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Construction Material Giant Selects MySQL Network for Flexibility ...

The Lafarge group, a global leader in building materials, has selected the MySQL® database to operate the real-time management of the different sales and dispatch phases of its Aggregates & Concrete business. The system is already installed at over 100 quarries, with plans to service up to 250 production sites in Europe by the end of autumn 2006.

D-link to market unlocked Linux mobile phone

D-Link will market an unlocked, dual-mode WiFi and GSM/GPRS phone, according to an online publication based in New Zealand. The "V-Click" phone appears to be a rebranded Linux- and Qtopia-based phone design created by Taiwanese ODM (original design manufacturer) Wistron NeWeb Corp.

The Linux Action Show! reviews Enlightenment DR17 and Fedora Core 6 Preview

In their latest episode, the Linux Action Show goes hands-on with Fedora Core 6 Preview release, including running FC6 on Intel Mac hardware. Then kicks the tires of the Enlightenment DR17 window manager using the eLive live CD.

Louis Gutierrez Resigns: Deja Vu on Beacon Hill

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 4, 2006 11:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a case of deja vu that is becoming bad news for Massachusetts residents in particular, and ODF supporters in general, another Massachusetts CIO has resigned in protest. This time it is Peter Quinn's successor, State CIO Louis Gutierrez.

Qt 4.2 Released

Trolltech has announced the release of version 4.2 of Qt. The main features of this release are CSS-like desktop stylesheets, a new graphics view class, Qt/Mac look-and-feel improvements including the ability to host Carbon widgets inside Qt widgets and tighter cross-desktop integration. See the Qt 4.2 intro for a detailed list. The source can be downloaded for X11, Windows or Mac.

Ohio LinuxFest 2006 brings a record crowd

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 4, 2006 10:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than 1,000 people turned out on Saturday for the Ohio LinuxFest 2006 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The LinuxFest featured big-name speakers such as Jon 'maddog' Hall, Chris DiBona, and Jeff Waugh, and live penguins from the Columbus Zoo.

Red Hat hires ex-IBM channel exec

Linux seller hires Mark Enzweiler, a veteran of Lenovo and IBM, to be its vice president of North American channel sales.

Linux prominent at ESC Boston

Market research firm Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has published its annual re-cap of the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), held in Boston the week of Sept. 18. VDC's report highlights several announcements of potential interest to developers and companies in the embedded Linux market.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Making VoIP Calls Sound Good

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick2 on Oct 4, 2006 7:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The long-term solution is a better-quality Internet, with fatter backbone pipes and real QoS (quality of service.) We should see considerable improvement as IPv6 is implemented, because it offers genuine QoS, more efficient routing, and less reliance on NAT (network address translation). QoS in IPv4 is pretty much a joke; many routers don't support it, and even where it is supported, there are several competing, incompatible implementations. If your friendly neighborhood service provider offers real IPv6 service, hop aboard and start getting familiar with it.

Government Department goes for Open-Source Tech

The Companies Office, a unit of the Ministry of Economic Development, has launched a new website. What is special about the new website is that it is based on ‘Open Source’ software. It is only the third government department to do so but the first one of the “top five” Government sites in NZ (by number of visitors).

Seven Linux distros fight over one old ThinkPad

You might never read a more complete, detailed comparison of Linux distributions tested on one old ThinkPad than our own executive editor Rick Lehrbaum's new article published here at The comparison pits Freespire, Kubuntu, Linspire, Mandriva One, SimplyMEPIS, PCLinuxOS, and Xandros against each other.

Interviews from Ohio Linux Fest

The Linux Link Tech Show was in attendance at this year's Ohio Linux Fest this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
In cooperation with Aaron Newcomb of the source, the boys conducted several notable interviews with John "maddog" Hall, Jeff Waugh, Joe Born and Ted Haeger.
As always the files are free to download for your listening enjoyment:

Replacing init with Upstart

For years, most Linux distributions have been using an init daemon based on the one found in Unix System V. The init daemon is spawned by the kernel itself, and tasked with booting the rest of the system, starting all other processes, and taking care of them when they need to be stopped or when they die. While the System V init setup has worked well for Linux in the past, it hasn't aged well -- which is why we're replacing the aging init system with Upstart in Ubuntu 6.10, codenamed Edgy Eft.

Rallies protest against limits on digital copying

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Free software advocates rallied against certain limits on copying music and films on Tuesday in a global "Day against DRM" (Digital Rights Management), saying consumers are robbed of their fair-use rights as entertainment goes digital and online.

ApacheCon Announces Internationally Recognized Influencers and Power-Users

FOREST HILL, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 04, 2006 -- Speakers Include Luminaries from Accenture, the Apache Software Foundation, Apple Computer, CNN/Turner Digital Media, CollabNet, Covalent, eBay, E*Trade, Google, Grenoble University, IBM, IETF, Intel, IONA Technologies, LogicBlaze, MIT, Novell, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Ticketmaster, Virtuas, Yahoo!, and more.

Technalign releases Frontier Simply Linux, powered by MEPIS, with ...

Delta, CO, October 2, 2006: Technalign, Inc. has announced it has released a version of Frontier Simply to include a 1 gig USB drive at no additional cost for a limited time. The release is to promote the OnTheGo feature of the Frontier products. OnTheGo is a live CD or DVD and has an added benefit over other live distributions by allowing a user to take their desktop settings and data with them. OnTheGo is a powerful tool that allows individuals to use the product on another computer while using their primary settings. Files can be copied and shared between Windows, MAC and Linux systems.

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."

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