The winners of the first Italian Open Source Contest were officially announced on February 9 in Milan, during the Infosecurity and Storage Expo Italia 2005. The competition, launched by the publisher of the Italian magazines Linux&C, Linux Pratico, and Hacker& C, put a lot of interesting ideas in the limelight.
Screaming fans, cheerleaders and streets blocked by the police greeted SoCal's Linux geeks last weekend. Admittedly the cops and frenzied crowds were there for the Grammy Awards and the cheerleaders were competing at whatever cheerleaders compete at, but the LUGs, commercial exhibitors, GNU/Linux and *BSD users and speakers couldn't help feeling special.
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. today announced that it issued a manifesto concerned with its stance on Open Source and relationship with the community. This manifesto, entitled "VA Linux: Statement of Our Commitments on Open Source Software", states how the company views Open Source and how it is going to take part in it.
When my production Web server, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), began generating filesystem errors, I found my backup system put the ultimate test. My bare-metal restore saved the day for me. Here's how you can put a similar scheme to work.
Jake Moilanen released an updated version of his genetic library patches for the 2.6.10 Linux kernel. He notes, "the major change in this version is the introduction of phenotypes. A phenotype is a set of genes the affect an observable property. In genetic-library terms, it is a set of genes that will affect a particular fitness measurement." He adds, "now multiple fitness routines can be ran for each genetic library user. Then depending on the results of a particular fitness measure, the specific genes that directly affect that fitness measure can be modified. This introduces a finer granularity that was missing in the first release of the genetic-library."
Firewall features already available in IPv4 will be added to IPv6 protocol in Linux, but not until later in the year.
Novell last week at LinuxWorld outlined a slew of products that bolster its Linux product line and a batch of initiatives aimed at cementing its role in the open source community.
You may remember that at the height of the dotcom boom, various dotcom start-ups were claiming large volumes of website visitors (eyeballs), and the figures they gave, which were probably accurate at least within reason, supported ridiculous stock prices – until it eventually became clear that, eyeballs or no eyeballs, these companies weren't selling much. Then, all of a sudden, the apparently forgotten link between revenues and commercial viability was re-discovered and sanity returned.
With last summer's introduction of AMD's 939-pin Athlon 64 processor came a demand for motherboards that will support it. There are only a handful of boards on the market designed for the socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU that are equipped with an AGP 8X interface; the new trend is to use PCI Express instead of AGP, in spite of the anemic video card selection. MicroStar International's K8T Neo2-FIR offers the best of both worlds, accommodating new technology while continuing to support the old -- and it works great with GNU/Linux.
Linux World Expo is one of the premier (possibly the premier) Linux expo on the east coast. Boasting everything from big name vendors HP and IBM, chip makers Intel and AMD, and software firms like Computer Associates on down to relatively small newcomers like OSoft it features something for everyone. There's also the .org pavillion, a great place to pick up the latest news from free OS developers and software designers. Think X.org or CentOS/cAos.
A South African company releases point of sales and inventory management solution based on open source software.
While many Linux converts are focused on moving their data centers off of Unix, a second front for Linux migration soon could take shape on corporate desktops.
With a report from last week's Gentoo booth at the Linux World Expo in Boston, reminders for FOSDEM and the Gentoo UK conference, and news about how to subscribe to Gentoo RSS feeds, this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is again full of interesting articles for users and developers alike. The Future Zone introduces a very peculiar piece of hardware and the process of its Gentooification, several articles about Gentoo and derived news are to be found in the press clipping section, and of course many of the usual items, GLSAs, bug statistics, and a new developer to be welcomed on board. Enjoy your newsletter!
I was recently assigned the task of converting a system running Windows XP to dual-boot Windows and Linux. The user needed to run Windows most of the time, but occasionally needed to boot Linux to run special applications. The one overriding requirement was to change the existing Windows setup as little as possible. In this case, that meant adding a second hard drive. Easy enough, right? Well, not so fast.
Some of the industry's most powerful vendors came to the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in Boston last week with a simple message: Linux is ready for prime time.
Have vendors hijacked Linux? Who owns Linux now?
On the scene in LA for a grass-roots expo.
I am a software architect working in a mixed environment, with both Linux and Windows systems on the network. As happens with many others working in IT, different projects often require me to take on additional roles, like system administration, quality control, programming, and sometimes even documentation. To balance out the different tasks and roles, I depend on several open source applications, regardless of what platform I'm in, what project I'm on, or what position I'm filling at the moment.
A streaming video of tonight's edition of Neues is now online in RealVideo 9 format. The interview with Blake starts at 17 minutes and 40 seconds in.
Honors for security and management solutions demonstrate depth, breadth of Novell's Linux-based offerings