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D-link Found Guilty of Linux GPL Violation in Germany

D-Link has agreed to stop distributing its DSM-G600 networked attached storage device after a German court found it had violated terms of the General Public License by incorporating Linux into the product. However, D-Link has refused to reimburse the GPL-Violations Project for its legal costs in bringing the action against the company.

Web Hosting: Price vs. Quality

  •; By Paul Herbert (Posted by dcparris on Sep 25, 2006 1:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: MySQL
As the Internet expands, demand for different web-hosting services increases proportionally. Additional numbers of people are joining the web world every day with personal sites for their business or organization. Many people choose low-cost solutions to host their web site, but it if your web site is important to you, you should consider quality as much as price.

[Considering webhosting? Be sure to get your MySQL (or PostgreSQL). - dcparris]

Episode 32 - Web Browsers

In this episode: my return from vacation; a discussion of various Linux web browsers, including Firefox, Seamonkey, Epiphany, Galeon, Konqueror, Opera, Dillo, Lynx, Links, ELinks, and w3m; two listener tips; listener feedback - yep, the order is reversed.

Breach Buys Open Source Security Firm

Carlsbad-based Breach Security announced today that it has acquired Thinking Stone Ltd., a provider of the open souirce ModSecurity web application firewall.

Linux kernel developers skeptical about GPLv3

According to an informal survey conducted at the Linux kernel mailing list, a majority of Linux kernel developers rejects the new version three of the GPL Open Source license. The developers thus basically support Linux founder Linus Torvalds, who believes that GPLv3 expands the license provisions too far in the field of hardware. 29 programmers took part in the survey. In addition to Torvalds, other major programmers such as Andrew Morton and Alex Cox also took part. Significantly, Cox used to support the GPLv3. But no one who took part in this recent survey expressed any support for GPLv3.

[Ah, a much less inciteful headline, and probably much more accurate than another headline along similar lines. - dcparris]

Yoggie(TM) Launches the World's First Miniature Computer to Protect and Manage Laptops

A new Concept in IT Security Delivers the Highest Possible Security for the Mobile Workforce

[Included here only because it is based on GNU/Linux - dcparris]

Real gives Linux a second chance

Just last April, German supermarket chain Real announced that it would no longer be offering computers that run on Linux. Apparently, sales of the Linspire Linux PCs offered in a special test campaign in the company's eastern sales territory in March did not meet expectations. But now, the company is not only ready to give it a second go, but also across all of Germany. From September 25-30, Real will be offering a multimedia PC with a Celeron processor, which the supermarket chain has not specified any further, for just under 200 euros.

[O.k., so it's Linspire. But at least it's still GNU/Linux being offered in a mainstream retail outlet. - dcparris]

Home computers under increased threat, say experts

VANCOUVER — In the cyber underworld's never-ending quest for weak spots, home computers are coming under increased attack as businesses tighten their defences, according to the latest Symantec Internet security threat report.

[Mentions Firefox vulnerabilities, but also the fact that MSIE has the greater Window of Vulnerability. Although the article omits it, migrating to GNU/Linux is a great way to mitigate the Windows-based vulnerabilities. - dcparris]

Openbi streamlines open source BI deployment

The company's new OpenQuick Suite offering comprises of best practice elements -- OpenPlan, OpenExplore, OpenDash, and Open Pilot -- that hand hold customers through the trickier aspects of data warehouse integration, analytics, and performance management services.

Zuken announces support for Linux in next version of CR-5000

Zuken has announced that Linux will be supported as a new operating system in the next version of CR-5000 in addition to HP-UX, Solaris, and Windows, which are currently supported as standard operating platforms.

Open Source Systems Management Goes Pro

To cut down on the time it takes to implement a new server, openQRM Pro simplifies the process through a Web portal that accepts requests for hardware and software, and automates approval, provisioning and monitoring with detailed reporting throughout.

A database solution is more than database software

I was interested to read Ian Murphy's story about SQL Anywhere. Despite the availability of embedded databases, it seems to me that the database (in the DBMS sense) hasn't really come to mobile devices like phones yet. This is largely because of resource constraints - they're back in the 1970s mindset before enterprise databases really took off, using clever file systems for data storage (remember VSAM?).

See changes word by word with dwdiff

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 25, 2006 4:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Unix text utilities were designed primarily for programmers and admins, but here's a little secret: the utilities also work well for writers. Instead of using diff to see changes between programs, I often use diff utilities to see what has changed between one version of an article and another. A few weeks ago, I found dwdiff, and found it works even better.

The Future of Hardware Compatibility Lists in Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 25, 2006 4:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
A while back, I made a comment with regard to how great it would be to have a single, collective HCL (hardware compatibility list) for all of the popular Linux distributions. At the time, I felt very strongly that if we had a one single collective database of hardware that was known to work with the latest distributions, life would be a lot easier.

No Full Stack For Red Hat Yet, But It's Building

Red Hat is leveraging its JBoss acquisition with its own middleware offering, putting it on par with commercial vendors BEA Systems, IBM, and Oracle. What's more, Red Hat is rapidly securing its already commanding lead as the largest enterprise Linux distributor, with 61% of the market for paid distributions last year.

The Sorry State of Operating Systems

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Sep 25, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
If you mention the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to a Windows user, they will probably begin to sigh and groan, and they may even shudder at the very thought of seeing one of these horrific images on their computer monitor. If you haven't experienced a Blue Screen of Death yet, then you're not a true Windows user.

Mobile Linux OS eyes lower-cost cellphones

MontaVista has upgraded its Linux-based software platform for mobile phones. Mobilinux 4.1 supports lower-cost hardware, the company says, thanks to footprint improvements aimed at lessening DRAM and flash memory requirements. The OS includes advanced real-time capabilities, and is suitable for use on single-chipset, mass market phones, according to the company.

Is the future of desktop Linux going thin?

Last month, thin-client software provider released its 2X TerminalServer for Linux, an open source terminal server that lets Linux desktop users run both Linux and Windows applications over dial-up and LAN (local area network) connections.

Democracy Player: A Superior Multimedia Alternative to iTunes on Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 24, 2006 11:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Linux users have found their options limited, as iTunes is to this very day still not available on the Linux platform natively. Apple is foolish for ignoring this, but we believe that we have located a better alternative in the video podcast realm than what iTunes was offering anyway - Democracy Player.

GPLv3 is to preserve Free Software, not kill it

A group of important Linux kernel developers have recently published a position statement on GPLv3, as reported by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in a story with a rather alarmist title: "GPLv3 could kill open source, top Linux dev's warn". In truth, the goal is exactly and essentially just the opposite.

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