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DistroWatch Weekly: Focus on live CDs,, Rubix Linux, KNOPPIX 5.0

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 6, 2006 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. As more and more distributions provide bootable disks containing a complete operating system, it is clear that these "live CDs", as they are often referred to, are having a huge impact on our daily computing lives; today we report on Debian Live and Mandriva One, as well as on several efforts to accelerate the boot process of KNOPPIX. Having trouble with finding all the interesting software sources for your Ubuntu installation? Then worry not, the new Ubuntu source-o-matic makes it easy. Also in this issue: Click-N-Run for Ubuntu, a new Linux web site with podcasts for Linux beginners, a couple of entertaining links for Monday laughs, and a first look at the brand new Rubix Linux 1.0. Finally, we are pleased to inform that the February 2006 DistroWatch donation has gone to FreeBSD Foundation. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Top five tips for understanding virtualization

  • SearchOpenSource; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Mar 6, 2006 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Virtualization is a hot trend, but that doesn't mean every IT shop has to jump on the bandwagon just yet. There are some shops that just won't need this technology no matter how big the hype becomes this year. For those shops that decide virtualization is the right move for them, there has to be a complete understanding of existing resources, hardware and applications before they take action.

Grid god to head up Chicago computing institute

  • Network World; By Network World Staff (Posted by tadelste on Mar 6, 2006 12:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ian Foster, co-founder of the Globus open source grid project, has been named director of the Computation Institute, a joint venture of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

U.S. gov't warns of 'paid autosurfing' schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission this week issued a warning about "paid autosurfing" schemes on the Internet, noting that offers that sound too good to be true probably are. The SEC also said it is filing securities fraud charges against the operators of 12 Daily Pro, an autosurfing site that paid people to view ads on the Web but was allegedly bilking them out of money under a huge pyramid scheme.

New Threats Outflank IT Defenses, Says Vendor Exec

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by tadelste on Mar 5, 2006 10:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Thomas Noonan is president and CEO of Internet Security Systems Inc., an Atlanta-based vendor of IT security products and managed services. ISS reported revenue of $330 million last year, and its customer base includes 17 of the largest banks worldwide. In an interview with Computerworld at RSA Conference 2006 here this month, Noonan spoke about what he described as the "continuously" changing security threats faced by corporate users.

Gateway to pay HP $47M in patent settlement

  • ComputerWorld; By Shelley Solheim (Posted by tadelste on Mar 5, 2006 8:39 PM EDT)
Gateway Inc. will pay Hewlett-Packard Co. $47 million to end a bitter patent dispute between the two PC makers, the companies said yesterday. As part of the deal, which is not yet final, the two companies will sign a seven-year cross-licensing agreement.

Free As In Freedom

When you see your business model threatened, there are two options: confront the problem, change strategy and adapt to the new situation or, if you are powerful enough, try to destroy the threat.

Paraphrasing Richard Stallman ... “free software” is not referring to getting something for nothing, but to “market freedom.”

Sun and Partners Create Community and Offer Services for HP Customers

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 5, 2006 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Industry's Lowest Cost Path to Next-Generation 64-bit Computing With Solaris 10

Chelsio and Open-E Qualify Joint Storage Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 5, 2006 4:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Combined Solution Offers Sophisticated Enterprise-Grade Storage Services While Doubling The I/O Performance of Fibre Channel

Open source preferred in SME sector says study

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by tadelste on Mar 5, 2006 3:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software is used by 17.5% of New Zealand ICT companies, according to the 2005 HiGrowth Information and Communication technology (ICT) sector survey.

The study, conducted by IDC Research, shows that open source is preferred by certain sectors within the industry — mostly small to medium-sized companies, and in particular, companies with 10 to 49 full time staff. IT services and tele-communications companies have the highest use of open source, says the study.

Portable apps get a thumbs-up

[ED: Consider this along the lines of a competitive alternative to the Internet desktop that is indepent of the OS of the device. In this case a cd or a thumb drive will do nicely without most of the data security issues raised by the former. That is, the user carries a set of simplified programs and data that temporarily run off an available machine. - HC]

" ... John T. Haller, a Queens financial systems programmer, proposed an open-source project that would lead to a new paradigm ... in theory, be possible to cut Mozilla loose and run it by itself, on removable media - just like my old copy of Wordstar. Those little tiny pen (aka USB, aka thumb) drives ... the old Microsoft paradigm of immovable software has been obliterated ..."

[ED: Interesting read, but I will stay with Linux for now myself - HC]

Mandriva user hard at work

I run many different distributions of Linux and enjoy playing with new distros. My enjoyment would not exist were it not for the assistance and support of an outstanding group of folks known as the Linux community. I consider Mandriva to be one of my favorite Linux distros and when I use Mandriva

[ED: I remembered that alias, from being on the then Mandrake chat looking for help. - HC]

Deskbar Applet: Integrating Google Search on the Linux Desktop

Here is a cool applet which can be used to better integrate search on the Linux desktop. Using the tips in this article, you can easily integrate Google search on the Linux desktop.

Configuring Tomcat5 and Apache2 with Virtual Hosts using mod_jk

  • HowtoForge; By C. Troy Popplewell (Posted by falko on Mar 5, 2006 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial explains how to setup an Apache2 web server in order to support Java Server Pages (JSP) and Servlets using virtually hosted websites. Tomcat 5 is used as servlet container, and mod_jk as Tomcat connector.

eGovernance and Free Software : An event hosted by the United Nations University

How many of you have heard of the United Nations University ? I guess not many. Well there is a University being run by the United Nations and it also hosts seminars on Open source softwares.

DNS Katrina: When VeriSign monopoly meets ICANN regulators

A new agreement illustrates the classic problems of regulated monopolies--and the tragedy of a regulator that doesn't do its job.

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Extend Firefox Contest Winners Announced

The Winners of the Extend Firefox Contest have now been announced.

Firefox: On the front lines of the Internet wars

Counter point in the musical sense when different instruments combine in a pattern to heighten the music? Perhaps, here in a main line business media publications the Microsoft shady business practices that this company employed are many of the same issues the LXer Editor-in-Chief has been pounding upon.

Will there finally be enough volume to finally bring this issue to the fore? Will it arouse enough of the public to incite action?

Good questions, which may not turn out positive, but at least begin to have the possibility of being addressed. Watch for more.

[lg-announce] Linux Gazette #124 is out!

Just an announcement the latest issue: 124 is out.

ODF Alliance - Who, What, Where (and Why)

The first short news articles are showing up regarding the new ODF Alliance. They don't tell you much, so here's a lot more.

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