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Novell Announces New Programs, Services Under Development

At the annual LinuxWorld Conference, Novell discusses its OpenSUSE build service as part of a new Linux build service framework that will become the development platform for future SUSE Linux distributions.

Open Source For Perimeter Security

[M]ost major open source projects are very tightly managed highly disciplined teams. This article gives examples of very successful Open Source security projects — netfilter and Snort — and also describes some weaknesses that need to be addressed by IT organizations or vendors.

SFLC Establishes Conservancy to Give Aid to Developers

The Software Freedom Law Center has set up the Conservancy to provide financial and administrative services to open-source developers.

Microsoft to 'host' Linux virtually

The Windows giant will support customers that run Red Hat and SuSE Linux in Virtual Server 2005 R2, which will now be offered as a free download.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 40

Welcome to our issue number 40 of Fedora Weekly

Ibm Announces 'Migrate to the Penguin' Initiative

IBM has announced the 'Migrate to the Penguin' initiative to help customers move from Microsoft Exchange to IBM Lotus Notes and Domino on Linux quickly and easily. The new initiative is an expansion of IBM's Move2Lotus program, which now includes more than 100 IBM Business Partners helping customers migrate to Lotus Notes and Domino and developing migration tools to help customers make the transition.

Open Source Moonlighters Need A Boost

What FLOSS moonlighters with separate day jobs need are more friendly companies willing to help them bridge the gap by sharing tech support services. Recently, this can be done more cheaply than ever...

CLI Magic: When

If you're the type of geek who likes tools and apps that are fast and lean, and you're not afraid of getting a little CLI under your fingernails, When is a good choice for your personal calendar. Even better, it's easy enough to install and use, and well enough documented, that you don't have to be a geek to take advantage of it.

LinuxWorld: Virtualization Bake-In Off and Running

Red Hat, Novell and a host of other Linux players are lining up to add virtualization technology into the OS kernel, but the reaction is mixed. Is open-source virtualization a threat to VMware?

Marketing vs. Intention

We're at the end of the Marketing Era. What will it take for the Market Era to begin?

[Variation on the theme of Customer Entrapment.]

Case Study II: A National Archive Moves to ODF

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 3, 2006 7:18 AM EDT)
Last week, the City of Bristol, England, anounced that it would convert its 5,500 desktops from Microsoft Office to Sun's StarOffice. Now, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) has announced that it will move its digital archives program to OpenOffice 2.0.

Little Things Will Soon Make A Big Difference

For practical purposes, Firefox was the shot across their bow, and as cavalier as they treated it, Mozilla has shaken them. Their shareholders are nervous, the rank and file CodeMeisters are in revolt, and Microsoft has again delayed the premiere of Windows Vista. All the ingredients are there for a hard fall at Microsoft...someone just has to stir the pot.

29 Year Old Programmer May Have Caused 7 Billion Dollars Worth Of Damage.

  • uncommonbusiness (Posted by tadelste on Apr 3, 2006 6:26 AM EDT)
Spencer is the inventor of Asterisk, a free software program that establishes phone calls over the Internet and handles voicemail, caller ID, teleconferencing and a host of novel features for the phone. With Asterisk loaded onto a computer, a decent-size company can rip out its traditional phone switch, even some of its newfangled Internet telephone gear, and say good-bye to 80% of its telecom equipment costs. Not good news for Cisco, Nortel or Avaya.

The Operating System FAQ

Answers all of the really important operating system questions.

[Fresh lip answers to all questions, albeit one day late.]

Linux: Documenting Memory Barriers

David Howells posted a document on memory barriers on the Linux Kernel mailing list. Memory barriers are a way of ordering IO accesses to devices from the kernel. His document has undergone a lot of revisions based on the feedback he's received from the developers of the Linux kernel.

South Africa agrees with my 'programming talent is everywhere' theory

Commentary: Every speech I give in a country where poverty (by US standards) is the rule, not the exception, contains a statement that programming talent is everywhere; that it is not limited to white males in prosperous parts of the world. And, I say, open source software is the best way to find and develop your population's hidden programming talent. This tectonic article shows that South Africa has recognized the truth of my thesis -- and is doing something about it.

Ubuntu 6.06 Flight 6 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Flight 6, the latest alpha of Dapper Drake, is available. Significant changes affecting the installer and live CD include: Espresso has been further improved and should now work on PowerPC, it now correctly estimates time needed for installation; Espresso still has bugs, but we encourage everybody to test it and file bugs about any bugs you find; the default theme has been tweaked slightly; new versions of GNOME and KDE are included.

OSDir had a look at Ubuntu's latest flight in their Ubuntu 6.06 Flight 6 Screenshot Tour.

Secure your Debian System

  • debianhelp.co.uk; By debianhelp.co.uk (Posted by gg234 on Apr 3, 2006 2:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Secure your Debian System

Prisoner of Redmond: Yet Another Way Paul Allen Isn’t Like You or Me

Robert X. Cringely reveals the true reason why Paul Allen of Microsoft fame left the Redmond company, even though it was on track to become an extremely valuable stock. Considering Microsoft's track record and behavior over the years, this should not be surprising, but if true it is beyond pall!

Thanks to GnuGuy who pointed out something Cringley states at the end of this incredible story: Cringely writes:

My reason for bringing up this topic at this time is because it will all shortly be back in the news as Microsoft goes to court later this year in what might well be its last-ever anti-trust trial. Remember those 19 states and the District of Columbia that settled over time for software vouchers and promises from Microsoft to no longer do evil? Well only Iowa remains, represented by a lady lawyer from Des Moines named Roxanne Conlin whom I have met. Roxanne is not in any way impressed with Microsoft vouchers, no matter how many there are. Looking for real money for the people of Iowa, Ms. Conlin is about to dredge-up all this old news and put a new spin on it.

Based purely on character (or lack of it), I confidently predict that Microsoft is going down. It should be interesting.

Linux conference focuses on desktops

The Linux operating system is expanding from company data centers onto employees’ desktops, one of several trends that a local technology trade show producer will highlight at this year’s LinuxWorld exposition.

The East Coast LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, sponsored by IDG World Expo Corp. of Framingham, will attract somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 software developers, consultants, academics, end users, venture capitalists, legal constituents and geeks to Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center tomorrow through Thursday.

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