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Open Tuesday talks open source business

Open Tuesday this month has Obsidian Systems founder, Anton de Wet, talking on how to build a business on open source software. The Joburg based networking event for OSS enthusiasts has also moved venues.

Linux on laptops? Oh, my! (video)

Some of the heaviest PR lead-up to this year's West Coast LinuxWorld Conference and Expo was about Linux on laptops, and specifically Novell's SUSE Linux on Lenovo laptops.

Vista Aiding Linux Desktop, Strategist Says

Windows Vista has probably created the single biggest opportunity for the Linux desktop to take market share, Cole Crawford, an IT strategist at Dell, said in an address titled, "The Linux Desktop—Fact, FUD or Fantasy?" at the annual LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here. For example, a number of companies have moved back to Windows XP after deploying Vista, Crawford said, before quoting Scott Granneman, an author, entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as saying, "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just have to work on it."

Microsoft vs. The Linux World

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 9, 2007 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Make no mistake about it, if you are using a Linux distribution, you are not a friend to the software giant in Redmond. For years, they have spread rumors and half-truths in an effort to curb any further attraction to Linux development. Unfortunately for them, this has not only failed miserably, but their own Vista operating system has become the ultimate pro-Linux marketing campaign with its bugs, bloat and compatibility issues.

Leverage DB2 Support for XML

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Hardeep Singh (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 9, 2007 8:22 AM EDT)
Learn how the new XML storage and query environment of DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows plays into the XML data model described in Part 1of this series. Part 2 focuses on how to exploit the improved database support for XML in your application architecture.

Novell-Microsoft Deal Necessary, CEO Says

Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian explained rather than defended his company's deal with Microsoft in his keynote address at the annual LinuxWorld Conference here Aug. 8. "I know our deal with Microsoft is controversial, but it is necessary for our customers who have to deal with both Linux and Windows in their data centers. Virtualization is also going to have to deal with both of those operating systems," he told attendees.

OSA pushes interoperability with Common Customer View

The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) pushed out a prototype application at LinuxWorld yesterday to demonstrate interoperability between open source applications. The Common Customer View (CCV) prototype integrates data between open source products from JapserSoft, Centric CRM, Adaptive Planning, Talend, and other OSA members, and includes a new single sign-on (SSO) piece contributed by SpikeSource and released under the Open Source License (OSL).

MySQL ends distribution of Enterprise source tarballs

MySQL quietly let slip that it would no longer be distributing the MySQL Enterprise Server source as a tarball, not quite a year after the company announced a split between its paid and free versions. While the Enterprise Server code is still under the GNU General Public License (GPL), MySQL is making it harder for non-customers to access the source code.

Emacs editing, Pt.5: Shape your Emacs view

This tutorial, the fifth in a series, shows you how to manage and manipulate the shape your Emacs session—examine how to partition the Emacs screen, create multiple X client windows for a single Emacs session, and display multiple buffers in each window, dividing the screen with horizontal and vertical divisions.

New development releases: Mandriva Linux 2008 and Fedora 8

For those who like living on the cutting edge, Mandriva Linux 2008 Beta 1 (code name Cassini) and Fedora 8 Test 1 ("for 'alpha' users") were both released this week.

75 minutes to close a bug

Today at 11:04am (GMT, or Greenwich Time), Debian developer Erich Schubert reported about a bug in Serendipity. According to his blog, it took him 10 minutes to close it, and he reported it to the guys over at Serendipity.

In-depth Fedora 7 Review

If you're a Fedora user the end of May means one thing...time for a new release! This year was no different as the Fedora project continued its aggressive six month release schedule. Fedora 7, code named “Moonshine”, is the latest version of the Red Hat influenced Linux distribution. Fedora regulars will note the absence of the word “Core” in the new name. This isn't the only change with this release. We'll delve into what's new in 7 as well as review Fedora from a desktop standpoint.

Still no Linux at Dell's

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Aug 9, 2007 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
If you followed the news, then you may have seen that yesterday, lots of European sites were full of praise for Dell, who announced that they will offer preinstalled Linux systems here in Europe as well.

Why We Need a $200 Linux Notebook in the US

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 9, 2007 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Without a question, having access to a truly entry level notebook like this one running Linux is going to make a lot of lower income families very happy. Ringing in at $189 USD, this provides users looking for a click and type workstation for a very reasonable cost.

New Firefox support site targets your mom

The alpha version of Mozilla's community-driven Firefox support site offers how-to and troubleshooting documents directed toward new users -- a crucial audience if the browser is to capture and maintain additional market share.

Qt 4.3.1 Allows for More Free Software Licences

Trolltech have announced the release of Qt 4.3.1. This release adds bug fixes and performance optimisations. More significant however is the new licence exceptions added to their Free Software edition. This means Qt software can be used along with a larger range of other Free Software libraries and dependencies. The Trolltech blog is celebrating the release with photos of the Trolltech support teams.

CNR is Coming: Linux May Never be the Same

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 8, 2007 10:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
A while back, I wrote about CNR coming out for other distributions of Linux, such as Ubuntu. And while so many people pointed to the fact that we already have apt-get, YaST, among other application installation solutions, no one seems to have an answer to the legality of using restricted codecs and fonts here in the States. This is where Linspire will come in.

Microsoft is Using OSI Endorsement and Linux Deals to Promote Lock-ins

Remember that the whole thing is a just publicity stunt. It is a shame that OSI board members such as Matt Asay are too blind to see this, let alone react responsibly.

OpenSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 released

The OpenSUSE project celebrated its second birthday on Aug. 7 by making the first beta of OpenSUSE 10.3 available at the LinuxWorld trade show here. OpenSUSE 10.3 is a bleeding-edge Linux operating system based on Linux kernel with a large variety of the latest open-source applications for desktops, servers and application development. Novell is OpenSUSE's corporate backer, and uses OpenSUSE as the foundation for its SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) line.

Lenovo to launch preloaded Linux laptop

Lenovo announced that it will be preloading Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system on select ThinkPad notebooks. Although exact dates could not be confirmed for South Africa, these machines are due to be released worldwide in the last quarter of the year.

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