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Comment of the Day #Two - October 17, 2005 A European Perspective

"Anyone who would trade their freedom for safety deserves neither freedom or safety." -Ben Franklin

Related to the article FOSS: The Savior of Democracy by Tuxchick

Belgian Scientists to Stay Ahead of Changing Weather Conditions with Advanced SGI Technology

Agencies Invest in SGI Supercomputing and Storage Solutions to Protect Citizens and Businesses with Accurate Forecasts

PalmSource Joins OSDL

Founding Member of Lab's New Mobile Linux Initiative

Check Point's acquisition of Snort's parent has some users worried

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 17, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Check Point Software Technologies and Sourcefire have a history of working together, but last week's announcement that Check Point plans to acquire Sourcefire has some open source users a bit nervous.

Linux in the news & 64-bit

Reading through this weeks edition of Computer Weekly I notice that there are frequent references to the use of Linux in the enterprise. Kevin Hughes, a nautical equipment manufacturer has moved over to 64-bit Linux running Oracle on HP Itanium machines.

Venda gets its own keymap

Eleven official languages and multiple character sets have proved to be a challenge for the folk at translate.org.za, but that hasn't stopped them from releasing the first Venda keyboard map as an open source project.

AU Optronics Unveils Key Technologies for HDTV

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 7:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
HSINCHU, Taiwan, Oct. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AU Optronics ("AUO" or the " the Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced its latest breakthrough technologies for LCD TV application, scheduled to be on exhibit at the FPD International 2005 later this month. These latest technologies are developed to improve response time, color and motion picture quality images. In the line up, Advanced MVA ( "AMVA") that provides low color washout and high contrast ratio is already under production. Included on show is a 32" module, in production mode, well equipped with low color washout and high contrast ratio (1200:1) features.

Lynuxworks Launches Series of Nationwide Seminars for Developing ...

Educational Half-Day Seminar Hosted by LynuxWorks, Arrow Electronics, Objective Interface Systems and Certicom Enables Developers to Understand Technical Issues Involved in Designing a "Secure Embedded System"

Coraid Linux Distro Integrates EtherDrive Storage with NAS Server

Coraid has launched a Linux-based network attached storage (NAS) server appliance together with a highly targeted Linux NAS distribution that integrates with the company's EtherDrive Storage to create a low cost network attached file server with unlimited storage capacity. A single Coraid CLN/20 Linux NAS server can literally have thousands of disks connected via Ethernet, and exported with NFS.

OSDL Targets Next-Generation Handsets With Mobile Linux Initiative

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 7:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New Working Group Supports Growing Opportunity for Linux in Mobile Market; More Than 2.8 Billion Mobile Phones Expected to be in Use by 2009

Open source monitoring tool saves financial firm time, money

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 7:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Eventually, Yodlee would discover Groundwork Monitor, an open source monitoring application from Emeryville, Calif.-based GroundWork Open Source Solutions Inc., as a way to save time and money. But first, the company did it's best to make due with OpenView.

Out With the Old Desktop and in With the New: Glide Effortless Featuring a Brand New Patent Pending Bubble Interface, the First Complete Overhaul of the Desktop in More Than 20 Years

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 7:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to Glide Effortless http://www.glidedigital.com: the complete portable desktop solution that combines the functionality of software with the sharing possibilities of online services. It is also very easy to use. Glide is designed to replace the need for many single purpose software applications and web services, enabling users to simplify and consolidate their digital lives and save time and money.

Say Hello to Edubuntu

Thursday marked the release of Ubuntu Linux version 5.10 (thats year dot month), better known as "Breezy Badger." Since the release of "Warty Warthog" a year ago, Ubuntu has quickly become one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions in the world, thanks to a combination of good timing, good taste and a focus on global collaboration and community building. Ubuntu Linux is and always will be completely free.

Of particular interest to educators is the new Edubuntu distribution, which is a special version of Ubuntu Linux tailored for schools. The first Edubuntu release only represents a few months of work, so its goals are modest, particularly for the casual user.

Its big innovation is infra-structural: a significant re-working of the architecture of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), which is used to connect Linux thin clients to a server. A computer with Edubuntu installed is ready to act as a thin client server right out of the box.

Bnetd reverse engineering ruling may stifle innovation

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 17, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Blizzard Entertainment, maker of the popular Warcraft and Diablo videogame titles, handed opponents of reverse engineering perhaps their most potent weapon to date last month when the US 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in its case against open source software developers who had created BnetD, an application that emulated Blizzard's Battle.Net and let gamers connect with each other outside of the company's servers.

Edubuntu 5.10 Official Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the first Edubuntu release Edubuntu 5.10. The Edubuntu 5.10 release consists of an Install CD for the PC (Intel x86), 64-bit PC (AMD64) and PowerPC (Apple iBook and Powerbook, G4 and G5) architectures. Edubuntu is a flavour of the Ubuntu operating system, which is optimised for classroom use. It has been developed in collaboration with teachers and technologists around the world.

OSDir's got some damn sweet shots of Edubuntu 5.10 Official.

DistroWatch Weekly: 'Breezy Badger' notes, wireless on SUSE 10.0, Kate OS, Google Earth

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 17, 2005 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 42nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The timely release of Ubuntu Linux 5.10 and its sister distributions last Thursday was the event of the week - this issue naturally starts with a closer look at "Breezy Badger". We'll also investigate wireless network configuration on SUSE Linux 10.0, feature the unusual, Slackware-inspired Kate OS distribution, and ask why the otherwise Linux-friendly Google has expended so little effort to make Google Earth available on our preferred operating system. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Open Doors To Innovation

  • InformationWeek; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 3:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Small and midsize companies are creating IT infrastructures based on open-source software to reduce licensing fees and increase flexibility

Is open source coming to a mobile near you?

  • Silicon.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by ralph on Oct 17, 2005 2:50 AM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), an industry consortium devoted to improving Linux, plans to launch an initiative today to bring the open source operating system to mobile phones.

Get a terabyte of storage on Windows and Linux

  • Inquirer; By Doug Mohney (Posted by tadelste on Oct 17, 2005 2:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Most people who chimed in complained that the NetGear box didn't support anything other than Windows – I don't find this to be a tragic big deal since if you're running Linux, you can find yourself a way to rig up a RAID array with a suitable distro on a spare server.

Microsoft begin to squeal over Massachusetts decision.

Warning. If you read any further, you will find yourself at ground 0.0 of the biggest battle the computer industry has ever seen. It is where the biggest warriors from the proprietary software world, the open standards world, and the open source world are engaged in hand-to-hand combat. At least for the moment, the open source and open standards worlds (the Rebel Alliance) appear to have joined sides against the proprietary warlords, led by Microsoft.

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