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Thursday, January 19 2006 @ 08:01 AM EST
You know how Microsoft FUD hammers home the idea that total cost of ownership of using GNU/Linux is higher than with Windows, because of needing to train administrators? Well, look at this EU FLOSSpols survey of FLOSS use by 955 European local governments, which found that "FLOSS users administer 35% more PCs per IT administrator than non-users – FLOSS use appears to reduce administrator workload per PC, and IT departments with high workloads are more likely to want a future increase in FLOSS use." The survey was done in March of 2005.
Windows isn’t the only operating system in town: there's growing interest in Linux and open-source applications, both for server and desktop deployment. This guide looks at what small businesses have to gain by going down this route, and where the pitfalls lie.
Walk into any small business and, for the most part, you’ll find individually licensed Windows desktops connected via Windows networks to Windows servers running Windows applications. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and an increasing number of companies are discovering the benefits of switching some, if not all, of their IT to the open source Linux platform.
O'Reilly has announced the release of “Running Linux, Fifth Edition: The Ultimate Getting-Started, Problem-Solving Linux Guide”. The book is authored by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Matt Welsh. According to O'Reilly, “All those newcomers need to be welcomed, supported, informed, and educated.”
Matthias Kalle Dalheimer says, "More and more non-technical people are moving to Linux from Windows, and they need to be well received and shown that while Linux is a new world--a world in which those who are willing to do their part of the thinking will thrive best--it is still a friendly world, with a wealth of tools and applications to help."
Google has announced it has opened up its new instant messaging service, Google Talk, to all other IM networks that utilize the XMPP protocol, which originally was developed for Jabber. This enables Google users to communicate directly with users of Linux IM clients GAIM and Psi, Apple's iChat, Jabber, Gizmo Project, Tiscali, Netease, Chikka, MediaRing, and several others.
Not everything Novell does is designed (or so it seems) to make the choice about moving to SuSE as hard as possible for you. This week I want to mention two major efforts by the company that could, perhaps, make your decision easier. One was actually announced a few months ago (but got very little press attention) while the second surfaced just last week. I'll start with the most recent announcement.
Q&A:Richard Stallman, founder of the FSF, talks about his goals for the GPL and the hopes and fears of free software advocates.
This week, the University of Otago will host the first linux.conf.au Australian Linux conference to be held outside Australia.
The five previous approximately annual conferences have been held in various Australian state capitals since 1999 (there was no conference in calendar year 2000). This year’s event will involve as speakers some of the seminal figures of Linux and wider open source development, including Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of web-related open source programming language PHP, Andrew Tridgell from the Samba project, Linux kernel developer Dave Miller, Damian Conway, developer of Perl, Jon 'Maddog' Hall, executive director of Linux International and Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu and Thawte, often described as the First African in Space (he was a civilian cosmonaut aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission in 2002).
The government has surpassed the private sector to become the country’s largest employer of freelance IT specialists.
Over one in four IT contractors in the UK now work in the public sector, according a report by contractor services firm Giant Group.
There is a lot of depth to MySQL and what you can do with it, and consequently, no small list of commands and combinations that are a part of it. Here is MY list of 'must know' information and commands for the MySQL beginner.
The University of the Western Cape kicks off 2006 with a new release of KEWL.NextGen, the free software e-learning application originally developed under the university's AVOIR project.
For many reasons I think, for the moment, it is better to heap praise upon our real friends than to attempt to root out the abusers. There is just too much noise to signal for even to be possible to convey the proper message.
So when the next Sap (as was so emblematicly expressed by SAP) complains about the short comings of F/OSS (because they failed to get the free labor they so ardently desired) to revive their decaying product line, just grin. I think by the most subtle means possible, in a subliminal sense, the message is being sent to the uncaring public that something is more amiss with these large corporations than their targets of the moment.
Hence, reward those worthy with praise and give scorn to those such as the above only in forums where the audience level of knowledge and interest is sufficient to understand the underlying arguments. For the rest patience, thought and contributions to the new forthcoming GPL 3. The latter, if done right, will then make it more difficult for the abusers to gain mileage with inferior products via false, misleading marketing.
Help Shape Our Industry! Become a speaker at this year's Rational Software Development conference and help lead the way in advancing the state of the art in Open Stanards software development. Share with colleagues in our industry your Open Standards expertise with Linux, Eclipse, Apache Geronimo, and Cloudscape. We want to hear about your experiences, challenges, tips and tricks you'ved learned about how to use our tools to design, develop and deploy high quality software that satisfies the needs of your business. Applications will be accepted until January 20, 2006.
Confused about what DHCP offers and how you can take advantage of it on your Linux system? Here are some tips and pointers.
2X Software Ltd. announced Wednesday that it will give away software for a total of 1 million thin clients in a bid to demonstrate the advantages of its commercial thin-client computing software. The company is offering the first 200,000 visitors to its website a free five-thin-client license for 2X ThinClientServer.
[ED Note 2X is a sponsor of LXer so try it out. -bstadil}
In the past month, there's been much ado about Xen in the online community, both from developers, columnists and the SearchOpenSource.com audience at large. First Xen was given the green light to become an open source killer app, thanks to the work done by companies like XenSource with its XenOptimizer 3.0 upgrade. Meanwhile, some users and analysts said the technology was unproven and had a ways to go before the killer app label would fit. . Xen, for the unfamiliar, is a virtual machine monitor for x86 that allows a user to run several operating systems at the same time. So why is Xen so important, and why could it be an open source force in 2006 and beyond?
I believe that 2006 will be the year for Linux-powered consumer electronic devices. For the past few weeks I've been enthralled by one early example: the Nokia 770.
The KDE Project released a security advisory today for a heap overflow vulnerability in KJS. Earlier this month, a number of integer overflows affecting KPDF, and consequentially KOffice were found and fixed.
Not everyone is happy with the first draft of the GPL 3 open-source license.
Cleveland's Key Bank is keeping its own bank balance healthy by moving much of its back-end infrastructure to Linux.
In mid-2004, Key Bank, which manages US$92.3 billion in customer assets, began replacing aging Unix servers with Intel-based Linux servers that are less expensive than sticking with pricey and proprietary Unix hardware. The bank saw its server costs fall by 80 percent, according to Dave Seager, vice president of Unix systems engineering.
Richard Stallman, founder of FSF, speaks on the proposed changes to the GPL and his hopes for the revision process
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