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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.

Lagos to host African VoIP Forum

The third African VoIP Forum will be held in Lagos, Nigeria, at the end of July. The three-day event will include strategy and policy sessions as well as a series of workshops.

Ubuntu Linux to support Sun Niagara servers

Sun Microsystems is getting support for its Sparc-based servers from Canonical, the Linux distributor of Ubuntu, say the companies.

Red Hat co-founder spending gains on Lulu, football team

Bob Young, the visionary entrepreneur who was among those who saw value and a way to monetize open source software, is sitting on a growing mountain of wealth.

Us Marshals Switching to Red Hat Linux

The U.S. Marshals Service is switching the databases at all 94 of its district offices in the United States and its territories to Red Hat Linux.

CLI Magic: Executing jobs once

  •; By Matthias Kalle Dalheimer & Matt Welsh (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 29, 2006 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know you can schedule recurring jobs with the cron command. What if you want to run a certain command just once, or a limited number of times, but still at times when it is inconvenient to type in the command interactively?

The Power of 'yield' in Ruby

  • LXer; By Sarah Vessels (Posted by cheshire137 on May 29, 2006 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
...and super. These two keywords allow you to pass control back and forth between parent and child methods, to weave power between a more general method (in the parent class) and a more specific method (in the child class) with ease and logic. Using yield and super effectively can help you maintain the DRY (Don't repeat yourself) principle, keeping your code easier to maintain.

Mutual of Enumclaw Decreases Costs w/ Oracle 10g, SUSE Linux

Oracle announced that Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company, a mutual company that provides a broad array of insurance products and services, is using the combination of Oracle Database 10g on Linux to achieve a tenfold increase in performance while reducing infrastructure costs.

DTrace reaches prime time on FreeBSD

A project to bring one of the most advanced features of Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system to the FreeBSD platform has started bearing fruit.

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