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This is the second in a series of interviews with Quantum GIS (QGIS) developers and users. Today we travel to Sweden to meet Lars Luthman (known as larsl on IRC). The interview was conducted by Tim Sutton and Gary Sherman over Internet Relay Chat.
I am a systems administrator for a large company with 150 locations and 15,000 employees. My company's Linux deployment started with one project and 12 servers; a year later we're up to 45 servers, and soon will have more than 300 desktop users when we convert an existing set of Windows workstations to Linux. To manage this growing Linux environment, I rely on many open source applications.
I've reported in Windows IT Pro UPDATE several times over the years about Linux and its potential to unseat Windows Server as the most used enterprise OS. As a general rule, each January seems to bring a collection of "This Will Be the Year of Linux" stories, typically from analysts who've been bowled over by the Linux hype. To be fair, I've always assumed that Linux and Windows would some day run neck-and-neck in the server world, with Linux's perceived security, cost, and reliability advantages as the major reasons. Also, the past few years have been tough on Microsoft, as the company has suffered through a mind-boggling series of security snafus.
Community developers claim the Linux Standards Base could be the perfect retort to fragmentation scare stories banded about by critics of open source
According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project leader elections should begin "nine weeks before the leadership post becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately."
The European Commission's requirement that Microsoft license certain of its communication protocols will do little for competition in the workgroup server market if a draft license proposed by Microsoft is accepted, open source software advocates say.
PalmSource is getting ready to reveal its Linux plans.
We are proud to announce a new self published security book called "Network Security Using Linux".
There's so much to love about open-source technology that oftentimes the downside aspects aren't a hot topic. But open-source applications need as much attention as any other enterprise systems as there is substantial risks to be respected. The SCO Group, which filed a $1 billion lawsuit against IBM claiming Big Blue infringed its intellectual-property rights in Linux, likely represents just the beginning of potential litigation involving open-source software.
Analysts and Linux vendors approve of the LSB's new modular approach, which may lower costs and lead to more applications for Linux.
Rumpelstiltskin is dead. And good riddance.
A combination of Linux and the DOS version of the PowerBASIC compiler is a powerful solution for simple (and not so simple) programming tasks. You can create blazingly fast fully multi-user databases and other applications that run under Linux. As PowerBASIC was designed to run at reasonable speed on XT's, 286's and 386's, it runs like nobody's business on modern multi-gigahertz CPU's.
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.
This article describes changes and new features in IBM Cloudscape Version 10.
W. McDonald Buck, retired CTO of World Bank, believes we need to take a more honest and frank look at the Cost Analyses it will take to put Linux on the corporate desktop. In Part I of Corporate Desktop Linux - The Hard Truth he begins with one of the most common misconceptions... that a business can buy a computer without Windows and save money in the transaction.
IBM upped the ante on Linux last week with the launch of its second Linux-only Power5-based server. IBM also announced a virtualization and partitioning program that lets small and midsized businesses consolidate workloads on the OpenPower 710 and its predecessor, the four-processor 720.
The debate as to whether or not a kernel module is a derivative work of the Linux kernel itself and thus must also be released under the GPL has come up many times. Linus Torvalds has previously noted that things like drivers that were originally written for other operating systems that have since been ported to Linux fall into a gray area...
The world's largest Linux migration is speeding ahead, with the German national railway announcing Wednesday it has successfully moved all its 55,000 Lotus Notes users onto the open source operating system.
The HA-OSCAR project's primary goal is to improve the existing OSCAR, Beowulf architecture, and cluster management technology systems (including OSCAR, ROCKS, and Scyld) while providing high-availability and scalability capabilities for Linux clusters. The OCG recognized the project as an official working group, along with the current OSCAR and Thin-OSCAR working groups. HA-OSCAR introduces several enhancements and new features to OSCAR, mainly in the areas of availability, scalability, and security. The new features in the initial release are head node redundancy and self-recovery for hardware, service, and application outages.