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Review: CentOS 4 Offers Strong RHEL Alternative

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 was released on February 14th, CentOS issued its cloned version two weeks later on March 2nd. Since then I've been evaluating CentOS and putting it through its paces to see if it would hold up to its auspicious genetic parent..."

Open source opens opportunities

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No matter how much effort is put into developing services and technologies for proprietary operating systems, over the next few years open source development will provide a bigger foundation for richer and more sophisticated operating-system platforms than anything any vendor in the commercial market can achieve.

Red Hat introduces Hindi

North Carolina-based Linux vendor Red Hat is focusing on localisation and e-Governance projects. The company has launched its new version of Linux v.4 in Hindi in the Indian city of Bhopal to enable the state government machinery interact with the people in the national language.

Dual core processors boost systems' performance

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Users' desire for additional computer speed is never-ending. As soon as vendors implement one technology that offers a quantum leap in processing power, users anxiously await the next. As a result, hardware vendors are now poised to introduce a new microprocessor design: dual core CPUs, which promise to boost the performance of Linux servers, desktop systems, and notebook computers.

Fortinet had allegedly violated the general public licence (GPL)

  • GrabaGeek (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 8:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fortinet apparently did not want to believe that this is a serious issue, but a German court has granted a preliminary injunction against security firm Fortinet for hiding Linux in its code. Fortinet the company may not sell its products without fulfilling the stipulations in the GNU General Public License.

Desktop Adapted for Dad (DAD)*

The ideas in this article came from my project to give my retired father a computer running Debian Sarge and KDE. All the ideas can be transposed to any modern Linux/Unix distribution, and most of these ideas should work with any desktop system

Linux spreads its wings

  • Express Computer (India) (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux has come a long way in India with major successes in the corporate segment. Its growing popularity has resulted in an increased demand for Linux professionals

Upgrading to Linux from Windows 98

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this tutorial-style article, Michael C. Barnes outlines a strategy to avoid costly upgrades from Windows 98 to Windows XP -- in terms of both hardware and software -- by upgrading to Linux, instead. Barnes reviews the typical requirements of computers used for relatively generic purposes, and shows how to give a new lease on life to aging laptops and PCs by replacing obsolete OSes such as Windows 98 with a combination of Linux, free open source applications, and inexpensive commercial software.

SUSE LINUX 9.3 Screenshot Tour

We've added SUSE LINUX 9.3 screenshots to our ever-growing screenshot gallery, at OSDir. Our gallery now contains over 200 Linux and Open Source screenshot tours.

Linux: Kernel Mentors Project

Matt Mackall announced the creation of the Kernel Mentors Project, "an informal project to get experienced developers to mentor new developers and coach them on the best ways to get their code ready for submission."

Windows users test Linux waters

"Selling" Linux: Customer reaction and the challenges we face.

Kernel Changes Draw Concern from Open-Source Community

The Linux 2.6 kernel is getting fatter, some contend; others say new features are optional and that their use is at the discretion of organizations compiling their builds of the kernel.

KDE Receives USENIX STUG Award

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
On Tuesday at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, KDE founder Matthias Ettrich was awarded the Software Tools User Group award, shared jointly with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME. The award is in recognition of the impressive work of the Unix desktop projects over the last 9 years.

CODAF now compatible with Compiere's 2.5.2

Daffodil Software announces the launch of the New CODAF (Compiere+Daffodil) - compatible with the latest Compiere version (2.5.2).

Why MySQL sets criteria for well-tempered stacks

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
With customers like Cox and Continental Airlines using MySQL in mission critical applications, the company is in a good position to understand what it takes to deploy and maintain a successful stack and the applications that the stack supports.

Open Source At Half the Cost

SugarCRM plans to release a new version of its hosted software suite on Monday at a fraction of the cost of on-demand CRM services from Siebel Systems and Salesforce.com. Only months after releasing Sugar Suite 2.5, the company is adding a slew of customer-influenced proprietary applications in version 3.0, which is available for $39.95 per user, per month. Salesforce.com's hosted service, however, starts at $65 per user, month.

Red Hat launches Hindi Linux in MP

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solution, on Friday launched a Hindi version of its linux - Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.4 Hindi - in Madhya Pradesh.

Distribution Release: SUSE LINUX 9.3 Live DVD

SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 Live version enables users to learn about and test the functions and applications of this new system without installing it on the hard disk and consequently offers an easy and convenient way to review the operating system. In addition to English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, and Dutch, the LiveDVD supports a variety of other languages.

The SCO Boomerang and the Strength of Linux

  • Enterprise Linux I.T. (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, SCO
As a result of the SCO litigation, the community has bonded more tightly than ever, and showed that it will support Linux and free and open-source software and any company that stands up for it. That is how Groklaw was born.

Why does anyone use Internet Explorer?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Recently, our church made the switch to a new Web hosting service that offered us a database-driven site that we can keep updated through a Web interface. Strangely enough, the Web interface operates only under Internet Explorer, although it appears to be written in PHP. I've tried using the interface with both Firefox and Konqueror. It sort of works, but I need it to really work, so I'm stuck with IE. (Maybe that's why I'm the church's unofficial Web master.) After working with the world's most popular Web browser, I wonder why so many people put up with it.

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