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Novell’s CEO: Painted Into A Corner?

Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian is calling for a standardized way to develop Linux applications across multiple distributions (Novell, Red Hat, etc.). Hmmm. Hovsepian’s motivations are easy to understand — Novell badly trails Red Hat when it comes to Linux application support. But will anybody answer his call for help?

50 reasons to dump Windows

I wanted to write 5 reasons to dump windows over linux, but soon I was so overwhelmed by rush of reasons that I could find, that I ended up making a list of 50 reasons. So here it goes...

Red Hat Named #1 IT Vendor To Do Business With By Customers In Japan

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Red Hat's operations in Japan has been named the number one vendor that customers intend to conduct business with in the future by Nikkei Market Access' "Industry Trends in Intended Use of Products/Services of Major Vendors" study. This accolade adds to Red Hat's already-robust list of vendor awards including recognition from CIO Insight Magazine as the number one vendor delivering value in its annual Vendor Value study for three consecutive years.

QuakeCon Wrapup: John Carmack comments on future of Linux and open source gaming.

John Carmack, during the Q&A session: "I won't commit to a date, but the Doom 3 stuff will be open source. We still make those decisions even today when we're doing the Rage code when we have decisions about "do we want to integrate some other vendor's solution, some proprietary code into this". And the answer's usually no, because eventually id Tech 5 is going to be open source also. This is still the law of the land at id, that the policy is that we're not going to integrate stuff that's going to make it impossible for us to do an eventual open source release."

Microsoft Must Earn Respect of FOSS Community

Can you believe it? Given Microsoft's history of antagonism, It's hard to believe anyone - let alone the Linux Foundation - would call on the FOSS community to respect Microsoft. No, if Microsoft wants respect, they should get it the 'old-fashioned' way - by earning it.

Malaysia formally embraces open doc format

The Malaysian Administration Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) last week issued a tender for a nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards in its information communications technology (ICT) deployment. The study will also look into how the Malaysian public sector should migrate to open standards and the ODF, according to the Malaysia Open Source Software Alliance (MOSSA).

Open source gathers steam in Malaysia

According to Ditesh Kumar, OSS developer evangelist for Malaysia's Free and Open Source (FOSS) Foundation, OSS is being widely adopted across all the major verticals including public, technical, educational, financial and services sectors, and even within small and midsize enterprises (SMEs), Ditesh said. "On a scale of one to 10, I would give it a healthy seven," he told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview, as he described the state of open source adoption in the country.

The VMware house of cards

Bloomberg believe VMware’s IPO today may the largest technology offering since Google. But doubts have been cast over the company’s supposedly proprietary ESX product, which may be derived from Linux. Linux acts as the bootstrap for the VMkernel. When ESX boots, Linux is ESXs kernel: vmkmod is a driver, and vmkernel a large piece of software loaded by that driver that functions in kernelspace. After that, vmkernel takes over and hosts Linux as a VM. The only way to load vmkernel is by vmkmod, a driver that requires Linux. Proprietary kernel modules for Linux do exist and according to Torvalds, that’s fine - as long as a driver clearly doesn’t need Linux to start it - as is the case with Nvidia's kernel modules. But this doesn't appear to be so in VMWare's case.

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 14, 2007 9:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

Is my hardware Linux-compatible? Find out here

Deciding whether a particular computer is a good candidate for installing GNU/Linux can involve a nightmare of details about hardware compatibility. Nor is assembling a custom computer on which to run GNU/Linux any easier. In both cases, you need to evaluate video cards, sound cards, printers, scanners, digital camera, wireless cards, and mobile devices for compatibility with the operating system. Fortunately, help is available.

Torvalds attacks Microsoft over open source

Faced by technical inferiority and an inability to compete on price, Microsoft has resorted to spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt, says the Linux creator.

GnuCash: Something gnu for coin counting

  • theage; By Bill Bennett (Posted by paolo on Aug 14, 2007 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU
After years of living in the Linux wilderness, Gnucash, the open-source small business accounting program, now runs on Windows. Popular with Linux users, the program isn't likely to threaten Quicken and MYOB's market dominance in the immediate future.

Linux: 2.6.23-rc3, Patch Rate Calming Down

"Either people really are calming down, and figuring out that we're in the stabilization phase," Linus Torvalds began in announcing 2.6.23-rc3,"or it's just that it's the middle of August, and most everybody at least in Europe are off on vacation." The actual source-level changes can be browsed via the kernel.orggitweb interface. Linus went on to summarize:"Regardless of why, -rc3 is out, and doesn't have the tons of changes that -rc2 did. But there's some scheduler updates, sparc64 and powerpc changes, and random driver updates (the lpfc SCSI driver kind of stands out in the diffstat).Shortlog appended, I don't know what I can add to it.. Please do give it a good testing, unless you're on a beach sunning yourself (and who are we kidding: you're pasty white, and sand is hard to get out of the keyboard - beaches are overrated)."

Annual Desktop Linux Survey begins

DesktopLinux.com launched its 2007 Desktop Linux Survey on August 13, asking users of Linux desktops to identify what distributions they use, as well as their choice of windowing environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), web browsers, email clients, and Windows-on-Linux solutions.

Linux media center distro rev's up

A project aimed at building a Linux distribution for media center PCs has achieved a major new release. LinuxMCE 0704 is based on Kubuntu, and offers lots of flashy features, such as whole-house high-definition video distribution, optional alpha-blended graphics, gyroscopic remote control, and much more.

Develop multitasking applications with PHP V5

Many PHP developers believe that because standard PHP lacks threading capabilities, it's impossible for a practical PHP application to multitask. Not true...

Custom NimbleX 2 Release Candidate available

I am pleased to announce you that I just released the Release Candidate of what it will be Custom NimbleX 2. It allows you to generate your customized Linux distribution by choosing what packages you want to have and it also allows you to configure several other stuff like the default wallpaper, volumes, sounds, greetings, passwords and the language of the interface. Now there are over 150 packages to choose from and more than a dozen languages.

“Green” PC: cheap, and fast enough

I’m still kind of “watching” the market. And though I would like to have a PC with Intel’s open-sourced integrated graphics, but Intel processors are still only a second choice. Why? AMD chips on the other hand have still the lower wattage on idle (a mode which most of our computers are in most of their time), and they are more than good enough for anything you want or need to do. I have set up a sheet with comparable machines, one AMD (powerful) system, one Intel, and one with a focus of real low power demand (also AMD based). The comments are in German, but you should get the idea.

Installing Fedora - a video tour

Ready to try Linux but want some hand-holding when you do? Here are three videos that walk you through the process of installing Fedora GNU/Linux. Video number one steps you through the process of installing Fedora 7 to your hard drive, video number two shows you how Fedora looks and acts the first time you boot it, and video number three shows you how to install and remove software in Fedora 7.

SCO 'disappointed' as shares plunge 70 per cent

Mimicking a scene from Monty Python'sThe Holy Grail, the SCO Group has issued a statement declaring that it's not dead yet. Last week, a judge dealt a devastating blow to SCO's legal actions against both Novell and IBM. Not so, according to SCO. Probably...

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