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Comment of the Day - October 8, 2005

This comment refers to "Open Source could use a face lift.".

Why make Bill Gates even richer?

  • ABS CBN News; By DAN MARIANO (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nobody knows for sure how many Internet cafés there are in the Philippines. But in every major city and in many small towns, there are such places where, for as little as P20 an hour, you can plunk down before a PC and roam the digital universe to your heart’s content.

Netbeans open source tools get a refresh

The Sun Microsystems-led NetBeans developer community has released a beta version of the NetBeans 5.0 open source IDE, with enhancements for client development based on Java. The general release of Version 5.0 is due by the end of 2005. Sun is positioning NetBeans as a counter-balance to the rival Eclipse open source tools platform. NetBeans 5.0 features the Matisse GUI builder which offers visual, drag-and-drop capabilities for building desktop clients that can either work in a client-server or standalone mode, says Dan Roberts, director of marketing for developer tools at Sun.

Cutting Through Multiple Linux Distribution Concerns

Over the course of the Linux emergence into corporate America, one fear has repeatedly emerged -- that Linux would fragment, that there are too many distributions -- that customers and corporate managers would be confused by the myriad of choices on the Linux distribution landscape. Paul Ferris and Dean Pannell have taken sides on this issue. People need clarification. They need to understand the issues at hand. They need clear, concise, professional sources of information where decisions of this magnitude are at stake.

Are they likely not to get that kind of information here? You'll have to find out, as here comes another Penguin Counter Penguin.

Open source steps into ECM shoes

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Cathleen Moore (Posted by tadelste on Oct 9, 2005 7:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The former co-founder of Documentum is applying lessons learned in the commercial ECM (enterprise content management) space to open source software. John Newton, CTO and chairman of Alfresco, says that tackling content management with open source technology isn’t new, but most of the open source offerings available today target web content.

Virtual Hosting With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (+ SMTP-AUTH, Quota, SpamAssassin, ClamAV)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 9, 2005 7:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to install a mail server based on Postfix that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database.

OSS in the enterprise? Show me the money

Eric Raymond's recent attack on a Microsoft recruiter has sharply divided the Linux community, with some applauding his bluntness and honesty, while others accused him of exaggerating his own achievements -- not to mention exhibiting immature behavior. Yes, Raymond could have been a little more subtle in his reply, but when a company such as Microsoft attempts to recruit one of its most scathing critics, and an ardent supporter of competing products at that, one cannot help but feel such an answer was appropriate, given the absurdity of the circumstances.

Linspire nears million-user mark

Linspire claims to have significantly increased its user base since the launch of version five of its Linux desktop product. Kevin Carmony, the chief executive of Linspire, told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that there has been considerable demand for Linspire 5, also known as Five-0.

Microsoft's sleight of Palm

Only now are details emerging of the months of secret talks that allowed the birth of the Windows Treo

AMD pulls in more firms to Intel battle

  • CNET; By Michael Singer (Posted by tadelste on Oct 8, 2005 2:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
AMD said on Thursday that it served more than 15 companies with subpoenas this week as of part of its antitrust lawsuit against rival Intel.

UK virus writers jailed

  • ZDNet UK; By Graeme Wearden (Posted by tadelste on Oct 8, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Cybercops claim a victory as two men receive prison terms for contributing to a virus that was used to create botnets

Microsoft 'must support OpenDocument'

Microsoft will be forced to adopt the open file format or risk 'sliding into irrelevance', according to industry observers

Ohio LinuxFest 2005 - A Whole Lot of Linux In One Day

  • Mad Penguin; By Jeff Hanson (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 8, 2005 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The third annual LinuxFest was held on Saturday, October 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It's the first time I attended this one day conference so I didn't know what to expect. Overall, I found it to be an interesting and generally well-planned affair with a good balance of informative presentations, relevant vendor displays, and some general Linux geek fun.

Red Hat Plans Analyst Day

Red Hat will be sending executives to New York to meet with financial analysts on Tuesday. Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) said it will webcast a live audio feed of the event starting at 8:30 AM EST

Java urban performance legends

  • developerworks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 8, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Programmers agonize over whether to allocate on the stack or on the heap. Some people think garbage collection will never be as efficient as direct memory management, and others feel it is easier to clean up a mess in one big batch than to pick up individual pieces of dust throughout the day. This article pokes some holes in the oft-repeated performance myth of slow allocation in JVMs.


It's more than just a peer-to-peer client, it's a super-p2p-client-server! MLDonkey connects to everyone, everywhere, in a very different but appealing way.

Sco Motion Re Linux Denied; 10 More Depositions Each

Well, I guess this makes it universal. Nobody likes the games SCO is pulling in discovery, including Judge Wells now, from what Frank Sorenson reports. Wells denied SCO's motion regarding discovery, told them they had misinterpreted her rulings, and that IBM has, as Frank puts it, "appropriately interpreted the Court's order.

Africa Source II: NGO Free Software and Open Source

  • Digital Divide Network (Posted by tadelste on Oct 8, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I suppose that the real beauty of Free Software and Open Source in Africa is that these forms of software, knowledge and ideas do not have to respect borders... and as the wind blows the seeds, they seek fertile ground to drop their roots.

Mandriva 2006 Hits The 'Net

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 8, 2005 6:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mandriva; Story Type: News Story
Out of three distributions comes one. Mandriva 2006, the convergence of the former Mandrake, Connectiva and Lycoris Linux distributions was released today.

Linux on desktop is a diverse market - really

Don't expect hegemony from a single Linux vendor on the desktop comparable with Microsoft's Office, as rival frameworks and implementations tackle different markets. That's according to Red Hat fellow Alan Cox, who said research indicates users are adopting KDE and Gnome to serve different scenarios. He added that business users are less interested in the technical aspects of their desktops than technology experts, and simply want something that's familiar, reliable and comes at a low cost.

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