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Microsoft imposes Vista tax on Mac and Linux virtualization

Computer users wanting to run Vista on Mac OS or Linux will have to buy an expensive version of Vista if they want to legally install it on their systems using virtualization technology.

The Impact Of A Tickless Kernel

In this article we will be looking at the impact of CONFIG_NO_HZ/Dynamic Ticks, which will be found in the Linux 2.6.21 kernel. The option has been available as a patch for quite a while, but not until Linux 2.6.21-rc1 had it been merged into the upstream kernel. When enabled, there will only be timer ticks when they are needed. The end-user benefit is cooler-running processors and increased power savings. We have investigated this change with a notebook and desktop computer.

Implementing Highly Available Oracle Databases with Red Hat ...

In the current business environment, it is essential that databases, as well as other components of IT infrastructure, remain functional at all times. Downtime of databases is increasingly expensive to companies, and the industry is searching for ways to avoid planned or unplanned downtime. Hosting organizations widely depend on commercial high-availability suites, such as Veritas Cluster Server or Sun Cluster, that provide robust, very customizable, and flexible failover capabilities to a wide range of applications. However, these solutions also carry a significant price tag.

Bexley (Ohio) City Schools to Switch to Linux

  • ThisWeek Community News; By Quinn Bowman (Posted by dave on Feb 25, 2007 1:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At least one school district in Ohio has decided to take the leap and switch to Linux. One of the reasons is cost, and although they make it sound like Linux requires license fees like that other OS, it is a positive article for Linux. (Bexley is a suburb of Columbus Ohio).

openEMR Successfully Completes IHE Connectathon Testing

The Possibility Forge and Mandriva successfully completed the testing requirements for openEMR at the 2007 IHE Connectathon in North America. To connect and share information openEMR uses IBM's Open Healthcare Framework (“OHF”). The Possibility Forge and Mandriva, using OHF, represent openEMR, the first open source electronic medical record system to participate, and successfully complete the interoperability standards at the IHE Connectathon

Open Source Abuse or Misunderstanding in China?

Just when I was beginning to feel upbeat about all the events and innovations going on in China this year, I see this thread from the CentOS List. The thread is not new, nor is the ‘offer’ being made in it. For all my years in China I do remember the days when distro’s were sold for 68 RMB and all our BLUG members celebrated the active distribution of Linux software for the low cost of 68 RMB ($8 USD). Back in the day downloading ISOs was near impossible, especially for most of the local software engineering students. We thought this was a great way to get Linux into the hands of a greater number of local developers.

KateOS LIVE 3.2 Beta — a Lightweight Multimedia Desktop

  • PolishLinux.org; By riklaunim (Posted by michux on Feb 24, 2007 9:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
KateOS is a Polish (and polished!) community-driven distribution. Each new release of the system brings decent innovations and offers an even better GNU/Linux *lightweight multimedia desktop*. On February 12th a new beta version KateOS Live 3.2 was released. I decided to give it a try and share my experience with this modern Linux distribution.

Single-core Linux phone hits the market

Grundig Mobile has launched a Linux phone based on a single-core, single-chip architecture, long considered to be the "holy grail" of modern handset technology. The U900 runs Linux and an RTOS (real-time operating system) on an NXP ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip), using VirtualLogix platform virtualization technology.

10 free storage utilities

There's nothing like free software to save some drain on your storage management or data protection budget -- if that free software works, of course. Here are 10 storage utilities you can download and start using to manage your storage-area network (SAN), deploy network-attached storage (NAS), or monitor and assess the privacy of your network.

Mozilla patches major Firefox security flaw

Mozilla Corp. today released updated versions of the Firefox browser, v1.5.0.10 and v2.0.0.2, for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that close a major security flaw called the "location.hostname vulnerability." The fix stops hackers from being able to tamper with how websites are displayed.

No Sweat: Open Source Apparel

The larger the garment industry has become, the more apparel companies have operated opaque businesses and employed questionable (if not abominable) practices in order to keep up with the goliath scale of manufacturing. At this point, most consumers have at least partial awareness of the perilous conditions of sweatshops, but the majority of clothes still come from behind a veil; and because consumers know how limited our choices are for goods with a transparent backstory, we don't always choose to try to see what's behind that closed source.

Creating an XForms-Based Logo Generator

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 24, 2007 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) provides an easy way to declaratively create an image using XML, and XForms provides an easy way to edit XML. In this article you will put the two together to create an XForms-based XVG editor for creating SVG images such as logos.

PHP for Microsoft AJAX Library released

In the past, Microsoft has said that its ASP.NET AJAX (Atlas) framework could be used sans Microsoft development tools. Particularly, the client-side library in ASP.NET AJAX can interact with several web-based programming languages as it consists of nothing more than JavaScript. That being said, one industrious Microsoft dev has gone ahead and created a library called "PHP for Microsoft AJAX Library" that allows PHP developers to easily interact with Microsoft's rich client framework.

AMD, Gigabyte Release Source-Code for Mainboard’s BIOS

An engineer from Advanced Micro Devices has reportedly released source-code of BIOS (basic input/output system) for a mainboard by Gigabyte Technology. The move allows die-hard Linux followers to reprogram BIOS according to their needs, for instance, to get better overclocking functionality.

IBM not ready to say Oracle's Linux compatible

IBM is not ready to guarantee that its computer programs are compatible with Oracle Corp.'s recently launched version of the Linux operating system, an IBM spokesman said on Friday. This means that if IBM software programs turn out to be incompatible with Oracle Enterprise Linux, then it will be up to Oracle -- and not IBM -- to resolve the issue, said IBM spokesman Matthew McMahon.

Firefox 2.0.0.2 and Firefox 1.5.0.10 Security and Stability Update

As part of Mozilla Corporation's ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 1.5.0.10 and Firefox 2.0.0.2 are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from getfirefox.com. Due to the security fixes, we strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to these latest releases.

Free & Open software training for state students

Free software does not mean getting it for free, it means the freedom to choose, deploy, run and make changes according to the needs of the user, said Biman Bose, the politburo member and state general secretary of CPI(M). Soon state schools will have teachers who have the necessary training to teach the various facets of free and open source software to secondary and higher secondary students.

Creating a Web service app object using WebSphere Portal V6

Extend your WebSphere Portal Personalization capabilities to make data from external sources available to your portal using Personalization Rules.

Live from the 2007 pyCon in Dallas, Texas

Python is a unique programming language that is widely used in places like Google, NASA and many other companies for mission critical applications. I'm reporting from the 2007 Python conventionpyCon in search of healthcare possibilities. I'm finding some but it seems as though straight Electronic Medical Record work has gone dormant. Tim Cook's efforts with FreePM which is now TORCH and Andrew Ho's work with Zope and OIO are the only examples that come to mind but it doesn't appear that Python has significant EMR software. That does not appear to be the case with PHP/MySQL which has a thriving community. Why?

Ditching the Mozilla Public License for GPL

Although the GPL is considered the most widely used license in open source projects today, plenty of commercial open source projects choose to use a Mozilla Public License (MPL) variant instead. Open source enterprise content management firm Alfresco used to be one such commercial vendor. But as of today, Alfresco is moving from an MPL license to the GPL.

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