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Time for Mac Users to See the OSS Light?

  • http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Jan 19, 2006 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Microsoft
Macintosh enthusiasts should refuse the poisoned chalice that Microsoft is offering them with its generous offer to keep Office for the Mac on life support for a few more years, and instead should channel some of their famous passion into supporting the creation of a first-class, full-featured open source office suite.

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Penguin Computing staffs up for run at hot clustering market

Penguin Computing has snagged Pauline Nist, formerly the vice president of Hewlett-Packard's enterprise, storage, and servers unit, to serve as senior vice president of product development and management for Penguin. In bringing in Nist, Penguin Computing is looking to improve its standing in the cluster computing market.

Four Ways to Boost Socket Performance on Linux

The Sockets API lets you develop client and server applications that can communicate across a local network or across the world via the Internet. Like any API, you can use the Sockets API in ways that promote high performance -- or inhibit it. This article explores four ways to use the Sockets API to squeeze the greatest performance out your application and to tune the GNU/Linux® environment to achieve the best results.

Kya Linux 1.0 RC1 Screen Shot Tour

  • LinShots.com; By LinShots (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 6:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Slackware
DistroWatch states - Kya Linux is a Linux live CD based on Slackware and SLAX. It is developed at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará in Brazil.

LinShots has taken some nice screen shots of Kya Linux 1.0 RC1.

Odpm boosts use of open source with certification

  • SupplyManagement.com; By Anusha Bradley, UK (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A certification scheme for suppliers of open source software (OSS) is expected to help public sector IT buyers make better procurement decisions.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is encouraging government bodies and local councils to use OSS because it is free to download and is easier to integrate with other systems. To support this drive, the ODPM funded the formation of the Open Source Academy (OSA), a group of nine IT bodies and local authorities, to develop a certification scheme.

Behind the GPL version 3--and beyond



The General Public License covers some of the most important software in widespread use: Linux, MySQL (dual-licensed by the vendor), Samba, and many other modern packages, not to forget the suite of compiler tools and command-line utilities from the Free Software Foundation, for which the GPL was originally designed.

That's why hundreds of people came to hear Richard Stallman and Eben Moglen (law professor and general counsel for the FSF) lay out their proposed new version of GPL on Monday. And why the audience included world-renowned leaders from many free software projects--even some projects such as Apache that aren't covered by the GPL.

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Andy Oram is an editor for O'Reilly Media, specializing in Linux and free software books, and a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. His web site is http://www.praxagora.com/andyo.

Trolltech Redefines Qtopi for Linux Development of Single ...

Trolltech is replacing its Linux embedded product development QT/Embedded with Qtopia Core. The focus of the new product is to make building software faster and to ease the development process.

Open-Xchange Hires Open Source Expert as Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 19, 2006 3:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Former IDC Analyst Dan Kusnetzky Joins Leading Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Exchange

Mandriva, HP Launch Latin American Linux Partnership

Hewlett-Packard desktop computers in 37 Latin American countries will now be pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006.

DB2- the secret database

IBM trumpets not blowing

DB2 is the most respectable and most powerful database engine in the world: it’s the pinnacle of database development. IBM makes a claim (undisputed to my knowledge) that more structured data is stored in DB2 than in any other database engine.

Technically, this is nothing but good news – a superb database engine is available no matter what platform you use. The problem is that IBM seems to have forgotten to tell anyone about it. Why? My impression is that IBM has become complacent ...

[ED: I wonder if this is the guy we should have interviewed (see link below) in our IBM interview - HC]

Interview with IBM: DB2 in the Mid-Range Market

Mailbag: Strong opinions flare around U.S. CERT's Linux/Unix vs. Windows summary

Last week's newsletter about Linux/Unix vs. Windows vulnerability statistics generated plenty of reader feedback - as such reports often do. The newsletter reported on a year-end vulnerability summary from the quasi-governmental United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT), which said that there were significantly fewer vulnerabilities reported for Windows than the number of warnings issued for the combined category of Linux/Unix operating systems.

Canadian election candidate takes stand for FOSS

Free and open source software (FOSS) is not a major issue in the Canadian election scheduled for January 23. None of the major political parties -- the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democratic Party (NDP), or Bloc Québécois -- has taken a position on FOSS. The only candidate for a major party who is openly advocating FOSS is Mathieu Allard, the young NDP candidate for the Francophone riding of Saint Boniface in Manitoba. Recently, I talked to him about his advocacy and the role that FOSS plays in his campaign.

Dreamlinux 1.2.1 Screen Shot Tour

  • LinShots.com; By LinShots (Posted by tadelste on Jan 18, 2006 10:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
DistroWatch states - Dreamlinux is a new desktop-oriented Brazilian distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux and Morphix. Dreamlinux 1.2.1 has been released.

LinShots has some nice shots of Dreamlinux 1.2.1.

Legal debate could hinder Fluendo MP3 component

A debate sprang up on the Ubuntu developers' mailing list shortly following Fluendo's release of a licensed MP3 plugin for the GStreamer multimedia framework used by Rhythmbox and other media player applications. At issue is whether Ubuntu -- or any distributor -- can ship both the MP3 plugin and a GPL-licensed player that uses it.

New open-source license targets DRM, Hollywood

Free Software Foundation's Eben Moglen says the updated GPL may put open-source products in conflict with movie studios and Tivo.

Open-Xchange Inc. and VDEL Sign Master Distribution Agreement for Eastern Europe and Russia

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 18, 2006 3:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open-Xchange Extends Sales, Services and Training into Eastern Europe and Russia

Troubleshooting Brews at First Ever Camp Sys Admin

Splunk (www.splunk.com), creators of the first search software for fast moving IT data, today announced the success of Camp Sys Admin -- the first ever camp for IT system administrators. The first in a series of gatherings to confront the challenges that face systems administrators, Camp Sys Admin was co-sponsored by Splunk and leading IT community ...

Businesses expect staff to buy own notebooks

According to a recent report by Gartner 10% of companies require employees to purchase their own notebooks by 2008.

Free Software and the Power of Language

Free Software is about freedom. Most people get that, but it is frustrating that most people think it is about cost or about getting a free lunch...and a large number of those people are the supporters!! I believe that the use of language is to blame. The right language can change the way a person thinks about an issue. An example would be the use of the word "commercial" to describe non-Free software. If you accept that use of the word, you assume that Free Software can't be commercial software, which is a wrong assumption. Now you've changed the argument to commercial vs Free, which only serves to confuse.

UK school showcases Linux suite

Head teachers from across the country are visiting a school in Essex to see its IT infrastructure, which includes a fully open source computer suite that was built for under £1,000

An Essex junior school that has used open source software to cut the cost of setting up and running its computer room was showing off its IT infrastructure to a group of UK head teachers on Wednesday.

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