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Lessons from Munich: Spotlight, poor planning slow Windows-to ...

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by tadelste on Sep 14, 2005 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Proper planning for such migrations is also key, Becknell said. One positive move that Munich's Microsoft-Office-to-OpenOffice migration team made was setting aside time to make sure the entire system worked efficiently. It's better to spend extra time planning than it is to spend extra time fixing mistakes later, she said.

Microsoft Challenges Massachusetts on Open-Format Plan

Adobe Systems Inc., Corel, IBM and Sun also weigh in on state's plan to move computer networks onto an open-file format by January 2007.

Gelato to Promote Linux Itanium at Brazil Meeting

The Gelato Federation (http://www.gelato.org) has set its sights on Latin America and beyond for its October 2-5, 2005 meeting in Brazil to advance Linux® on the Intel® Itanium® platform.

Samba's Terpstra shoots down open source misinformation

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by bstadil on Sep 14, 2005 2:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One would think that corporate IT decisions are made with the utmost care. Think again. In researching two guides to Samba-3, John H. Terpstra found that IT decision makers often choose products without due diligence, and often base their dismissals of Linux and open source software on misinformation.

Linux in Business: The Desktop is Dying

In this guest column, Mark Rais asserts that enterprise PCs are getting set to go the way of the dinosaur, to be replaced by a client/server approach reminiscent of yesteryear's mainframes and minicomputers. But this time around, the client/server model will have a distinctly 21st Century characteristic: LTSP.

Sun and Red Hat Make Nice

Observers say the companies have ceased their finger pointing and started cooperating because they can improve sales by supporting each other's products.

How big can Quake II Grid?

OptimalGrid is a self-contained middleware designed for developers to create grid-enabled parallel applications without themselves becoming experts in grid or high-performance computing (article). The Linux compatible middleware now includes automatic distribution and provisioning on to Grid nodes.

Oracle Powers 100 Terabyte Data Warehouse - the World's Largest Commercial Database

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 14, 2005 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Winter Corporation Survey Results Show that Oracle is the Only Database Vendor to Produce Leading Customer Results on Linux, UNIX and Windows Platforms

Firebird 2.0 Alpha 3 Released

The Firebird Project is pleased to announce builds of Firebird 2.0 Alpha 3 kits are now ready to download and testing.

This version of Firebird 2 is an alpha version, meant for field testing only and not for use in production.

Microsoft fights bid to drop Office software

Microsoft Corp. has launched an assault on a Massachusetts government plan to move computer networks at all state agencies onto an open-file format by January 2007. Such a move, if approved, could displace Microsoft's profitable Office software and, if followed by other government bodies across the country and abroad, could threaten Microsoft's dominance on desktop computers in the public sector. The company now holds more than 90 percent of the global market in office productivity software.

Building databases with Kexi and OpenOffice.org 2 Base

If you asked most Linux users which Windows applications they want to be able to use, Microsoft Access would probably come in at the bottom of the list. However, there are also many people who consider it to be a useful and important rapid application development (RAD) tool. Now Linux users have a couple of good Access alternatives -- KDE's Kexi and OpenOffice.org Base Version 2.

Linux: ktimers, High Resolution Timer Framework

With the latest release of his real time kernel patches [story], Ingo Molnar [interview] announced a new feature, "a complete rework of the high-resolution timers framework, from Thomas Gleixner, called 'ktimers'." Ingo explains that the end-effect of the new timer framework is a "much more deterministic HRT engine." He goes on to explain how this works:

"Under the ktimer framework the HR (and posix) timers live in a separate domain, have their own (per-CPU) rbtree to stay scalable and deterministic even with a high number of timers. Another positive effect of the introduction of separate ktimers is that kernel/timer.c is now using preemptible locks again, removing the cascade() worst-case latency. The cleanup factor is high as well: the ktimer framework slashes 1300+ lines off the HRT code. See kernel/ktimer.c for details."

Gartner on open source: fair and insightful

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 14, 2005 8:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Gartner Application Development Summit began Tuesday morning with "Breakfast with the Analysts." Event director Pascal Winckel helped me locate the table where Gartner Research Vice President Mark Driver was holding forth. My official track for this conference has become the Mark Driver track, since he is the analyst talking about open source.

Blogging with Blosxom

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 14, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're considering adding weblogs to your workgroup's communications arsenal, you're not alone. Many organizations are experimenting with internal, and external, blogs as a way of fostering communication between co-workers and between the organization and its customers. This article focuses on using Blosxom (and its Python-based cousin PyBlosxom) to quickly and easily set up a blogging environment for your team's use.

Yahoo! Mail beta begins testing

Yahoo! on Wednesday announced the start of a new beta version of its Yahoo! Mail service. The new beta is getting into the hands of a limited group of users in the United States now; Yahoo! plans to broaden the beta to Yahoo! Mail users worldwide in the coming months. Yahoo! bills the changes to Yahoo! Mail as the most significant enhancement to its service since it debuted in 1997. Yahoo! Mail provides Yahoo! users with free Web-based e-mail access.

FEMA, Microsoft Tiptoe Toward Open Standards

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 14, 2005 7:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Federal agency announces it will make its Web site compatible with non-IE browsers. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also accommodating alternatives to Internet Explorer at some sites.

Revaluing Deployment Of Open Source Software

The government's policy of open source software (OSS) preference that excludes commercial software from consideration may also exclude 85 percent of the information technology (IT) channel business activity, according to a report. The report by the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), citing the European software market, said the initial annual loss in business opportunity was estimated to be around US$49 billion. "Any decline in government spending would have ripple effects on the economy that might be two to three times greater than the initial direct effect," said ISC in the report which was undertaken in collaboration with Nathan Associates Inc, an international economic consulting firm.

Interview with Rickford Grant, Author of "Linux Made Easy"

An interview was recently done with Rickford Grant, the author of "Linux for Non-Geeks" and the new "Linux Made Easy".

Linux Consultants Survey

An invitation to share your experiences as a Linux consultant for customers who may not know what that means.

Mozilla Foundation Hires Axel Hecht to Improve Localisation Coordination

Axel's main priority will be to improve communication between the multitude of volunteer-run localisation teams and the core Mozilla project management and decision makers. He will represent the interests of the localisation teams in relevant Mozilla project management and release planning meetings and will try to bring the overall Mozilla project and the localisation efforts closer together.

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