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GPL v3 Should Allay Sarbanes-Oxley Fears

With the impending release of the GPL v3 the dramatic effect of Sarbanes-Oxley on IP ownership pointed out by Wasabi Systems may be slightly mooted for companies intending to comply with the GPL.

Coming Soon: The Linux Macintel

Windows users aren't sure when, if ever, they'll be able to run XP on a Mactel, but Linux users know that they'll be doing it soon. Here's why.

Play it again anywhere, Sam: MP3Tunes Oboe

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 19, 2006 3:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Taking music along with you can be a hassle, even in the iPod age. You have to bring along either CDs or your MP3 player with you everywhere you go; and then you have to spend time sorting your music manually at each location, which I find to be a huge time waster. Even though the iPod Nanos and other similar MP3 players are very small, it still is a bit of a bother to have yet one more device in my brief case.

Consultants report corporations embracing, saving with open source

Linux and open source software are jumping the hurdles to wider corporate adoption, and are delivering significant cost savings to companies that use them, according to a report released last month by consulting firm Optaros.

How not to respond to a security advisory

  • The Register (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion OpenBSD exposes its inconsistencies

Synchronizing your Palm PDA with Linux

Ready to synchronize your Palm OS-based PDA with your Linux desktop? Here's a trio of GUI-based options and a command-line tool for you to try.

My dalliance with Gentoo Linux

A user's perspective on Gentoo Linux

Creating and managing filesystems with Expert Partitioner

The first, and perhaps only, time you have to create a new file system on your Linux computer is when you first install the operating system. If you add a second hard drive, or have set up a series of mount points that you decide to adjust in one way or another, you can use SUSE's YaST Expert Partitioner tool to handle this task for you.

Time for Mac Users to See the OSS Light?

  •; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Jan 19, 2006 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Microsoft
Macintosh enthusiasts should refuse the poisoned chalice that Microsoft is offering them with its generous offer to keep Office for the Mac on life support for a few more years, and instead should channel some of their famous passion into supporting the creation of a first-class, full-featured open source office suite.

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Penguin Computing staffs up for run at hot clustering market

Penguin Computing has snagged Pauline Nist, formerly the vice president of Hewlett-Packard's enterprise, storage, and servers unit, to serve as senior vice president of product development and management for Penguin. In bringing in Nist, Penguin Computing is looking to improve its standing in the cluster computing market.

Four Ways to Boost Socket Performance on Linux

The Sockets API lets you develop client and server applications that can communicate across a local network or across the world via the Internet. Like any API, you can use the Sockets API in ways that promote high performance -- or inhibit it. This article explores four ways to use the Sockets API to squeeze the greatest performance out your application and to tune the GNU/Linux® environment to achieve the best results.

Kya Linux 1.0 RC1 Screen Shot Tour

  •; By LinShots (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 6:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Slackware
DistroWatch states - Kya Linux is a Linux live CD based on Slackware and SLAX. It is developed at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará in Brazil.

LinShots has taken some nice screen shots of Kya Linux 1.0 RC1.

Odpm boosts use of open source with certification

  •; By Anusha Bradley, UK (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A certification scheme for suppliers of open source software (OSS) is expected to help public sector IT buyers make better procurement decisions.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is encouraging government bodies and local councils to use OSS because it is free to download and is easier to integrate with other systems. To support this drive, the ODPM funded the formation of the Open Source Academy (OSA), a group of nine IT bodies and local authorities, to develop a certification scheme.

Behind the GPL version 3--and beyond

The General Public License covers some of the most important software in widespread use: Linux, MySQL (dual-licensed by the vendor), Samba, and many other modern packages, not to forget the suite of compiler tools and command-line utilities from the Free Software Foundation, for which the GPL was originally designed.

That's why hundreds of people came to hear Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen (law professor and general counsel for the FSF) lay out their proposed new version of GPL on Monday. And why the audience included world-renowned leaders from many free software projects--even some projects such as Apache that aren't covered by the GPL.

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Andy Oram is an editor for O'Reilly Media, specializing in Linux and free software books, and a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. His web site is

Trolltech Redefines Qtopi for Linux Development of Single ...

Trolltech is replacing its Linux embedded product development QT/Embedded with Qtopia Core. The focus of the new product is to make building software faster and to ease the development process.

Open-Xchange Hires Open Source Expert as Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 3:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Former IDC Analyst Dan Kusnetzky Joins Leading Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Exchange

Mandriva, HP Launch Latin American Linux Partnership

Hewlett-Packard desktop computers in 37 Latin American countries will now be pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006.

DB2- the secret database

IBM trumpets not blowing

DB2 is the most respectable and most powerful database engine in the world: it’s the pinnacle of database development. IBM makes a claim (undisputed to my knowledge) that more structured data is stored in DB2 than in any other database engine.

Technically, this is nothing but good news – a superb database engine is available no matter what platform you use. The problem is that IBM seems to have forgotten to tell anyone about it. Why? My impression is that IBM has become complacent ...

[ED: I wonder if this is the guy we should have interviewed (see link below) in our IBM interview - HC]

Interview with IBM: DB2 in the Mid-Range Market

Mailbag: Strong opinions flare around U.S. CERT's Linux/Unix vs. Windows summary

Last week's newsletter about Linux/Unix vs. Windows vulnerability statistics generated plenty of reader feedback - as such reports often do. The newsletter reported on a year-end vulnerability summary from the quasi-governmental United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT), which said that there were significantly fewer vulnerabilities reported for Windows than the number of warnings issued for the combined category of Linux/Unix operating systems.

Canadian election candidate takes stand for FOSS

Free and open source software (FOSS) is not a major issue in the Canadian election scheduled for January 23. None of the major political parties -- the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democratic Party (NDP), or Bloc Québécois -- has taken a position on FOSS. The only candidate for a major party who is openly advocating FOSS is Mathieu Allard, the young NDP candidate for the Francophone riding of Saint Boniface in Manitoba. Recently, I talked to him about his advocacy and the role that FOSS plays in his campaign.

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