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South Africa partners to participate in global free software study

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
South Africa's CSIR and the University of the Western Cape have been selected as research partners for a European Union-backed global study of free and open source software. The two-year project involves 17 partners from 12 countries around the world.

Jeff Garzik's Short git HOWTO

Jeff Garzik posted a step-by-step guide to using git to manage kernel sources.

The best tools for Linux

  •; By Paul Godin (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: LXer
First prize goes to:, a great site with no advertisements and no silly drill-down clicking to get to the root of the subject. It features excellent news updates with added user comments and discussion.

Linux server revenue continues to grow at double-digit pace

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After Gartner the US American market researchers of IDC have now published an analysis of the server market. According to which in the first quarter of 2005 spending on servers world-wide was just under ten billion euros. In the eighth consecutive quarter of revenue growth this amounts to a quarter on quarter increase of 5.3 percent.

X Factor - understanding the X windows system

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Unix systems and their derivatives, including Linux, these days have one major thing in common. They all use the same system as the back end for their graphical interfaces. This system is called the X window system, or more commonly X.

EU studies impact of software patents on open source

  • Computerworld Australia; By Peter Sayer (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Researchers at a Dutch university are conducting a study for the European Commission on the effect of software patents on innovation -- but the Commission is pressing ahead with plans to introduce the patents in Europe without waiting for the results of the research to be published.

Microsoft cuts business ties to conservative Ralph Reed Former leader of Christian Coalition got $20,000 month

  • San Francisco Chronicle; By Charles Pope, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Posted by tadelste on May 30, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
The San Francisco Chronicle wants you to belief that the only people Microsoft paid off were ultra-conservatives. So, no mention of Microsoft's Democratic ultra-left payees are mentioned here. What you might get from this article is that Microsoft looks like a influence peddler, the likes of which the world has never seen. Perhaps the rest of the world considers them the ugliest Americans of them all. Perhaps someone should ask.

The Sixth Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Have you ever had to work in a dirty server closet filled with man-eating dust balls and rats' nests of cables so big they look like they're about to become sentient? If you have, you almost certainly have an appreciation for neatly bundled and labeled cabling. Managed cabling is equal parts art form and science, and it is a must for the successful operation of a production environment. Managed cabling not only looks better, but the extra time spent now to ensure everything is neat and organized can save you hours later.

Big-business technologists talk up Linux

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Several IT executives at the LinuxWorld Summit last week reinforced the idea that Linux now has the technical brawn and industry support to accommodate the most demanding business applications in environments such as finance, airline reservations and stock trading.

Find Linux Torrents Quickly

  • (Posted by VISITOR on May 30, 2005 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're on the hunt for Linux ISO Torrents you might want to check out the long list of recently released distro torrents over at They've got frequently updated torrents from A (Arch) to Z (Zen). The site only does one thing, but does it well - helps you get the latest Linux distros downloaded via BitTorrent, quickly.

DistroWatch Weekly:

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 30, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Last week, your DistroWatch staff had the extreme pleasure to meet with Dr Richard M Stallman, a truly fascinating, albeit controversial figure, dedicated to fight for our computing freedom; Robert Storey has summarised the experience. Also in this week's issue - a brief look at Libranet GNU/Linux 3.0 and a call for voting on which new packages you want to see tracked by DistroWatch from next month. Happy reading!

Stallman: Nokia's announcement next to nothing

Last year IBM took a significant step forward in cooperation with the free software community, by offering blanket licenses for 500 of its patents to all free software developers. These are but a fraction of IBM's software patents, but still it was a substantial step. These 500 patents, at least, are no longer a danger to free software developers.

Interview with KDE PIM Hacker Cornelius Schumacher

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on May 29, 2005 6:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
Our final interview in this series with the hackers at the on-going Dutch KDE PIM meeting is with none other than KDE-PIM module project leader of Cornelius Schumacher. Enjoy the interview.

Linux named "platform for the future" by PalmSource keynote speaker

  • (Posted by dave on May 29, 2005 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The developer of PalmOS, PalmSource, Inc., has made a commitment to Linux with its recent acquisition of Linux smartphone software vendor China MobileSoft (CMS). This week at "Mobile Summit," PalmSource's annual developer event, keynote speaker Dr. Dave Nagel expanded on Linux's importance to PalmSource.

Microsoft-netscape Conflict Leaves Firefox

According to figures from which is a site frequented by the Browser elite, Netscape is not even a pimple on a mole. For them, the real browser battle is between Microsoft IE and Firefox. Microsoft makes up 65% of use while Firefox is now up to 25%.

Meet on Free Software begins

  • Newindpress (Posted by dave on May 29, 2005 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“Public-funded software must be open to the public and sharing of knowledge only enhances its richness,” said Italian senator Fiorello Cortiana at a four-nation international conference on Free Software which began at the Technopark here on Saturday. The two-day conference is being organised by the Society for the Promotion of Alternative Computing and Environment (SPACE), Hipatia and the Free Software Foundation-India.

Introducing Rexx, the easy Desktop Linux scripting language

  • (Posted by dave on May 29, 2005 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article by Howard Fosdick, author of the Rexx: Programmer's Reference, tells you everything you need to know to get started using Rexx on your Linux desktop. Linux features powerful scripting languages like Bash and Perl, but these may not be suitable for end user scripting. Rexx, on the other hand, has proven ideal for desktop Linux users, according to Fosdick, yet it combines both ease of use and power, and is available in a three basic forms including procedural ("classic" Rexx), object-oriented, and Java-compatible versions.

Linux, outside the (x86) box

It's obvious -- Linux has become an attractive option for non-x86 platforms. Why? In the early days, Linux ran on just a narrow range of systems, mostly processors compatible with the Intel 80386 processor. But the drive to get the first shell prompt on a new piece of hardware motivates people to do crazy things, targeting a variety of processors that "everyone knows" are not viable Linux platforms, such as handheld computers, watches, game consoles, and a variety of workstations and servers.

Intel quietly adds DRM to new chips

Microsoft and the entertainment industry's holy grail of controlling copyright through the motherboard has moved a step closer with Intel Corp. now embedding digital rights management within in its latest dual-core processor Pentium D and accompanying 945 chipset.

Novell Linux announcements point to possible future of Novell education

A couple of weeks ago we were speculating about the possibilities of a Certified Novell Engineer educational track for Open Enterprise Server. I mentioned the possibility of somehow combining the NetWare 6 CNE with the Certified Linux Engineer certification Novell offers for SuSE Linux (NetWare and SuSE are the two components of OES).

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