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Interview with Valgrind Author Julian Seward

Valgrind is a CPU simulator which is used by KDE and many other projects to profile and debug our programmes. In the interview below Valgrind author Julian Seward talks to KDE Dot News about why he developed Valgrind, how you can use it and, most importantly, where the name comes from. Julian will be giving a talk on Valgrind next Sunday at FOSDEM.

Un recommends open source Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)The United Nations has recommended its members use open source software, particularly in areas related to health, education and international commerce, UN inspector Dominique Ouredrago said during a speech at the II international open source conference in Spain.

Linux taken for a ride in the Old West

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Feb 21, 2006 4:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
The town of Steamboat Springs in Colorado is migrating to Linux. The man behind the move explains the challenges and the motivation behind the move

Linux: Turning Relayfs into an API

A recent discussion and series of patches on theLinux Kernel mailing list looked at removingrelayfs [story], moving its functionality into an API using sysfs. Paul Mundt offered the patches summarizing, "this is a small patch set for getting rid of relayfs, and moving the core of its functionality to kernel/relay.c. The API is kept consistent for everything but the relayfs-specific bits, meaning people will have to use other file systems to implement relay channel buffers." The thread offers more explanation as to the benefits of the change, with quite a number of people supporting the patches.

Relayfs is described as "a bunch of per-cpu kernel buffers that can be efficiently written into from kernel code. These buffers are represented as files which can be mmap'ed and directly read from in user space. The purpose of this setup is to provide the simplest possible mechanism allowing potentially large amounts of data to be logged in the kernel and 'relayed' to user space." It was originally merged into Andrew Morton [interview]'s -mm tree in January of 2005 [story], and finally made it into the mainline kernel with the release of 2.6.14.

Colorado readies open source e-government system

A number of local government organisations in the US state of Colorado are collaborating on an open source e-government system, with the first site due to go live in the Spring.

Mysql Counters Oracle With A Purchase

MySQL AB, the company behind the popular open source database, has acquired Netfrastructure Inc and gets a database guru in the deal.

Borland responds to open source revolution

  • IT Week (Posted by tadelste on Feb 21, 2006 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Borland recently took another zig-zag in its short but turbulent history, effectively announcing that it was exiting developer tools and focusing on application lifecycle management with the acquisition of Segue Software. The move is another example of how open-source and free software is revolutionising the economics of business IT.

Linux worm turns on Mambo and PHP

Security experts today warned of a Linux network worm that exploits holes in the Mambo content management system and the PHP XML-RPC library. Dubbed Mare.D, the worm leaves multiple backdoors on infected systems. Two of these are connectback shell backdoors that link to a remote host, while a third allows the malware's writer to access and control infected systems via IRC.

Announcing Fedora Core 5 Test 3

  • Mailing list; By Jesse Keating (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 10:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Forty-four years ago, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. Russia had already sent two cosmonauts into orbit at this time. In the many following years Russian and America race each other for space superiority. Much later Russia and America have finally started cooperating in Earth's adventures into space. Competition is good, but collaboration can by so much better.

A good day for beta Linux lovers

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 9:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're at home this President's Day, and you want to give some cutting edge Linux a try, this is your lucky day. Both OpenSUSE and Ubuntu have new betas out -- the former, the fourth beta of v10.1; and the latter, the fourth alpha of v6.04.

CLI Magic: Patching the differences

Working with free and open source software, one frequently hears terms such as bugs, updates, and patches. When developers come across shortcomings in their software, instead of repackaging the software with the changes, they can provide a patchfile that contains details of all required changes. Two important tools used in the process are diff, which creates a patchfile, and patch, which applies it. You can use both tools with text or HTML files. User Level: Intermediate

Quest extends single sign-on support

Quest last week added single sign-on application support to its software that integrates Active Directory with Unix and Linux platforms.

Tensilica Introduces New Linux Processor Core

SANTA CLARA, CA – Tensilica has introduced the Diamond Standard 232L processor core, the lowest power processor capable of running the Linux operating system on the market. With more features, better performance and lower power dissipation than the ARM926EJ-S, Tensilica’s Diamond Standard 232L stands ready to take over new system-on-chip (SOC) designs requiring Linux support.

New version of Mozilla for mobile released

FEBRUARY 20, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - The Minimo Project, the group developing a shrunk-down version of the Mozilla open source browser for handheld devices, released a new version of Minimo on Saturday. The announcement is the latest indication that mobile phones will increasingly be used to access any content that is available on the Internet, analysts say.

Will major vendors dilute open source?

Commercial software giants such as Oracle and IBM are moving deeper into and changing the face of the open source community by snapping up start-ups.

We're so close to losing the Internet - right now! Hello!

  •; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 2:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LXer
The Supreme Court and your local telephone company have decided to hose everyone on the Internet. Meanwhile, Congress is trying to figure out how to stop it. Where's the media? Hey, WAKE UP!

Linux-based framework for mobiles

PalmSource has announced its Access Linux Platform, designed to be an integrated, open and flexible Linux-based platform tailored for smart phones and mobile devices.

Microsoft keeps eye on open-source prize

  • Computer Business Review; By Rhonda Ascierto (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Speaking to a standing-room only crowd of open source startups, investors and lawyers, Bill Hilf, director of platform technology strategy at the company, outlined why, from a business perspective, Microsoft is involved with open source. Microsoft views open source through the lens of "coopetition from commercial and open-source strategies at the same time," Hilf said.

Coopetition, or simultaneously cooperating and competing with rivals, has long been Microsoft's broader business strategy. But Hilf gave an insight on how open source fits into this plan.

"Making money matters. More importantly, making money sustainably matters. Being a successful commercial software company is very hard ... staying successful is even harder," Hilf said. "Developing coopetition strategies is a great way for growth in this environment and we're seeing that today."

Rackspace launches new Linux managed-hosting service

  • San Antonio Business Journal (Posted by tadelste on Feb 20, 2006 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rackspace Managing Hosting inked a new partnership agreement with JBoss Inc. that will allow Rackspace to create a new managed-hosting service for the Linux operating system.

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