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The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), sponsor of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, has announced that the Network File System v4 (NFSv4) for Linux is available in SUSE Enterprise Linux from Novell.
Hasso Plattner, the billionaire cofounder of business software maker SAP, has teamed with IBM and Deutsche Telekom to host a forum aimed at giving open-source software entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business ideas to venture capitalists and other IT experts.
After a long and ambivalent discussion during the last weeks the project "Dunc Tank" (short DT from now on) has recently started. We consider that to be a major change to the Debian project culture: For the first time Debian Developers are paid for their work on Debian by a institution so near to the project itself.
With this mail we would like to summarize our thoughts about the DT project and the idea behind it. We also want to raise some questions we still consider unanswered and open.
Yesterday Oracle announced its move into the enterprise Linux market, revealing how it may challenge Red Hat. Linux Format got hold of the 'Unbreakable' distro to find out what's going on under the hood. Is it a breakthrough for Linux in the corporate market, or just another RHEL respin? See the article for all the info.
Oracle's announcement yesterday of its "Unbreakable Linux 2.0" program, aimed squarely at Red Hat, understandably overshadowed another announcement Larry Ellison made in the same speech. That announcement revealed that Oracle has joined the Free Standards Group (FSG), at the highest level of membership. despite being active in Linux for many years, Oracle had not previously been a member of the FSG at any level.
Writing software is a complex business - not only do you have to get the enterprise logic of the application correct, typically you also have to deal with multiple other concerns at the same time, such as "what should happen if something goes wrong", "how should I make sure we know what is happening during execution", "how to enforce security throughout my application" and in some languages "how do I handle memory" or "when should I free up memory", etc.
Here is another reader comment that I think is superior to the story:
"it is pretty deep PR for Red Hat, too: Oracle is not only using their base system, instead of developing their own, they're calling it 'Unbreakable Linux.' Oracle is calling RHEL unbreakable; they aren't developing it themselves (when they have the people that could do that!); man, that is pretty deep PR for Red Hat, even if the business perspective isn't rosy. They didn't pick Ubuntu; they didn't pick SuSE: they picked Red Hat."
Hosted ERP provider NetSuite has announced an open source developer platform to attract new partners and increase its uptake in vertical sectors. NetSuite chief executive Zach Nelson unveiled SuiteFlex across the road from Oracle's OpenWorld in San Francisco, California, where thousands of Oracle partners had been getting the worldview from Oracle for three days.
With the largest technology service and software companies — IBM, Oracle, SAP — now offering two parallel streams of application platform: proprietary and open, corporations around the world now have a real choice.
In This Issue: Ubuntu 6.10 release candidate out, Mark Shuttleworth's announcement naming Ubuntu 7.04, A feel-good"Thank You!" for Edubuntu, Edgy Changes, Oracle relationship speculation and much more.
Book review: This pair of books brings together a variety of small but annoying puzzles mediated byHerb Sutter through thenews:comp.lang.c++.moderated newsgroup. However, any irritation is in a good cause. Each puzzle illustrates an important point in C++ that many of us still get wrong. An early example is exception safe programming, which most of us (OK, yes, me), have struggled against. Fortunately for my self esteem, these puzzles are given a difficulty score of between 7 and 9 out of 10.
In the highly competitive consumer-electronics industry, product life cycles are notoriously short, and downward price pressures are constant. As a result, electronics manufacturers must produce consumer devices faster than ever and reduce overall costs and time to market.
DNS is fundamental to network operations, but rather surprisingly, given the usual free/open source software community's habit of having multiple versions of everything, it has evolved into a DNS server monoculture dominated by ISC BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain). All other issues aside, such as security and performance, monoculture is not healthy. There's a whole world outside of BIND; a pleasant world full of DNS servers that are simple to configure, and reliable and secure to use.
The IBM Linux Competency Centre was launched yesterday at the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering. Boasting a powerful sever set up, the centre is available free of charge for corporates wanting to test systems as well as for academic research.
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.10, codenamed 'Edgy Eft'. This release includes both installable Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several architectures. Highlights of this release include: Tomboy, an easy-to-use and efficient note-taking tool; F-Spot, a photo management tool that enables tagging, photo editing and automatic uploading to on-line web management sites; GNOME 2.16; substantially faster startup and shutdown with eye-catching high-resolution graphics; the latest Firefox web browser, version 2.0
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Managing your address book and appending new addresses can get tiresome. If your email client is KMail, KBBDB can help with part of the job. This Perl-based filter sits idle waiting for messages to show up, then extracts any new sender's email address into KAddressBook.
When you hear the name Slackware, you are at once transported to a world where Linux users feel more at home in setting the configurations by editing ordinary text files. In fact the credo of Slackware is to keep it as simple as possible. In popular speak, it is known by the acronym KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).
You can browse Samba or windows share from Nautilus GUI file manager
or command prompt using smbclient.
But SSLBridge allows you to browse Samba/windows share over Internet using secure VPN connection.
Users can access and manipulate files over the internet using a browser, as if they were at their own Desktop system. With this software you can access your corporate resources using your existing Active Directory Account username and password.
An institute that aims to promote the use of open source software in the UK is being set up in Birmingham. The National Open Centre (NOC) will aim to help set national policy on use of open source software.
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