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Integrating Open Source Apps Into the Server Room

  • Server Watch; By Aaron Weiss (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As of March 2006, for example, the open source Apache Web server powered nearly 69 percent of all Internet Web servers, according to the oft-cited Netcraft Web Survey. In addition, shipments of Linux-powered servers grew 20.8 percent in 2005, according to IDC, and the market research firm predicts Linux will account for 29 percent of server shipments in 2008. In practice, Linux penetration is probably even higher, as many installations are do-it-yourself affairs without a commercial vendor attached.

Much fuss has been made about open source software, particularly its influence on back-end server environments. At this point, no one will deny that open source software is becoming fairly pervasive.

Biz/Tech Watch: McNealy Resigns, Google Buys Sun Microsystems?

  •; By Daniel M. Harrison (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 16, 2006 9:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Scott McNealy, Chief Executive of Sun Microsystems, "will soon move on from the company", Forbes reports today, after recent revelations from Mark Stahlman, a research analyst for Carris and Company. When the analyst last spoke with McNealy about his plans, he indicated that he was staying on "until the job is done" and concurred that finishing the job meant at least three things — reestablishing product superiority, regaining control over costs and igniting demand in a broad and balanced customer base.

Ibm Rational Gets Good Governance with Open-Source Practices

How can project managers get better control of ongoing software development projects--in other words, improve ''IT governance'' in their organizations? According to Dr. Lee Nackman, VP of product development and customer support at IBM's Rational division, by adopting some of the principles of open-source development.

[ED: Nice words, I just hope the version control system was improved over the one that IBM bought. I cannot comment further - I hated ClearCase. - HC]

Security Hole Found in GPG Crypto Program

PARIS -- Developers of the open-source GnuPG encryption software have reported a security flaw that could allow an attacker to sneak malicious code into a signed e-mail message.

A Linux Laptop for $187?

  • Sci-Tech Today (Posted by grouch on Mar 16, 2006 6:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We aren't looking to compete with the mainstream PC brands such as Lenovo and Apple as we are in a different class altogether," said Zhang Fuxin of the Institute of Computing Technology. The laptop uses Linux software and does not support Microsoft's Windows program, he said.

Smart Unicode typefaces released under free license

SIL International, a non-government organization specializing in linguistics, has released two new typefaces under a free license. The fonts, Charis SIL and Doulos SIL, are early examples of what SIL intends as a new standard for typefaces. Each font includes a broad range of Unicode-based characters and symbols, and is designed for use with so-called smart font technologies.

Mastering Ajax, Part 4: Exploiting DOM for Web response

The great divide between programmers (who work with back-end applications) and Web programmers (who spend their time writing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) is long standing. However, the Document Object Model (DOM) bridges the chasm and makes working with both XML on the back end and HTML on the front end possible and an effective tool. This article introduces the Document Object Model, explains its use in Web pages, and starts to explore its usage from JavaScript.

Device Profile: Intel SS4000-E storage server

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intel has embedded a 2.6 Linux kernel in a compact NAS (network-attached storage) server that aims to bring enterprise storage management features such as hot-swap SATA drives and enclosure management to the entry-level SMB/SOHO market. The SE4000-E stores up to 2TB, and is available now.

Open-source business

  • The Economist print edition (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 3:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EVERY time internet users search on Google, shop at Amazon or trade on eBay, they rely on open-source software—products that are often built by volunteers and cost nothing to use. More than two-thirds of websites are hosted using Apache, an open-source product that trounces commercial rivals. Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia with around 2.6m entries in more than 120 languages, gets more visitors each day than the New York Times's site, yet is created entirely by the public. There is even an open-source initiative to develop drugs to treat diseases in poor countries.

Linux Reality: a podcast for the new Linux user

Linux Reality is a weekly podcast aimed at the new Linux user that has just released its fifth episode.

Sun Loses Software Head to Adobe

The choice of John Loiacono's replacement could be key for the vendor's fortunes, and for the open-source community.

Subscribers Rebel As Windows Live Mail Tops One Million Accounts

After a long year of trying, Windows Live Mail BETA developers claim it just crossed the one million subscriber mark, on the way, they gush, to a fast ten million accounts. Bruised and battered beta testers who have suffered through giant ads, crashing browsers, sluggish performance, and lost contact lists are no doubt wondering how long it will take for the peppy Windows Live crew to build a Google-worthy email solution.

AXIGEN Powers the Second Most Trafficked Romanian Web Portal

Bucharest, March 16, 2006 – AXIGEN messaging solution is now in charge of the email traffic in the 140,000 mailboxes of, the second most trafficked Romanian Web portal.

German initiative spawns open source courseware

  •; By Alexander Villafania (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The joint undertaking by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Wireless Services Asia (WSA) and the European IT Service Center Foundation (EITSC) recently resulted in the creation of an Open Source courseware that will be integrated into selected colleges and universities in an effort to build the country’s open source skills.

The courseware for the Philippine Open Source Initiative (POSITIVE) will take effect starting next school year in 250 member schools of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE).

Weighing Open Source Management Tools Vs. Proprietary

  • (Posted by sharonpr on Mar 16, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
The Business Case for Open Source Management Tools

Big Blue powers up Linux in NSW

  • ZDNet Australia; By Iain Ferguson (Posted by daria42 on Mar 16, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
A NSW government project to make open source software and solutions cheaper and more accessible to its agencies is understood to have been boosted by IBM's confirmation of its membership of a panel of authorised suppliers.

SOX and the GPL: no "special" risk, but ordinary one bad enough

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This guest column by Wasabi VP and General Counsel Jay Michaelson responds to a

PageStream desktop publisher for Linux goes gold

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 16, 2006 12:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Grasshopper LLC Tuesday announced the first release of its PageStream desktop publishing application specifically designed for the LinuxPPC distribution. PageStream is also available for Mac OS, Windows, and Amiga variants with a large assortment of features and a 20-year history, Grasshopper said.

"PageStream is a high-end publishing package that, like an onion, has many layers," Dan Kilroy, a spokesman for Wisconsin-based Grasshopper, told via email. "Basic functions like pages, text, and drawing can be 'opened' into more customizable, user-controlled functions.

Gates loves the poor (but Windows more?)

  •; By Nate Anderson (Posted by henke54 on Mar 16, 2006 12:26 PM EDT)
It's hard not to see money and corporate politics at work here. After all, less than two months ago Microsoft was also trashing the inexpensive MIT computer—and suggesting that a cell phone should take its place. Intel has also been a hater, and in December an executive dismissed the new computer as a gadget. The biggest rivals of Microsoft and Intel (AMD, Google, and Red Hat) are all substantial contributors to the new project, which does not use Intel hardware or a Microsoft operating system, and doesn't stand to make anyone a pile of money (though it will be a commerical venture). still, you would hope that such tech heavyweights as Microsoft and Intel could lend some assistance (or at least stop the usual FUD) for a project of this magnitude, but that's apparently too much to ask.

Yahoo overhauls Yahoo Mail with heaps of new features

The new service, which is currently in beta, will be available to all UK Yahoo Mail customers today and users will be given a choice as to whether they wish to try out the new service when they next log in. Highlights of the new beta version of Yahoo! Mail include increased speed and features such as a reading pane to instantly view messages, an RSS reader which you can either chose to subscribe to Yahoo's own news feeds or input your own URL and support for both Firefox and Internet Explorer as standard.

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