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Where do you store master data?

Questioning the hub-based approachComment At IBM's recent Information on Demand conference (which was excellent, incidentally) the company presented its view of master data management (MDM). I am glad to say that this has advanced significantly since its Barcelona conference in May and the company has now recognised that you need to take a flexible approach to MDM.

Playstation 3 gets hooked on Linux

Terra Soft says the company responsible for Yellow Dog Linux will launch its operating system (OS) for Sony’s upcoming Playstation 3. Cesar Delgado, system administrator for Terra Soft, says the company worked closely with the E17 desktop team to develop the OS.

Greeks bearing gifts

  • Free Software Magazine; By Edward Macnaghten (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 3, 2006 12:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here in the UK, there is a saying that was a quote from Virgil that was often quoted in the original Latin, “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentis”, which is usually mistranslated into the phrase “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”. It refers to the incident where the Greek troops hid inside a large wooden horse and gave it to the Trojans as a gift who promptly accepted it, then in the night the Greeks broke out of their hiding place, went to the city gates, and... Well, you probably know the rest.

MS climbs-down over Vista licensing

Just in time for 30 November releaseMicrosoft has backed down to fierce criticism over proposed licensing terms for Windows Vista to allow users to uninstall the forthcoming operating system and install it on another PC.

HTML in easy steps

HTML in easy steps is a great book for getting started on web design. Aimed at the novice, it provides a comprehensive introduction to HTML and the workings if the Internet.

Sun, Ubuntu certifying Linux on x86 servers

Sun Microsystems and Canonical have nearly completed work to certify the Ubuntu version of Linux runs smoothly on Sun's x86 servers, sources familiar with the situation said. The companies are expected to announce details of the partnership Monday in conjunction with the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Mountain View, Calif., from Nov. 5 to 10, according to sources familiar with the plan. Canonical helps develop Ubuntu and sells support.

Drupal 5.0 beta scaling new heights in the Content Management Systems arena

A Content management system is a software which allows one to publish content online without being bogged down by any technical aspects. This article takes an indepth look at Drupal ver 5.0 beta and explores the pros and cons of this very popular CMS.

Free Software Foundation backs new distro

"Ours is more free than yours," war of words looms as foundation sponsors GNU/Linux distribtion based on Ubuntu Linux but without the proprietary bits.

Microsoft, Novell Set Linux Pact,

Ummm...OK...I don't think I use any meds, but now I think maybe I may just have forgotten to take them. Microsoft and Novell have entered into a cooperative agreement. Patent infringement indemnity, interoperability, supporting users of the other guy's platform. Cats dating dogs and gingerbread men getting into politics. Oh my.

Conference on open-source mobile phones mobilizes

Prominent embedded Linux companies, standards organizations, and mobile carriers will attend the inaugural "Open Source in Mobile" conference next week in Amsterdam. Sponsored by Trolltech, the event features presentations from MontaVista, Motorola, Panasonic, Purple Labs, a la Mobile, Nokia, VirtualLogix, Access/Palmsource, Orange, BT, Vodafone, Neuf Cegetel, Navica, Sun, and others.

The Microsoft–Novell patent deal and the GPL

The news of the Microsoft–Novell deal is hard to miss in the Linux community. The most interesting bit of the agreement are the patent clauses. Did Novell sign away it's future by mistake or did it cleverly safeguard the future of Mono, Samba and OpenOffice.org?

Lintrack: Linux for Internet Service Providers

Lintrack is a fairly new GNU/Linux distribution for routers, firewalls, network access servers and more. It features Flatconf -- a completely new approach to software and network configuration. The article provides step-by-step instructions for configuring Lintrack as a simple OSPF backbone router and a PPPoE network access server.

Linux powers multi-protocol, multi-frequency wireless switch

Symbol Technologies will soon release a Linux powered, multi-protocol, multi-frequency wireless switch. The RFS7000, expected early next year, aims to help business deploy and centrally manage devices throughout the RF (radio frequency) spectrum, Symbol says.

Novell Sells Out

Novell is paying Microsoft for its patents, and will pay royalties ongoing. Microsoft in turn promises not to sue individual non-commercial coders or paid coders who contribute to SUSE:

Protection racket, anyone?- TC

Novell, Microsoft to Partner on Linux?

While this may sound as likely as George Bush and John Kerry singing a duet together, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft will be announcing that it will offer sales support for Novell's SUSE Linux family. In addition, it said, the two companies will work together on technologies that will make it easier for users to run both SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10 and Windows XP and Vista on the same desktop.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Shiny New Asterisk 1.4

  • Enterprise VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 3, 2006 3:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Digium has released the Asterisk 1.4 beta. New! Shiny! Improved! This is the first major update since 1.2 was launched over a year ago. Don't put it on production machines yet, but you can have many pleasant hours of fun getting acquainted with it on a text box. Today we'll take a look at some new features, and run through installing it. Installation has changed a bit, so we'll take a walk through the new bits.

Web Hosting Solution, Features Linux-Based Backup Server

Righteous Software, has launched an all-Linux version of its backup server offering. The new product, primarily developed in response to industry leaders demand, offers nearly continuous backups for Linux servers. According to the company, the technology remains unmatched in the industry, running on a standalone server, to provide simultaneous disk-based backup services for up to three hundred Linux servers.

Jon "Maddog" Hall Advocates for Open Source

In this two part series Jon Hall, president of Linux International, speaks at length on the progress and challenges for open source, and on the need to recapture a purer vision of education, consumerism, and more.

Which open source CI tool is best suited for your application's ...

The term "continuous integration," commonly attributed to Martin Fowler, who first wrote about the software development practice back in 2000 (see Resources for a link to the article), is one of the pillars of modern programming techniques. CI involves automatically building and testing an application at frequent intervals on a dedicated integration server. Developers regularly commit small updates and are notified rapidly if their changes cause the build to fail.

Company profile: Mobile Linux pioneer Trolltech

But the Norwegian company, which in July became only the second Linux operation after Red Hat to float its shares publicly, had already played its part in developing some of the world's best-known software brands, including Adobe Photoshop Elements, Skype and Google Earth. And these are just a few of the thousands of applications using Trolltech's Qt cross-platform application development tool or its mobile spin-off Qtopia; others include NASA (for flight simulators), Volvo (for its human-machine interface for bus drivers) and Sony (for the Mylo personal communicator).

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