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Debian Weekly News - May 31st, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 2:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Barth prepares for after the release already and tried to optimise the LDAP gateway to the bugtracking system. Nokia has released an Internet tablet PC that uses Debian as operating system.

mv elitism /dev/null

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By Devnet (Posted by devnet on May 31, 2005 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
In the beginning of things, open source was about open everything. I remember joining an irc channel # on efnet back in 1993 and chatting with people who could make things happen with computers...really make things happen. Coders, managers, hackers...they were all there and a tight nit core of about 6 of us stayed in touch for about 7 years until we went our separate ways and began to use irc less and less. The thing that I remember the most is the fact that when I joined their little group, I was a complete and total n00b. Not just a n00b to Open Source...but to computers altogether.

Review: LinuxWorld Summit: Linux Lowers TCO

"Organizations are finding that Linux lowers TCO (total cost of ownership) on both the desktop and server sides, but specific results vary according to the situation, said John Dobbs, principal strategist for Novell, speaking at LinuxWorld Summit in New York City..."

Network management goes open source

  •; By Denise Dubie (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite vendors' best efforts, the perception of network and systems management products is that many are high-priced, require lengthy deployment cycles, entail multiple integration efforts and necessitate time-consuming customisation. But open source vendors and developers are bringing a new breed of products to market that could shatter that perception...

The Tux behind the boob tube: How and why to build an open source TV

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on May 31, 2005 12:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
In this group of interviews, conducted before the May 6 appellate court decision squashing the broadcast flag, Mad Penguin™ talked to a group of hackers and cyberactivists who showed up for a build-in at Tony Godshall's house in the city of Alameda, California. These folks talked a bit about why they showed up at Tony's place; about how free digital TV fits into the greater software libre picture; and then Tony talks a bit about his experiences in building his own free open source digital TV and why he's a midwestern beefmeister who is residing and hacking open source TV boxes in California. Heh. We spoke with EFF Staffer Eric Hansen; Oracle Linux guru Peter Naggs; and of course, the beefmeister himself. (Keep reading to find out about the beef.)

Nokia unveils Linux-based web device

  • Strategiy (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia introduced its first device in the new Internet Tablet category, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and email communications in a sleek pocketsize format.

Moving toward a future of ubiquitous computing

  • (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 12:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: Intel is conducting research initiatives to enable "a future in which computing will be ubiquitous, woven seamlessly into the fabric of everyday life." This Intel-authored whitepaper outlines four of the initiatives: a Personal Server; Precision Location Technology; Low-Cost Location Technology; and a System for Human Activity Recognition and Prediction.

Mainsoft Launches Visual Studio .Net for Linux Developer Program

  • (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mainsoft Corporation, the cross-platform development company, announced the availability of Visual MainWin for J2EE Developer Edition, a.k.a. Grasshopper, a freely available Visual Studio .NET plug-in, which enables Visual Studio developers to quickly develop Web applications for Linux.

Review: FreeBSD 5.4

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the oldest Unix-like operating systems, FreeBSD, continues its advancement with the sixth release in the FreeBSD-5 series. Its developers have added nothing major, but have made many modifications, fixing a number of problems introduced in previous releases. FreeBSD 5.4 is the best release since 5.1, but it still may not be ready for prime time.

Nokia patent announcement means nothing

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Unlike Sun's empty gesture, this isn't nothing. It is good to know that one important free software project will not be attacked by this particular megacorporation. But the Free Software Directory lists over 4000 free software packages. Nokia's announcement says nothing about them, so they still face the potential threat of being attacked by Nokia in the future. Nokia's announcement isn't nothing, but it is next to nothing.

Sun ad campaign to buff 'sharing' image

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems set to begin multimillion-dollar rebranding effort that spotlights its new emphasis on open source and the like.

Open source Linux clustering

  • (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Linux Enterprise Cluster is a how-to book and explains how to convert two or more PCs into a high-reliability, high-availability cluster based on Linux and inexpensive hardware using free and mainly open source software - what would have been an unthinkable configuration back when mainframes ruled the earth.

Sleepycat -- the world's leading (open source) database vendor?

  • IT-Analysis (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Log on to the Sleepycat web site and you will find that it claims to have 200 million users of its database, Berkeley DB. 200 million! In the immortal words of John McEnroe: you have got to be kidding me! Well no, actually.

Free Software for India

  • WorldChanging (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Brazil's position as the leading developing world champion of Free/Open Source Software may soon by challenged by India. The Indian government has begun distributing free CDs with localized versions of a variety of F/OSS applications. The first set of CDs contain Tamil-language versions of Firefox, OpenOffice, an email utility and a dictionary, as well as a variety of Tamil fonts. Hindi will be next, with all 22 official languages of India covered eventually.

How to try out a virtual Linux desktop freely and easily

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're a Windows 2000 or XP user who always wanted to try out a Linux desktop but were afraid of downloading and installing software that might upset your computer, I have some good news for you. Go to a new Web site called Open Source Region Stuttgart, click on a few links, and you're in virtual Linuxland.

Perens: Too many licenses deters sharing of code

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
To date, between 50 ad 60 licenses have been issued within the open source community. And concern is growing over the legal problems that could pop up as interactions between the various licenses become more frequent. In this exclusive interview, site expert Bruce Perens gives his take on licenses in the open source community, and responds to comments made by the Free Software Foundation's general counsel Eben Moglen at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York last week.

Firefox about to get IE on its knees

  • Softpedia (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 6:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It looks like Firefox is unstoppable. In spite of the vulnerabilities discovered lately, the open-source browser continues to rise in the top of the user’s preferences. According to W3schools, a site known amongst web developers, Firefox reached a market share of 25%, while Internet Explorer plummeted to 64.8%. If we take into consideration the entire browsing solutions suite, Mozilla Foundation now owns a market share of almost 30%.

Linuxworld Summit: Professor predicts open source revolution

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What began as a keynote panel on the evolving world of open source quickly escalated into a debate on the future of open source licensing when a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University took center stage.

Linux in Government: Optimizing Desktop Performance, Part III

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 4:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Continuing to transform your Linux system into a fast desktop by removing unused utilities.

Enterprises Tout Linux's Cost, Performance Benefits

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 31, 2005 3:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Large enterprises such as Boscov's Department Store are beginning to see significant cost savings and performance benefits as a result of migrating to Linux.

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