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Revaluing Deployment Of Open Source Software

The government's policy of open source software (OSS) preference that excludes commercial software from consideration may also exclude 85 percent of the information technology (IT) channel business activity, according to a report. The report by the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), citing the European software market, said the initial annual loss in business opportunity was estimated to be around US$49 billion. "Any decline in government spending would have ripple effects on the economy that might be two to three times greater than the initial direct effect," said ISC in the report which was undertaken in collaboration with Nathan Associates Inc, an international economic consulting firm.

Interview with Rickford Grant, Author of "Linux Made Easy"

An interview was recently done with Rickford Grant, the author of "Linux for Non-Geeks" and the new "Linux Made Easy".

Linux Consultants Survey

An invitation to share your experiences as a Linux consultant for customers who may not know what that means.

Mozilla Foundation Hires Axel Hecht to Improve Localisation Coordination

Axel's main priority will be to improve communication between the multitude of volunteer-run localisation teams and the core Mozilla project management and decision makers. He will represent the interests of the localisation teams in relevant Mozilla project management and release planning meetings and will try to bring the overall Mozilla project and the localisation efforts closer together.

Hackers claim to have cracked latest Firefox flaw

"It took only about three hours and 30 minutes to develop the exploit"

Are government agencies serious about open source?

Recent stories about open source technology in government raises the question of whether CIOs of municipalities are serious about moving to Linux and open source technology, or if they are just using the threat of such a switch as a way to either get Microsoft to lower pricing on its software, or to force the dominant desktop software vendor to add new features?

Review: Buffalo Linux

Buffalo Linux is a relatively new GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and the Linux-Live scripts. It includes many commonly used and essential programs on a live CD with the ability to easily install to hard disk. I ran into a few problems, but found Buffalo is worth looking into.

Real Software Ships REALbasic 2005 for Linux, Brings Rapid ...

  • (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Sep 13, 2005 7:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
REALbasic 2005 for Linux is powerful and easy-to-use and it is helping to bring new software to the Linux platform, because it's similar to Visual Basic, for the first time, the more than three million Visual Basic developers around the world can leverage their skills to create software for Linux

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 101
We talk to Aaron Seigo from the KDE project
Sean Pearsons is alive! We'll talk to him about his whereabouts

Against whom is Linux competing?

  • ZDNet; By Marc Wagner is Services Development Specialist, UITS, Student Technology Centers at Indiana Universi (Posted by Abe on Sep 13, 2005 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Microsoft
In the closing of his article What Linux needs to succeed, Paul Murphy writes of Linux devotees:

Stop trying to make Linux look like Windows, don't put those [Windows] people in charge, and don't let anyone pretend that Linux is some kind of cheaper Windows replacement. Linux is what it is: Unix, and it takes different reflexes, different ideas about networks, about the role of the computer, about data storage, and about application management to make it work.

While I agree with a number of his conclusions (such as the relative strengths of Solaris, BSD, and Linux distantly followed by Windows), I think he misses the point.

VMware beta ups multiprocessor abilities

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Workstation 5.5, due out later this year, lets one computer simultaneously run several operating systems.

Edubuntu 5.10 Preview Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Edubuntu is a partner project of Ubuntu Linux, a distribution suitable for classroom use. A preview of the project's upcoming release 5.10 "Breezy Badger" has been released for download and testing.

OSDir has some sweet shots of Edubuntu 5.10 Preview.

Novell, SugarCRM Sweeten SMB Program

The Linux back-office Sugar Suite is the first CRM product to be added to Novell's Market Start program.

Mozilla Developer Center in Beta

The Mozilla Developer Center is now in beta at Known as Devmo to its friends, the Mozilla Developer Center is a new site for coders wishing to build upon the Mozilla platform.

Linux Professional Institute Certification Training Videos Now Available From CBT Nugget

The Linux operating system continues to increase in popularity. This growth has created a greater demand for qualified and trained technicians. CBT Nuggets has produced a series of training videos focussing on the Linux operating system and the Linux Professional Instute's intermediate level certification.

Strategic thinking and Open IT systems go together

With the increasing use of open standards and open source, often brought about because of the transition to service oriented architecture (SOA), it's important to stop and think strategically about your IT systems from the "open" perspective. Bob Sutor, Vice President of Standards and Open Source for the IBM Corporation, shares his views on SOA and web services.

Sun makes peace with the Linux world

Sun is 'done with the competitive rhetoric' when it comes to Linux, according the firm's chief executive

Panasonic to invest in embedded-Linux start-ups

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Company's venture capital arm is looking to work with four to five start-ups, helping them develop technology and find partners.

SA geek scores top marks in Novell exams

RedLinX technical manager Trevor Fraser recently topped the marks charts when he scored an almost perfect 99.25% in recent Novell CLE exams.

BitTorrent for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The BitTorrent protocol implements a hybrid client/server and P2P file transfer mechanism. BitTorrent efficiently distributes large amounts of static data, such as installation ISO images. It can replace protocols such as anonymous FTP, where client authentication is not required. Each BitTorrent client that downloads a file provides additional bandwidth for uploading the file, reducing the load on the initial source. In general BitTorrent downloads proceed more rapidly than FTP downloads.

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