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LinuxForce Wins Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Contract

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, formerly known as Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, and LinuxForce, a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, have signed a long-term services agreement wherein LinuxForce will monitor and maintain a number of GNU/Linux systems for Aker.

KDE 3.5: A Visual Guide to New Features

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
KDE 3.5 brings improvements in aesthetics, usability and performance as well as adding new functionality and features. A full list can be found in the developer changelog, but for humans here is a visual guide to some of the best improvements.

Camber Picks Red Hat Enterprise Linux

November 29, 2005 -- (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Red Hat ( said on Tuesday that defense technology developer Camber Corporation had deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its computing and Web-based warfare training.

Review of some useful sysadmin-utilities

 LXer feature

Every sysadmin has his own "can't live without" tools. Today, I'll review some tools I can't live without, and some others which just make life easier. The covered tools include command line tools, GUI tools, and even a webpage.


[Ed: Hans wrote this very useful article. He says that plenty of other tools exist for admins out there besides the ones he uses regularly. Maybe some of them are on your list. Let us know about your most valuable utilities in the comments section. -tadelste]

The Open Source Option

  • Small Business Computing; By Steve Apiki (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oh, that it were all as simple as downloading some free software. Open-source software is a maturing, ever-more viable option for small business, but reducing cost through its use requires a careful approach

Open source desktop basics: Risk-free ways to get started, part 2

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Frank van Wensveen (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 1:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Don't get alarmed, but I'm now going to suggest that you put Linux on your business desktop. I'm even going to say that this is a no-risk exercise.

Help judge the Codie Awards

Every year, the Software& Information Industry Association runs its Codie Awards to recognize software excellence. This year, as every year, the Best Open Source Solution category is woefully under-represented, for procedural reasons that the organization could and should fix. But you can help pick the winner.

Open source desktop basics: Risk-free ways to get started, part 1

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Frank van Wensveen (Posted by bstadil on Nov 29, 2005 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
If you're at all like me, you tend to be just a little careful with your corporate IT infrastructure. What I do not want to hear is, "Hey, let's rip out these mission-critical services, replace them with this open source thing we keep hearing about, and see what happens.

"What I have wanted to hear about are ways to introduce open source software (OSS) into my corporate IT services without risking any problems at all. If you'd like to know what I've heard, then read on

New York State Attorney General might get tough with Sony

  • Ars Technica site; By Nate Anderson (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Nov 29, 2005 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite Sony's claim to have ordered the recall of the rootkit protected music CDs, those discs were easily purchased by investigators at major outlets. The action taken by the office were letters to the retailers advising them to promptly return their entire inventory of these security risk discs back to Sony. Since it seems Mr. Spitzer is well aware of the security issues and the laggard pace of removal it may be likely that legal action from the State of New York may be pursued against Sony.

Microsoft Drops the Office Open Standard Ball

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
There will be no new open license for Microsoft's XML Office format after all. Instead, Microsoft simply states that it won't sue for use of its XML Office format patents.

Trolltech Launches First Linux-based VoIP Framework for Handheld Devices

Trolltech Launches First Linux-based VoIP Framework for Handheld Devices

Linux Journal, January 2006: Build a Home Terabyte Backup System Using Linux

Build a low-cost, terabyte-sized backup server using Linux and back up your digital audio files, digital images and digital movie recordings.

Libranet's long goodbye

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Basically the operation is shutting down." With these words, Tal Danzig, the owner and technical lead for the Libranet distribution, quietly announced in his blog on November 25 the news that users had been dreading ever since his announcement two months ago that the distribution was "restructuring."

Java Apps Fill The Gaps

While the people that develop for Linux bust their backsides to bring us quality applications, Java developers are supplying us with excellent programs in the meantime.

Comment of the Day #2, November 29, 2005

[Dinotrac did some independent research and analysis, instead of accepting the article's premise like a good little consumer. -tuxchick]

Here's the part that's really getting their goat:

Year to Year growth in ULW share:

Windows: 5.0%
Linux: 23.7%

And then, when you consider the great unreported "market", Linux uptake is huge and growing faster by far than Windows servers.

The bottom line: A Microsoft monopoly in the server room is a pipe dream.

See the article, thread, and complete comment here.

Henry's Damn Ubuntu Review

  • Henry the Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Nov 29, 2005 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
My name is Henry the Adequate and I am a superhero. I am also a computer genius, and a Linux Guru (notice the capitals - this denotes an official status). So, following up on my Damn Small Review, here is my review of the brilliant new Ubuntu 5.10.

Firefox's new browsing engine

Web browser news can rarely be described as hot, but today's launch of an update to Firefox managed to creep into the red on our news thermometers.

That's because since the Stuff team adopted the version 1.0 of the browser at the expense of Internet Explorer almost a year ago, we've found our web surfing an infinitely more agreeable experience.

ZDNet Asia Top Tech 50: Red Hat

after efforts by Red Hat to target the growing demand for Linux in government and large enterprises through distribution agreements with Dell and HP, the company achieved record sales in the quarter ended May 31 this year.

Wireless Networking with ndiswrapper

  • Tux Magazine; By Jes Hall (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2005 7:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Wireless cards can be quite a bit of trouble for Linux users. Very few manufacturers have any interest in writing Linux drivers or releasing information about their cards so other people can use this information to write Linux drivers. There is a small selection of Linux-compatible Wi-Fi (wireless networking) cards, but they tend to be rather expensive. Worse, you don't get very much choice about which wireless networking chipset is built-in when you buy a laptop.

Linus Torvalds: Linux 2.6.15-rc3

I just pushed 2.6.15-rc3 out there, and here are both the shortlog and diffstats appended.

Most notable are some VM fixes from Hugh Dickins (with me then redoing some of it, but the bulk of the work goes to Hugh). That should finally hopefully fix some of the issues some people hit with the PageReserved removal and cleanup by Nick Piggin that was in -rc1.

There's also some input updates, cifs fixes, USB EHCI host controller updates, and a number of random stuff. Details in the shortlog below,


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