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Linux in Government: Essential IT Knowledge for Third World and Developing Countries

Sometimes and usually in the rarest of instances, experience converges at the least-expected moment to form an important insight. Abraham Maslow would call this a peak experience or a moment in life that takes us beyond our ordinary perceptions, thoughts and feelings. I thought I had spotted such a moment in an article I read by Doc Searls. So, I called him and asked him about the following quote, which he said surfaced while on-stage giving a presentation:

LinuxWorld outgrows original outfit

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Aug 8, 2005 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The confab's not just for Linux anymore. Instead, the open-source operating system acts as a focus that draws a certain desirable audience.

OSDL chief speaks about layoffs, Bitkeeper, and SCO

Linux developers with the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) are getting back to full speed after last spring's interruption to kernel development from the BitKeeper affair, and the organization is shifting gears to focus on intellectual property and European growth, leaving behind the SCO suits against Linux users and providers, which are now "dead," OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen says.

Red Hat To Unveil Certificate System

Red Hat plans to debut its Red Hat Certificate System at LinuxWorld this week as part of a broader strategy to build out a robust security platform. The RH server, based on assets that Red Hat acquired in September from America Online’s Netscape Security Solutions arm, will manage user identities and offer strong authentication, single sign-on and token management using X.509 certificates, LDAP and PKI security technologies

Oscon 2005 Day 5: What every open source project should know about ...

Jason Schultz's "What every open source project should know about patents" was the last session I got to attend at this year's OSCON, and I'm really glad I did. Even though I knew the most crucial things about patents, there were a number of things that Jason managed to clue me in on

Microsoft paid ally named E.U. ambassador

A longtime Microsoft ally whose organization has been on the software maker's payroll is now President Bush's pick to be the U.S. representative to the European Union. Bush this week named C. Boyden Gray, a Washington lawyer, to the post -- which comes as the European antitrust bureaucracy is embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with Microsoft (including a 497 million euro fine). Gray's nomination, which has the rank of ambassador, requires Senate confirmation.

Qt, the GPL, Business and Freedom

  • Open for Business!; By Eric Laffoon (Posted by Abe on Aug 7, 2005 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, KDE
Eric Laffoon, the project lead for KDE's Kdewebdev module, takes exception to Butler's arguments and makes the case for his view on the issue of Qt, below.

A Free Culture Manifesto Via The Internet

  • WebProNews; By Ross Mayfield (Posted by tadelste on Aug 7, 2005 6:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The idea for this list comes from Hilbert's problems. In 1900s Mathematician David Hilbert posed 23 problems, 10 were announced at a conference, the full list published later, very influential. He notes that all of these things were obvious, suggested or proposed by others.

Linux 2005: Day 3 Round Up

  • Pingwales; By David Chisnall (Posted by bstadil on Aug 6, 2005 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Day three of Linux 2005 began with a long introduction to Xen 3, presented by Ian Pratt from the University of Cambridge. Xen is a virtual machine monitor. The concept of a virtual machine comes from the realisation that most computers only use a fraction of their CPU most of the time. If you could partition the resources of a single machine and allow it to pretend to be two or more systems, then this would be more efficient

Securing Residential Wireless LAN networks with VPN overlay

The security of WLAN networks has been a major concern that is impeding their widespread use. The methods for securing the network like WEP and WPA have been shown to be vulnerable if the the encryption keys chosen is weak. The use of VPN overlay in WLAN networks can provide an additional layer of encryption and dramatically enhance the security of the network. Presented below is a review of my experiences implementing VPN overlay over a WLAN network using SuSE Linux as the server as well as the client platform.

Novell Claims Linux Lead in China

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Aug 6, 2005 11:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Basing its claim on data from IDC's China Linux Market Analysis, 1H2005, Novell leads the Chinese Linux industry in revenue with a 32.9 percent market share, as well as in units shipped at 30 percent. "Novell grew faster than the market average in the first half of 2005," said Nielse Jiang, market analyst at IDC China, in a statement.

Kept Alive by Linux

  • internetnews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 6, 2005 9:39 AM EDT)
Beloved old technologies don't die. They go open source. For some reason the open source model has enabled dead and dying technologies to stay alive long after commercial interests left them to rot. The names of once popular but now ancient technologies, such as Gopher, DecNet, Amiga and even the Atari 2600 -- the granddaddy of all video game systems -- still live in the hearts, minds and source code of open source developers.

Debian Common Core Alliance Gets Ready for Its Grand Unveiling

The DCCA (Debian Common Core Alliance) is an apt name. Sources within the Alliance said that "there will be a single set of packages, bit-identical to Debian Sarge in most if not all cases, that the participating distributions will share." "So, there will be a tangible Debian Common Core that you can download, that you can base a distribution on, and that you can certify to if you are an ISV[independent software vendor] or an IHV [independent hardware vendor]."

Is Linux more than an operating system?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 6, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Recently our LUG mailing list experienced a significant quantity of messages which many participants considered to be off topic. During the several days of exchanges, one person voiced the opinion that to him Linux has always been as much about the free exchange of ideas as it being a developing operating system. There are reasonable arguments both ways.

Open-source apps becoming more enterprise IT friendly

  • ComputerWorld; By Todd R. Weiss (Posted by tadelste on Aug 6, 2005 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here at the seventh annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention this week, many open-source companies have been touting enterprise applications that offer alternatives to proprietary software for a wide ranges of uses, including business intelligence, customer relationship management and content management.

Business Trumps Technology at LinuxWorld

Analysis: This summer's LinuxWorld will feature more in the way of wheeling and dealing than technical breakthroughs and changes.

Getting the Most from Your IT Training Dollars

In the United States, traditional bastions of learning such as colleges and universities are limited in the education they can provide by the expertise of the professors they have on staff and by the hardware and software that they have available for laboratories. While most university lab technology is based onopen source, Latest News about open source Linux, Latest News about Linux and Unix -- popular elements of today"s corporate I.T. landscape -- courses centered upon systems integration, Latest News about integration legacy system knowledge, and detailed network management are frequently missing. What can you do to train your workforce?

Getting Started With Firefox

  • websearch.about.com; By Wendy Boswell (Posted by tadelste on Aug 5, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What is Firefox? Straight from the horse's mouth: "Firefox is a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X and is based on the Mozilla codebase. It is small, fast and easy to use, and offers many advantages over Internet Explorer, such as the ability to block pop-up windows."

University opens free software lab for students

  • Tectonic; By Alastair Otter (Posted by tadelste on Aug 5, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The University of the Western Cape launches GNU/Linux laboratory to raise awareness of free software and increase its use in teaching and learning. Laboratory will be used to showcase the latest free software applications and prove "quality can be built on freedom".

Commerce Dept. Signs up For Red Hat

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Aug 5, 2005 1:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) is buying $8 million worth of Red Hat's Linux software and services. The deal was awarded through Red Hat reseller DLT Solutions, which has been a Red Hat partner since 2000. The DoC signed a "Blanket Purchase Agreement" (BPA) with Herndon, Va.-based DLT Solutions for Red Hat software and services to be obtained from June 1, 2005, to May 31, 2008, and "is not to exceed $8 million." Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Global File System and Red Hat Network products and services are all part of the deal.

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