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A History of Chipmaking at IBM

  • Developer Works IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 20, 2005 1:48 AM EDT)
In the last decade alone, IBM scientists have announced one semiconductor breakthrough after another: copper technology, silicon-on-insulator, silicon germanium, strained silicon, and low-k dielectrics. All of these technologies came out of IBM's fertile in-house research community. This prowess in modern chipmaking know-how didn't come out of a vacuum -- rather, it came out of the hermetically-sealed clean rooms of the most advanced R & D department in the semiconductor industry.

Skype to announce Mandriva Linux calling today

Big news. On Monday, Skype will announce the integration of voice with Mandriva Linux 2006. I know that a vocal contingent of Skype users as well as Linux community members have been asking for something like this for quite a while now.

[Ed: Skype has come with Xandros since February - tadelste]

Review: Tao Live CD

Tao Live CD is a live CD based on rebuilt Red Hat Linux source RPMs. It features a useful selection of applications, has good hardware detection, and is even quick to boot. While I did run into a few problems, I found this a very worthwhile distro.

European Union slams Microsoft, Yahoo and Google

  • wallstrom/Weblog; By Nick Farrell (Posted by henke54 on Dec 20, 2005 12:22 AM EDT)
EC VICE president Margot Wallstroem has accused Microsoft, Yahoo and Google of having flexible morals when it comes to dealing with China.

Small and Midsize Businesses Achieve Enterprise-Level Availability and Performance with Oracle(R) Database 10g Standard Edition One on Linux

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 11:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Radio Stations to Wholesale Electrical Distributors Turn to Oracle Standard Edition One on Linux to Power Critical Applications and Help Reduce Costs

(bw) WinSystems ''Blue Collar'' Linux Enables Development for ...

  • Houston Chronicle (Posted by dcparris on Dec 19, 2005 10:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WinSystems today announced Blue Collar Linux for its -40(degree) to +85(degree)C EPIC, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, and EBX single board computers (SBCs). "Blue Collar" Linux is WinSystems' implementation of GNU/Linux that provides customers a way to quickly embed Linux for industrial-based applications. Integrated with WinSystems' rugged x86-based products, it provides an excellent starting point for developing applications in machine control, instrumentation, COTS/military, machine-to-machine communications (M2M), transportation, pipeline, and homeland security.

Do-It Yourself Computing: Installation and Display

  • Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 9:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Helping the Small Office/Home Office user migrate to Open Source is the purpose of this site. We advocate Open Source primarily for the sake of freedom (libre), but we also believe it will save you money (gratis). If your business can afford high-end computing, then go for it. On purely economic grounds, that could be the best option for some. However, for many of us there is more to life than that. Ours is a labor of love, and computers are simply one of the most important tools in that labor. Because of that, we tend to have smaller budgets, which means older machines and free software. There's something about quality and excellence which causes us to ignore the concept of billable hours. We are willing to become low-level experts in Open Source technology, because it's worth our time. Though we often find ourselves somewhere between the developers and end users, we are altogether willing to invite the latter to join us.

Open Source Software Makes Inroads at Majority of Corporations Says Study

  • LinuxElectrons; By ByteEnable (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 9:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BOSTON – Open source software has gone far beyond the Linux operating system, and is found in all parts of the technology infrastructures of most U.S. organizations (both corporate and government) and has resulted in cost savings for companies of all sizes, a research study led by Optaros Inc. has found. Emboldened by cost savings and other benefits, these companies expect to use significantly more open source software over the next five years and decrease their use of commercial software packages in their organizations.

Microsoft Needs to Get The Facts Straight on OpenDocument

  LXer Feature: encore January 1, 2006

LXer editor Don Parris says it's one thing for Microsoft to promote their own format in favor of OpenDocument, yet quite another to misrepresent the facts regarding OpenDocument's development.

The OpenDocument Foundation, Registered with OASIS

  • OASIS OpenDocument TC; By Gary Edwards (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 8:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Last week i was able to register with OASIS, as a non profit, The OpenDocument Foundation, inc. The Foundation is a USA 501c(3) non profit incorporated in California, and duly registered with the IRS. (Pubished as-is by permission of the author)

Fedora Weekly News Issue 26

Welcome to our issue number 26 of Fedora Weekly News.

Mozilla SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta out

  • Seamonkey Project (Posted by bstadil on Dec 19, 2005 7:59 PM EDT)
The SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta is out. SeaMonkey 1.0 Beta enhances the product with new features like tab drag and drop, but also is the first release branded with the new SeaMonkey logo, which was unveiled earlier this month. While much of the core code is shared with the popular Firefox 1.5 browser, SeaMonkey comes with the the look and feel familiar to users of its ancestors, the Mozilla Application Suite and Netscape Communicator packages.

Univa Ships Beta Release of Enterprise Globus Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 6:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Univa Globus Enterprise Release 4.0 Simplifies Deployment and Security Configuration for Open Source Globus Grid Infrastructure Software

Adoption of Linux for retail point-of-sale apps slows

The holiday shopping season is bringing tidings both comforting and not so comforting to Linux vendors that are looking to break into the Windows-dominated market for point-of-sale terminals used in retail stores. Linux's share of the US retail POS market is nearing 10 percent, according to Greg Buzek, president of IHL Consulting Group. But he said the rate of the open-source operating system's gains is slowing, largely because of Microsoft's introduction in May of a scaled-down version of Windows that is tailored for retailers and has a cut-rate price.

[Ed: Keep reading - there are some positives for GNU/Linux in the POS marketplace. - dcparris]

Mandriva targets corporations with Linux

Mandriva, now the third-largest Linux distributor behind Red Hat and Novell, is pushing to move from its consumer and small-business market niches into the realm of enterprise IT. Service fees from corporate customers accounted for 30 percent of Mandriva's US$5.5 million in revenue for the fiscal year that ended Oct. 31, up from 10 percent in the prior year. In September, NEC Computers International, a Netherlands-based unit of NEC, said it would bundle Mandriva Linux on the PCs and servers it sells in Europe.

University Rectors in Italy Promoting Proprietary Software

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Dec 19, 2005 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week's announcement from an Italian university group promotes students' use of MS products, available at steep discounts. What will this mean for FOSS in the Italian educational system?

Change Agents - people who will shape IT in the coming year

Oregon State's computer department isn't a joking matter anymore. In October, the school's Open Source Lab, which Kveton runs as associate director, got a $350,000 grant from Google Inc.-the search-software company's first academic donation to support open source. The goals: to attract software companies to Portland, establish a development center for writing apps for use by state governments, and craft an open-source college curriculum.

Enterprisedb 2006 Public Beta Released

EDISON, N.J. – EnterpriseDB has announced today the release of EnterpriseDB 2006 Public Beta. EnterpriseDB is an enterprise-class database built on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. The 2006 Public Beta is based on the recently released version 8.1 of PostgreSQL, which contains significant feature and performance enhancements over prior editions. EnterpriseDB 2006 runs all PostgreSQL applications and also most existing Oracle applications.

New Open source software standard unites suppliers

  •; By Will Hadfield (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Seven US universities and four suppliers have agreed common standards for developing open source software. The universities and IT companies drafted the standards to protect open source software projects from third parties seeking to enforce patents. The four suppliers are Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel.... ... The seven universities are California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Illinois, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stanford and Texas.

Ibm Wants Its Share Of Unix Glory

  • InformationWeek; By Charles Babcock (Posted by tadelste on Dec 19, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.

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