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DistroWatch Weekly: MEPIS changes, Slackware 11.0, Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 27, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Following last week's Fedora 5 release, the next few days will be equally exciting: we are expecting KDE 3.5.2, DesktopBSD 1.0. Frugalware 0.4 and the first release candidate of SUSE Linux 10.1. Before that happens, we'll bring you news about MEPIS switching allegiance, Slackware preparing version 11.0, and Debian compiling with GCC 4.1. Also in this week's issue: Ulteo, a new distribution developed by the founder of Mandrake Linux is nearing release, while the user community of PCLinuxOS gets a new community resource. In the review section we'll take a brief look at an intriguing book entitled Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Google Finance: A Portal Play?

" ... concludes that "Google has done a very, very nice job pulling together a financial portal." More Google watching with scattering, interesting comments, e.g. Firefox extension - converts all monetary numbers to current equivalent of barrels of oil.

Interview: Steve Ballmer on Linux and open source

Fans of the popular Linux software program have long fretted that software giant Microsoft will attack Linux by claiming the free program violates Microsoft's patents. So far nothing has happened. But in an interview with, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer wouldn't rule out such a showdown.

Magazine Preview: Web Warrior

The browser market has seen some of the bloodiest battles in technology. Microsoft’s victory over the once-dominant Netscape branded the pioneer an also-ran and planted Internet Explorer firmly at the top of the browser market. But Microsoft’s lack of IE development caused the program to stagnate under its inattentive parent., a PCLinuxOS Community Project Site Launches

RICHMOND, VA 27 March 2006 –, the newest addition to the PCLinuxOS community, is proud to announce the official launch of their website at

Venezuela seeks technological sovereignty in free software program

  •; By Patrick J. O'Donoghue (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last Friday, the MCT inaugurated a 3-day Latin American Free Software Installation Fair, promoting the use of the open-source Linux operating system and other non-proprietary programs that avoid dependence on Microsoft products.

Schools to adopt open source subjects

  • Manila Standard Today (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SOME 80 universities and colleges will incorporate open source subjects into their computer science (CS) and information technology (IT)-related courses later this year under a program that seeks to help schools develop more employable graduates.

Former Massachusets CIO vocal about open source

  • ComputerWorld AU; By Dahna McConnachie (Posted by grouch on Mar 26, 2006 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Former Massachusetts state government CIO Peter Quinn believes that any technology leader, in the public or private sector, who is not supporting and implementing open standards should resign.

Quinn is the newest addition to the list of speakers at Linux World scheduled to begin in Sydney tomorrow.

Open source software expo opened

TIRUVANAMALAI: Thousands of students from various engineering colleges and schools in and around Tiruvannamalai took part in the inauguration of the free and open source software exhibition, 'Fosse 06', at the Arunai Engineering College here on Sunday.

Setting Up A High-Availability NFS Server

In this tutorial I will describe how to set up a high-availability NFS server that can be used as storage solution for other high-availability services like, for example, a cluster of web servers that are being loadbalanced.

I will describe how to set up a high-availability NFS server that can be used as storage solution for other high-availability services like, for example, a cluster of web servers that are being loadbalanced.
In fact, I will create two NFS servers that mirror their data to each other in realtime using DRBD and that monitor each other using heartbeat, and if one NFS server fails, the other takes over silently. To the outside (e.g. the web server nodes) these two NFS servers will appear as a single NFS server.

Open source SOAP stacks getting revamped

  • Pierceland Herald (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
San Francisco (InfoWorld) - LAS VEGAS -- XFire, an open source SOAP stack used in SOA, is being fitted with enhancements for security, binary attachments, and XML object binding, the developer of the stack said at TheServerSide Java Symposium conference on Friday.

Microsoft Breakup Imminent? GNU/Linux Wins

Who will buy the pieces of Microsoft after the final breakup? No one would want the operating system. A leveraged buyout for the Office group seems likely. Oracle looks like the winner in the business services business and it's the auction block for the rest of the company. The DRM and codecs go to Real Networks.

Text of the CDC v IBM case in the article body.

The Production of Security

  •; By Gustave de Molinari (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 12:00 PM EDT)
Never has laissez-faire thought been as dominant as it was among French economists, beginning with J.B. Say in the early nineteenth century, down through Say's more advanced followers Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer and to the early years of the twentieth century. For nearly a century, the laissez-faire economists controlled the professional economic society, the Societe d'Economie Politique and its journal, the Journal des Economistes, as well as numerous other journals and university posts. And yet, few of these economists were translated into English, and virtually none are known to English or American scholars — the sole exception being Frederic Bastiat, not the most profound of the group. The entire illustrious group remains unstudied and unsung.

Thanks to Bob Robertson for the link

Brainshare Bonanza: Novell's New Products Aim To Rally The Linux ...

Novell launched its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 last week along with other products aimed at SMB customers, its traditional NetWare base and mobile users.

Zero Touch Linux

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zero Touch Linux (ZTL), a complete suite of back office server applications centrally controlled by a friendly web based control panel. A single installation of ZTL can act as a central File Server, Print Server, Domain Consoler, DNS, Mail Server, Database Server and Web Server. The package overcomes the traditional difficulties of deploying a Linux infrastructure by reducing the setup of multiple server types to a one time installation and configuration.

Survey: Financial IT Execs Say Jury Still Out Open Source

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source is gaining some mindshare among IT professionals in Financial Services sector, but has a long way to go, according to a survey released this week.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: This Is Linux at Brainshare

  • Server Watch; By Amy Newman (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 8:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, KJV).

Yes, like the blossoms of the flowers, the swallows of Capistrano, March Madness, and the first pitch of baseball, Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. And with it comes the not-quite-so-noble Season of the Open Source Events. In April, it will be the Boston edition of the LinuxWorld Conference and Exposition and the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. In May, Nashville will host the 2006 Red Hat Summit.

Practical Development Environments

  • Reg Developer; By Pan Pantziarka (Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Mar 26, 2006 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
From soup to nuts, book review: "Practical Development Environments".

Grassroots Linux porting to HTC devices

Incredible but true: mobile Linux - ported by fans - is running on several models of HTC manufactured phones: including small phones like HTC Typhoon (Orane SPV C500, Audiovox STM 56000, etc) and big phones like HTC Universal (T-Mobile MDA Pro, i-mate JASJAR, etc)! Is Linux becoming thus a danger to Windows Mobile?

Linux desktops need more than just a pretty face

  • iTWire; By Stan Beer (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 6:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When one launches into a critique about Linux, you really do have to be careful not offend the sensibilities of open source devotees. However, when it comes to certain things that we have come to take for granted in a Windows desktop, well there is no option but to be brutally frank. Linux has a serious problem to overcome before it can it even begin to make even tiny dents in Microsoft’s desktop dominance and the problem is usability.

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