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A quick look at GanttProject 2.0

Although my daily work doesn't require any project management tools, I do have a soft spot for GanttProject, an easy-to-use application that has been previously featured on NewsForge. GanttProject's developers recently released version 2.0 of the application, which introduced two significant features: critical path and PERT charts.

IBM to Power Dow Jones Indexes' Investable Indexes

  • IT News On-line; By IT News Online Staff (Posted by tadelste on Mar 19, 2006 3:13 AM EDT)
IBM announced that Dow Jones Indexes, a provider of investable indexes, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), has selected IBM servers as the platform to calculate its suite of worldwide indexes and averages that are disseminated globally in real-time through major market data vendors and published in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Dow Jones Newswires, MarketWatch and other Dow Jones and third-party publications.

The system is designed to scale with both UNIX and Linux enterprise applications on demand. Dow Jones Electronic Publishing and an extensive IBM team worked closely to enhance Dow Jones application performance.

Courier and Postfix with MySQL on Fedora Core

This would get a Fedora Core system with Postfix handling mail for virtual domains and accounts of which the details are stored on a MySQL database (Ruby on Rails friendly) and the email files are on disk. Courier IMAP/POP will be used for email retrieval. A very fine email setup.

Creating a Data Backup and Recovery Strategy

Data backup and Recovery is probably one of the most essential tasks as a system administrator. In the event of a disaster, a successful recovery of data and services will determine whether you will be getting your raise or you will be looking for a new job.

The 'Mandriva Wars' and More

The Cyber Cynic podcast with Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols looks at the popular French-based Linux distributor Mandriva and its troubles.

Linux powers "Ming" smartphone in China

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 18, 2006 11:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motorola is shipping its Linux-based A1200 smartphone to distributors in China, where the phone will be sold under a "Ming" model-name, according to a hardware blog at TheRegister. Ming means "bright, clear, open and clear-sighted," TheRegister reports, reflecting the phone's translucent cover and open-source operating system.

BEA Systems Partners with Cantata Technology to Advance Converged IMS Service Creation

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 18, 2006 11:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
BEA WebLogic SIP Server Coupled with Cantata SnowShore IP Media Server Designed to Help Communication Service Providers Deliver Next-Generation Services for Fixed and Mobile Networks; BEA and Cantata to Perform Innovative Demo at Spring VON 2006

Red Hat To Promote Open Source In Education

Red Hat has announced their partnership with the Lotus Learning Systems Society to promote open source in education in schools. The Hyderabad based Lotus Learning Systems Society, an organisation established to provide world- class professional teacher development and establishing and operating educational institutions, will deploy Red Hat's open source programs in Lotus National Schools

[ED: Nice, but improvements in U.S. would be appreciated too. - HC]

Debian-Edu/Skolelinux 2.0 heads for schools

Following more than 21 months of development, Skolelinux Friday released a major new version, Debian-Edu/Skolelinux v2.0, designed specifically for use in the classroom. Skolelinux, which uses the 2.6 kernel and KDE desktop as defaults, is installed in hundreds of schools in Norway, Germany, and other countries, the project said.

FOSS community, disabled users must learn to communicate

Accessibility is an increasingly important issue for free and open source software (FOSS) developers and advocates. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed standards for ensuring that software is accessible to people with disabilities. Governments around the world often require that software procured for public use must meet or exceed accessibility standards. Disabled users and the FOSS community, however, still have a serious communication problem.

Does Novell still have mind share?

Does a reinvented Novell matter anymore? As the company prepares to trumpet its focus on serving the open enterprise at its annual BrainShare conference this week, industry observers remain mixed on whether the former networking powerhouse has a relevant place in today's corporate software market.

Minutes of the Staff Meeting of Monday 13th March 2006

2006-03-13 - Summary of staff meeting

- Various discussions in about openness

*1.0.8 and 1.7.13* ... *Firefox* ... *Firefox* ... *Firefox 2* ... etc

People doing the hard, many times dull stuff - anyone out there want to help?

The future of Eclipse Communication Framework

This article gives gives you a quick glimpse into ECF and an example that demonstrated one of the many capabilities the framework provides, and its future direction.

Comment of the Day -February 8, 2006 - OpenMFG isn't Open Source

jkouyoumjianwrites: "Perhaps "OpenMFG" uses some open source software to run its application, but the application itself is not open source". Relates to:
Openmfg Launches Hybrid Open Source ERP Suite

Parallel Worlds: Open Source and Open Access

The parallels between open access – a movement to make research freely available online, rather than hidden in expensive journals - and open source are striking. For both, the ultimate wellspring is the Internet, and the new economics of sharing that it enabled.

A Cold Review of Creator's Latest Legal Battle

The programmer who did the hard work of porting from the Frontier environment to LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) just got a love letter... from his client, Dave Winer's, lawyer.

Free Culture

Daniel writes in a comment to Parallel Worlds: Open Source and Open Access about the FOSS movement. Characteristically, his articulation of the subject demonstrates a deep understanding many of wish we had.

Cheapening Linux

Whoever thought up the myth that more open source software made sense, didn't consider with what editors would have to content. Perhaps open source software lacks goodness. You could make an argument that many people have abused the term.

Dow Jones Indexes Selects IBM to Power Indexes and Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • WebWire; By No author listed (Posted by grouch on Mar 18, 2006 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: IBM
The system is designed to scale with both UNIX and Linux enterprise applications on demand. Dow Jones Electronic Publishing and an extensive IBM team worked closely to enhance Dow Jones application performance.

[Emphasis added.]

[ED: If you get kicks from finance and implicit Linux recognizition by the fat cats, then this is a must read. What's happening to the WSJ? Falling behind? - HC]

Business profile: Becoming a billionaire? That's not on my list...

Craigslist chief executive, Jim Buckmaster, aims to offer a public service, not add zeros to his bank balance

Craigslist only charges in three cities - asking for fees from companies placing recruitment adverts on its San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York sites. Is this business model sustainable? Buckmaster thinks so. Costs are kept low by using open source software such as Linux, which means there are no licensing costs to pay. The company doesn't want to employ many more staff.

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