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CLI Magic: Simple backup is Mirdir

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 20, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week is all about simplicity. Mirdir provides a quick and easy way to make an ad hoc backup of important data. With it you can copy a file or directories to your keydisk, or save redundant copies of data you can't afford to lose. It tries to do only one thing, and do it well: mirror a directory.

Experts Dispute Effectiveness of Open-Source Patent Pools

Florian Mueller, the founder of the campaign that successfully opposed a European patent bill this year, believes that "those announcements by the OIN and the OSDL grossly overstate the effectiveness of those partially ill-conceived approaches. By misleading people they don't put us any closer to a real solution, but even further away from one."

Linux advocate calls for Apple to destroy Microsoft by selling Mac ...

"I'm a Linux advocate. I always want Linux to win. But, I refuse to lie to myself when it comes to Apple's potential with Mac OS X," Tom Adelstein writes for "OS X for Intel would change the PC landscape like no other operating system has or could. Apple should open-source their operating system, port to Aqua and bundle it for Intel PC's. Offer it for $199 for a home edition and $299 for a professional edition and the world will say goodbye to Windows for good."

[Ed: This is MacDailyNews' take on Adelstein's article.

Medsphere Names Renowned Healthcare Leader as CEO

ALISO VIEJO, California, Nov. 9, 2005 - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading commercial provider of open source information technology solutions for the healthcare industry, announced today that Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, will be expanding his role by assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer, in addition to his current position as Chairman of the Board, effective December 1, 2005. As CEO, Kizer will leverage his more than 25 years of experience in healthcare to focus and direct Medsphere's rapid growth in the healthcare IT sector. Former CEO Larry Augustin will continue to assist Medsphere as a board member and strategic advisor to the company.

People Behind KDE: Christoph Cullmann

This man maintains KDE's text editor Kate and the associated KTextEditor interface. He also keeps three cats and disappears from his girlfriend for a week each year in the name of KDE.

What Happened to Open Source at Tunis?

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 20, 2005 8:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
How can 19,000 people spend a week in the desert talking about "bridging the Digital Divide" between the First World and the Third World and have nothing to say about open source?

Paris accelerates move to open source

  • Computerworld Australia; By Peter Sayer (Posted by dcparris on Nov 20, 2005 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
The city of Paris is accelerating its move to free and open-source software as part of a strategy to reduce its dependence on suppliers. It plans to replace more of its server software with free and open-source alternatives, and to install open-source applications on desktops, city officials said last week.

[Ed: After learning of Munich's slow-down, it's certainly good to see Paris is not merely speeding up, but also contributing to the community. - dcparris]

Linuxworld Magazine -- Open Source Business Models Examined

  • SYS-CON Media; By Paul Sterne; Nicholas Herring (Posted by tadelste on Nov 20, 2005 6:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
At LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, it occurred to me that I had overlooked a very important Open Source business model, the Membership Model. Confronted by a keynote speech by Stuart Cohen, the leader of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) (, it became clear that I had jumped into the Advertising and Conversion Models too quickly and had to back up and deal with the membership phenomenon.

10 things you should know about every Linux installation

Linux is not Windows, and although there are some similarities, you must realise that there may be a few "new ways of doing things" to learn before you can be comfortable in Linux. Linux is an open-source clone of UNIX, a secure operating system (OS) that predates DOS and Windows and is designed for multiple users. The items in the following list generally apply to any UNIX-based *nix system, such as Linux and the various BSD's. For the purposes of this article, assume that it's all Linux.

Wsis - Some open-source boosters see missed chance

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by bstadil on Nov 20, 2005 5:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Advocates of free software and open-source software were neither protesting nor dancing in the halls of the Kram conference and exhibition center at the Internet summit in Tunis. A few critics, including Richard Stallman, questioned why they even came

Skype to make U.S. retail debut

  • CNet News; By Greg Sandoval (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 20, 2005 4:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Net telephone service Skype Technologies is set to make its first appearance in a U.S. retail store.

Altair Engineering's PBS Professional(TM) to Be Released for IBM(R) Blue Gene(R) Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 20, 2005 3:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Highly scalable solution will manage computational workloads for massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers

Over 40% of Open Source Developers Fix Bugs in Under 8 hours

  • IT News Online (Posted by bstadil on Nov 20, 2005 2:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to a survey by Evans Data Corp., open source software (OSS) developers find and fix software bugs quickly, with 17% of them being able to find and repair severe bugs in less than four business hours on average.

Red Hat Desktop 4

Red Hat Desktop is such a business-orientated Linux distribution that it's only available in bundles of 10 licences, along with a Linux server and online management from Red Hat. Buy 50 desktops and you get the online management in your building, run on its own server. The operating system is 'closed down' and applications and IT staff can be certified -- an approach that's either 'lock-in' or 'making a business-grade Linux' according to your viewpoint.


  •; By Robert X. Cringely (Posted by Abe on Nov 20, 2005 12:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Sam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did Play to your strengths. That's the key to success in any industry. This is the week I promised to explain where I think Google is headed, and playing to the company's strengths is key if they are going to do what I think, which is effectively take over the Internet. Oh they won't steal it or strong-arm us. They'll seduce us into giving it to them. And I am not at all sure that's a bad thing.

Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.15-rc2

  • Linux Today; By Linus Torvalds (Posted by tadelste on Nov 20, 2005 11:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel

There it is (or will soon be - the tar-ball and patches are still uploading, and mirroring can obviously take some time after that).

It's slightly bigger than I'd like, but that's partly because I had (once more) missed a merge that was actually sent in well before the -rc1 cut-off, so the x86-64 merge is from there and was delayed due to yours truly, not Andi Kleen.

Apart from the x86-64 merge and various fixups, I've let MIPS, PARISC and PowerPC merge up some more.

The shortlog speaks for itself.


Novell hosts seminar on Linux and Identity Management solutions

Novell, aiming at creating Linux and IDM (Identity Management Solutions) awareness, held a seminar in Bahrain at Movenpick on November 14'th along with its GOLD partner Al Faris technologies.

Akiva turns to open source software

Software development company Akiva has been around since 1999, creating proprietary collaboration software for companies that rely on instant messaging, video conferencing, and email to create an idea-sharing atmosphere for employees. But after prompting from some of its largest customers, such as Cisco, Qualcomm, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Akiva began to discover the value of open source. Now, the company is so sure that open source software is the future of IT, it is 100% committed to developing and using open collaboration software and nurturing a community around it.

Linux News says Mac OS X could destroy Microsoft

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 20, 2005 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-20-2005

Apple can alter its business plan slightly and become the well-liked dominant force in the technology market. Everything Apple needs sits right in front of them for the taking. We're just sitting here waiting to restart global innovation and take the PC to the next step.

PC stolen from Boeing packed with employees' personal data

  • Seattle Times; By David Bowermaster, Dominic Gates and Melissa Allison (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 20, 2005 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From the Dept. of Duh:

Highly sensitive personal data on 161,000 current and former Boeing workers are missing after the theft of a company personal computer...."What's a guy doing with that amount of data on a laptop?"

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