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Carrier Grade Linux moves beyond telecoms into data centers ...

Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) started as a telecommunications infrastructure building block, but its strong availability, scalability and service response features are driving its adoption in corporate IT environments, says Bill Weinberg, open source architecture specialist for Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), in Beaverton, Ore. Along the way, it's being enhanced to work with virtualization and blade servers, too.

SIP vs. Skype: Making the “Open” Choice

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Oct 2, 2006 10:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Over the past few months, I have found myself conflicted as I have time and again found myself perplexed in an effort to locate a good quality VoIP option for my Linux box. It's been my experience that many Linux purists will expect you to be using some sort of SIP soft phone, and frankly balk at the very idea of running Skype on their systems. After doing a little research, I’m beginning to understand why.

CLI Magic: Customize your comics with dailystrips

Here's a handy Perl script to automate a critical part of your daily routine. dailystrips can help fetch your favorite Internet comic strips in time for you to enjoy them with your first cup of coffee, without your having to surf for them. You can run it from the CLI, or set it up to run automatically each day in cron. Set up correctly, dailystrips will either create an HMTL file you can browse to read the strips, or actually download the images and store them locally for you -- your choice.

First Look: Kubuntu Edgy Eft Beta

For a bleeding-edge release, Edgy Eft Beta delivers the goods. We might even go so far as to call it "polished". Ubuntu seems back on form after Dapper.

Ohio LinuxFest - Live Penguins and Lively Penguinistas

LXer Feature: 2-Oct-2006

Lxer's Bob Whitinger and Don Parris flew to Columbus for the Ohio LinuxFest Saturday. Don shares his experience barrel rolling in a '62 Mooney, meeting popular and lively penguinistas and even a pair of live penguins.

KDE Commit-Digest for 1st October 2006

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on Oct 2, 2006 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KPersonaliser, the new installation greetings wizard, has been removed from KDE 4.

Firefox a "complete security mess"

OPEN SAUCE browser Firefox is so critically flawed that it is impossible to fix, according to two hackers.

[Even if true, it's still more secure than MSIE. Now take a deep breath and let that sink in. - dcparris]

DistroWatch Weekly: Slackware 11.0, Mandriva 2007 anti-PR, FC6 Test4, Instalinux

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 2, 2006 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The unusually long development of Slackware Linux 11.0 continues with an ever growing changelog and more bug fixes. Will we see the final release this week? As Mandriva prepares to unveil its latest and greatest, some of the company's developers are found questioning the suitability of Linux for the desktop. Also in the news: Fedora quietly releases an unscheduled testing set of CD and DVD images of Fedora Core 6, Debian finds itself in a position of not being able to comply with the Mozilla trademark, and Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth talks about Dapper and the future of the project. A quick introduction to Instalinux.com is followed by a statistical titbit from our web logs, before we conclude the issue by awarding the September donation to Inkscape and Cape Linux Users Group. Happy reading!

Building Singapore's National Grid

In this GRIDtoday Q&A, Hing-Yan Lee, deputy director of Singapore's National Grid Office, discusses his organization's work to establish a nationwide cyberinfrastructure with the purpose of improving economic and technological competitiveness. Lee is presenting this week at the Gelato ICE: Itanium Conference & Expo in Biopolis, Singapore.

Mysql database monitoring service in the works

  • SME IT Guide; By China Martens (Posted by dcparris on Oct 2, 2006 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Merlin is a server-based database monitoring and advisory service which continually scans a user's database network for any likely system crashes, bottlenecks or security vulnerabilities, the source said. Under development at MySQL for 22 months, Merlin is due to debut late in the fourth quarter of this calendar year or early in the first quarter of 2007. It's unclear whether Merlin contains any third-party software or if MySQL developers have modelled the offering on any existing database monitoring and advisory service.

Berry 0.74 Screenshots

TCS has taken some nice screenshots of the Berry 0.74. "Yuichiro Nakada has announced a new version of Berry Linux, a Fedora-based, desktop-oriented distribution and live CD with support for both Japanese and English. upgraded a number of popular applications, including Firefox and Thunderbird 1.5.0.7 (both Japanese and English editions); GIMP 2.2.13; WINE 0.9.21 and NdisWrapper 1.23; added Audacious 1.1.2..."

Gnu released new drafts of Free Documentation Licenses

The Free Software Foundation released the first drafts for the next versions of GNU's Free Documentation Licenses. Two drafts were released; one for the GFDL v2 and another for a simpler variant of the FDL.

Hiweed Desktop 1.0 Screenshots

TCS has taken some screenshots of the newly released Hiweed Desktop 1.0. "Some of the changes and new features in the Ubuntu-based Chinese distribution include: improved driver installation for NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards; Firefox default page set to a simple FAQ page; Xfmedia replaced by Totem; Xgl and Compiz upgraded to their latest versions; OpenOffice.org upgraded to version 2.0.3; added Chinese translation for XChat and XFce; Gaim upgraded to support SIP"

Solidcore Names Bob Vieraitis Vice President of Marketing

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Solidcore Systems, Inc., the leading provider of change control solutions, today announced that Bob Vieraitis has been appointed vice president of marketing. Vieraitis will assume worldwide marketing responsibilities to drive revenue growth and accelerate the market adoption of Solidcore's change control software.

Linux Gazette #131 is out!

Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

Intel: Only "Open" for Business

According to Theo de Raadt, Intel is claiming all sorts of Open Source creds even as it withholds specs and drivers on its wireless devices:

"Intel is being an Open Source fraud."

Int'l open source group to start training sessions in RP

Open source advocates in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region are getting a hand from an international open source group, which will be conducting a series of training sessions in the coming months.

Java install on Linux is pants

Sun Microsystems says it's serious about Java on Linux. But the process of installing the Java runtime leaves a lot to be desired, and here is why.

The GIF Format is Finally Patent-Free

"Not many people noticed that the GIF file format is only now free from patents, as of the 1st of October 2006. Quick recap: first in 1999 Unisys tried to extort money from users and developers. Then, in 2003 the world hoped that the saga would finally be over.

DistroWatch Weekly: Financing Debian, Linux XP, Sabayon Linux, origin of DW visitors

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 1, 2006 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With Mandriva Linux 2007 and Slackware Linux 11.0 expected any time now, and Ubuntu 6.10 beta also scheduled for release later this week, the next few days are likely to provide enough excitement to keep all "distro watchers" busy with brand new products. But will Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "etch" be on time too? A highly controversial way of making that happen has stirred the Debian developer community to the point that some of them are calling for the removal of the project's elected leader! In other news, we report about a new init system for Fedora Core, a graphical Xgl/Compiz configuration tool for openSUSE, and a new distribution designed for those who just can't leave their previous desktop interface behind. A "First Look" section featuring SabayonLinux 3.0 is then followed by several statistical reports indicating that your interest in DistroWatch and open source operating systems have been increasing at a rather phenomenal rate. Happy reading!

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