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Years removed from the original release of Postfix, the Unix-based mail server is still serving oodles of people every day. As a great alternative to Microsoft Exchange and the predecessor to crazy uncle Sendmail, Postfix is becoming the Linux mail server of choice, and is the SMTP mail transfer agent for Mac OS X Server. Sendmail may have a larger market share in the Linux community, but Postfix has a much simpler setup and is good for users who do not want to spend a lot of time configuring a mail server.
An international organization is preparing to publish its approval of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) as a worldwide standard, which could potentially lead to easier migration to and software development for Linux.
How did a school in Italy go from having one computer for the entire school and no Internet connection to having a thin-client network connected to the whole world? Free software, of course.
[ED.- Having myself received my first IT classes in elementary school, I can testify of the importance of such projects. A must read! - Tsela]
At the Open Source Business Conference this week, a hot new crop of open-source startups, including Centeris, XenSource, and rPath, showcased their upcoming wares.
Paul remembers the migration of applications from UNIX to NT following the NT being declared an "Open System". He writes: " I was an engineer making a living installing CAD/CAM applications on Unix systems (joy). Anyway, the apps all fell to NT over the space of about a year or so, many of the vendors promised to continue support for Unix, only to have those promises fall through."
Related to the article: How Microsoft Got its OS Declared an "Open System" and wound up in Government
Community participation will be encouraged in the further development of the open-source license, although the FSF says the rewrite is"not an election."
Those who think RSS email products would make perfect messaging systems haven't spent enough quality time with their accountants and lawyers. But they definitely will upon implementation. A mountain of rules and regulations separates the RSS emailing concept from reality for many organizations. --Email Battles
An amendment to a piece of important Massachusetts legislation is to be debated on Thursday at the State Senate. If adopted, it could slow down or even reverse the decision to use the OpenDocument format.
[ED.- Please, anyone who lives in Massachusetts, contact your senator as quickly as possible and warn them about the possible consequences of this amendment! The movement towards Open Standards is far too important to let it be stopped through such suspicious means! - Tsela]
Google, having gotten where it is thanks in large part to open source software and development, is giving back to the community with a $350,000 grant to Oregon State and Portland State universities for their collaboration on the development, systems administration, and learning of open source software.
Michael Singer writes: "Thinking about buying a new Linux-based home PC? Happy hunting."
Finding an entry-level home PC that doesn't have a Windows XP sticker on it requires consumers to search through a maze of Web sites. If they try calling a major PC maker, the agent is likely to have a hard time steering them toward a Linux-based or bare-bones system.
[Ed -Funny thing Michael, have you ever heard of Wal-Mart, Fry's, Micro Centre? -tadelste]
Charles Babcock writes: "Most open-source advocates would say the world of Linux and Microsoft Windows will never meet. But a venture capital-backed startup is bringing the two so close together that the typical Windows administrator will be able to launch and manage open-source Linux servers from what looks and feels like the familiar Window's interface."
[Ed: Seems a bit backwards, but could be useful if you're a Windows admin with no GNU/Linux experience. - evangelinux]
Open source e-learning application, Sakai, is set to be introduced at universities across South Africa from as early as next year. Meanwhile, the Sakai Foundation has been formed to co-ordinate community efforts to develop the software.
Here's SCO's Interim Disclosure of Material Misused by IBM [PDF], as text.
Looking at the careful wording, and knowing SCO like we do, I see that they have grouped their findings in two buckets, as Darl once put it, and so what they describe could belong to either bucket:
The technology matrix identifies 217 separate technology disclosures which SCO contends are improper, that is, they violate one or more of the contractual prohibitions IBM agreed to with respect to licenses and other agreements governing source code IBM (and Sequent) obtained from SCO's predecessors-in-interest and/or violate SCO's copyrights.
News Analysis: Analysts and customers give their take on Novell's rapid-fire changes.
Opinion: Microsoft's newest shared-source project, Business Portal Lite, is torn from the tech headlines of 1997.
This article gives you information about the latest version of Eclipse, and a guide to some of the most interesting Eclipse projects. Learn what Eclipse is good for, why it is important, how you can get started, and where to learn more about it.
One major problem with the Linux world is the overwhelming number of redundant distributions, especially in the desktop-oriented area. It's rare to see a new distribution that isn't a Debian or Red Hat clone in disguise with an extra feature or two, or that dares to take a bold departure from the status quo. One of those rarities, however, is GoboLinux.
Opinion: For those of you who think Red Hat is on its way to becoming the next Microsoftget over it.
Four major open source database projects have scoffed at Oracle’s attempt this week to tackle the threat of open source software.
On Tuesday, Oracle released a beta version of Oracle 10g Express Edition, a low-end edition of its database. The Express Edition is the same as other databases in Oracle’s lineup, but can only run servers with one processor, 4GB of disk memory and 1GB of memory.
[Ed - Oracle has done this in the past to promote its products. tadelste]
Univa, for instance, has adopted a business model that is, essentially, the same as the Linux vendor Red Hat. Whereas Red Hat distributes and services Linux, Univa focuses on Globus open-source middleware for creating grid networks.
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