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Salesforce.com borrows from open source model

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite the Oracle/Siebel news that had the potential to swamp its recent Dreamforce user conference in San Francisco, Salesforce.com had enough up its sleeve to keep the attention of its 3,000 plus attendees with the introduction of AppExchange, an application exchange platform that combines the principles of the open source distribution model with the dot com trading exchange concept.

Connecting Apache's Web Sever to Multiple Instances of Tomcat

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 7:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Learn how to use mod_jk to forward requests to specific hosts when more than one Tomcat instance is running.

Interview: Hans Reiser

  • KernelTrap (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Kernel
Hans Reiser formed Namesys and began the development of Reiserfs ten years ago. The first release of the filesystem, Reiser3, is part of the mainline 2.4 and 2.6 Linux kernels. The more recent Reiser4 is a complete redesign and reimplementation of Reiserfs, aiming to soon be merged into the mainline 2.6 Linux kernel. In this interview, Hans discusses his background and how he came to create Namesys and Reiserfs. He looks back at Reiser3, describing the advantages it had over other filesystems when it was released and its current state. He then explores the many improvements currently in Reiser4, describing the plugin architecture and its exciting potential for future semantic enhancements.

Novell Launches New Linux Certification Program For Data Centers

Novell is launching the beta version of what it calls the most rigorous training and examination program for Linux certification to meet data center requirements.

How secure is VoIP?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Phil Zimmerman, the inventor of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the application often credited with the introduction of cryptography to the masses, recently announced his intent to provide PGP-like software to ensure the privacy of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. VoIP, or Internet telephony, enables the routing of voice conversations over IP networks (e.g. the Internet) and is currently offered for use through newer companies, such as Vonage and Lingo (and some not-so-new companies, like Verizon and Comcast). You'd be well within your rights to ask, "If VoIP isn't currently secure, how can it be offered to companies and individuals as a legitimate service? And if it is secure, why all the fuss?"

Web design and administration with WordPress

Recently, a colleague and I decided to create a Web site that would serve as an online community and resource for young musicians. Though I had some Web design experience, neither of us had the experience or knowledge to create all of the features that we wanted in our site. Luckily, we were able to turn to WordPress. With its tools we could combine static pages with dynamically updated pages, categorize site content, automate formatting of site data, manage site membership accounts, incorporate RSS feeds and podcasts, and allow for community discussion of the site's content. Best of all, we could accomplish all of this with relatively little setup effort, and once the site was up and running, we could focus almost exclusively on content and let WordPress do the rest.

Tibco Releases Ajax-based RIA Development Solution

TIBCO is releasing the latest version of its Ajax-based rich Internet application (RIA) development solution, General Interface 3.0. The new version includes the TIBCO General Interface Framework and the General Interface Builder, which is designed to allow developers to deliver highly interactive, feature-rich, Web-based applications that run in a standard Web browser. This thin-client approach is meant to eliminate the need for client-side software installation

New Linux Kernel Patched

A pair of potential security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel has been patched with a new point release. The two issues may affect all Linux Kernel versions prior to the patched 2.6.13.1, which was released late last week. The 2.6.13 kernel was released just two weeks ago.

New distro, Ultima 4 Reviewed

Ultima can be described very simply: it is Slackware pre-configured into a very useable desktop. So, DO expect Slackware's stability, performance and simplicity, as well as low hardware requirements. DO NOT expect cutting edge technologies and latest versions of packages

Firefox Rebounds Against Internet Explorer

  • InternetWeek.com (Posted by bstadil on Sep 12, 2005 5:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Firefox web browser rebounded in August from a small decline in market share the previous month, but the biggest gain was recorded by Netscape, a web-site analysis company said Monday.

Novell Fuels Linux Growth in the Data Center

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 4:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Organizations Run More Business-Critical Data Center Applications Worldwide on a Cost-Effective, Proven SUSE Linux Infrastructure

Announcing the Preview Release of edubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

  • Mailing list; By Oliver Grawert (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Ubuntu
The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Edubuntu 5.10.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 13

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 3:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 13 of Fedora Weekly News.

Novell shareholder urges company spinoffs, cuts

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Blum Capital voices concerns about the software company's performance and calls for a greater focus on Linux.

Open source message hits Wits University

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SA's minister of science and technology told the Software Freedom Day crowd at Wits University on Saturday that open source software gave government the opportunity to develop locally relevant and globally competitive technology projects.Software Freedom Day pictures here.

gzpLinux Update

Gabor Z. Papp has cut an updated release of his Linux distro.

Separate the hype from the facts about Grid computing

Taking a look what constitutes a Grid from a technical point of view often puts the concept of Grid into perspective. In this article, the author provides a more holistic view of the technologies behind Grid computing with the goal of clarifying it from a technical perspective.

Linux Association protests against "product placement" for Microsoft on German TV

The German Linux Association is calling on Germany's ARD, the public Channel One, to remove the Microsoft logo from its reports on the elections. The lobby group stated that it was considering taking legal action against such "product placement in informational and news broadcasts." The lobby group stated that the logo was being displayed in charts showing the results of surveys in such TV shows as the weekly news talk show Sabine Christiansen on September 4th. Product placement has become a sensitive issue in Germany since it was recently revealed that such practices had become common in ARD shows like the series "Marienhof."

Introducing IPython

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 12, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Python, an interpretive programming language that combines elegant code with a powerful object-oriented approach and many modules, has been around since the early 1990s. To make Python more productive, Fernando Perez in 2001 began working on IPython, an enhanced interactive Python shell with improvements such as history caching, profiles, object information, and session logging, as a replacement for the default interpreter.

Massachusetts Back-Room

The comment period for the new draft Massachusetts office-file-format policy ended last Friday the 9th. During the week before that date, there was some pretty intense back-room politics going on. There are a ton of industry associations and lobbying groups, including: Mass Software Council, Technet New England, Mass High Tech Council, Mass Network Communications Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and AeA. You can bet that every one of them was coming under pressure last week to speak up pro or contra the state’s position. Since you have IBM and Sun on one side of this issue and Microsoft on the other, you can also bet that they were getting pulled both ways. I’m pretty sure that a lot of them ended up with a statement along the lines of “On the subject of the new draft from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we’re in favor of motherhood and apple pie.” But, I got my hands on a copy of the other side’s talking points, and I think they make interesting reading. [Update: I hear unoficially from someone at Adobe that they’re “generally happy with how things went”, so I was wrong, sorry. Fixed.]

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