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A recent panel at the SC06 show in Tampa discussed Commercialization of Open source. The panel include Beowulf creators Tom Sterling and Don Becker. In addition, Mike Fitzmaurice founder of the Baltimore Area Beowulf Users Group added his thoughts. You can hear the entire session on ClusterCast -- a new podcast site for clustering enthusiasts.
The information on how Linux (and Linux distributions) is developed is very scattered over the Internet and difficult to grasp as a whole. A tentative summary is now available that I hope will be useful to the FOSS community. This summary is set up as a wiki. You are encouraged to edit and improve. With the upcoming release of Microsoft Vista following a 5-years elephantine parturition, it might be the right time to look into the agile 6 weeks release cycle of the Linux kernel!
Red Hat is all set to integrate virtualisation and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). The aim of the venture is to provide a foundation for enterprise computing. The company said it believes that virtualisation and SOA are technology strategies that companies should adopt to realise long-term cost savings while increasing productivity and performance, as per a statement issued by the company.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the six months, you will have noticed that the virtual worldSecond Life is much in thenews. According to its home page, there are currently around 1,700,000 residents, who are spending $600,000â€“ that's real, not virtual, moneyâ€“ in the world each day. These figures are a little deceptive â€“ there are typically only 10,000 to 15,000 residents online at any one time, and the money flow is not a rigorous measurement of economic activity â€“ but there is no doubt that Second Life is growing very rapidly; moreover, we arebeginning to see it enter the mainstream in a way that has close parallels with the arrival of the Web ten years ago.
There can't be many people who haven't heard of Linux. In short, it's an operating system just like Windows but, unlike Windows, you won't find it on many PCs you buy from the high street or from computer magazines.
Linspire Inc. today announced the release of its first French-language version, Linspire French 5, challenging Mandriva on its home turf. "Now French-speaking customers from around the world can experience a secure, reliable, easy-to-use, and thoroughly translated desktop Linux in their native language," CEO Kevin Carmony proclaimed.
Graham Hamilton - Sun Fellow and VP, has left the company over the decision to open source Java. Hamilton, has been with Sun since 1995, and has contributed to a wide variety of Java technology initiatives, including technologies such as CORBA support, the JDBC APIs, JavaBeans, the Java Plug-in, RMI-IIOP, JAX-RPC, and others. Most recently he acted as the specification lead for J2SE releases 1.3 and 1.4. He has helped encourage community participation in Java API development and he was one of the designers of the Java Community Process for amending Java.
[It's really sad to see someone resign on account of this decision. At any rate, we wish him well in his new endeavors. - dcparris]
Xandros today announced the addition of "Xandros Desktop - Professional
," featuring advanced 3D desktop graphics effects, Bluetooth wireless support, desktop search and ISV support.
The Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman has confirmed that the recent patent covenant between Novell Inc and Microsoft Corp is not a violation of the current version two of the GNU GPL, but will be outlawed under version three.
Clearly, the Windows platform is losing its appeal. After IBM, the Scandinavian governments and the Spanish Police, the French Parliament is embracing the Penguin.
In its most recent survey of some 400 software developers with Linux experience, the Evans Data research firm discovered a major change.
Anyone knowing its history would have expected Sun to open-source Java on Sun's own terms -- say, with a CDDL license, some kind of specialized terms for use, maybe a few intellectual property strings still attached. Amazingly, Sun didn't do any of that. The Java open source license is identical to the Linux license. No specialized terms. No strings. Sun actually did keep it simple.
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Software vendor Terrasoft has released version 5.0 of Yellow Dog Linux (YDL). As announced in October, Sony has officially approved the distribution for Power PC architecture for the operation of the new PlayStation 3.
The Linux Association believes that the latest comments about the patent agreement between Microsoft and Novell are part of a marketing campaign for Vista. Microsoft head Steve Ballmer recently claimed that the open operating system uses "Microsoft's patented intellectual property," thus posing a "problem for our shareholders." But Elmar Geese, executive director of the Linux Association, cannot understand why Microsoft has only now complained about the alleged breaches of patent in the Linux source code after having apparently tolerated them for so long. At the end of January, the new version of Windows will hit the stores.
[Well, it doesn't take a genius to see that Microsoft is in the process of launching Vista. This is exactly what I have said here in our own forums. - dcparris]
Linux isn't going anywhere as long as hardware and multimedia remain out of reach...What are the big Linux distributors like Canonical, Linspire, and Novell doing about this? Packaging closed binary code, and passively waiting for that magical day when hardware vendors bound out of bed with happy cries of "Today is the day we support Linux and open our drivers and codecs! Hurrah!"
[Well, Carla beat me to it. I support her contention 100%, and encourage users to encourage their favorite distro developers to support a combined, coordinated effort to push for Free/Open Source drivers and codecs. - dcparris]
India's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement just has got a new poster-boy, or rather girl -- Suparna Bhattacharya, the star of the just-concluded FOSS.in event held here and presenter of the inaugural keynote, is seen as one of India's most respected Linux kernel developers.
Trolltech, perhaps the most successful Linux smartphone software provider, is readying a more comprehensive stack aimed at simplifying Linux-based phone development. The company's "Greensuite," due in Q2, will offer a menu of pre-integrated browsers, Java virtual machines, messaging clients, and other software, along with complete source code and branding flexibility, the company says.
Portable Document Format, designed in the early 1990s by Adobe Systems, is slowly replacing PostScript as the preferred format for saving and viewing generic documents. Early on, only Adobe supplied programs that enabled users to view PDF files. But since the format's specification is open, Adobe Reader (formerly "Adobe Acrobat Reader") is now only one among an increasing set of PDF viewers. Here's a guide to the best alternatives for Linux users.
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