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Novell acquires JV stake, eyes Open Source opportunity

In a move to apply its global strategic growth plan, Novell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 50 percent stake held by its Indian partner Onward Novell.

Linux thrives in left-leaning Kerala

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Kerala, a tiny coastal state in south India, is a site of significant popularity of free software and GNU/Linux. What lessons can Kerala teach other areas about using free and open source software?

Linux Professional Institute Invites Community Input

  • LXer; By Arne Flones (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: LPI
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) invites members of the wider Linux community to assist in the updating of their exams.

Review: OpenSUSE Linux 10.0 OSS Beta 3

As Novell released their third beta of openSUSE (SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 3) today I was anxious to get my hands on it. I'm always excited to see what's new in SUSE's world as this distro has been on my personal top 10 list for quite some time. When SUSE was absorbed by Novell many people were amazed and excited, yet a little concerned about the unknown. What would this giant do to SUSE? It seems like it worked out well for the duo as Novell is now frequently talked about as the number two (enterprise) distro, right behind Red Hat. SUSE has definitely not suffered from this merge although the benefits which they have received are not very obvious (besides the bling).

Linux trademark row is storm in a thimble

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman has some strong words about the INQ and other media for creating a storm in a thimble about Linus Torvalds demanding cash from some Aussie companies to use his name on some Linux software.

Review: VidaLinux 1.2

Version 1.2 is the third official release of the Gentoo-based VidaLinux OS (VLOS). The changes and enhancements to this edition are significant, but not good enough to save this conceptually astute operating system from failure. VidaLinux 1.2 is nice to play with, but don't expect a comfortable, complete desktop experience a la SUSE or Mandriva.

Novell's open source effort looks more aggressive than Fedora

Novell's recent move to release a version of its SuSE Linux operating system as free, open source software should give the vendor a boost in credibility with the open source community, while building its base of users running the Linux flavor.

Has Open Source Become A Marketing Slogan?

  • Forbes (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VA Software describes itself on its Web site as sitting “at the center of the open source technology revolution.” Seems to make sense. After all, the company operates SourceForge.net, a site where developers collaborate on open source projects. It also runs Web sites, like Slashdot and NewsForge, where the anti-Microsoft crowd rails against the evils of proprietary, closed source software.

Novell sees lower profit and revenue

Software maker turns in a bleak performance as it continues its transition to the Linux sector.

An open source ghost story

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 26, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This story began as a review of g4l, a Norton Ghost-type utility for Linux. But that's not how it ended up. Instead it's a story of two open source ghosts: g4u and g4l. As ghost stories go, this one is more sad than scary: the tale of a bastard son refusing to recognize his lineage, and of the resulting bad feelings on both sides of the dispute. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning.

Building a Call Center with LTSP and Soft Phones

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 9:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Need to equip an office with terminals and phones, all on a small budget? With LTSP and KPhone, you can do it with only terminals, sound cards and headsets.

LQ Radio Interview #4 - Doc Searls

In this edition of the LQ Radio Interview Serieswe have Doc Searls, of Linux Journal, Cluetrain Manifesto and more. We discuss a variety of topics including recent OSCON and LinuxWorld trips, Cluetrain, Google, splogs, RSS, Linux Trademarks and more. Total running time is 1:27.

Device Profile: Acoustic Energy WiFi Internet radio

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 8:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A high-end British loudspeaker vendor is prepping a wireless Internet table radio based on embedded Linux for the holidays. Acoustic Energy's prosaicly code-named "Wi-Fi internet radio" will support "all three major streaming formats," it says, to tune in a claimed 99 percent of online radio stations.

Distributing Content with BitTorrent

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 7:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You have good software, or audio or video, and you want to make it available to the public. If you get really popular, though, you'll spend all of your money and bandwidth being popular--and then what? Consider P2P distribution with BitTorrent, which allows your users to share pieces of your file with each other, giving them faster transfers and you fewer headaches. Robert Bernier explains.

Novell idea man guages the impact of open source

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by on Aug 25, 2005 5:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Novell
Now that large companies are getting deeply involved with open source, the sky is the limit in terms of innovation, says Matt Asay, a Novell Inc. technology evangelist and one of the people behind that company's Linux and open source strategy. SearchEnterpriseLinux.com recently caught up with Asay to talk about the impact open source is having on the IT industry, and the increasing pace of open source innovation. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:

What Is the X Window System

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 3:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Developed at MIT in 1984, the X Window System, now up to X11 release 6, or X11R6, has been the standard environment for Unix windowing systems. Ellen Siever provides some historical context for X's staying power, then discusses its major features: working with X and the X server and X clients; configuring X; and much more. Ellen is a coauthor of Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

Tutorial: Open Source: A Way of Developing, Distributing, and Licensing Software

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Aug 25, 2005 1:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article, written by Ibrahim Haddad, discusses the fundamentals of open source software including the different types of freeware and the advantages and risks associated with using open source software components in commerically-based products. In addition, Ibrahim briefly identifies the three major open source strategies that companies most typically adopt.

Detect weak network passwords with Hydra

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 25, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security experts always advise you to use only strong alphanumeric passwords for network applications, and change them often, but you know that not everyone on your network is security-conscious. Starting to worry that weak passwords may be slipping through your defenses? Then it's time to unleash Hydra, a network login cracker for more than 30 network services.

A few easy steps to a self-healing applications

Wouldn't it be nice if your applications could monitor themselves, solving problems without even getting you involved? This tutorial shows you how to use just a few pieces of the Autonomic Computing Toolkit to create a system that can not just detect errors, but also fix them without your intervention.

Users: OSDL right to reject Windows/Linux TCO study

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by bstadil on Aug 25, 2005 9:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The buzz with end users this week is that the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) chose wisely when it rejected an allegedly independent comparison of Linux and Windows.

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