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In the olden days Linux administrators had a static /dev directory. It was inflexible and obese, containing 99% irrelevant entries, and we liked it that way. We didn't mind hassling with makedev and struggling with major and minor numbers to enter the devices we actually wanted, or manually deleting the 1,000 useless /dev entries, because Real System Administrators love doing things the hard way. It makes us feel close to our hardware. The best part of the job is spending years acquiring and hoarding arcane bits of knowledge, which are then passed on to eager, fresh-faced noobs with the magical incantation, "RTFM, luser."
Japanese computer giant NEC will attempt to promote the use of open source software on its servers with a new testing and certification regime, it was announced today. The US$41bn a year corporation will cooperate with US-based open source services firm SpikeSource to protect its customers from potential incompatibilities between open source applications.
It's been six years of Dillo project, but we need the core developers working full-time to make our tiny browser thrive. A web browser is too complex to be undertaken on a spare time basis, so we need your help and support.
Microsoft Office Word is a candidate for the world's favourite program, provided you accept BA's use of "favourite" as a synonym for "ubiquitous" (me neither). One app may bind them all, but its users come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Here is the Reg's kut-out-and-keep guide.
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George Weiss, Gartner's open-source analyst, recently said that Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of Linux over the next five years. He's right. Microsoft will fall flat on its face all by itself, and Linux will pick up afterwards.
Infrant will soon ship a Linux-based storage device designed specially for serving up digital media files, including videos and music files. The Repertoire has no playback capabilities, but can store up to 3TB of media, and stream or transfer it using most common, standard, open protocols.
Philippine-based Linux company GEN Automation Technologies does their share in promoting Free Software by providing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the options to avail of rental and lease-to-own servers running on Open Source software.
Taking a leaf out of the web world Trolltech today announced the release of QT 4.2 with CSS-like style sheet integration which the company is billing as making managing application look-and-feel significantly easier.
Turbolinux has been around since 1992. Everyone knows about this commercial distro, but for some reason it never became as popular as SUSE or Mandriva. Turbolinux 11, code-named "Fuji," was released recently and I decided it was time to see if Turbolinux measures up to other Linux distros. The Fuji release has some interesting features, but I found the release to be a disappointment overall.
IBM is making a play for customers troubled by the acquisition and spinout machinations of rivals Hewlett-Packard Co and Borland Software. IBM is today expected to announce it's offering IBM Rational Performance Tester along with 100 virtual tester licenses to organizations that purchase its Rational ClearQuest and Rational Functional Testing products, saving users up to $21,000.
The creator of the open source Mule enterprise service bus has launched a new company called MuleSource to provide support for the integration technology, backed by $4m in Series A venture funding.
The Free Software Magazine Newsletter for October 2nd 2006.
From the Changelog: Sun Oct 1 23:50:53 CDT 2006 Slackware 11.0 is released. Thanks to everyone who helped out and made this release possible. If I forgot you in the ChangeLog, mea culpa, but you know who you are, and thanks. :-) Enjoy! -P.
Jeff Garzik suggested that more recent versions of GCC have been getting more and more verbose, "the level of warnings in a kernel build has lately increased to the point where it is hiding bugs and otherwise making life difficult." He started a new"gccbug" branch in which he's been silencing bogus warning after verifying that they are indeed bogus, "the audit has already uncovered several minor bugs, lending credence to my theory that too many warnings hides bugs."
In August 2005 Mambo, one of open source's poster child content management systems (CMS), was involved in a bitter duel with its core developers, who forked the project to give birth to Joomla. Could the developers survive without the management? Could Mambo do without its developers? Surprisingly, both projects today are doing pretty well. Here's a look at the projects' history, developer relations, community-building, and future prospects.
Members of DefectiveByDesign.org, a campaign by the Free Software Foundation, are set to descend on flagship Apple stores in New York and London to protest the company's embrace of digital rights management technology.
Richard Stallman is scheduled to give a keynote address entitled "Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks" at POC 2006 on November 16 in South Korea. POC 2006 (Power of Community) bills itself as a "hacking and security" conference, designed to "share knowledge for the sake of the power of community. POC 2006 believes that the power of community will make the world safer."
PChome Online, a leading web portal in Taiwan, on October 2 announced cooperation with Mozilla Corporation, a global leading provider of open-source technologies and products, to facilitate Internet use by offering "Firefox for Portal 2.0" service, becoming the first partner for the Mozilla-developed browser Firefox among all portals in Asia.
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