Many businesses are turning to Voice over IP (VoIP) to save money on infrastructure and communications costs, but just ripping out your existing phone system and replacing it with VoIP will not work. VoIP systems require IP phones or analog telephone adapters to allow your existing phones to work. If equipment costs are stopping you from experimenting with VoIP, softphones can provide an inexpensive way for businesses to get up and running with VoIP, as I recently discovered by putting Kiax, Linphone, Twinkle, and CounterPath's X-Lite to the test.
Kontron is sampling a mini-ITX board that supports Linux and targets cost-constrained, high-volume applications such as gaming, POS (point-of-sales/service), data communications, and medical equipment. The 786LCD/mITX is based on a mature Intel chipset and low-voltage processor, yet supports USB 2.0, SATA, FireWire, and LVDS, Kontron says.
IBM has supported Linux for some time, and Dell's recent announcement that it is now shipping servers with the open source Web platform LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) is yet another indication that open source is entering the corporate mainstream. Even so, some IT managers are still reluctant to use open source products. This book is the perfect antidote. You won't find any rants here — just a reasoned and prudent assessment of open source products, how to evaluate them and determine if they suit your organization's needs.
But I strongly believe that Linux users badly need the kind of automated anti-viral patch management service that Windows users now take for granted.
Use the ChipBench System Level Design tool to create and simulate a design constructed from SystemC models of IBM PowerPC 4xx processor cores. The PEK tutorial provides an introduction to embedded software-driven performance analysis for consumer applications based on Power Architecture technology. Before beginning, Download and extract the Power Evaluation Kit V1.0 tarball (PEK). You will also want to read the accompanying developerWorks article with installation instructions.
Anti-patent advocates could lodge a revocation application against Microsoft's patenting of XML word-processing in South Africa within the next few weeks.
This week, advisories were released for python, XFree86, kdeedu, courier, zsync, gtkdiskfree, util-linux, mantis, Webmin, Qt, PHP, firefox, mozilla, cups, HelixPlayer, RealPlayer, wget, ghostscript, slocate, net-snmp, openssh, and binutils. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, and Red Hat.
Speaking Thursday at MIT's ongoing Emerging Technologies Conference, Negroponte confirmed that five countries -- Brazil, China, Egypt, South Africa, and Thailand -- are already putting plans in place to distribute as many as 15 million of the devices. The effort has taken the form of a nonprofit group launched by the Media Lab that is known as One Laptop per Child, which Negroponte first detailed at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, in January.
Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.7 is now available for download. Amongst other changes, this minor release includes fixes for a return receipt regression introduced in version 1.0.2 (bug 289091) and the Linux command line URL parsing security flaw.
It's extremely difficult to turn in a better financial performance than Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) did in its fiscal second quarter earnings report, which it released after the close of trading on Wednesday.
Gervase Markham has written a weblog post explaining the thinking behind the plan to automatically resolve some old unconfirmed bugs.
Free software is software that may be modified and redistributed freely by anyone, with no significant restrictions on how the code may be changed, the uses to which it may be put, or the parties with whom it may be shared. From this simple definition flow many unexpected consequences.
Mozilla Firefox developer Mike Connor has announced that two new code reviewers have been appointed to approve patches for Firefox and the XUL toolkit.
Gartner vice president Donald Feinberg debunks the term "business intelligence." For him business activity model (BAM) is what it is all about. BAM will enable real-time access to critical data including supplementary information to improve efficiency of the business.
The OpenSUSE team has announced through its mail list that SUSE Linux 10.1 Alpha1, codename "Auckland," is ready for download and testing by those wanting to live on the bleeding edge of Linux.
Persona Software plans to ship in mid-November the second edition of its "fixed-mobile convergence" (FMC) suite, which lets dual-mode phone users roam between cellular and WiFi networks. Personal OnePhone 2.0 adds support for Linux, Symbian, and Windows Mobile 5.0 phones, along with security and regulatory compliance features.
Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable distributions. With the recent release of Debian Sarge, it's better than ever. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, walks through a typical installation.
Red Hat, IBM and Trusted Computer Solutions plan to put out a version of Linux the CIA can love late next year. This is something Microsoft has been promising for a decade, but as of the summer, had still failed to deliver.
The free and open source software movements do a great job of providing software and guidance for programmers, and reach charities and educational markets fairly well. Aside from highly technical projects, there has been comparatively little attention given to Very Serious Business--and for good reason. Jono Bacon explores the motivations and values of the "enterprise" software market and considers how to evangelize it effectively.
Oracle, who have moved their whole business on to a Linux platform, is recommending that organisations in the Middle East do the same. In the Middle East, businesses are growing at a very fast rate, and they need to be ready for growth. Oracle believes that Linux is an ideal operating system in this kind of environment, since it "can be stripped down into components and packages and boots up quickly and you don't have the hidden taxation of Microsoft licensing fees." The company has also praised the level of security inherent in the Linux platform, claiming that it is much easier to build a secure infrastructure with Linux