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Ubuntu Linux, Dapper Drake Flight 7 - How Linux is getting very ...

So all in all the Ubuntu beta is ahead of Vista right now. I'm excited to see where both of these systems go in the next year. Since I didn't play with it for very long I may have missed a few items, and if you're an Ubuntu expert please feel free to put me on the right path in our comments.

Delivering data security

When it comes to security, many IT managers must wonder where to begin: barely a week goes by, it seems, without a new threat emerging. A recent threat IT managers were warned to beware of was the taxicab.

[Yes, that is taxicab. -- grouch]

Greenplum Hires Kirkwood to Advance PostgreSQL's Capabilities ...

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by grouch on May 21, 2006 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Greenplum, sponsor of, the project that is making PostgreSQL the world's most robust open source database for business intelligence (BI), has announced that it has hired Mark Kirkwood, a PostgreSQL contributor and deep database technologist. Kirkwood will focus full-time on advancing PostgreSQL capabilities for BI and data warehousing through the project.

Presentations and Announcements Abound Gelato ICE: Itanium(r) Conference & Expo

Over 200 scientists, developers, and engineers convened from all around the globe for the April 2006 Gelato ICE: Itanium® Conference & Expo.

Automate Linux installation and recovery with SystemImager

  •; By Paul Virijevich (Posted by grouch on May 21, 2006 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Installing and recovering systems is one of the most time-consuming tasks for any IT department. Imaging software, commercial and open source, creates compressed images of a client's hard drive data and stores them on a central server. These images can then be used to restore systems or roll out new ones. One useful open source imaging applications is SystemImager.

Webswell Inc. Enters European Market with its Open-source ebXML ...

  • (press release) (Posted by grouch on May 21, 2006 6:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Webswell Inc. expands into European market, opening its first European office, located in Prague, Czech Republic.

The primary purpose of new office is to help European small and medium sized companies (SME) to build B2B and integration solutions utilizing ebXML standards, while minimizing the cost by using completely free, open-source software products. The new office will also serve as a software development center for both American and European sites.

Official German Ubuntu Boxed Set From Open Source Press

Canonical and Open Source Press GmbH have collaborated on the delivery of a full boxed set of the upcoming Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Available in German, it will be sold in book stores for EUR 49.95. relaunches using Drupal officially relaunches using Drupal, a great and extensible piece of Free Software for web development. This is a brief description of ideas behind and about it's new state.

vi survival guide

This is a comprehensive guide to "survival" in using a famous text editor vi, written in vi itself.

Banshee -- the next best thing to Linux iTunes

"I want an audio player that will do everything that Apple's iTunes does -- including working with my iPod -- and do it natively on Linux," Vaughan-Nichols writes.

Microsoft: Open source 'not reliable or dependable'

Software giant says open source mainly of interest to local community projects, lacks benefits of a commercial model.

[There is more to it than the trolling title. Check the links. -- grouch]

Javaone 2006: OpenLogic Adds Geronimo to Open Source Library

  • SYS-CON Media; By Staff (Posted by grouch on May 21, 2006 3:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
OpenLogic, Inc., has announced that Geronimo 1.1 will be added to the OpenLogic certified open source library. In addition, OpenLogic has reached a partnership agreement with Virtuas Open Source Solutions for Geronimo Support Services whereby Virtuas has been added to the OpenLogic Expert Community as an Expert Partner.

Red Hat Magazine | May 2006

There's lots of talk about design thinking in business these days. We can't help but look at the collaborative efforts being spawned by this movement and see similarities to open source principles: Transparent process. Rapid prototyping. Creative thinking. We offer our own unique spin on the theory and several examples of design thinking in and outside of Red Hat. Also, don't miss our look at open source podcasting, a pair of Nashville pieces to prepare us for the Summit, and a preview of a new blogging tool called Lyceum.

Red Hat, Intel sponsor carrier-grade webinar

Ziff Davis Internet will host an interactive "e-seminar" entitled "The Carrier Grade Alternative: Open Platforms Challenge Proprietary for Telecommunications Infrastructure." Sponsored by Red Hat and Intel, the hour-long event is set for May 31, at 12PM EDT/9AM PDT.

Managing Your Services Business with Open Source Software

  • Cybersource; By Con Zymaris (Posted by conz on May 21, 2006 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Modern businesses are quickly recognizing the need to make intelligent use of information throughout the organization to better address support issues and other business problems. An open source professional services automation solution can help track and manage customer requests, problems, complaints, tasks and any other projects that need to be tracked, along with the billing and expenses related to those activities.

The CVS cop-out and the stranded user

One of my biggest pet peeves with open source software is what I call the CVS cop-out. It works like this: I criticize (accurately) some shortcoming of an open source application either in an article or in conversation, and someone responds with, "That's not true! That feature was fixed in CVS four weeks ago!"

OpenVZ User Community Enthusiastic About Operating System Virtualization Project

The OpenVZ worldwide user community reports positive feedback on the operating system virtualization project, including those who prefer OpenVZ ( over their experience with other open source virtualization initiatives.

FreeCast traverses NAT

FreeCast 20060515 brings new major features like NAT traversal and embedded Ogg Vorbis encoder.

AUSTRUMI 1.2.0 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch states The AUSTRUMI mini live CD has been updated to version 1.2.0 - now with a surprise switch to Enlightenment 17 as its window manager. From the changelog: Removed OpenBox and added Enlightenment; updated AbiWord, Bash, Firefox, Linphone, nmap, OpenSSH, OpenSSL, SDL, XMail; added d4x - downloader for X; added DECO - a visual interface for the UNIX operating system; removed e3, fbpanel, MySQL; updated kernel to OSDir has some great shots of AUSTRUMI in the AUSTRUMI 1.2.0 Screenshot Tour.

Issue 12 of Free Software Magazine is out!

  • Free Software Magazine; By Free Software Magazine (Posted by fsmdave on May 20, 2006 8:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux; Story Type: News Story
What's inside Issue 12 of Free Software Magazine...

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