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Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.19-rc1 patch noting that for a number of reasons it was larger than usual, "it's a huge thing with tons of changes". He described what's in the patch, "I think we got updates to pretty much all of the active architectures, we've got VM changes (dirty shared page tracking, for example), we've got networking, drivers, you name it."
That's Systems Management Server to you. Microsoft is beefing up policing for Windows licensing after going back to the drawing board on its asset management strategy. Upcoming editions of Systems Management Server (SMS) will introduce metadata and workflow tools and capabilities for management of software licenses in a three-phase plan.
Back in August, Ars reported that Sam Ramji, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab, invited members of Firefox's development team to the Microsoft campus. At the time, it was unclear whether the Firefox team would actually accept the invitation. Now, roughly one month later, we have discovered that a handful of Firefox developers did journey to Redmond, and one member of the team kept track of the experience in his blog.
Deep Thunder is a web-based business-oriented service that provides weather forecasts precisely and quickly enough to address specific business problems and streamline weather-sensitive operations.
Open source and on-demand CRM are experiencing a convergence of sorts, brought together by online application exchanges. Mirroring Salesforce.com's AppExchange platform, Cupertino, Calif.-based SugarCRM today launched its own marketplace for business applications based on its open source CRM tool.
The POWER5 processor is a 64-bit workhorse used in a variety of settings. Part 1 of this Assembly language for Power Architecture series is an introduction to assembly language concepts and the PowerPC
instruction set. The series as a whole will introduce assembly language in general, specifically language programming for the POWER5.
LXer Feature: 5-Oct-2006
We finally got around to getting a few photos from the 2006 Ohio LinuxFest on-line. Enjoy!
For the third consecutive month, Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox has posted a half a percentage point or more gain in market share, a Web metrics company said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Internet Explorer's still-commanding lead has slipped slightly.
The six branches of the Howard County Library system in Maryland provide 300 computers to their clients. This week, every computer has been upgraded from a "homegrown" Linux kernel, to Groovix, an Ubuntu Linux derivative.
Internet-related investments in Linux servers, PDAs, digital storage and new portable consumer products will be the highest growth areas in the global IT market in the next year, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Pledges Capital to Keep trixbox Free (as in Freedom & Beer)
The Lafarge group, a global leader in building materials, has selected the MySQL® database to operate the real-time management of the different sales and dispatch phases of its Aggregates & Concrete business. The system is already installed at over 100 quarries, with plans to service up to 250 production sites in Europe by the end of autumn 2006.
D-Link will market an unlocked, dual-mode WiFi and GSM/GPRS phone, according to an online publication based in New Zealand. The "V-Click" phone appears to be a rebranded Linux- and Qtopia-based phone design created by Taiwanese ODM (original design manufacturer) Wistron NeWeb Corp.
In their latest episode, the Linux Action Show goes hands-on with Fedora Core 6 Preview release, including running FC6 on Intel Mac hardware. Then kicks the tires of the Enlightenment DR17 window manager using the eLive live CD.
In a case of deja vu that is becoming bad news for Massachusetts residents in particular, and ODF supporters in general, another Massachusetts CIO has resigned in protest. This time it is Peter Quinn's successor, State CIO Louis Gutierrez.
Trolltech has announced the release of version 4.2 of Qt. The main features of this release are CSS-like desktop stylesheets, a new graphics view class, Qt/Mac look-and-feel improvements including the ability to host Carbon widgets inside Qt widgets and tighter cross-desktop integration. See the Qt 4.2 intro for a detailed list. The source can be downloaded for X11, Windows or Mac.
More than 1,000 people turned out on Saturday for the Ohio LinuxFest 2006 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The LinuxFest featured big-name speakers such as Jon 'maddog' Hall, Chris DiBona, and Jeff Waugh, and live penguins from the Columbus Zoo.
Linux seller hires Mark Enzweiler, a veteran of Lenovo and IBM, to be its vice president of North American channel sales.
Market research firm Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has published its annual re-cap of the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), held in Boston the week of Sept. 18. VDC's report highlights several announcements of potential interest to developers and companies in the embedded Linux market.
The long-term solution is a better-quality Internet, with fatter backbone pipes and real QoS (quality of service.) We should see considerable improvement as IPv6 is implemented, because it offers genuine QoS, more efficient routing, and less reliance on NAT (network address translation). QoS in IPv4 is pretty much a joke; many routers don't support it, and even where it is supported, there are several competing, incompatible implementations. If your friendly neighborhood service provider offers real IPv6 service, hop aboard and start getting familiar with it.
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