Hoping to appeal to as broad a technical audience as possible, Novell on Thursday released a new version of Suse Linux Professional at Cebit, in Hanover, Germany, that includes the 2.611 version of the kernel, the 2.0 version of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, and the Firefox 1.0 browser.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Far away from the usual open source software industry focus on code, freedom, and evangelism, the InnoTech conference and expo held here this week centered on the business of open source for business' sake. Sure there was talk about the advantages of Linux and open source technology, the ability to impact operating system-level functionality, and fighting unwarranted fears of a different model, but the heart of the conference was the beat of business -- cutting costs, driving value, and saving time and grief.
The Ubuntu team earlier today announced the release of the preview of the second Ubuntu Linux release: Ubuntu 5.04-preview (Hoary Hedgehog). Released includes X.org 6.8.2 and Gnome 2.10 - release just yesterday. Available as both an install and a live CD.
Novell announced the April release of SUSE Linux 9.3, the next version of its consumer Linux software, today at CeBIT. SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 will include a complete Linux operating system featuring a complete set of desktop applications and home networking capabilities. It is pitched as a reliable and secure alternative to Windows suitable for both experienced users and Linux newbies.
Release candidate builds of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.1 are now available. Like last month's Mozilla Firefox 1.0.1, this new version will just fix a few security and stability bugs; it's not a major update. Testers can download the release candidate from the latest-aviary1.0.1 directory on http://ftp.mozilla.org. Assuming no problems are found, the final version of Thunderbird 1.0.1 will come out within a day or two.
JPGraph is a set of programs written in PHP that plots data into a wide range of graphs and formats the results. Licensed under the Trolltech QPL License, JPGraph is now at Version 1.17. Whatever your data, JPGraph can help you to view it graphically, letting you to see relations in more clearly. Such data visualization may not be important to a computer, but, to a person, it can make a lot of difference to analysis.
Some like it hot and fancy. Not Tux. He likes it cold and cheap. Take the iPod for example. That's hot. Everyone is talking about it, it's selling by the millions, and it has given the major record labels a little breathing room because it encourages music sales. But Tux finds it boring. It doesn't really help Tux in his quest for global domination.
The presence of Linux-based appliances for IT is growing more and more. But the work to produce such devices has also kept growing, keeping potential appliance-based solutions off the market entirely. But one new company has a strong solution: develop most of the appliance platform ahead of time, leaving only the specialized code to the appliance maker.
But where does a $96 billion behemoth find rapid growth? For IBM, the answer lies in emerging markets around the world and among midsize companies. That's why winning over developers and application providers is a critical goal for IBM's software chief, Steve Mills. The senior vice president and group executive recently spoke with CNET News.com about the company's strategy and weighed in on what he thinks is wrong with the Java community process.
In these days of always-on Internet connections, a firewall that protects your network from unauthorized access is indispensable. Though most home routers have some sort of basic firewall capabilities, their rules for incoming and outgoing traffic are often basic and arbitrary. An alternative is to run a Linux-based firewall on old hardware, but configuring this sort of setup is generally not easy. An exception is SmoothWall, a free application you can install on any old machine to convert it to a dedicated hardware firewall. SmoothWall has a friendly interface and more configuration options than standard hardware firewalls.
TimeSys® Corporation, a leader in embedded Linux® technologies and development tools, today announced an alliance with MIPS Technologies to make the latest MIPS® architecture and core optimizations running on the Malta reference platform available in fully commercialized 2.6-based Linux distributions from TimeSys. In this alliance, MIPS Technologies will join the TimeSys OnBoard Program(tm), the embedded Linux industry's only comprehensive program for hosting, certifying, distributing and supporting commercialized custom Linux distributions.
Freescale Joins TimeSys OnBoard Program to Provide Comprehensive Commercial Source for Embedded Linux on Freescale PowerPC Processors
Jaluna has partnered with Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics, on a combined Nucleus/Linux offering that the companies claim allows real-time Nucleus applications to run side-by-side with Linux applications on the same system, without additional hardware, and without requiring changes to the applications.
Doc Searls, senior editor of Linux Journal... Also, Ipod vs IRiver
This is the easiest way to get all of the fresh releases of IBM middleware for Linux. Take a look at what you get:
I think Firefox is the best browser on the planet, but it's not going to stay that way long unless the team behind it gets their act together sooner rather than later.
Greg KH and Chris Wright continue to finalize how the -stable Linux kernel tree will work in an email Greg described as, "everything you ever wanted to know about Linux 2.6 -stable releases."
Wind River has proposed an expansion to make the Eclipse project for open-source programming tools more useful in the domain of embedded computing, which includes devices such as elevators, video recorders and car navigation systems.
While it has carried job listings on its site in some form since 2001, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) launched a newly revived "Jobs in Free Software" page last month to match employers who are committed to the ideals of free software with like-minded job seekers.
NVu, an HTML editor now in beta release, has the potential to be the next great WYSIWYG HTML editor.