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Microsoft buys Sysinternals, Winternals

  • Houston Chronicle TechBlog; By Dwight Silverman (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jul 21, 2006 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Mark Russinovich is best known lately as the guy who discovered Sony-BMG's rootkit-based copy protection on its music CDs, which the company ultimately abandoned in the face of a withering firestorm of reaction...."I'm very pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Winternals Software and Sysinternals."

Another independent bites the dust. It's in Microsoft's interests to roll out the welcome mat to corporate spyware. Now there is one less set of critical eyeballs on the Evil Empire...Carla

Bluewhite64 11.0 RC1

Bluewhite64 is een nieuwe Linux-distributie die gebaseerd is op Slackware Linux. Waar Slackware zich voornamelijk heeft gericht op het Intel x86 platform richt Bluewhite64 zich op het AMD64/EM64T platform.
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Bluewhite64 Linux 11.0-rc1 uses the 2.6.16.25 kernel (with Linux 2.6.17.5 available in the /testing directory) bringing you advanced performance features such as the ReiserFS journaling filesystem, ext2, ext3, IBM's JFS and SGI's XFS filesystems, SCSI (including Adaptec), RAID, SATA controllers support and kernel support for X DRI (the Direct Rendering Interface) that brings high-speed hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Linux.

Linux on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

The Nokia 770 is an internet tablet designed to connect to the internet with 802.11b/g WLAN or through a phone with Bluetooth. It has a nice 800 x 480 screen (64k colors) and quite a few apps on board. The underlying OS is the Debian GNU/Linux derivative, BusyBox. As it stands, the device is not a phone.

Grep FOSSBiz Versora

LXer Feature: 21-Jul-2006

LXer's Don Parris got together with Versora, Inc.'s CEO, Mike Sheffey, Chief Software Architect, Nick Lassonde, and Vice-President of Marketing, Ray George to discuss Versora's role in helping businesses migrate from Windows to GNU/Linux.

Govt. is the Best Bet For Linux in India, Too

World over, the benefits of the open source system are increasingly being acknowledged by the government sector. In India, Red Hat and Novell, the two major players in open source technology, confirmed the importance of its adoption in the government sector. In India, open source technology is fast gaining ground with the government in various fields like rural computerization, promotion of e-Governance, department intercommunication, etc.

Perspective is as Perspective Does

Perspective. It's what separates one opinion from another. A person who looks at a glass that is half empty may be despondent but a person who looks at a glass half full may be full of joy. I like to think "Hey! Who the hell put that glass on this table anyway?". We all have different ideas that shape who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Often, these ideas blend into our interests and hobbies. With free and open source software (namely Linux) we see this frequently...especially when debating on the subject of libre and free.

Tutorial: Overhauled CUPS: Improved Unix Printing

CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) version 1.2 was released last month, bursting with over 90 fabulous new features and improvements. Today we'll take a look at them and decide how fabulous they really are.

First day at the Ottawa Linux Symposium

OTTAWA -- The 8th annual Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS) kicked off Wednesday in Ottawa, Canada at the Ottawa Congress Centre. Jonathan Corbet, co-founder of Linux Weekly News, opened the symposium with The Kernel Report, an update on the state of the kernel since last year.

This week at LWN: Free Software Sets the Computing Agenda

Against this background, the EU's fine is a little more than an accountancy rounding error.

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Thus Microsoft's brinkmanship with the European Commission is driven almost entirely by its need to react to free software. It turns out that this is by no means the only sphere where Microsoft has ceased to be master of its own destiny, and finds itself constantly responding to open source initiatives, and playing catch-up with free software projects.

Tungsten: A Complete Open Source Middleware Solution?

"We think we have a pretty unique product," WSO2 co-founder Paul Fremantle says of his company's new Tungsten application server package. He calls it "the first pure open source SOA application server."
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For complete details, listen to the podcast.

Gimmie a new panel prototype

Gimmie is Alex Graveley's re-imagined desktop panel project, coded in Python and integrated with GNOME services. Though still a prototype, Gimmie has spawned discussion about the uses and usability of panels, task lists, and menu bars in today's desktop environments.

KDE Hardware Fundraiser

It's hot and you're melting? The KDE.org hardware infrastructure owned by KDE e.V. is melting as well! Out of the desperate need to upgrade our current disk RAID, we need new hard drives. If you have visited bugs.kde.org any time the last couple of months, you've noticed that this site often responds extremely sluggish. To improve the situation, we need to employ a new server, but need some more money for the hard drives for this beast! If you can help us with that, please consider to donate to the fundraiser. All amounts happily accepted through Paypal and other means.

Firefox is most popular in western Europe among Germans

WebSideStory analyst Geoff Johnston explained that Germans have always liked to use alternatives to Microsoft's browser. During the 1990s, for instance, the Netscape browser was especially popular. Johnston believes that the Mozilla Foundation is also taking a strong foothold in other countries in Europe, generally at the expense of Microsoft.

Ibm Gets High Security Marks for Mainframe, Unix Virtualization

As of this week, the System z9 EC 109 sever running z/OS and the PR/SM LPAR hypervisor was rated at EAL5, while pSeries 630, 650, and 690 servers using Power4 processors and running AIX 5.1 and 5.2 were certified at the EAL4+ level. Both machines use a remote Hardware Management Console--basically a glorified PC running Linux and a chunk of the hypervisor microcode--to link into a service processor on the mainframe or Unix server and to allocate hard and soft resources to logical partitions.

Configure FTP servers for IPv6

  • IBM developerWorks; By Makham V. Kumar (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 20, 2006 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The next-generation protocol, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), is becoming widely accepted as the future of the Internet and networking world. This acceptance has encouraged various IT companies to develop applications that support and talk with each other through the IPv6 address format. In this article, learn to configure the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server for IPv6, and to communicate with FTP servers through a simple Java program that uses the IPv6 address.

Five common PHP design patterns

  • developerWorks; By Jack D Herrington (Posted by solrac on Jul 20, 2006 10:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, PHP
Design patterns are just for Java architects -- at least that's what you may have been led to believe. In fact, design patterns are useful for everyone. If these tools aren't exclusive to architecture astronauts, what are they, and why are they useful in PHP applications? This article explains.

Dutch municipality Groningen migrates to OpenOffice

  • Tweakers.net; By Martin Sturm (Posted by hkwint on Jul 20, 2006 9:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
The Dutch municipality of Groningen (180.000 inhabitants) recently announced to migrate to OpenOffice.org. The municipality expects to save 330 thousand Euros, of which 160 thousand will be used for the migration. Groningen isn't ready to switch to Linux yet, but it is currently busy to make the applications it uses OS-independent.

Whole article in Dutch only

High-speed analog data acquisition module runs Linux

Embedded VAR (value-added reseller) Mistral Solutions is supporting Linux and other embedded OSes on a digital receiver PMC (processor mezzanine card) from Pentland Systems that targets high-speed analog data acquisition applications. The RAD-2 PMC features an unspecified processor and user-programmable FPGA.

On the horizon: an open graphics card

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 20, 2006 8:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Closed source drivers for video cards have been a vexing problem for free software enthusiasts for some time. Open source drivers for most video cards exist, but fail to take full advantage of the cards' ability, leaving users with a choice between free and high performance. The good news is that the Open Graphics Project (OGP) is making progress toward a completely open video card. The bad news is that it will still be a while before free software enthusiasts will be able to use a completely open video card.

Linux Incompatibility List

  • Linux Incompatibility List; By David N. Welton (Posted by grouch on Jul 20, 2006 7:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The Linux Incompatibility List is an attempt to catalog and document hardware/peripherals of all kinds that do not work with the Linux operating system.

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