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Open-source vendors seek help from Congress

Open-source software vendors are prodding Congress to define some legal standards to support the development and deployment of such software. The vendors, which have formed the nonprofit Open Source Initiative (OSI), are most concerned about the legal definition of open-source software. Traditionally, such vendors provide full access to the source code of their applications, allowing others to study, change and redistribute the software on their own.

The Open-Source Impact

Is open-source software making an impact in small and medium-sized enterprises? That depends on whom you ask. Open-source developers and service providers will sing the praises of software that is not only free but also frees you from many long-established commercial restraints.

Frugalware 0.6 Pre 1 Screenshot Walkthrough

The Frugalware Developer Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 0.6pre1, the first technical preview release of the upcoming 0.6 stable release. New features: all installed-by-default packages are now built using gcj/ecj, javac is only provided as an alternate compiler; installing from a USB stick is now supported; added PHP documentation in 23 languages. Updates: Linux 2.6.18 with a much improved SATA layer and a few new drivers; GNU C Library 2.5 with support for the new ELF hash table format; Mozilla Firefox 2.0 with improved tabbed browsing and inline spell checking; Xfce 4.4rc1...

Sun extends Ubuntu certification

Sun Microsystems has extended certification for the Ubuntu Linux distribution to its Opteron-based servers. Canonical, the distribution's commercial sponsor, will bundle Sun's open source GlassFish application server for Java Enterprise Edition 5 that is due out later this year.

Kaella 3.0 RC1 Screenshot Walkthrough

The first release candidate of Kaella 3.0 is out. Complete with support for French and common hardware used in France, the project's latest version is based on KNOPPIX 5.0, but includes a number of updated applications, such as NdisWrapper 1.23, CUPS 1.2.5, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.7, GCompris 7.4 and Tuxpaint 0.9.16. The release also comes with new scripts to activate wireless networking and USB ADSL modems. If no major problems are found, this release candidate will become the stable Kaella 3.0.

EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.10 hits the web

Guardian Digital on Tuesday introduced the latest version of EnGarde Secure Linux, Community 3.0.10. It features a 2.6.17 kernel, the new SELinux Control Console, and the context-sensitive Guardian Digital help system, along with bug fixes and upgrades to major applications, team spokesman Ryan W. Maple said.

Broadcom app processor targets Linux phones

One of the world's largest fabless semiconductor vendors has entered the market for ARM-based application processors. Broadcom's BCM2820, now sampling, weds a 300MHz ARM11 core with a 150MHz "VideoCore" graphics processor. It targets high-volume consumer products, and "fully supports Linux today," Broadcom says.

Secure Kerberized authentication on Solaris 10 using IBM AIX Version 5.3

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sandeep Patil and Manish Katiyar (Posted by solrac on Nov 10, 2006 9:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Set up a Kerberized environment to work with Solaris(TM) 10 and learn how to configure a Key Distribution Center (KDC) on AIX(R) Version 5.3. You'll also run through a series of steps for configuring a Kerberos client on Solaris 10 to authenticate users for Telnet, remote shell (rsh), and Secure Shell (SSH) using AIX Version 5.3 as your KDC. Having a single IBM Network Authentication Service (NAS) KDC on AIX for authentication across different platforms is especially helpful in a hybrid environment.

Episode 39 - Cron

In this episode: new logo submissions; taking a short break at the end of the year; O’Reilly’s LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, Second Edition; a discussion of cron and crontab (additional resources here, here, and here); a Listener Tip on clearing Bash history; listener feedback.

Application Designer for Medium Business

A bundled package that enables developers with no Java skills to create database-driven Web applications on WebSphere Application Server (CE) and an Eclipse-based Lotus Component Designer.

IBM Provides Technology access and Training to Native People

IBM today announced that the Native American Family Technology Journey, co-sponsored by IBM and Career Communications Group, will kick off its third national public awareness program to help Native American families explore the benefits of incorporating computer technology into their daily lives. The program, known as "The Journey," promotes the value of computer technology in preserving ancient cultures and also provides students and their families with technology training that allows them to access educational, career, health and other information, that has the potential to improve their quality of life. The Journey is officially celebrated during the month of November, and coincides with National American Indian Heritage Month.

Simple Xalan extension functions: Mixing Java with XSLT

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Elliotte Rusty Harold (Posted by solrac on Nov 10, 2006 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Xalan XSLT processor can invoke almost any method in almost any Java class in the classpath.

Linux printing: much done and more to do

In the last seven years, printing on Linux has undergone a metamorphosis. Barely adequate printing support, provided on a program by program basis, has been transmuted by a half dozen projects into a wealth of options comparable to those available on Windows or the Mac OS. Where printer manufacturers once ignored Linux, a growing number support it and the rest are watching closely. Standardization and support for multiple distributions remain major problems, but community and corporate interests have recently started working together to address these last remaining problems.

Degrees of Openness

"Open" is a word too important to apply merely to source code. Although open source code is important to free and unfettered computing, openness encompasses far more components of a computing system. Adrien Lamothe explores other degrees of openness and their implications.

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) LAMP Server Installation with Screenshots

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) LAMP Server Installation with Screenshots

The Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer, Part 2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Clive "Max" Maxfield (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 10, 2006 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
In Part 1 of the HRRG series you learned the creation of the HRRG and how you can be involved. Now in Part 2 learn how to partition the system, trading off between implementation complexity, granularity, and flexibility, while also minimizing the bandwidth required to communicate among the various modules.

Oracle must eat Red Hat or fork, says Ubuntu man

Oracle's decision to trigger a Linux turf war has thus far produced the exact results Larry Ellison desired. Red Hat investors freaked out, and Red Hat customers gained a new avenue for putting pricing pressure on their Linux supplier. Despite such concrete turns in the Linux market, Oracle's support plan continues to be more bluster than muster, according to Mark Shuttleworth, whose company Canonical oversees Ubuntu Linux.

SFLC's Bradley M. Kuhn's Letter to the FOSS Development Community Regarding Microsoft's Patent Promise

The Software Freedom Law Center's CTO Bradley Kuhn has issued a statement regarding the Novell-Microsoft agreements and how they will impact FOSS developers. They have analyzed in particular Microsoft's Patent Pledge for Non-Compensated Developers and see little value and in fact say it's worse than useless, because it creates an illusion of safety and because it limits severely what that developer is allowed to do with his work:

Fast, cheap, and good- You Can Have All Three

As hard drive capacities outstripped CDs and DVDs, hard-drive based backups became necessary. (I know y’all tape backup fans are still out there. You may have your cumbersome, slow, unwieldy, mechanically clunky tape backups with their even slower, more cumbersome restores. Kthxbye). For my clients I am very diligent and make sure they are well-protected. But for me- well, you know how it goes.

Open source withstands antitrust scrutiny

  • internetcases.com; By Evan Brown (Posted by alc on Nov 10, 2006 1:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: Editorial
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued an opinion in which Judge Easterbrook declares, "[t]he GPL and open-source have nothing to fear from the antitrust laws." The case is called Wallace v. IBM., No. 06-2454. [Download a copy of the opinion.] Internet Cases covered the lower court's decision from last December here.

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