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Welcoming Louis Gutierrez

Louis Gutierrez took over Peter Quinn's old job as Massachusetts State CIO yesterday. He also got a major vote of confidence from Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Don Tennant, who says that, " If anyone can calm things down and get Massachusetts' IT priorities back on track, it's Gutierrez."

Opening the digital doorway for South African youth

In 2003, the Meraka Institute's Digital Doorway project switched to free open source software to power its educational computer kiosks throughout South Africa. Lunga Madlala caught up with project leader, Ronel Smith, to ask how the project is progressing.

At the Sounding Edge: Article 24

At the two-year mark, Dave revisits some of the core Linux audio applications to see what's new.

Novell releasing Xgl to open-source community

Xgl -- X over OpenGL -- is a rendering technology for Linux that takes advantage of current 3D rendering hardware. Apple's Mac OS X operating system already offers such capabilities. The initial special effects Novell is demonstrating for SuSE Linux are somewhat reminiscent of what the Apple operating system can already do in terms of offering transparent windows and windows animation.

Red Hat CTO: RHEL5 will drive virtualization costs down

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford (Posted by tadelste on Feb 8, 2006 6:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat
Server virtualization and cost reduction are Red Hat customers' top wants today, says Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens. His team plans to deliver both by delivering commoditized virtualization in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 (RHEL5), the company's upcoming new Linux distribution release.

What close-to-release technologies does Red Hat have in the works?

Brian Stevens: We're in the middle of our development cycle for our next major release. When you build a major release, you have the opportunity to write to do more compelling technology solutions.

X graphics get a boost

Just in time for the X.Org Developer's Conference (XDevConf) in Santa Clara, Calif., Novell is releasing improvements to the Xgl framework and the Compiz compositing manager to the project.

Why Linux solutions from IBM?

This extensive article from IBM outlines the 10 main benefits of the Linux operating system and highlights IBM's $1 billion investment in associated development work.

Why offshoring fails

Statistical data about offshoring failures is controversial, making it difficult to say how the failure rate of offshored projects compares with that of onshore projects. What we can say is that going offshore is a trend on the rise. Since there are successful long-term offshore projects, there must also be a recipe for how to deal with the ensuing challenges.

Novell Raises the Bar for the Linux Desktop

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 8, 2006 2:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Significant Enhancements to Xgl Framework Enable Development of Advanced Graphics to Enhance Functionality for End Users

Damn Small Linux v2.2 ready for download

  • (Posted by bstadil on Feb 8, 2006 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Damn Small Linux (DSL) project Tuesday released version 2.2 of its 49 MB LiveCD distribution. The changelog notes 14 key feature updates in the new edition, including an updated Dmix with an added sync button for easy volume control.

In pursuit of code quality

Are your test coverage measurements leading you astray? Test coverage tools bring valuable depth to unit testing, but they're often misused. This article takes a closer look at what the numbers on the coverage report really mean, as well as what they don't. It then suggests three ways you can use your coverage to ensure code quality early and often.

Openmfg Launches Hybrid Open Source ERP Suite

  • TechWeb; By Laurie Sullivan (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OpenMFG LLC will launch this week a hybrid open source enterprise resource planning(ERP) suite. The developer says it has integrated credit card processing, financial reporting and integration with package delivery services.

OpenMFG's ERP platform is built on Linux operating system, PostgreSQL database and OpenRPT report writer. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and commercial UNIX systems.

From Russia with code

Blog entry talks about how software engineers and programmers in Russia are growing faster than perhaps anyplace in the world. What do you think this trend means to the programmers and software development companies worldwide?

CEO Interview: Jon S. von Tetzchner of Opera Software

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 9:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Foreword -- This interview with Opera Software CEO and co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner covers the Norwegian browser company's history, products, and roadmap. It sheds light on the growing importance of Linux in the embedded market, and the growing importance of the embedded market to Opera.

IBM serves up free "Linux Client Migration Cookbook"

  • (Posted by bstadil on Feb 7, 2006 8:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM's Redbooks publication arm has published a freely downloadable 260-page book on migrating to the Linux desktop. Linux Client Migration Cookbook: A Practical Planning and Implementation Guide for Migrating to Desktop Linux aims to provide a technical planning reference for organizations that are considering a migration to Linux-based personal computers

Extend Firefox Contest Finalists Announced

The Finalists for the Extend Firefox Contest have been announced.

Sun Microsystems Delivers Three-in-One Punch

Sun Sees Huge Demand for 'Galaxy' Sun Fire(TM) Servers Powered by AMD Opteron(TM) Processors

Novell's biggest open source competitor: Apple

A report by Gartner claims that Novell's stiffest competition for the small and medium business server space will come not from Microsoft, but Apple.

Free software for NGOs: a toolkit

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Allen Gunn spends most of his time helping NGOs understand and use free software. In an interview with Richard Frank, he discusses the benefits - and possible pitfalls - of libre open source software.

Linuxchix Opens Doors in Africa

  •; By Ben Singer (Posted by bstadil on Feb 7, 2006 4:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While much of the wired world has been swept off its feet by the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution, Africa has lagged behind. Certain barriers have hindered Africans from taking advantage of the benefits of platforms like Linux

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