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Microsoft on warding off the Linux threat

Q&A: Microsoft's head of platform strategy denies that open source is a credible threat to the software giant's empire, and rules out porting MS Office to Linux

[So what do you think? I say we'll see MS Office on GNU/Linux by '08 or '09. If they're saying it ain't gonna happen, it's bound to happen soon. - dcparris]

Vmware Launches 64-bit Support For Virtual Infrastructure 3

As it faces new competition from Xen-based solutions, VMware updated its recently released platform to offer support for 64-bit operating systems and other tools and services to ease migration for its customers and partners.

Tibco Goes Open Source

October 4th, 2006: As of Monday this week, Tibco software has begun offering its General Interface Rich Internet Application (RIA) toolkit as open source.

[LXer applauds Tibco's decision. It is refreshing to see businesses decide to treat their users with some semblance of respect. - dcparris]

Manage Linux Hardware with udev

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Oct 4, 2006 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
In the olden days Linux administrators had a static /dev directory. It was inflexible and obese, containing 99% irrelevant entries, and we liked it that way. We didn't mind hassling with makedev and struggling with major and minor numbers to enter the devices we actually wanted, or manually deleting the 1,000 useless /dev entries, because Real System Administrators love doing things the hard way. It makes us feel close to our hardware. The best part of the job is spending years acquiring and hoarding arcane bits of knowledge, which are then passed on to eager, fresh-faced noobs with the magical incantation, "RTFM, luser."

NEC streamlines open source software

Japanese computer giant NEC will attempt to promote the use of open source software on its servers with a new testing and certification regime, it was announced today. The US$41bn a year corporation will cooperate with US-based open source services firm SpikeSource to protect its customers from potential incompatibilities between open source applications.

Dillo, a web browser project needs funding

It's been six years of Dillo project, but we need the core developers working full-time to make our tiny browser thrive. A web browser is too complex to be undertaken on a spare time basis, so we need your help and support.

Oh my Word

Microsoft Office Word is a candidate for the world's favourite program, provided you accept BA's use of "favourite" as a synonym for "ubiquitous" (me neither). One app may bind them all, but its users come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Here is the Reg's kut-out-and-keep guide.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 161:
Author and activist Cory Doctorow talks about Sci-Fi, Freedom and of course Linux
Configuring SIP phones in Asterisk
Dan moves down to Virginia
Our summary of the Ohio Linux Fest this past weekend
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Easy RSS Syndication with MagpieRSS

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Oct 4, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
MagpieRSS, affectionately known as Magpie, is an RSS and Atom parser for PHP. It allows you to display the newest articles from websites with RSS or Atom feeds on your own site. This is a great way to add new, fresh, and relevant information to your site. It parses RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, and has some support for RSS 2.0 as well as Atom 0.3.

Why Linux Will Dominate the Future of Servers

George Weiss, Gartner's open-source analyst, recently said that Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of Linux over the next five years. He's right. Microsoft will fall flat on its face all by itself, and Linux will pick up afterwards.

Device Profile: Infrant Repertoire media server

Infrant will soon ship a Linux-based storage device designed specially for serving up digital media files, including videos and music files. The Repertoire has no playback capabilities, but can store up to 3TB of media, and stream or transfer it using most common, standard, open protocols.

Philippine Linux Company Promotes Free Software By Offering Rental ...

Philippine-based Linux company GEN Automation Technologies does their share in promoting Free Software by providing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the options to avail of rental and lease-to-own servers running on Open Source software.

Stylesheets, better Gnome integration in QT 4.2

Taking a leaf out of the web world Trolltech today announced the release of QT 4.2 with CSS-like style sheet integration which the company is billing as making managing application look-and-feel significantly easier.

Review: Turbolinux 11 "Fuji"

Turbolinux has been around since 1992. Everyone knows about this commercial distro, but for some reason it never became as popular as SUSE or Mandriva. Turbolinux 11, code-named "Fuji," was released recently and I decided it was time to see if Turbolinux measures up to other Linux distros. The Fuji release has some interesting features, but I found the release to be a disappointment overall.

IBM price deal offered to Mercury and Borland users

IBM is making a play for customers troubled by the acquisition and spinout machinations of rivals Hewlett-Packard Co and Borland Software. IBM is today expected to announce it's offering IBM Rational Performance Tester along with 100 virtual tester licenses to organizations that purchase its Rational ClearQuest and Rational Functional Testing products, saving users up to $21,000.

Mulesource kicks off open source ESB support

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 4, 2006 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The creator of the open source Mule enterprise service bus has launched a new company called MuleSource to provide support for the integration technology, backed by $4m in Series A venture funding.

Fsm newsletter - 2nd of October 2006

The Free Software Magazine Newsletter for October 2nd 2006.

Slackware 11.0 is out.

From the Changelog: Sun Oct 1 23:50:53 CDT 2006 Slackware 11.0 is released. Thanks to everyone who helped out and made this release possible. If I forgot you in the ChangeLog, mea culpa, but you know who you are, and thanks. :-) Enjoy! -P.

Linux: Losing Bugs In Warnings

Jeff Garzik suggested that more recent versions of GCC have been getting more and more verbose, "the level of warnings in a kernel build has lately increased to the point where it is hiding bugs and otherwise making life difficult." He started a new"gccbug" branch in which he's been silencing bogus warning after verifying that they are indeed bogus, "the audit has already uncovered several minor bugs, lending credence to my theory that too many warnings hides bugs."

Mambo and Joomla: One year on

In August 2005 Mambo, one of open source's poster child content management systems (CMS), was involved in a bitter duel with its core developers, who forked the project to give birth to Joomla. Could the developers survive without the management? Could Mambo do without its developers? Surprisingly, both projects today are doing pretty well. Here's a look at the projects' history, developer relations, community-building, and future prospects.

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