In 1999, I editorialized that the browser was the battleground that would win or lose us the whole thing. 4 years later, it is time to update the article with a slightly more optimistic view.
Many improvements have been made in the Linux 2.6 kernel to favor enterprise applications. This article presents results from the IBM Linux Technology Center's Web serving testing efforts, comparing the Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels from various aspects. The highlights here are the key enhancements in the 2.6 kernel, the test methodologies, and the results of the tests themselves. Bottom line: the 2.6 kernel is much faster than 2.4 for serving Web pages, with no loss in reliability. [ Link via LWN.net]
New mutt packages that fix a remotely-triggerable crash in the menu drawing code are now available.
Munich is struggling with its planned migration from proprietary software to open-source applications, according to news stories in the German press that paint an increasingly gloomy picture of what had originally been widely described as a shining success story for Linux.
Red Hat has released a new kernel update, giving no information as to the problems fixed. The changelog was last updated on January 26th.
Sun is aiming for "hundreds of millions" of desktops in China to be running Linux on its Java Desktop System as a result of its recent deal with the Chinese government – but admits it won't make much money from it all.
The SCO Group has not sold a single intellectual property licence in Australia or New Zealand since they became available last month.
Here is the Novell Notice of Removal as text. The PDF is at http://pacer.utd.uscourts.gov/images/204cv0013900000001.pdf . Notice the judge listed on the papers? Judge Kimball. Yes. The very same.
One of the great things about Linux is its versatility, and that versatility is rarely as apparent as it is with Linux-based bootable business cards. Two of these small wonders are especially interesting: DamnSmall Linux and LNX-BBC.
In my last article I talked about the first of two approaches to rapid application development environments, programmable/scriptable database front ends. In this sequelÂ I'll look at visual development environments that utilize a BASIC dialect as programming language to build Linux GUI applications.
Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) is an oft misunderstood, and in at least this admin's opinion, underutilized mechanism on *nix systems. Sitting in its little corner of the /etc directory, PAM sits overlooking its configuration files and man pages, just waiting for someone to come along and discover the power that it can give to administrators and developers alike. When will they realize that PAM is not just for 'Authentication' anymore?
With a large addressable market like India, IT major IBM is gearing up to make the country a hub for its Linux initiatives in the Asean region, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.
A look at the history of Linux sound architectures and some of the benefits of ALSA.
Novell has launched another foray at the heart of The SCO Group's case against IBM, the 1995 contract in which SCO says Novell gave it the rights to UNIX™ and derivative works.
Today I received a call from one of my clients with the age old problem of, "I haven't used this server is ages, and I've forgotten the root password". Well, all is not lost!!
At the end of Part 2 (Part 1 is here) I asserted that a new force would enter the world of computing completely changing the landscape. I stated that Microsoft will lose this battle. I lied, there is more than one force, but one way or another there will be one result.
Enterprise-level open source software keeps scoring win after corporate win on the international front, in quicker fashion than it is making progress in the States. The latest item comes from the German Federal Finance Office (Bundesamt fuer Finanzen, or BfF), which announced Tuesday that it has installed two of the largest Linux-based mainframes in Europe after an 18-month testing period.
New Sun Fire(TM) V20z Server Featuring AMD Opteron Processors Power Solaris(TM) and Linux up to 45 Percent Faster than Competition
Now, as the major Linux vendors are preparing new releases of their enterprise software based on Linux 2.6, it appears that the upstart open source operating system is poised to significantly narrow the feature gap between Linux and its older cousin, Unix.
More creativity from a Groklaw reader, a comparison, side by side, of what IBM said in its letter SCO needed to produce and SCO's reply. Enjoy.