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Insight: GNU Source Installer & Autopackage

  • skaznak; By Skaz (Posted by bstadil on Aug 8, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
I recently stumbled across a posting on NewsForge about a new (but usable) project. The aspect is simple: a GUI front-end to GNU source-based installations. Personally, I've never got a functional install of Gentoo or SourceMage or Sorcerer or any other source-based distribution, but I've still always been a fan of compiling my own software. It makes me feel more in control, and as kindof a geeky type, it makes me more proud to run that software.

IBM Offers Framework To Open Source World

  • InformationWeek (Posted by bstadil on Aug 8, 2005 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM said it will make its Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA) framework freely available to help make unstructured data more easily searchable--and findable. The technology will find its way onto the SourceForge open-source repository by the year's end, IBM said. The company already incorporates its UIMA implementation in WebSphere Information Integrator Omnifind Edition, WebSphere Portal Server and Lotus Workplace

Thinkfree Debuts $49 Microsoft-Compatible Office Suite for Linux

ThinkFree today announced the release of the Linux Edition of ThinkFree Office 3. The cross-platform, high-performance office suite offers the best compatibility with Microsoft® Office of any program to date for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh users.

Open season at Linux show

  • CNET (Posted by dave on Aug 8, 2005 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LinuxWorld is now a venue for all sorts of open-source wannabes and rubberneckers.

Sony claims Playstation 3 Linux & Tiger capable

  • Inquirer; By Aaron McKenna (Posted by tadelste on Aug 8, 2005 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SONY HAS stuck an interesting sentence into the very last line of a release that tells us the wonderful technological heights that the console will be able to aspire to. The company said: "The integrated Cell processor will be able to support a variety of operating systems (such as Linux or Apple's Tiger)."

Customizing FVWM

FVWM, the F Virtual Windows Manager, is a window manager for computers running the X Window System. While KDE and GNOME offer more features, they are also heavy on memory usage. FVWM is light and fast, and you can customize it to meet your needs, and apply these customizations throughout your organization.

Novell's OES provides ties between NetWare and Linux

  • Network World; By Tom Henderson (Posted by tadelste on Aug 8, 2005 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Based on our Clear Choice Test of OES, we think it's a major breakthrough in Novell's long-stated intention to marry its directory and administrative applications to Linux. OES layers a highly competitive directory service onto Linux, provides decidedly evolved administrative and management components and offers very good, egalitarian client support.

Linux fans to flock to Moscone

  • San Francisco Chronicle; By Dan Fost, Chronicle Staff Writer (Posted by tadelste on Aug 8, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than 11,000 people, fans of the Linux operating system and its penguin mascot, dive in to the annual LinuxWorld conference at Moscone West this week. The conference, featuring 180 companies, runs today through Thursday.

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; 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

  •; 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

  •; 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.

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