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Microsoft execs jilted by an unfaithful Dell

'We should whack them'Microsoft executives - having been unceremoniously dressed down for, among other things, plotting to cut off rival Netscape's supply of life-giving air - discussed bludgeoning Dell over the true-blue ally's embrace of Linux.

New Linux Foundation Must Be Part Lawyer, Part Peacemaker

  • InformationWeek; By Larry Greenemeier Marianne Kolbasuk McGee Charles Babcock (Posted by dcparris on Jan 27, 2007 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, Linux
The Linux Foundation faces challenges on the legal front, but also on nuts-and-bolts issues such as setting standards.

Debian tipped for February release

The long-awaited next version of the Debian open-source operating system is most likely to be released in February, according to members of the Debian community.

Apache Geronimo Beans and the EJB Query Language

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Murali Vivekanandan (Posted by solrac on Jan 27, 2007 10:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The EJB Query Language (EJB QL) allows you to write queries without any knowledge of the relational schema governing the entity beans. This tutorial explains core concepts of the EJB QL with the help of an example Web application using an entity bean that you'll deploy on the Apache Geronimo application server.

Why Do You Contribute to Community Documentation?

It’s important to understand volunteer motivation to encourage further altruistic and mutually beneficial behavior. O’Reilly Editor Andy Oram has created a short survey for people to contribute to community documentation: “Do you answer questions on mailing lists about how to use a software tool or language? Do you write documentation, put up web pages, or contribute to wikis about software? If so, please take the following survey to help O’Reilly do research that will help us understand why people contribute to documentation (versus software projects themselves.) The results will be published on the O’Reilly web site, and may help software projects and communities get more such contributions. We’re only interested in hearing from people who do this for non-monetary reasons.

The Basics of XSLT

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Jan 27, 2007 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Transform XML data from one format to another with Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT). This tutorial explains how to create XSLT stylesheets, and the basics of XPath, which enables you to select specific parts of an XML document.

Executive Interview: Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation director

Foreword -- The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and Free Standard Group (FSG) merged on Jan. 21, creating the Linux Foundation, a single entity aiming to take responsibility for Linux standardization, promotion, and protection. wasted no time interviewing Jim Zemlin, the new mega-organization's executive director.

ODF Can Handle Anything MSOffice Throws At It

There is an interesting discussion triggered by Tim Bray's "ongoing · Life Is Complicated" blog piece:

Dual-booting Vista and Linux

In Part 1 of this series, columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols prepared a system for use in comparing the features and performance of Windows Vista with Linux. In this second segment, our fearless curmudgeon installs the two operating systems and configures the resulting system for dual-booting, using the GRUB bootloader.

A First Look at Windows Vista

Back in the day, your operating system was a big deal. It was who you were. Mac vs. Windows was like Catholic vs. Protestant, or Republican vs. Democrat, and about as rational. Now it's somewhere down around Coke vs. Pepsi...So many of the file-compatibility issues have been solved, and so much computing goes on in the browser anyway. So who cares?

Did Microsoft want to 'whack' Dell over its Linux dealings?

Barely a week after a U.S. judge approved a landmark antitrust agreement with Microsoft, company executives were swapping e-mails suggesting Dell deserved a beating for its growing interest in Linux, according to documents filed with a state court.

Educators can manage course content with Moodle

As an educator, I am interested in course management systems (CMS) applications for courses, curriculums, and institutions. Well-known proprietary CMS applications such as WebCT and Blackboard are too expensive for the schools and companies I work with. After testing and playing with several open source CMS applications, my favorite is Moodle.

Backup & Recovery

The previous incarnation of this book (seven years old, now) was a heavy hitter in the Linux and UNIX communities. While that's not a bad thing, it doesn't do much for you if you administer a heterogeneous server and desktop environment (tell me you don't have any Windows computers at all where you work). Preston threw a much wider net this time, covering not only UNIX/Linux and Windows but Mac OS X, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, and even VMware. Most backup and recovery books on the market target specific OS and hardware platforms. That would seem to make sense on the surface and would make the book easier to write. This book however, proposes to be the "one-stop-shopping" text for just about everyone's needs. Preston's first book on the subject was a smash. Let's see if lightning strikes twice in the same place.

ECIS Accuses Microsoft of Plotting HTML Hijack

An industry coalition that has represented competitors of Microsoft in European markets before the European Commission stepped up its public relations offensive this morning, this time accusing Microsoft of scheming to upset HTML's place in the fabric of the Internet with XAML, an XML-based layout lexicon for network applications.

Nine tips for Web 2.0 entrepreneurs

  • ITManagersJournal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 27, 2007 12:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Web 2.0 is a popular buzzword, but nobody seems altogether sure what it means. It has something to do with user-driven content and interaction among users, but is there more to it?

Geronimo stacking up against Web 2.0 concepts

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by solrac on Jan 26, 2007 11:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Web 2.0 is still one of the computer industry's hottest buzzwords, despite widespread disagreement as to what the term actually means. This month, The Geronimo renegade cuts through the hype and looks at the Apache Geronimo project as both an enabler of Web 2.0 applications and as a Web 2.0 application itself.

Linux and Open Source Messaging Leader Scalix Expands Into India

Scalix announced its appointment of GT-Enterprises, India’s leading distributor of Linux-related products, as a Scalix Master Distributor. Scalix also signed agreements with six new value added resellers (VARs) across India, all who have extensive Linux and messaging expertise.

Firms to Develop Linux Distro for High-End PCs

Themis Computer revealed on Thursday plans to join Terra Soft Solutions to develop a complete Linux distribution for Themis' TPPC64, a high-end computer built around a next-generation single-board computer, featuring an advanced 64-bit architecture and 90 nm silicon on insulator technology. The TPPC64 is designed to operate in harsh environments.

Release-critical Bugreport for January 26, 2007

Bug stamp-out list for January 26, 2007

BSD goes live with FreeSBIE 2.0

Last year the Italian FreeBSD user group, GUFI, rekindled the FreeSBIE project to develop a live CD based on the FreeBSD operating system. After more than four months of development, and an equal number of beta releases, the project released FreesBIE 2.0 this month. Codenamed Clint Eastwood, the live CD is based on the recent FreeBSD 6.2 release, and is an ideal platform to experience BSD and learn how things are done in BSD land.

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