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Linux Triple Crown?

It may not have quite the same thrilling finish, but you need wait no longer for a new Triple Crown winner--we've just published the third jewel in our Linux Triple Crown: What Is a Linux Distribution, which follows the publications of What Is Linux and What Is a Linux Desktop, respectively. Each article is intended to introduce your friends, family members, and co-workers to the world you know so well, and maybe enlighten you in some untold way as well.

Symphony OS Web Site Down due to High Traffic

Overwhelming demand for downloadable version of the LiveCD caused the site to crash.
Placeholder page with server links and instructions put instead.

This Month in SVN for October 2005: KOffice Development

This Month in SVN for October looks at KOffice development. "While much of the rest of KDE is in feature freeze preparing for the imminent release of KDE 3.5, KOffice developers are starting to work hard for their 1.5 release, scheduled for between KDE 3.5 and KDE 4.

GoblinX celebrates its first birthday

The GoblinX LiveCD Linux distribution is celebrating its first birthday today. "One year of life, one year of devoted efforts to make it a great liveCD distro and also as good as possible," says Flavio de Oliveira of the GoblinX project. GoblinX is a bootable LiveCD based on Slackware Linux.

Webcast: Overcoming the Linux Deployment Speed Bump with Managed ...

Overview: Considering a move to Linux? Before you do, find out how you can overcome the "Linux Deployment Speed Bump."

Many organizations are considering a move to Linux to help improve the stability, security, and total cost of ownership of their enterprise applications, but few realize that there are a number of deployment and maintenance challenges that impact the success of their Linux projects. And even fewer realize that an option exists that can eliminate these challenges and further reduce the TCO of their Linux projects.

Configurable SoC cores gain SIMD instructions, support Linux

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 29, 2005 5:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A provider of configurable, licensable CPU/DSP core IP (intellectual property) for system-on-chip (SoC) processors is adding SIMD (single-instruction, multiple-data) instruction support. ARC's forthcoming Multimedia Subsystem will support 104 new 128-bit-wide SIMD instructions that can reduce power and improve performance in mobile applications by exploiting the parallelism inherent in multimedia applications, the company says.

Storagequest & Primera Target SMB's with DVD Backup & Archive ...

StorageQuest Inc. today announced it has certified its REFLECTOR Backup and Archival Software with the recently introduced Bravo XR Disc Publisher from Primera Technology, Inc. This is the first DVD backup solution to challenge the low-to-mid range tape autoloaders providing an archival and backup solution for compliancy with an industry standard TRUE WORM media.

Report: NightStar Brings Commercial Development Tools to Linux

With the upcoming rollout of NightStar LX, Concurrent Computer Corp. is bringing tools first created for internal use to outside Linux application developers who are willing to turn to commercial products to get the capabilities they need.

Linux management vendor Centeris launches with $5m funding

Centeris Corp, a new systems management company focused on managing Linux within Microsoft Corp Windows-based networks, has announced its official launch with $5m in Series A funding.

Red Hat Readies for Government Scrutiny

"There have been a couple of runs at trusted operating systems in the past, but the difference between what's out there now and what we're announcing is that, in the Linux world, we'll have trusted capabilities in a standard distribution," said Paul Smith of Red Hat.

Using Mutt Part 1: Getting Started

So I've written about mutt a few times before, but for the most part I've jumped ahead into advanced usage. Since I've recently gotten a few beginner-level mutt questions, I've decided to devote a few blog entries to mutt basics.

Mac users locked out of AmEx application process

Mac users are second-class citizens again with at least one employer shutting out them out from its Web employment application. The American Express website shuns Mac users when they attempt to apply online for employment with the following message: "at this time, the system does not support Mac environments. If you don't have access to a PC at home or work, please check out a local public library for internet access, local internet cafes, or the nearest government Work Force Center.

Optimization guide for Linux web/db servers

This article should help a Linux system administrator with optimizing a server for Web/Database usage. This article will be usefull for any type of server as it has some general tweaks listed, however the article is geared towards MySQL and Apache 2.*

Migration Models & Open Source Software

How many of these corporate CIOs looked at migration models where, rather than costing a single software refresh cycle, where they moved from Microsoft products to open source competitors, covering the costs for that migration as a one-time-only event, they considered costing models where they included as a minimum two or more software refresh cycles?

Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.14

  • Linux Today; By Linus Torvalds (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 10:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
2.6.14 was delayed twice due to some last-minute bug-reports, some of which ended up being false alarms (hey, I should be happy, but it was a bit frustrating)

But hey, the delays - even when perhaps unnecessary - got us to look at the code and fix some other bugs instead. So it's all good.

KDE/Qt Extension for Traditional Eastern Languages

A research group in the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been working on an operating system to support traditional Eastern languages such as Mongolian, Uighur and Tibetan. We have now extended Qt and KDE 3 to support these langages. Some screenshots show the scripts in use (mirror).

Building IT Infrastructure in UK Schools

  • GrokLaw; By Ian Lynch (Posted by tadelste on Oct 28, 2005 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BECTA (British Education Communication Technology Agency), is the UK agency in charge of defining IT policy for all schools in the United Kingdom. Among other things, they define standards for infrastructure for all the schools in the country.

Fsf edges toward GPL 3.0 draft

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) will release guidelines next month defining a process for discussion and comment on the GNU GPL 3.0, eWEEK.com reports. General Counsel Eben Moglen says the FSF hopes to give the community time to "absorb the process" prior to unleashing a draft GPL 3.0 in January.

MS Threatens S. Korea [Follow-up]

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Oct 28, 2005 9:11 PM EDT)
[ED: Groklaw has a great follow up to the story we posted earlier about MS threat against South Korea. PJ brings up same argument that comments on our site has voiced. This is precisely why we should not use their file format and go with Open Document Nationwide]

So, if Microsoft withdrew Windows from the Korean market, could Korean citizens in the future access their government documents saved already in Microsoft formats? Extrapolate, please, to Massachusetts. Now do you understand why the government there wants to rely only on open standards and open formats for digital documents? No matter what anyone does, if the documents are open standards/open formats, you are assured that you can always access your legacy data. Your grandchildren will be able to do so, too.

Crossover Office aims to ease a switch to Linux

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by bstadil on Oct 28, 2005 8:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest version of CrossOver Office 5.0, now lets Linux users run Microsoft Office 2003, as well as earlier versions of Office and other popular productivity software such as Microsoft Visio and Internet Explorer, Intuit Inc.'s Quicken, Lotus Notes, Adobe Systems Inc.'s Photoshop and others.

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