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In this series, we will consider key aspects that impact the future of OSS in the business and consumer markets. In view of the history of OSS, it is most unlikely that development will cease at any time in the foreseeable future. That is not an issue. What is of concern is the commercial outlook for goods and services that are based on OSS. Put another way: will OSS re-shape the entire IT industry, or will it never be more than a passing fad for niche players?
Trying to take a more active role in open-source programming, Red Hat has created a team of 34 programmers to work on nothing but next-generation software, the company plans to announce Tuesday.
A senate committee debates the practices of the Massachusetts IT office on its required move in 2007 of using software in the OpenDocument Format. Microsoft's influence on the debate is put to task by the CIO's office.
Wacom products are generally considered the industry standard among computer drawing tablets for quality, compatibility with application software, and usability. While Wacom's current professional-grade offering, the Intuous 3, offers a fine set of core drawing functions, its Linux support is minimal, despite the company's support of the open source project that develops the Linux drivers. But even worse, the Intuous 3 had significant problems on Mac and Windows computers.
The Unique miniPC Demonstrates the Strong R&D Capability of AOpen
It's official: as of December 31, 2004, Windows NT4 is no longer supported by Microsoft... For all of you hardworking sysadmins of NT4 domain controllers who are now wondering what to do, here are some of your options:
1. Change nothing. So you lose vendor support — so what? Was it so hot in the first place?
2. Upgrade to Windows XP or 2003. This costs much money in licenses, and you may need to upgrade your hardware as well. Plus you'll have a whole new set of bugs and security holes to get acquainted with. However, this also gives you Active Directory, which may be something you want to move up to.
3. Replace your NT4 box with a Samba 3 domain controller.
This series is about option 3...
[Ed.- Yes, this is an older article, but it's still a goodie. Part 2 is here.]
A worm found spreading via America Online's Instant Messenger is carrying a nastier punch than usual, a security company has warned...In addition to the "lockx.exe" rootkit file, the new worm delivers a version of the Sdbot Trojan horse, said FaceTime, which sells products to protect instant-messaging traffic. Sdbot opens a backdoor on the infected PC. The worm also places several spyware and adware applications, including 180Solutions, Zango, the Freepod Toolbar, MaxSearch, Media Gateway and SearchMiracle, the company added.
[Ed.- Gee, if only there were an operating system that did not roll out the red carpet to this sort of thing. Oh wait, there is- in fact, there are several. Funny little old world, isn't it. - tuxchick]
Why does a link that is supposed to take me to a Linux site take me instead to MS.com? Let's have a look at this, shall we
MadPenguin.com has a published a review by staff writer Christian Einfeldt of "Moving to Linux (second edition): Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", a new book by Marcel Gagne. Author Gagne is the creator of the WFTL (Writer and Free Thinker at Large) Linux distro, which is included with the book as a LiveCD.
Version 2.6.14 of the Linux kernel is now available despite 'frustrating' delays due to mistaken bug reports, says Linus Torvalds
BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/01/2005 -- At the Open Source Business Conference, the Free Standards Group, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, and the Linux Standard Base (LSB) workgroup announced that the LSB has achieved unanimous official approval as an ISO standard - an important milestone signifying the maturity and scope of both the LSB and the Linux operating system.
Every administrator has a set of software tools that he just can't live without. These are the utilities that you install as soon as you log into a new machine, to help make day-to-day tasks a little easier. Here are my top 10 tools.
Douglas Engelbart, pioneer of the GUI and of computer-supported cooperative work, has received a couple awards of late. About 35 years late, in fact. But he hasn't let neglect (and perhaps worse, empty lip service to his accomplishments) curb his spontaneous love of exploration. Spending a few minutes with him--at a ceremony celebrating an award given last Saturday by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility--convinced me that he remains an American original with a vast scope of interests, a bit like Edison or Feynman. I wonder what the modern net of sensors and cameras and GPS devices and wireless networks would be like if we had integrated his 1960s-era insights from the start.
After a couple of steps back over the summer, Mozilla's Firefox browser now holds 11.51% of the market in browsers used.
Red Hat will integrate the Xen virtualization hypervisor in its next commercial release of enterprise Linux due in late 2006. Built-in virtualization and built-in support for stateless Linux as well as improved automation and management tools will make Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 a more compelling platform for the data center and grid deployments [ED-Not a dupe, the earlier story was about Xen's inclusion in the 2.6 kernel. This is about RH's own distribution. Both issues are very important to Linux in the enterprise]]
According to c't Magazine this latest contribution by Microsoft to the initiative "Germany Safe on the Net," which a short while ago took stock of its progress so far, unfortunately fails to meet the high expectations aroused.
It's not flashy, but if you're re-using text often or need to streamline your template and macro lists, spend a little time with AutoText.
STMicroelectronics (STM) is sampling an SoC (system-on-chip) that it says supports all required HD-DVD and Blu-Ray codecs and security schemes. The STB7109 is based on an SH-4 core, and supports Linux and other embedded OSes, along with codecs and security schemes from both Microsoft and international standards bodies.
Ruby Weekly News is a summary of the week's activity on the ruby-talk mailing list / the comp.lang.ruby newsgroup, brought to you by Tim Sutherland, with contributions from Christophe Grandsire.
Although modern desktop Linux distributions pride themselves in minimizing the need for users to resort to command-line activities, there are times when a visit to a shell prompt can come in handy. To this end, a concise guide to Linux shell scripts is now available from the LinuxHelp blog.
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