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Report: Getting the Real Facts: How Industry Analyst Reports Can Trick Readers

Microsoft's "Get the Facts" advertising campaign makes the claim that Windows offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, and backs it up with reports from well-known industry analyst firms. But Linux advocates claim that the TCO of Linux is lower, and some other studies back them up. How can you separate the fact from the fiction?

Fedora Weekly News Issue 22

Welcome to our issue number 22 of Fedora Weekly News.

New Linux phone standards effort in the works

PalmSource, France Telecom's Orange and several other companies plan to standardize aspects of Linux running on mobile phones.

Apple briefs swoop on Open Source outfit

  • Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BRIEFS from Apple's trademark enforcement department have written angry letters to an open source group over the ipodder.

Ipodder Lemon was free software distributed under a GPL licence to manage podcasts. M'Learned friends from Apple have sent a cease and desist notice to the the ipodder code writers saying that they were "decieving users" that the software was connected to Apple's iPod device.

Is It Deja Deja Novell All Over Again, Again? - Ximian/GNOME v SUSE/KDE at Novell

  • MozillaQuest Magazine; By Mike Angelo (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 14, 2005 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: SUSE
MozillaQuest.Com's Mike Angelo, conducts a penetrating, objective, and fact-based analysis of Novell, SUSE, and KDE issues. Novell now is GNOME-centric and Novell has made a mistake in doing that. The article also presents Novell's side of the story.

Catching up with recipients of free Linux CDs

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 14, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We give free Linux CDs to our friends, coworkers, even strangers, but in many cases we never find out what happens to them after they leave our hands. Recently I decided to look up several people I've given free Linux CDs to and ask them what happened, what they liked and didn't like, and whether they are using Linux.

Open source: Developing markets and anti-Americanism

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by hkwint on Nov 14, 2005 6:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For governments outside of the US and Europe, cost is a big motivator for using open source software - but it's not the only one.

[Ed. The seven page story features Linux succes-stories in Brazil, China and India. - hkwint]

Related Story:
Linux in Government: Essential IT Knowledge for Third World and Developing Countries

Realnetworks issues patches to fix critical flaws

  •; By Roland Waite (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 6:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
RealNetworks patched up a critical flaw on Thursday. The patch covers three flaws that would have allowed malicious hackers to take control of a user's computer through the Real player. The problem was reported to the company more than four months ago.

Buying Innobase a good move by Oracle

To the faithful, Oracle’s acquisition of Innobase — a significant MySQL partner — is proof of what Oracle has believed all along: that MySQL’s success is a threat to Oracle’s database business and it’s only a matter of time before the two database vendors collide.

At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software for Linux, Part 2

  • Linux Journal; By Dave Phillips (Posted by hkwint on Nov 14, 2005 5:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Common Music Notation language helps you create complex musical scores and compositions, thanks to its Lisp advantages. This month, I continue our tour of notation programs for Linux with a look at the Common Music Notation system from composer/programmer Bill Schottstaedt.

Linux Networx Announces Record Growth

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2005--Linux Networx, The Linux Supercomputing Company, announced today record company growth and an expanded corporate focus on delivering a systems experience to Linux supercomputing users. Linux Networx also announced the LS Series, a family of Linux Supersystems that blend the price/performance of Linux with the power of legacy supercomputing while providing total systems value.

Google launches website analysis service

  • Financial Times; By Chris Nuttall (Posted by dcparris on Nov 14, 2005 4:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed. One wonders if Microsoft will ever get close to Google. Every time they take a step, Google leaps that much further ahead. - dcparris]

Google will shake up the web analysis market and strengthen its key advertising business on Monday with the launch of a free service that measures the effectiveness of websites and online marketing campaigns.

HowTo Setup Basic SMTP AUTH in Exim4

This brief guide will explain the steps you can take to get basic SMTP AUTH working with Debian Sarge's exim4 package.

Microsoft asks US to bully EU

The Financial Times said it has seen a memo from Microsoft which shows executives have met White House officials and asked them to influence the European Union.

[Ed. You can go here to read the original The Financial Times article. This post was edited to link readers directly to the Inquirer's article, as it would be inappropriate for LXer to copy articles without permission from the author(s)/publisher(s) of other sites. - dcparris]

More Effective Use of Shared Memory on Linux

  • IBM developerWorks; By Sachin Agrawal and Swati P. Udas, IBM Engineers (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 14, 2005 3:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Making effective use of shared memory in high-level languages such as C++ is not straightforward, but it is possible to overcome the inherent difficulties. This article describes, and includes sample code for, two C++ design patterns that use shared memory on Linux in interesting ways and open the door for more efficient interprocess communication.

DistroWatch Weekly: Nexenta controversy, YaST for Debian, interview with Puppy Linux's Barry Kauler, Open Windows

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 14, 2005 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 46th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The controversy over Nexenta's use of GPL software in its OpenSolaris-based distribution and the never-ending GNOME vs KDE flame wars dominated the headlines last week. We will briefly look at the above stories before examining other interesting events and releases of the week. We also feature an exclusive interview with Barry Kauler, the founder and lead developer of the increasingly popular Puppy Linux. And to prove that a new distribution is born just about every day, we have added seven new ones to the waiting list last week - including a controversial one called "Open Windows", developed by -- wait for this -- a law firm! Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Review: The Linux-based Pontis MX2020 Portable Media Player

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by dcparris on Nov 14, 2005 2:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered (by hex-dumping its firmware files ;-) that the Pontis MX2020 multimedia device that sent us for a review actually uses Linux (embedded distribution uCLinux, kernel 2.4.19). If it's video, audio, pictures or even basic PDA functionality via its touch screen, the Pontis MX2020 can do it all. And for very cheap too.

[It looks pretty good for the most part. Too bad the company has no plans to support it further! - Ed]

Mozilla XForms Project threatened by cut-backs

A couple of weeks ago, I took the second preview release of the Mozilla XForms Project for a spin, demonstrating how it could be used along with the FormsPlayer plug-in for Internet Explorer to create cross-browser XForms. Unfortunately, despite all the promise of that preview, things are suddenly looking very grim for XForms support in Mozilla.

Cluster Resources Validates Novell SUSE Linux and HP Hardware

Cluster Resources has announced the Novell SUSE Linux and HP hardware validation of their cluster and grid solutions, Moab Cluster Suite and Moab Grid Suite, through the Novell/HP Validation Program for high performance computing (HPC).

Top 21 PHP progamming mistakes - Part I: Seven Textbook Mistakes

  • Zend; By Sterling Hughes (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 1:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of PHP's greatest strengths happens to be one of its greatest weaknesses as well: PHP is easy to learn. A lot of people are attracted to the language because of this, not realizing that it's a lot tougher to learn how to do it right. There just hasn't been enough emphasis on good programming practice. Inexperienced coders are being asked to create and distribute complex web applications. Mistakes that an experienced programmer would avoid are all over the place, such as the improper use of the printf()functions or the misapplication of PHP's semantics.

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