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Surveys show open source popularity on the rise in industry

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 9:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A survey conducted by IT consulting firm Optaros and InformationWeek magazine shows that American companies and government organizations are saving millions of dollars with open source software. Conducted in September 2005, the survey is based on responses collected from over 500 companies, government agencies, and organizations. According to the collected data, approximately 87 percent of American organizations use open source software within their technology infrastructure.

Store this Data: PostgreSQL 8.1 Bootcamp May 1-5, 2006

The five-day course is a full-scale presentation of information that covers principal themes in succinct lectures immediately followed by hands-on exercises that put new concepts into practical use. While a background in database administration or PostgreSQL is not required, it is recommended that students have a command of basic Unix administration, the Unix command line, simple SQL statements, and basic programming concepts.

Virtualisation in the Linux kernel

  • ZDNet UK; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by bstadil on Jan 20, 2006 7:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
OpenVZ wants to see its virtualisation technology in the heart of the open source operating system. OpenVZ divides a single copy of Linux so it appears to be several independent instances of the operating system, from the perspective of higher-level software. Separate domains, called virtual private servers, can be independently rebooted — though in reality, the underlying operating system stays up and running.

Novell urged to build open source community around AppArmor Linux

Industry experts have predicted that Novell’s recent decision to open up the source code of its AppArmor Linux security offering will only have a “meaningful result” if the firm succeeds in developing a true open-source community around the technology.

[Ed: I quite agree. Most (all?) of the successful projects have a solid community behind them. - dcparris]

IBM Proposes Open-Source AJAX Project to Eclipse

IBM's ATF Project will contain features for developing, deploying, debugging and testing AJAX applications. The AJAX Toolkit Framework will provide extensible frameworks and exemplary tools for building IDEs for the many different AJAX runtime offerings, such as Dojo, Zimbra, etc. in the market.

Nitix automates Linux OS

  • Express Computers; By Yatin Kantak (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 6:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Irrespective of their size, businesses are always looking for robust systems that do not crash, have reliable backup facilities, and utilise technology that is not complicated for the end-user. Net Integration Technologies (NITI) says it has a solution for this. The company’s product, Nitix, a Linux-based OS, offers users an operating system with self-healing and self-maintaining capabilities. Due to its automatic capabilities, it can eliminate the added cost of having a Linux expert oversee its operation. The company recently obtained the ‘Ready for IBM DB2 software for Linux’ designation for Nitix Application Edition (AE).

My sysadmin toolbox

  •; By Javier de Miguel Rodríguez (Posted by bstadil on Jan 20, 2006 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I work as a senior sysadmin for the University of Seville in Spain, where we use a myriad of operating systems. Here are the top 10 utilities I use in my daily basic admin activities.

HP confirms plan to attack Sun via Solaris

  • The Register; By Ashlee Vance (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, Sun
We've gone from official to announced, captain

[Ed: The interesting part is the comment about this being part of HP's Sun Attack Program. Let's see if I have this right. HP is going to attack Sun by putting Sun's software on their boxes? Perhaps the Bush Administration should try this approach with Al-Qa'ida? Or maybe our law enforcement agencies should fight crack dealers by selling crack! - dcparris]

Palamida Moves Fuel Open Source Visibility, Adoption

  •; By Vance McCarthy (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IP management software firm Palamida is working on a number of fronts to make it easier -- and safer -- to bring Open Source into the IT enterprise. Palamida CEO Mark Tolliver told OET that improving visibility will be a key to improving adoption in 2006. “The real-world situation here is that Open Source is a done deal with Linux, Apache and even more and more with the Firefox browser. Enterprise IT has seen the benefits in huge cost-savings, and without a lot of problems with maintenance, security or other issues,” Palamida CEO Mark Tolliver told OET.

"a Watershed Event for Open Source Office Suites": LinuxWorld ...

  • SYS-CON Media; By Mark R. Hinkle (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
On September 27, Sun released StarOffice 8, their cross-platform office suite, which they believe to be the best alternative to the business standard, Microsoft Office. This new product release along with the release of 2.0, on October 20, was a watershed event for open source office suites. With a host of new features and increased functionality, both suites have never before offered such a robust and feasible alternative to the undisputed productivity suite leader, Microsoft Office. Sun Microsystems has been developing the product since their acquisition of Star Division, the previous maker of StarOffice, in August of 1999. For the first time in its history, StarOffice (and has the best chance to convert millions of Microsoft Office users as a result of the latest crop of improvements.

Linux Advisory Watch - January 20, 2006

This week, advisories were released for httpd, mod_auth_pgsql, auth_ldap, ethereal, struts, cups, gpdf, apache, and the kernel. The distributor for this week is Red Hat.

There's no such thing as an open source business

  • Reg Developer; By Ashlee Vance (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A gathering of open source pundits have confirmed that the phrase "open source" is what you make of it. We can all breath a little easier now. The pundits - Tim O'Reilly, Sun Microsystems' Simon Phipps and IBM's Rod Smith - came to this conclusion yesterday at an SD Forum event here. Despite a couple of pleas from the SD Forum crowd, the speakers refused to narrow their definition of open source software or companies. Any vendor that uses Apache, for example, is part of the fabled open source community as they help drive a market for such products, the experts said.

Why do you compile a custom Linux kernel?

  • Linux DevCenter; By David Brickner (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Kernel
Are configuring custom Linux kernels still something most any Linux user needs to know how to do, or has it moved upwards to where only the power users and system admins need to know how?

Mistakes found in 98% of US patents

Almost every US patent contains at least one mistake, according to new research. The vast majority are trivial errors, most of them the fault of the USPTO; but two per cent of the patents examined were found to contain serious mistakes that weakened the core claims.

Kde flaws put Linux, Unix systems at risk

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
A serious vulnerability has been found in the popular KDE open-source software bundle. The flaw, deemed "critical" by the research outfit the French Security Incident Response Team, could allow a remote attacker to gain control over vulnerable systems. KDE is a desktop software package for Linux and Unix systems and includes the Konqueror Web browser and other applications.

Government agency dragging its heels on OpenSSL validation

  • NewsForge; By Stephen Feller (Posted by dcparris on Jan 20, 2006 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An agency created by the US and Canadian governments to validate security software has spent about two years reviewing the OpenSSL project -- and continues to search for a way to validate that the software will always do what it is expected to do.

Hello World...This is Linux

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Jan 20, 2006 3:06 PM EDT)
Is there really a "Linux Community"? Or is it simply a concept to make us feel warm and fuzzy? Are we a united group or just a large number of people taking advantage of free software? There is one good way to find out.

Your Gnu needs you

For a document shorter than a lawyer's note to the milkman, the GPL has had profound effects on the industry. Now's your chance to influence the first revision in 15 years - use it or lose it

[GPL:] A simple statement of rights and obligations, the General Public License sets out with astonishing brevity and unmatched clarity one particular concept of community fairness. Among those who agree: take freely what you want, do with it what you wish, give freely to those who ask.

Open-Source Radioware

Rivendell and other Salem Radio Labs projects bring GPLed open-source tools to broadcasters everywhere.

The Perfect Linux Firewall - IPCOP

The IPCop project is a GNU/GPL project that offers an exceptional feature packed stand alone firewall to the internet community. Its comprehensive web interface, well documented administration guides, and its involved and helpful user/administrative mailing lists make users of any technical capacity feel at home. It goes far beyond a simple ipchains / netfilter implementation available in most Linux distributions and even the firewall feature sets of commercial competitors.
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