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Buying Innobase a good move by Oracle

To the faithful, Oracle’s acquisition of Innobase — a significant MySQL partner — is proof of what Oracle has believed all along: that MySQL’s success is a threat to Oracle’s database business and it’s only a matter of time before the two database vendors collide.

At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software for Linux, Part 2

  • Linux Journal; By Dave Phillips (Posted by hkwint on Nov 14, 2005 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Common Music Notation language helps you create complex musical scores and compositions, thanks to its Lisp advantages. This month, I continue our tour of notation programs for Linux with a look at the Common Music Notation system from composer/programmer Bill Schottstaedt.

Linux Networx Announces Record Growth

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2005--Linux Networx, The Linux Supercomputing Company, announced today record company growth and an expanded corporate focus on delivering a systems experience to Linux supercomputing users. Linux Networx also announced the LS Series, a family of Linux Supersystems that blend the price/performance of Linux with the power of legacy supercomputing while providing total systems value.

Google launches website analysis service

  • Financial Times; By Chris Nuttall (Posted by dcparris on Nov 14, 2005 4:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed. One wonders if Microsoft will ever get close to Google. Every time they take a step, Google leaps that much further ahead. - dcparris]

Google will shake up the web analysis market and strengthen its key advertising business on Monday with the launch of a free service that measures the effectiveness of websites and online marketing campaigns.

HowTo Setup Basic SMTP AUTH in Exim4

This brief guide will explain the steps you can take to get basic SMTP AUTH working with Debian Sarge's exim4 package.

Microsoft asks US to bully EU

The Financial Times said it has seen a memo from Microsoft which shows executives have met White House officials and asked them to influence the European Union.

[Ed. You can go here to read the original The Financial Times article. This post was edited to link readers directly to the Inquirer's article, as it would be inappropriate for LXer to copy articles without permission from the author(s)/publisher(s) of other sites. - dcparris]

More Effective Use of Shared Memory on Linux

  • IBM developerWorks; By Sachin Agrawal and Swati P. Udas, IBM Engineers (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 14, 2005 3:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Making effective use of shared memory in high-level languages such as C++ is not straightforward, but it is possible to overcome the inherent difficulties. This article describes, and includes sample code for, two C++ design patterns that use shared memory on Linux in interesting ways and open the door for more efficient interprocess communication.

DistroWatch Weekly: Nexenta controversy, YaST for Debian, interview with Puppy Linux's Barry Kauler, Open Windows

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 14, 2005 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The controversy over Nexenta's use of GPL software in its OpenSolaris-based distribution and the never-ending GNOME vs KDE flame wars dominated the headlines last week. We will briefly look at the above stories before examining other interesting events and releases of the week. We also feature an exclusive interview with Barry Kauler, the founder and lead developer of the increasingly popular Puppy Linux. And to prove that a new distribution is born just about every day, we have added seven new ones to the waiting list last week - including a controversial one called "Open Windows", developed by -- wait for this -- a law firm! Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Review: The Linux-based Pontis MX2020 Portable Media Player

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by dcparris on Nov 14, 2005 2:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered (by hex-dumping its firmware files ;-) that the Pontis MX2020 multimedia device that Geeks.com sent us for a review actually uses Linux (embedded distribution uCLinux, kernel 2.4.19). If it's video, audio, pictures or even basic PDA functionality via its touch screen, the Pontis MX2020 can do it all. And for very cheap too.

[It looks pretty good for the most part. Too bad the company has no plans to support it further! - Ed]

Mozilla XForms Project threatened by cut-backs

A couple of weeks ago, I took the second preview release of the Mozilla XForms Project for a spin, demonstrating how it could be used along with the FormsPlayer plug-in for Internet Explorer to create cross-browser XForms. Unfortunately, despite all the promise of that preview, things are suddenly looking very grim for XForms support in Mozilla.

Cluster Resources Validates Novell SUSE Linux and HP Hardware

Cluster Resources has announced the Novell SUSE Linux and HP hardware validation of their cluster and grid solutions, Moab Cluster Suite and Moab Grid Suite, through the Novell/HP Validation Program for high performance computing (HPC).

Top 21 PHP progamming mistakes - Part I: Seven Textbook Mistakes

  • Zend; By Sterling Hughes (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 1:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of PHP's greatest strengths happens to be one of its greatest weaknesses as well: PHP is easy to learn. A lot of people are attracted to the language because of this, not realizing that it's a lot tougher to learn how to do it right. There just hasn't been enough emphasis on good programming practice. Inexperienced coders are being asked to create and distribute complex web applications. Mistakes that an experienced programmer would avoid are all over the place, such as the improper use of the printf()functions or the misapplication of PHP's semantics.

Can Microsoft Out-Google Google?

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 14, 2005 1:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
What will the Internet look like 10 years from now? Will it look more like one big pay-per-view channel, or more like an open street fair, or will it be somewhere in between? The answer will be heavily influenced, of course, by the competition between the King of Search and the current desktop market leader. On November 2, 2005, Microsoft announced its most major new initiative in 10 years, and although the announcement was vague, it is clear that Microsoft intends to directly take on Google on Google's on terms: search, services and advertising.

Using Perl in PostgreSQL

  • O'Reilly Network; By Andrew Dunstan (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
there is another way of using Perl with PostgreSQL--writing little Perl programs that actually execute inside of the server. This way of using Perl is less well known than using the DBI driver, and is, as far as I know, unique to PostgreSQL. It lets you do some very cool things that you just can't do in the client.

Trolling for patents

If Michael Doyle, Eolas Technologies and the University of California win the next round in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Microsoft, they stand to make more than half a billion dollars.

US Army migrates off the mainframe with Micro Focus and IAI

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
... several options to increase LOGFED’s deployment agility, including replacing the mainframe with a deployable “zFrame” machine running Linux with an OS390 ...

Linux Gamer Guide

  • Digg.com; By Geek Watcher (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Comprehensive Wiki Guide on Linux Games including: Reviews, Previews, Game Lists, Game Ports, Emulators & Virtual Machines, Gaming Sites, Hardware Help, Howtos, Installation etc...

Diggable

CLI Magic: netcat

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The response to my recent sysadmin toolbox article has been overwhelming. By far, readers' number one suggestion was to replace Telnet with netcat. Here then is an introduction to netcat for Linux users who may not be familiar with the "TCP/IP Swiss Army knife."

INTERVIEW: Volunteers helped turn IMDb into big business

  • Yahoo News; By Paul Bond (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 11:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
When Col Needham was 14, he was developing gaming software. At 23, he created the Internet Movie Database. That was 15 years ago. ADVERTISEMENT Better known now as IMDb.com, the site started as a simple Usenet group for movie fans. Needham made the site searchable in 1990. He quit his day job in 1995 to focus full time on IMDb and sold the company to Amazon.com in 1998.

Sun Microsystems unveils new server chip

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer; By Matthew Fordahl (Posted by dcparris on Nov 13, 2005 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Looking to leapfrog its rivals, computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. announced a server chip that it claims will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity than competing microprocessors. The UltraSparc T1 processor, code-named Niagara, has eight computing engines on a single chip, with each core capable of handling up to four tasks at once, Sun said Monday. It expects to ship systems based on the processor by the end of the year.

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