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Phoenix makes a compelling case for the Open Source BIOS

BIOS GIANT Phoenix, the company responsible for the pieces of code saved on flash memory and which initialize our computers and interfaces to the hardware at the low level -even before the OS loads, is giving us plenty of reasons to support the case of an open source BIOS.

The Lion, the Witch, and Linux

Walden Media, the company that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, wanted a community-driven Web site that would encourage discussion and collaboration on the educational products related to its movies. After considering the options, Walden Media chose Liferay's MIT-licensed open source content management system (CMS), running on Linux.

Novell Continues Linux Market Leadership in China

New research from CCID Consulting, China's leading industry analyst firm, shows Novell continues to lead the Linux* market in China. Novell holds a 25.1 percent share of the Linux market in China, surpassing other local and international Linux distributors. Novell's success in China reflects a strong commitment to Chinese open source development and to Novell's growing customer base in this rapidly expanding market.

Test drive: Parallels

Parallels launched Parallels Workstation for Desktop, its first x86 virtualization software, back in September, joining VMware's proprietary Workstation and the Xen open source virtual machine applications. Parallels Workstation, which is also proprietary, offers similar features and performance to VMware Workstation, but at only $49, compared to VMware's $189 price. This month the company announced version 2.1 beta. I liked the user interface, the virtual machine wizard, and the price.

Hardware: Open Graphics Project's OGD1 PCB Schematic Completed

This week, developers with the Open Graphics Project are announcing that we have the PCB schematic for the OGD1 product ready for public review.

The Open Graphics Project is dedicated to developing open-architecture graphics hardware, specifically for use with Free and Open Source operating systems. Based on community feedback, we have defined a graphics architecture, and are working steadily towards producing real graphics hardware that "just works" with Linux, BSD, and other free operating systems.

Major EE trade journal discovers embedded Linux

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 28, 2006 9:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the largest electronics design magazines has published an extensive, detailed primer on Linux in consumer electronics (CE). Written by Technical Editor Warren Webb, and published in EDN magazine, the well-written article presents an extensive list of advantages driving CE Linux adoption, along with a few lingering concerns.

Develop Your Own Filesystem With FUSE

  • dW (Posted by idean on Feb 28, 2006 8:31 PM EDT)
With Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE), you can develop a user space filesystem framework without understanding filesystem internals or learning kernel module programming. Follow this simple, step-by-step guide to install, customize, and enable FUSE and AFS, so you can create your own fully functional filesystem in user space in Linux.

Ubuntu: Dapper Drake

I use Dapper Drake on my laptop because it doesn't do everything I want it to do. But, I'm bound and determined to make sure the final release can do everything I want it to do.

Best-Selling Business Guru Geoffrey Moore To Keynote at 2006 Desktop Linux Summit

Author of “Crossing the Chasm” Headlines Agenda of Open Source Thought Leaders at Event, April 24-25 in San Diego

Linux (and the Mac) Aren't Even Trying

Linux is a newer entrant and its failure is more egregious. For more than a year I tried to put a major Linux exec on the cover. Every time I had something lined up with Novell, its leader would quit or get the boot. At least Novell gave us the time of day. Red Hat is another story. For that same year I pestered the company seeking an interview with the CEO -- with no response. I've never seen such a PR black hole.

SCO Loses Latest Subpoena Attempts

A judge has denied SCO's subpoenas against Oracle, IBM and others accusing them of using SCO's Unix code to improve Linux.

Unix System Admin tricks of the trade

The focus of this article is on getting the most from the available tools and insight across a range of different UNIX environments.

Can Microsoft Keep the Server OS Lead?

Longhorn is going to face some very tough competition as Microsoft strives to hold off Linux and Solaris on the server front.

My desktop OS: SUSE 10.0

I'm a student, and I use my computer mainly for word processing, surfing the Internet, listening to music, and watching videos. I am also a musician, and have set up a small home studio around my computer. For years I used Windows, but I wasn't happy with the software or Microsoft's marketing strategies. After moving to SUSE 10.0, I am quite satisfied.

Debian Weekly News - February 28th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Feb 28, 2006 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - February 28th, 2006

Ajax Foundations, Ajax at Work: Book Reviews

One book for new Ajax users and one for those wanting more code than theory.

What Corporate Projects Should Learn from Open Source

Posites how an off hours open source developer follows best practices and suggests strongly that corporate types learn to allow those practices to seep into corporate development. Outlines why corporate development should follow the same rules of behaviour. Finally ending with these sage words of advice: "The Fastest Way Through the Project Is to Do It Right" as the last section heading.

Comment of the Day -february 28, 2006 - What a HP Rep Does

  • -Article; By sharkscott (Posted by tadelste on Feb 28, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
Scott writes: Ask them if they use IE, WMP(Windows Media Player), Quicktime, Itunes, Word, Excell, PowerPoint, Access and always ask them how many Anti-Viruses they are using. You have to make sure that you always end with the AntiViruses, trust me, I tell you why in a second.

You will find that roughly 99% of the people you talk to do not even use all of those programs I listed and do not use any outside of it. Almost all of them only use, IE, Word, WMP maybe Quicktime a little and whatever Anti-Virus or Anti-Viruses they have installed.

Related to:
Breaking down barriers to Linux desktop adoption

Sita OSS tender winners cautiously optimistic

A cautious optimism is running through the open source industry after Sita awarded potentially South Africa's biggest open source deal last week, selecting eight companies to be the suppliers of open source software and support services to the government and Sita over the next three years. The question on everybody's lips: where to from here?

Apple Debuts Intel Mini

The new Mac minis will be available in two configurations based around the Intel Core Solo or Intel Core Duo processors the Intel Core Duo processor running at speeds of 1.5 to 1.66 GHz, with an Intel GMA950 graphics processor with 64 MB of video memory, support for up to 2 GB of RAM, a slot loading optical drive, four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, and built-in gigabit Ethernet, Airport Extreme (802.11g) wireless networking, and Bluetooth 2.0+ER. The Mac mini also offers DVI video output, a VGA output, plus S-video and composite video out, along with combined optical digital audio input and outputs using minijacks (the output also doubles as a headphone jack. The Mac mini's tiny form factor has not changed: users still need to bring their own keyboards, mice, and monitors, but the Mac mini itself is still under 3 pounds, two inches high, and six and a half inches wide and deep.

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