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Start-ups team to push open-source boundaries

The Open Management Consortium, founded in May, is a grouping of small companies seeking to bring open-source business models to systems management, an area dominated by larger companies. Although it is still fledging, the organization is already in discussion with larger software providers to join the group and support it financially, said William Hurley, a co-founder of the consortium and chief technology officer of start-up Qlusters.

Fair use or lack of fair play?

I have a column (/var/opinion) in an upcoming issue that deals with my struggles to get a MythTV system working. The column ends with a tease about yet another column on Linux standards. I don't want to spoil either, so I'll leave it at that. However, I have another beef about the way my MythTV system is shaping up, or more accurately, falling apart.

Embedded Linux featured at upcoming Boston ESC

The events program and speaker list have been announced for the fall Embedded Systems Conference, set for Sept. 25-28 in Boston. The event will feature 160 exhibitors and 82 classes in eight tracks. A Linux/Open Source track features classes from well-known embedded Linux trainer/consultant Bill Gatliff.

Long Knives Are Out as the French Fry OpenOffice with Microsoft Office

After a year of testing, French virus experts have concluded that Microsoft Office is less dangerous than its competitor, OpenOffice. In the short term, this is great news for Microsoft... outside of Europe. More anti-open source FUD will delay some planned migrations. Longer term, OpenOffice will benefit, as France and Germany pour resources into securing the product they now rely upon. The race is, as they say, afoot.

Migrating and Moving UNIX Filesystems

  • IBM developerWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 21, 2006 11:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Learn how to transfer an entire file system on a live system, including how to create, copy, and re-enable the new file system. If you have a UNIX disk or system failure or simply fill up your file system, then you need to create a new partition and file system and copy over the contents all on a live system. Effectively transferring components and retaining all of their information is a vital part of the migration process.

Today's cell phone system argues for retaining network neutrality

For now, Internet service providers are prohibited from discriminating against connections to particular sites on the Internet: they are required to treat traffic to Google exactly the same as traffic to Yahoo! or MSN. This principle of equality is called "network neutrality." However, large telecommunication companies are lobbying congress to scrap the network neutrality rules that have been in place since the birth of the Internet. We don't have to look far to see why this is a bad idea.

[They are chomping at the bit to be able to block content from subscribers to then charge for access to it.- Scott]

Lobby4Linux Founder Battles Illness

LXer Feature: 22-Jul-2006

Lobby4Linux founder, Ken Starks (a.k.a., Helios) recently went to Washington to take the fight for freedom - whether it's software or media - to the hallowed halls of Congress. Now he faces an even greater battle - a battle for his very life.

Free and Open Source Software at the United Nations

Advances in technology have revolutionized the way people live, learn and work, but these benefits have not spread around the world evenly. A digital divide exists between communities in their access to computers, the Internet, and other technologies. The United Nations is aware of the importance of including technology development as part of a larger effort to bridge this global digital divide. This article looks at how various United Nations agencies use free and open source software to meet the goal of putting technology at the service of people around the world.

R Cubed's thin, fast Linux notebook

Linux users are flocking to the stay-connected, work-anywhere contemporary lifestyle. R Cubed's LS1250-L Linux laptop is just right for these active mobile professionals.

Qualcomm Linux phones to feature fancy graphics?

Fluffy Spider Technology (FST) will reportedly port its user interface technology to ERTOS, a micro-kernel based real-time Linux implementation likely to be used in Qualcomm mobile phones. FST's "FancyPants" UI technology has already been embedded in a multimedia-enabled mobile terminal used in New York City taxis

The IT manager's guide to social computing

Behind the firewall: If your company is averse to openness and transparency and is unlikely to change, then this article is not going to interest you much. Unless, of course, you are considering a change of direction.

Open Source Java-Baby Steps

  •; By zogger (Posted by dcparris on Jul 21, 2006 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
One of Sun's CTOs has said that they will *truly* be opening Java, but in stages, a piece at a time.

[This has an interesting comment from Bruce Perens - dcparris]

File Permissions

  • - Feature Stories; By Benjamin D. Thomas (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 21, 2006 3:57 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
File permissions are usually confusing to newer Linux users. Most 'newbies' are not accustom to implementing file security because of thier DOS/Windows background. Why do we need file security? It is primarly needed to ensure data protection and privacy from other system users. In other cases, file security is needed to prevent 'normal users' (as opposed to system administrators) from changing configurations or accidently damaging a system.

Microsoft: Getting to grips with open source

Has Redmond finally accepted that open source should be embraced, or are the company's recent partnerships with community-developed software providers simply another way to crack the competition?

Dual-booting Windows and Linux the easy way ( videos)

The Gnome Partition Editor Live CD is a simple tool that will shrink a (usually "the") Windows partition on your hard drive, then make Linux partitions almost automatically. These four videos step you through the process of downloading GPartEd (the program's nickname) from, defragmenting Windows, shrinking your Windows partition, and installing the three most commonly-used Linux partitions. As a free bonus, a fifth video will show you how to uninstall Linux and stretch your shrunk-down Windows partitition until it once again takes up your whole hard drive.

[ - A must-see for everyone who's going to fiddle with partitions and not willing to pay for Partition Magic - hkwint ]

Lotus Notes needs the shrinkwrap treatment

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Jul 21, 2006 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: IBM
Most people agree that IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino product is one of the most advanced and popular collaboration suites out there. Nonetheless, the newest version doesn't run on Linux, though IBM promised the contrary.

[ - The part about Linux is almost at the end of the article - hkwint ]

Tourism Calgary bucks Linux

Organization believes open source ’not ready for prime-time’

[From the article: "I have no Linux background — I’ve grown up in a Windows world and am used to the GUI..."
Let me guess. Novell's sales rep is one of those anti-GUI fanatics that refused to show Paul Scheirick Yast because it's a GUI tool - and we all know that real geeks use the CLI. The only other thing I can think of that would prompt this kind of remark would necessitate an investigation of Mr. Scheirick's finances. I suppose he could be related to Tuttle's City Manager.

Where are the LXer readers?

LXer Announcement: 21-Jul-2006

In an attempt to find out where the LXer readers live, LXer reader Dominik (incinerator) started a LXer Frappr map where readers (and editors!) can add themselves.

For people not familiar with Frappr: For every reader, a kind of flag is placed on a worldmap, so others can find out where on earth you live (Yes, living on earth is a prerequisite). You can add yourself by filling out some info in the upper right corner of the page.
I'd say it's very nice to find out where our readers live (and make that part of our 'plan to world domination'), so pleas add yourself!

Ubuntu team gets "edgy" with latest test release

  •; By (Posted by hkwint on Jul 21, 2006 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Only 50 days after Dapper Drake (6.06) - on July 20, Mark Shuttleworth and his Canonical engineering team introduced their newest creation, Ubuntu 6.10 Knot-1, code-named "Edgy Eft."

Shuttleworth explained on the Ubuntu users' list why he chose the unusual name.

"Edgy is all about cutting edge, perhaps bleeding edge, brand new code and infrastructure. It will be the right time to bring in some seriously interesting but definitely edgy new technologies which lay the groundwork for the next wave of Ubuntu development," Shuttleworth wrote.

[ - screenshots here - hkwint ]

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

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