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Virtualization: the best get better

With the Microsoft and Linux camps starting to get their acts together on server virtualization, we decided to check in with VMware, the company that popularized the concept, to see what gains it is making in the interim.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Whither BSD?

  • Server Watch; By Amy Newman and Brian Proffitt (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
A quiet week out here in the Land of Enterprise Unix. As the dust settles from the pseudo-departure of Scott McNealy as CEO of Sun Microsystems, the rest of the enterprise Unix community is rather dormant, as if stunned by the news and exhausted from three months of trade shows and conferences all around the planet.

Atmel Chooses TimeSys Linux Solution For ARM-Based Chips

Atmel Corporation has chosen LinuxLink by TimeSys as the primary Linux distribution mechanism for its ARM-based processors.

Unix Vs. Windows Hosting

  • WebProNews; By David Pierce (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 3:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: MySQL, PHP
When browsing through the offerings of various web hosting companies you are sure to notice that some offer UNIX hosting and others offer Windows.

SimplyMepis 6.0 Beta 2 ready for testing

Mepis LLC on May 4 announced the Beta 2 release of SimplyMepis 6.0, the second of two planned betas before the final version is to launch around June 1, according to Mepis founder and chief maintainer Warren Woodford.

Gowers warned over patent review

  • Reg Developer; By Mark Ballard (Posted by dcparris on May 7, 2006 1:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Old boys: 'Watch your step, mister'

Patent attorneys rarely let their sang-froid slip. But this week the British Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) did just that when it warned the Treasury-commissioned Gowers Review of Intellectual Property to watch its step.

Trustix will Move Forward

Trustix Secure Linux has been your choice for a Stable and Secure Linux. Trustix has been going through a rough period with its loss of Talented and skillful developers, but its time for us as a community to move forward and develop this great distribution. Sincere thanks to Erlend Midttun, Christian Haugan Toldness and Oyestein who have given their best to making a Successful, Stable and Secure (SSS) Distro.

DB2 Viper test drive is now available

Viper is the code name for the upcoming release of DB2. Viper is a leading edge hybrid data server capable of supporting both relational and pure XML storage and provides all the necessary services to support both data structures.

How to stop more spam

  • Network World; By Ron Nutter (Posted by dcparris on May 6, 2006 10:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
A couple of years ago, we set up a Linux box running Postfix, SpamAssassin and Amavisd to try and reduce the amount of spam we were getting on our mail server. We used the latest versions of each product. It has done pretty well but we have noticed in the past few weeks that more spam is getting through. Writing new rules doesn't seem to make much of a difference. What can we look at to start reducing the level of incoming spam?

ODF Plug-ins and a Microsoft Promise of Cooperation

Last week, the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on any plugins that might be under development to assist it in migrating from a MS Office environment to one based upon software that supports ODF. Perhaps Microsoft may be willing to lend a hand.

A problem too jumbo-sized for Bill Gates to solve?

It will not have escaped your attention that Microsoft is labouring to finish the next version of its Windows operating system, Vista. A version aimed at the corporate market is supposed to be ready for Christmas, with the consumer edition following some time later (missing the Christmas market, which has irritated computer manufacturers and retailers more than somewhat). Last week, Gartner, a leading IT consultancy, predicted that Microsoft would miss those shipping dates.

High Assurance and FLOSS

  • David A. Wheeler’s Home; By David A. Wheeler (Posted by dwheeler on May 6, 2006 6:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups:
A new paper discusses the relationship between high assurance software (for security or safety) and free-libre / open source software (FLOSS). High assurance software must NEVER fail. Many tools for developing high assurance software are FLOSS, it turns out...

Open source philosophy under threat

Open source philosophy under threat Independent software vendors (ISVs) could soon become a thing of the past as major software vendors continue to adopt open source software.

SOA: The future of IT or pure hype?

  • Reg Developer; By Team Register (Posted by dcparris on May 6, 2006 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial

You tell us

Reg Reader Studies There are those who proclaim Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as the future of information technology; others say it's all just hype created by the industry to drive the next wave of spending.

A Look at the MySQL CSV Storage Engine

  • Database Journal; By Robin Schumacher (Posted by dcparris on May 6, 2006 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
t's amazing in an age where relational databases reign supreme when it comes to managing data that so much information still exists outside RDBMS engines in the form of flat files and other such constructs. In most enterprises, data is passed back and forth between disparate systems in a fashion and speed that would rival the busiest expressways in the world, with much of this data existing in common, delimited files. Target systems intercept these source files and then typically proceed to load them via ETL (extract, transform, load) processes into databases that then utilize the information for business intelligence, transactional functions, or other standard operations. ETL tasks and data movement jobs can consume quite a bit of time and resources, especially if large volumes of data are present that require loading into a database. This being the case, many DBAs welcome alternative means of accessing and managing data that exists in file format.

Last chance to certify cheaply?

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Richard Frank (Posted by dcparris on May 6, 2006 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Geek Freedom League says its winter Linux certification drive will probably be the last time geeks will be able to get Linux Professional Institute certification on the cheap.

Kid's Programming Language going open source?

Steve Karg writes "I received an email yesterday from Jon Schwartz, creator of Kids Programming Language (KPL). KPL makes it easy for kids to learn computer programming. KPL makes it fun, too, by making it especially easy to program computer games, with cool graphics and sound. [...]"

What's in a name?

The Linux community is all about standardization this year. The Linux Standard Base is gathering steam, the Portland project is trying to bring unity to the desktops, and the Open Document Format (ODF) has been in the news quite a bit. Now if we could just get projects to agree on standard usage for naming, I'd be a happy camper.

Samsung Intros Enhanced, Cost-Effective MFD

Samsung India, the digital technology company, has launched a compact laser copier, SCX-6320F, with enhanced multifunction capabilities priced at Rs 80,000.

Managing an Open Source Project

In December 2004 it was decided that DotNetNuke would break out its existing core modules into separate Projects so that they could be enhanced, released, and supported independently from the core Web Application Framework. It was further decided that some additional modules would also be added as official Projects to provide an increased level of richness to the platform. The first modules that we determined were going to be added were the TTT Forum and TTT Gallery, authored by Tam Tran Minh of TTT Corporation.

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