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Syndication and the Live Web Economy

What new economy does syndication suggest? And does Linux point the way?

Spam Filters Mangle Christmas Cards

Don't believe Christmas greetings-by-email is huge business? Google it. Every sleazebag outfit on the web offers them. Some even throw-in spyware and rootkits or links to phishing sites, free of charge. That's why so many network managers do everything they can to block the traffic. Email Battles invents a way to make everybody happy. Sadly, nobody's using it.

[Ed: And don't you just love those greeting card e-mails from some anonymous person? Frankly, I like the idea thes folks suggest. It's sooooo simple! - dcparris]

Open-source business intelligence firm gets funding

  •; By Jennifer Mears (Posted by dcparris on Dec 9, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As further evidence of the expanding role of open source applications in enterprise data centers, Pentaho, a start-up that builds open-source business intelligence software, announced this week that it has received $5 million in series A funding.

[Ed: If business intelligence is anything like military intelligence, I'm scared! - dcparris]

Comodo Retains Peppercom as First Agency of Record to Drive

Peppercom and Comodo will launch an aggressive communications campaign to raise awareness of Identity and Trust Assurance as the cornerstone for creating trust online

The sophist and the open source baking farce

  • Reg Developer; By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View (Posted by dcparris on Dec 9, 2005 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Into the Valley Don't take the biscuit

[Ed: Apparently folks attempted to recreate the "open source" model in the baking industry. Vance is wrong about one thing though.

"The business types don't understand how open source software really works and when they try and fail to apply it elsewhere, it makes the FOSS crowd look inept."

Actually, it makes the folks who tried this look inept, although the mad scientists may not see it quite that way. - dcparris]

Mandriva: Linux Market Should Make Room For One More

Red Hat and Novell have become de facto standards in the commercial world. Yet one longtime Linux distributor is betting that corporate customers won’t settle for a two-horse race. Paris-based Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, last week unveiled global partnerships with Intel and Hewlett-Packard and plans for a major corporate push based on its Mandriva 2006 product line, complete with corporate server and a new SMB bundle.

[Ed: Ummm, isn't that the point of a competitive marketplace? - dcparris]

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 tweak guide @ TechSpot

Mozilla Firefox is a great Internet browser, applauded by users and critics alike for its features, performance, usability, customisation and security. Firefox 1.5 builds on Firefox 1.x by adding an integrated auto-update system, improved pop-up blocker and improved standards support, not to mention thousands of bug fixes. This updated guide will take you through all that Firefox 1.5 has to offer covering the options menu, about:config preferences, CSS, extensions and more.

[ED: Nice guide for new users with pictures, watched a friend fighting his way through reconfiguing his Firefox on XP, this would have helped - HC]

Add LXer to new Gmail RSS feed

Gmail just added a nifty RSS feed directly into your Gmail account. It is easy to do but LXer is not yet one of the default tech sites so you need to do it manually.

Go to Settings in your Gmail account and click on the new Web Clips tab. Then take this URL

and paste it into the search box. Google will acknowledge this as a valid feed and the add button will appear. Hit it and presto your are done

You probably need to edit the initial feeds. I had all kind of gunk suggested by Google.


The Cost of Free Software

Free software advocates focus on the ability to share, develop, and improve software as a community effort. But how do these freedoms affect the business community? David Chisnall takes a look.

African broadband access accelerates

Broadband access in Africa has grown significantly over the past four years with at least 20 fixed-line operators introducing ADSL services, according to a report published this week by Balancing Act. The reports says, however, that at current prices broadband access in Africa is still the domain of the privileged classes.

Maria Winslow's LinuxWorld Blog: Open Source Java Application ...

Geronimo, an open source Java application server under the Apache umbrella, has come a long way

Report: Sun Gives Red Hat, Novell Their Niagara Marching Orders

Sun Microsystems is "talking publicly" this week with both Red Hat and Novell SuSE about doing native ports of their respective Linux distributions to the high-powered and relatively low-priced RISC-based T1000 and T2000 Fire Servers rolled out in New York on Tuesday. Find out more about how the open source bug has bitten Sun in this report from Jacqueline Emigh.

Wikipedia's open-source label conundrum

  • CNET; By Daniel Terdiman (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite a media habit of referring to Wikipedia as an open-source project, it looks only a little like the open source projects common in software.

Linux Administrator - Need a Job?

Need a job? Are you a Linux Administrator with experience in Red Hat Linux through to the latest Enterprise versions? Well somebody in Steeton, West Yorkshire is looking for you.

You need to know: DNS, DHCP, NTP, FTP, NIS, Scripting and TCP-IP Networking. Of course you also need to possess: Good Documentation and Communication skills. Oops. techies with communication skills - there they go again.

Here's the real kicker: It would be advantageous to possess:

* CVS, Clearcase and Windows Administration skills
* CISCO networking or Red Hat Certification This is an opportunity for somebody looking to join a progressive, exciting company with the ability to take responsibility for the growing number of Linux Desktop servers within a multi-platform environment. Linux Desktop servers? Hello?

We've written about this in the past. Note the Windows Administration skills requirement. And these employers wonder why they can't find Linux talent.

It's not a lack of Linux talent, stupid. It's your unrealistic expectations. You should have stopped at Linux administrator and stop asking for all these other skills the person will never use. Do you ask the same questions of Windows administrators? No.

LISA '05 Conference: Day 2

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 9, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SAN DIEGO -- The second day of the LISA '05 Conference was full of interesting talks and after-hours sessions.

Panasonic to kill GSM phones for 3G Linux handsets

  • ComputerWorld; By Martyn Williams (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
anasonic Mobile Communications Co. is ending development of second-generation (2G) cell phones in the face of "severe global competition" to concentrate on development of third-generation (3G) Linux-based handsets, it said Friday.

The move makes Panasonic the first major cell phone maker to discontinue 2G handset operations. Sales of 3G handsets are climbing fast and becoming an increasingly important part of each handset maker's global sales. However, for many companies 2G sales still dominate. Panasonic, like many Japanese companies, was late to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) market and so such sales are less important.

Does free software make sense for your enterprise?

  • Free Software Magazine; By By Tom Jackiewicz (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 9:59 AM EDT)
Finding free software at your office is like finding a Republican in San Francisco

Berlin is about to switch to Linux, too

  • Heise; By Christian (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 9, 2005 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to a report on Heise Online (currently German language only), the city of Berlin, capital of Germany, is very likely to switch to Linux as currently does Munich. 58.000 desktop PCs and and an unknown amount of servers could be affected

Microsoft gets Ecma nod - But IBM says "Nay" to ECMA committee

ECMA International has approved the creation of a technical committee to standardize Microsoft's Office Open XML document formats, according to a representative at IBM, which is an ECMA member. IBM voted against the creation of the committee and Hewlett Packard abstained, the IBM spokesperson said.

The first meeting of the technical committee is expected to take place on December 15. In late November, Microsoft announced it plan to standardize the XML-based document formats of Office through ECMA, and then ISO, in part to ensure that customers, notably governments, can have long-term access to documents.

Firefox 1.5 hole a minor problem claims Mozilla

  •; By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG news service (Posted by tadelste on Dec 9, 2005 8:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla claimed that first Firefox 1.5 security vulnerability was not as critical as initially perceived, but a patch will be available to fix it early next year.

Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla said that the company planned to repair the hole in the latest version of thebrowser when it releases its next regularly scheduled stability build of Firefox in late January or early February.

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