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Freespire attempts to morph Linspire into free distro

Freespire, a claimed "free" (and apparently unsanctioned) variant of Linspire Linux with proprietary components and trademarks removed, is reportedly available for download. The initial release, dubbed 5.0, is currently offered in liveCD format only, and is supported by a free repository of some 1,500 Debian Linux packages, DistroWatch reports.

Sun Gives Java Server Faces Open Source Treatment

Sun is giving more of its code to the open source community under its new licensing scheme, this time with its JavaServer Faces (JSF) reference implementation.

Tutorial: WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 5

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 8:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Music on a corporate PDA? Bad idea? Not when you stop and think that offering various audio products, sales pitches, and info casts to customers and employees via their WiFi PDA might be a good thing. Why plop down a couple of Franklins for one of those dedicated music players that make you download via USB?

Linux Kernel Update Improves Event Monitoring

The next stable update of the Linux kernel will bring advances in file system event monitoring, the Xtensa architecture, and a set of system calls that allows users to load another kernel from the currently executing Linux kernel.

Sun Prioritizes Open Source

  • Line 56 News (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 7:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun has set up an Open Source Office (under Simon Phipps, the company's existing Open Source Office) to bring together all of Sun's open source initiatives and serve as a single point of contact for the open source community.

China's Linux industry considers mega-merger

  • IDG.com (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 6:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A major reorganization is in the works for China's open-source software industry, with discussions under way over how local Linux vendors and industry organizations can cooperate more closely—including the possibility of a merger between several of the country's top Linux companies.

Open Source Funding Review

  • Enterprise Open Source Journal; By Raven Zachary (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 26, 2005 5:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Over $100 million dollars US has been invested in open source startups in the past five months.

Vista to Open Doors for Desktop Linux

The number of features which Microsoft has cast aside since Longhorn and the hardware requirements of Vista have set the stage for a large scale move to desktop Linux.

Mailbag: Linux management

  • Network World (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 3:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I recently invited readers to share their thoughts and experiences regarding the management of Linux, and today's column will feature the feedback that we've received.

Novell to launch SUSE Linux in five Indian languages

Massachusetts-based network software maker Novell Inc. will soon launch versions of its popular SUSE Linux operating system in five Indian languages, a company official said Friday.

A Linux desktop shouldn't be a kick in the teeth.

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Aug 26, 2005 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To understand the IT industry, start with On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt. Prof. Frankfurt poses, but doesn't answer, the question of why there is so much B.S. in our society. He compares his subject to shoddy construction, and that's an analogy we can work with

'Linux' trademark doesn't matter, says Stallman

The freedom to run and modify software is more important than what you call it, according to the GNU founder

Survey: Apps Availability Drives Choice Between Linux, Windows

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 1:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When users buy operating systems, they have more in mind than security and cost, according to Web hosting company Rackspace.

Novell acquires JV stake, eyes Open Source opportunity

In a move to apply its global strategic growth plan, Novell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 50 percent stake held by its Indian partner Onward Novell.

Linux thrives in left-leaning Kerala

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Kerala, a tiny coastal state in south India, is a site of significant popularity of free software and GNU/Linux. What lessons can Kerala teach other areas about using free and open source software?

Linux Professional Institute Invites Community Input

  • LXer; By Arne Flones (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: LPI
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites members of the wider Linux community to assist in the updating of their exams.

Review: OpenSUSE Linux 10.0 OSS Beta 3

As Novell released their third beta of openSUSE (SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 3) today I was anxious to get my hands on it. I'm always excited to see what's new in SUSE's world as this distro has been on my personal top 10 list for quite some time. When SUSE was absorbed by Novell many people were amazed and excited, yet a little concerned about the unknown. What would this giant do to SUSE? It seems like it worked out well for the duo as Novell is now frequently talked about as the number two (enterprise) distro, right behind Red Hat. SUSE has definitely not suffered from this merge although the benefits which they have received are not very obvious (besides the bling).

Linux trademark row is storm in a thimble

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman has some strong words about the INQ and other media for creating a storm in a thimble about Linus Torvalds demanding cash from some Aussie companies to use his name on some Linux software.

Review: VidaLinux 1.2

Version 1.2 is the third official release of the Gentoo-based VidaLinux OS (VLOS). The changes and enhancements to this edition are significant, but not good enough to save this conceptually astute operating system from failure. VidaLinux 1.2 is nice to play with, but don't expect a comfortable, complete desktop experience a la SUSE or Mandriva.

Novell's open source effort looks more aggressive than Fedora

Novell's recent move to release a version of its SuSE Linux operating system as free, open source software should give the vendor a boost in credibility with the open source community, while building its base of users running the Linux flavor.

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