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Xgl -- Linux gets a 3D desktop

In what will no doubt be a boon for the Linux desktop Novell recently demonstrated its new OpenGL accelerated X server -- bringing with it a range of impressive 3D accelerated visuals and effects.

The Other Grid God: Open Source

  • Opendotdotdot; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Mar 9, 2006 2:43 AM EDT)
The total domination of top-end computing - be it grids or supercomputers - by open source is one of the facts that Microsoft somehow omits to tell us in its "Get The Facts" campaign.

For Oxfam volunteer-driven free software makes sense

In a carefully-planned operation that took more than a year to complete the British charity Oxfam switched three thousand of its users from using its proprietary collaboration platform to one which is closer to their mission: volunteer-created Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS).

Eclipse Performance Tuning Toolkit for Linux

biptk helps developers and performance specialists exploit bytecode instrumentation for the purpose of profiling Java applications.

Windows Steals Top Server OS Spot From Unix : But Hold Up... How Much Did Linux Server Sales Account For?

While Windows Server software and Unix-based Server Software systems battle it out in the marketplace, 2005 marking this first year Windows Server software has beat Unix-based server software (notably, by a small margin), it seems that something else has appeared to emerge as part of the overall server systems story. Linux actually *DOES* have a business model, and is thriving despite what some would want you to believe. Here's my analysis of what all of this means:

What is UNIX, Anyway?

  • dW (Posted by idean on Mar 8, 2006 11:34 PM EDT)
The Thirty Years' War was long and dreary and mostly pointless, but in the end, some good came out of it: the Peace of Westphalia. The UNIX wars were also long, dreary, and mostly pointless, but much good came out of them too. As compared with other operating system standards -- which are often highly volatile at best or non-existent at worst -- when it comes to UNIX, the elements are so mixed in the documentation that Nature might stand up and say to all the world 'This is a standard.'

LAMP better open source code then most

The LAMP software stack is of a higher quality than most open source software, a study initiated by the US Department of Homeland Security has found. LAMP has 0.29 defects per thousand lines of code, compared to the baseline of 0.434 for 32 open source projects analysed.

Will Google Launch A GDrive Or Not? Is It Really Necessary?

Let’s start with a little bit of history. The concept of storing your very important and precious data online is nothing new. There are already several companies which, for a monthly or annual fee, rent you a certain number of MB in order for you to save those essential data that you don’t want to lose if your personal computer begins to malfunction.

Help, open source!

Commercial software can be costly in more ways than one. As if hefty license fees weren't bad enough, product support is limited to whatever services the vendor agrees to sell you, at a price that's tough to negotiate. Of course, you could fix program bugs yourself if you had access to the source code—but the typical software maker doesn't provide this.

So how do you break the cycle of vendor dependency? One popular choice is to explore open-source alternatives.

Administrator root password readable in cleartext on Ubuntu Breezy

Teotihuacan writes on the UbuntuForum: There is a file that contains all the installation logs :

/var/log/installer/cdebconf/questions.dat In this file, there is all the questions asked to the user abd all the user's answers. So, near the end of the file, we can find the user created during the installation... and its password (not hidden).

Moreover, this file can be read by all users (contrary to the syslog).

Linux-based router finds commercial potential in Vyatta

Linux and open source pros who have followed the developments of the eXtensible Open Router Platform (XORP) should get to know a bit of Sanskrit - the word Vyatta, in particular.

Latte and Linux in Toronto

Linux users who live in Toronto now have a special place to gather, get online, and sip fancy coffee drinks. It's not Starbucks, it's the linuxcaffe.

SCO's Revenue Continues Down the Drain

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by ralph on Mar 8, 2006 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, SCO
SCO's losses continue to mount, but the company executives keep a stiff upper lip while hoping that its case against IBM will eventually profit the small Unix company.

AOL opens AIM code to developers

AOL is opening up its code base, enabling developers to expand its online service, but is holding back on allowing for any convergence between AIM and rival messaging clients and services.

The internet service provider has launched the Open AIM initiative that provides access to AOL's proprietary protocols through a Software Development Kit (SDK). This allows developers to build plug-ins and customised communication clients running on the AOL network.

The Intention Economy

  • Linux Journal; By Doc Searls (Posted by ralph on Mar 8, 2006 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Is"The Attention Economy" just another way for advertisers to skewer eyeballs? And why build an economy around Attention, when Intention is where the money comes from?

A first look at wikiCalc

Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc, is at it again. Bricklin is working on wikiCalc, a Web-based spreadsheet application. It's not quite ready for prime time yet, but it does show promise.

Novell stitches up Linux deal with NSW Government

In what is believed to be the first open source government contract in Australia of its kind, Novell has signed a deal with the NSW Department of Commerce to become an approved supplier of Open Source software and solutions under the Open Source (Linux) Enterprise Software and Services agreement 2316.

An Introduction to awk

Not everyone learns or uses awk these days, so here's a quick review of what the language can do and some of its features.

Open-Xchange Releases Latest Open Source Collaboration Suite

Advanced Outlook Extensibility, Enhanced Security and Integration

Free software in developing countries vital to future prosperity, good governance: UNU

Open source software capability key to 'technological self-determination'

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