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Why the DCC Alliance needs to love Synaptic

Debian users have always boasted that their Advanced Package Tool (APT) was the best and fastest way there has ever been to install and delete software. They were right, except for two details: First, many computer users are scared of the command line -- and APT is a command line utility. Second, even for users not afraid of the command line, setting download repositories and other parameters was not easy unless you spent enough of your time administering computers to remember all the text commands it took to make APT do what you wanted. Then came Synaptic, which promised to make Debian software installs GUI-friendly. Not long after that came a version of Synaptic that didn't crash every time I tried to use it. And finally, in late 2004, Synaptic became so lovable that I would no longer want to have a desktop computer without it.

Did Oracle Just Make MySQL Worse?

  • Techdirt; By Mike (Posted by bstadil on Oct 10, 2005 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle
With all the buying that Oracle's been doing lately, it would have been fairly easy to overlook the supposedly small acquisition the company made on Friday. In fact, it didn't seem worth posting about. However, as the discussions about the acquisition are spreading, this small deal could actually be a very big deal.

Oracles OpenSource Evangelist Omar Tazi has this to say

New SenSage 3.5 Smashes Event Data Management Barriers: Scalability, Retention, and Analysis

Enterprise-Class Security Analytics Solution Cost-Effectively Accelerates Compliance and Investigation

Browser Share: IE Up, Firefox Down

  • WebProNews; By David Utter (Posted by ralph on Oct 10, 2005 12:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The analytics firm NetApplications has released its September 2005 numbers, and Firefox has declined in share for the second time this year.

Overview of XML in Firefox 1.5

  • IBM Developer Works (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 10, 2005 12:27 PM EDT)
Firefox is a relatively new Web browser and currently the most popular browser built on the Mozilla platform. Users like the security and convenience features it offers. Developers like the Firefox attention to standards compliance, inherited from its Mozilla roots. The most recent version, Firefox 1.5 (currently in beta), comes with many features for XML developers.

New Issue of the Linux-Mobile-Guide

  • TuxMobil; By Werner Heuser (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 10, 2005 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux-Mobile-Guide explains installation methods for laptops and PDAs and configurations for different (network) environments, security issues for portable computers and much more. The new issue is Version 3.18, dated Oct 10, 2005

George Mason University Speeds Research and Collaboration With Government Labs Using SGI Technology

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 11:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Powered by SGI, GMU School of Computational Sciences Builds High-Performance Computing Center to Greatly Improve Time to Solution. All Altix systems run the Linux(R) operating environment on Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors.

Open source ESBs race to define themselves

  • Search Webservices (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Even though the dust hasn't settled around an exact definition of an enterprise service bus (ESB), there are several open source efforts forging ahead. Most recently, the ObjectWeb consortium released Milestone 1 of Celtix, an open source ESB sponsored by Iona Technologies. At the same time, ObjectWeb and Iona announced cooperation between Celtix and ServiceMix, an open source ESB supported by LogicBlaze Inc., a provider of open source integration technology and services.

Shopping cart comparison: Drupal's E-Commerce vs. Mambo's mambo-phpShop

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 10, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source Web site content management systems (CMS) don't provide a full solution for the needs of many Web site administrators because they lacked a shopping cart. But thanks to projects like Drupal's E-Commerce shopping cart and Mambo's mambo-phpShop, things are getting easier: The shopping carts integrate directly into the core of the system, providing an acceptable shopping experience without requiring multiple logins, and they keep the theme of the Web site intact.

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Report: LinuxWorld UK Impresses With Depth

  • LinuxPlanet; By Martin C. Brown (Posted by ralph on Oct 10, 2005 11:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week's LinuxWorld UK may not have been the biggest Linux show around, but LinuxPlanet editor Martin C. Brown was more than a little impressed by the depth of the vendors and presentations there. Linux is still running strong in Europe and momentum couldn't be higher.

Ibm's top Linux expert

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president, Technical Strategy and Innovation, IBM, attributes the success of the OS to this growing community of Linux contributors. The Linux Executive Report recently spoke with Wladawsky-Berger about the past, present and future of Linux.

Novell Launches the Better Desktop Initiative for the Open Source Community

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 10:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Extensive Usability Research, Including Video Trials, Is Now Available to Developers Worldwide at betterdesktop.openSUSE.org

LinuxToday is no friend of Linux

In the past, we took a strong stance on this, even calling for a boycott.

After many discussions with Brian Proffitt, we have a different point of view. In our considered opinion, Linux Today and its sister sites can be relied upon as trusted sources for information about Linux and Open Source. One has to separate the editorial content from the advertising. Linux Today belongs to a conglomerate - Jupiter Media. Their advertising department doesn't consult the editors. And while we consider that a shame, we consider Brian and his team top notch. - Ed

Wyse Launches Industry's Fastest, Sleekest New Thin Client

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Wyse Thin Client Handles Communications, Press Room and Registration for Over 3,000 Conference Attendees at Citrix iForum Global 2005

Gateway Enhances Server Line With Dual Core, Dual Processor Capabilities

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 9:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Gateway's New Dual Core Server Line Offers Flexibility and Expanded Application Coverage Breadth With SATA or SCSI Support. The solution supports Red Hat Linux Enterprise 3.0 and 3.0 EM64T and SuSe Linux Enterprise 9.0 and 9.0 EM64T.

Debian

  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.; By Wikipedia Contributors (Posted by tadelste on Oct 10, 2005 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian, GNU; Story Type: News Story
Debian was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock, then a student at Purdue University, who wrote the Debian Manifesto which called for the creation of a Linux distribution to be maintained in an open manner, in the spirit of Linux and GNU. He chose the name by combining the first name of his then-girlfriend (now wife) Debra with his own first name "Ian", forming the portmanteau "Debian", pronounced as the corresponding syllables of these names are in American English: /dɛbˈiːjən/.

OpenLab4 released into growing African Linux market

With more than 500 school and community centres across Africa already using its Linux distribution, OpenLab international has released that latest version of the software, including simplified tools to build Linux-based thin client centres.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 17

Welcome to our issue number 17 of Fedora Weekly News.

Linux: State Tracing, Visualizing Fragmentation

Yumiko Sugita announced the 2.3.1 release ofLKST, the Linux Kernel State Tracer. The project page notes, the "Linux Kernel State Tracer(LKST) records information as trace data about events in the Linux Kernel. It records various events like process context switch, send signal, exception, memory allocation, send packet, and so on." LKST is primarily a debugging tool that allows debugging on a live system, and it can also be used for performance analysis. It was originally announced inearly 2002, withregular releases over the past few years.

At the same time, Yumiko also announced version 1.2.1.ofdav, the Disk Allocation Viewer. The project page describes dav as "a program which collects and visualizes the fragmentation status information of [the ext2 and ext3] Linux filesystems. dav can collect the fragmentation status information regardless of whether [or not the] filesystem is mounted, and can output its text data orvisualize it."

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