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Visual Studio from Microsoft Usable on Linux

Thanks to Mainsoft, Linux software developers will be able to use from now on Microsoft’s Visual Studio to develop Web applications for Linux. Visual MainWin for J2EE Developer Edition, or Grasshopper, is a free .NET plug-in, and is the result of a two-year collaboration with the Mono development community (the open-source alternative to.NET platform).

Golden's Rules: Mixing Linux and Windows

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Bernard Golden (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 3:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you listen to the debate between Microsoft advocates and open source zealots, you might easily conclude that it's an all-or-nothing proposition. For them, it's one or the other. While the partisan participants in the discussion declaim their "truths," most of the rest of us have to exist in the real IT world. In our world, nobody runs an all one-thing shop. In fact, most of us run an all-everything shop! So, to us, the question of whether Windows and open source can coexist is critical, and the tone of the debate is pretty discouraging.

Vienna dumps Microsoft, moves to Linux

Vienna City council plans to dump Windows 2000 and move to a new Linux distribution on the desktop. The council’s Windows 2000 licence runs out in 2010 and it is apparently in the process of installing its own Linux distribution on its desktops.

A fifth of Japanese companies uses open source software on servers

21 percent of companies in Japan use open-source software for their server operating systems. This share thus matches that of South Korean but is below that of the US, where meanwhile 33 percent of companies have opted for open source in this area.

Sourcelabs launches site for open-source projects

SourceLabs this week launched an online community-based catalog of open-source projects that is meant to let developers provide the latest information to interested IT organisations.

Trolltech and Opera aim to get Linux on the road

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 12:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Opera, the Norwegian vendor of the web browser of the same name, and Norwegian software firm Trolltech, the developer of the C++ framework Qt for the KDE Unix/Linux desktop among others things, have entered into a strategic partnership.

Systemax Releases First Custom-Build PCs Pre-Installed with Desktop Linux Operating System

Linspire Linux Computers Now Available Build-To-Order at and Other Major Retailers

Creating a clearinghouse for open-source info

  • ZDNet (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 11:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Start-up SourceLabs has launched a Web site that draws on the latest collaboration and syndication tools to create a sort of owner's manual for open-source software.

Community Site For Open-Source Projects Launches

SourceLabs debuts a catalog of open-source projects that's meant to let developers provide the latest information to interested IT organizations.

The Linux Desktop Distribution of the Future

"The Man Also Known as 'I'm Batman'" enumerates issues he sees with Linux, then goes on to provide suggestions for a new Linux Desktop that is based on current research in the Linux community.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0

  • Mailing list; By Christian Haugan Toldnes (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 8:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Trustix
We have just released Trustix Secure Linux 3.0

$299 Linux PC hits US shelves

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 8:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Systemax has unveiled its first desktop PC pre-installed with desktop Linux. The budget model is selling in the US for $299. The system builder chose Linspire's operating system for its Venture L335 system which comes with an Intel Celeron D processor, 40GB hard drive and 256MB of Ram.

Open-source advocate discusses the movement

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Brian Behlendorf, 32, is a leader of the open source movement and a high-tech Renaissance man. He was a key developer of the Apache Web server and is now the CTO at CollabNet, which provides hosted solutions for Web-based software development to Intel, Sun, Motorola and others. He also is a lover of all-night raves, techno music and art. He recently spoke with Network World Senior Editor Carolyn Duffy Marsan.

Open source victory in EU software patent row

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 6:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
In a near unanimous vote, the European Parliament has rejected the controversial Software Patents Directive. Rejection means that companies and software developers can continue to register patents, but protection will not be guaranteed across the EU.

Google's Firefox toolbar ready

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on Jul 7, 2005 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google will release a new version of its tool bar for the Firefox browser later today. The Firefox toolbar will have all of the features found on the IE toolbar except a pop-up blocker and browse-by-name functionality, which Firefox already has and doesn’t need.

Trolltech and Opera target Linux for mobile and home use

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2005 5:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Embedded Linux tools vendor Trolltech AS has announced a strategic partnership with web browser software vendor Opera Software ASA through which the two companies will develop Linux products for the mobile communications and home entertainment markets.

MySQL Clustering and Security

I wrote briefly about securing MySQL last week and Andrew-J2000 suggested he was looking for a bit more depth into the clustering side of the scenario. I have recommended some additional links here for night-table reading to study up on some case studies, documentation and other miscellany involved with clustering MySQL.

Vienna starts desktop Linux migration

  • ZDNetIndia (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2005 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It may mean nothing to you, but the Wienux distribution is now being rolled out in Vienna. The Austrian capital city of Vienna kicked off its soft migration to open source software on the desktop on Tuesday.

European rejection of software patents is a victory for open source

  • Mailing list; By Eric S. Raymond (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2005 1:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
The Open Source Initiative welcomes the news that European Parliament voted overwhelmingly today (6 July 2005) to reject a proposal that would have permitted American-style software patents in Europe.

Java jives with Linux, open source

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Jul 6, 2005 12:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
With Java and open source technology now as intertwined as they are, it's no surprise that many announcements out of last week's JavaOne conference in San Francisco had either a Linux or an open source slant.

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