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First Look at Mandriva 2006

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 21, 2005 1:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mandriva
Linux is Linux and, sure, there are several other great desktops out there. Can I argue that Ubuntu hasn't made great strides in this area? Hell no. They most certainly have, and their progression has been duly noted as so many others have before them and are currently making. Although many might not see the difference, corporations such as Mandriva, Novell/SUSE, and Linspire strive to understand and cater to the lowest common denominator: the average consumer. Almost every other distribution available is a “geek only” thing no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise.

The environmental case for keeping the Internet and its markets free

  • Linux Journal; By Doc Searls (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 21, 2005 1:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

The Generative Internet is more than a seminal brief on behalf of the Net. It provides the intellectual and legal foundations for many arguments to come.

Ibm Considers Free Distribution of DB2

Although IBM already supports a free open source database engine called Cloudscape which provides a migration path to DB2, IBM feels that a free starter edition of DB2 could attract developers that would otherwise use an open source solution. A free DB2 version could also possibly prevent potential IBM customers from adopting the proprietary database solutions distributed by IBM's chief competitors in the database market. Microsft and Oracle both offer their own free starter editions: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, and Oracle Database XE.

Media sharing with ccHost

At ccMixter, musicians and DJs are using Creative Commons licensing to share music content and build a community of artists, thanks to the open source back-end system ccHost, an infrastructure designed to facilitate storage, tracking, and sharing of multimedia content.

Banks choose Windows over Linux

  • Computerworld Australia; By Rodney Gedda and Howard Dahdah (Posted by dcparris on Nov 21, 2005 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LPI
Banks worldwide are opting for the predictability and familiarity of Microsoft's Windows for application servers over Linux, according to a global financial services software company. [Ed: The article mentions only Australia and India. What about in the other 191 countries? - dcparris]

CLI Magic: Simple backup is Mirdir

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 20, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week is all about simplicity. Mirdir provides a quick and easy way to make an ad hoc backup of important data. With it you can copy a file or directories to your keydisk, or save redundant copies of data you can't afford to lose. It tries to do only one thing, and do it well: mirror a directory.

Experts Dispute Effectiveness of Open-Source Patent Pools

Florian Mueller, the founder of the campaign that successfully opposed a European patent bill this year, believes that "those announcements by the OIN and the OSDL grossly overstate the effectiveness of those partially ill-conceived approaches. By misleading people they don't put us any closer to a real solution, but even further away from one."

Linux advocate calls for Apple to destroy Microsoft by selling Mac ...

"I'm a Linux advocate. I always want Linux to win. But, I refuse to lie to myself when it comes to Apple's potential with Mac OS X," Tom Adelstein writes for "OS X for Intel would change the PC landscape like no other operating system has or could. Apple should open-source their operating system, port to Aqua and bundle it for Intel PC's. Offer it for $199 for a home edition and $299 for a professional edition and the world will say goodbye to Windows for good."

[Ed: This is MacDailyNews' take on Adelstein's article.

Medsphere Names Renowned Healthcare Leader as CEO

ALISO VIEJO, California, Nov. 9, 2005 - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading commercial provider of open source information technology solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, will be expanding his role by assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his current position as Chairman of the Board, effective December 1, 2005. As CEO, Kizer will leverage his more than 25 years of experience in healthcare to focus and direct Medsphere's rapid growth in the healthcare IT sector. Former CEO Larry Augustin will continue to assist Medsphere as a board member and strategic advisor to the company.

People Behind KDE: Christoph Cullmann

This man maintains KDE's text editor Kate and the associated KTextEditor interface. He also keeps three cats and disappears from his girlfriend for a week each year in the name of KDE.

What Happened to Open Source at Tunis?

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 20, 2005 8:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
How can 19,000 people spend a week in the desert talking about "bridging the Digital Divide" between the First World and the Third World and have nothing to say about open source?

Paris accelerates move to open source

  • Computerworld Australia; By Peter Sayer (Posted by dcparris on Nov 20, 2005 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its server software with free and open-source alternatives, and to install open-source applications on desktops, city officials said last week.

[Ed: After learning of Munich's slow-down, it's certainly good to see Paris is not merely speeding up, but also contributing to the community. - dcparris]

Linuxworld Magazine -- Open Source Business Models Examined

  • SYS-CON Media; By Paul Sterne; Nicholas Herring (Posted by tadelste on Nov 20, 2005 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
At LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, it occurred to me that I had overlooked a very important Open Source business model, the Membership Model. Confronted by a keynote speech by Stuart Cohen, the leader of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) (, it became clear that I had jumped into the Advertising and Conversion Models too quickly and had to back up and deal with the membership phenomenon.

10 things you should know about every Linux installation

Linux is not Windows, and although there are some similarities, you must realise that there may be a few "new ways of doing things" to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux. Linux is an open-source clone of UNIX, a secure operating system (OS) that predates DOS and Windows and is designed for multiple users. The items in the following list generally apply to any UNIX-based *nix system, such as Linux and the various BSD's. For the purposes of this article, assume that it's all Linux.

Wsis - Some open-source boosters see missed chance

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by bstadil on Nov 20, 2005 5:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Advocates of free software and open-source software were neither protesting nor dancing in the halls of the Kram conference and exhibition center at the Internet summit in Tunis. A few critics, including Richard Stallman, questioned why they even came

Skype to make U.S. retail debut

  • CNet News; By Greg Sandoval (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 20, 2005 4:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Net telephone service Skype Technologies is set to make its first appearance in a U.S. retail store.

Altair Engineering's PBS Professional(TM) to Be Released for IBM(R) Blue Gene(R) Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 20, 2005 3:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Highly scalable solution will manage computational workloads for massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers

Over 40% of Open Source Developers Fix Bugs in Under 8 hours

  • IT News Online (Posted by bstadil on Nov 20, 2005 2:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to a survey by Evans Data Corp., open source software (OSS) developers find and fix software bugs quickly, with 17% of them being able to find and repair severe bugs in less than four business hours on average.

Red Hat Desktop 4

Red Hat Desktop is such a business-orientated Linux distribution that it's only available in bundles of 10 licences, along with a Linux server and online management from Red Hat. Buy 50 desktops and you get the online management in your building, run on its own server. The operating system is 'closed down' and applications and IT staff can be certified -- an approach that's either 'lock-in' or 'making a business-grade Linux' according to your viewpoint.


  •; By Robert X. Cringely (Posted by Abe on Nov 20, 2005 12:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Sam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did Play to your strengths. That's the key to success in any industry. This is the week I promised to explain where I think Google is headed, and playing to the company's strengths is key if they are going to do what I think, which is effectively take over the Internet. Oh they won't steal it or strong-arm us. They'll seduce us into giving it to them. And I am not at all sure that's a bad thing.

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