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Is Microsoft cozying up to the OSDL?

The craziest rumor I've heard in a long time was circulating last week: Microsoft was going to cooperate with the Open Source Development Lab to port Microsoft services, utilities, and applications to the Linux platform.

'The future is open source'

That's the view of many top players in the industry, as they explained at a Stanford conference yesterday

Ottawa Linux Symposium, Day 2

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 22, 2005 4:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The second sitting of the 7th session of the Ottawa Linux Symposium saw several interesting, highly technical discussions. Here are my reports on Trusted Computing, the ext3 filesystem, the e1000 network driver, and SELinux.

My workstation OS: ELX Biz Desktop 4.0

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 22, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For years, I have been searching for a Linux distribution that would be functional immediately upon the installation, and include installed DivX and DVD support. Unexpectedly, I discovered such an operating system in India's ELX Biz Desktop.

Synaq adds open source VoIP to service line-up

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 7:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A successful two month pilot at call centre prompts Linux service provider to add Asterisk voice over IP services to its product line-up.

Novell offers IBM mainframe customers flexible way to extend Linux to eServer architectures

Novell has announced a SUSE Linux pricing package that will simplify Linux procurement and licence management for IBM mainframe customers seeking to flexibly extend the use of Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 across additional eServer architectures.

[African] Standard Bank ‘still backs open source'

Standard Bank says a more than R100 million licensing agreement with Microsoft does not mean the bank no longer supports open source. Yesterday the bank announced it had signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft SA for the upgrade of its 42 000 platforms over the next three-and-a-half years, with Dimension Data being appointed large account reseller to assist with the licensing and administration of Microsoft products at Standard Bank.

Linux Goes Global

Serious Linux deployments are popping up all over, from German insurers to Chinese banks.

Device Profile: ThinLinx Hot-E thin client device

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ThinLinx has launched a line of Linux-based thin-clients that access Ubuntu Linux desktops and commercial Linux applications hosted on ThinLinx's grid network. The Hot-E initially offers Firefox database, Compiere and OpenCRX ERP/CRM software, E-GroupWare, and LinuxCanada POS/accounting software. It uses caching X proxies from NoMachine to improve performance.

Red Hat partners with GT Computer, Rajasthan

Leading open source provider and Linux Solutions, Red Hat today announced its partnership with Rajasthan based GT Computer Hardware Engineering College as part of expanding its partner ecosystem in the country. With this partnership, Red Hat said its complete range of Training and Certification programmes would be available to students in six different states where GT Computer has its presence.

Hacking the Linux 2.6 kernel, Part 1

In this first of a two-part series, learn about system and environment requirements, the best ways to acquire Linux source code, how to configure and boot your new kernel, and how to use the printk function to print messages during bootup.

Mistika HD 2.0 for Linux to be demo'd at IBC 2005

  • Digital Video Editing (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mistika is a complete post production system incorporating editing, compositing and effects, with more than a decade of development behind it. It uses industry standard Linux workstations and storage to deliver an ultra high-end solution at a very competitive price. A big appeal of Mistika lies in its productivity, derived from its unique artist friendly workflow and speed of operation, making it ideal for client attended suites.

Ugandan Linux guide to be used at Cape access points

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A free beginners guide to Linux produced by the Uganda Martyrs University is to be translated into three South African languages and distributed in the Western Cape.

Farris: What CIOs should know about the open source revolution

CIOs can gain competitive advantages by taking part in the open source revolution, a movement that will shake up the power structure of the IT world, said Julie Hanna Farris, the founder of Scalix. Farris explains why open source is not a fad and how it will benefit the business world.

No let-up in Microsoft-Linux war

The continued commercialisation of Linux is helping Microsoft defend its Windows patch against the rising tide of open source, claims the head of Redmond’s competitive strategy efforts.

XYNTService open source admin tool for Windows

Running a background process on the Windows platform requires running a Windows Service. To run a Windows Service, you must have an application that is Windows Service aware. A Bash script is not Windows Service aware and neither are many console applications. Converting those applications into a Windows Service is not feasible. Without any additional applications, it's complicated to run a console application as a service. Microsoft distributes with its Resource Toolkit an application that converts a console program into a Windows Service. Unfortunately, the Resource Toolkit is not available free. A solution that is free, however, is the XYNTService open source application, which allows an administrator to define a console program and its options to execute. The XYNTService application is a Windows Service that reads a configuration file to know which applications to run.

VC Money Continues To Flow To Open Source

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
JasperSoft pulls in $8 million in funding a day after ActiveGrid Inc. attracts $10 million in venture capital.

Open-source maneuvers

A new Java undertaking gets some Big Blue backing, while a Microsoft exec calls the open-source architecture "brittle."

Tutorial: WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 4

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An avalanche of content will soon appear in the palm of your hand. Tiny screens are showing up everywhere in PDAs and cell phones. Many are equipped with some form of network device and a browser, so it's not hard to see what's coming down the pike. Rob Reilly shows how LAMP can be configured to deliver the best content for handheld browsers.

Ottawa Linux Symposium, 2005: first day

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Jul 21, 2005 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've finished the first day of the Ottawa Linux Symposium, and already feel I've had enough conference to last a long while. The last time I got to an OLS was four years ago. In the intervening time they've grown a great deal, learned a lot, and become even more professional. Some 800 attendees from 37 countries are here.

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