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Pdc '05 coverage recap

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (Posted by bstadil on Sep 18, 2005 7:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
People attending an industry conference staged by Microsoft wouldn't ordinarily go to a session that touts programs for the rival Linux operating system. But that's what happened here this week

New Notes shows IBM 'is serious'

  • ComputerWorld; By Randal Jackson and John Fontana (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 6:29 PM EDT)
New administration features include a Linux-based Web Administration client and tighter integration with Web services standards, as well as back-end hooks to IBM’s DB2, WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal. DB2 is an option that offers much faster processing because it is a relational database and Notes is not. IBM estimates the new release will allow many customers to run up to 50% more users per server, requiring up to 25% less capacity for the same workload.

Debconf5 DVDs now available

  • Mailing list; By Ben Hutchings (Posted by bstadil on Sep 18, 2005 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I am now releasing DVD videos of the Debconf5 sessions (plus Debian Day and some extras) in PAL format. NTSC format discs will be ready in a few days. I am starting to burn discs for those who have already ordered, and will continue doing so as orders come in.

Microsoft looks to spread authentication technology to Firefox ...

Looking to ease the way customers manage their digital identities, Microsoft has begun working to integrate its InfoCard authentication technology with Internet Explorer and is in discussions with the Firefox and Safari browser developers to have them include the technology on their platforms. According to Microsoft officials, InfoCard integration could show up in Internet Explorer 7.0 even though InfoCard is currently not on the feature list. The goal is to improve security and privacy on the Internet using the InfoCard model, which puts users in control of their personal identity information and would eliminate the need for user names and passwords to sign into a Web site. "We are still working on if there is enough time to get this done" for Internet Explorer 7, says Michael Stephenson, Microsoft's group product manager for Windows Server. "We expect many different applications, smart apps, Web apps and browsers, to use InfoCard. Our own browser will take advantage of it."

Putting the 'e' in governance

  • Financial Express (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
With a host of deployments in various state government departments, Oracle has made substantial inroads in the Indian e-governance scene, says Venkatesh Ganesh

Tax collects Linux for open source analytics

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite its strong ties to proprietary software vendors, the Australian Taxation Office has finally dipped its toes into open source by establishing a Linux-based system for information analytics. Tax has had a Teradata warehouse for 10 years but the change program initiated by chief knowledge officer Philip Hind in November last year is a "series of activities to enhance the ATO's ability to collect and analyse data", assistant commissioner of information management John Body told Computerworld. As a result the ATO invested in Teradata's Warehouse Miner, SAS Enterprise Miner, and hired CSIRO's principal computer scientist for enterprise data mining Dr Graham Williams who pioneered open source analytics for organizations like the Health Insurance Commission and NRMA.

5.10 (Breezy Badger) Preview Release

The Ubuntu Team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, a commitment to security updates for 18 months after each release and professional technical support from many companies around the world.

FUDCon London, 2005

FUDCon London 2005, the third gathering of Fedora Users and Developers, will be held at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo UK, on the 6th of October in Olympia exhibition center, London, UK. FUDCon will feature presentations from prominent members of the Fedora Project, both from Red Hat and from the Fedora community.

FUD: An acronym for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. A typical tactic used by the opponents of open source to prevent its widespread adoption.

Con: In opposition or disagreement with; against.

FUDCon is the conference/summit that focuses on the Fedora Project and all things that go along with it. This includes infrastructure issues, both technological and govermental/intermutual, development issues, community issues, marketing issues and the state of the project address. There is no set time frame with regard to the frequency of FUDCon.

Crackdown forces computer shops to close

  • Inquirer News Service (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In letters addressed to Manzano and NBI Director Reynaldo Wycoco, the businessmen said law enforcers refused to include government agencies using unlicensed software in their operations. Manzano's nationwide crackdown complies with the demands of international anti-piracy groups, which have kept the Philippines in its world blacklist of countries violating intellectual property rights (IPR).

Microsoft talks to the enemy

Bill Hilf runs Microsoft's open source lab at its Seattle Headquarters, overseeing research projects which involve testing Linux and interoperability functions. Formerly a Linux programmer for IBM, Mr Hilf says his role is to give an "objective" view of Linux. But he has no qualms about making sure Microsoft comes out on top. "My goal is to help Microsoft understand the phenomenon of open source software and improve our products because of that."

New Toolbar for Firefox Released: RedZee v2.0

The RedZee toolbar comes with all the standard popup blockers, news feeds, weather and highlighting features found on other toolbars, saus RedZee. The company is currently seeking individuals to taset the Beta version of 2.0.

Free software in all schools in five years

IT@School Project Director Biju Prabhakar has said that the objective of the government was to install free software in all the schools in the state within the next five years.

He's plugged into Honduran needs

A computer professional then teaching at Middlesex Community College in Bedford and Lowell, Reposa journeyed to Honduras on a simple mission: to bring computers and computer know-how to schools that have little of both. Inspired by the results of that monthlong trip, in which he donated computers to two schools and volunteered as a computer teacher, Reposa has embarked on a long-term effort to continue that work in Honduras and possibly one day, in other poor nations...Reposa said he was able to make full use of even many of the antiquated computers by outfitting them with a Linux-based operating system

Tutorial: Setting up a server with SuSE 10.0

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 18, 2005 6:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
This is a very detailed tutorial about how to use the new SuSE 10.0 to set up a web, mail, and ftp server.

Abridged version of Linux-based education CDs

Amidst raging controversies over the selection of Operating Systems for computer education in schools, the IT@School authorities are on the move to introduce an abridged version of the Linux-based resource CDs for the promotion of free software through the project.

Apps Migrate To Open Source

  • Information Week; By Laurie Sullivan (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
Siegenia-Aubi KG had to reboot its Compaq servers about every 14 days until it decided to chuck Windows for Linux. But that meant the German maker of sound-insulating ventilators, as well as windows, doors, and room-ventilation equipment, would run all its enterprise applications on a relatively new open-source platform. The open-source movement has increased dramatically in recent years. To keep up, enterprise-application vendors--Manhattan Associates, Oracle, SAP, Siebel Systems, SSA Global Technologies--are adapting their software to run in these environments.

Multi-core licensing and virtualization promote open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 18, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More flexible licensing is one of the biggest draws open source software has for enterprise users, and the current shift toward dual-core and multi-core processors and use of virtualization technologies may give Linux and open source software even more of an advantage, say analysts and open source project leaders.

Microsoft Struggles in South Korea

It is not certain that the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) will rule against Microsoft but experts predict that the possibility is high. The dominant status of the Windows operating system, a flagship product of Microsoft, is also under threat following the strong emergence in Korea of an open-source alternative called Linux. The country’s love affair with Linux is being pushed by the government, which aims to become a software powerhouse by diluting the monopolistic status of Windows.

Where the mind is without fear and software is free...

  • The Finanical Express (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What is an open source software? According to Michael Tiemann, pioneer of Open Source Movement and vice president, RedHat: ‘‘Open source software is one for which the underlying source code is available freely to users. They may read it, make changes to it and build new versions around it. The idea is to open the gates of innovation. It advances technology at a much faster pace and can bridge the digital divide.’’ Open source software is available across the spectrum. They can be easily downloaded from the Net. Some examples are Firefox, Netscape Navigator for browsers, Apache and Slash for web servers, TUTOS and Compiere for ERP, Sugar for CRM packages, Evolution, Mailmanm and Squirrelmail for email clients (like Outlook Express) and Linux as the king of open source operating systems.

Oracle SAPs competitors in war over ERP & CRM crown

We all know of the operating system wars (like Linux versus Windows) and some of us have heard of the skirmish between databases (such as Oracle versus SQL server) but these are merely cold wars. The real battle is being fought in the ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) arena — between Oracle and SAP. And with the recent announcement of Oracle making a $5.85-billion acquisition of Siebel, the balance is tilted in favour of the former.

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