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BofA Securities boosts Red Hat target

Banc of America Securities has reiterated its "buy" rating for Red Hat Inc. stock and raised its price target for the Raleigh-based Linux reseller to $22 per share from $20.

OSBC director: Open source profitable, stable

"In the realm of open source, what was once all-Linux, all-the-time, has shifted gears to encompass everything from enterprise resource planning applications to Web browsers and CRM. Tiny startup companies and former pet projects of developers well versed in kernels and General Public License (GPL) now find themselves on the receiving end of millions and millions of investment dollars, while products like Firefox, MySQL and are now thrown about in a serious manner with household names like Microsoft Office, Oracle and others.

How to keep instant messaging off the record

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 13, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sometimes encryption isn't enough to keep your conversations private. With standard encryption, it's theoretically possible for someone to steal your secret encryption keys and decipher the conversation. For conversations that need to be kept confidential, the Off-the-Record (OTR) plugin for Gaim saves the day. It leaves no trace of a conversation ever having taken place.

Quick primer on Unicode under Linux

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Oct 13, 2005 1:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ed Trager's A Quick Primer On Unicode and Software Internationalization Under Linux and UNIX is a good short intro to configuration and tool setup for working with Unicode on a Linux machine.

uClinux VoD Stack Targets STBs Built On Sigma SoCs

EzHomeTech has launched a uClinux operating system and VoD (video-on-demand) software stack for STBs (set-top boxes) built on a Sigma Designs digital media processor SoC (system-on-chip).

Symbian joins Eclipse Foundation to support free Open Source ...

Symbian Limited has announced that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an Add-In Provider. Symbian is contributing substantial development work, as well as adding its experience and expertise, to the global, community-owned Open Source project.

Free, open SBC design targets imaging, vision apps

  • (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2005 11:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An electronic engineering student in Brazil has published a design for a small SBC (single-board computer) that runs Linux. Flavio Ribeiro's SBC uses a 180MHz ARM processor, an Altera Cyclone FPGA, and a 3-megapixel Micron CMOS sensor. It targets machine vision, surveillance, and other imaging applications.

Open Source Asterisk Management Portal Project Celebrates One Year ...

  • The Open Press (press release) (Posted by ralph on Oct 12, 2005 11:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
A year ago today AMP(Asterisk Management Portal) was unleashed to the SourceForge(R) code repository website ( The response was immediate and favorable. Interest in AMP rose steadily and it quickly became the de facto freely available Asterisk GUI.

Vendors seek to push grids into the mainstream

  •; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2005 10:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some IT vendors are releasing products that are designed to help companies move grid computing into their mainstream business processes. For instance, SAS Institute said at GridWorld that its flagship SAS 9 business intelligence, data mining and statistical analysis software now includes grid capabilities developed by Platform Computing. SAS users could tap the grid features to improve their IT resource utilisation, said Cheryl Doninger, SAS' research and development director for enterprise computing.

Comment of the Day October 13, 2005 RE: Linux v MS Security

"I thought the byzantine/baroque comment was significant" from a post on the previous Comment of the Day - October 12, 2005 Linux Virus Exist.

Announcing the Ubuntu 5.10 release

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce Ubuntu 5.10

ATI Catalyst 5.10 Drivers Released

  • Tech Spot; By Justin Mann (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2005 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The next set of ATI drivers have been released. You can get the Catalyst 5.10 Drivers straight from ATI's site.

UPDATE 1-S.Korea says Microsoft probe unaffected by US deal

South Korea's antitrust agency said on Wednesday it would continue an investigation into allegations of unfair business practices by Microsoft Corp. despite a settlement between the software giant and a rival U.S. firm.

Aculab Announces Support for Digium Asterisk Business Edition

  • (press release) (Posted by bstadil on Oct 12, 2005 8:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Aculab has today announced that Prosody PCI, their media processing resource card will be verified to work with Digium’s Asterisk Business Edition, the professional-grade version of the Digium Asterisk open-source PBX.

A kinder and gentler Microsoft?

The software giant has made nice with competitors but analysts think it's the same old Microsoft.

So is this spirit of détente a sign that Microsoft realizes it can make better products by forming new allies? Or are Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer just simply following the sage advice of Don Vito Corleone?

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. 2.0 release delayed

  • (Posted by bstadil on Oct 12, 2005 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although was intent on releasing the final 2.0 version of its open-source office suite on Oct. 13th -- the fifth anniverary of the organization's founding -- Ziff Davis Internet learned Wednesday afternoon that the group has decided to hold off due to a "show-stopping" problem with the software.

Ibm, Novell To Offer Licensing For Linux On Blades

IBM and Novell are making it easier to buy and manage blade servers by offering a one-price licensing agreement for Novell SUSE Linux on IBM's BladeCenter chassis.

Announcing the Tango Project: Making Open-Source Software ...

The Tango Project is a collaborative effort of a variety of free/open-source software designers and artists to work towards unifying the visual style of the free (mostly Linux) desktop.

Xara Xtreme Goes Open Source/Cross Platform

  • Digital-Lifestyles.Info; By Mike Slocombe (Posted by tadelste on Oct 12, 2005 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although not as well known as rival programs Adobe Illustrator CS and Macromedia Freehand, Xara has long been our vector program of choice, offering a simple interface, powerful editing tools, a comparatively tiny download (just 21 meg) and the ability to render pages at scorchio speeds that leaves the competition for dead.

Open Source Attracts Public Sector

Once a curiosity of computer rooms, open-source software applications are now giving commercial programs a run for their money in public-sector information technology shops.

In fact, public-sector I.T. managers say free licensing isn't necessarily the most attractive characteristic of the best open-source products today. Many stand out for their stable programming code and array of useful features or, conversely, their stripped-down feature sets that eliminate unnecessary bells and whistles.

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