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New technology center mixes business with Linux

Linux has different meanings in the corporate and collegiate worlds, but a new Linux Technology Center (LTC) in upstate New York is bridging that gap and bringing both students and small business the benefits of Linux and open source.

Linux antivirus and firewall beta from Panda

Panda Software released a new public beta Tuesday for DesktopSecure, their antivirus and firewall program for Linux. It's available as a free download from their Web site, and should run on major distributions including Redhat, SUSE and Debian. I've got it running right now under Ubuntu (Breezy Badger).

Oracle Seeing Red Hat

Oracle (ORCL:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) has been running roughshod over the enterprise-software world of late, winning gobs of market share by buying up the competition in an $18 billion acquisition spree. Now it appears that the database giant is gearing up to make a run at a very different sort of enemy: Red Hat, the pre-eminent seller of Linux.

Vista: Very Interesting Security Times Ahead

Who would have thought just a few months ago that Microsoft would start to bite the hands it feeds. The security industry is running around in circles trying to head off the speculation that Microsoft might finally start to eat into the substantial profits they make out of plugging security holes once it releases its new operating system Vista.

Rotten Effort

Last week, Dale Frantz, CIO at Auto Warehousing Co., brought to [..] attention an alarming business practice that shows Microsoft at its shoddy and arrogant worst.

[This is a must read. Remember what I said about Microsoft being an economic terrorist? - dcparris]

Nexxim and Ansoft Designer for Linux

Ansoft announced the availability of Nexxim v3 and Ansoft Designer v3 for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 and Sun Solaris 8 and 9 operating systems. Nexxim is the company's circuit simulation software for high-performance IC design and signal-integrity analysis. Ansoft Designer provides an integrated schematic and design management front-end for complex analog, RF and mixed-signal applications. In addition to Linux support, Nexxim v3 adds phase and time-variant noise, autonomous source harmonic balance and integration with Cadence ADE/Spectre RF. Adding accurate phase and time-varying noise analyses to Nexxim is critical to the full characterization of communication ICs.

Novell’s "Newest" Linux Desktop Move

The company's lack of a coherent Linux strategy is hurting its products -- and the community.

Review: Frugalware Linux

  •; By Preston St. Pierre (Posted by dcparris on May 11, 2006 1:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
The recent release of Frugalware version 0.4 has the makings of a fine Linux distribution. It aims to be as simple as possible while still providing the user with a comfortable, enjoyable experience -- and it is well on its way to achieving that goal.

Enterprise Open Source Editorial — Coexistence

Sometimes I worry that I sound like a broken record repeating the phrases Open Source and open standards

Novell uses numbers against Microsoft

Band plays on

Novell has been juggling thenumbers in its latest effort to gain a toehold on business desktops against Microsoft's Office and integrated server software.

Devicescape offers WLAN capabilities to Linux hacks

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on May 10, 2006 10:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
As Linux laptop use - particularly the proliferation of Linux-based smartphone and handheld devices - has grown, making these devices wireless has become a challenge for some users. When 90% of the world runs on another operating system, getting wireless LAN device drivers that are reliable and bug-free isn't always easy.

Linux-powered Nokia 770 handheld applications

Most organizations aren't ready to migrate to a wireless, network-centric, thin hardware, server/client model, which makes the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet a bit ahead of its time. This handheld device has a basic browser, email client, and multimedia player, but the real beauty of this Linux-based system is its ability to expand it functionality by installing a limited but growing list of applications.

Opinion: The benefits of ubiquitous Linux

  •; By Bill Weinberg (Posted by kozmcrae on May 10, 2006 9:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux continues to make highly visible inroads into the enterprise

Bettering the Linux desktop -- Portland progress

Six months ago, architects from two dozen desktop-oriented Linux projects gathered in Portland, Ore. to work together on creating the best possible Linux desktop. Thus was born the Portland Project. Now, in Mainz, Germany, the expanded group is meeting again on May 8 and 9 to see how far it's come and to look at what's ahead.

The right way to run a Wi-Fi cafe

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on May 10, 2006 7:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of the benefits of living in a place as exotic as Abilene, Texas, is that it presents you with a choice of not one but three Internet-connected coffee shops. Last week, I spent an afternoon in each, scouting for the place I'll go to hole up and get work done this summer when the triple-digit temperatures hit, when mentally calculating the air conditioning costs begins to prove too distracting at home. I haven't yet reached a final decision, but I have some choice words for anyone weighing the idea of starting up a new Internet coffee shop.

RMS on GPLv3, DRM, GFDL, and OSI

  • Free Software Foundation Europe; By Ciaran O'Riordan (Posted by ciaran on May 10, 2006 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU
At the second international GPLv3 conference in Brazil, the GPLv3 road show continued. As well as a good presentation, there was an interesting Q&A session with RMS.

Nine things you should know about Nautilus

The Nautilus program in GNOME is not only the default file manager, it creates and manages the desktop. While it looks simple on the surface, there is a lot of hidden power under the shell. The latest version of Nautilus is 2.14.0, which is included in Fedora Core 5. That's the one I poked with a stick.

Vim tips: Using viewports

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on May 10, 2006 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
A lot of folks use Vim, but many exploit only a small percentage of the editor's features. Sure, you might know how to do the basics in Vim, but what about using more advanced features such as folding, split windows, and marks? With a little practice, you can really boost your productivity with Vim.

Knowledgetree Document Management Software Now Available in ...

KnowledgeTree Professional Brings Document Management to the Desktop With a Familiar Windows(R) Explorer and Microsoft(R) Office(R) Interface Into the Document Repository

Linux System Administration: Growth in the Enterprise

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by dcparris on May 10, 2006 2:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux

Trout Creek, Montana hardly seems like a place one would expect to find a center of Linux learning. Please do not tell Mike Weber of SpiderTools that. He spent the last six years developing one of the more robust training facilities in the US.

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