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Open source software for educational ICT: JISC briefs universities

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 25, 2006 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Joint Information Systems Committee has issued a briefing paper to all colleges and universities in the UK to raise awareness of the issue of open source software. With almost every further and higher education institution in the UK making using of open source software, and with the European Commission and the UK Government giving their support to its development and deployment, it has become a central issue for institutional management of IT systems and services in education.

Free Linux handheld app stack to gain easier porting

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 25, 2006 9:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A free application environment for Linux-based handheld and mobile devices may support lots more devices in the future, including Linux mobile phones. The GPE (GPE palmtop environment) project is planning a "device abstraction" layer aimed at simplying new device ports, according to maintainer Florian Boor.

Open-source router firm looks to take on Cisco, Juniper

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 25, 2006 8:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Vyatta, an open-source router company, released the first beta version of its WAN router code this week, with the goal of becoming the networking equivalent of Linux or Firefox, but taking aim at Cisco instead of Microsoft.

High-security ARM9 SBC runs Debian Linux

Technologic Systems will ship a new ARM9- and FPGA-powered SBC (single-board computer) next quarter, targeting high-security applications such as gaming, building security, and network gateways/firewalls. The TS-7300 offers several intriguing security features, and is available now as a development kit featuring a bootable Debian SD card.

South Africa may migrate 14,000 Windows desktops to Linux

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 25, 2006 7:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The South African Revenue Service has issued an RFP (request for proposal) for Linux desktops to help the agency do its tax collecting, according to a report in the country's Mail & Guardian Online. A successful proof of concept could result in 14,000 Windows XP SP2 desktops migrating to Linux, the article said.

Mindawn music player now bundled with Mandriva 2006

The Kompany announced Thursday that its Linux-friendly Mindawn online music player is now bundled in Mandriva Linux 2006. This marks the first time a digital media download client has been bundled with any Linux distro, The Kompany president Shawn Gordon told

Free beta of Linux securityware

  • (Posted by tadelste on Feb 25, 2006 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Panda Software has announced a freely downloadable beta release of its anti-malware, firewall, and intrusion-prevention software for Linux. DesktopSecure also addresses buffer overflow and privilege escalation vulnerabilities, the company said.

Red Hat May Give Novell Run For Its Money

Friday, February 24, 2006: The upcoming version of Red Hat's Fedora Linux will include software that will give a tough time to the rival Novell project, but it will use a less intrusive mechanism, advocates say.

Why Ubuntu isn't for New Linux Users

I was getting a bit tired of saying the same things over and over to friends on the net. I was getting tired of repetitiously posting in forums the same sentiment over and over. Yet, just like getting a second wind in a long and tiring tiredness melts away and I find myself feeling refreshed and anew. What the subject of this rant has to say and what I have to say in the paragraphs below are NOT written to start a flame war. I am a user of Ubuntu and a strong supporter of all Debian based distros. Nay, this article is written to allow insight into where I believe Linux needs to go to succeed.

HP picks Red Hat for AdvancedTCA Blade Server

Hewlett-Packard has announced that it will certify Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 as the preferred operating system for its new AdvancedTCA Blade Server, which the company debuted last week at the 3GSM World Congress.

Microsoft and Officials in IBM's Linux Hot Tub

Microsoft doesn't seem to worry about missing a software release. They also haven't worried about paying off private anti-trust cases. But when they start posting exhibits on their web site in defense of legal rulings, then doubt, suspicion, or lack of confidence in future outcomes have become a preoccupation in Redmond.


Report: Collax Takes Appliance Approach to Push Linux into SMBs

In the early days of the Internet, a software appliance would have been called a "turnkey solution," so the idea is nothing new. But that hasn't stopped a number of Linux vendors from pushing their software appliance wares into the market, a move that is seeing some early signs of success. Brian Proffitt reports on one vendor that may have big things to offer SMBs

Struggles for Open Clip Art

  LXer Feature: 25-Feb-06

Success can bring travails for open source projects. A small crew cannot keep pace. The archive hasn't release a new image since October. So how will the Open Clip Art Library continue to provide new images for, KOffice and related apps?


New Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exam prep

Here's a series of well written IBM Linux tutorials to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification. The LPI prep tutorials help you prepare for the topics in LPI exam 201 and the topics in LPI exam 202.

Password protect your website in Apache webserver

Here is a very interesting tip on how to password protect ones website or a section of the website in apache webserver. The author takes the readers through all the finer details of setting up user authentication in ones website in this well written article.

Democracy debuts; 'TiVo for Web video'

  • Macworld; By Peter Cohen (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The Participatory Culture Foundation on Wednesday announced the launch of Democracy, an open source Internet TV system that the group describes as “TiVo for Web video.” The free player is available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.

Democracy combines Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, BitTorrent and video blog technology to enable users to subscribe to and watch full screen video on their computer. A built-in channel guide helps you navigate the content that is available.

Songbird media browser debut a crashing success

Songbird, an open source media player built on the Firefox browser engine, debuted this month to fanfare from a few blogs heralding it as the second coming of digital music. For a while on the day of its release it was such a popular download that it caused the servers hosting it to crash.

Sita tender winners named

Eight companies have been selected to be the suppliers of open source software and support services to the government and the State IT Agency over the next three years. News of the winners of potentially South Africa's most lucrative open source deal ends months of nail-biting for tenderers involved.

Linux distros for older hardware

Microsoft lately has been challenging Linux's suitability for older hardware, so it seems like a good time to look at Linux distributions that can run on older machines. I took six distributions for a test run on an old machine, and also tried software that turns old hardware into a thin client. The bottom line: Linux is still quite suitable for older hardware. It might not turn your aging PC into a powerhouse, but it will extend its lifespan considerably.

My sysadmin toolbox

I'm only an amateur systems administrator, but I'm also terribly lazy, so I do have a few good tools in my toolbox.

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