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Sun Wah Pushes Debian based Linux in China - Why Debian?

Now, 142,000 Linux PCs should make some news. But, of course, Sun Wah isn't Red Hat or SUSE based.

Tilix 1.0 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The first official release of Tilix, which is a Bulgarian Linux distribution based on KANOTIX, is now available. Tilix 1.0 (code name "Boris") includes: kernel 2.6.13 with many extra modules for improved hardware support, KDE 3.4.2, latest packages from Debian sid compiled with GCC 4.0.1, many new drivers for modems and wireless network cards, new look and feel, graphical boot, new control centre for system administration, new hard disk installer, many other improvements and applications.

OSDir has some nice screenshots of Tilix 1.0.

Japan to Boost Use of Linux

"This is not intended to exclude a particular software nor to recommend a particular one, but it reflects the recent development of open-source software as reliable systems," a state official said.

SoC Drawer: The Resource View

  • IBM Developer Works; By Dr. Sam Siewert (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 6, 2005 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article looks at system-on-a-chip (SoC) design and how designers can look at things from a resource perspective. A system-on-a-chip (SoC) can provide a single-chip solution, lower power usage, better performance, more frugal use of board real estate, simpler integration, and lower part counts.

Comment of the Day - October 6, 2005

This comment refers to "Suse 10.0 Released". The story link to the ftp site is very busy. Here's an alternate.

Linux: Kernel Crash Dumps

A kernel crash dump is a snapshot of system state taken at the time that the kernel crashed, useful for finding and debugging the problem that caused the crash in the first place. There is no standard mechanism for automatiaclly collecting a crash dump on Linux, but there are a number of existing projects working toward efficiently meeting this goal. A "Linux Kernel Dump Summit" was recently mentioned on the lkml, with participants from some of the many crash dump projects looking to standardize the dump process and information collected. A followup email noted, "as memory size grows, the time and space for capturing kernel crash dumps really matter." It went on to examine partial dumps, and full dumps that are compressed. The former risks not collecting information necessary for proper debugging, while the latter risks greatly increasing the amount of time required to collect a dump.

Japan To Encourage Use Of Open Source Software

Tokyo, Japan (AHN) – In a bid to reduce dependence on Microsoft Windows, Japan is planning to install the Linux operating system in some government computers. An official at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications says Japan is currently preparing guidelines recommending its ministries look to open source software, like Linux, as an "important option" for government procurement.

Using open source software on Mac OS X

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 6, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you want to make use of open source software on a Macintosh running OS X, you have plenty of options. The Fink project modifies Unix/Linux open source packages to run on Mac OS X, and gives users the ability to build from source or download precompiled binaries. Many open source packages have native OS X versions -- Firefox, Thunderbird, Abiword, Nvu, and the GIMP among them. But if you dig deeper, you will find quite a few Mac-only open source software gems. Here are a few of the best open source programs written specifically for Mac OS X.

Linux pioneer wins lifetime achievement award

Alan Cox, sometime maintainer of the Linux Kernel and well-known open source advocate, picked up a lifetime achievement award at the LinuxWorld awards in London on Wednesday night.

Announcing Ubuntu 5.10RC (Release Candidate)

With just one more week to go before the final release of Ubuntu 5.10, the Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Ubuntu 5.10 Release Candidate.

Pass on Passwords with scp

Learn how to propagate files quickly and do backups easily when you set up scp to work without needing passwords.

Microsoft FAT patent rejected - again

The US Patent and Trademarks Office has thrown out two Microsoft patents on its FAT file system. The case had been raised by open source defenders who feared that Microsoft was preparing a legal offensive against Linux based on enforcement of intellectual property rights. But the Patent Office rejected the patents because of an administrative technicality - not because of prior art submitted by the F/OSS team.

Review: MitraX live CD

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 6, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I first heard of MitraX, I thought it was just a Linux distribution with an assortment of network tools, and that working with MitraX would come down to typing endless commands at the console. Perhaps such a distribution would be interesting to a few experienced administrators or skillful hackers, but most users would simply run away from it. However, once I tried MitraX, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a nice, little, stable, and practical live CD distribution.

Red Hat signs SQL Star as preferred partners

The Company said that, its expanded training partner strategy is a direct outcome of the increasing demand for certified professionals in the country. With this authorization, SQL Star will now be able e to cater the training needs of students on the Linux platform. SQL Star will be able to train students for certifications like Red Hat Certified Engineer, Red Hat Certified Technician.

Eu picks ex-hacker to monitor Microsoft

  • International Herald Tribune; By Kevin J. O'Brien (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 3:32 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
BERLIN The European Commission on Wednesday called on Neil Barrett, a former computer hacker who is now an expert on fraud, to monitor whether Microsoft is complying with orders to change the way it operates in Europe.

Coraid touts low cost SAN

  • Computerworld Australia; By Chris Mellor (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 2:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The system will work with Linux, Solaris and other Unix operating systems but not Windows at the moment, although that is "coming soon" the company said

Socialtext to open source bulk of its software

  • ComputerWorld; By China Martens (Posted by tadelste on Oct 6, 2005 1:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Socialtext Inc. plans to open-source more than 80% of its software, the company announced Wednesday. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up specializes in software and support for enterprises looking to set up their own internal wikis and Web logs. The wiki concept of "open editing" is used in Web sites such as free-content encyclopedia Wikipedia, where anyone accessing the site can create, edit or annotate its Web pages.

Gnome board gains embedded advisors

Three small companies involved in hacking on the Linux-based software environment that will power Nokia's forthcoming 770 Internet tablet have joined the Gnome

Suse 10.0 Released

  • Suse; By Bjorn (Posted by bstadil on Oct 6, 2005 12:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
Looks like Suse 10.0 has been release. It is available on but has not reached the mirrors yet.

All software ain't just software!

I don't think the license wars matter. I have used all manner of open-source licenses in systems and have contributed to open-source projects. The fact of the matter is, once software gets open-sourced it has become a commodity. The genie is out of the bottle. Whether it is licensed under the BSD, GPL, LGPL, APL or MPL is irrelevant. Once software is commoditised, the most competitive organisational form in that market is an open-source developer and user community. It is an extremely rare business that can beat zero dollars, and the productivity rates of a distributed software developer system.

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