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Free software is software that may be modified and redistributed freely by anyone, with no significant restrictions on how the code may be changed, the uses to which it may be put, or the parties with whom it may be shared. From this simple definition flow many unexpected consequences.
Mozilla Firefox developer Mike Connor has announced that two new code reviewers have been appointed to approve patches for Firefox and the XUL toolkit.
Gartner vice president Donald Feinberg debunks the term "business intelligence." For him business activity model (BAM) is what it is all about. BAM will enable real-time access to critical data including supplementary information to improve efficiency of the business.
The OpenSUSE team has announced through its mail list that SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha1, codename "Auckland," is ready for download and testing by those wanting to live on the bleeding edge of Linux.
Persona Software plans to ship in mid-November the second edition of its "fixed-mobile convergence" (FMC) suite, which lets dual-mode phone users roam between cellular and WiFi networks. Personal OnePhone 2.0 adds support for Linux, Symbian, and Windows Mobile 5.0 phones, along with security and regulatory compliance features.
Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable distributions. With the recent release of Debian Sarge, it's better than ever. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, walks through a typical installation.
Red Hat, IBM and Trusted Computer Solutions plan to put out a version of Linux the CIA can love late next year. This is something Microsoft has been promising for a decade, but as of the summer, had still failed to deliver.
The free and open source software movements do a great job of providing software and guidance for programmers, and reach charities and educational markets fairly well. Aside from highly technical projects, there has been comparatively little attention given to Very Serious Business--and for good reason. Jono Bacon explores the motivations and values of the "enterprise" software market and considers how to evangelize it effectively.
Oracle, who have moved their whole business on to a Linux platform, is recommending that organisations in the Middle East do the same. In the Middle East, businesses are growing at a very fast rate, and they need to be ready for growth. Oracle believes that Linux is an ideal operating system in this kind of environment, since it "can be stripped down into components and packages and boots up quickly and you don't have the hidden taxation of Microsoft licensing fees." The company has also praised the level of security inherent in the Linux platform, claiming that it is much easier to build a secure infrastructure with Linux
I must confess that I am biased. Horribly, irreversibly biased. I love the Free/Open Source software world because it provides the ultimate in pro-customer values.
Sun Microsystems debuted its UltraSparc IV+ servers last week, but IBM will counter that launch by announcing Unix servers with the new Power5+ processor next week, sources familiar with the plans said. Big Blue will tout the latest generation of its Unix servers on Oct. 4, refreshing its pSeries line with the new processor and a new product family name. The Power5+ is expected to arrive at a clock speed of 1.9GHz, the same as the top speed of its predecessor, the Power5.
Although the financial services industry has adopted Linux more slowly than first expected, Linux is now starting to hold more sway, even if often from behind the scenes, according to participants in this week's High Performance on Wall Street conference in New York City.
Microsoft's MSN sent out an enhancement in the form of a plugin for users of the Firefox browser from Mozilla. The default search engine for Firefox is Google but this gives users another search choice for their Mozilla browser.
The number of security holes that occur isn't as telling as how they're handled.
Recently, there was quite a flap about a Symantec study, which showed that—horrors!—Firefox had more security holes than Internet Explorer.
But, what did Symantec's Internet Threat Report really show?
I asked Elias Levy, aka Aleph One, former moderator of Bugtrac and today, a Symantec architect. He told me that Symantec reported on the number of flaws that had been confirmed by the vendor.
LENOVO Group Ltd, the world's third largest personal computer maker, is planning to offer the Linux operating system in consumer PCs it plans to sell in Singapore next year.
When I see or hear people knocking Linux for not having applications, I think of Jesse Vincent's Request Tracker (RT). When I first found out about RT, I thought I had found a few hundred thousand dollars laying on the street. That's the amount of money I would have had to spend on a proprietary trouble ticket tracking system comparable to ones from "big" commercial shops.
But whether or not the country's president, Alejandro Toledo, will sign the bill is still an open question.
If he does, Peru will join Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other countries in “actively moving toward the Linux operating system and other open-source alternatives that can mean millions of dollars in savings,” says AP.
According to Sirota, "Just substitute Goldman Sachs for First Jersey and Morgan Stanley for Stratton Oakmont and you have the very same manipulative unlawful conduct engaged in by the supposed "legitimate" firms but on a far larger financial scale...one CSFB IPO, VA Linux, ripped off more money from the public investor victims than all of the First Jersey and Stratton Oakmont fraudulent IPOs combined."
Proprietary software companies could sue open source software developers or end users for patent infringement, but they probably won't, says one intellectual property attorney. If they do, the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) plans to be ready.
As Hurricane Rita hurled violent waves and howling winds at Galveston last week, a penguin at Moody Gardens was unruffled enough to lay an egg inside the glass aquarium pyramid.
It is Moody's first Gentoo penguin egg, a triumph for zookeeers even under ordinary circumstances, and it's expected to hatch around Halloween if all goes well.
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