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Wyse Technology Extends Thin-Computing Leadership With New Linux Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Apr 5, 2006 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
More Than 10,000 LinuxWorld Attendees Will Register on Wyse Thin Clients for Second Consecutive Year

Bill Introduced in Minnesota to Require Use of "Open Data Formats"

A bill has been introduced in Minnesota that would require all Executive branch agencies to "use open standards in situations where the other requirements of a project do not make it technically impossible to do this."

The text of the bill is focused specifically on "open data formats." While the amendment does not refer to open source software, the definition of "open standards" that it contains would be conducive to open source implementations of open standards. The fact that such a bill has been introduced is significant in a number of respects. First, the debate over open formats will now be ongoing in two U.S. states rather than one. Second, if the bill is successful, the Minnesota CIO will be required to enforce a law requiring the use of open formats, rather than be forced to justify his or her authority to do so. Third, the size of the market share that can be won (or lost) depending upon a vendor's compliance with open standards will increase. And finally, if two states successfully adopt and implement open data format policies, other states will be more inclined to follow.

Open source coders' speed astounds Coverity

  •; By Joris Evers (Posted by henke54 on Apr 5, 2006 9:56 AM EDT)
"My impression is that the open source community is producing software defect patches at an extremely fast rate," Ben Chelf, the chief technology officer at Coverity, said in the statement.

Removing A User From A Linux System

  • HowtoForge; By Tom Adelstein and Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 5, 2006 9:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux

Employee turnover in most organizations runs high. So unless you run a small shop with a stable user base, you need to learn how to clean up after an employee leaves. Too many so-called system administrators do not understand the stakes involved when they manage users.

Wind River's Linux Platform to Support Intel's Family of Next Generation Application Processors for Handheld Devices

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Apr 5, 2006 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Wind River Enhances Commercial Grade Quality Linux Consumer Device Software Platform with Support for Intel's New Monahans Processor Family

Firefox prowls the mainstream

The news comes as Microsoft developers announced yesterday that to encourage consistency between browsers, IE7 will be using the Firefox RSS icon to represent RSS and RSS-related features.

Harley-Davidson, Pep Boys go Linux

Pep Boys, Harley-Davidson, Magna Steyr Illustrate Value of IBM-Based SOA Entry Points to Improve Customer Service, Boost Productivity and Help Reduce Supply Chain Cycles

FOSS primer gets users up to speed

UNDP-intitiative International Open Source Network has released a series of free and open source primer publications. Frederick Noronha takes a look at the first in the series.

The Gemcutter's Workshop: Many Developments in the Ruby Community

Recapping two busy weeks' worth of news, events and releases in the Ruby world.

Tutorial: Making GNOME Look Like OS X

If you've always admired the Apple OS X desktop theme and layout but aren't ready to drop a load of cash on an Apple machine (or if you want to stick with free software), this article from Jem Matzan will show you how to make GNOME look and feel more like OS X, with some limitations.

Free Download of Open Source Software CD-ROM for Windows

Tired of the strangle-hold Microsoft has on the software world? There is a viable alternative that people are turning to: open source software. What do open source applications look like? Download this CD-ROM and install some of the applications on your Windows computer to see. The idea behind the CD-ROM is that all the applications are open source, and they also exist to run on Linux computers. Linux is a ubiquitous operating system that can be found in everything from home electronics to personal computers to some of the world's largest and most powerful computers.

Red Hat Linux Desktop

If Windows is a family sedan and basic Linux is an armored car, then Red Hat Linux Desktop is a mainline battle tank.

Using the Security-Enhanced Linux subsystem, this version of Linux looks at security on a program-to-program basis and not a user-to-user one. This means that an admin can set the security levels and permissions of an individual program on the network regardless of who the user is. A word processor, for example, may be able to do basic functions and save and load files to a local disk, but be restricted from accessing network drives or running macros. And default settings can be configured so that if a virus should arrive, it will find itself restricted and unable to do anything outside the security protocols, such as replicating itself throughout the network.

Mozilla Org Donates 10G to OpenSSH/OpenBSD

Frank Hecker from the Mozilla Foundation contacted Theo to inform him that the foundation decided to donate $10,000 USD to the OpenSSH project.

...The OpenSSH project truly appreciates this gesture of solidarity from such a respectable open source project.

Besides this sizeable donation we also received hundreds of smaller donations, mostly from individuals and small companies. Thanks everyone for stepping up to keep OpenBSD/OpenSSH ticking.

Linux Leaps Toward KDE/GNOME Compatibility

The two leading Linux desktop development groups have started burying the hatchet by creating a set of common APIs for the GNOME and KDE desktops. (

Fedora Foundation

To my fellow Fedora community members: As many of you are aware, FUDCon Boston is this Friday. One of the most important topics that we will be discussing there is the future of the Fedora Project, specifically with regard to the Fedora Foundation.

Virtually Speaking at LinuxWorld

Opinion: Why is virtualization the big early news from LinuxWorld? Because enterprises want to implement it sooner than later and Microsoft is all too aware of this trend.

March of the penguin

Linux is gradually gaining acceptance and credibility in Indian enterprises. It has been over a year since UTI Bank set up its call center that handles over 7000 calls per day. The bank was looking for a robust platform that could guarantee it “high availability of services and uninterrupted call traffic”. It had options but finally decided on Linux for its core business applications.

Trolltech spreads Linux reach with Wind River, Zi partnerships

LONDON — Trolltech AS, whose Qtopia platform and Qt framework have helped to develop more than 70 Linux-based embedded devices, has inked separate deals with Wind River and Zi Corporation aimed at simplifying and extending the development of device software on Linux based consumer devices.

Osdl forges link between battling desktop Linux factions

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and have launched the Portland project that will let developers create a single application that works on both the KDE and Gnome Linux desktop environments.

Speed your code with the GNU Profiler

  • IBM DeveloperWorks (Posted by idean on Apr 4, 2006 5:06 PM EDT)
Improving the performance of your applications is rarely a wasted effort, but it's not always clear which functions the program is spending most of its execution time on. Learn how to pinpoint performance bottlenecks using gprof for both user-space and system calls on Linux.

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