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Microsoft to keynote Unix conference

Renai writes: "While that conference saw Microsoft executive Greg Stone come under attack from the audience for the vendor's proprietary document standards, the AUUG organisers are obviously hoping Microsoft Unix specialist Chris Green will receive a warmer welcome."

"Don't be put off by Chris' Microsoft badge -- he is actually a long time Unix hacker," the user group said today in a statement updating users on presentations at the conference.

Sure - Ed

Horton AV announces avian flu vaccine for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Reacting to fears that the avian flu outbreak recently reported in Turkey could spread to Linux, anti-virus vendor Horton AV has released what it calls an effective vaccine.

Review: Contenders Challenge The Microsoft Office Monopoly

According to recent research by the Yankee Group, Microsoft’s Office product line has an astounding 90 percent market share. With such an impressive command of the market, many solution providers serving the SMB market have concluded that there is no viable alternative to Microsoft Office. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Several alternatives are priced significantly lower than MS Office and offer compatibility with the Microsoft product’s file formats and robust feature sets.

A Comparison of Solaris, Linux, and FreeBSD Kernels

  • OpenSolaris; By Max Bruning (Posted by bstadil on Oct 15, 2005 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
This article examines three of the basic subsystems of the kernel and compares implementation between Solaris 10, Linux 2.6, and FreeBSD 5.3. The three subsystems examined are scheduling, memory management, and file system architecture. I chose these subsystems because they are common to any operating system (not just Unix and Unix-like systems), and they tend to be the most well-understood components of the operating system.

Has MySQL Betrayed the Open Source Community?

The press release appeared on SCO's website on September 2, and was distributed to the media by a popular newswire service, but to date, is nowhere to be found at MySql's site: the two companies agreed "to jointly deliver a certified, commercial version of the popular MySQL database for SCO OpenServer 6, the newest release of SCO's UNIX solutions platform."

The Open-Source War

  • NY Times; By JOHN ROBB (Posted by bstadil on Oct 15, 2005 7:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In September, the Defense Department floated a solicitation for a company to build a "system of metrics to accurately assess U.S. progress in the war on terrorism" and make suggestions on how to improve the effort. As a software executive and former Air Force counterterrorist operative, I began thinking: how would I build this system and what would I recommend? [ED: FYI, This story requires registration(free). Regardless of anyones view of the Iraqi engagement it is interesting that knowledge of the Open source methodology has reached a point where a major news paper assume it is known. ]

Why Linux Hosting is Gaining More Presence Than Windows Hosting?

  • andPOP; By Dr Ravi Chamria (Posted by tadelste on Oct 15, 2005 7:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So, what is Windows or Linux web hosting and what are the advantages and disadvantages to hosting your web site on either Server. And why now Linux is gaining more popularity. Well, that's just the answer isn't it ?

What's the next stop for open source? Your cellphone.

The OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) intends to launch the mobile Linux initiative starting monday which would be focused on bringing the power of Linux and Open Source software to your cellphones. As if Microsoft did not already have its jitters, it was only in October this year when Windows Mobile surpassed the Palm platform’s penetration in mobile devices

Linuxworld Exclusive: Climbing the Linux Mountain

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by bstadil on Oct 15, 2005 4:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is not a black box. There are no super secrets to divine from the interior data of the device. What it is, however, is a consumer-friendly operating system providing multiple ways to do a series of complex tasks most often left to the intermediate user. Linux makes it easier.

OpenOffice.org Releases RC3 of Version 2.0

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Oct 15, 2005 2:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The third release candidate of Version 2.0 of the popular OpenOffice open-source office suite includes bug fixes only and no new features.

The Boston Tea Party of 2005

The State of Massachusetts recently adopted the OpenDocument Format (ODF) setting a landmark precedent to support open standards for all document exchange between the state and its customers -- businesses, citizens and other government entities. This decision signals a big win for open source software (OSS) and open standards adoption in government.

Clean up your web apps with SOAP and AJAX

  • developerWorks; By James Snell (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 15, 2005 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Popularized through its use in a number of well-known Web application services like GMail, Google Maps, Flickr, and Odeo.com, AJAX provides Web developers with a way of expanding the value and function of their Web applications by using asynchronous XML messaging. This article shows you how to implement a Web browser-based SOAP Web services client using the Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) design pattern.

How to Make 1 Million Friends on MySpace

  • Google Blogspot (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 15, 2005 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Why do you get 2,533 results when you enter [site:myspace.com “samy is my hero"] into MSN search? Well, someone by the name of Samy wrote a social network popularity worm... and made over a million new friends, all of whom now had the text “but most of all, samy is my hero” in their self-description.

Oracle's Innobase Purchase of Linux / Open Source Move Said Aimed ...

  • SYS-CON Media; By Enterprise Open Source News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Oct 15, 2005 8:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
Oracle, meanwhile, said it intends to continue developing the InnoDB technology and expand its commitment to open source software. Oracle has already contributed an open source clustered file system to Linux.

App of the Month: KDissert

KDissert is KDE's mindmapping tool. App of the Month interviews KDissert's author Thomas Nagy about why he started it, the relationship to BKSys and his plans for the future.

Linuxworld Conference and Expo Recap - San Francisco 2005

  • SYS-CON Media; By Mark R. Hinkle (Posted by tadelste on Oct 15, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Mark Twain once said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." However, the sun was shining and it was beautiful the week of August 8th in the Golden Gate city for IDG's semi-annual U.S Linux event. As Linux continued into the mainstream, there were a host of vendors at the Moscone Center exhibiting their wares at this year's west coast event.

Open-source Software Gaining Favor In Germany

David writes: "The City of Mannheim is following the lead of its neighboring southern German city of Munich in moving away from Microsoft software and toward Linux, but the city's IT officials this week are calling the move a 'soft migration.' "

"Mannheim is gradually moving its 110 servers to open-source software before it tackles the job of moving its 3,700 PCs, according to media reports. The city has commissioned a study on OpenOffice."

So, open-source is just now gaining favor in Germany? Really.

Race to Linux winners announced

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 15, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Race to Linux is over, and the coding contest's sponsors have declared the winners.

The Free Software Foundation Announces the Creation of a New Award

  • LinuxElectrons; By Rob Thomas, aka ByteEnable (Posted by ralph on Oct 15, 2005 1:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the creation of a new annual award, "Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit".

Ittia Claims Support For db.* On MontaVista Linux

ITTIA, which offers database solutions for platforms where limited memory, storage, and processing power make software development a challenge, said its db.* database has been tested on MontaVista Linux Pro 3.1

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