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Linux-based Motorola cell phones frustrate third-party developers

Motorola first announced its intention to migrate its mobile "smart" phones to embedded Linux in 2003. The first such phone to reach the market was the A760 in the fourth quarter of that year. Today there are a dozen or so models (differing product numbers in different markets and minor hardware variations lead to different counts), but there are still no significant ecosystems for third-party applications or developers. Is Motorola's switch to Linux a hit for the company but a miss for end users?

Book Review: Linux Patch management - Keeping Linux systems up to date

Patch management is a very important topic for people maintaining multiple Linux machines. By hosting ones own repository, one can bring down the ISP costs significantly. This book deals with this very important subject.

Virtual dev-board runs Linux on multi-threaded MIPS cores

Virtio has announced a version of its "Virtual Platform" product aimed at simulating MIPS Technologies's new 34K multi-threaded processor cores. Virtio's VPMM-SC runs on a PC, providing a virtual target and test-bed for application developers evaluating the 34K architecture, or awaiting custom hardware designs based on 34K cores, Virtio says.

Smartphone News: Open source push email

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 11:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Its rare to have an open sourced email application on the mobile devices, much less a push email. Yet the company, Funambol, went ahead and announced its beta email available to the public. The email application supports SyncML, present in a lot of phones and smartphones, like the Nokias, Sony Ericssons and some Motorola products.

Sony's cavernous pocket vault

  • Stuff Magazine; By Mark Wilson (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We’re starting to suspect that all USB storage design is just handed over to the local kindergarten – every key we get now is either bright pink, shaped like a pigeon or looks like sushi. Thankfully, besuited Sony has just walked in, opened its suitcase and restored some sanity with this new microdrive.

Mot should open up its Linux phones, article suggests

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola's use of Linux in mobile phones complies with the letter but not the spirit of the GPL, suggests a Newsforge editorial by Nathan Willis. Willis believes Motorola should help the open source community add value to its Linux-based phones.

CLI Magic: ifup, ifdown, ifstatus

User Level: Beginner I've always assumed that ifup and ifdown were conditional commands that performed their assigned duties only if the interface device in question was up or down, as the command might be. I was dead wrong. I blame my mistake on being a programmer, rather than being stupid, but it's simply too close to call.

Novell Supports Virtual Iron's Virtualization On Linux

Novell will ship SUSE Linux with a pre-configured kernel for use with Virtual Iron virtualization software to let users rapidly deploy and configure enterprise-class computing workloads.

The Rise of Real-time Linux

  • SDA Asia Magazine (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New real-time Linux enhancements open a whole new world of possibilities for Linux, ranging across the latest 3G technologies and as near as the mobile handset in your pocket. The purpose of modifying the Linux kernel with real-time functionality: to dramatically reduce interrupt and task preemption latency, thus enabling the 2.6 kernel for use in high-performance multimedia applications and those requiring extremely fast, task level reliable control functions. Real-time Linux has come a long way — where is it now and where is it heading?

Four-year 'limited patent' proposed

  • Reg Developer; By OUT-LAW.COM (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A patent lasting 20 years makes sense for some inventions, but for those in the fields of software and technology, a four-year term is often more appropriate. This is part of a new 'limited patent' proposal set out by a computing professor this month.

An article by Lee Hollaar, a Professor with the School of Computing at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, appeared in this month’s IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Spectrum magazine and complements an 11-page paper he wrote on patent reform last October

Virtualization companies vie for advantage

Three virtualization software companies take diffrents tacks to leap ahead of the competition. Which approach will work?

Fixing Patents, Open-Source Style

  • BusinessWeek; By Bryan Sims (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 3:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
During the American Revolution, Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death." In midst of its own revolution, the open-source software community might say something along the lines of, "Give me innovation or give me death."

The software developers and users who make up the open-source software community have waged a war of words against software patents. Their main argument is that software shouldn't be patented because it stifles innovation.

Novell to ship Suse Linux server OS with virtualization ...

Novell Inc. will begin shipping the server version of its SUSE Linux operating system with the option to install virtualization technology from Virtual Iron Software Inc., the two companies announced today.

Updating Ubuntu 5.10 for Current Versions of OpenOffice and FireFox

My days of trying and writing reviews for every Linux distribution have slowed. I'm currently using Ubuntu 5.10 and I'm fairly happy with it. Spending most of my days as editor-in-chief of a popular news site, writing a system administrative book under contract and keeping up with a free lance writing career doesn't give me much time to play these days.

I kept waiting for the upgrades to two packages I use the most as a writer and they haven't made it into the repositories. So, I went looking. I discovered that neither Ubuntu or Debian have what I needed. So, I did what Linux guys do, I found people who did it themselves.


InformationWeek Questions Credibility Of Analysts like Gartner!

  • InformationWeek; By Larry Greenemeier Paul McDougall (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Editor: This is a great article and one that should smoke. Except for the gentler tone, Greenmeier and McDougall muckracked the analysts at Gartner, Forrester, IDC and the Yankee Group. Finally, you say.

I particularly liked this quote:
Money changes hands, and the vendor that commissions a report often reviews it before general distribution. Microsoft's "Get The Facts" marketing campaign has made liberal use of sponsored research to tout the benefits of Windows over Linux. Such reports aren't always clearly marked as having a vendor's backing. A 47-page white paper by Security Innovation, published in November, mentions that it was funded by Microsoft at the bottom of page 6.
- Tom Adelstein]

You go guys!

E-government issues to be analysed at Bahrain Conference

  • Trade Arabia - Middle East Business News – IT & Telecommunications (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than 30 international and regional speakers will be addressing a wide array of e-government issues at the inaugural Government Technology Middle East Conference & Exhibition (Govtec), being held in Bahrain from February 13 to 15.

Convened under the official patronage of Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Abdulla Fakhro, and supported by the Central Informatics Organisation, Govtec features international case studies from Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Ireland, Scotland, Dubai, Egypt and Bahrain and will debate key issues facing public sector administrators such as open source architecture, IT governance, citizen-centric government, public private partnership and m-government.

2006 to be 'best year since the boom' for contractors

  • ZDNet UK; By Dan Ilett (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Survey: Not since the heady days of the dot-com boom will IT freelancers have had it so good

IT contractors could earn more money this year than since the peak of the dot-com boom, research suggests.

A survey carried out by contract service provider Giant group indicates that contractor unemployment is at a record low as work in the telecoms sector is picking up.

Vaporware: Better Late Than Never

  • Wired News; By Leander Kahney (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ladies and gents, welcome to the 2005 Vaporware Awards -- the prize that celebrates the tech products that were promised last year but never delivered.

4. Microsoft's Vista and Internet Explorer 7
The ever-delayed debut of Microsoft's next version of Windows, Vista, is a long-running vaporware joke. It's been put off so many times, it's been called "Hasta la Vista."

OOo Off the Wall: The Elephant in the Living Room -- OOo and MS Office

A look at how the OOo project balances being similar to MS Office with maintaining its unique, better features.

Where is the Cluster? Microsoft HPC at SC05

  •; By Douglas Eadline (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 6, 2006 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I'm sitting in the overflow room for the Bill Gates Keynote at Supercomputing '05 (SC05). Odd, his talk is being given in a medium sized room, I am told they have bigger rooms in the convention center. Ah, but why risk empty seats. First, let me say how bazaar this is. Bill Gates at SC, like the CEO of Pepsi addressing the Coke shareholders meeting, no it is worse, it is like Terrel Owens explaining the word humble to the Dali Lama. The term non sequitur comes to mind.

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