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Microsoft announces virtualization freebie

Microsoft said last week it would remove the price tag from its Virtual Server and begin offering the virtualization technology as a free download to Windows users.

Soa Goes Open Source

Entrepreneur has a software suite to help companies build their own service-oriented architectures

Deals for 10 April: Palm, Red Hat, JBoss, Comverse, Netcentrix ...

Red Hat, Inc., a vendor of open source products to the enterprise, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire JBoss, a vendor of open source middleware.

The Minnesota Open Formats Bill: Bandwagon or Babel?

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 10, 2006 10:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
It is perhaps no surprise that Minnesota, a blue state like Massachusetts and heir to the political traditions of the Prairie Populists, should be the next state to host a bill to require "open data formats." In spirit, this is a good thing, as it indicates a broadening appeal for open document format standards that, if missing, would be worrisome.

More Linux Users Means Higher Returns for Red Hat

Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan said the LinuxWorld expo in San Francisco has reinforced his firm’s conviction on the Linux open source market, and that what’s good for Linux is also good for leading open-source provider Red Hat.

Xchange Network's XC Connect Enables Independence Across Desktop Applications; Now Available in a Hosted Environment

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Xchange Network announced that their advanced collaboration software, XC Connect, is now available in a secure hosted environment. With XC Connect, users can seamlessly share calendar, contact, and task management data between and across familiar desktop applications such as Microsoft(R) Outlook(R), Microsoft Entourage(R), iCal, Mac Address Book, and Novell(R) Evolution -- whether running on Windows, OS X, or Linux operating systems.

Users at LinuxWorld talk up security

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dcparris on Apr 10, 2006 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In conference sessions and hallway discussions at LinuxWorld Expo last week, open source users swapped strategies for hardening Linux servers and building open source applications that can repel hackers, stand up to regulators and survive the sc

Internet Explorer to Firefox -- Rather Worry Than Switch?

I had a comment on the blog entry on waiting for official IE patches or not. The comment asked this: why don't people just switch to Firefox? This isn't to say that Firefox doesn't also sometimes have security issues (it does) but there are advantages to using a browser that isn't as tied into the operating system as Internet Explorer.

Red Hat to Buy JBoss for About $350 Million Initially

Red Hat said in a statement, the transaction consists of 40 percent cash, with the balance in Red Hat common stock. It said it will also pay about $70 million more if certain performance metrics are achieved in the future.

Proven Success of ProCAST 2005 Helps ESI Group Pick Up 2006 Frost & Sullivan European Technology Leadership of the Year Award

LONDON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's 2006 European Technology Leadership of the Year Award in digital simulation for prototyping and manufacturing processes goes to the France-based ESI Group for its ProCAST 2005 software for foundry simulation. ProCAST 2005 has demonstrated exemplary success in streamlining casting process design. Based on proven finite element technology, ProCAST 2005 provides a complete solution for a wide range of casting processes including high-pressure die casting, investment casting, shell casting, low pressure die casting, sand casting, gravity die casting, tilt pouring and the lost foam process.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora Foundation, Kubuntu troubles, Anthony Towns, Xandros Server

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 10, 2006 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. This will be an interesting week for distribution developers and beta testers - if everything goes according to the plan, the release candidate of the much delayed SUSE Linux 10.1 should be released later this week, together with the first beta of Ubuntu Linux 6.06. We'll also look at the events of the past week - the unexpected burial of the Fedora Foundation plans, troubles in Kubuntu, and elections of the new Debian Project Leader. As promised, the winners of the Beginning Ubuntu Linux competition are also announced. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Building a Linux supercomputer using SSH and PVM

  •; By Mark Alexander Bain (Posted by hkwint on Apr 10, 2006 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
If you have a couple of old Linux boxes sitting around, then you've got the makings of a supercomputer. Dust them off, install Secure Shell (SSH) and Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM), and start your complex algorithms.

Open-Xchange Server Wins 'Best Open Source Solution' Award at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 10, 2006 6:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
International Judges Reward Innovative Character of the Leading Open Source Collaboration Server

Linux and The End Of The World: Installing Linux in Southern Chile

One of more modest goals of the Open Source and Linux software community is World domination. Well, it seems we might just be doing it. We take a look at the Status of Linux and Open Source projects in Southern Chile, after the recent Latin American Linux Install fest in South America.

New website polls regarding Linux world

A new polls website is born.

The site is brand new, and so doesn't have many opinions yet. It appears to be more of a fun site than a serious one, as there seems to be little effort to authenticate voters. Still, it could be interesting, and should prove to be a lot of fun.

Building a Linux supercomputer using SSH and PVM

If you have a couple of old Linux boxes sitting around, then you've got the makings of a supercomputer. Dust them off, install Secure Shell (SSH) and Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM), and start your complex algorithms.

Apps-to-go site looks for gold and community

Launched in December, is a community site in which Haller and other developers offer versions of standard software that a person can take with them on a flash drive, a storage device that uses flash memory and is small enough to attach to a keychain. The hardware runs off a PC's USB port.

Reducing Your Memory Usage in Firefox

  • Moneycontrol Tech Blog; By Aalaap Ghag (Posted by hkwint on Apr 10, 2006 3:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mozilla
On, reader Aalaap Ghag has collected two ways to reduce memory usage in Firefox.

In his post, he links to two articles: One about a tweak in the preferences and one about"> extensions .

On-chip debug technology runs on Linux

  • Electronics Talk; By Macraigor Systems (Posted by hkwint on Apr 10, 2006 3:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Macraigor Systems has ported its proprietary OCDemon on-chip debug technology to the Linux platform using the newly introduced usb2Demon and debug interface.

This new port gives engineers who prefer developing on a Linux host platform the high speed and flexibility of using the usb2Demon to successfully debug, test and program the target system.

Exchange Killer On The Loose?

April 10th, 2006: One of the world's most popular message transfer agents is going Open Source. A surprise, as most people thought it was already.

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