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The plan Mr. Allchin ultimately proposed was an ambitious one. The first step was simple; throw out years of code built into Longhorn and start fresh. They would rebuild Windows into one fresh kernel that was being built - Linux style - for a Windows Server OS. The idea was to make Windows a series of modules built into a core, so that Microsoft could simply plug in features at will without disrupting other modules. The second step, led by Amitabh Srivastava, was to automate the tasks of bug detection and bug fixing, tasks traditionally done by hand.
Steve Blass writes "No problem: if you can't get a Linux driver, Ndiswrapper lets you use the Windows drivers."
Mr. Blass knows one side of the story, using Windows drivers isn't always a panacea. - Ed
Like smoke to a fire, you can follow the astroturf to whatever frightens Microsoft the most. This time it is the partnership between Google and Sun Microsystems to build a web based multi-platform distributed client office suite. Geee... for most companies this would mean the choice of operating system would no longer matter as long as a browser existed. I seem to remember the same behavior when Netscape began to plan such a project. Cold chills in Redmond today?
I will be making infrequent updates to KernelTrap for the next 3-4 weeks. During that time, the infrastructure behind KernelTrap will be makeing a few changes. For the past many months, we've been running on a server borrowed from Oregon State University'sOpen Source Lab [story]. Shortly, we will be migrating back to our own server, still hosted in the wonderful Open Source Lab. The migration itself should be transparent. Beyond that, I will soon be making efforts to upgrade the site to the upcomingDrupal 4.7, bringing in many improvements over the currently running Drupal 4.5 release. Finally, I'll be taking advantage of this time to pursue long standing efforts to improve the functionality and layout of the site.
Though there will be only infrequent updates to the front page, don't forget that the KernelTrapforums remain active, including specialLinux,OpenBSD,FreeBSD,DragonFlyBSD,NetBSD,GNU/Hurd andhardware forums. As time permits, features will occasionally be posted to the front page, including an interview that I'm currently working on. By mid-November, I expect to be able to begin making more regular updates again.
Eugenia writes: "A few days ago I wrote a tutorial on how to connect your Mac to a GPRS service via Bluetooth and a Bluetooth-enabled phone. However, not everyone owns a Mac or a higher-end phone. And so here is a quick tutorial on how to connect your Linux laptop to a GPRS service using an infrared-enabled phone. For this article we used a Sony Ericsson K700i phone, a Sony Vaio N505VX laptop (which has an onboard IrDA) running the latest Arch Linux and Cingular's GPRS. In the following weeks I will also be publishing two more tutorials showing how to do the same thing under Linux but via Bluetooth and the USB port."
You can read Eugenia's Bio here
. Among other things, she functioned as editor in chief of OSNews from August 2001 to June2005 building that news portal to one of the most popular on the Internet.
I'm afraid I do not have an optimistic view of the future. People throw away their rights as heedlessly as pieces of litter. The one ray of hope just may be the FOSS world, because it puts powerful tools into the hands of anyone who wants them. Television, radio, and print media are lost to us, and that is deliberate, because the most powerful tool of all for liberty is free speech. The first act of any tyrant is to control broadcast and print media. "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one."
Migration to Linux desktops is also under way. "A number of our PCs are already using GO-Global's Linux client to access MS Office and other applications," said Pace. "We'll be migrating all our desktops to Linux in the near future."
In an all too familiar saga taking place in small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) everywhere, file/print, Web, e-mail, and application servers are multiplying at an alarming rate in response to ever-increasing demands for processing power. Initially, the decision to bolster capacity-constrained servers by adding more seems like a reasonable remedy for managing aggressive growth. However, when two-to-three additional servers grows to 10-to-20 over time while being provisioned for extra cycles to accommodate peak loads, this quick-fix solution mushrooms into a major IT problem, leading to accelerated operating costs, increasingly complex administration, and ineffective resource utilization.
Hindu Businessline writes: "MICROSOFT'S Internet Explorer (IE) may be ruling the world of Internet browsers, but a number of players have started to make an earnest attempt to win a larger share of the browser market through innovative strategies.
"The Norway-based Opera Software is one such company challenging IE's dominance with its Opera browser. (Another is Firefox, from Mozilla Corporation). "
While we have become used to Microsoft's dominance, one might want to return to the original complaint and request for relief filed by the US Department of Justice in 1998 at the DOJ's site
and read the people's concerns. Who knows how many hundreds of millions of dollars, we spent on that litigation. Ask yourself if the DOJ's fears were real. The only conclusion one can draw is yes they were real and they still exist today. -Ed
So, you have KDE on your desktop and laptop systems, you've heard that Apple uses KDE components for its web browser Safari and you've tried Konq/Embedded on your handheld. But did you know that KDE could soon be making its way into your mobile phone? At aKademy in August David Carson and Deepika Chauhan from Nokia presented the work they've done in integrating KDE components into the latest version of the company's mobile phone software. I recently caught up with them to ask about the technical side of their work, why they chose KDE components and their experiences of aKademy.
The desktop Java re-emergence has been driven by a number of factors, one being the emergence of rich client vendors providing frameworks to display Web content in a meaningful way.
Do you ever have the feeling that you've spent lots of money for a developer tool without gaining the productivity boost you were hoping for? Do you find it hard to track the status of your development against the project requirements? Does it seem difficult, keeping your design and implementation in-sync so that you can generate accurate documentation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then probably you are using the wrong tool!
Note: I didn't need to register to read this article. It is a very good interesting read. Comment from The Open Source War
This tutorial describes how to do automated server backups with the tool rdiff-backup. rdiff-backup lets you make backups over a network using SSH so that the data transfer is encrypted.
Included in her very short list of qualifications for the US Supreme Court, Harriet Miers protected Microsoft from class action lawsuits over their faulty products. This should clearly figure heavily in any examination of her record.
The OpenSUSE team has announced through its mail list that SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha1, codenamed "Auckland," is ready for download and testing by those wanting to live on the bleeding edge of Linux.
To utilize the peripheral devices in custom applications, Veridicom provides Windows and Linux-based software development kits for integrators and developers, including image capture, quality analysis and enhancement, and verification routines.
The basic laptop usually comes with a Celeron-based processor and without an operating system, or a free operating system such as Linux.
The National Center for Open Source Policy and Research (www.ncospr.org) is a non-profit organization established to promote the use of open source software solutions within government IT enterprise environments for the benefit of government agencies, the general public and public sector entities. NCOSPR will accomplish this by serving as a facilitator and administrator of development and implementation services among government, academic, open source community and information technology (IT) industry developer, distribution and user communities.
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