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Expert Shortage May Thwart Malaysia's Open Source Initiatives

Many private sector companies are not likely to join the OSS bandwagon unless they can see their competitors using the opportunity to make profit. "The private sector has more issues to worry about -- namely escalation of employee costs, foreign competition, shrinking market size, less mega-projects and environmental problems," said Open Source Special Interest Group chairman Lee Nan Phin.

Virtual hosting & first motorcycle rides

I reported here about splitting an old Celeron machine and setting up small parts of it as separate Debian machines. In one of these machines, called oc03, I set up Debian Sarge with an Apache2 web server, a Postfix mail server, a MySQL database, PHP, FTP, Webalizer, in short: everything we have here on our real web hosting package as well.

Hp Extends Open Source Services to MySQL Software

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- April 25, 2006 -- HP (NYSE:HPQ) (Nasdaq:HPQ) and MySQL AB today announced that HP will offer new services for MySQL(R) database software.

Red Hat: Born on Wall Street and Here to Stay

Red Hat says Linux and open source have only scratched the surface on Wall Street and it is becoming increasingly expensive for proprietary vendors to compete.

Notes From the DLS

  LXer Feature: 20-Apr-06
News from the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego.

DSL-Not 0.1 Alpha Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The Damn Small Linux project has released the first development build of DSL-N (Damn Small Linux Not), an enhanced live CD based on Damn Small Linux, but not limited to 50MB in size. Besides the usual base applications found in Damn Small Linux, DSL-N also includes the Mozilla suite, MPlayer, AbiWord, Gnumeric, Leafpad, Gaim, CUPS and a number of other popular software packages. It is powered by kernel 2.6.11 with Unionfs support available as an optional boot parameter. DSL-N is not designed to replace Damn Small Linux; instead it is intended for different set of tasks or perhaps for a slightly more demanding user.

OSDir has some cool shots of DSL-N in the DSL-N 0.1 Alpha Screenshot Tour.

Users Ponder Linux Tradeoffs

NEW YORK -- Think you're going to save gobs of money by opting for Linux over other operating systems?

Reuters offers financial services on SuSE Linux

Reuters' market information services are now available for the SuSE Linux platform following a joint effort by the global information provider and Novell. Reuters says Linux is becoming an increasingly popular server option for many financial organisations.

Cenzic Presents Nation-Wide Series of Free Live Hackinars to ...

  • Market Wire (press release); By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 25, 2006 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: PHP
Seasoned Security Expert and Vulnerability Researcher to Demonstrate Best Practices for Avoiding Devastating Web Application Attacks

IBM: Blue Gene Saves Energy, Space

The company touts the benefits of its Blue Gene supercomputer, which it says consumes less power and takes up less floor space than traditional systems, at the Linux on Wall Street conference.

Microsoft Is Playing A Dangerous Game... One Which the United States Could Lose

LXer Feature: 25-Apr-06

This article is a response to "Microsoft Is Playing A Dangerous Game... One Which Linux Could Lose", which appeared on LXer a few days ago.
In his article, Ken Starks argues Linux could lose because of the anti-Linux tactics of Microsoft, including Port25 and DRM-technology. While Ken and I are both lobbying for Linux, and I think the same about DRM, I don't agree that Linux will lose. I feel obliged to inform US citizens about a bigger danger: The US as a country will lose because of Microsoft tactics, and not Linux. Most important, they will lose because of DRM.

Rocking in the free software world

  • Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription); By Geekboy (Posted by dcparris on Apr 25, 2006 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
The best things in life aren’t free, but you can get some great software without spending a dime if you have an Internet connection and know where to look.

XOsoft Introduces Latest Version of its Award-Winning WANSync Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 25, 2006 5:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
WANSync Version 4.0 Features Significant Enhancements to the Management Module to Drive Simplicity and Automation, as well as Enhanced Support For New Platforms and Applications

Esr migrates to open source to cut supplier “lock-in” risks

  • ComputerWeekly.com; By Tash Shifrin (Posted by dcparris on Apr 25, 2006 4:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Engineering and risk management consultancy ESR Technology has migrated to open source software in a bid to reduce its own exposure to risk.

The real deal on open source software (Part II)

A number of excellent questions arose out of the discussion following my recent post which attempted to demystify open source software and provide something of a definition for this intriguing commercial model. Thanks for your contributions and comments - I appreciate the feedback.

[Response to reader feedback, apparently from the first article. At a glance, it seems like the author knows less than the readers. To be fair, it does take a while to actually grasp the implications of FOSS licensing. - dcparris]

Red Hat CEO suggests Oracle is feeling the pressure

The previously rosy relationship between Oracle Corp and Red Hat Inc appears to have soured following Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss Inc and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's suggestion that his company could move into the Linux business.

Bonded Sender Overhauled As Google Nixes Pay-To-Send

The State of Sender Pay: While GoodMail struggles to keep AOL and Yahoo on the Sender Pay farm, Google issues an unequivocal refusal to take money for bypassing GMail filters. Still, Return Path thinks there's a buck to be made with a broken-down fixer-upper like Bonded Sender. Email Battles takes a stab at making sense of the whole mess.

Lighting a fire under Solaris

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dcparris on Apr 25, 2006 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Sun
Two significant upgrades are coming to Solaris this year, but Linux remains a fearsome rival.

Linspire adds disaster recovery software to CNR

Linspire will soon offer FarStone Technology's "personal disaster recovery" software via the Linspire Linux "Click and Run" (CNR) repository. RestoreIT allows users to restore lost data or an entire system that has been damaged due to computer errors or other common mishaps, according to FarStone.

Can open source crack business intelligence?

  • Silicon.com; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dcparris on Apr 24, 2006 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On the heels of open source databases come business-intelligence tools, with smaller companies betting on open source practices to crack into that corner of the software market.

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