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Red Hat Plans to Deliver Certified Open Source Stacks Online

RALEIGH, N.C. – (NASDAQ:RHAT) Red Hat plans to offer a new service to provide full certification and production support for key open source software stacks, available online through Red Hat Network. Starting in early 2006, Red Hat will offer three new stacks aimed at simplifying and standardizing open source application stacks, so that developers can focus on their applications instead of configuring the underlying platform. Each stack will be certified and supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and delivered in a subscription model. This announcement highlights Red Hat's growing focus on improving time-to-market for customers' development projects by helping reduce the certification and testing burden.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling on Open Source

The Open Source Center of Excellence will provide Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with expertise in examining the use of open source and will also host"the great open-source debate" next year.

[ED: Another reason to be read this is that the interests of the population are at odds with the EU Directorate, which when lead by a Irish representative almost successfully pushed to adoption software patentability (if my memory serves me correctly), later it was a Dutch representative pushing the same plan-HC]

Macedonia installs 5,000 Linux PCs in schools

Macedonia may be well known for its place in books on ancient history, but it's now on the cutting edge of desktop Linux adoption. The Republic of Macedonia decided to deploy about 5,000 Linux desktop computers in 468 public schools and 182 computer labs nationwide last summer, based on a Ubuntu distribution with a GNOME desktop, the GNOME Journal reports.

The deployment was part of a joint project called E-School.MK, involving the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Education Development Center (EDC), and the Macedonian Ministry of Education and Science (MoES).

Microsoft's Linux lab head takes on shared source initiative

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by dcparris on Dec 6, 2005 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
The head of Microsoft Corp's Linux and Open Source Software Lab is taking on responsibility for the company's shared source initiative after its former manager, Jason Matusow, stepped up to the role of director in the corporate standards strategy team.

New Firefox loses features

THE MOZZARELLA Foundation's new version of the open sauce browser Firefox is apparently shipping with reduced functionality.

Donald French, a Firefox user and President of the Institute for Advanced Professional Studies in Boston, Massachusetts said that the loss of functionality is only noticable if you read the release notes and who ever does that?

According to French, Flamingbadger 1.5 blocks the use of any plug-in that it thinks is incompatible with its operation.

Open source firm to challenge VMware

XenSource, the company founded to provide support and maintenance for the open source Xen virtual-machine monitor, is releasing its first commercial product, a set of tools that the company says will make it easier to virtualize servers.

Called XenOptimizer, the product is in beta for the latest release of Xen, a community-developed program that provides an alternative to commercial offerings from VMware and others.

The DCC Alliance Releases Common, Standards-Compliant Core for Debian GNU/Linux Distributions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 6:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Major Linux Vendors Reach Major Milestone in Advancing Enterprise Adoption of Debian GNU/Linux

international Debian work meetings in Extremadura, Spain, during 2006

  • Mailing list; By Andreas Schuldei (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
The good people of one of the larger Debian deployments in the world (80k+ debian boxes) have generously offered to host a number of work meetings for debian during 2006.

Debian hosts growing fast on the web

Debian GNU/Linux, a free Linux distribution started by Ian Murdock in 1993, is the fastest growing distribution for web servers, according to figures collated by network services vendor Netcraft.

The British company, which releases a monthly report on the number of active websites, web server software and operating systems in use, said its latest survey had counted 1.2 million active sites hosted on Debian.

Netcraft chart

[ed: Please remember that Debian does not get counted in "sales" of Linux figures. - tadelste]

First look: BeleniX live CD

BeleniX is a free live CD based on the OpenSolaris kernel. With it you can have Solaris, which once ran exclusively on SPARC servers, powering your modest desktop computer. But with few applications and lacking an installation script, the Live CD does little more than slake a nerd's thirst for a taste of Solaris.

Moving elderly dad, mom from Windows to Linux has published a human-interest story about helping Mom and Dad learn to use a Linux-based desktop computer. The author explains how he moved his elderly parents from a problematic Windows XP desktop system to Mandriva PowerPack 10, leaving spyware, viruses, slow performance, and myriad other problems behind.

"I did not write this to say that people who do not know much about computers need to be told what to do, or to assert that Windows is not a good OS for casual users, but rather to point out that Linux is a great choice for this," Author Sal Cangeloso writes.

Autopackage - The vendor neutral installer for Linux

Installing softwares was always a command line job in Linux. And many a times people have wondered why we can't have a installer like you have in windows for instance. Here is an article which describes about Autopackage, which is one such installer which makes installing softwares in Linux as much (if not more) easier than in windows.

Texas Instruments Accelerates Development of Digital Video Applications With First Products Based on DaVinci(TM) Technology

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 5:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
DaVinci Technology Enables OEMs to Implement Digital Video Without Codec or DSP Expertise

Ssc provides open source CMS to govt agencies

SSC provides open source Content Management System to government agencies The State Services Commission has made available to government agencies, both central and local, the open source code for a Government Web Guidelines compliant Content Management System.

Intel India Earmarks $1B For India

  • EarthWeb news; By Colin C. Haley (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 6, 2005 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Intel will invest more than $1 billion in India over the next five years to increase its presence in a country that continues to evolve into an economic powerhouse. The plan was announced by Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today.

Safari, Firefox use climbs

Safari has become the world's third most-used Web browser while Internet Explorer continues to lose its grip on the worldwide information superhighway.

New research from Web analysis firm Market Share shows Safari with 2.78 per cent of the market, up from 1.56 per cent in December 2004.

Building a Geocoding Web Service

  •; By Jason Gilmore (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 6, 2005 2:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In the previous installment of this four-part series regarding creating spatially enabled Web applications, you learned how to create a local datasource mapping mailing addresses to latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates using the Geo::Coder::US Perl package and the U.S Census Bureau's TIGER/Line data. In this final installment, you'll learn how to make this data available to the world through a Perl-based Web service. To demonstrate the service's capabilities, a PHP-driven client will pass a mailing address to the Web service, retrieve the spatial data made available through this Web service, and finally feed it to the Google Maps API to produce a map marking the location of the mailing address.

Red Hat, Fujitsu Expand Partnership To More Servers

Red Hat and Fujitsu are expanding their global partnership agreement, expanding applications to Primequest Intel Architecture servers to support Red Hat enterprise Linux.

Super Glue: Using Perl to Develop a Cheap Network Framework

  •; By Brad Lhotsky (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 6, 2005 1:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
To build something flexible and extendable, you're going to need to use a well-known integrated path to relay messages to the central server. Syslog-ng will handle that. You'll use a simple program in perl as a destination for some Snort messages relayed over syslog-ng. The perl program will use a PostgreSQL database to store the messages in a very custom fashion. You'll employ perl again in the frontend utilizing Mason to throw together a simple console to view messages. From the example in the article, a user should be able to incorporate other syslog enabled daemons into the security framework and begin correlating events systematically.

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