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Oracle recommends Linux for the Middle East

Oracle has moved its whole business on to a Linux platform and strongly recommends regional business to do the same thing. AME Info caught up with David Keene, Director of Product Management and a top Linux expert at the Gitex computer show in Dubai.

Mysql 5.0 about to be completed

  • Heise Online; By Robert W. Smith (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 7:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
The open-source database MySQL has been published in Version 5.0.13, the first edition of the 5.x development branch, which the manufacturer has designated a Release Candidate. Though the release date of a stable version is still a matter of speculation, the competition which MySQL launched on the occasion of the publication of the Release Candidate provides something of a hint. Anyone who within the next eight weeks finds and reports a bug in this version stands a chance of winning an iPod nano, the rules of the competition state. Anyone moreover who in addition in a blog relates his or her experiences with MySQL 5.0 can with a little bit of luck win free entry to the next MySQL Users Conference and will there be invited to have dinner with the team of developers.

Book review:Samba-3 by Example

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 28, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Too many technical books provide superficial coverage of their subject matter. Samba-3 by Example by John H. Terpstra, a long-time member of the Samba Team, is one of the rare titles that actually delivers the goods.

At the Sounding Edge: A September Trio

What common goal is shared by the Toledo Area LUG and Toledo Hip-Hop? Building a recording studio with open-source software that the whole community can use.

eCos gains commercial USB stacks

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
eCosCentric has certified ports of Jungo's USB stacks to its small-footprint, open source embedded OS. The Jungo Embedded USB Software Stacks for eCos include OTG (on-the-go), host

Major Developers Team to Deliver Most Secure Version of Linux

Trusted Computer Solutions together with Red Hat and IBM announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is in Common Criteria evaluation on a broad range of IBM eServer systems. This evaluation will mean that the Red Hat Enterprise Linux meets government security standards for assured information sharing within and across government agencies.

Sun touts greater Microsoft Office compatibility with StarOffice 8

Linux desktop users looking for better interoperability between Microsoft and open source office apps should check out the recently-launched StarOffice 8 release from Sun.

New Tool To Monitor HIPAA Compliance

  • InformationWeek; By Martin J. Garvey (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ecora's Enterprise Auditor has built-in HIPAA reports that map directly to the act's security rules, making it easier to quickly generate compliance reports.

SSL VPNs and OpenVPN: A lot of lies and a shred of truth

I wanted to write an article on the strengths of OpenVPN, but I just can't get the message out without first talking about the serious insecurities I see in the rest of the SSL Virtual Private Network (VPN) space. The SSL VPN market has blossomed in the last five years in response to dissatisfaction with the traditional VPN technologies, namely the insecure Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and the complex and intrusive IP Security (IPsec) standard. SSL VPNs have roared into the VPN space with the claim of high security, ease of use, and robust feature sets that eclipse the existing technologies. Whenever I hear that combination of claims, my brow furrows and I see that it's time to start digging.

Blogcritics.org Review of'Firefox Secrets'

roseman wrote in to tell us that Blogcritics.org has a review of Firefox Secrets, the new SitePoint Mozilla Firefox book by Cheah Chu Yeow.

IBM Unveils Low Price Server with Linux

IBM is further extending its server family with the introduction of a complete line of new entry servers including the new IBM xSeries 100 server. The x100, the newest member of IBM's expanding Express Portfolio for small-medium businesses (SMB), is the most affordable server entry point available from a top-tier server vendor. The x100, along with the new xSeries 206m and xSeries 306m systems, provide enterprise-class capabilities to more SMB customers than ever before.

IBM developerWorks Overview of XML in Mozilla Firefox 1.5

IBM developerWorks has an article about the XML features in Mozilla Firefox 1.5. In addition to covering plain XML and XHTML, the piece also provides brief overviews of XML-based technologies such as SVG, MathML, ECMAScript for XML (E4X), XSLT, XForms and the Extensible Tag Framework (XTF). The article is the first in a series, so we presume that later parts will go into more detail.

NSW Revenue Office bets on Linux agility

  • LinuxWorld au; By Dahna McConnachie (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 2:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) collects about $14 billion a year and Linux plays a key part in it. For OSR's CIO, Mike Kennedy, open systems are essential to providing agility in government. OSR, like any government agency has to be able to deal with policy changes and decisions, which often have short lead times, Kennedy said.

Paragon Software Group launched Partition Manager 7.0

The Latest Edition Partition Manager 7.0 Provides Easy and Reliable Hard Drive Partitioning and Full-range Hard Disk Management

Review: Matrox Millennium G550 for PCI Express

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 28, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Matrox Millennium graphics cards have for years proven reliable, with great drivers, good 2D rendering capabilities, and decent resolutions are supported. They let you span or clone two monitors without adding a second video card. The most recent design in the Millennium G series, the G550, has been in production for four years as an AGP and PCI card. Today, PCI Express is replacing AGP as the standard video card interface in newer motherboards, and the Matrox adapter is now available in a PCI Express configuration. Here's what to expect from it.

Enea solution eases HA middleware outsourcing for OEMs

  • EngineeringTimes (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 12:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Enea recently announced Element, its new high-availability middleware solution for telecom, automotive, industrial control and medical instrumentation applications. According to Terry Pearson, VP of product management for Element at Enea, the release of Element represents a fundamental shift in middleware development, from an inefficient, proprietary in-house model, to a cost-effective, commercial off-the-shelf model. "Element makes it easy for OEMs to outsource their HA middleware, slashing development time and cost, and freeing up precious engineering resources for more profitable value-added tasks such as application and service development," Pearson said.

O'Reilly Network Introduction to Mozilla Firefox

The O'Reilly Network has introduction to Mozilla Firefox entitled What Is Firefox by Brian King of mozdev.

Mini-ITX mobo boasts PCI Express x16 slot

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Taiwanese board vendor Arbor Technology claims it is first to ship a mini-ITX motherboard graced with a PCI Express x16 slot. The ITX-i7435 supports several Socket 478 Pentium M/Celeron M processors, and targets multimedia, gaming, and other applications requiring high-quality graphics performance.

Sun Updates StarOffice; Touts Open Document Advantage Over Microsoft

StarOffice 8, which runs on Windows, Linux, and Solaris, supports the Open Document Format. ODF, which is not supported by Microsoft, was recently embraced by Massachusetts as a standard for government purchasing, and other government agencies are expected to follow.

US Citizens should promote Linux and pirates

  • C/Net; By Peggy Whitman (Posted by tadelste on Sep 27, 2005 9:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
US intellectual property laws have enable MS to become a virtual monopoly. Now they are moving their production offshore where these laws are ignored, but will still expect to gouge US citizens as they strengthen and enforce their "MS genuine" effort. Sounds like MS now wants to exploit both US citizens and foreign workers.

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