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Microsoft to open website to get feedback on open source

We're now hearing more about Microsoft embracing open-source and Linux, with soon the launching of a website that will get feedback from existing customers who use both Microsoft and open-source solutions.

Traditional DNS Howto

  • HowtoForge; By Tom Adelstein and Falko Timme (Posted by dave on Apr 9, 2006 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This tutorial describes the basics of the Domain Name System (DNS) that Linux system administrators should know of. Front-ends and quick templates to set up domain records have a place in managing sites, but when confronted with DNS configurations already in existence, nothing can substitute for knowing and using the fundamentals.

Why open standards matter

  • NewsForge; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by dcparris on Apr 9, 2006 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
I think open source software is a good thing, but I've never bought into the religious fundamentalist fervor of a lot of the circles I move in as an IT reporter. Condemning people for not using Linux instead of Windows, and the strong-arm tactics of some proprietary software makers that try to lock people into a certain product, are just two sides of the same coin. But open standards that make real choices possible? Now, that's something I can get behind.

The Planet Selects Penguin Computing Hardware for Dedicated Web Hosting Environment for Fastest, Most Powerful Server Offering Ever

Server Hosting Market Leader Expands Customer Options With Fast Provisioning, Customizable Penguin Servers

Debian Project Leader Election 2006 Results

Debian announces the winner of the election...

2006: The year of desktop Linux?

The law of unintended (or maybe intended?) consequences applies in spades to open-source operating systems. Open source drives innovation and choice, but too much choice drives enterprises back into the arms of what they know best—namely Windows.

The ultimate solution

By now everyone has probably heard that Microsofts solution for computer malware is a complete wipe and reload of the operating system. Now, as extreme as it sounds, it isn't completely out of the realm of the reasonable. Of course, most people will argue that you can avoid the, seemingly, unending security problems and exploits that are famously associated with Windows by simply switching to another operating system. But, the solution may be a little more involved than either of those two choices.

Privacy Concerns Over Google's Wi-Fi Network In SF

  • (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 9:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Google's plan to provide free wireless Internet access in San Francisco is raising concerns among privacy advocates.

Hmmm... Google spying on people as usual, eh? I thought all search engines did that.

JBoss' Fleury: The Bad Boy of Open Source

  • Linux Insider; By Sarah Lacey (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 8:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: JBoss
"At a company level, is any publicity good? Yes and no," said Marc Fleury, JBoss CEO. "We've been smart, shrewd, aggressive and in-your-face. We're growing in spite of the rest of the industry trying to kill us from Day 1. That bad boy image actually gave us a lot of traction in the beginning."

Company Profile: Simula Labs, Open-Source Pot-Stirrer

  • InformationWeek; By Stacy Cowley (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 7:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: IBM, MySQL
Simula was started by Winston Damarillo, founder of Gluecode, which he sold to IBM last year. Simula is working on helping put together a collection of ventures that build software based on a shared stack of open-source components.

"fedora Foundation...Not the Right Answer," Declares Linux Vendor ...

"Red Hat has been supporting a free Linux distribution for over ten years, and Red Hat will *always* support a free Linux distribution," wrote Fedora project leader Max Spevack in a posting to the Fedora Project listserv last week. In the detailed posting he wet in to outline that Red Hat was "restructuring" the Project...and disbanding the Fedora Foundation.

Sometimes our vision is seen differently by others. Gee, you don't suppose it might be the name of the foundation, do you?

Linuxworld Magazine honors Sybase RDBMS with Readers'Choice Award

Sybase ASE was named 'Best Linux Database,' triumphing by a wide margin over offerings from MySQL, Oracle and Ingres/Computer Associates. SYS-CON, the parent publishing company for LinuxWorld Magazine, tallied votes from over 17,000 of its readers and announced the winners.

Inq readers want triple boot Mac with Linux next

I'D LIKE to say a big thank you to all of those of you who wrote in with praise for my recent analysis of Apple’s Boot Camp and its prospects for changing the business computing landscape.

NVIDIA Display Driver 1.0-8756

NVIDIA just released version 1.0-8756 of their Linux display drivers. Changes include: Adds support for GeForce 7300, GeForce 7400 Go, GeForce 7600 and GeForce 7900 GPUs.

Portable GIMP 2.2.10 Beta 1

  •; By A^C^E (Posted by dcparris on Apr 8, 2006 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Portable GIMP is the popular the GIMP image editor packaged as a portable application, so you can take your images with you and do your editing on the go.

Virus proof of concept can infect both Windows and Linux systems

  • The Linux Tutorial,; By Jaikumar Vijayan at ComputerWorld (Posted by tripwire45 on Apr 8, 2006 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
There are many opinions as to why most virus writers write their code to affect Windows but for the most part seem to ignore Linux. Some think this represents an "apples and oranges" situation since each operating system kernel is dissimilar from one another. Now we see a "proof of concept" virus that can affect both Windows and Linux...

Registrar's database said to have exposed data

A database problem with a U.S. domain name registrar exposed sensitive financial and personal information relating to thousands of domain name registrations, a Dutch company said Friday.

One open source software defect fix every six minutes

Coverity, makers of a source code analysis solution, today announced preliminary findings showing that open source developers fixed a software defect every six minutes in the week following Coverity's analysis that established a baseline metric for software quality.

Mysql fills Oracle-consumed hole in database

The upstart database company is developing its own transactional storage engine, which can effectively be used as a replacement for the Oracle-acquired technology, executives said.

Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room

  • Wired News; By Ryan Singel (Posted by oilyfish on Apr 8, 2006 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Despite what we are hearing, and considering the public track record of this administration, I simply do not believe their claims that the NSA's spying program is really limited to foreign communications or is otherwise consistent with the NSA's charter or with FISA," Klein's wrote. "And unlike the controversy over targeted wiretaps of individuals' phone calls, this potential spying appears to be applied wholesale to all sorts of internet communications of countless citizens."

Also at Wired: Wiretap Whistleblower's Statement

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