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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.

Explore the New Features of Eclipse V3.1

  • dW (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 8:48 PM EDT)
This tutorial demonstrates many of the new features found in the most recent release of Eclipse V3.1. You will find this tutorial useful if you're considering upgrading to V3.1 from a previous release, or if you're considering switching to Eclipse from another integrated development environment. It is also useful if you want to revise your code to take advantage of the latest iteration of the Java language, Java 2 Standard Edition V1.5, which adds a number of powerful constructs and conveniences to the Java programming language.

Last.fm makes Internet music social

Nowadays, the Web is all about being social. We have social bookmarking, social photo sharing, and social browsing. So it's not a big surprise that now we can also enjoy social music listening, courtesy of Last.fm.

To Annotate or Not to Annotate

We look at a new Java language feature and what you can do with it.

Puppy Linux's latest trick: v1.0.8

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 6:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Puppy Linux founder and chief developer Barry Kauler Wednesday released version 1.0.8 of the Puppy Linux mini distribution. The live-CD iso file, named puppy-1.0.8-mozilla.iso, weighs in at 61.5 MB. Also available is a multisession iso called puppy-multisession-1.0.8-mozilla.iso.

Here Comes Open Source Telecom

  • gigaom.com; By Om Malik (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

My latest Business 2.0 article, The Black Box That Would Conquer Telecom, just went online over at the CNN Money website. This is a story about a stealthy startup called Vyatta, that has build the world’s first commercial open-source router, and how open source is slowly moving its way into the telecom world. Vyatta’s first product, an enterprise class router that will compete with Cisco-medium to low end offerings is currently in beta testing with some customers is based on XORP or extensible open router platform and runs off on two Intel chips.

IBM and BI - I take it all back

  • Reg Developer; By Philip Howard (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Okay, I confess. I have been beating IBM up about how it needs to buy a BI player in order to be a credible player in the space, and it turns out that I got it all wrong, because IBM already owns a BI player. Well, actually, a bit of a BI vendor. A very small bit. And I’m not actually sure the information management people actually know about it but, nevertheless, IBM owns a very small (less than 5 per cent) portion of a New Zealand based company called Descisys.

Novell's AppArmor challenges SELinux

Picsel beats Macromedia to put Flash 7 onto mobile

But software giant unconcerned...

Rocky Mountain high for open source

The man behind Steamboat Springs' move to open source sees big gains for local governments.

Microsoft posts its EU response online

  • Techworld.com; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft decided to go public with its confidential filing, with some slight tweaks, because it has concerns about "the transparency of the process" and wanted to make the documents public.

[Ed: Public with some tweaks - is that embrace and extend? tadelste]

Sun fights UltraSparc sunset with Linux

Sun's recent move to promote Linux use on its UltraSparc architecture for servers may be a strategic play to keep the vendor's hardware line selling, but it could also be a more tactical or short-term move for users looking to build an enterprise data center platform.

Review of "The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques"

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (mozillaquest.com); By Aric Campling (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, Debian, GNU
MozillaQuest Magazine's (mozillaquest.com) Aric Campling’s review of Martin Krafft’s book, “The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques”, is thorough, in-depth, and comprehensive. It’s almost an introduction to Debian Linux and an explanation of why Debian is so popular. The review notes: “. . . this book will have something new in store for all but the most advanced Debian users . . . The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques can provide you with a wealth of knowledge to make any Debian task easier, more efficient, and relatively painless.”

Perl Gets Ported to z/OS UNIX Platform

Perl for zOS is a statically-linked, pre-compiled porting of the Perl (Version 5.8.7) scripting language to the z/OS UNIX platform with all known defects resolved. This new porting of Perl 5.8.7 provides a pre-built version of Perl with a dedicated support team to address new problems that may arise.

Calgary Linux User Group presents LinuxFest 2006

Once again CLUG takes a leadership role by bringing Linux and Open Source Software to the Community. Interested in presenting? Read on...

Scavengers line up to pick at Borland's developers

Software developers using Borland's soon-to-be dumped integrated development environments (IDEs) are being sized up by the competition. Sun Microsystems and REAL Software are working separately to persuade JBuilder and Delphi developers to switch to their application development tools.

Linux.com weekly security update - February 24, 2006

This week, security advisories included updates for several packages including GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG), pdfkit.framework, TUTOS, GPdf, Heimdal, GNU tar, OpenSSH, and more. Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, SUSE, and Ubuntu were among the vendors issuing advisories. Red Hat and FreeBSD did not issue security advisories this week.

Access Linux Platform action shots posted

Last week, we covered the official ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP)--aka Palm Linux--announcement at the 3GSM World Congress event.

PalmInfocenter now has some screenshots of ALP running on a device. ALP isn't planned to be released to manufacturers until later this year, but I think it is encouraging to see it at least running a couple Linux applications right now on an existing device--the Haier N60 phone being sold in China.

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