The fact that Mandrake 10.0 is coded with Linux kernel 2.6 means the number of unique users it can handle has increased from 65,000 to over 4 billion, with 1 billion concurrent processes on a single system. It also means it is more secure. In short, it is better equipped than the previous Mandrake distro to take a lead role in the data center.
John Gruber wrote a public response to Eric Raymond's articles regarding bad usability/UIs on many open source applications. "Good user interfaces result from long, hard work, by talented developers and designers. The distributed, collaborative nature of open source software works for developer-level software, but works against user-level software. [...] Technical documentation is also hard work, and requires talent to be done well. Writers need paychecks, too" says John. Short commentary follows.
Linux Kernel 2.6 has been in stable release for months now, which is like dog's years in kernel time. Kernel releases are exciting times for Linux geeks, because it's just plain fun to be able to replace the kernel on a system, or have several different kernels installed, and choose among them as the whim strikes. Oh yes, you want to gain improved performance and functionality, too.
A vulnerability was discovered recently in Interchange, an e-commerce and general HTTP database display system. This vulnerability can be exploited by an attacker to expose the content of arbitrary variables. An attacker may learn SQL access information for your Interchange application and use this information to read and manipulate sensitive data.
Individuals, small businesses, and even major corporations and some governments are choosing in large numbers to migrate from Windows to Linux. Recruiting and HR functions are very technology dependent. While many HR professionals know about the applications that run on their computers, they might not understand the operating systems, or “environments”, on which their software runs and how those environments can affect costs and reliability. MedZilla explores the option of using Linux, a competitor of the Microsoft Windows-based environment and asks the experts if this “free” option is too good to be true.
Our Free Software guru takes a look at new releases of Mandrake and the Gnome desktop, with an eye toward bringing one more Linux user online.
This week, Stallman told ZDNet in an e-mail that he will re-launch the boycott if Amazon.com attacks anyone over a patent granted this week for “Use of browser cookies to store structured data”.
Both companies have also agreed to pay royalties for each other's technologies with Microsoft making an up-front payment of $350 million and Sun making payments whenever it uses Microsoft's technology in its server products, it said.
Martin Taylor has worn many hats in his 11-year Microsoft career, from building channel programs in Latin America and the Washington, D.C., beltway to serving as Steve Ballmer's chief of staff. He has been a go-to guy at the Redmond, Wash., software giant, so it makes sense that he's tasked today, as general manager of platform strategy, to run the counteroffensive against Linux, the open-source phenomenon that poses perhaps the single biggest threat to the company since the U.S. Department of Justice . Taylor says he is taking a "facts-only" approach to beating back the Linux onslaught, devoting an entire Web site (dubbed http://www.getthefacts.com) to studies and surveys comparing Windows favorably to Linux. Can he stem the tide of developers who are flocking toward open source? Given Microsoft's might and resources behind its development community, he probably has some sway and influence here. He talked recently with VARBusiness senior writer Carolyn A. April about the Windows/Linux competition.
Hot on the heels of the release of Trustix Secure Enterprise Linux, we are proud to announce a range of pricing models engineered to suit the rapidly expanding requirement for the Trustix Secure Enterprise Linux platform.
I'm proud to announce that Custom Debian Distributions reached a new state and I want to attract the attention of the Debian community to this technique.
Most of what arrives at my mail servers is unwanted: viruses, spam, and executable garbage. Even if you're running something other than Windows on the desktop, the sudden appearance of a new virus can overwhelm your inbox. If you're an administrator, your users likely aren't as reliable about not clicking on attachments as we'd all like. Combined with the flood of spam and random garbage, putting a mail server on the Internet without filtering is like covering yourself with barbecue sauce and breaking into the Charity Home for Badgers with Rabies. Decent spam and virus protection measures can save you a lot of time and effort.
As there is so much controversy associated with the GPL - the Open Source General Public License, it makes a little sense to review the simple basic legal points involved - if for no other reason than to address the confusion caused by the SCO v IBM case.
This article by Movial Technical Manager Veli Mankinen introduces a GPL-licensed toolset for integrating, cross-compiling, and testing Linux software. Scratchbox provides a sandbox build environment that assures that the intended versions of libraries, headers, and other such files are used during the build.
Recognized as a high-performance, reliable, and serviceable enterprise platform, the 64-bit POWER architecture offers new choices to UNIX and Linux application developers. This artcle reviews the different POWER Linux distributions, the kernal optimization for POWER, GNU Compiler Collection and the tools needed to get started with enterprise Linux on POWER-based systems.
Matthew Szulik makes a very attractive target. The 6-foot-5 chief executive of Red Hat stands in the pit of a small auditorium at Stanford University's Gates (as in Bill) Computer Science Building. He has just wrapped up his presentation to 75 computer scientists on the future of software, and the grilling begins.
Open source vendor, Cybersource, has launched a small business Linux server and is offering dealers a 20 per cent margin – about $400 per unit. The Cybersource SBLS is designed to offer the features required by most small business at a more affordable price.
Red Flag Software Co Ltd and Miracle Linux Corp have announced the beta version of Asianux 1.0, a standardised Linux operating environment developed specially for businesses in Asia.
CNet reports that Corel has revealed a plan to test the market for a Linux version of Wordperfect. A Corel representative says that the software will be available via the company's website on April 15th and is expected to gauge interest in the product.
We are approaching the published end of life date for errata support for our final Red Hat Linux distribution. We'd like to remind you of this date and the options available to you for migrating your Red Hat Linux implementations: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Fedora Project.