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The Missed Opportunity of Linux

The future is mobile. That much we know for sure. But it seems that the operating system world in this market is being rapidly taken over by --again-- Microsoft. The new smart phones are are using WinCE, Symbian or Palm. Linux has barely 1% of this new, smartphone market.

Java Runtime To Become Free Sofware?

Some breaking news "leaked" into the libervis blog by Charles Schulz from LANG Confederation saying that "Sun would put its JRE (not Java!) under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL)" This well goes with another news story published by, on this page saying that "Sun Microsystems intends to make Java Enterprise System available as an open source product that will define the company as truly committed to open source, according to a report."

Database vendors turn to Linux

  • AME Info (Posted by dave on Apr 3, 2005 1:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Vendors used to bond with enterprise buyers by avoiding the words 'Linux support'. In 2005, buyers request Linux support. Database vendors are returning that interest with the double wallop of the Linux kernel matched with POWER processor-based servers. Chooses Mozilla Firefox as Favorite Browser

rebron wrote in to tell us that has selected Mozilla Firefox as favorite in its Best of the Web series. Four of the Five Browsers selected as 'Best of the Web pick' are Gecko based. [LXer editor's note: one of our own sites is also listed in this directory, and we are aware that it is a big honour.]

Updated "Look at the Numbers!" adds Firefox market share info

An update of "Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!" is now available; among other things, it adds lots of Firefox market share information.

ImageMagick: A graphics wizard for the command line

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Apr 3, 2005 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
For many a GNU/Linux user, the command line is supreme. But can you manipulate images without switching to the GUI and using the resource-hungry GIMP? You can, using the fantastic ImageMagick suite.

The Hole in the Red Hat

Let there be no doubt that Red Hat the company has become a monster success story. We'll get to Red Hat the investment in a bit, but all the folks who doubted that an essentially free product could be repackaged with services and sold at a premium must feel a bit silly now. I never publicly said so, but you can count me among one of the former doubters. I always thought Linux the product would do well, but I had my doubts about Red Hat making much on it.

Firefox Tests Beefed-Up Popup Blocker

The Mozilla Foundation is testing a patch to its Firefox browser that puts the kibosh on popup ads which have been slipping through the open-source browser's blocker.

Intel Strikes a Blow for Open-Source License Sanity

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 2, 2005 3:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: Editorial
Opinion:Finally, finally, someone is withdrawing an open-source license. Now, if only about a few dozen other companies and groups get the idea, we'll all be better off.

Novell to offer Linux in different combos

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 2, 2005 1:47 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
The impression I gathered from last week's BrainShare is that Novell's current thrust is going to be all about the packaging and the marketing.

Heyday for open source?

  • Computerworld Malaysia (Posted by dave on Apr 2, 2005 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source solutions have clearly moved beyond the initial “free, as in beer”, appeal. According to IDC predictions for 2005, Linux shipments will account for more than 20 per cent of server volume shipments, growing at twice the rate of Windows. Most interestingly, IDC notes that within the manufacturing, financial services, telecom, and government verticals, organisations are clearly moving towards enterprise-grade, commercially supported Linux distributions — that means “paid”. I, too, am now willing to pay for the functionality I have enjoyed at little cost for years now.

Red Hat Tops Its Records in Revenue, Sales

Continued growth in its enterprise subscription revenue helps the company's total revenue for fiscal year 2005 jumps to $196.5 million, an increase of 58 percent from 2004.

Sun to Update Solaris, Will Announce OpenSolaris Board Members

Less than half of those selected to the project's governance board are expected to be Sun staff members; the majority are thought to be from the company's customer base, the industry and the open-source community.

Red Hat Linux 4.0 offers power, security

  • Computerworld Malaysia (Posted by dave on Apr 2, 2005 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
IN our Clear Choice test of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0, (we tested RHEL 4.0 Advanced Server, Red Hat’s most robust Linux distribution), we found huge performance gains over previous editions, beefed up security options and vastly improved hardware detection mechanisms. Weekly Screenshot Tours Weekly Screenshot Tours for March 31, 2005. We had another great week in the screenie department at OSDir, grabbing nice shots of Linspire 5.0, SkyOS 5.0 Beta 8.4, Foresight Desktop Linux 0.6, Conectiva Linux 10 and Turkix 10.0 Alpha

GeNToo - Gentoo on the Microsoft NT kernel

Gentoo is happy to announce the first experimental release of Gentoo for the NT kernel! Away from mainstream Gentoo a group of developers has managed to push the flexibility of our distribution to new heights and getting it to run natively on the well-known NT kernel!

Linux : April Fools on LKML

Every year thelkml sees a handful of April 1'st gags, and this year was no exception.

Best practice XML importing to OpenOffice with XSLT

When it comes to importing generic XML into OpenOffice, the user is on his own. This article offers a quick XSLT tool for this purpose and demonstrates the Calc import of records-oriented XML. In addition to learning a practical trick for working with Calc, you might also learn a few handy XSLT techniques for using dynamic criteria to transform XML.

How to Get Your Boss to Approve Open Source

  • LXer; By John H Terpstra (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 1, 2005 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Maria Winslow has done the open source advocate a treat. Her book is a great tool you can use to not only create awareness of open source, but also buy-in from senior management. Do not miss out.

'Open source, more than Linux, the real winner for business'

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Apr 1, 2005 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CSC, formerly Computer Sciences Corporation, is a fortune 500 company supplying high level IT services to companies and government agencies in 76 locations on 6 continents . The organisation employs nearly 80 000 people and reported revenues of US$13.9 billion last year. In November CSC Leading Edge Forum completed 18 months of research into OSS. The report Open Source: Open for Business (7.8 MB) explores the usage and potential of open source both within the company and amongst its heavyweight client base.

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