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BIRT, which turns two in August, is the lovechild of enterprise reporting specialist Actuate (which donated code and full-time technologists to the effort) and the open-source Eclipse software community. BIRT is a J2EE-based reporting solution that plugs into the Eclipse IDE. Like Microsoft’s SSRS offering, BIRT combines an embeddable reporting engine, report lifecycle management capabilities and a client authoring tool.
"I'm not a Microsoft hater," says Kerry Miller, a network engineer and PC services manager for the bank. "I just believe in the right tool at the right time..Only about 15% of the servers are on Linux," he says. "But the work is pretty important, supporting 100% of the users. It's not that we have a lot of Linux boxes, it's that the Linux boxes are in pretty strategic spots." ["in pretty strategic spots"- So in other words, they only use Windows where it does not matter if it crashes. - sharkscott]
A small, US-based professional services and consulting company specializing in embedded Linux reports that its revenues grew by an order of magnitude in 2005, while its staff size tripled. Embedded Alley Solutions CEO Pete Popov says the company was also able to increase its level of profitability during the year.
Second S2 title coming to a Linux Client near you
"We received tremendous support from the Linux community for our first title, Savage: The Battle for Newerth," said Marc DeForest, co-founder and lead designer of S2 Games.
Our audio expert checks in with some of the core Linux audio projects to see what's new.
CATS is the HR/Staffing/Recruiting industry’s first and only open source, enterprise class, web based ATS package. Built using the LAMP platform and open source design methodologies, CATS is on a fast track to rival the best proprietary ATS offerings in the marketplace..Using CATS, Human Resource managers and recruiters can easily manage critical talent acquisition issues in an easy yet powerful manner.
Gael Duval loses his job after disappointing financial quarter; exec plans to start again with open-source software.
"We expect customers to have a mixture of new prodcuts and older products in their working enviroment," said Alan Yates, general manager for Microsoft Office Information Worker Product Management Group. "Customers can upgrade at their own pace according to their own decisions."
The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second beta release of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch.
Dapper Drake, the next Ubuntu release, is going to be different, say the developers working on the release. So different, in fact, that Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has proposed a six-week delay for final polishing on the distribution that has captured the hearts of new and expert Linux users alike. Shuttleworth and the rest of the developer community surrounding Ubuntu call Dapper the first enterprise-level release.
"Skolelinux, the Debian-edu project's Custom Debian Distribution, is installed in hundreds of schools in Norway, Germany, and other countries. "
Yesterday's online meeting shows support for Shuttleworth's plans for a six-week delay for Ubuntu, although there are concerns over the release schedule of the next version of Ubuntu, Edgy Elephant.
[ED: With a name like Eee, I will wait what ever time it takes for the gestation of an Excellent Elephant. I think the right choice was made, get it right as possible. - HC]
Negroponte's $100 laptop meets "Varsavsky’s Madrid-based venture to create a 'bottom-up' global mesh of Wi-Fi hot spots" meets Gottschall's "Linux-based firmware to allow people to share Wi-Fi connections safely"
Foreword: This technical article introduces initramfs, a Linux 2.6 feature that enables an initial root filesystem and init program to reside in the kernel's memory cache, rather than on a ramdisk, as with initrd filesystems. Compared to initrd, intramfs can increase boot-time flexibility, memory efficiency, and simplicity, the author says.
At the ministerial level, China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has outlined plans to boost support for the development of China's semiconductor industry and allocate additional funding for development of the Linux operating system and applications.
I worry I'm rapidly becoming a curmudgeon. It's a little scary because I'm a software developer and the co-owner of a small Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and I make my living by making users happy.
[ED: Even easily used Macs can be confusing, the author is asking some fundamental questions. - HC]
Just what makes a Mono developer tick? Linux format has a brief interview with Edd Dumbill and Niel Bornstein, two prominent Mono coders who've just written a book on the open source .NET implementation. They explain the advantages of C# over other languages, and give a bit of advice for budding Mono app developers.
[ED: The short, abstracted portion comes from a U.K. Linux publication*. While Mono is tolerated, I suspect as soon as it no longer fits any MS need, the attempt to cut it off at its knees will ensue. At a recent MS event, an unofficial 'Birds of a Feather' type meeting was not allowed on the convention site. If this is the way they are treated as "friends, what happens when is sours? - HC]
[ED: * they want you to buy the magazine to read the entire interview. Now it's kind of expensive in the States, but taped to the front is either a DVD or a couple of CDs with content. - HC]
Last year, the IT departments of municipalities in Massachusetts became part of a war of disinformation, and later a political football, in the battle over ODF. Now, they'll have a chance to hear the whole story, and make up their own minds what is best for them, and for their constituencies.
One of the more bizarre, but less noticed threads in the OpenDocument Format (ODF) story in Massachusetts involves whether or not the many hundreds of municipalities in Massachusetts would be required to use software that supported ODF, or at least be able to work with documents created using such software when they interacted with State government. Later this month, the CIOs of Massachusetts municipalities will have a chance to get the straight story when Peter Quinn's successor Louis Gutierrez, who is implementing ODF, and State Supervisor of Public Records Alan Cote, who is critical of ODF, appear on the same stage to give their views at a meeting of the Massachusetts Government Information Systems Association.
Hilf says: "When I talk to a middle of the road customer that might be indifferent about Microsoft or Linux, one of the words they typically use with me is predictability. How do I know that the software is extraordinarily well tested and predictable? Some of the key differentiators are when I think about how we build software, a tremendous amount of investment and energy goes into testing to ensure the predictability of the software experience."[Ed: Their software is predictable all right, no backwards compatability and you know it will crash. - sharkscott]
Lousiana State University adds an SGI Visualization System to its 1,024-processor Linux cluster which was installed August, 2005.
With the 2006 Hurricane Season less than three months away and already expected to be about as active as 2005, the Silicon Graphics Prism visualization system is expected to improve the way data is provided to EOCs.
"Our Katrina efforts provide both a compelling stereo fly-through, as well as a collaboratively-manipulable, fully interactive visualization of Katrina," said Brygg Ullmer, assistant professor, LSU CS + CCT, and leader of VIDA's visualization group. "Several of these datasets are large-scale simulations, seeded by actual measurements of the storm; others include data from sensors and satellites. We've transformed these into two compelling kinds of visuals. One of these is a visual flythrough, viewable in stereo with inexpensive glasses. The second is a fully interactive visualization, which allows multiple participants to collaboratively steer time and other parameters through new 'tangible' interaction devices. We're now trying to leverage that interactivity, hosting it on the Prism system so that people all over campus -- or throughout the state -- can inspect, manipulate, and dissect the anatomy and physiology of Katrina. [...]"
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