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Here Comes Open Source Telecom

  •; By Om Malik (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

My latest Business 2.0 article, The Black Box That Would Conquer Telecom, just went online over at the CNN Money website. This is a story about a stealthy startup called Vyatta, that has build the world’s first commercial open-source router, and how open source is slowly moving its way into the telecom world. Vyatta’s first product, an enterprise class router that will compete with Cisco-medium to low end offerings is currently in beta testing with some customers is based on XORP or extensible open router platform and runs off on two Intel chips.

IBM and BI - I take it all back

  • Reg Developer; By Philip Howard (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Okay, I confess. I have been beating IBM up about how it needs to buy a BI player in order to be a credible player in the space, and it turns out that I got it all wrong, because IBM already owns a BI player. Well, actually, a bit of a BI vendor. A very small bit. And I’m not actually sure the information management people actually know about it but, nevertheless, IBM owns a very small (less than 5 per cent) portion of a New Zealand based company called Descisys.

Novell's AppArmor challenges SELinux

Picsel beats Macromedia to put Flash 7 onto mobile

But software giant unconcerned...

Rocky Mountain high for open source

The man behind Steamboat Springs' move to open source sees big gains for local governments.

Microsoft posts its EU response online

  •; By Elizabeth Montalbano (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft decided to go public with its confidential filing, with some slight tweaks, because it has concerns about "the transparency of the process" and wanted to make the documents public.

[Ed: Public with some tweaks - is that embrace and extend? tadelste]

Sun fights UltraSparc sunset with Linux

Sun's recent move to promote Linux use on its UltraSparc architecture for servers may be a strategic play to keep the vendor's hardware line selling, but it could also be a more tactical or short-term move for users looking to build an enterprise data center platform.

Review of "The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques"

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (; By Aric Campling (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 24, 2006 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, Debian, GNU
MozillaQuest Magazine's ( Aric Campling’s review of Martin Krafft’s book, “The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques”, is thorough, in-depth, and comprehensive. It’s almost an introduction to Debian Linux and an explanation of why Debian is so popular. The review notes: “. . . this book will have something new in store for all but the most advanced Debian users . . . The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques can provide you with a wealth of knowledge to make any Debian task easier, more efficient, and relatively painless.”

Perl Gets Ported to z/OS UNIX Platform

Perl for zOS is a statically-linked, pre-compiled porting of the Perl (Version 5.8.7) scripting language to the z/OS UNIX platform with all known defects resolved. This new porting of Perl 5.8.7 provides a pre-built version of Perl with a dedicated support team to address new problems that may arise.

Calgary Linux User Group presents LinuxFest 2006

Once again CLUG takes a leadership role by bringing Linux and Open Source Software to the Community. Interested in presenting? Read on...

Scavengers line up to pick at Borland's developers

Software developers using Borland's soon-to-be dumped integrated development environments (IDEs) are being sized up by the competition. Sun Microsystems and REAL Software are working separately to persuade JBuilder and Delphi developers to switch to their application development tools. weekly security update - February 24, 2006

This week, security advisories included updates for several packages including GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG), pdfkit.framework, TUTOS, GPdf, Heimdal, GNU tar, OpenSSH, and more. Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, SUSE, and Ubuntu were among the vendors issuing advisories. Red Hat and FreeBSD did not issue security advisories this week.

Access Linux Platform action shots posted

Last week, we covered the official ACCESS Linux Platform (ALP)--aka Palm Linux--announcement at the 3GSM World Congress event.

PalmInfocenter now has some screenshots of ALP running on a device. ALP isn't planned to be released to manufacturers until later this year, but I think it is encouraging to see it at least running a couple Linux applications right now on an existing device--the Haier N60 phone being sold in China.

What is X?

  • Free Software Magazine; By Eddy Macnaghten (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 24, 2006 9:56 AM EDT)
Discover the versatility and power of the X Window System.


Turbocharged awk

In a previous article, I covered the basics of awk and presented a small application to reformat address book data. Now, I'll show you how to turbocharge awk. You can improve the performance of your awk programs by uncovering bottlenecks in your code with the help of a profiler, hunting for bugs with XREF, and using Awka to increase speed.

Fossfa ratifies constitution, elects council

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa last night formally adopt its constitution and elected a new council to take the organisation forward for the next to years.

Shuttleworth urges telecoms reform

Entrepreneur and Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth yesterday hit out at the African telecoms sector saying the existing monopolies in the sector were not able to deliver effective and affordable bandwidth to the continent. He urged national regulators to unbundle their wired networks and develop competitive strategies to improve broadband access to Africans.

Sun unveils world's first Open Source Microprocessor under GPL ...

  • AME Info (Midle-East) (Posted by tadelste on Feb 24, 2006 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Kicking off the Open Source Business Conference, Jonathan Schwartz formally unveiled the roadmap for Sun's OpenSPARC[TM] initiative - the open source project for Sun's innovative T1 processor - and declared it will be licensed under the GPL.

Dell flirts with the Linux desktop

  • (Posted by bstadil on Feb 24, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is Dell is on its way to becoming the first tier-one PC vendor to offer a mainstream business Linux desktop to US customers? It's starting to look that way. [Ed: Yes and they will start using AMD CPUs real soon. Don't hold your breath on either -bstadil]

Microsoft Evidence: A No-Show for IBM re Linux?

Congress may have failed to take into account Microsoft's special effects department. Instead of focusing on the movies, this might turn out as reality TV. Have you heard about the case of the disappearing email?


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