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Understanding the Free Software Foundation

"In this article we are attempting to take a look through the glasses of the Free Software Foundation in order to understand what drives people involved with it and why does it do what it does."

Peugot Citroen says oui to desktop Linux

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen gave a major boost to Linux desktop legitimacy with its recent announcement to install 20,000 Novell SUSE Linux desktops and 2,500 SUSE Linux servers into its IT infrastructure over the next several years.

First and Ten: Linux 2.6.20 Kernel Goes Virtual

While many Americans were focused on the sports spectacle known as the SuperBowl yesterday, Linus Torvalds was focused on releasing a new Linux kernel. Version 2.6.20 of the kernel includes a bevy of fixes and features, notably the introduction of KVM virtualization to the mainline kernel.

Vendors team up on ATCA/Linux platform

Carrier grade Linux (CGL) provider Wind River has partnered with network equipment provider (NEP) Radisys and high-availability middleware vendor Clovis on a "pre-integrated" ATCA/Linux platform. The platform has already been adopted by Airvana, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer (TEM) serving mobile broadband markets, the companies say.

Putting the Wholes Together

If incoming mail contains the word"identity" it goes to a mailbox I started in late 2004. It has over 7000 emails in it now. The majority of those are from theIdentity Gang list.The Identity Gang got its name when it first met informally on theDecember 31, 2004 editionofGillmor Gang. I've lost track of how many workshops and meetings and other exercizes in convergence we've had, but the progress continues to be amazing.I just looked atwhat Eric Norlin of IDG wrote here, then atwhat Scott Kveton of JanRain wrote here then at whatKim Cameron of Microsoft wrote here— to pick just three out of countless posts, all connected somehow. You can see the progress in just one month.This observation comes in the midst of thinking about a form of Vendor Relationship Management that has the same initials asCRM, but a different meaning: Creator Relationship Management.I would like to relate to creators in a better, less intermediated way.

MySQL Cookbook 2nd Edition

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Feb 5, 2007 11:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: MySQL

I had reviewed O'Reilly's Learning MySQL by Tahaghoghi and Williams for Linux Magazine (published in Europe and known in the U.S. and Canada as Linux Pro Magazine) and was pondering the difference between 'Learning' MySQL and having a 'Cookbook' on the same subject by the same publisher. I suppose it's the difference between learning the basic principles of cooking vs. vastly deepening your repertoire of cooking styles and recipes. To quote from the Linux Magazine review of Learning MySQL, 'The book is primarily written for readers who "don't know much about deploying and using an actual database-management system...".' To quote from the Introduction of MySQL Cookbook, 'This book should be useful for anybody who uses MySQL...The book should appeal to people who do not now use MySQL but would like to'.

Is Novell losing Linux? No, it's just bad reporting

Commentary: Blame Jim Finkle at Reuters, I suppose. His story is the one that started this large dung-ball of misinformation rolling around the Internet. You know the one, about Novell losing the right to distribute Linux.

Announcing FUDCon Brussels2007

As many of you, have heard about Fedora's presence in FOSDEM2007. We are now announcing another FUDCon in 2007 which will be held there at FOSDEM, Brussels Belgium.

Linux Genuine Advantage™

  • (Posted by tuxchick on Feb 5, 2007 9:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Linux
Linux Genuine Advantage™ is an exciting and mandatory new way for you to place your computer under the remote control of an untrusted third party!

[Be sure to check out "Linux Genuine Advantage™ has been cracked by computer hackers!" at the bottom of the page. - TC]

Small improvements make WordPress 2.1 worth the upgrade

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 5, 2007 8:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WordPress 2.1 was released a few weeks ago with a host of new features, including the ability to save pages as drafts, improvements for file uploading, import and export features, and performance improvements. Is it time to upgrade or switch to 2.1? While the latest release doesn't really add any killer features to entice users to switch from other blogging software, the new features are worth the upgrade if you're already using WordPress.

Essential Top 19 best practices for Java EE

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Keys Botzum and others (Posted by solrac on Feb 5, 2007 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article provides some simple guidance for developers entering the world of Java EE. It's a compiled best-of-the-best list of what are the most important and significant best practices for Java EE.

Use Inversion of Control in method signatures

  • IBM/developerWorks; By AndrĂ© Fachat (Posted by solrac on Feb 5, 2007 7:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article describes how to use the pattern on method signatures to decrease the coupling between components and improve performance. IoC isn't just for components.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 76

Issue number 76 of Fedora Weekly News.

Car rental agency modernizes servers, Linux software

Aging Linux and Unix systems have prompted car rental company Thrifty Inc. to modernize its server platforms and direct investment towards more innovative applications. Thrifty's IT manager Michael Morton said the transformation initiative began about eight months ago when its Red Hat Linux and SCO Unix systems were becoming outdated.

Report: The State of Enterprise Linux

For more than 20 years, Unix played the role of the 800 pound gorilla in the server space, especially in enterprise, scientific, government and academic environments. But traditional Unix vendors have faced increasing competition on two fronts. Microsoft Windows Server products have made significant inroads, particularly in the business back-end. To a lesser extent, but cutting closer to the bone, is competition from Linux.

Spring MVC: Using Web view technologies

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Arun Chhatpar (Posted by solrac on Feb 5, 2007 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: HP, IBM; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial, the final installment in a six-part series, shows you how to use JavaServer Pages (JSP), Velocity, Tiles, and PDF export using the Spring Framework.

FOSS consulting offers special advantages and challenges

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 5, 2007 4:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A clear sign that free and open source software (FOSS) has become mainstream is the growing number of small consultants who specialize in it. Listed on local users groups or high-tech forums and working mostly by themselves, these consultants rarely make headlines, yet they represent a sizable and growing niche in small business in modern North American cities.

The hunt for a Linux PC

Where in South Africa can one get a new PC with Linux loaded? Not a lot of places, as it turns out. Tectonic reports back after going in search of the proverbial needle in a Microsoft dominated haystack.

15 Minutes to Install a Mail Server with Antivirus and Antispam

A quick installation and configuration guide proving that an integrated service mail server such as AXIGEN can be set up in a matter of minutes. The article also offers a step by step procedure to integrate AXIGEN with Antivirus and Anti-spam open source applications, mainly ClamAV and SpamAssasin.

Wind River, TI team on Linux phone design

Wind River has joined the Texas Instruments (TI) third-party partner ecosystem, and will collaborate with TI's Dallas-based mobile handset division on advanced Linux and hardware/software tools support for TI's ARM11-based OMAP2430 smartphone processor. The partnership could also produce a Linux-based mobile phone reference design, according to Wind River.

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