Following the release Tuesday of a new interoperable version of Linux, analysts said the standard should go along way towards preventing a serious roadblock to widespread acceptance of Linux: the fragmentation of open-source distributions.
Red Hat's top desktop engineer and open source desktop advocate Havoc Pennington has announced a new project that seeks to define and develop a uniform framework that spans thin, fat, and cached "desktop" clients. Goals of the just-announced Stateless Linux project include moving enterprises toward a model that combines the best features of thin and fat client computing. The resulting technology, according to Pennington's proposal, would enable administrators to quickly update and easily recreate software configurations and user data on new hardware and allows centralized management across an organization.
Microsoft Corp.'s settlement with Sun Microsystems Inc. includes a provision explicitly preserving the Redmond company's right to sue licensees of a free alternative to its dominant Microsoft Office software.
"The UserLinux Project has placed a downloadable installation mini-CD in beta test. The CD is only 4.5 megabytes in size, and downloads the rest of the system during the installation." LinuxBeta.com's screenshot slideshow shows how easy UserLinux has made installing Debian.
Novell will launch its business Linux desktop by the end of the year despite an extended testing program that has seen it miss its intended summer launch. Novell has had to keep the beta program for the new product closed to reduce the number of participants and ensure that the company gets meaningful results.
Microsoft cared little for politics until the Department of Justice called it a monopoly. Now the company approaches lobbying the way it approaches everything-aggressively-and consequently it dominates the technology policy agenda. CIOs may not be better off for it.
Nagios calls itself an "open source host, service and network monitoring program". In reality, though, it's more of a monitoring framework, in that it allows an administrator to quickly fold the one-liners they use to gather information right into the configuration. Add to this the numerous plugins available, and you can easily integrate Nagios with monitoring tools you already use, like RRDTool or MRTG.
Linspire PCs are now available at Staples.com. Digital Lifestyles's Northgate L-Series computers will ship with Linspire's Linux desktop preinstalled. The PCs come with six months access to software downloads through Linspire's repository, and include 24/7 toll free support, according to an announcement today.
Neoxen Systems, a European software company behind Neoxen® Modus for OpenOffice.org and Neoxen® Qwinux has raised about one million euros capital investment.
KDE and GNOME are two of the most popular GUI for running Linux and Unix desktops or workstations. The software packages provide basic Window/Mac-like interfaces with mouse support, drag-and-drop file manipulation, task bars and tiled application windows. They also provide auxiliary applications such as drawing, calculator, basic text file editing and other software.
lakerdonald has written an exclusive review of Knoppix 3.6 for linuxforums.org. Knoppix is the latest release version of the popular Linux Live CD. Knoppix currently ranks #3 in the distrowatch chart, and is certainly a distro to keep your eyes on!
A review of ten days packed full of plans for the future, success stories and on-the-spot code fixing.
Enterprise users may be getting a rush with all of the power they get as AMD and Intel deliver new server processors in dual-core and multi-core form, but the software licensing issues around counting cores may bring some headaches as well.
There's a common thread within the KDE-using community that likes to take Gnome to task for its lack of features as compared to their preferred desktop interface. "More is better" is the phrase that might best summarize the mantra that this community adheres to. Russell Hires was among those KDE users that adopted this philosophy until he was in a circumstance which required that he install Gnome instead. Russell submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which details a change in the way he perceives Gnome now after using it more extensively.
ObjectWeb will begin distributing an open source BPEL server in the coming weeks, expanding the available options for a middleware technology used to link several applications and data sources into a larger business process. It will be the second open source BPEL server released in recent weeks.
Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Graham Williams has written a book entitled Debian GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide which is intended to deliver a fun and productive environment. It guides you through the many different regions of a GNU/Linux system with a focus on getting your desktop environment to do what you want it to do.
There is currently some confusion over the status of Sender ID in the IETF's MARID working group which has been considering the proposed standard. NewsForge has gone to directly to the source to clarify reports that Sender ID is a dead proposal. It is not. It is very much alive. Here is what we've learned.
Last month, insiders in Washington felt the Induce Act, which would outlaw technology that could contribute to copyright infringement, was history. According to music activist organization Downhill Battle, a year-old organization dedicated to bringing balance to a debate often dominated by the RIAA and large music labels, this is no longer the case. "We were told by people on (Capital) Hill that it is less likely that the bill will come to the floor by itself and have a nice debate and vote," says Nicholas Reville, Downhill Battle Co-Founder. "More likely the Induce Act is going to be snuck through a back door in legislative procedure. The only supporters in any industry or interest group are in Hollywood. From their perspective (the Induce Act) is not going to happen if it gets full airing."
Publication of New LSB 2.0 Standards Unites Two Leading Advocates for Linux in Push to Accelerate Software Vendor Support for Linux in the Enterprise
Jaroslaw Staniek is a software developer who recently submitted patches for 277 files into the KDE CVS, making it possible to use KDELibs/win32 on Windows.