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Unisys throws weight behind "mature" Linux

  • ZDNet UK; By Colin Barker (Posted by ralph on Nov 3, 2005 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source is now "a mature technology" and the right, cost-effective option for many companies, according to Peter Blackmore, executive vice-president and president of worldwide sales at Unisys.

Novell Announces Restructuring to More Closely Align Expenses with Core Business Strategy

WALTHAM, Mass. – Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL) has said that it will concentrate its business on key growth opportunities in the Linux and Open Source and Identity and Resource Management markets, resulting in a restructuring of the business that will reduce annual run rate expenses by more than $110 million. Novell anticipates that it will record a restructuring charge in the range of $30-35 million in the fourth fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, 2005.

The full effect of the cost reductions is expected to be realized in the first fiscal quarter ending Jan. 31, 2006. When completed in the first fiscal quarter 2006, the cost restructuring is expected to result in a total headcount reduction of approximately 600 positions, more than 10% of Novell’s worldwide workforce.

Solaris Kernel in Debian Distro

Sean Michael Kerner writes: A new effort is aiming to take the Solaris kernel (SunOS) and use it as the core of GNU systems with Debian-based packages. The effort could potentially represent an affront to Sun's open source effort OpenSolaris. Then again it might not.

[Sounds pretty interesting. I'm sure Sun is thrilled by this news! The question is, how will the GNU/Linux community view this? - Ed]

Microsoft patches may break Web sites -- again

Web sites that use certain custom applications won't display as expected in Internet Explorer after installing two Microsoft security updates. To fix the situation one can download Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 or developers can recompile the affected ActiveX control and mark it as safe when run in an Internet browser. Pick your poison!

Security elite hash out encryption alternatives

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2005 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At this week's Cryptographic Hash Workshop in Washington, DC, the giants of the cryptography field met to discuss the problem of our disintegrating hash algorithms. Today, the security of the algorithms that protect our online banking and digital signature systems is crumbling, and no one has a simple answer to the problem.

Tivoli ITCAM tracks user transaction end-to-end

Download a new and free Linux compatible trial version of Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time Tracking. Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time Tracking lets you follow the path of a user transaction end-to-end across your business infrastructure. You can drill down into each step that the transaction takes as it travels across multiple systems, and measure how each transaction component contributes to the overall response time.

Red Hat evolves in the name of reducing infrastructure costs

Nowadays, Red Hat has real competition in Novell SuSE, said Warren Shiau, senior IT analyst for The Strategic Council in Toronto. Shiau said the enhancements Red Hat has made to its Enterprise Linux and the company's forthcoming solutions are all good news. Furthermore, Red Hat is giving Unix shops pause to consider Linux in terms of a long-term platform strategy.

[Healthy competition is a beautiful thing! Companies like Red Hat have to keep in shape. Customers benefit from this in more ways than one. - Ed]

Microsoft antitrust flap 'boosts Linux' in Far East

Simon Burns writes: As regulators from the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) met to discuss a ruling in an antitrust case aimed at Microsoft, the president of Microsoft Korea, Yoo Jae-sung, said that if the KFTC urges Microsoft to remove bundled applications from Windows, it would be "difficult for us to do business in Korea". The comments, reported in the Korea Times, appear to represent a strengthening of Microsoft's position, after a Korean official scolded the company earlier today.

[Microsoft is reiterating their stance on Korea. Promises, promises. - Ed]

New Novell CEO Welcomes Customer Challenges

Ron Hovsepian says the vendors have not done too little to help companies make the transition to open source.

New release of Poseidon for UML provides superior support for UML 2 sequence diagrams

Hamburg, Germany, November, 2005 – German software producer Gentleware AG has made an outstanding user experience the focus of the solid new features of the newest release, version 3.2, of Poseidon for UML.

Stephen Harpster, Professional Hot Air Balloon and JDS Director...

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By Devnet (Posted by devnet on Nov 3, 2005 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: LXer, Sun
This article is a small letter to Stephen Harpster's most recent blog entry which chastises Lxer's Tom Adelstein for his look at the JDS. "Sorry Stephen, but Tom Adelstein was right...JDS is a throw away desktop...that's what you do to old Linux distros that stop their development.

Postfixing your mail server

  • Ars Technica; By Ryan Paul, Ian Smith-Heisters, Matt Mondock (Posted by dcparris on Nov 3, 2005 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Years removed from the original release of Postfix, the Unix-based mail server is still serving oodles of people every day. As a great alternative to Microsoft Exchange and the predecessor to crazy uncle Sendmail, Postfix is becoming the Linux mail server of choice, and is the SMTP mail transfer agent for Mac OS X Server. Sendmail may have a larger market share in the Linux community, but Postfix has a much simpler setup and is good for users who do not want to spend a lot of time configuring a mail server.

Linux Standard Base approved as international standard

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 3, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An international organization is preparing to publish its approval of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) as a worldwide standard, which could potentially lead to easier migration to and software development for Linux.

Linux in Italian Schools, Part 4: Progetto "Mottabit"

  • Linux Journal; By Marco Fioretti (Posted by Tsela on Nov 3, 2005 5:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

How did a school in Italy go from having one computer for the entire school and no Internet connection to having a thin-client network connected to the whole world? Free software, of course.

[ED.- Having myself received my first IT classes in elementary school, I can testify of the importance of such projects. A must read! - Tsela]

Open-source Startups Throw Coming-Out Party

  • InformationWeek; By Paula Rooney (Posted by tadelste on Nov 3, 2005 5:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At the Open Source Business Conference this week, a hot new crop of open-source startups, including Centeris, XenSource, and rPath, showcased their upcoming wares.

Comment of the Day - November 3, 2005 NT Open System

Paul remembers the migration of applications from UNIX to NT following the NT being declared an "Open System". He writes: " I was an engineer making a living installing CAD/CAM applications on Unix systems (joy). Anyway, the apps all fell to NT over the space of about a year or so, many of the vendors promised to continue support for Unix, only to have those promises fall through."

Related to the article: How Microsoft Got its OS Declared an "Open System" and wound up in Government

GNU GPL 3.0 Moves into the Future

Community participation will be encouraged in the further development of the open-source license, although the FSF says the rewrite is"not an election."

RSS Email Flunks The (Law) Suit Test

Those who think RSS email products would make perfect messaging systems haven't spent enough quality time with their accountants and lawyers. But they definitely will upon implementation. A mountain of rules and regulations separates the RSS emailing concept from reality for many organizations. --Email Battles

The Axe Falls on ODF in Massachusetts?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andrew Updegrove (Posted by alc on Nov 3, 2005 3:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

An amendment to a piece of important Massachusetts legislation is to be debated on Thursday at the State Senate. If adopted, it could slow down or even reverse the decision to use the OpenDocument format.

[ED.- Please, anyone who lives in Massachusetts, contact your senator as quickly as possible and warn them about the possible consequences of this amendment! The movement towards Open Standards is far too important to let it be stopped through such suspicious means! - Tsela]

Google gives back to Oregon universities

Google, having gotten where it is thanks in large part to open source software and development, is giving back to the community with a $350,000 grant to Oregon State and Portland State universities for their collaboration on the development, systems administration, and learning of open source software.

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