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In praise of small Linux distros

Among the hundreds of Linux distributions, only a handful get much media attention, and only a small segment of those have become household words in the Linux community. At Distrowatch.com, one of the better known Linux ranking sites, you'll see the same names week after week in the top 20 -- Ubuntu, Mepis, Fedora, Slackware, etc. So who is using the bottom 80? And why?

Linux: Kernel Status Update

Andrew Morton [interview] provided an update on the current development status of the Linux kernel. As of his announcement, the latest development release is 2.6.13-git5, with 2.6.14 expected around October 7'th. At this time, Andrew is tracking 144 bugs though he notes, "I haven't culled these yet - some may be fixed." Indeed, a number of replies indicated that several of the listed bugs have been fixed.

Apps Migrate To Open Source

  • InformationWeek; By Laurie Sullivan (Posted by bstadil on Sep 5, 2005 10:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As more companies move to open-source platforms, enterprise-application vendors adapt their software for the new environments

Microsoft Antitrust: Three US think-tanks ask to help Microsoft

Three U.S. think-tanks which campaign against government regulation have asked permission to present arguments in support of Microsoft Corp. as part of its appeal of a European Union antitrust ruling. One of the three organizations, the International Intellectual Property Institute, has a Microsoft employee on its board of directors. The other organizations are the Progress and Freedom Foundation and the Institute for Policy Innovation.

Startups make workhorse tool more accessible than ever

  • Alameda Times-Star (Posted by bstadil on Sep 5, 2005 4:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Silveroffice, a startup Goffice.com with a browser-based PDF tool as the first in its planned series of browser-based office products.

Room To Grow: More Vendors Choose To Use Open Source

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Companies trying to establish credibility as open-source enterprise-apps vendors include ComPiere, which installed its first deployment in 2000; OpenMFG; and CRM vendor SugarCRM.

Open source software testing

Open source software evolves and matures at a rapid pace because its users are essentially also testers and take co-ownership of the products they like. Walter Kruse looks at some of the tools and techniques that can be used by the open source community to build and test better applications.

Linux Love Spells Bad News for MS

Spearheaded by the government, South Korea is making increased use of an open-source operating system called Linux. It is bad news for Microsoft, the world’s foremost software maker that dominates the operating system market with several versions of its Windows program.

Analogue/mixed-signal tools run on 64bit Linux

  • Electronics Talk (Posted by tadelste on Sep 5, 2005 11:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mentor Graphics has announced its support for 64bit Linux platforms by declaring full operational qualification for its analogue/mixed-signal toolset. Mentor's entire line of Eldo and Advance MST analogue and mixed-signal products have been certified for operation on Opteron and EM64 processor architectures using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 platform. 'Linux on X86-64 hardware is proving to be a great performance platform for our products', said Jue-Hsien Chern, Vice President and General Manager of Mentor's Deep Submicron Division.

Munich Linux migration slips to 2006

The City of Munich will not start its migration to Linux on the desktop until 2006, a year later than planned and three years since it decided to migrate to Linux. The first department to migrate to Linux and OpenOffice.org will be that of the Lord Mayor.

Opening doors with open source

  • San Jose Business Journal (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 9:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Rajesh Setty wrote his first book when he was age 9, a spy novel in the style of Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures. It never occurred to him that trying to get a book published would take a lot of work. "When we are young, we don't know what is not possible," said Mr. Setty, 35, chairman of Cignex Technologies Inc., of Santa Clara. Today, his business model sounds like something from an entrepreneur who doesn't know what's not possible because it is based on selling a product that is free -- open source software.

Novell nets takeover talk

Novell released its third-quarter financial results a couple of weeks ago (its fiscal year runs ends Oct. 31), and the picture wasn't very pretty.

Italian schools move to Linux

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 6:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An Italian province will use Linux rather than Windows XP in its schools for the next academic year

Sun puts an open source licence to bed

The Sun Industry Standards Source License has been retired, and the OSI wants more licences to follow the same path.

Retiring the SISSL means that the OpenOffice.org software will be covered by just one licence, the LGPL, according to the project's Web site. "Projects currently using the SISSL under a dual-licence scheme, such as OpenOffice.org, are dropping the SISSL and thus simplifying their licence scheme as soon as the development cycle allows," the site said.

DistroWatch Weekly: Smart package manager, SUPER SUSE, Linspire vs Freespire, Elive

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Sep 5, 2005 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The first full week in September should be an exciting one for users and fans of Free Software - GNOME 2.12, Ubuntu 5.10 Preview, and SUSE Linux 10.0 RC1 are all expected to hit the download mirrors later this week. But before that happens we will take a brief look at the "smart" package manager in Mandriva, check out "SUPER", a performance-enhancing subproject of SUSE Linux, and revisit the Linspire versus Freespire controversy. Our featured distribution of the week is Elive, a great live CD featuring the Enlightenment window manager - a project that is also the recipient of our US$250 August 2005 donation. Happy reading!

Erp offering relies on open source

  • Computerworld Australia; By John Cox (Posted by tadelste on Sep 4, 2005 8:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
A 4-year-old company is using open source software as the foundation for an ERP suite targeted at small and midsize manufacturers. OpenMFG this week plans to release Version 1.2 of its software, which goes by the same name as the company and includes some 200 changes from the earlier version. While most of the changes are small, about 25 per cent of them came from the company's network of value-added resellers (VAR) and 20 customers. Those changes reflect the fact that users get the complete source code for the various OpenMFG modules and can make changes that get incorporated into the suite. The suite was designed for manufacturers and can be readily adapted for discrete and process manufacturing, according to Ned Lilly, OpenMFG's CEO and co-founder. Modules include the standard ERP functions, such as part definition for bills of materials, capacity planning, inventory management, purchase orders and a complete set of financial programs.

Realbasic 2005 for Linux to Ship on Sept. 13

REAL Software has stated the company will ship REALbasic 2005 for Linux on Sept. 13, 2005. REALbasic 2005 for Linux is a rapid application development (RAD) environment that enables professional and non-professional programmers alike to quickly create software for Linux.

Microsoft: Google Wanted Dead Or Alive. Better Dead

But the conflict between Microsoft and Google goes much deeper than that. As long as Google has stayed in the online searching business, Microsoft has had nothing against the ‘do no evil’ company. But lately, Google has started to release software, to explore new domains, to invent new methods of using the PC, and that is already too much to take for Microsoft.

[lg-announce] Linux Gazette #118 is out!

  • Mailing list; By "Benjamin A. Okopnik" <ben@linuxgazette.net> (Posted by tadelste on Sep 4, 2005 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

KDEWebDev Site Officially Launched

The KDEWebDev site is being formally launched.

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