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Like rock n' roll, open source here to stay

Open source software isn't a craze and won't be a short-lived fad in the corporate IT environment. More importantly, OSS isn't being put on the back burner by the corporate world. For every wait-and-see CIO, there are dozens who are eager to leverage the value of OSS in their organizations.

Antivirus protection: Why it’s a big deal

  • KPC News; By MICHAEL FRALEY (Posted by tadelste on Oct 3, 2005 1:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
F-Prot ( is a free antivirus for Linux and BSD, but the Frisk Software people, who are based in Iceland, also have a version of F-Prot for Windows. Finally, for our friends running Mac OS X, there is ClamXAv (, courtesy of British systems analyst and software developer Mark Allan.

Screengrab & Devboi for Firefox

  • SitePoint; By Alex Walker (Posted by bstadil on Oct 3, 2005 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It’s been a few months since I’ve had a good look at some of the newer Firefox extensions, but there are two that have really grabbed my fancy lately.

The Future Of Mac: A Discussion

  • MacdevCenter; By Tom Bridge (Posted by tadelste on Oct 3, 2005 12:36 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: Interview
Interesting interview/discussion about the Mac on Intel with tidbits about Vista. Worth a read.

amaroK LiveCD: There's a party in the CD

  • Armarok (Posted by bstadil on Oct 3, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
AmaroK Live version 1.3 is a unique collaboration between open music and free software. This cd has been developed as a way to demonstrate the features of the amaroK music player. The amaroK Team is very proud of this release and hope you enjoy the music that they have selected. There's a party in the CD.

CLI Magic: Logrotate

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 3, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week's CLI Magic comes from Mayank Sharma. While some might think that Logrotate is strictly a tool for system administrators, Mayank disagrees. He argues that even those as far down on the food chain as ordinary Linux desktop users -- not just system admins -- can benefit from the tool.

Netbeans open source tools getting refreshed

The Sun Microsystems-led NetBeans developer community last week released a beta version of the NetBeans 5.0 open source IDE, with enhancements for client development based on Java.

IDC Quantifies the iSeries Payback for Server Consolidation

  • The 400; By Timothy Prickett Morgan (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 10:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
One of the things that the most recent top executives in charge of the iSeries Division promised to do when they came into power last year was get the word out that with analyst reports concerning the technical and economic advantages of the iSeries platform. A few weeks ago, these IBM executives were talking up the fact that there are now 19 analyst reports out there in the field concerning the iSeries. (I sure have not been able to locate that many, but the Web is a big place.) One of them comes from IDC, which IBM usually turns to in order to make the economic case for the iSeries.

Open Source Documentary Development

If artists can assemble operating systems and computer hardware via an open source model why can t artists assemble open source movies?

Consider the Web as your worldwide homework helper

  • USAToday; By Kim Komando (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 8:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
School's in full swing and that means one thing — homework. Fortunately, the Internet is loaded with free programs and sites to help students and parents.

[lg-announce] Linux Gazette #119 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by dave on Oct 2, 2005 7:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

Open Source Software, Open Source Politics

The Bus Project and the Portland Open Source Software Entrepreneurs (POSSE) partnered to lead the pilgrimage to the OSU lab in Corvallis. For the activists of Jefferson Smith's Bus Project, the trip was an introduction to the three mantras of open source in Oregon: good jobs, good government and good software.

Distrowatch weekly News

News is unusually slow this weekend, so here is a roundup of miscellaneous tidbits from the Linux distribution world. Ubuntu is in the headlines once again, featured in this article by CNET; In the meantime, the openSUSE web site was cracked earlier today and defaced with a message arguing in favour of Iran's right to resume its uranium enrichment programme.

Code reuse engineering for SOA

In most development organizations, software reuse occurs on a regular basis in at least an ad hoc manner. Code is shared across projects in an informal manner. SOA provides the mechanism for more formal code reuse. So what are the issues? This article examines some of the challenges associated with the creation and usage of reusable services.

SysAdmin Paper from Yankee Group Ignorable

The Yankee Group has produced another of its infamous surveys about TCO comparisons between Microsoft and Linux. Excuse the yawn but has Yankee ever used its skills in statistical analysis to win a lottery? If not, then they have no business making comparisons between IBM zSeries Linux installations and Proliant installs and calling that relevant. With so many balls in the basket and only five or six released into the shute, what kind of a study can they really product?

I want my DVD, your honor

Originally published at OSopinion, Dean granted permission to Lxer to republish this humorous but insightful article for Linux enthusiasts who might wonder about playing DVD's on their computers. Perhaps the issue isn't as clear cut as some want us to believe. Theoretically this is a wonderful argument. Consult your own legal professional and please do not construe this as legal advice.

Red Hat Aims to Simplify Linux

The corporate sector does not just run on servers. Thus, Red Hat is putting lots of effort into the desktop in an effort to simplify Linux for this environment. Even the universal serial bus flash drives which required a user to "mount" or "dismount" via the console is now a simple matter of plug and play.

Netforce v4.02 Sends NIS Password Maps with passwords hashes over ...

NetFORCE's operating system on the NAS includes the ability to send a diagnostic e-mail with a wealth of information to the technician to be able to diagnose problems without providing direct remote access. This diagnostic email includes output from various programs, statistical reports, and several file attachments.

Opera tunes up to overtake Firefox

Interview: Opera is looking to mobilise its existing community of users in order to overtake Firefox as the number two browser on the desktop. Last week, Opera decided to give away an ad-free version of its browser for the first time. Jon von Tetzchner, chief exec of Opera Software, said that by removing the inclusion of banner ads from the free version of its browser the company had removed the biggest reason users might have for avoiding its software.

BEA Expedites SOA with World's Fastest JVM; Scorching Sun's HotSpot

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
JRockit Is 50 Percent Faster at Half the Price

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