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Sun Recasts Java Licensing for GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris ...

SAN FRANCISCO, JAVAONE(SM) CONFERENCE, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java(TM) technology, today announced that Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 5 is now available for redistribution by GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris(SM) operating system distributors under the new Operating System Distributor's License for Java (also known as the "Distro License for Java" or DLJ).

[So why am I still skeptical? - dcparris]

The pragmatic desktop Linux user

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 16, 2006 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Sometimes, you can't get what you want. That's the point Robin "Roblimo" Miller makes in his pained confession at NewsForge, that when it comes to the video production that makes up 10 percent of his work time, it's best done using Camtasia, a proprietary Windows-only program. Argh!

Ethernet bridges under Linux

The Linux kernel has long had the ability to turn the average PC into a network bridge, or, taken to an extreme, a multiport switch. This article explains how to configure network bridging support under Linux, and also provides a short guide to the use of the spanning tree protocol in networks with multiple paths.

Only in America? Copyright Law Key to Global Free Software Model

The existence of legal systems without robust enforcement of copyright law, in countries where software development is a highly robust enterprise, is a serious threat to the free software model.

[Here's an interesting perspective on copyright and FOSS at the international level. - dcparris]

Open Standard Madness

As Cyber Cynic Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols predicted, someone has come up with a way to get Microsoft Office to read and write the open-standard Open Document Format. Would you believe a Microsoft lapdog organization is whining about how unfair this is to Microsoft?

Three Short Tales Of Linux

  • Internet Financial News; By David Utter (Posted by dcparris on May 16, 2006 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
A Dow Jones Newswires reporter took a shot at switching from Windows to Linux on a Sony Vaio machine, and found he could do some things much better than others.

A cool thing

From shared webhosting to an own virtual server in just 75 hours, using just free and open source. See the how and why.

My desktop OS: Arch Linux

I've been a Linux diehard since my early days with Debian 1.3. I visited various RPM distributions, including Red Hat, Mandrake, and SUSE, flirted with Gentoo, and jumped on the Ubuntu bandwagon, but I could never find a single place to settle -- until I tried Arch Linux.

Dual booting Linux and AIX Linux in a clustering environment

  • IBM Developerworks; By Richard Humphries & Lerone LaTouche (Posted by nixcraft on May 16, 2006 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, IBM
This mini how-to shows you how to dual boot between AIX and Linux operating systems in a clustering environment, where available hardware resources are limited. The information presented in this document is based on actual experience. It should be used only by those who have some knowledge of system administration and skills in working with the IBM System p5 (formerly pSeries) architecture.

Design and simulation switch to Linux

Ansoft Corporation has released Nexxim v3 and Ansoft Designer v3 for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 and Sun Solaris 8 and 9 operating systems. Nexxim is the company's circuit simulation software for high-performance IC design and signal-integrity analysis. Ansoft Designer provides an integrated schematic and design management front-end for complex analogue, RF and mixed-signal applications.

New Tuxlab looks to community for sustainability

A new model for sustainably implementing computer laboratories in underprivileged schools is being piloted by Tuxlabs, a division of the Shuttleworth Foundation. Tuxlabs has partnered with a Sowetan entrepreneur, who will sell services in a school's open source laboratory to the community once the school day ends.

Fortify Software Sponsors FindBugs Open Source Project

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Fortify Software Inc., a leading provider of security products that help companies identify, manage and remediate software vulnerabilities to mitigate enterprise security risk, today announced that Fortify has joined the FindBugs project as a sponsor, and is helping to expand the functionality of the open source tool, which has had over 200,000 downloads.

Open and upfront

  • Sydney Morning Herald; By Stan Beer (Posted by dcparris on May 15, 2006 9:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Those outside the inner circle of "Free Software" digerati seem only ever to focus on the "free" component, mistaking it for software that is provided with no moolah changing hands.

Zimbra On-Demand Expands Internationally and Grows to 100,000s of Mailboxes

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 15, 2006 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Adds Dozens of New Worldwide Partners in Q2

InMage and Xiotech Announce Partnership to Provide Industry First in Disaster Recovery, Push-Button Application Failover

Midsize Enterprises to Benefit From Automated Application Recovery Capabilities

Phishing Fireworks Fail To Ignite End User Interest

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 15, 2006 6:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Every day, it seems, some security company or industry anti-phishing coalition is grinding out a press release either extolling the virtues of its solution, or gloomily predicting the demise of Western civilization... or at least the Internet... due to phishing. But while experts cluck about phishing, users are still more concerned over a spam problem that is either too hot, too cold, or just about right. Depends on how you look at it.

Open Source Group Pushes Corporate Social Networking

The new program may be more germane to IT professionals at small and mid-size businesses, suggested Adam Braunstein, an analyst at Robert Frances Group. Most large companies are already involved in some open source projects, so the ground-level questions have been answered.

Taking a Linus-like Attitude Towards Gnome

Last December I blogged about some uproar Linux creator Linus Torvalds had caused by posting on the Usability list his extreme dislike for the direction the Gnome developers had taken with the UI.

When Will Microsoft Be 'Trusted'?

Four years ago, Microsoft laid out an ambitious plan for building an NGSCB (Next-Generation Secure Computing Base). NGSCB was to be a trusted computing environment extending from motherboard-embedded security chips, through the Windows kernel and out to the application windows and input peripherals with which users interact with the system. As a major player in the server space, Microsoft should offer the sort of mandatory access controls we're beginning to see in Linux and Solaris. For now, though, the bulk of Microsoft's privilege management is centered on the desktop.

Linux, Open Source and Control

Opinion: Could a Red Hat or Novell somehow take over Linux and become like Microsoft? The answer is no. NO, with a capital"N" and"O."

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