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Charities shun open source code

In the computing world, open-source software is often taken to mean free - so why would a charity choose to fork out good money for proprietary software?

Greenplum and SitePen team on open source warehouse monitor

GreenPlum Inc has teamed up with web-development firm SitePen Inc to offer real-time data charting capabilities into a systems administration component planned for its Bizgres open source data warehousing platform later this year.

Open-source Ventures: Where’s the Money?

  • CIO; By John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau) (Posted by dcparris on Nov 8, 2006 7:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Open source has plenty of supporters—among them venture capitalists who view the software as a disruptive technology with huge potential. But that doesn’t mean they’re about to throw cash at open-source startups as they did at new companies during the dot-com rush.

Guide to all things Open

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Nov 8, 2006 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU, Linux
Douglas Goldstein and co-author Peter Groen have anarticle entitled: Understanding Open Solutions and Terminology in Healthcare in Virtual Medical World that compares and contrasts all things that call themselves Open:'Having heard so many people recently using the terms"open systems","open computing", and"open source" interchangeably, believing they all mean the same thing, the authors felt it was time to once again get back to basics and write a short article defining some of these terms and pointing out the critical differences between them...' Anotherarticle in the same issue on the future of healthcare predicts that by the year 2020:'...The EHRs in use will be interoperable, standards based and many will be Open Solutions that are supported by an international network of companies and community of users and developers, e.g. WorldVistA EHR, OSCAR, OpenEMR...'

Microsoft Linux Part 2: Red Hat Responds

It didn’t take long for Red Hat to comment on the Microsoft-Novell agreement, which will pit the leading Linux distributor directly against the software juggernaut.

Shake Some Sense into Your Linux ThinkPad

Place your computer on the leading edge of cathartic interfaces by modifying the kernel to reset your Linux laptop automatically when shaken during a kernel panic. Implement a shake-detection algorithm in the kernel and user space to perform automatic shutdowns and restarts when certain kinetic conditions are met.

Linux man gets his Windows money back

A LINUX FAN has managed to get a refund from Dell for supplying a Windows operating system he would not be seen dead using.

[Glad to hear it finally happened. - dcparris]

Linux printing: much done and more to do

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 8, 2006 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In the last seven years, printing on Linux has undergone a metamorphosis. Barely adequate printing support, provided on a program by program basis, has been transmuted by a half dozen projects into a wealth of options comparable to those available on Windows or the Mac OS. Where printer manufacturers once ignored Linux, a growing number support it and the rest are watching closely. Standardization and support for multiple distributions remain major problems, but community and corporate interests have recently started working together to address these last remaining problems.

Linux switch costs Microsoft £230mn

Microsoft will spend more than $440m (about £230m) in licensing fees and sales and marketing costs over the next five years to keep up its end of the historic Linux agreement it made with Novell.

CIO Jury: The Linux desktop is dead

Linux is unlikely ever to be a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows on the desktop for corporate IT departments, according to leading CIOs.

[Tell that to helios and the 450+ employees now using Linux on the desktop! - dcparris]

Novell Outlines Details of Agreement with Microsoft

Novell published additional details on the agreements announced with Microsoft on Nov. 2, outlining the substantial commitment made by both companies to address customers' growing requirement for Windows and Linux interoperability.

Episode 38 - Useful Shell Commands Part 2

In this shortened episode: upcoming episodes on file managers and Fedora Core 6; interview with Patrick Volkerding on The Linux Link Tech Show; a discussion of various Linux commands including df, wc, cal, date, clear, who, whoami, whois, whereis, cat, lpr, lpstat, and lpq; promo for the Gadgetboyz podcast; a Listener Tip on GParted Live CD; listener feedback.

White box makers to pre-install SUSE Linux desktop

Novell officials are pleased to note four white box PC makers will distribute new PCs pre-loaded with the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system. Specifically, European manufacturers ETegro Technologies, MAXDATA and Transtec along with U.S.-based R Cubed Technologies will sell notebooks and/or desktop computers with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 already installed and ship it globally.

OpenSSH 4.5 fixes bugs

OpenSSH 4.5 was released today, fixing a number of bugs and security risks. T-shirts, posters and CDs continue to feature in OpenBSD and OpenSSH releases.

Server or Desktop: Can Linux Companies Make it Work?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 8, 2006 1:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Lately, I’ve found myself troubled with the changes taking place with Xandros. As many of you probably know by now, Xandros has gone through a reorganization that meant that they had to layoff roughly five employees.

Pakistan looks to free software

Often labelled as a nation of software pirates Pakistan is looking at free software as a way to transform its image and build local skills.

How To Compile A Kernel - The Ubuntu Way

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Ubuntu systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

The “Real” Secret Behind Windows' Success: Part II

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 8, 2006 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Have you ever wondered why a company with the size, power and resources of Microsoft can't seem to get a handle on the never ending security fixes? Have you ever considered the insanity of offering "patches" to some security holes so obvious that not seeing them until later is suspicious at best?

VIA goes binary only.

  •; By Luc Verhaegen. (Posted by libv on Nov 8, 2006 10:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VIA has been providing source for its unichrome IGP since 2003. Despite this, they managed to receive a lot of criticism for pulling several stunts with respect to this code. Their latest stunt is to stop providing source completely. XF40070 is now only available as a binary.

Chapter 8: Setting Up a Game Server with BZFlag

Excerpt from Linux Toys II by Christopher Negus. All-new toys in this edition include a MythTV entertainment center, eMoviX bootable home movies, a BZFlag game client and server, and an Icecast Internet radio station, plus five more. Companion Web site,, provides information for further enhancing the projects.

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