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Parallel Worlds: Open Source and Open Access

The parallels between open access – a movement to make research freely available online, rather than hidden in expensive journals - and open source are striking. For both, the ultimate wellspring is the Internet, and the new economics of sharing that it enabled.

A Cold Review of weblogs.com Creator's Latest Legal Battle

The programmer who did the hard work of porting weblogs.com from the Frontier environment to LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) just got a love letter... from his client, Dave Winer's, lawyer.

Free Culture



Daniel writes in a comment to Parallel Worlds: Open Source and Open Access about the FOSS movement. Characteristically, his articulation of the subject demonstrates a deep understanding many of wish we had.

Cheapening Linux

Whoever thought up the myth that more open source software made sense, didn't consider with what editors would have to content. Perhaps open source software lacks goodness. You could make an argument that many people have abused the term.

Dow Jones Indexes Selects IBM to Power Indexes and Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • WebWire; By No author listed (Posted by grouch on Mar 18, 2006 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: IBM
The system is designed to scale with both UNIX and Linux enterprise applications on demand. Dow Jones Electronic Publishing and an extensive IBM team worked closely to enhance Dow Jones application performance.

[Emphasis added.]

[ED: If you get kicks from finance and implicit Linux recognizition by the fat cats, then this is a must read. What's happening to the WSJ? Falling behind? - HC]

Business profile: Becoming a billionaire? That's not on my list...

Craigslist chief executive, Jim Buckmaster, aims to offer a public service, not add zeros to his bank balance

Craigslist only charges in three cities - asking for fees from companies placing recruitment adverts on its San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York sites. Is this business model sustainable? Buckmaster thinks so. Costs are kept low by using open source software such as Linux, which means there are no licensing costs to pay. The company doesn't want to employ many more staff.

Opinion: Top 10 reasons Linux pwns your OS

You've probably heard the talk and seen the articles from Linux enthusiasts on how virtually any Linux distro can run rings around Windows. To help clarify things, Scott M. Morris, the editor of Novell's CoolSolutions website, has complied all the key reasons in one handy, bookmarkable article.

Ps3 to ship with Linux, Sony confirms

Yes PS3 is delayed, but did you know: "Kutaragi additionally confirmed that the gaming console will ship with an upgradable 60GB hard drive pre-installed with Linux ..."? Moreover, should the PS3 once again out sell the X-box, this will be a visible trashing of Windows by Linux.

[ED: Hey Bomber, shift your troops to defend the silly flank -(I wonder what that means, terrorists or extraneous chatter caught by your N.S.A. at work?) - HC]

Troubled vendor targets SAP customers with Linux servers

Financially strapped Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) is targetting SAP customers planning to migrate off mainframe platforms with Linux-based servers.

[ED: Is there a more troubled vendor than SAP? Oh, it's a SAP site. Now I understand. - HC]

How To Avoid A Key Pitfall Of Voice and Data Convergence

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Mar 18, 2006 12:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Telephone reps love the new systems that combine computers with telephones. ISPs are hard at work convincing customers to disconnect their Old World telephone lines in favor of sophisticated combinations of voice and data. Phone companies are pushing their phone experience as proof that they're equally capable at protecting your data. And above all, everybody has the perfect bundle for *you.* No matter which pitch you swallow, Email Battles shows you the one line in the sand that you must not cross.

[ED: The skinny: keep the land line for now. My VoIP many times has better sound quality, but it is not uncommon to see daily network failures. Last big one was over 12 hours. - HC]

The Economist loses its marbles

The article in The Economist, Open, but not as usual, contains misrepresentations that appear to be designed to disparage open source and promote closed source.

[ED: Front page news, straight from my favorite Grouch - HC]

Ballmer: IBM in the crosshairs

The company has for years marketed its products to the tech elite within big companies. Now Microsoft is making concerted effort to speak the language of top executives.

[All this time I thought they avoided the "tech elite" to get the CEO to buy the latest viral-ware for the trickle-down effect]

Got Firefox? Library Link to Google Book Search Now Available

This very small piece from the Library Journal cites a story in Linux Journal. Start there, but be sure to click the link in the second paragraph that speaks about a Google add on for searching library collections, or for the impatient go there directly: by Brian Kenney also in the Library Journal.

Imagining the Maximum Net

Why the best model for building out infrastructure may be the Interstate Highway System.

[ED: I really like Doc, he thinks very differently than most keyboard pounders, however, this is a bad analogy for several reasons. Despite the unrequited American love of the automoble the freeways in what we humans view as hard reality must give way to paying more of the true costs. That is, think toll roads and limiting access - features that are neither necessary nor desireable for the internet. Time for many to really to think differently. - HC]

Creative Commons licence wins first legal challenge

In a landmark decision a Dutch court has ruled in favour of a Creative Commons licence in a case involving pictures published by MTV personality Adam Curry. The pictures were reproduced by a Dutch newspaper without Curry's permission.

[ED: This is just one of the reasons I dislike the proliferation of supposed variations of Open Source and Free licenses for software: it is just too easy to make a good faith error that hurts too many. - HC]

Log Analysis: Splunk Digs Deep, Displays Shallow

Splunk, Inc. has received plenty accolades lately, mostly as a result of its effort in making Splunk, its flagship product, available with an open source API. Splunk seeks to parse every log file within your IT infrastructure, and then correlates the data in a meaningful way. After it consumes tons of data, Splunk's Web interface makes it very easy to grok the root cause of most issues without having to manually peruse tons of separate log files.

Review: GNOME 2.14

The GNOME desktop has come a long way since a study sponsored by Sun Microsystems in 2001 raised usability issues. Since then, GNOME has learned to take usability seriously, developing its Human Interface Guidelines and making strong efforts to apply them more thoroughly with each release. The GNOME 2.14 release continues this tradition. Although few major innovations are visible to the user, the release includes another round of improvements in usability and the continued development of the desktop administration tools, as well as numerous small improvements in productivity software.

Linux.com weekly security advisory - March 17, 2006

This week, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu released security advisories. Among the affected packages were Cube, Freeciv, Bomberclone, kdegraphics, WebCalendar, FFmpeg, GnuPG, metamail, Curl, libextractor, Crossfire, Lurker, Zoo, and several other packages. Ubuntu released an important kernel upgrade that addresses several vulnerabilities. FreeBSD did not report any security updates this week.

My sysadmin toolbox

My list of tools is aimed at non-professional system administrators who manage Linux machines in a home or small-office network. On my network, I use a number of security-related programs that I usually run as cron jobs. None of the programs are mentioned in the Top 75 Security Tools list, but I like them because they are easy to install and configure, and they work well. I also have a few recovery tools that I use when a system is having problems.

Bash Passphrase Encryption

I wanted a quick and easy way to encrypt text for people that I didn't have public keys for. This allows for some security, and for easy decryption. For decrypting, my favorite method is to just copy the message to my clipboard and use KGpg to decrypt it. KGpg will ask you for the passphrase, and not require a public key to decrypt, just the correct passphrase will do.

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