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Linux Digs Black Gold for Chevron on IBM Clusters Powered by AMD

ARMONK, NY – IBM has said Chevron has selected an IBM cluster built with AMD Opteron™ processor-based IBM eServer 326 servers to power its extremely compute intensive depth imaging technology. Working with IBM, Chevron has been able to process data up to seven times faster, enabling the company to make quicker, more accurate choices before drilling.

Oil exploration and drilling are expensive undertakings, and both time and accuracy are critical. Chevron relies on sub-surface pictures of its land to choose where to drill and minimize the associated risks. By running its depth imaging technology on more than 700 nodes of dual AMD Opteron processor-based IBM cluster, Chevron is able to turn data around faster, improving processing time and productivity while lowering operating costs.

Linus Torvalds on: [Usability] Re: [Desktop_architects] Printing dialog and GNOME

Linus says: This "users are idiots, and are confused by functionality" mentality of Gnome is a disease. If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it...Please, just tell people to use KDE.

Microsoft Posts XML FAQ - and Thumbs Nose at Sun

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft has posted a Q&A that is mostly reassuring, and partly just plain false.

The gratuitous and false statements about Sun, ODF and OASIS add a jarring note that represents at best a PR gaffe, and at worst an indication of the degree to which Ecma may allow Microsoft to write the script for the standards process to be conducted in its name.

Linux & open source is core to Sun

Sun has initiated and participated in a number of open source projects over the years. Here is a brief guide to the communities that enable all developers to take part in Sun's Linux based collaborative projects.

The Battle for Bangalore

  • Times Online; By Gervase Markham (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
India is turning into a battleground for the hearts and minds of software developers. On one side are the forces of opensourcing, ranged against them is Bill Gates's Microsoft.

IBM: Install a Touchscreen for Linux

  • (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 12:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Anonymous Coward writes "What's the next step in creating an easy-to-use Linux-based product for consumers? A touchscreen facade can make back-end Linux applications very usable in such devices as custom digital media centers, DVRs and PVRs, and even control interfaces for household robots.

Firefox improves Web surfing

  • The State; By Charlie Paschal (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox is on fire — and if you are not using this new browser, then you are working too hard. The new 1.5 version is better, faster and offers improved features. It has about 10 percent of the browser market, which is remarkable since Microsoft’s lesser Internet Explorer browser comes bundled with millions of PCs.

[Ed: Nice for the most part, but I don't recall ever having re-installed Firefox after a security update - perhaps he meant *restart*? I have had to install new versions. - dcparris]

Mozilla to fix 'minor' Firefox bug

The first Firefox 1.5 security vulnerability, made public last Thursday, is not as critical as initially perceived, but a patch will be available to fix it early next year, a Mozilla executive was quoted by IDG News Service as saying.

[Ed: If you run across this exploit (lots of luck) just clear the history cache. - dcparris]

Linux in Italian Schools, Part 7: Teaching Free SW to Adults in Bari

The final part of this series looks at how FOSS is helping Italian schools with adult education and training programs.

Fujitsu Wins Two Product Awards from 2005 EDN China Innovation Program

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
WiMAX SoC for Broadband Wireless and Multimedia CPU for Consumer Electronics Named in First Annual Awards

China's Red Flag Sees Desktop as Linux Battlefield

Q&A: The vice president of the dominant Linux supplier in China says government support is creating opportunities for desktop Linux to grow.

Sleepycat releases Berkeley DB 4.4

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After spending a year enhancing Berkeley DB, Sleepycat Software has released version 4.4.

A Concise apt-get / dpkg primer for new Debian users

When we speak of Debian Linux distribution, the number one thing that come into our minds is its flag-ship utility apt-get . Infact this package management is so popular that a large part of Debian's popularity revolves around it. Ask any person why he or she thinks Debian is a better distribution and in 7 out of 10 cases the answer will be apt-get. Here is a consice but very complete article on using apt-get and dpkg the backend for apt-get.

Considering the Misuse of Open Source

Open-source software is used widely. This year, 69 percent of all Web servers run on open-source software developed by the Apache Foundation, according to NetCraft, an industry research company based in Bath, England. The open-source Linux operating system runs one-quarter of all file servers in the United States and one in five in Europe.

Meanwhile, in a Parallel Universe...

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Been following the ODF/XML story? Well, there's another standards war story that's been running in the news over the past few days that has an eerie sense of familiarity. It goes like this: Two camps can't agree on a standard that is being developed within an existing, well-respected standards body. Eventually one camp takes its effort to Ecma International for approval and fast tracking to an international standard in order to outflank the first standards organization, and to thwart the success of the other camp. Now where have I heard something like that before?

Novell Secures Major Enterprise Linux Agreement With Swiss Government

More Than 3,000 Servers Across Switzerland to Run Novell's SUSE Linux

Mozilla issues security advisory for Firefox 1.5

  •; By Antony Savvas (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The Mozilla Foundation has issued a security advisory to address concerns about a potential flaw in its new open-source Firefox 1.5 browser which could cause a buffer overflow error.

VMware Delivers VMware Player

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Free New Product Enables Users to Securely Browse the Internet With New Browser Appliance Powered by Mozilla Firefox, to Quickly Run Pre-configured Software Environments and to Access Their Personal Computing Environments on Any PC

Creating secure wireless access points with OpenBSD and OpenVPN

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know how insecure 802.11x wireless networks are. In this article we'll create an OpenBSD-based secure wireless access point that prevents unauthorized access and encrypts every packet using a VPN tunnel. OpenBSD is one of the most secure operating systems available, is easy to use, and includes almost everything you need for this project in the base installation.

Agile Expands Compliance, Product Portfolio, Product Collaboration and Quality Management Capabilities in Latest Version of Leading PLM Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Agile Announces General Availability of Agile 9.2

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