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While 2005 saw the adoption of Linux by the enterprise segment in the mission-critical space, 2006 will see an increased acceptance of open source software, predicts Shivani Shinde
“It is no longer relevant to ask if IT organisations will shift to a strategy of maximising the value of open source. Organisations and vendors that ignore the potential threats and opportunities of OSS will increasingly find themselves at a competitive disadvantage,” predicts Dion Wiggins, Vice-president and Research Director at Gartner.
A further nine schools are set to benefit from Engen's support of Tuxlabs, bringing open source computer laboratories to South Africa's impoverished Eastern Cape province. The Eastern Cape currently has less than five percent ICT penetration in its 6 000 schools.
PostgreSQL is a fully featured object-relational database management system. It supports a large part of the SQL standard and is designed to be extensible by users in many aspects. Some of the features are: ACID transactions, foreign keys, views, sequences, subqueries, triggers, user-defined types and functions, outer joins, multiversion concurrency control. Graphical user interfaces and bindings for many programming languages are available as well.
A combined interview of the LaTeX Project director
FLOSS is behind an Indian Web site that brings together farmers and agricultural experts to exchange ideas and information.
In the last several days there have been several stories in the news that highlight the increasing tension between ownership of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the opportunities that become available when broader, free access to those rights is made available.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Novell used its BrainShare conference to elaborate on its product migration path to Linux, which included an assurance to customers that it will support NetWare well into the next decade.
Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company "scrambles" to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN.
I have used Linux since I was eleven, and I'm approaching my seventeenth birthday now. I still consider myself an amateur at using the operating system, but I have discovered quite a few interesting tools to help improve my productivity with Linux. They're not exactly my sysadmin toolbox -- more like my desktop enhancement kit.
Based on the ongoing enthusiasm about Linux, I presumed it would be simple to find companies just busting to tell how they'd ditched their Microsoft server software and moved onto Linux servers. Everybody's doing it, after all, aren't they?
Not that it should come as much of a surprise that the largest flash memory manufacturer in the world would be dabbling in solid state disk drives (SSD), but once Samsung gets their legal ducks in a row we don't have any reason to believe they won't make good on taking that 32GB NAND SSD we saw appear at CeBIT to the consumer market.
With the competition to find the best creative ideas to help advertise its aims in full swing, the Mozilla Foundation has revealed that it may screen a Firefox advert on national television or in cinemas.
I came to the LXer Linux news site quite some time ago, while they still had between 1.000 and 2.000 readers daily - now it’s over 300.000 a month. It is just a great site. Almost ad-free, mostly community-driven, and lead by great minds like Tom Adelstein, who is also an author and co-author with O’Reilly.
This is just great great stuff. I wish we’d have more sites like these. So for LXer, like for the Planets, it’s a five-thumbs-up. Highly recommended stuff. At least daily.
Free open source software is making slow in-roads into the world of big box retail. This article is the first of a series of two Mad Penguin articles which take a detailed look inside the world of retail as Tux is experiencing it. Today, in Section One Mad Penguin goes shopping to see what can be seen in four retail big box stores in the San Francisco Bay Area... read the full article with in-store videos here
Chalk one up for the Linux guys. Linspire, the creators of the Debian/GNU Linux based Linspire OS, showcased a self-branded mini PC at CES 2006 that somehow slipped under the radar. According to TUX Magazine, the sweet little $399 (approx.) PC takes its looks from Apple's Mac mini but the similarities end there.
Live CDs do a great job of advertising Linux distributions. In addition to general-purpose live CD distributions, there are lots of task-oriented live CDs. Wouldn't it be great if you could carry multiple live CDs on one DVD disc? Nautopia.net has put up a script that you can use to make a custom DVD to boot multiple live CDs.
[Who would guess that Forbes and Lyons would point to Linux?!]
Microsoft can't afford to screw up like this. There are free alternatives to everything Microsoft sells, like the Linux operating system and the Open Office application suite.
- The Calendar team is proud to announce the first official release of the new Lightning extension: Lightning 0.1 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. This is a major milestone on the road to an integrated calendar for users of the award-winning mail-client Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5. OSDir had a look at Lightning 0.1 in their recent Screenshot Tour
Popular source code management tools go head to head
The argument rages on websites, blogs and even in some of the mainstream ink and paper publications. Is Linux ready for the desktop? Many of us say yes. Are you in this camp? You better call your mom. She wants to talk to you about this.
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