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Linux: 2.6.14 Merge Cycle Ending

Linux creator Linus Torvalds sent a reminder to theLinux Kernel Mailing List that the merge window for 2.6.14 is coming to and end. "As per the new merge policies that were discussed during LKS in Ottawa earlier during the summer," Linus explained, "I'm going to accept new stuff for 2.6.14 only during the first two weeks after 2.6.13 was released." The new development policy was first discussed on the lkml with the release of 2.6.13-rc4, and further elaborated with the release of 2.6.13.

Less Linux hype

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux shows maturity on Gartner's famous Hype Cycle, but is still two to five years short of mainstream use.

USB Server Offers Linux to Go

  • PCWorld; By Robert McMillan (Posted by bstadil on Sep 9, 2005 1:52 PM EDT)
A small Utah-based company has developed a portable Linux server that can be plugged into the USB (Universal Serial Bus) port of a Windows PCs

Lawyers Flock to Mystery Web Site's Coverage of SCO-IBM Suit

No one knows for sure who Pamela Jones is: where she's worked, where she lives, what she looks like or why she's so obsessed with a lawsuit by the SCO Group Inc. against IBM Corp. But that doesn't stop lawyers embroiled in the breach of contract and trade secret violations case from being mesmerized by her Web site, http://www.Groklaw.net.

Ten things your lawyers need to know about open-source

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by bstadil on Sep 9, 2005 1:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Corporate lawyers can be grouchy when it comes to open-source. They claim opening the door to open-source software carries unacceptable legal risk plus many naively or wrongly think that proprietary software doesn't carry its own risks

Gartner evaluates the progress of Linux

  • Continuity Central (press releases) (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Gartner has published ‘Hype Cycle for Linux 2005’ a report which illustrates how, over the past two years, Linux has matured as an established operating system environment, primarily on one-to four-processors. However, Gartner found that for eight processors and beyond, Linux must demonstrate performance, security and application proof points based on the 2.6 version of the kernel and that the biggest test continues to be whether it can function as a data centre server for mission-critical applications.

GNOME 2.12 Final Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 9, 2005 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME
DistroWatch reports - Foresight Linux 0.9 is the first distribution release to ship with the brand new GNOME 2.12, released yesterday: "We are happy to announce the availability of Foresight Linux 0.9! Foresight takes another major step forward towards usability and functionality with the first release of the 0.9 series, and having the distinction of being the first distro to offer you GNOME 2.12!

OSDir has some nice shots of GNOME 2.12 Final running on Foresight Linux 0.9.

File compression tools for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Among the confusion new Linux users often face is the variability among archived and compressed formats used by downloaded applications. "Should I use the tar.gz file, the zip file, or the tar.bz2 file?" they may wonder. Here's what you need to know about compression formats in order to easily install any application.

Linux server sales grow for 12th straight quarter

  • Network World (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 10:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux server sales continued strong through the second quarter of 2005, according to a recent market research report.

Beauty and Magic for KDE, with Zack Rusin

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 10:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Linux Today points to an interview with Zack Rusin which was conducted at aKademy 2005. Topics include his employment by Trolltech, his contributions to X.org and upcoming technologies and eye-candy Zack demoed at the conference. A German version of the article was published by Golem.de.

New Firefox Beta Adds Faster Navigation, More Mac Support

Mozilla releases Firefox 1.5 Beta 1, a preview of the next major release of its popular open-source-based browser.

SCO Source income: $32,000. Legal bills: $3 million

  • CNET News.com; By Graeme Wearden (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
The Unix vendor posts a $2.4 million third-quarter loss, due in part to hefty legal bills from ongoing litigation.

Hurricane tracking site powered by Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 9, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For people living in the path of potential hurricane fury, the Internet can be an important source for the latest information about storm tracks and projections. FLHurricane.com is one of the most popular tropical weather blogs in existence. It gets millions of hits during hurricane season, serves up gigabytes of image data, and runs on custom software and Linux.

Linux Advisory Watch - September 9, 2005

This week, advisories were released for proftpd, sqwebmail, polygen, affix, zsync, phpgroupware, webcalendar, pcre3, ntp, cvs, kdelibs, evince, openmotif, cman, gnbd-kernel, dlm-kernel, lockdev, perl, termcap, ckermit, kdegraphics, squid, pam, setup, tar, openssh, tzdata, httpd, mplayer, and phpldapadmin. The distributors include Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, and Red Hat.

DTrace ready to leave Solaris nest for FreeBSD

  • The Register (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
DTrace, considered one of the finest features in the Solaris 10 operating system, is being ported to FreeBSD following Sun Microsystems' decision to open source its software

Microsoft tries to recruit me

Your amusement item for the day. A Microsoft recruitment letter to me, and my reply. http://esr.ibiblio.org/index.php?p=208 --

Eric S. Raymond

Announcing the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

  • Mailing list; By Matt Zimmerman (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 6:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.

Reduce the risk, hire from open source

  • 37signals; By David Heinemeier Hansson (Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 5:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
In the wake of open source, traditional hiring practices seem like an unnecessarily risky way to hire new employees. Especially for small teams where each hire can make it or break it. Why bet the composure of your collective on abstract indicators, hearsay, and a biased bio?

Despite frustrations, Katrina volunteers keep trying

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 8, 2005 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As expected, there are fewer volunteers to help with computer usage and computer-related issues at the Austin Convention Center during the normal business week than on the weekends. This morning, for example, I couldn't move down the line of public Internet access stations more than a few feet at a time without being asked if I could help someone with something.

Linux is key to high-tech Spanish venture

Entrepreneurs in the Spanish city of Cordoba have devised battery-powered sightseeing cars with computers that talk... One key to the project... was using the free, open-source Linux operating system.

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