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Nitix Linux Operating System - Debate Between Open Source and

There is a new facet in the debate between open source and Microsoft, pitting the flexibility of open source against the tight integration of Microsoft technologies. One camp claims that integration is the key for ease-of-use and consequent cost-savings from reduced administration while the open source advocates are preaching the virtues of flexibility.

Enterprise Open Source - DataDirect Executive Comments on JBoss


DataDirect announced a new marketing and technology agreement with JBoss this week, and JDJ was able to reach DataDirect's VP of Production Operations, John Goodson, to answer some questions related to the deal:

Sun releases Jini with open-source license

Jini was originally released in 1999 as a way to link consumer devices to Sun's Java software. But companies using the Jini software have been using it mainly for corporate computing jobs such as grid computing and clustered servers, according to Sun executives.

The software is specifically designed for building Java applications that rely on widely distributed components. For example, Sun uses Jini as part of its radio frequency identification software, which runs in small warehouse RFID readers.

The development of the Jini software is done through the Jini Community, an independent forum in which companies other than Sun contribute changes to the software.

Enterprise Open Source Conversion Model Explored!

  • SYS-CON Media; By Paul Sterne (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The central issue in any Open Source business model is how to convert software that is free on the Internet into revenue that can be booked under US GAAP, hence the term invented by some clever person, "Conversion Model." The issue boils down to how to convert the free stuff developed by volunteers into cash?

Correcting Forbes' Untrue Account About MySQL


I am not now and I have never been a chair thrower. No, seriously. In my entire life, I've never once thrown a piece of furniture at a wall. For that matter, I have never in my life said that I would blankety-blank kill anyone, the way a sworn statement in the Google/Microsoft/Dr. Lee litigation says Steve Ballmer has.

I'm not saying I've never been angry. I know how to feel angry, but in my biggest quarrel ever, I can't recall even thinking about throwing furniture. For that matter, I can't remember my biggest quarrel ever. It takes a lot to make me mad, so it's a rare event.

So, imagine my surprise to learn from Daniel Lyons' article in Forbes that I hate MySQL for entering a partnership with SCO, and I summoned its CEO, Marten Mickos, to appear before a "Stalinist show trial" here on Groklaw, which he felt obliged to endure, "cackling" fanatic commenters and all, in hopes of restoring his reputation. As it happens, Marten and I were just discussing which day to publish an article he has written for Groklaw, so we were both surprised.

OpenOffice nears download milestone

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 1:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The open source productivity application OpenOffice.org has been downloaded almost 50 million times since the project was started, according to the company that founded the project, Sun.

OSS workshop for chix

A Linuxchix Africa workshop at Wits University in Johannesburg next week aims to improve the open source skills of women from townships and rural areas. In the long-term, the organisation plans to take the training model all over Africa.

Gervase Markham's Second Times Online Column Published

Gervase Markham has announced that his second online newspaper column has been published on Times Online, the website of The Times newspaper in the United Kingdom. In the column, entitled Open formats make history - and maintain it, Gerv discusses how the decision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to use OpenDocument is the start of a move towards people reclaiming control of their data.

Ubuntu 5.10 Server

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce Ubuntu 5.10 Server, the first release of Ubuntu designed especially for server environments.

Concurrent To Sell Open Source Products for Linux Applications

Concurrent, a leading provider of technology solutions for mission-critical applications, is entering a new line of business by offering stand-alone software for Linux application developers.

The company believes that a shift is occurring in emerging markets as the number of customers demanding technology solutions based on open source and open standards continues to accelerate. According to an IDC study, industry sales of Linux servers surpassed the $1 billion mark in revenue for the fourth consecutive quarter, while in the second quarter of 2005 worldwide Linux sales grew 45 percent.

Mozilla Firefox Downloaded 100,000,000 Times

Mozilla Firefox has now been downloaded over 100 million times since its release less than a year ago.

Opinion: Oracle may want to help MySQL, not hurt it

Opinion: It's a big stretch to think that Oracle has ruthless plans to destroy MySQL.

I admittedly was caught off guard at Oracle's recent acquisition of Innobase, makers of a transactional storage engine that works under the covers of MySQL, the popular open source database.

Compact slicing and dicing


For a long time, data warehousing on a terabyte scale has been the preserve of the largest and wealthiest corporations - retailers, telecoms companies, banks. The reason is simple - cost.

Customers of the high-end data warehousing vendors - NCR's Teradata, IBM and Oracle - typically spend more than $1 million a year with their supplier just on upgrades and maintenance. Initial purchase prices reaching into eight figures are not uncommon. The technolog- ists justify that not just by the value that their products deliver, but the cost of developing the algorithms, the parallel hardware and the proprietary database engines that drive the data analysis.

Ian Murdock responds to Debian-DCC Alliance trademark dispute

Earlier today we posted an article about the dispute between the Debian Project and the former Debian Common Core Alliance, now known as the DCC Alliance. Before press time we had not received a response from DCCA leader Ian Murdock, the founder of Progeny. Now we have.

New FSF Award for Software Projects of Social Benefit


Besides candidates for the FSF (Free Software Foundation) Award for the Advancement of Free Software, the FSF is now also asking for nominations for a new annual award: The FSF Award for Projects of Social Benefit. Whereas the first award recognizes the achievements of persons who have made a major contribution to the progress of free software, such as by developing, documenting or distributing the same, the new prize will highlight projects that use free software or ideas developed by the free software community in a socially beneficial fashion.

Why Microsoft is learning from Linux in its drive to deliver ...

"We are not anti-open source," says Martin Taylor, Microsoft's general manager of competitive strategy. In fact, he makes a point of hiring people with Linux and open source skills for his R&D team and Linux lab.

Portable Firefox

Portable Firefox is a fully functional package of the Mozilla Firefox web browser optimised for use on a USB key drive so that you can keep your browser preferences with you on the go.

Portable Firefox has some specially-selected optimisations to make it perform faster as well as a launcher that allows most of your favourite extensions to work as you switch computers.

It also works from a CDRW drive (in packet mode), ZIP drives, external hard drives, some MP3 players, flash RAM cards and more It won't run from read-only media like a CD-R, though.

You can download it from their web site - Ed.

Sun Takes Bold Step in Open Source Education - Spins Off Global ...

ORLANDO, Fla., EDUCAUSE Booth #903, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a significant corporate move to bring the benefits of open source to education, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced it will spin off the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) as a nonprofit organization serving the needs of the education community.

Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.5 available

The OpenPKG project released version 2.5 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging facility.

LXer Feature: Browser security: why an insecure browse-only account doesn't work


One of the reasons why people switch to Firefox (also on the Linux platform) is the assumed security of the browser. Nonetheless, several vulnerabilities were found in Firefox the last few months, so the browser may be the weak spot in the security of your Linux-desktop.

Trying to address this problem, I researched two ways to make browsing under Firefox more secure: chrooting it, or making a seperate browse-only account. Both of them don't work. This article discusses why, and the possible solution.

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