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Different Kernel Designs Overview

Kernel terminology gets tossed about quite a bit. One of the more common topics regarding operating system kernels is the overall design. In particular how the kernel is structured.

An open source value central to the Internet

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tadelste on Oct 24, 2005 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's a value at the heart of successful open source projects. It is also at the heart of the Internet.

It's not majority rules. It's everyone agrees, or at least accepts the agreement of the vast majority.

Consensus has a bad habit of breaking down when money gets into the mix. Contracts are one replacement principle. Democracy is another. Power is a third.

But none of these alternate values deliver what consensus delivers. You realize this when consensus is lost.

Marconi and Allot Communications Partner for Delivery of Traffic Management and Analysis Services

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 24, 2005 5:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Partnership empowers service providers with deep packet inspection, network monitoring and enforcement tools across business and consumer networks

How Much Trouble Is Novell in?

With staff cuts almost a certainty and pressure coming from some investors for massive changes, analysts look ahead to Novell's future.

VMware Announces a Free Player

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 24, 2005 5:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Product Enables Anyone to Easily Run, Share or Evaluate Software in a Virtual Machine on a Windows or Linux PC

Oracle to bully Microsoft with open source database

Oracle's recent acquisition of the open source Innobase database technology could mean that the firm is preparing to release an open source database.

The Shuttleworth FAQ (part 4): Is Ubuntu the Big Ticket for Debian ...

Is Ubuntu a Debian fork? Or spoon? What sort of silverware are you, man?

Yes, Ubuntu is a fork. No, it isn't. Yes it is! Oh, whatever.

In short, we are a project that tries hard to collaborate with many other projects -- such as upstream, and Gnome, and of course Debian. In many cases, the code we ship is modified or different to the code shipped by those other projects. When that happens, we work hard to ensure that our changes are published as widely as possible, in a format that is easy for other project maintainers to understand and incorporate into their own working tree.

Sun to update Solaris 10 by year-end

The upgrade will include the Newboot start-up process and Sun software that alerts users to further updates.

Cisco talking IP-radio nets

Cisco this week is expected to announce new technology and a business unit focused on integrating two-way radio, cellular, VoIP and other communications methods into an IP backbone.

The Story of Snort: Past, Present and Future

  • Help Net Security; By HNS Staff (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 24, 2005 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Martin Roesch, the creator of Snort - the de facto standard for intrusion detection/prevention presents the entire story of Snort that covers seven years of development that made this tool one of the most important security software titles ever developed.

Red Hat India Names Ravindra Ranade Head of Global Professional ...

Red Hat India has named Ravindra Ranade as the Head of its Global Professional Services, effective immediately. In his new role Ravindra will focus on customizing the range of Red Hat solutions and support offerings to the Indian customers.

The company also announced that it has segmented the engineering and professional services in order to enhance the professional services engagement for its clients and to expand the engineering work of its teams.

Open source on the march

Sun to update Solaris 10 by year's end. Also: IBM expands free access to patents for education, health care.

LXer Feature: Survival Tactics For Women In FOSS, part 2

In Part 1 I offered some general advice and encouragement for women involved in FOSS, and women who want to be involved in FOSS. Part 2 is a partial resource guide, a list of women-oriented tech communities...These are great places to connect with other women in computing, to socialize, to get job and professional tips, and to get help and encouragement for everything from workplace and personal issues to technical help. For most of these groups the goal is not to provide a safe shelter to hide in and never come out, but to help women develop the skills and support to cope with everyday challenges, and achieve their goals.

Mysql 5.0 Now Available for Production Use

CUPERTINO, Calif. & UPPSALA, Sweden – MySQL AB has announced the general availability of MySQL 5.0, the most significant product upgrade in the company's ten-year history. Starting today, MySQL 5.0 can be downloaded under the open source GPL license.

"We are quite proud to deliver this new version of MySQL — as it includes the most-requested features from our users, customers and partners," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. "With their feedback, we have been able to provide important enterprise-class features while staying true to MySQL's renowned heritage of high-performance, reliability and ease-of-use."

Comment of the Day - October 24th, 2005

You could have called this "The Two (or more) Faces of Microsoft". It's obvious they will say whatever is convenient for a given inquiry. Where it is good for Microsoft to have a competitor, there's Linux. Where it is not good for Microsoft to have a competitor, there's poor little Linux that can't compete (if they are even forced to mention Linux at all).

Related to the article Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?

People Behind KDE: Jes Hall

Calling herself a KDE hacker chick, she is known as the woman behind This Month in SVN and as the maintainer of the KDE FAQ

Review: Teaming Up with Zimbra's Collaboration Suite

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bstadil on Oct 24, 2005 12:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Email is a pretty mundane topic these days. Since it's so pervasive, the subject is rarely brought up at social gatherings. And, if other email systems work the same, why switch to anything new? Rob Reilly finds that one new system, Zimbra, may get the conversation started again.

VMware sets partitioning software free . . . as in beer

  • The Register; By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View (Posted by tadelste on Oct 24, 2005 12:13 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
VMware continues to step up pressure against rivals by maturing its partitioning play at a quick clip. The company this week hit out against Microsoft and Xen by releasing a free tool for running virtual machines on Windows and Linux PCs.

Sky's the limit for Firefox

  • OSU Daily Barometer; By By Holly Strassner (Posted by tadelste on Oct 24, 2005 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla; Story Type: News Story
It wasn’t a bird, nor was it a plane. It was a 3,000-gram white weather balloon satellite, soaring over the trees in the MU Quad Saturday, the Mozilla Firefox logo affixed to its transparent frame.

A team, comprised of the Oregon State Linux Users Group, the OSU Open Source Lab and the NASA Space Grant Consortium launched the satellite balloon to commemorate the 100 millionth download of Firefox, the Mozilla Web browser that has computer enthusiasts, students and companies alike talking.

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