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Free software 'not anti-capitalist'

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Mar 15, 2006 10:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Eben Moglen, the legal counsel of the FSF, claims that free software is 'an immense pile of golden eggs' — and companies need to take care of the geese that lay them. Free software lawyer Eben Moglen has denied that free software is incompatible with capitalism, a claim that has been made by various companies, including Microsoft and SCO.

Get broadband wireless with Verizon EVDO and Linux

Evolution-Data Optimized (EVDO) is a wireless broadband service that offers throughput of up to a theoretical maximum of 2.4Mbps. Verizon's service, which provides the best EVDO coverage in the US can work with Linux with a little bit of tweaking.

A computer for Africa

Heat, dust, humidity and irregular power supplies take their toll on computers in Africa. A group from Nigeria working together with a UK firm, however, are hoping their solar-powered, solid-state PC will make computers more accessible and reliable for users in the developing world.

Red Hat 'Integrated Virtualization' Strategy Thinks Big

The Linux vendor has sweeping plans to simplify virtualization deployment for its customers on its RHEL platform.

Free software's white knight

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Mar 15, 2006 6:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
'I live in a world where software had freed me,' says Eben Moglen, explaining his commitment to software freedom

The price of Windows (v Linux)

  • British Industry; By John Dwyer (Posted by tadelste on Mar 15, 2006 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
The days are over when Microsoft could rely on being the only software platform in town. When Quocirca sifted through 8000 IT professionals’ responses to an online questionnaire last year, the UK consultancy discovered deep unease with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. In some respondents Microsoft inspired a near-psychotic depth of loathing.

First look: Fedora Core 5

The Fedora distribution is one of the most widely used GNU/Linux distributions. Although non-users sometimes dismiss it as too mainstream to be of interest, those familiar with it appreciate that it uses only free software and showcases the latest programs. Fedora Core 5 (FC5) is slated for release next week. .

Becta fails the open source test

Update: The government agency has been accused of excluding open source software from its educational software databases, despite highlighting the money that could be saved

Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance

  • HowtoForge; By Sangeetha Naik (Posted by falko on Mar 15, 2006 5:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Apache server performance can be improved by adding additional hardware resources such as RAM, faster CPU etc. But, most of the time, the same result can be achieved by custom configuration of the server. This article looks into getting maximum performance out of Apache with the existing hardware resources, specifically on the Linux systems.

Apache server performance can be improved by adding additional hardware resources such as RAM, faster CPU etc. But, most of the time, the same result can be achieved by custom configuration of the server. This article looks into getting maximum performance out of Apache with the existing hardware resources, specifically on the Linux systems.

http://www.howtoforge.com/configuring_apache_for_maximum_performance

[ED: Nice guide - HC]

Group launches project to develop 3D animated film about Cebu City

THE Cebu Animators Society for Talent (Cast) is inviting computer science students who are interested in three-dimensional (3D) animation to join its “challenging” project this year.

[Ed: University students using GNU/Linux and “Art of Illusion” to create 3D animations of city in Philipines.]

Five reasons why you should never use PostgreSQL. Ever.

Within the past two years, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft have all released freely available versions of their flagship database servers, a move that would have been unheard of just a few years ago. While their respective representatives would argue the move was made in order to better accommodate the needs of all users, it's fairly clear that continued pressure from open source alternatives such as MySQL and PostgreSQL have caused these database juggernauts to rethink their strategies within this increasingly competitive market.

While PostgreSQL's adoption rate continues to accelerate, why that rate isn't even steeper is somewhat puzzling given its impressive array of features. One can speculate ...

[ED: The points look like an attack, the content gives the facts (real, not the phony sort MS provides) - actual reasons to use these databases. - HC]

Google Hacker Firefox Extension : Advanced Dork

Known as Advanced Dork, this extension provides right-click access to Google’s Advanced Operators like intitle: inurl: intext: site: ext: and filetype.[ED: How can you not love that name! - SR] [ED: Note: The extension itself was created by CP, not Johnny Long as the article states. - SR]

Workplace ported to Linux, but IBM sticking to Windows

No, IBM is not going to replace Windows with Linux on its 300 000-odd desktops. But it has ported its groupware suite, Workplace, to the Linux operating system, according to Joe Ruthvern, IBM SA's Linux and OSS business development manager. He also tells us that about 15 000 IBM employees currently use Red Hat Linux in the company, and that it is available on the IBM intranet.

[ED: Not as positively worded as many here would like, however, were MS to insist on some restrictive conditions IBM might put more effort into making its work force see the advantages of moving to the Linux desktop. Your move MS. - HC]

Rpath Creates Malleable, Serviceable Linux Distribution

The great thing about open source software is that it is so malleable. In the Linux space, you can grab a kernel, and bunch of systems and applications software, and throw it all together and make your own personal distribution. But, ... then you have to support it yourself.

... best of both worlds. ... build your own Linux distribution, [add] systems and applications software stack, and punish someone else with ... testing it, and integrating it with your solution.

This is what the founders of rPath have imagined, and what its rPath Linux and rBuilder tool do.

[ED: Alas - I misread this, I thought it was mailable Linux - just think a positive use of SPAM. Aimed at Outlook, Windows Be Gone(r). Sorry got to go to the patent office - bbs - HC]

Unisys says open source to doom proprietary software

According to IT services provider, Unisys, open source software is set to have a similar impact on the marketplace as the internet did in the 1990s.

[ED: Nice, but will they being saying this next week when they remember their long lost love for all things MS? - HC]

Red Hat enters state of Xen

Races SuSE to slice the penguin

Can Vendors Control Open Source?

I am posting this, despite its cynicism regarding even the existence of an Open Source community. This is an opinion piece where even here, despite the view presented imagines a situation where a company officer pays to develop code that is not critical to its business nor even with the code it shares with others using common business software. All parties gain by its release as (free?) open source code.

I have seen companies make decisions based not upon the quality of the product, but upon their estimate of the likelyhood of the vendor surviving to service its needs. Hence, those that are just takers where whatever community existed shrinks to nearly nothing, later they too may suffer lack of competent support.

Old OEMs, New Linux Tricks?

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by tadelste on Mar 14, 2006 11:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Dell is very unlikely to ever support a desktop Linux until there's either a clear winner, or there's enough in common among the major popular distributions that Dell can support all of them without undue effort. (DesktopLinux)

Fujitsu Delivers PRIMERGY 8-Socket Blade Server Powerhouse for Greater Scale-up, Scale-out Data Center Flexibility

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 14, 2006 10:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PRIMERGY BX630 Featuring AMD Opteron Processors Offers Lower Power Consumption, Scales From 2 to 8 Processors

SCO Is an Open-Source SCAMP

SCO now has its own SCOServer twist on the LAMP stack. (Linux-Watch)

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