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Migrating to Linux: How much Windows-like functionality to give end users?

Last week the press, especially that segment least friendly to Novell and open source, headlined the fact that 3,000 out of 5,000 Novell employees had the capability to boot Windows on their computers. One typical headline read: "Novell's shift to open source makes slow progress."

[Dave's point is a good one - something many of us have been saying for some time now. Glad he could join the party! - dcparris]

Dapper beta due tomorrow

Ubuntu Dapper Drake, originally set for release Wednesday 20 April until it was postponed to 1 June, will instead be released as a beta tomorrow. We take a look at what to expect from the world's most popular desktop Linux distribution. Execs Outline Open Source Momentum is one of many OSTC-owned websites that is popular with the open-source development community. Jay Seirmarco, General Manager, and Ross Turk, Engineering Manager, recently updated the organization's progress in an exclusive SYS-CON interview that can be found at

Microsoft, Autodesk Unsuccessful in Patent Suit

"We continue to contend that there was no infringement of any kind and that the facts in this case show that Microsoft developed its own product activation technologies well before z4 Technologies filed for its patent," Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans wrote in an e-mail.

Web Hosting Provider Zen Internet Offer Linux Hosting Trial for 1 ...

April 19, 2006 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Web hosting provider and Internet Service Provider (ISP) Zen Internet (, who won the ‘Best Business ISP’ award in February 2006, has announced it is offering new customers a trial of its Linux web hosting packages for only 1 British Pence.

[That's roughly $0.02 for us Americans. I wonder if they offer a reseller package? ;-) - dcparris]

Linux blossoms in China

BEIJING, China (UPI) -- China`s Linux market will be worth more than $51 million annually by 2010, up from $11.8 million last year, researchers say.

Xandros, Scalix Team on SMB Linux-Groupware Server Combo

  • Linux-Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Apr 20, 2006 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Xandros is making a move at the Linux SMB server market by offering its forthcoming server OS with Scalix groupware baked in. (Linux-Watch)

Subversion Open Source Project Founder Brings Enterprise ...

CollabNet, a leading provider of on demand distributed software development solutions, today announced its new offering, CollabNet® SubversionTM On Demand for the enterprise. The solution provides the infrastructure and services large enterprises need to reliably and easily deploy the Subversion open source, version control system to hundreds of users within global, software development teams. With the cost and service benefits of an on demand model, CollabNet Subversion On Demand allows Global 2000 companies to safely apply open source practices in the enterprise for more effective distributed software development.

Curmudgeon deems SUSE 10.1 "really cool and solid"

Review: Ziff Davis Internet Linux editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols thinks the newest SUSE Linux is already a winner, even as just a release canidate. (DesktopLinux)

Peter Quinn Returns to Private Sector

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 20, 2006 2:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Like many that have followed the OpenDocument Format (ODF) story in Massachusetts, I've wondered what former State CIO Peter Quinn would eventually decide to do after announcing his resignation late last year.

Brazil's free software forum: background and arrival

  • O'Reilly & Associates; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Apr 20, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Brazil, when it comes to IT development, suffers more than nearly any other country from a gap between aspiration and capability. A huge number of talented developers want to contribute to the world’s software, and to their own country’s development, but they’re hampered by difficulties of obtaining hardware, software, and (of particular interest to me as an editor) documentation.

Announcing Beta release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

StartCom EL 3.0.5 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - StartCom Enterprise Linux 3.0.5 has been released. This is the latest in the series of updated releases based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. What's new? StartCom made a strategic switch concerning the update mechanism and all current and future operating systems will receive their updates via the new YUM. Other changes and additions for AS-3.0.5 are full support for smart cards from the OpenSC project, addition of Firefox and Thunderbird (both 1.5 versions) with the natural support for the StartCom Free SSL Certification Authority, but also some 300 other updated packages.

OSDir had a look at the latest StartCom Enterprise Linux in the StartCom EL 3.0.5 Screenshot Tour.

Open source approach reshapes intelligence-gathering

  • Washington Technology; By Alice Lipowicz (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 20, 2006 12:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New forms of intelligence-gathering—including the availability of open-source information on the Internet—are becoming increasingly important for fighting terrorism and may even reduce the need for more traditional collection efforts, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

Handicapping The Open-Source Shakeout

The long-predicted consolidation of the open-source software market is finally starting to happen. But which path will the market take--disappearance of the pure-play open-source vendors, or a winnowing to a few strong ones?

Phaeronix 0.85 Beta Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - A beta livecd version 0.85 of Phaeronix is now available. It is a Gentoo-based RR4 CD optimised for i686, with GNOME, Reiser4-enabled GRUB and automatic hardware detection.

OSDir had a look at this fresh release in the Phaeronix 0.85 Beta Screenshot Tour.

Hp Aims to Ease Linux Management On Blades

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Wednesday rolled out software aimed to simplify the management of its BladeSystem blade servers running Linux, said the company.

Book review: Wicked Cool Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jeremy Turner (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 20, 2006 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Every GNU/Linux administrator will need to touch a Perl script or two at some point. Perl seems to be the scripting glue of choice since it has matured so well over the years. As a result, administrators can choose from many different Perl books. One such book is Wicked Perl Scripts by Steve Oualline and published by No Starch Press.

Cycle-Accurate Simulation for Fun and Profit

  •; By David Murrell (Posted by idean on Apr 20, 2006 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article describes the SPU pipeline configuration, performance metric, and trace facilities that are available in the IBM Full-System Simulator for the Cell BE platform. Find out the exact cycle where the SPE stalls, or identify a poor choice of branch predictions, using pipeline tracing in the Cell BE simulator.

Linux vendors to Back Unified Standard

More than a dozen technology companies, including IBM Corp. Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. are planning to support a new integrated server and desktop Linux standard unveiled at next week's Linux Desktop Summit by the Free Standards Group (FSG).

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