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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.

Penguin Computing Offers Dual-Core Intel Xeon Servers

Penguin Computing announced its new Relion 1600 and 2600 servers offering the option of up to two of Intel's new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5000 per server and featuring the latest Intel server technologies for significantly improved performance. The new Relion servers will give Linux high-performance computing (HPC) customers with CPU-intensive code performance up to twice the speed as previous designs within the same power and space parameters.

DistroWatch Weekly: Freespire roadmap, Andreas Jaeger interview, Picasa

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 29, 2006 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The new Ubuntu "Dapper Drake" with long-term support will be finally unveiled later this week; before that happens, however, enjoy the latest DistroWatch Weekly! The highlight of this issue is an interview with Andreas Jaeger, SUSE Linux project manager and release coordinator, who reveals the secrets of developing a complex operating system and gives us some hints about what we can look forward to in version 10.2. Also in this issue: Freespire presents its first release roadmap, Debian continues work on a graphical installer, FreeBSD seeks volunteers to maintain the Ports Collection, and Gentoo and PCLinuxOS release new documentation. Finally, a note on Picasa and a reminder about the DistroWatch IRC channel. Happy reading!

FEMA talks up its IT changes

The office of the CIO for the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made several changes in the past year to better communicate with state and local officials, support citizens who need assistance, and keep better track of assets such as food and water.

Epublish and Interwiki Updates

  • Center for Media and Democracy; By Sheldon Rampton (Posted by grouch on May 29, 2006 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, PHP
We developed the Interwiki module to make it easy to link from to articles on our other website, SourceWatch, and we developed the Epublish module to organize content from our quarterly newsletter.

Government urges collaboration on skill shortages

A government committee identified government security, business analysis, management and open source support as the most affected areas.

Open source success: A matter of 'Trust'

One of the great things about open source is that it heightens product permeability - you can see what you're getting before you come to the decision point: buy or don't buy. As in a strong-trust society, the barriers to enter into contracts, associations, etc. are diminished.

CollabNet sets up Data Centre in Chennai

CollabNet, a leading provider of collaborative software development solution, headquartered in California, US, announced its plans in Chennai on May 27, 2006, of expanding its business into the Indian market by strengthening its customer base and operations.

SMEs port core apps to Open Source

It is a revolution in the making as SMEs port their core enterprise applications onto Open Source platforms

Ubuntu tips June 1 upgrade, server release plans

UK-based Canonical Ltd. will introduce all-new versions of its popular Debian-based Linuxes -- Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu -- along with its first enterprise server edition on June 1, a company spokesman told May 25.

Closing OS X — a sad and needless move by Apple

Mac developers and power users no longer have the freedom to alter, rebuild and replace the OS X kernel from source code. Stripped of openness, it no longer possesses the quality that elevated Linux to its status as the second most popular commercial operating system.

[Be glad that GNU/Linux cannot be made non-free at the whim of a vendor. -- grouch]

Open-source GP2X gaming and media portable review

  • arstechnica; By Ben Kuchera (Posted by grouch on May 28, 2006 8:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Out of the box, the system does very little. There are almost no official games and nothing comes installed on the system except the Linux OS. The draw is that it's completely open.

Super storage

  • FCW; By John Moore (Posted by grouch on May 28, 2006 7:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Multiserver clusters are the new supercomputer stand-in. Here’s how storage has adapted to its important new supporting role

Linux: Fun With Kernel Names

Most 2.6 Linux kernel releases have contained a unique name that is only visible within the top level makefile. Some examples, 2.6.17 was named "Lori Rules", 2.6.16 was named "Sliding Snow Leopard", 2.6.14 was named Affluent Albatross, and 2.6.13 was named "Woozy Numbat"

Kyle McMartin recently posted a patch to thelkml with the intention of making the kernel name visible, leading Linux creator Linus Torvalds to explain, "well, part of the charm of the name is that it's totally meaningless. I can pick names out of my *ss, and they don't matter in the least, and nobody will ever see it except in the kernel diffs."

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