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Microfinance and open source: natural partners

A Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization has sparked the creation of an open source project to help build technology infrastructures for non-profit microfinance institutions. In developing countries around the world, these institutions loan small amounts of money to women who want to start businesses and create a better life for themselves and their families. The Mifos Software Initiative debuts this week at the Global Micro-Credit Summit in Halifax.

Simula Launches Open Source Marketplace for Enterprise IT

Part incubator, part commercial services provider, Simula Labs is all set to debut a bundle of software and services that industry watchers say could help enterprise IT shops shore up their open source deployments. The company is combining three open source software products with deployment, engineering support, and maintenance services to create its Community-oriented Real-time Engineering (CoRE) Network platform.

Open source in plain English

Much of the debate about open source has been in technical terms, or increasingly in political terms. I'm not criticising either approach, but I suspect many potential open source converts are left cold by discussions that border on the religious in their fervour. What many companies really need is a direct and clear discussion about the tangible benefits of open source, without the political baggage.

[His opening sentence proves he didn't do his homework. Open Source is not about cost at all. It's about freedom. Period. Cost is a potential result, not a catalyst. What is so hard about that? - dcparris]

Firebird Project Releases Firebird 2.0 Final

The Firebird Project today officially releases the much-anticipated version 2.0 of its open source Firebird relational database software during the opening session of the fourth international Firebird Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

Novell Answers Questions from the Community

Since the announcement of the Novell-Microsoft agreement on November 2, we have been flooded with questions from the open source community about what this deal means to the Linux, the open source community, and even what this deal means for Novell. We will use this page to answer as many of those questions as possible.

Linux Solutions Provider SteelEye Joins XenSource Partner Program

SteelEye Commits To Provide Support For Xen-Based Environments Within Its LifeKeeper Protection Suite On Linux

Can Novell Make the Sale?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 13, 2006 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Novell
Recently, Novell made a statement that could’ve given them some grief. In an online publication Computer Business Review Online, Novell was apparently quoted as stating that Vista would cost $300 more than their SuSE option. What Novell appears to have missed is a seemingly long list of Vista licenses with a number of price ranges. To add insult to injury, it appears the page containing the quote has since been pulled down.

A Different Class For Small Biz

Server manager Verio beefs up its hosted offering, extending enterprise capabilities to the little guy

Platform Expands Platform Open Cluster Stack With First AMD-Based ...

Platform Computing the global leader in systems infrastructure software solutions, today announced that AMD processors are now officially supported as a component of Platform Open Cluster Stack's(1) (OCS) certification program. Dell, which recently launched its first AMD-based PowerEdge servers, is the first vendor to join the program. The certification of Dell's products further drives the two companies' long-standing commitment to simplify the deployment and management of HPC clusters.

Samba team letter to Novell – please reconsider

Members of the Samba team made their stance on the partnership between Microsoft and Novell Inc. very clear this week in the form of a letter stating it "strongly disagreed" with Novell's actions.

UNIX tips and tricks for a new user, Part 2: The vi text editor

  • IBM Developer Works; By Tim McIntire (Posted by solrac on Nov 13, 2006 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
The vi text editor separates operations into insert mode and command mode, which gives you ultrafast access to key commands that can edit, insert, and move text in on-the-fly, user-defined segments.

Yamipod: Yet Another Reason To Dump iTunes?

In our previous articles, we have looked at other music sources besides the iTunes Music Store as well as other iPod management tools. Today, we are going to look at yet another iPod manager, the Yamipod.

Review: NFSv4: A Unix Mainstay Learns New Tricks

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Charlie Schluting (Posted by dcparris on Nov 13, 2006 1:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
NFS hasn't ever had much starpower, but with an improved Linux implementation and Internet-age enhancements, version four of an old standby is worth a second look for networked file access.

Large public-sector Linux project flops

  • ZDNet UK; By Richard Thurston (Posted by dcparris on Nov 13, 2006 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
A publicly funded Linux project which cost UK taxpayers half-a-million pounds has flopped.

[This is not good. What is likely the result of poor performance in the human equation will be attributed to "open source", generally. - dcparris]

Fsm Newsletter 13th of November 2006

Welcome to another of Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletters, keeping you up to date with us, and all things free software... enjoy!

Sun settles on GPL for open source Java

Sun Microsystems plans to release the first Java code later today under the General Public Licence (GPL).

[Sun choose the GPL for Java? Who would have guessed? It's definitely a smart move, since a copyleft license provides the best return on your investment. - dcparris]

Ubuntu should reconsider

Unfortunately, Ubuntu is becoming more and more of a disappointment lately. First they start shipping non-free software by default, then the edgy upgrade turns into a disaster and now I read about plans for including more non-free software and a 3D desktop by default in feisty (the next Ubuntu after edgy). To be honest, ever since I've seen the Feisty Fawn announcement I've been wondering what does the focus on "multimedia enablement and desktop effects" imply, the basic suspicion being will it include more non-free software by default?

Edgy pushed me over the edge

Days of frustration with Edgy, the latest release of Ubuntu Linux, have driven Alastair Otter to resort to an earlier version of Ubuntu Linux. And frankly, he's quite happy there.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 66

Fedora Weekly News Issue 66

FreeBSD 6.2 nears release

  • Reg Developer; By Federico Biancuzzi (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 13, 2006 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Robert Watson on the new security event auditing systemInterview The upcoming release of FreeBSD 6.2 includes the new security event auditing system, that "permits the selective and fine-grained logging of security-relevant system events for the purposes of post-mortem analysis, intrusion detection, and run-time monitoring analysis".

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