeah right. - dcparris]

Manipulating PDFs with the PDF Toolkit

  •; By Scott Nesbitt (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 9:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Creating and reading PDF files in Linux is easy, but manipulating existing PDF files is a little trickier. Countless applications enable you to fiddle with PDFs, but it's hard to find a single application that does everything. The PDF Toolkit (pdftk) claims to be that all-in-one solution. It's the closest thing to Adobe Acrobat that I've found for Linux.

Debian Weekly News - April 25th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. The Debian Live Initiative that aims to produce a pure Debian live CD summarises links to mailing lists, ISO images and other resources on their [1]website. Aníbal Monsalve Salazar is [2]soliciting ASCII armoured public keys for the keysigning [3]party at the upcoming [4]Debian Conference.

Last look: ApplixWare

Eight years ago, ApplixWare was one of the premier office suites for Unix-like systems. Then Sun Microsystems began promoting StarOffice aggressively, and KOffice and GNOME Office started maturing. Passed to a subsidiary of Applix called VistaSource that later became independent, ApplixWare was repositioned as a combination of a basic office package and a developer's toolkit running from a common main menu. For a while, it was even renamed AnyWare. Now at version 6, ApplixWare is back to its original name, with versions available for AIX, GNU/Linux, and SPARC Solaris, with earlier versions still supported for Windows and FreeBSD. The trial download for GNU/Linux shows ApplixWare's age, but it also shows a trick or two that its newer rivals might learn from.

Open Letter to Ubuntu’s Benevolent Dictator

  •; By Keith Curtis (Posted by dcparris on Apr 27, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Few non-geeks realize how building software for PCs is staggeringly complicated. Getting every driver ready to handle sleep & hibernate is enormous, and that’s just one row in the hardware matrix. Compounding that, even if Ubuntu had 10x the number of devs, you would all still be running at 110% to keep up with the incoming workload.

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