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VIA's open source approach questioned again

Motherboard and chipset maker VIA is again taking some heat over its open source efforts that, according to one open source developer, now "instigate" violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Novell talks migration and Microsoft

Linux Format has an interview with Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, the director of Linux and OSS marketing at Novell. Greg discusses whether or not any company can become the 'Microsoft of Linux', and explains how the company's internal migration to Linux on the desktop is progressing.

Using Mini-ITX for embedded computing

  •; By Roland Groeneveld (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 12, 2006 1:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This article summarizes the appearance, evolution, and current state of Mini-ITX as a form-factor for embedded applications. It was written by Roland Groeneveld, who founded Logic Supply, a PC board and parts distributor specializing in Mini-ITX.

FreeBSD vows to compete with desktop Linux

Unix descendent soon to match Linux on features, with GNOME desktop support expected this year, according to a core developer.

India lays down 'open' challenge

After his first trip to India, regular columnist Bill Thompson looks forward to the end of western domination of the free software community

Start-up targets Exchange customers

Messaging vendor PostPath emerged from stealth mode last week, saying it plans to ship a Linux-based replacement for Exchange that supports Linux network protocols and is designed to look just like Exchange on the network. PostPath Server, expected to ship next month, is designed not only as a replacement for an entire Exchange environment but also as a piecemeal replacement for individual Exchange servers, such as those in branch offices.

Canadian Census controversy continues

Linux User Groups (LUG) and Canadian elected officials are responding to the news that the Canadian online census forms block free software users from participating. Last week's story helped uncover the fact that the software used for the online census seems to violate several government policies and treaties.

The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

While this story is about startups it is worth a read for FOSS folks. Much of it does not just pertain to startups but projects in general.

Eclipse Ajax Toolkit Framework and Ajax tools

The the new Open Ajax Initiative realizes the tremendous importance of introducing new tools to a growing community of Ajax developers. It is dedicated to building an open platform in which developers can collaborate. This article discusses two existing run-time tools, Dojo and Zimbra.

Services automation solution goes open source

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by conz on May 12, 2006 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Professional Services Automation solution, allocPSA, has been released as open source software under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL), allowing businesses to obtain and modify the source code free of charge.

A FOSS primer for international policy-makers

When investigating free and open source software (FOSS) development and implementation in developing countries, you're likely to run into Ken Wong and Phet Sayo's FOSS primer, published by the International Open Source Network. What makes this primer so special, and so widely known? To find out, we interviewed the authors.

Aggregate Optimization and Tuning III: Results

  • Systhread; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on May 12, 2006 6:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The last part of a small optimization series, part III takes a look at sample data from using compiler optimizations on several key pieces of system software. The results were somewhat suprising in many ways, especially the ratio of improvement even for relatively small test programs.

Windows Server Patch fails to apply: Microsoft charges for support

A few Linux people here will probably comment on the lines of "You should be running Linux". But the reality is I feel comfortable with Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Or used to.

Linux: Kernel Compilation Warnings

A recent string of patches posted to the lkml attempted to clean up compiler warnings, and lead to numerous discussions about the appropriate way to fix warnings. One thread discussed a warning caused by what the compiler inappropriately believed was an unitialized variable, to which Alan Cox replied, "hiding warnings like this can be a hazard as it will hide real warnings later on." He went on to suggest the warning was a good thing as it encourages developers to continue to review the code, "while the warning is present people will check it now and again."

Linux Still Has No Barcode Inventory?

All these years with Linux and the stable LAMP platform and still no one has invented a barcode inventory web app for IT departments?

"half Euroboard" SBC certified with industrial Linux distro

Koan Software has certified a BSP (board support package) based on its GPL-only industrial embedded Linux distribution with an ARM-based half Euroboard SBC (single board computer) from Taskit. Klinux (formerly K-Linux) supports the Portux920T, based on an Atmel AT91RM9200 with a 180 MHz ARM-920T core.

Linux+ (XK0-002): New and improved uCertify Exam Simulation available now.

uCertify, a premier IT certification exam preparation tools provider, announces the release of its upgraded Exam Simulation PrepKit for CompTIA’s Linux+ certification exam (XK0-002).

The PC-BSD interview

  •; By FOSSEngineer (Posted by linuxlala on May 11, 2006 11:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
An interview with people from the PC-BSD development team after the recent release of the first stable version 1.0. The guys talk about their pre-release journey, features unique to PC-BSD and where the project goes from here.

Linux File System Primer

  • Novell; By Novell (Posted by nixcraft on May 11, 2006 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Linux
Linux offers a number of file systems. This paper discusses these file systems, why there are so many, and which ones are the best to use for which workloads and data. Not all data is the same. Not all workloads are the same. Not all filesystems are the same. Matching the file system to the data and workload allows customers to build efficient scalable and cost effective solutions.

Gplv3 to mandate device hackability?

Draft GNU GPLv3 (General Public License) language would require embedded systems and devices incorporating GPLv3-licensed software to be user-modifiable, stated license author Richard Stallman in a recent speech. The draft license's "anti-TiVo-isation" rider drew criticism early on from Linus Torvalds, who called it "insane." Where do LinuxDevices readers stand?

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