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Pc, Mac and Linux junkies can all be happy in U. Pittsburgh labs

PITTSBURGH, May 12, 2006 (The Pitt News, U-WIRE via COMTEX) --Two hundred sixty dollars goes a long way. The University of Pittsburgh charges each student a fee every year to fund computing services for the campus community. In other words, that chunk of dough gives you access to seven computer labs, 110 e-mail kiosks, 900 sheets of paper and, if you live on campus, a supreme Gigabit Ethernet connection. But that's not all. There are computer classes, software and 24-hour technical support tied into the deal as well.

Hp exec on navigating the open-source waters

One analyst compared Hewlett-Packard to Switzerland, because you can play in the Unix, Linux and Windows areas simultaneously without offending any of your partners, such as Microsoft. Meanwhile, your services group cleans up. I like being called the Switzerland of the high-tech industry. It applies in operating systems but also up the stack, as well. Our story is one of choice. Our goal is to have a level playing field across platforms, from HP-UX to Windows to Linux. I know very, very few customers that have a homogenous environment. They have legacy systems to deal with, new applications going up. You can pick the OS that works for you. It's truly open choice, because we don't have a proprietary software stack that we have an ulterior motive to try and steer you to.

Dear Mr. Ballmer

Trying to litigate Linux is like attempting to juggle warm jello. Just as soon as you think you have a feel for it, it changes form and you have to devise a new plan of action....and then you have to hire someone to mop up the Jello. There is no “International Linux Corporate Headquarters”, nor is there a Board of Directors or any number of steely-eyed shareholders to contend with. Fighting Linux must be like trying to battle Ghost Warriors. I am here to offer you a solution and a tangible target...a solid plan that you can actually organize, project and execute.

Sun software - more prestige than power?

Java father

I've said it before (four years ago, to be precise), and I'll say it again. Software is in the ascendant at Sun Microsystems. Last time I said it, the then up-and-coming Jonathan Schwartz had been appointed software executive vice president.

Will Novell's SUSE Linux Desktop 10.1 bring the Linux desktop to ...

Will Novell's SUSE Linux Desktop 10.1 bring the Linux desktop to the mainstream? SGI goes Chapter 11; FreeBSD 6.1 goes gold; and Sun gets a new CTO.

Ballmer: Microsoft Will Meet Threats of Google, Linux - Over Time

"Microsoft recognizes that its best opportunity to become a strong growth company again lies with what it can do in the online advertising space," Gartner analyst David Smith told the E-Commerce Times. "It represents a major shift for a company that had more than 20 years of experience in doing things largely the same way -- making money from software licenses."

[Careful there, Ballmer's lips are moving... - dcparris]

An Exchange for Exchange

In this week's InfraSpectrum podcast: Peter Coffee examines a plug-compatible alternative to Microsoft Exchange, hosted on Linux and working with standards-based management and collaboration tools, is the proposition offered by PostPath, which emerged on May 9 from stealth mode after two years of development.

German government engineers open OpenPGP for Windows

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on May 12, 2006 8:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
If you run a mostly Linux-based network with some Windows machines, but want to standardize on open source data encryption tools on all your platforms, now you can.

Use Apache Derby in your OpenLaszlo applications

Since OpenLaszlo's open source announcement, many developers have been using OpenLaszlo to create user-friendly rich Internet applications. When you complete this tutorial, you'll be proficient in OpenLaszlo and Apache Derby database.

D-Link settles dispute with 'time geek'

  • the Register; By John Leyden (Posted by tuxchick2 on May 12, 2006 7:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
from the dumb-and-dumber dept:
Networking manufacturer D-Link has settled a dispute with a Danish administrator Poul-Henning Kamp over the way its kit queries internet time servers...The address of Kamp's NTP server - which is run on a non-profit basis and allocated only minimal bandwidth resources - was hardwired into the firmware in various D-link products.

Enable SELinux From Scratch

SELinux, the U.S. National Security Agency's implementation of mandatory access control, is the most prominent new security subsystem in Linux. It comes installed by default in Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux and is available in easy-to-install packages in other distributions. This article shows you how to convert a non-SELinux system by hand in order to expose details about how SELinux is integrated into a system.

Creating professional documentation with Linux tools

Documentation is a necessary evil of software development. While Linux lacks standard Windows tools such as FrameMaker, RoboHelp, and WebWorks Publisher, it's still a viable environment for technical writers. Linux users can take advantage of a number of documentation tools, including both free or open source software (FOSS) and proprietary software. All of them give technical writers the ability to author and publish professional documentation.

Ballmer: Microsoft To Focus On Linux Competition, Software As A ...

CEO Steve Ballmer said Linux has been outselling Microsoft in areas such as file services, e-mail security and e-science, and that demonstrates Microsoft needs to innovate.

[Yeah, they're gonna innovate all right. They have apparently got a great start with their innovative "license-brokering" program. - dcparris]

LinuxWorld, Powered by Windows?

Did anyone else catch this? According to The Register, the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2006 web page is running powered on Windows Server 2003?! That's a bit I checked things out myself by visiting netcraft. Yep, they sure are. Very odd. You'd think that someone who runs a Linux website would make sure that the host they went with and the designers they hired to do the website were Linux people instead of Windows. In fact, if it were me, I'd make damn sure I did it that way.

VIA's open source approach questioned again

Motherboard and chipset maker VIA is again taking some heat over its open source efforts that, according to one open source developer, now "instigate" violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Novell talks migration and Microsoft

Linux Format has an interview with Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, the director of Linux and OSS marketing at Novell. Greg discusses whether or not any company can become the 'Microsoft of Linux', and explains how the company's internal migration to Linux on the desktop is progressing.

Using Mini-ITX for embedded computing

  •; By Roland Groeneveld (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 12, 2006 1:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This article summarizes the appearance, evolution, and current state of Mini-ITX as a form-factor for embedded applications. It was written by Roland Groeneveld, who founded Logic Supply, a PC board and parts distributor specializing in Mini-ITX.

FreeBSD vows to compete with desktop Linux

Unix descendent soon to match Linux on features, with GNOME desktop support expected this year, according to a core developer.

India lays down 'open' challenge

After his first trip to India, regular columnist Bill Thompson looks forward to the end of western domination of the free software community

Start-up targets Exchange customers

Messaging vendor PostPath emerged from stealth mode last week, saying it plans to ship a Linux-based replacement for Exchange that supports Linux network protocols and is designed to look just like Exchange on the network. PostPath Server, expected to ship next month, is designed not only as a replacement for an entire Exchange environment but also as a piecemeal replacement for individual Exchange servers, such as those in branch offices.

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