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Review: Mandriva Linux 2006

MandrakeLinux always had a reputation as an ideal distribution for beginners. Now that the renamed Mandriva has included technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris into Mandriva Linux 2006, this reputation seems more justified than ever. From its installation program to its selection of software and desktop design to its package design and security options, Mandriva is one of the easiest to use distributions available today.

Trusted Computer Solutions Pushes Trust to the Edge with NetTop(R)2 - Thin Client

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Company Unveils First Thin Client Multilevel Application Running Trusted Linux Technology on the Desktop

Hard-as-nails OpenBSD releases v3.8

Theo de Raadt's popular open source operating system, OpenBSD, releases its 18th installment. Like previous versions, the focus is on security, with plenty new features to keep users happy.

MS online spree shows it's scared silly by Firefox

MS IS REALLY REALLY SCARED of the whole OpenOffice Google Axis of Not So Evil.

How scared? Scared enough that Firefox Mozilla is now public enemy #2, and it is dipping its toes in the water to embrace it in the fight against the big G.

Microsoft launched the new Windows Live office-as-a-service service, or at least a preview of it yesterday.

Open source start-ups make their pitch - in public

The Network World staff wrote below a large Microsoft Ad: "Three open source start-up executives Tuesday showed their daring by making pitches to potential customers. What made them daring is that they did it in front of dozens of attendees at the Open Source Business Conference in Newton, Mass."

"Not surprisingly, the customer panelists who agreed to participate are from organizations that use open source software, though some to much larger extents than others. Their responses to the new companies ranged from practically inviting them in to show off their software to telling them to get back in a couple of years."

[Ed: This doesn't surprise us in the least. Take a look at an article we published today about VC's, Linux and Open Source companies:]

Related Article today The Venture Capital Reluctance Toward Linux

Comment of the Day - November 2, 2005 Why People Switch to LXer

AndyCooll writes about his experience trying Firefox and OpenOffice.org. He writes: "I saw that the quality of these products were excellent. And I was hooked. It was only a small step then to trying Linux."

From the article: Why People Switch to Linux

Applicure Releases TotalShield 2.0 - Providing Multi-Tier Web Security

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Innovative Approach Secures the Organization's Web-linked Applications and Data Assets

Stealing From Google

  • InformationWeek; By Thomas Claburn (Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 4:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With $1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say I ignore online ads.

I've been using a Firefox plugin called CustomizeGoogle to block Google ads and generally improve the search experience.

Red Hat makes clear its virtual plans

Red Hat has announced expansion plans it claims will take it forward to 2007.

Taking as its cue new figures from IDC that show the Linux server market expanding by 26 per cent annually to a value of $12 billion by 2008, and the Linux client market growing by 30 per cent to $10 billion, Red Hat will expand in four directions: regionally; into mission-critical applications; in terms of product breadth; and with a more vertical focus.

SGI and Novell Attain Elevated Security Certification for SUSE Linux on SGI Altix Systems

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 3:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Level 3 Certification Ensures High-Performance 64-Bit Linux OS on SGI Servers Meets Global Government and Military Security Standards

Using the GIMP for Simple Desktop Backgrounds

  • Systhread; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Nov 2, 2005 2:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
Not a graphics guru but you would like to know a little bit about creating a nice background? Using the gimp in a few steps, a variety of nice backgrounds can be yours for your X desktop.

Review: Mandriva Linux 2006 PowerPack Edition

It's not often that you see a desktop operating system aimed at power users. Usually an experienced user is expected to build the operating system from the command line ala FreeBSD, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, or Linux From Scratch; or to spend hours customizing one of the totally

Red Hat to Focus on Reducing Infrastructure Costs For Customers

  • IT News Online; By IT News Online Staff (Posted by tadelste on Nov 2, 2005 1:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat announced that its primary technology plan for 2006 through 2007 would be to continue to reduce IT infrastructure costs for customers. The company sees virtualization, stateless Linux and developer enablement as the key levers to reduce costs by increasing organizational efficiency and agility.

Linux in Action: Understanding Federated Identity Management Business Drivers

Aside from some obvious business benefits, some government regulations require Federal Identity Management

Trying out the new OpenBSD 3.8

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 2, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yesterday OpenBSD, the proactively secure Unix-like operating system, released version 3.8, featuring several improvements to networking, RAID management tools, and increased security. At openbsd.org you can download installation files or order the official three-disc CD set, which supports 16 processor architectures out of the box. I took this new release as an opportunity to perform my first ever OpenBSD install.

African developers build pharmacy management tool

Free software developers from around Africa have developed a hospital pharmacy management system to replace existing proprietary systems. The system was developed after a request by a pharmacist who needed to replace his outdated Access-based system.

[And it's almost complete! - Ed]

Red Hat grows up

Red Hat has ridden the Linux wave quite successfuly for a decade now. It's by far the leading Linux distributor and growing at 40% to 50% per year. This is mostly based on a simple formula: For many applications, corporations can cut their computer hardware costs by 30% or more by shifting from proprietary Unix software and RISC-chip hardware to Linux running on Intel- and AMD-based servers.

Now comes Red Hat's next act. In its next major release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, due out before the end of the year, the company is introducing a handful of technologies and services aimed at making computing substantially cheaper for corporations. It's attacking the total-cost-of-ownership issues that Microsoft has raised in an effort to hold back the Linux tide. If Red Hat brings down the cost of open-source computing by another big step, it, and Linux, could prove mighty hard to stop.

SCO Starts to Show Its Cards

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 1, 2005 11:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, SCO
But, the Unix company still doesn't show any public smoking gun of proof of Linux copyright violations or IBM wrong doings.

Massachusetts' CIO defends move to OpenDocument

Jack Loftis writes: Open standards and open source software (OSS) got political on Monday when Linda Hamel, the general counsel for the Massachusetts Information Technology Department (ITD), suggested that groups that oppose the OpenDocument file format standard might be influenced by Microsoft.

[The comment about going from open source to OpenDocument is either intentionally misleading or ignorant. It would be good to know which. - Ed]

Moglen to Focus on the Meaning of Free Software

The co-author of the upcoming GPL Version 3 says his conference speech will target big-picture issues such as why user rights are so important to business users.

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