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Introducing the Dump Analyzer for Java

The IBM Dump Analyzer for Java is a tool that performs basic analysis against a formatted system dump and produces a concise report indicating what it thinks your next course of action should be. Cut through endless dump files to get to the heart of the problem.

Ubuntu chief bids for prima-donna status (podcast)

I'd like to live in a tub of cream cheese icing. Sadly, that's not an option for me. It is, however, an option for Canonical/Ubuntu head Mark Shuttleworth. The open source advocate has plenty of cash - enough cash to build a breathing apparatus and waste removal system for a man-sized icing pool. I bring up the icing for no reason. I bring up Mark Shuttleworth because he's the star of Open Season Episode 4. Dave Rosenberg, Matt Asay and I reached Mark at Canonical's UK office for an hour-long chat covering all sorts of open source software topics and issues.

Symantec asks G4L to stop infringing on Ghost name

Michael D. Setzer II, the leader of the project once known as Ghost for Linux (G4L), recently received a cease and desist email message from a lawyer representing Symantec. The company is demanding that the project change its name because the use of "Ghost" violates a trademark held by Symantec for its Norton Ghost disk imaging software.

Skype 1.4 for Linux is here!

Following in the footsteps of the Great Cucumber and The Salad Sandwich comes Panacea, the Greek goddess of cures. That’s the codename for our latest Linux release, which went public today as Skype 1.4 for Linux. We’re very proud of our shiny new release and highly recommend you give it a shot. We tried our best to create a client that you will enjoy. Which is why it’s been written by long-time Linux users for Linux users.

2007 Linux Medical News Freedom Award Nominees

This years class of nominees for the 2007 Linux Medical Freedom Award are a prestigious group indeed. The panel of judges has a difficult task ahead of it. The nominees are as follows:

  • Herman Tolentino, MD Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS)
  • Web Reach, Inc. Mirth Project.
  • Gerry Douglas, MD Malawi RHIO.
  • Paul G. Biondich, MD, MS Regenstreif Institute
  • WorldVistA for WorldVistA EHR CCHIT Certification.

The award will be given November 13th, 2007 at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Fall Conference in Chicago. This is not an official AMIA award. Complete text of the nomination is within.

OpenSUSE 10.3 opens for business

Another day, another Linux distro point revision. Honours this time go to OpenSUSE, available now in version 10.3 for free download at You can also buy this open source operating system, which is based on Linux kernel 2.6.22, from some retailers and at for $59.95 in real money. Or, rather, you can place your pre-order. Flash the cash, and you will at some undetermined but real soon time get a boxed version, a manual and 90 days installation support thrown in.

LinuxCertified Announces its next "Linux Fundamentals" Course.

This two-day introduction to Linux broadens attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system. Attendees learn how to effectively use a Linux system as a valuable tool. They get familiar with the architecture and various components of the operating system, learn both graphical and command line tools, and learn to do basic networking. This class is scheduled for October 25th - 26th, 2007 .

Linux on mobile: manifest destiny?

When the Linux Foundation emerged from the collision of the Open Software Development Labs (ODSL) and the Free Standards Group in January 2007, cynical observers described it, with some justification, as "yet another Linux knitting circle". Probably more than any other software phenomenon, Linux has generated a plethora of lobbying groups, alliances and standards organizations. This applies especially to what is growing into one of the most important development areas for Linux - mobile devices.

This week at LWN: LCE: GPL enforcement: waiting for the Monsoon

Some lawsuits begin quietly, others are launched with great fanfare. The Software Freedom Law Center and two BusyBox developers have recently decided to take the latter approach to address a GPL compliance problem.

Alfresco takes the open road to success

  • The Guardian; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Oct 5, 2007 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source has been the driving force behind a British software company's global growth - except in its home market. What's the problem?

Secure remote access to your desktop

Accessing your home server safely can be problematic, especially if you don't have a fixed IP address, but with Linux, DynDNS, PAM, and NX Free you can create a safe remote access path to your machine. A few months ago, I had to travel from my hometown of Montevideo, Uruguay, to New York. As I would be staying abroad a few weeks, I had to make sure I could access my home server safely. Despite Linux's stability, I had to allow for my family having problems back home, and I couldn't depend on giving instructions over the phone or by messaging.

Sun patches multiple flaws in Java

Sun Microsystems has issued patches for several vulnerabilities in its Java Runtime Environment that leave users on Windows, Linux and Solaris wide open. By our count, there are 11 separate vulnerabilities plaguing versions 6, 5, 1.4 and 1.3 of the JRE, Sun said on its security blog.

Ontario Linux Fest - Is it exciting in here or is it just me?

Ontario Linux Fest is just over a week away, and the final pieces are coming together. We'll be at The Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, on Saturday the 13th of October for a full day of Open Source festivities.

Generate and Analyze Signals in PLAYSTATION 3

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Lewin Edwards (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 5, 2007 7:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
How do you take the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) processor from an off-the-shelf Sony PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) and use it to construct a piece of Linux®-based laboratory equipment (in essence, take the Cell/B.E. from fab to hab to lab)? In this series, Lewin Edwards shows you how to go from game console to simple audio-bandwidth spectrum analyzer and function generator. In this article, the author shows you how to build on the infrastructure from Part 1 to make the system into a fully operational, if primitive, spectrum analyzer.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look openSUSE 10.3 i386 DVD

openSUSE 10.3 was released today October 4, 2007 and I am going to take a First Look at this Linux OS. It's GNOME desktop is what I installed off the DVD and I have a few pictures plus a short flash video of the desktop.

Sun hypes new hypervisor and virtualization console

Prowling the x86 server warpath, Sun today revealed its roadmap of products set to bring the company fully into the virtualization brouhaha. The server maker's new xVM virtualization platform will span across its server, storage, and networking product lines. The first offering will be comprised of a hypervisor and management software set to be released next year. Sun laid down the roadmap basics at a press meeting in San Francisco.

The Security of Free Software

With this article I want to point out how Free Software provides a secure environment and how important the community is. Security is not only limited to "technology to keep crackers away from your data", but it also is about secured freedom.

Building A Solaris 10 Recovery DVD

There was a lot of interest generated by my last article titled "Build a (Very) Inexpensive Solaris 10 Workstation". Several topics were brought up in this feedback, among which these two questions "what tools does Solaris have for backups?" and "is it possible to make a restore DVD for Solaris?" struck me as particularly important. For reasons of my own, which I divulge in the Purpose section, I decided to pursue these questions and write an article.

Paper Companies vs. Proprietary EHR Companies

The heated battle between paper companies and proprietary EHR companies for market share is always fascinating to watch. Linux Medical News labs weights in on the subject by doing a rigorous, side-by-side comparison of Paper company products vs. Proprietary Electronic Health Record software company products. The results may surprise you.

Use Health Vault, Lose Your Rights

Microsoft has announced (NY Times Article) Health Vault. What should have followed here is a review of the service by my actually trying it. I was in the process of registering when I began reading the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and I had to stop right there with my review when I read it. In addition to the contract being lengthy, it specifically states: "In using the Service, you may not:..

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