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OpenBSD: 3.8 Song Available, Upcoming Release

TheOpenBSD project has a stable release once every 6 months, withOpenBSD 3.8 currently available forpre-order and scheduled for official availability on November 1'st, 2005. Each release of OpenBSD has its own song with a unique sound and theme [story], each available for download in ogg and mp3 format. The current release "song" is actually a four and a half minute radio play, titled "Hackers of the Lost RAID".

OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt [interview] talks about the upcoming release and the choice of theme, "many wonderful new things have made it into OpenBSD 3.8, but we wanted to focus on one particular thing -- our support for native free-software RAID management on at least one brand of RAID card, those made by AMI." OpenBSD users relying onami MegaRAID controllers will welcome 3.8's newbioctl command [story], a framework that will be expanded to support additional controllers in future releases.

Trw To Consolidate On Dell And Linux

  • InformationWeek; By Darrell Dunn (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 2:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The supplier of automotive safety systems will purchase 24,000 Dell desktop computers, laptops, and workstations, hundreds of servers, and dozens of storage systems.

Red Hat beats estimates, raises guidance

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 28, 2005 2:35 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Linux seller outpaces analysts' revenue and profit expectations for its most recent quarter.

Mysql 5.0.13 RC New Release Available

This is the first release candidate in the 5.0 series. This release includes support for Stored Procedures, Views, Triggers, Information Schema (Data Dictionary), XA and more. Additional updates include:

The GNU/Linux User Show #17 Online.

  •; By Jon (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 28, 2005 1:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
The GNU/Linux User Show is a weekly podcast aimed at new GNU/Linux users.

Mozilla Suite born-again despite Firefox Foundation

While the Foundation wished the tightly integrated software would just go away and annoyed quite a few core developers with their original announcement, there's still not only a sizeable amount of users who like it, but developers as well who are willing to continue evolving it.

Enlightenment Thumbnailing Utility Formally Released

OPEN SAUCE outfit the Mozilla Foundation is showing off its latest cunning plan for merging its Sunbird device synchronisation and offline calendar support into Thunderbird.

High-Performance Linux Clustering

  • IBM Developer Works; By Aditya Narayan (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 28, 2005 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
High Performance Computing (HPC) has become easier, and two reasons are the adoption of open source software concepts and the introduction and refinement of clustering technology. This first of two articles discusses the types of clusters available, uses for those clusters, reasons clusters have become popular for HPC, some fundamentals of HPC, and the role of Linux in HPC.

Microsoft and JBoss work together

Microsoft and JBoss, kids from opposite sides of the open source tracks, are working together on interoperability of their server software to take on IBM. The companies will provide assistance and guidance for customers using JBoss with Microsoft's Active Directory, management of JBoss through Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM), they will optimize the performance of EJB 3.0 and the Hibernate object relational/mapping architecture with Microsoft's MySQL database, and provide interoperability between .NET and open source Java web services.

Shuttleworth buys into ImpiLinux

New versions of ImpiLinux to be based on Ubuntu as Shuttleworth's venture capital business takes a majority stake in South African distro, plans to localise Ubuntu for the SA market.

Open Source Victoria Urges Australian Agencies to Follow ...

  • Government Technology (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has announced the adoption of the OpenDocument XML file format as its preferred method for storing government documents. In doing so, Massachusetts joins the Australian Federal Government in adopting this format for long-term electronic document storage. Open Source Victoria (OSV) recently called on all remaining Australian states and government agencies to also adopt this format as a viable approach to ensuring guaranteed access to public sector documents and data in perpetuity.

Darik's Boot and Nuke: A great tool for obliterating your data

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 28, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do you know what happened to your data when you disposed of your last PC? With identity theft on the rise, it's important to make sure your information is removed before you get rid of that old hard drive. Thanks to the work of developer Darik Horn, there's an excellent tool to wipe data off of a hard disk: Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN).

What is Gluecode and why should I care?

Built upon Apache's Geronimo J2EE 1.4 server based on open source components, Gluecode is an application server platform that encompasses key open source projects and groups them together in a layered architecture. This article takes a look at Gluecode for beginners, explains how it is composed, and how Gluecode can help organizations plan for more effeciate IT infrastructure.

Red Hat aims for higher security rank

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 28, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat, IBM; Story Type: News Story
Working with IBM and Trusted Computer Solutions, Red Hat seeks higher security certifications for version 5 of RH Enterprise Linux.

Did Microsoft send the wrong guy to Massachusetts' ODF hearing?

  • ZDNet Between the Lines; By David Berlind (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 10:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Microsoft called Massachusetts' bluff and lost. One of Microsoft's biggest mistakes in what will prove to be a critical turning point for the Redmond-based company is that it sent the wrong men to Massachusetts' last hearing before that state set a new IT policy into stone: one that essentially bumps MS-Office from its approved software list.

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Linux picks up steam in public sector

Public sector agencies may have been more methodical in their adoption of Linux and open source software alternatives, but then again, no one has ever accused the government of doing things quickly.

Justice helps police with free mapping software

  • Federal Computer Week; By Aliya Sternstein (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 10:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Earlier this month, Justice Department officials handed out a free software program to police as part of a new crime prevention system. The CD-ROM allows regional law enforcement agencies to store crime-mapping data, pinpointing areas of past criminal activity and the locations of known domestic violence criminals, gangs and prostitution rings, in a repository for sharing with other jurisdictions. The system, called the Geospatial Repository for Analysis and Safety Planning (GRASP), would guide officers assigned to patrol roving perpetrators, such as the recent snipers and other serial offenders, by pinpointing optimal hiding locations and the spots of previous arrests.

What Would We Do Without David Berlind?

No journalist -- no real journalist -- has covered open standards with better quality than David Berlind for ZDNet. Try his RSS Feed "Between the Lines", for starters.

Among other issues, his coverage of the MassGov declaration for OpenDocument has been informative, his analysis penetrating. Among his insights is how cynically Microsoft has played the situation and how far-reaching its impact will be.

Open Source B2B

  • Line 56 News; By Demir Barlas (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 10:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
nuBridges claims to offer brand new cost proposition for business-to-business (B2B) connectivity

Matalan boosts promotions after Linux upgrade

  •; By Miya Knights (Posted by tadelste on Sep 28, 2005 9:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Retailer Matalan says it is improving sales by being able to offer more promotions following a Linux-based till upgrade. The clothing and homeware company installed Linux-based electronic point-of-sale (Epos) technology in 190 stores earlier this year (Computing, 17 February), and following its success the firm is considering the use of handheld terminals in its shops. By opting for Linux, the retailer has been able to re-use old till hardware, extend their functions to wireless Epos termin

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