In celebration of tomorrow's Youth Day holiday in South Africa, Mark Shuttleworth, open source advocate and Ubuntu Linux founder, will answer learner's questions over an amateur radio link.
In a surprising turn of events, Gentoo Linux's founder and former chief architect, Daniel Robbins, has joined Microsoft.
QNX (pronounced either Q-N-X or Q-nix) is a commercial POSIX-compliant Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The system is quite small, fitting in a minimal fashion on a single floppy, and is considered to be both very fast and fairly "complete." But how does it perform? Stuart Goddard submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which shows his experiences after installing version 6.3 of the operating system.
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According to most security professionals, a top-tier, open-source security tool must have sufficient history to allow a practitioner to use it with confidence. And it must have a sufficiently large developer base to ensure that fixes will be available in light of discovered vulnerabilities.
Downplays feature designed to let Linux apps run on Solaris. Instead emphasizes related open-source alternative called Xen.
Mandriva -- formerly Mandrake -- is one of the world's most popular user-level desktop GNU/Linux choices. Now, only a few months after Mandrake extended itself to absorb Conectiva (hence the new "Mandriva") name, it has embraced the small but feature-rich Lycoris distribution. Lycoris founder and CEO Joe Cheek may end up as a Mandriva employee, although this is not certain yet, but Mandriva certainly hopes a substantial percentage of Lycoris's approximately 20,000 paying customers join MandrivaClub. This acquisition may be good for both parties in the long run. But a lot of its success may depend on whether Joe Cheek ends up working for Mandriva or walking away at the end of his current consulting contract, which runs only through this fall.
This Linux based Emerging Technologies Explorer supplies a user interface for consolidating ETTK (Emerging Technologies Toolkit) packages within the Eclipse IDE.
Lycoris CEO Joseph Cheek will join Mandriva to develop "a new and advanced Linux desktop product."
A new version of the Linux kernel has been released, adding support for virtualization and showcasing the use of a new release-management tool developed by Linux inventor Linus Torvalds himself.
A recent blog told of my experience with jr. high school teachers and yours truly walking them through the basics of PCLinuxOS and OpenOffice. Just to fill in some of the blanks, I had been working with the administration to try and get them to switch to Open Source Software. This particular school expressed an interest so I volunteered to help train a few teachers and then they could in turn train others. It is looking like they are serious about making the switch…at least until yesterday.
Although reluctant to deploy open source software within its corporate network, Australia Post, has developed a time-keeping system for some 35,000 employees using a collection of open source tools.
The move to release the source code for the open-source version of Sun's Solaris operating system drives Sun further into a support and services revenue model.
Notebook vendor Targa has reacted to the accusations from the project gpl-violations.org. On its web site, the company writes that "the Targa Quake Media included in the Targa Traveller 826T is based on Linux and contains program parts licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)." Targa uses these program parts "expressly in accordance with the GPL." The company expressed its regret for failing to include a copy of the text of the license with its Traveller 826T notebook, which is on sale at Lidl.
Mandriva today announced an agreement to purchase several assets from Lycoris, a major North American Linux distribution for home users. As part of this agreement, Lycoris' founder and CEO Joseph Cheek is joining Mandriva to develop a new and advanced Linux desktop product.
GoboLinux provides another interesting view of what Linux can be, it takes the standard file structure and reworks it into a style intended to ease the installation of packages. While it's not for the Linux newbie, but it isn't as hard as it could be either. The feel is quick, solid and reliable and worth a look.
Company updates commercial Linux product with support for chips with dual processing engines from Intel, AMD.
Nokia is leveraging technology from both open-source programmers and Apple in the new mobile phone browser it announced this week at its annual conference in its hometown of Helsinki.
Live CDs can be useful for testing an operating system or performing special operations -- assuming there's a live CD distro that does what you need. Unfortunately, if you are running a special application, especially one you wrote yourself, no live CD will be tailored exactly to your needs. But creating you own live CD is easier than you might think, with Slax and its easy customization utility MySlax Creator.
Competitors and analysts are waiting to see whether possible Linux challenger OpenSolaris will build enough of a community to change Sun's business future.