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MS targets developers with familiar integration and scale pitch

Microsoft has finally launched updates to its Windows developer tools and database, using a worldwide event to challenge competitors and any perceptions you might have that Microsoft is still not "enterprise-ready".

Trolltech Developer Days in Munich

The second annual Trolltech Developer Days took place last month in San Jose, USA and on last week in Munich, Germany. They featured keynotes and presentations from Eirik Chambe-Eng, Trolltech's co-founder and President; Matthias Ettrich, founder of KDE and Trolltech's Vice President Software Development; Aaron Seigo, KDE Core Contributor and many others. Read on for a summary of some of the keynotes and presentations given in Munich.

Personal finance software for GNU/Linux

Intuit Quicken and Microsoft Money are two popular Windows-based packages for personal financial management. GNU/Linux offers several similar applications -- most of them free software -- that can meet or exceed the capabilities of the proprietary programs. If you can adjust to a different interface, you might find you like one of them more than the better-known alternatives.

Nokia's Linux-based Net device on sale

The Nokia 770 will be on sale at some retail outlets--and through the company's Web site, for 350 euros, or about $412, the mobile phone giant said in a statement on Monday. Sales in the United States aren't expected until next week, however, and the product was listed as out of stock in some European countries.

Linux Answers Phone Makers' Call

  • BusinessWeek (Posted by bstadil on Nov 7, 2005 11:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola has sold more than 3 million Linux phones in Asia. It's now starting to ship three models globally, with another scheduled to debut in 2006. The world's No. 2 cell-phone maker plans to refashion the majority of its handsets around Linux over time

Hacks From Pax: SELinux Administration

  • LinuxSecurity.com - Feature Stories; By Pax Dickinson (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 7, 2005 11:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Hi, and welcome to the third in a series of articles on Security Enhanced Linux. My first SELinux article detailed the background of SELinux, while my second article in the series discussed how SELinux makes access decisions. This week, I'll talk about how an SELinux system differs from a standard Linux system in terms of administration. Most of what you already know about Linux system administration will still apply to an SELinux system, but there are some additions and changes that are critical to understand when using SELinux.

Zendex Casino Video Gaming Board Runs Linux

  • LinuxElectronics; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 10:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dublin, California – Zendex is now offering a special purpose single board computer aimed specifically at the gaming market. The ZXE-855 is a full-function dedicated gaming platform that can deliver the rich visual gaming experience that people now expect in casinos. At the same time, it allows the system manufacturer to configure the board in order to optimize speed, power consumption or cost.

FrozenTech Launches Sale of ISO Loaded Hard Drives

  • http://www.frozentech.com (Posted by nick58b on Nov 7, 2005 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Santa Barbara, CA., Nov. 7 -- FrozenTech, a company dedicated to providing LiveCDs on the highest quality media at reasonable prices, has introduced a new product – the ISO Loaded Hard Drive (ILHD). FrozenTech's ILHD immediately adds 246 Gigabytes of open source operating systems to any collection by distributing open source ISO files on consumer hard drives.

China's software & IT service market reaches above 37 bln yuan in 3rd quarter

  • People's Daily Online (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 8:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The sales of platform software were 3.614 billion yuan with a year-on-year rise of 10.6 percent. As the focus of the government and the industry, LINUX reported sales of 29.486 million yuan with a rise of 33.1 percent year-on-year.

Novell Layoffs Cast A Cloud Over Big-Business Linux

  • Information Week; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by dcparris on Nov 7, 2005 7:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
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.

China's Bet on Linux

  • CIO Asia; By Maria Trombly (With Wendy Yu) and Sumner Lemon (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

Mandriva Linux 2006 review

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.

Biggest SA search engine to launch this month

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.

An Introduction to MySQL, LAMP Stack and Microsoft Windows ...

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.

Firm leverages unique qualifications

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.

Red Hat's Q3 'Off To A Good Start'

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]

Heavy Hitters Push Linux on Handhelds

"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.

Ten Things I Hate About (U)nix

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 5.1 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour

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.

Grokster to stop distributing file-sharing service

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]

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