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Importance of open source software underscored

Though the obvious benefits of OSS over proprietary software in terms of cost and usability are well documented and widely discussed among software engineers, the use in office and home environment remains low even in an IT-savvy country like India.

Open Source Developers' Conference 2006 - Call for papers is out!

We're seeking papers on Open Source languages, technologies, projects and tools as well as topics of interest to Open Source developers.

Report: Linux Computing at MIT

  • LinuxPlanet; By Rob Reilly (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It is the institution that is arguably the home of free software, as well as so many other important technologies. So it comes as no surprise that the IT infrastructure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology depends on Linux. Rob Reilly takes a tourist's look at the nuts and bolts of MIT information systems.

Jim Gray, a genuine guru...

Deconstructing databases

Most companies have a tame "guru" - someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism.

My desktop OS: Debian Etch

  • NewsForge; By Flavio Henrique Araque Gurgel (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian, Linux
Some people like to work in Linux distributions that are at the cutting edge of technology. Other prefers stability at any cost. I want both, and Debian Testing, codenamed Etch, gives me that. The Debian project's testing tree has up-to-date software along with good stability, since packages are highly tested in the Unstable branch before they move to Testing.

Hot skills: could Ruby be the jewel in the crown of scripting?

Ruby is a relative latecomer among scripting languages but it has developed a distinct niche for itself. In an increasing number of job adverts it is part of an either/or pair with Python. Like Python, Perl, PHP and Tcl, it is downloadable, and there are plenty of free online resources to help you learn it.

Developers weigh in on open-source Java plan

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2006 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
The name of the conference says it all: JavaOne. For developers, the idea that there is one Java is a guarantee of consistency. But when Sun announced that it would open-source Java, developers offered a range of reactions, from applause at the initial announcement to later concerns over whether Sun can keep Java from taking different paths.

Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group on Dapper and Ubuntu ...

Ubuntu Project Founder's Comments, Analysis and Insight From 451 Analysts, Available Online

Ubuntu coming soon to Sun's Niagara

Canonical to support Sun's T1000 and T2000 servers on upcoming release of Ubuntu, as Sun's embrace of Linux gains a key supporter.

2000 was the “year of the Linux Desktop” for me

  • Free Software Magazine; By Terry Hancock (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2006 3:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
I still see people arguing about whether GNU/Linux is “ready for the desktop”. The truth is, it really depends... For me, I switched almost “cold turkey” from Windows 3.1 to Debian “Slink” in about 1999 or 2000 (at the time, I liked to say I “upgraded from Win 3.1 to GNU/Linux”).

The Free Standards Group: Squaring the Open Source/Open Standards Circle

Before there was Linux, before there was open source, there was (and still is) an operating system called Unix that was robust, stable and widely admired. It was also available under license to anyone that wanted to use it, and partly for that reason many variants grew up and lost interoperability - and the Unix wars began. The same thing could happen to Linux.

Get ready for the Vista/SUSE smackdown!

In one corner, we have the champ -- Windows. Come January, it will come out swinging with what Microsoft tells us is the latest and greatest version ever -- Vista.

In the other corner, we have the challenger -- OpenSUSE 10.1, the latest shipping version of Novell/SUSE's community Linux. Sometime this summer, its commercial version, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, will come out looking to KO the champ.

Before this epic battle begins, let's take a look at their training camps.

Linux Brochure Project (LBP) version 1.3.0 released

  •; By Alan W. and Barbara E. Irwin (Posted by beirwin on May 30, 2006 12:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
Version 1.3.0 of the Linux Brochure Project (LBP) has been released. LBP is a GPL'd Linux advocacy and publicity project which documents key Linux information in a standard-sized brochure .

Tools: GCC 3.4.6, Final GCC 3 Release

Dave Korn announced GCC 3.4.6:

"This release is a minor release, containing fixes for regressions relative to earlier releases, but no new features. It is the final release from the 3.4.x series and the branch is now closed. It is thus also the final release from GCC series 3 overall."

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 3.4.6 from a gcc.gnu.orgmirror.

Why should we care about open-source Java?

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Richard Hoffman (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 29, 2006 10:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Java expert Richard Hoffman put together this list of answers to frequently asked questions covering some of the basic history behind this decision, what it means and why you should care.

Linux: Tainting the Kernel From Userland

Theodore Ts'o proposed a new patch allowing a userland program to taint the kernel by writing to/proc/sys/kernel/tainted, "to be used when userspace is potentially doing something naughty that might compromise the kernel." When asked when this would be needed, Theodore went on to explain, "the problem is that the Real-Time Specification for Java (RTSJ) **requires** that the JVM provide class functions which provide direct access to physical memory; all physical memory.

Germany 2006: Nuremberg area becoming hotbed of open-source ...

Formerly a typical blue-collar region, the Franconia area around Nuremberg is trying hard to transform itself into a hi-tech centre. Some 90,000 people now work in the approximately 2,000 IT companies located there.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 48

Arch Linux 0.7.2 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 29, 2006 5:49 PM EDT)
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DistroWatch reports - Arch Linux 0.7.2 (Gimmick) is now available for download.Gimmick is the first official release to have the new modular X.Org 7.0 and GNOME 2.14, as well as KDE 3.5 available in a "stable" repository. Among other upgrades, it also includes the Linux kernel OSDir has great screenshots of Arch in the Arch Linux 0.7.2 Screenshot Tour.

Red Hat India appoints Ingram Micro as national distributor

Javed Tapia, president, Red Hat Indian Subcontinent, said, "Linux and open source software have firmly established themselves in the enterprise segment. Our customers are spread across the length and breadth of the country and are in need of being serviced locally. Our partnership with Ingram will allow us to leverage their network and fulfill the growing demand for Red Hat's solutions in India.

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