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Open Source Calling

  • RedNova.com (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I am running out of options for areas in my IT operation that legitimately shouldn't be open source. Operating system? Linux works like a champ. Web server? If you're not running Apache at this point, what are you doing? Database layer? MySQL scales fine for most Web-based apps, and basic master/slave software clustering for it is free, which can save roughly six figures over a commercial solution if you're running more than a couple of database servers. App server? J Boss if you want Java, or you could just use PHP running on Apache, among many other choices. OK, I haven't spent any money on software yet, and hardware is cheap. I'm surveying my office right now, looking for something that I couldn't enable with open source software, and my eyes fix on that ugly corporate phone that hooks into the old PBX. I feel helpless before it - I look at it and the words "lock in" might as well be blaring from the speakerphone. There's nothing I can do about it. Open source can't help me with my crusty old PBX. Except that it can. And for me, that suggests that open source can - and will - go anywhere and everywhere.

The Arrival of NX, Part 1

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is the first in a seven-part series written by FreeNX Development Team member Kurt Pfeifle about his involvement with NX technology. Along the way, he gives some basic insight into the inner workings of NX and FreeNX while outlining its future roadmap. Much of what Kurt describes here can be reproduced and verified with one or two recent Knoppix CDs, version 3.6 or later). A working FreeNX Server setup and the NoMachine NX Client has been included in Knoppix now for over a year.

Mozilla Headlines Two Key Open Source Development Conferences in August

Mozilla Foundation members and contributors will be presenting at O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon on August 1-5, 2005, and LinuxWorld in San Francisco, California on August 8-11, 2005.

TCP: Tripe Communication Protocol?

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Jul 29, 2005 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups:
Bloggers have put "real" journalists on the defensive in a big way. You can't believe bloggers, say some "real" journalists -- they have no editorial boards, no fact-checking, no training or credentials. You, the trusting reader turning your big wistful puppy eyes on their Web sites have no way of knowing who these people are or why you should trust them. That's what they say, at any rate. Yeah, right. Let me share an amusing little tale with you about the difference between bloggers and "real" journalists. Take a look at Danaquarium.com. Danaquarium.com is a blog. Be sure to read the page title up at the top of your Web browser, because that is a Clue. Now take a few minutes to read some of the stories ... ... all done? Did you figure out that all the stories are fake? ....

CISOs weigh in on open source

  • SC Magazine (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 11:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open-source software, security certifications, and emerging threats were among the topics a panel of CISOs pondered at the Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas. Choosing open-source software depends on how applicable it is to a company's business model, said Ken Pfeil, CSO at CapitalIQ, a financial-information division of Standard & Poor's. Open source does not present more risk than commercial software, he said.

Make Room for Linux Apps

As Linux applications grow in popularity, Windows admins will need to start incorporating them into their networks. Here are five ways to do that.

Five addictive open source games

You can use open source software to make yourself more productive, but the open source community has also produced some impressive game titles, such as Freeciv, Vega Strike, and Flight Simulator. I've found some lesser-known yet excellent and quite addictive games for you to try. All of these games have low system requirements and run on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

Black Duck Gains Access to SourceForge Program Repository

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 11:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Black Duck will be able to use SourceForge.net's 100,000-plus programs for its open-source software compliance program.

Big changes at Metrowerks

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This whitepaper from VDC examines organizational changes at Freescale relating to wholly owned subsidiary Metrowerks. It confirms that Metrowerks will realign itself strategically with its parent company, with the Metrowerks brand replaced by the "CodeWarrior" brand. After detailing these and other changes, the paper offers VDC's analysis and perspective.

Cluster Resources Hosts Exhibit at SCl05

  • Press release; By Amber Webb (Posted by VISITOR on Jul 29, 2005 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Visitors to the annual Supercomputing 2005 (SCl05) conference can visit with Cluster Resources'TM Developers and staff and test Cluster Resources' software live. Cluster Resources will host an exhibit at the conference held in Seattle, Wash. Nov. 15-17 2005.

Really Open Source

  • Inside Higher Ed (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Few projects in academe have attracted the attention and praise in recent years of OpenCourseWare, a program in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is making all of its course materials available online — free — for anyone to use.

Accountant closes Windows on Linux

Linux may be nibbling away at Microsoft's Windows footprint, but one small business has well and truly shut the penguin out in the cold. Perth-based chartered accountants Marshall Michael Corporate Consultants recently completed an upgrade of its two Windows NT servers and, as a result a Linux firewall was decommissioned.

Why use Open Source when Microsoft products are so cheap...?

Australian public schools have an agreement with Microsoft, that entitles them to use the full suite of 'serious', school-related software from that company, for a nominal fee (nominal for the schools that is, there 'might' be hidden costs involved at higher level). Since there's nothing wrong with Microsoft software, why would a school choose to use Open Source software instead, gaining no economic benefit therefrom.

KDE 3.4.2 Released

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 8:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE 3.4.2 has been released. This is the second translation and bugfix release to the 3.4 series, it includes all security updates to date, numerous minor fixes and improved translations including a new Afrikaans translation pack.

Is That Software Really Free and Open?

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many times I see the term "open source" mis-applied. People often assume that any software that has the source code available is open source because they can change it themselves. However, it is often the case that much of this software does not give one the right to distribute the modifications, hence it is not truly open source.

Financial Services Companies Lead the Charge to Linux

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by on Jul 29, 2005 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We started these projects out of necessity, because we had outdated systems or systems that were too expensive to run," says Ole-Bjorn Tuftedal, the city of Bergen's chief technology officer. "We ended up finding that Linux was in every way a viable alternative as a server operating system in an enterprise environment."

Migrate apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla

Ever have trouble getting your Internet Explorer-specific Web applications to work with Mozilla? This article covers common issues associated with migrating IE applications to the open source Mozilla-based browser. You'll first learn basic cross-browser development techniques, and then develop strategies for overcoming the differences between Mozilla and Internet Explorer.

jMemorize -- learning made easy

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 29, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The flash card is one of the simplest learning aids ever invented. In fact, it's so simple that it's hard to imagine how it can be improved upon, given that it is just a piece of paper with a question on one side and the answer on the other. In the 1970s, German psychologist Sebastian Leitner proposed a selective learning system, the purpose of which was to make learning using flash cards more efficient and less time-consuming than the traditional method. Leitner's system divides flash cards into groups, and how often you review the cards in a group depends on the group's level of difficulty. This method works not only with conventional paper flash cards, but also with computerized flash cards such as jMemorize.

Hoary Hedgehog on the Desktop - Ubuntu 5.04

  • PCBurn.com; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on Jul 29, 2005 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Based on Debian Linux and promoted by Mark Shuttleworth Ubuntu Linux has gained a loyal following since it's inception. Today we'll be taking a look at Ubuntu "Hoary Hedgehog" and seeing what this South African based distribution with a global appeal is all about.

Opening up challenges to Microsoft

How does Microsoft face the growing challenges from open source, asks technology commentator Bill Thompson?

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