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The Lure Of Open Source

Akibia is a 20-year-old, $100 million traditional IT services provider that cast a net into the shallow waters of Linux two years ago. And even though it has brought in only between $2 million and $4 million in revenue from its Linux practice over the past 12 months, the Westborough, Mass., firm—which was selected as Novell’s Linux Partner of The Year for 2005—sees a wave of service opportunities crashing in as Linux and open-source use expands in the data center.

Linux a BIG hit in India

It has been over a year since UTI Bank set up its call center that handles over 7,000 calls per day. The bank was looking for a robust platform that could guarantee it "high availability of services and uninterrupted call traffic". It had options but finally decided on Linux for its core business applications. "Today, we are really happy with Linux that has delivered 99.99 per cent uptime so far," says Pritesh Thaker, AVP, IT, UTI Bank. The bank, in fact, is now planning to base its credit card-based system on Linux too.

CPI Analysis on POWER5

  • IBM DeveloperWorks; By Duc Vianney, Alex Mericas, Bill Maron, Thomas Chen, Steve Kunkel, and Bret Olszewski (Posted by idean on Apr 8, 2006 5:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article begins a short series on workload performance analysis on Power Architecture systems. Part 1 introduces the CPU feature set and a variety of useful tools for collecting data. Cycles per instruction (CPI) is the measurement for analyzing the performance of a workload.

Access Linux Platform Shown at LinuxWorld

The ACCESS Linux Platform is the next mobile software platform from PalmSource. It has its roots in the Palm OS for Linux project. ALP is a combination of a number of technologies including Palm OS for Linux, the NetFront mobile web browser and a number of open source projects.

Microsoft Shows Linux the Love

With a high-profile executive speech at LinuxWorld and the launch of a new Web site focusing on open source, Microsoft has been cozying up to the Linux penguin this week.

Linux PDA/phone deemed a bargain

The A780 has a clever design that allows it to be used conveniently as a candybar phone, or opened up when touchscreen PDA applications are required, Loli-Queru observes. Much of the device's functionality, including its music player and camera, is available in candybar mode.

New PoC malware can infect both Windows and Linux

Kaspersky Lab today reported a new proof-of-concept (PoC) cross-platform virus that creates malicious code to infect both Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems. [ED: They made a virus that can infect both Linux and Windows just to prove it could be done? - sharkscott]

Novell Named 'Best of Show' in Boston and Sydney

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 1:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
OpenSUSE, Open Enterprise Server and Mono Honored at LinuxWorld Events for Innovation

Linuxworld: What not to do when eyeing open-source software

  • ComputerWorld; By Todd R. Weiss (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When considering a migration to open-source software, IT users should keep in mind the mistakes of those who tried before and avoid falling into the same traps experienced by others.

DCC Alliance: We're Not Dead Yet

The DCC Alliance emerges from LinuxWorld still set to its goal of making Debian Linux a major business player.

Linuxworld 2006: A Diamond in The Rough

"What do you think of the show?" This is the question I heard all week at LinuxWorld here. It turns out that many of my journalist peers, a few speakers and a number of vendors weren't as impressed by the show as I was.

Google Debuts Second Toolbar For Firefox

  • PC Magazine; By ExtremeTech Staff (Posted by dcparris on Apr 7, 2006 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google has released the second version of Google Toolbar for the Firefox operating system, which includes support for RSS feeds and new Safe Browsing tools.

Since when did Firefox become an OS? Had they said that about Emacs, well I could understand. But Firefox? The only reason I linked to this article was for the funny factor. Guess we all know which tech magazines not to read for serious tech news. - dcparris

Linuxworld: Maintaining the impact of open source applications

Maria Winslow, author of The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source and open source business analyst for Open Source Migrations, sat down at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston with She talked about her views on emerging technologies, where not to find deployable open source applications and the impact of proprietary vendors that decide to share their code with the community.

Microsoft and open source: no longer incompatible?

Redmond (WA) - In a very strange way, Microsoft pioneered the concept of open-source software. While you're still swallowing hard after that last sentence, take a few moments and some deep breaths, and just think about my explanation for a moment: Microsoft's cornerstone product was its BASIC interpreter. To have learned to program in BASIC during the 1970s, as many of us did using TRS-80 Level II BASIC, or Applesoft BASIC - both of which were made by Microsoft, and co-authored by Bill Gates himself - you printed out program listings on an old Centronics dot-matrix printer, and you shared them with your friends and colleagues. The first microcomputers were sustained by the earliest form of an open-source initiative.

While I think Microsoft and FOSS are still largely incompatible, it is difficult to tell what's going on in Redmond. Fact is, I remain doubtful that they intend to play "nice". - dcparris

Debian electing new project leader

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Apr 7, 2006 9:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
Every year, Debian developers are asked to choose one of their own to serve as Debian Project Leader (DPL). It's that time again, and once again it's a crowded field. Seven developers are running this year: Jeroen van Wolffelaar, Ari Pollak, Steve McIntyre, Anthony Towns, Andreas Schuldei, Jonathan (Ted) Walther, and Bill Allombert. Retiring DPL Branden Robinson is not running for re-election.

It sounds a little like the Debian community is debating whether to remain Baptist, or convert to a Presbyterian polity. Actually, the "council of elders" is a good thing. - dcparris

Mandriva Community Newsletter #118

Paint 3-D images with PHP

This tutorial show you how to use the Image_3D package and practical applications of 3-D graphics.

Red Hat set to Advance further with its channel

Werner Knoblich, vice-president EMEA at Red Hat, told CRN: “Red Hat was a very direct business, but over the past three years we have moved from a 90 per cent direct firm to 60 per cent indirect in Europe. The channel is essential for Red Hat.”

Perhaps other GNU/Linux vendors could take a lesson from Red Hat's strategy. By developing partner channels, Red Hat is becoming the means through which others build their businesses. Everyone wins, and that's a beautiful thing! - dcparris

Norway Looks to Open Source

Norway said Friday that it plans to wean itself from dependence on large corporations like Microsoft by increasing the use of open source software within government agencies. The Norwegian government also plans to organize a panel of experts to set standards for access to public information and how operating systems can interoperate.

Real-time x86 SMP Linux updated, ported to SuSE

Concurrent has updated its Red Hat-based real-time Linux distribution for multi-processor x86 systems, adding support for multicore AMD and Intel processors. It has additionally announced real-time extensions and tools for SuSE Linux, and signed up Novell to help sell and support them.

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