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Ever wonder how Red Hat got its name?

In an interview with Red Hat Magazine, co-founder Bob Young said that the red hat has long been a symbol of freedom, with revolutionaries in both America and France donning red caps during their uprisings.

2006: The year that changed Linux

This is my list of the five most significant changes in Linux this year. They are not changes, however, that many who have embraced Linux in the past will appreciate. Like it or lump it, these are the changes that I also think clearly predict Linux's future in the mainstream

Fedora Summit offers road map for community-wide changes

When a group of Red Hat Fedora developers, engineers, and mangers got together last month for a three-day summit in Westford, Mass., the goal was to establish short- and long-term plans for future Fedora projects. The brainstorming session resulted in a road map that will lead to changes for the Fedora community as a whole.

Setting Up A PXE Install Server For Multiple Linux Distributions With Ubuntu Edgy Eft

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 19, 2006 9:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how to set up a PXE (short for preboot execution environment) install server with Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft). A PXE install server allows your client computers to boot and install a Linux distribution over the network, without the need of burning Linux iso images onto a CD/DVD, boot floppy images, etc. This is handy if your client computers don't have CD or floppy drives, or if you want to set up multiple computers at the same time (e.g. in a large enterprise), or simply because you want to save the money for the CDs/DVDs. In this article I show how to configure a PXE server that allows you to boot multiple distributions: Ubuntu Edgy/Dapper, Debian Etch/Sarge, Fedora Core 6, CentOS 4.4, OpenSuSE 10.2, and Mandriva 2007.

Mcafee Adds Firefox Support To Anti-Fraud Service

SiteAdvisor Plus displays ratings beside links in e-mail and instant messages, and automatically blocks access to questionable sites when the browser is pointed to a potentially risky URL.

Ecuador: New President sets Sights on Free Software

Ecuador seems likely to champion the Free Software movement in migrating Government systems to Free Software, according to a blog report. Rafael Correa, the president-elect of Ecuador in South America met with Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation and GNU project on December 12.

Access Linux Platform to Incorporate Zi Technologies

  • TMCnet; By Niladri Sekhar Nath (Posted by dcparris on Dec 19, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
ACCESS Systems Americas Inc. is set to integrate Zi Corporation’s eZiText predictive text technology and Decuma handwriting recognition technology into the ACCESS Linux Platform.

Year in review: Grappling with open source

As open source becomes pervasive, software giants like Microsoft, Oracle and Sun are adapting in different ways.

[Slow news day for them too, eh? - dcparris]

Naming Apache Geronimo JNDI and connection pools for Java resource, Part 2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Dale de los Reyes (Posted by solrac on Dec 19, 2006 6:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Eclipse; Story Type: News Story
This article, the second installment in this series, shows you how Apache Geronimo, JNDI, and Java Message Service (JMS) resource groups interrelate.

A survey of Linux file managers

Linux file manager ontogeny encapsulates the history of GNU/Linux. File managers began as command-line and generic graphical tools and progressed to desktop-specific ones, gaining sophistication along the way, with mouse controls, for example, replacing buttons. Today, the more than a dozen options highlighted here will suit users with widely varied interests.

Should Javascript get more respect?

JavaScript is often ridiculed as the black sheep of programming languages. But JavaScript is becoming increasingly important. See why it remains the most broadly available scripting language for Web development and a better choice for developing modern applications.

Scalix, SugarCRM Team Up on Integration

The move lets their mutual Linux customers move between their primary Outlook desktop email client, SugarCRM software and Scalix's Linux-based Mail Server.

The Business of Free Software: Enterprise Incentives, Investment ...

  • Working Knowledge; By Marco Iansiti and Gregory L. Richards (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 19, 2006 4:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this paper, we examine the motivations of large information technology vendors, to invest in open source software. What drives companies with large, proprietary software portfolios to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in OSS? We approach this question by grouping a sample of OSS projects into clusters and examining vendors' motivations for each cluster. We find one cluster has received almost no investment. Contributions to projects in this cluster are confined to the voluntary effort of the vendors' employees, and vendors are likely altruistically motivated. By contrast, the other cluster has received over 99% of vendor investments.

Opera browser adds phishing filter

Opera Software ASA has added a filter that blocks phishing sites to its Web browser software, following the example set by rivals Microsoft Corp. and Mozilla Corp. In Version 9.1 of the Opera Web browser, released Monday, the company introduced a phishing filter that uses information from PhishTank and GeoTrust to help protect users from being duped by phishers.

Pepper Pad offers Linux Web tablet for sofa surfing

It seems like a great idea: making a computer that's somewhere between the size of a cell phone and a laptop, for people to carry around and surf the Web. It's such a great idea that about a dozen companies have tried it, but most of these gadgets have met with such complete apathy among consumers you'd think they were made of ignoranium.

Review: Xandros Desktop OS 4.1 Professional

A few weeks ago, Xandros released an update of its Business Desktop OS with a number of new features, including 3-D effects and desktop search. The 3-D effects fell flat in my tests, but I found the distro to be a pretty good OS if you're looking for a Windows replacement.

Open-source Car Project Gears Up

he open-source movement responsible for software like Linux and Mozilla's Web browser, Firefox, is proving contagious: A German entrepreneur is applying the same approach to automobile design.

Debian delayed as community loses interest

The next version of the Linux distribution was due to be released by 4 December, meaning it is already over two weeks late at the time of writing. Now one of Debian's release managers has started pointing his finger at key individuals. In a blog posted on Monday, Andreas Barth wrote, "Some people who used to do good work reduced their involvement drastically. There was nothing I could do about that, and that happened way before I started full-time on release, but on the global picture that still counts."

Sample chapters introduce new OpenOffice 2 book

The OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook was published this week, and author Solveig Haugland is sharing some of its contents. Haugland takes a matter-of-fact approach to all the tools within the OO.org application suite, as she explains how to create, amend, and save documents in various formats.

Ubuntu Christmas Edition Screenshot Walkthrough

Ho ho ho, Ubuntu Christmas Edition. Great news... I have bit the bullet & purchased a website http://ubuntusoftware.info/ to host the release please excuse the cheesie webpage better is coming you can learn more about the current release... I have built a version of Feisty Fawn (the release is based on Edgy) should work with all versions of Ubuntu, Edgy+ 100%, will do dapper etc the same way please post negative results so I can fix them; that has...

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