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Portable Linux on my Thumbdrive

I'm a big fan of Make and an even better fan of their blog (helped by the fact that Philip Torrone maintains it). I recently got my attention grabbed by this post showing this one (furry goat, haha): transport your own Windows CE image and emulator along on your thumbdrive. Wherever you go, just pop in your thumbdrive and you see all your apps, bookmark and whatnot.

Database adds 64bit Linux option

Data warehouse specialist Teradata has begun beta testing a version of its database running on Novell's 64bit Suse Linux Enterprise 9 operating system. Currently customers can buy the database hosted on 32bit operating systems - either Teradata's Unix MP-RAS or the Windows Server 2003 operating system. Scott Gnau, Teradata's vice-president of research and development, said the database server works as a black-box, or sealed environment, so the operating system on which it is running is largely invisible to users. However, the move significantly boosts the credibility of Linux as an operating system for mission-critical enterprise applications. Teradata's largest customers currently have over 500 terabytes of data in their warehouse systems, and Teradata's revenues last year were over $1bn.

Symphony OS

  • DebCentral; By Josh (Posted by jimf on Sep 22, 2005 7:47 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
Symphony OS is one of the most original Linux distros available today. Usually, a distro's most recognizable feature, and the one shown in the mandatory screenshots, is the desktop environment. With Symphony OS, the screenshots are the first hint that this is not your ordinary remix.

Dual-vendor toolkit aims to simplify Win-to-Lin migration

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 7:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Versora and Win4Lin have collaborated on a $99 toolkit aimed at easing the task of migrating desktop PC users from Windows to Linux. The Complete Linux Desktop Migration and Virtualization Toolkit bundles Versora's Progression Desktop -- which automates the migration of data, application, and system settings from Windows desktops to Linux -- along with Win4Lin Pro, which runs Windows 2000/XP and its applications on top of Linux.

GUI-based Samba PDC admin tool debuts

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
QCD Microsystems Wednesday announced the release of Samba PDC (Primary Domain Controller), claimed to be the first Linux system administration platform to utilize the popular Moving-Map Composer (MMC) graphical user interface. The tool boasts a point-and-click GUI administration interface usable by both experts and novices, according to the company.

Novell Announces Stock Buyback

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 5:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Novell unexpectedly announced on Thursday that its board of directors had approved a share repurchase program for up to $200 million of Novell common stock over the next twelve months.

Rms: The GNU GPL Is Here to Stay

  • Onlamp; By Federico Biancuzzi (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
In a recent interview, ESR shocked a lot of people when he said, "We don't need the GPL anymore." Federico Biancuzzi contacted RMS representatives to talk about the past, the present, and the future of the GNU GPL. Among other things, they discussed the new clauses of the upcoming GPL version 3.

KDE Accessibility Cooperation

Recent weeks have seen a lot of cooperative activity between the KDE Accessibility Team and various other Free Software accessibility teams. The Free Standards Group Accessibility Workgroup, KDE Accessibility and GNOME Accessibility teams have now released a joint statement describing some of this cooperation. "We believe users who are persons with disabilities should be empowered to choose technologies from any and all environments which provide accessibility just as other desktop users today routinely use a mix of technologies from different desktop environments. Our goal is seamless interoperability."

Security Alerts: MySQL Trouble

Welcome to Security Alerts, an overview of recent Unix and open source security advisories. In this column, we look at problems in MySQL, umount, KDE's kcheckpass, GNOME Workstation Command Center, X.org, Squid, TWiki, ncompress, grip, Turquoise SuperStat, gtkdiskfree, and LessTif.

It's not v2.0, but OpenOffice.org update now available

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 5:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While some office suite users are still waiting for OpenOffice.org 2.0 to arrive, its parent organization has quietly released OpenOffice.org 1.1.5. The latest OO.o (OpenOffice.org) boasts several new features, not the least of which is support for importing OpenDocument documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux: A Lesson in Encryption, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bstadil on Sep 22, 2005 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You don't need a secret decoder ring to use cryptography on your system--just some keys and a few tips.

Xml in Firefox 1.5, Part 1: Overview of XML features

Developers like the Firefox attention to standards compliance, inherited from its Mozilla roots. The most recent version, Firefox 1.5, comes with many features for XML developers, including XML parsing, XHTML, CSS, XSLT, SVG, XML Events in JavaScript™, and XForms.

A Linux Business Model for VARS, Consultants and Start-ups That Works

Many people wonder how to make a living selling Open Source Software. If you feel slightly stuck, here's an explanation that might make sense to you.

Scribes 0.1 Released

Scribes is a text editor for GNOME. It is simple and easy to use. Scribes allows you to focus entirely on your tasks.

For a freer World Social Forum

  • Planet Porto Alegre; By Rafael Evangelista (Posted by bstadil on Sep 22, 2005 1:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hipatia, the NGO on knowledge share, will work for participants of Porto Alegre Forum, to say goodbye to Microsoft.

The kind of world that we will create is directly linked to the way we distribute knowledge and to the way we deal with key questions such as patents and intellectual property.

OpenOffice.org Update Sees the Light of Day

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 1:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Release candidate of Version 2.0 is almost ready. In the meantime, new Version 1.1.5 supports the importing of OpenDocument documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Brazil has become a trailblazer in computer use

  • The State; By JACK CHANG (Posted by bstadil on Sep 22, 2005 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While Brazilians live with levels of poverty and violence that mark them as Third World citizens, they are emerging as trailblazers in the kind of high technology that's propelling many First World economies.

Smartphone Summit Enterprise Solutions 2005 Conference is Just Around the Corner

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Online Pre-Registration Discount Rate for the September 26th Showcase Event Ends This Friday

Free Certification At LinuxWorld-05

Canada-based internationally vendor-independent organization advocating the use of Linux, Open Source and Free Software, through certification of Linux Professional Institute (LPI), has concluded plans to offer free certification at the two-day forthcoming Linux World Expo in the United Kingdom (UK).

How to Market Open Source Software: Top 3 Mistakes & 5 Useful ...

  • MarketingSherpa.com (subscription) (Posted by tadelste on Sep 22, 2005 11:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Open source" is almost as hot a buzzword these days as "dotcom" used to be. Unfortunately, that's not where the resemblance ends. If you screw up your open source marketing, the backlash can be pretty nasty. In our exclusive interview, MySQL's VP Marketing Zack Urlocker reveals how to avoid three most common open source marketing mistakes:

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