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What is OpenSolaris success?

  •; By Darren Reed (Posted by dba477 on Mar 11, 2007 12:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
Now that opensolaris has been progressing for almost 2 years, some people are starting to ask the question "is it a success?" Which begs the question of how do you measure its success?

KSpread vs. Calc

I've been using Calc for a while now, but I recently decided to give KSpread a try after getting frustrated with Calc's slow load times. It rarely bothered me on my desktop system because I have 4GB of RAM and usually leave the program open, but my work laptop runs Windows XP, forcing me to run Kubuntu in a virtual machine. Unfortunately disk access is significantly slower and memory capacity is much smaller so the Calc startup time is painfully slow. KSpread is very fast, but are its other features good enough for me to stick with it?

The Next Hurdle for Desktop Linux

We just passed a quiet milestone at the beginning of the month. And while the milestone does not seem to affect Linux, it could be mark the beginning of the worst assault on desktop Linux to date.

Freespire floats first Ubuntu-based alpha

After the recent switch to the Ubuntu code base, Freespire announced that it has restarted its development process with the first alpha release of Freespire 2.0, Alpha1U (1.2.42). The new revision sports a 2.6.20 kernel and the KDE 3.5.6 desktop environment, according to the project team.

Firefox Password Flaw Still Open?

Is a flaw in the Firefox browser fixed or not? A security research claims that it's not. Mozilla says it is. Last November security researcher Robert Chapin discovered a zero day flaw in Mozilla Firefox's password manager. The flaw could potentially allow a maliciously crafted page to auto-fill a form with credentials intended for another site. Mozilla claimed that it fixed the flaw in its most recent Firefox update. Chapin doesn't quite agree.

New thin client series runs Linux

Netherlands-based Acropolis Automation will debut four models in its Athena thin client series, at the CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany next week. The new T3000 clients are based on 1GHz Via Eden processors, and offered with a choice of Linux, Windows CE, or Windows XP Embedded.

Are Linux Systems Ready for Daylight Saving Time?

Most computers are programmed to automatically change to daylight saving time the first Sunday in April, and only machines manufactured within the last year or so have been updated to reflect the new daylight saving time plan. Microsoft and Apple have issued automatic updates. However, users of other types of devices cannot necessarily rely on their machines to make the change on their own.

Modeling and Integration Tools for State Chart XML

UML users and Web developers can now create robust event models and multimodal applications with IBM Modeling and Integration Tools for State Chart XML. Plug-ins for Rational Software Architect, and Mozilla for Web 2.0 mashups, transform UML 2.0 state charts into SCXML documents for export.

Wikia Plans Open-Source Search

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is targeting the fourth quarter of this year for the unveiling of an open-source search engine that he hopes could challenge the dominance of market-leaders Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc..

Acer AL2223Wd Office

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 10, 2007 2:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While not our primary focus at Phoronix, in the past we had reviewed the Acer AL1714CB, AL1732 Prestige, and dual AL1715b LCD monitors. Even though Acer's LCDs are not nearly as popular as those from Dell are, we have been very fond of the models that we had looked at in the past. Being nearly a year since we looked at the AL1732 Prestige, which was a phenomenal display, we once again chased down another new Acer monitor. In this review we will be looking at the Acer AL2223Wd Office Line 22" LCD monitor. The Acer AL2223Wd monitor has a recommended resolution of 1680 x 1050 with its WSXGA+ screen and the viewing angles are 160 degrees for both horizontal and vertical. Other specifications include a 300cd/m2 brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio, and 5ms response time. Both VGA and DVI are supported. For what it's worth, this display is also Windows Vista certified.

Remote kernel debugging in FreeBSD

Explore how to remotely debug a FreeBSD kernel that is running on a target machine without affecting system performance.

Sourcefire prepares for rare open source IPO

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 10, 2007 1:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Intrusion-detection and prevention software developer Sourcefire Inc is set to launch its initial public offering in a rare excursion on to the public markets for an open source-based technology vendor.

Open-source ID project awaits Microsoft's blessing

An open-source rival to a Microsoft identity tool has been in limbo for months, awaiting the software giant's go-ahead on certain patent-related issues.

[Grrrr.... patents! Holding up progress all because of stupid patents. What a waste! - dcparris]

Software: when it's free, it's for me

Today, I offer a shopping list with plenty of free programs as well as some of the name-brand stuff.

[The guy actually referred to Ubuntu Linux, and not just Firefox and Wait, I think I hear the world waking up... - dcparris]

"Open Source Means You Have to Be Better."

How can a company give away its flagship product and still make money? Ask Red Hat, because it's doing a great job at doing just that. Really. Go here to download it. You can modify it and re-distribute it, or distribute it with only token modifications. You can even sell it, if you can find paying customers.

Welsh agency pays for open source integration with Cisco kit

The Countryside Council for Wales has hired European open source service provider Sirius Corporation to help extend its OpenBSD security system’s integration with its Cisco-based network.

Whither the SUSE Exodus? Novell’s Linux Business Soars

The Open Source community has had the opportunity to be extremely vocal of late. With the Vista launch, and Dell's IdeaStorm suggestion box website they've had ample chance to flex their feedback muscles. Still neither of these recent events compares to the sheer outrage that the Microsoft-Novell pact received last year. But as Novell proved last week, this was an instance of the community being more loud than correct.

Jaspersoft: from Proprietary to Open Source

  • IT Management; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Mar 10, 2007 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source business intelligence vendor JasperSoft wasn't always an open source vendor. JasperSoft made the decision to become open source just over two-and-a-half years ago and since then has become a leading open source business intelligence vendor.

Large-screen Linux-powered PMP pleases

The newest Linux-based PMP (portable media player) from Archos is much larger than most, but its bright, detailed, 7-inch screen justifies the extra bulk, according to several early reviews. At $550, the 704 features an 80GB hard drive, a 802.11b/g WiFi radio, and an Opera browser.

Home networking vendor acquires embedded Linux specialist

Arabella Software, a San Diego-based PowerPC microcode and embedded Linux specialist, will be acquired by Entropic Communications, a privately held Israeli company that makes coaxial cable networking equipment for the digital home entertainment market. Entropic says the deal with strengthen and expand its Linux and embedded software capabilities.

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