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Report: Collax Takes Appliance Approach to Push Linux into SMBs

In the early days of the Internet, a software appliance would have been called a "turnkey solution," so the idea is nothing new. But that hasn't stopped a number of Linux vendors from pushing their software appliance wares into the market, a move that is seeing some early signs of success. Brian Proffitt reports on one vendor that may have big things to offer SMBs

Struggles for Open Clip Art

  LXer Feature: 25-Feb-06

Success can bring travails for open source projects. A small crew cannot keep pace. The archive hasn't release a new image since October. So how will the Open Clip Art Library continue to provide new images for, KOffice and related apps?


New Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep

Here's a series of well written IBM Linux tutorials to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification. The LPI prep tutorials help you prepare for the topics in LPI exam 201 and the topics in LPI exam 202.

Password protect your website in Apache webserver

Here is a very interesting tip on how to password protect ones website or a section of the website in apache webserver. The author takes the readers through all the finer details of setting up user authentication in ones website in this well written article.

Democracy debuts; 'TiVo for Web video'

  • Macworld; By Peter Cohen (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The Participatory Culture Foundation on Wednesday announced the launch of Democracy, an open source Internet TV system that the group describes as “TiVo for Web video.” The free player is available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.

Democracy combines Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, BitTorrent and video blog technology to enable users to subscribe to and watch full screen video on their computer. A built-in channel guide helps you navigate the content that is available.

Songbird media browser debut a crashing success

Songbird, an open source media player built on the Firefox browser engine, debuted this month to fanfare from a few blogs heralding it as the second coming of digital music. For a while on the day of its release it was such a popular download that it caused the servers hosting it to crash.

Sita tender winners named

Eight companies have been selected to be the suppliers of open source software and support services to the government and the State IT Agency over the next three years. News of the winners of potentially South Africa's most lucrative open source deal ends months of nail-biting for tenderers involved.

Linux distros for older hardware

Microsoft lately has been challenging Linux's suitability for older hardware, so it seems like a good time to look at Linux distributions that can run on older machines. I took six distributions for a test run on an old machine, and also tried software that turns old hardware into a thin client. The bottom line: Linux is still quite suitable for older hardware. It might not turn your aging PC into a powerhouse, but it will extend its lifespan considerably.

My sysadmin toolbox

I'm only an amateur systems administrator, but I'm also terribly lazy, so I do have a few good tools in my toolbox.

Explore the New Features of Eclipse V3.1

  • dW (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 8:48 PM EDT)
This tutorial demonstrates many of the new features found in the most recent release of Eclipse V3.1. You will find this tutorial useful if you're considering upgrading to V3.1 from a previous release, or if you're considering switching to Eclipse from another integrated development environment. It is also useful if you want to revise your code to take advantage of the latest iteration of the Java language, Java 2 Standard Edition V1.5, which adds a number of powerful constructs and conveniences to the Java programming language. makes Internet music social

Nowadays, the Web is all about being social. We have social bookmarking, social photo sharing, and social browsing. So it's not a big surprise that now we can also enjoy social music listening, courtesy of

To Annotate or Not to Annotate

We look at a new Java language feature and what you can do with it.

Puppy Linux's latest trick: v1.0.8

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 6:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Puppy Linux founder and chief developer Barry Kauler Wednesday released version 1.0.8 of the Puppy Linux mini distribution. The live-CD iso file, named puppy-1.0.8-mozilla.iso, weighs in at 61.5 MB. Also available is a multisession iso called puppy-multisession-1.0.8-mozilla.iso.

Here Comes Open Source Telecom

  •; By Om Malik (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

My latest Business 2.0 article, The Black Box That Would Conquer Telecom, just went online over at the CNN Money website. This is a story about a stealthy startup called Vyatta, that has build the world’s first commercial open-source router, and how open source is slowly moving its way into the telecom world. Vyatta’s first product, an enterprise class router that will compete with Cisco-medium to low end offerings is currently in beta testing with some customers is based on XORP or extensible open router platform and runs off on two Intel chips.

IBM and BI - I take it all back

  • Reg Developer; By Philip Howard (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Okay, I confess. I have been beating IBM up about how it needs to buy a BI player in order to be a credible player in the space, and it turns out that I got it all wrong, because IBM already owns a BI player. Well, actually, a bit of a BI vendor. A very small bit. And I’m not actually sure the information management people actually know about it but, nevertheless, IBM owns a very small (less than 5 per cent) portion of a New Zealand based company called Descisys.

Novell's AppArmor challenges SELinux

Picsel beats Macromedia to put Flash 7 onto mobile

But software giant unconcerned...

Rocky Mountain high for open source

The man behind Steamboat Springs' move to open source sees big gains for local governments.

Microsoft posts its EU response online

  •; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft decided to go public with its confidential filing, with some slight tweaks, because it has concerns about "the transparency of the process" and wanted to make the documents public.

[Ed: Public with some tweaks - is that embrace and extend? tadelste]

Sun fights UltraSparc sunset with Linux

Sun's recent move to promote Linux use on its UltraSparc architecture for servers may be a strategic play to keep the vendor's hardware line selling, but it could also be a more tactical or short-term move for users looking to build an enterprise data center platform.

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