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Details on the Sun-MySQL Deal

If you are curious about the Sun-MySQL deal -- and why wouldn't you be? -- here are some resources for you that will probably answer most of your immediate questions.

New is a work in progress

Last year, Linspire announced that it was opening its software distribution service, CNR (short for Click 'n' Run), to users of the Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu distributions. A month ago, it announced a beta version of CNR that includes support for Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 (the two most recent versions), with versions for the other systems on the way. Alas, after trying it on my Ubuntu system, I think it needs work.

Book Review: Windows PowerShell Cookbook

According to Microsoft, Windows PowerShell is a "command line shell and scripting language helps IT professionals achieve greater control and productivity". I provided a link to the Windows Powershell page at Microsoft in this review for reference but if you are at all interested in this book, you probably already know the basics of PowerShell, what is it and, to some degree, what it can do. The question is then, does Lee Holmes provide the right "recipes" in his "cookbook" to help you get baking (or is it only half-baked)?

Annvix: A stable, secure, no-frills server distro

Annvix is a distribution aimed at providing a secure, stable, and fast base for servers. Be warned, however: Annvix is not for everyone. When you boot the Annvix netinstall CD, you're greeted with a shell and informed that the root password is "root" and should be changed. It also advises that you set up your network and use lynx on another terminal to browse the documentation for the install. Already I could tell that this was not going to be your average user-friendly GUI installer.

Extinguishing LAMP: Sun Buys MySQL

By acquiring MySQL, Sun clearly wants to buy into the hugely-successful LAMP stack and its success in running most of Web 2.0. But to get the fullest benefit, it must push out GNU/Linux, either with OpenSolaris or Solaris. Is this the birth of SAMP?

The 'Other' Open Source Virtualization Option

The Xen hypervisor may be the poster child for open source virtualization, but it's not the only option. Since its launch in late 2005, the SWsoft-backed OpenVZ project has been gradually growing its presence. This week, OpenVZ set out to expand its reach by adding support for Ubuntu Linux 7.10. The same technology that powers SWsoft's flagship offering, Virtuozzo, also powers OpenVZ. OpenVZ provides users with access to the code, and in turn anticipates an open source community will grow around the product and contribute to the testing, support and development of the Linux-based virtualization effort.

Moving to Linux : Why the increased demand?

Linux is gaining. It’s almost impossible to miss, even for non-techies. Not only that, those non-techies are demanding it. Linux interest is spreading, perhaps driven by the dissatisfaction with the latest OS from Redmond. They’re tired of the viruses, the worms, the trojans, and all the other malware that they have to spend an additional $100 of software to keep out of their systems. On top of that, Vista has gotten bad reviews. All of this seems to indicate Microsoft has seen its peak of glory. They are not going to disappear (soon), but it seems that they aren’t going to regain the monopoly that they once had.

The Buzz Word Today Is Green

With the global crusaders on the march, with every politician spewing factoids about his or her campaign saving the Earth with new environmental measures, with hybrid cars being constructed in droves, with new energy saving light bulbs all the rage, isn't it time to look at the greener alternative in the PC World? I'm talking about the Linux computer, and it's becoming clear that it's the green monster.

A spotter’s guide to open-source Linux package formats

Want to find open source tools? Linux distros have long had the tradition that software is bundled into easily-installed packages. Yet, finding packages can be less than intuitively obvious and even then they may not appear to be available for your flavour of choice. Here’s how to get the most out of Linux packages.

Autofs and sshfs - the perfect couple

sshfs is a file system in userspace (FUSE) and can be used to mount a remote ssh account locally in a folder. This is absolutely great - If I need to work on files from my server I can use a simple command and mount the remote file system over a encrypted connection. None of the programs are aware the files are remote and working on a file in the folder sshfs/ is the same as for local files - at least if the connection is fast enough. The great thing thing about autofs is that the commandline is no longer needed. The mounting of the remote file system is done in the moment I try to access the folder by the autofs daemon.

Mandriva and Turbolinux Announce a Partnership and Create a Joint Development Lab Called Manbo-Labs

Mandriva and Turbolinux announce a partnership by creating a lab named: Manbo-Labs. This Lab is the result of an agreement between Mandriva and Turbolinux to share resources and technology to release a common base system on each of the Linux distributions. Mandriva, the leading European editor of Linux distributions, and Turbolinux, a leading Linux client and server distributor in Japan and China, signed the agreement about Manbo-Labs last October and have been working together since then. Both companies decided to wait until first internal delivery to issue this announcement.

What to Make of Sun Buying MySQL

Most analysts agree it all depends on what Sun does with MySQL, the leading open-source database management system. So will this move give Sun the software stack its customers need? Will it prove an expensive, badly managed merger? The ultimate answer lies in Sun's hands.

Learning from D-Feet: a quick look at a new D-Bus debugger

John Palmieri of Red Hat is developing a new D-Bus debugging tool called D-Feet. D-Bus is an interprocess communication protocol for the Linux platform that is used extensively in the GNOME desktop environment and KDE 4. D-Bus allows users to call methods and trap signals from other applications and services that are running on the computer. D-Feet is very useful for Linux desktop application developers who are attempting to write programs that integrate with existing software through D-Bus.

Italian Court Selects Red Hat Solutions for Core IT Applications

Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Corte dei Conti, an Italian government institution that safeguards public finance and guarantees the respect of jurisdictional order in Italy, has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its server farm, consisting mainly of HP BL20 G3 and BL20 G2 blade servers. Corte dei Conti’s Red Hat solution is integrated with multiple different internal systems, including Oracle software largely used in the Court’s IT system.

Unofficial KDE DEB packages released for Nokia Internet Tablets

Last year, an industrious hacker known as Penguinbait provided instructions that described how to install the KDE desktop environment on Nokia Internet Tablet devices. As we noted at the time, the instructions required extensive use of the command-line and were not really geared towards a mainstream audience. Fortunately, the availability of recently released unofficial KDE Maemo port packages vastly simplifies development.

Former One Laptop CTO Mary Lou Jepsen On Her New Startup

If only laptops could run on qi—the spiritual energy that, in traditional Chinese philosophy, pervades all things. Well, if anyone has come close to making that happen, it’s Mary Lou Jepsen, founding chief technology officer at the Cambridge, MA-based One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC). On New Year’s Day, Jepsen’s long-planned departure from OLPC became official. But she hasn’t gone far: the next gig for Jepsen, former CTO of Intel’s display division, is Pixel Qi, a Hull, MA-based startup she has created to design and build components for low-cost information devices that could be sold to consumers right here in the United States, as well as to people in the developing world.

TrueCrypt With GUI On Ubuntu 7.10

This document describes how to set up TrueCrypt with GUI on Ubuntu 7.10. TrueCrypt is a free open-source encryption software for desktop usage. This howto is a practical guide without any warranty - it doesn't cover the theoretical backgrounds. There are many ways to set up such a system - this is the way I chose.

Shuttle's $200 Linux box revealed

Shuttle is doing some very nice boxes, and its CES showings were proof of that. The prototypes shown off at Computex were now working models, and more importantly, they contained some amazing surprises.

Sun pulls MySQL into its orbit

Sun Microsystems is to pay $1bn for open source database developer MySQL. MySQL's open source databases are widely used online, but Sun is hoping to increase their use in more traditional IT and enterprise settings. The database is used by many websites - 50,000 copies a day are downloaded.

Acer laptops with Ubuntu Linux available now

I think this is a temporary offer only, and I don't have many more details than what is in the product page, but it looks like Acer is making a limited laptop series available now with Ubuntu Linux pre-loaded. What's more interesting is the price: NZ$699, making it a great value when compared to the ASUS Eee PC, which has only a 4 GB flash memory for storage and costs the same.

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