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Start-up targets Exchange customers

Messaging vendor PostPath emerged from stealth mode last week, saying it plans to ship a Linux-based replacement for Exchange that supports Linux network protocols and is designed to look just like Exchange on the network. PostPath Server, expected to ship next month, is designed not only as a replacement for an entire Exchange environment but also as a piecemeal replacement for individual Exchange servers, such as those in branch offices.

Canadian Census controversy continues

Linux User Groups (LUG) and Canadian elected officials are responding to the news that the Canadian online census forms block free software users from participating. Last week's story helped uncover the fact that the software used for the online census seems to violate several government policies and treaties.

The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

While this story is about startups it is worth a read for FOSS folks. Much of it does not just pertain to startups but projects in general.

Eclipse Ajax Toolkit Framework and Ajax tools

The the new Open Ajax Initiative realizes the tremendous importance of introducing new tools to a growing community of Ajax developers. It is dedicated to building an open platform in which developers can collaborate. This article discusses two existing run-time tools, Dojo and Zimbra.

Services automation solution goes open source

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by conz on May 12, 2006 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Professional Services Automation solution, allocPSA, has been released as open source software under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL), allowing businesses to obtain and modify the source code free of charge.

A FOSS primer for international policy-makers

When investigating free and open source software (FOSS) development and implementation in developing countries, you're likely to run into Ken Wong and Phet Sayo's FOSS primer, published by the International Open Source Network. What makes this primer so special, and so widely known? To find out, we interviewed the authors.

Aggregate Optimization and Tuning III: Results

  • Systhread; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on May 12, 2006 6:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The last part of a small optimization series, part III takes a look at sample data from using compiler optimizations on several key pieces of system software. The results were somewhat suprising in many ways, especially the ratio of improvement even for relatively small test programs.

Windows Server Patch fails to apply: Microsoft charges for support

A few Linux people here will probably comment on the lines of "You should be running Linux". But the reality is I feel comfortable with Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Or used to.

Linux: Kernel Compilation Warnings

A recent string of patches posted to the lkml attempted to clean up compiler warnings, and lead to numerous discussions about the appropriate way to fix warnings. One thread discussed a warning caused by what the compiler inappropriately believed was an unitialized variable, to which Alan Cox replied, "hiding warnings like this can be a hazard as it will hide real warnings later on." He went on to suggest the warning was a good thing as it encourages developers to continue to review the code, "while the warning is present people will check it now and again."

Linux Still Has No Barcode Inventory?

All these years with Linux and the stable LAMP platform and still no one has invented a barcode inventory web app for IT departments?

"half Euroboard" SBC certified with industrial Linux distro

Koan Software has certified a BSP (board support package) based on its GPL-only industrial embedded Linux distribution with an ARM-based half Euroboard SBC (single board computer) from Taskit. Klinux (formerly K-Linux) supports the Portux920T, based on an Atmel AT91RM9200 with a 180 MHz ARM-920T core.

Linux+ (XK0-002): New and improved uCertify Exam Simulation available now.

uCertify, a premier IT certification exam preparation tools provider, announces the release of its upgraded Exam Simulation PrepKit for CompTIA’s Linux+ certification exam (XK0-002).

The PC-BSD interview

  • FossEngineer.com; By FOSSEngineer (Posted by linuxlala on May 11, 2006 11:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
An interview with people from the PC-BSD development team after the recent release of the first stable version 1.0. The guys talk about their pre-release journey, features unique to PC-BSD and where the project goes from here.

Linux File System Primer

  • Novell; By Novell (Posted by nixcraft on May 11, 2006 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Linux offers a number of file systems. This paper discusses these file systems, why there are so many, and which ones are the best to use for which workloads and data. Not all data is the same. Not all workloads are the same. Not all filesystems are the same. Matching the file system to the data and workload allows customers to build efficient scalable and cost effective solutions.

Gplv3 to mandate device hackability?

Draft GNU GPLv3 (General Public License) language would require embedded systems and devices incorporating GPLv3-licensed software to be user-modifiable, stated license author Richard Stallman in a recent speech. The draft license's "anti-TiVo-isation" rider drew criticism early on from Linus Torvalds, who called it "insane." Where do LinuxDevices readers stand?

Mobius Loop Technology Promises Cooler, Quieter and Cheaper Data Centers

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 11, 2006 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Until AMD undermined Intel's PC hegemony, most designers believed faster processors had to eat more power and create more heat. Since then, the industry has aimed to reduce power and cooling costs, while continuing to build ever more powerful processors. And a tiny startup is applying the mobius loop concept in an innovative way to assure that more powerful, less power-hungry processors keep coming.

Henry's Fedora Core 5 Install Guide

  • Henry The Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on May 11, 2006 9:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
My name is Henry the Adequate, and I am a superhero computer guru person.

Ututo-e: "The only free distribution" revisited

A year ago, I reviewed Ututo-e, an Argentinian distribution based on Gentoo. Ututo-e is known mainly as the only GNU/Linux distribution endorsed by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation (FSF). This endorsement is based on the fact that Ututo-e, in the words of Peter Brown of the FSF, "makes a commitment to follow the philosophy of the FSF as to what makes a distribution ethically free software." Last year, this endorsement seemed premature, because Ututo-e, while promising in some places, was buggy in many more. A year later, the 2006 release of Ututo XS is more polished, especially in its desktop and selection of administration tools, but its English version still falls below the standard of leading distributions such as Debian or Fedora Core.

Kaboot Komplete 0.1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 11, 2006 7:38 PM EDT)
Kaboot.ainkaboot.co.uk states - Kaboot Linux Operating system aims to provide an operating system which you can take anywhere and has all your favourite programs on. Available as a Live CD or Live USB you can take with you anywhere. A number of different versions are available, two optimised for size or speed, one for functionality, and one science based. All containing a host of useful programs able to boot virtually any computer (meeting the minimum requirements) from CD and USB.

OSDir has some nice screenshots of Kaboot Komplete in the Kaboot Komplete 0.1 Screenshot Tour.

Interview: Bruce Perens on GPLv3 embedded consequences

GPLv3 will likely be adopted for Linux kernel, according to luminary Bruce Perens (pictured at left). "It's a negotiation... I'm expecting the embedded manufacturers and the Free Software Foundation and Linus to get the license to a point they can all live with," Perens says.

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