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How to get ready for a move to Linux

  • Computerworld; By Alfredo Mendoza, Chakarat Skawratananond and Artis Walker (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Are you planning a move to Linux from a Unix environment? If so, this detailed questionnaire can help you get ready for the migration.

Installing operating systems the safe way

There comes a time in every PC user's life when he or she considers changing or updating the system's operating system. But, how do you go about the process without taking a chance of trashing all your valuable programs and data?

Bodog gambles on Linux and JBoss, and wins is a casino, sport-betting emporium, and online poker palace. The site gets busy; during football season it takes almost 200,000 bets per week, while the virtual poker tables can handle up to 5,000 bettors at a time. Bodog started out using WebLogic and Versant on Solaris, but ran into problems when a bug repeatedly took servers down at critical junctures. Vendors didn't offer much help, but a switch to Linux and JBoss brought Bodog some much-needed relief in the form of more reliable uptime and scaling capacity.

Firefox Debuts In World Cup

  • WebProNews; By Jason Lee Miller (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 8:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
As Juan, a soccer fan, plugs away at his desk job, he isn't as distraught as he might be for having to miss his home country's appearance in the World Cup. Juan's Firefox browser is decked out in his national colors and fills him in each time his team scores a GOOOOOOAAALLL!

Synergy: One keyboard (and mouse) to rule them all

If you're one of the many users who has two (or more) computers on your desk, you might get tired of switching between the keyboard and mouse on different systems. KVMs are one solution, but if you'd like to save a few bucks and be able to switch between two or more computers with a flick of the mouse, Synergy is the software for you.

Use Apache Geronimo and Ajax to build a directory

In in Part 1 of this series, you'll learn how to use the LDAP Tools for Eclipse to configure Geronimo's built-in Apache Directory LDAP server. In Part 2 you'll query the LDAP server and update the Web page using Ajax. You'll also get familiar with some of the techniques to build LDAP-centric applications using the toolsets available in the Java platform and Ajax.

Nagios offers open source option for network monitoring

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By MiMi Yeh (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: HP, Linux
Large IT shops using HP OpenView or BMC Patrol may now have an open source alternative. Nagios is a Linux-based host, service and network monitoring program that is starting to attract attention because of its quick configuration and easy maintenance.

GNOME to Sponsor Female Developers in a Summer Outreach Program

The GNOME Foundation is offering USD$9000 to female students in order to promote the participation of women in GNOME-related development.

The money originates from GNOME's participation in the Google "Summer of Code" program (, for which GNOME developers will mentor 20 students working throughout the northern summer on GNOME-related projects. This year GNOME received 181 applications to Google's program, yet none were from women. The GNOME Foundation has therefore chosen to reinvest Google's contribution into a new program designed to increase the participation of women in GNOME. The program has no official relationship with Google.

Ibm Offers Open Source Kit for WebSphere Application Server ...

IBM announced today it will offer a PHP Integration Kit for WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Community Edition.

The Hon. Joe Fontana, PC, MP, hosts Open Source event on ...

  • Digital Copyright Canada; By Russell McOrmond (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU
It is great to see that some members of parliament are taking the time to learn more about FLOSS. While this introduction to the event focuses on using FLOSS to save money, it also provides an opening to discuss some of the policy issues facing our part of the software sector.

Rtlinux meets the new standard Carrier Grade Linux 3.2

  • Heise Online; By Robert W. Smith (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 4:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
In the wake of the publication at the beginning of March of the new version of its standard for Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) by the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), the US real-time specialist FSMLabs has now announced that it has put the finishing touches on a complete 64-bit Linux distribution that meets the new specifications.

Open Source Is a Model For Innovation

Innovation is being increasingly recognized as the key to growth, yet most senior executives give their research and development organizations little credit for generating it.

FOSS a business opportunity for SMEs

Free and open source software is not only becoming increasingly relevant for Africa but is also a compelling business case for start-up companies. This is according to speakers at the Cape IT Initiative's FOSS seminar held earlier this week.

A day in the life of a MySQL documentation team member

As I mentioned here, I’m a member of the documentation team at MySQL, a job I started back in April. I’ve just completed a major tranche of documentation, and thought it would be interesting to let you guys know exactly what happens in a typical day for a member of the documentation team.

Novell Contributes Polish Translation of KDE Docs

In the good spirit of cooperation between Novell and KDE, Novell Poland contributed a large number of translations of KDE documentation to the Polish localisation team.

Mobile phone companies join forces on Linux

  • CNET; By Marguerite Reardon (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 1:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Four mobile handset makers are teaming up with two cellular operators to develop a new Linux software platform for mobile devices.

Taleo Corporation Recognized By CIO Magazine as One of the CIO 100 Award Honorees

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Taleo's Bold and Successful Migration of Core Data IT Infrastructure From UNIX to Linux Recognized by Editors at CIO Magazine Migration Enables Taleo Talent Management System to Deliver Optimal on Demand Performance and Achieve Record Customer Uptime of 99.9 Percent at Less Cost

Microsoft Forms Interoperability Council

Interoperability has been a sore subject for Microsoft, and the company has formed a council of customers to identify areas to improve interoperability within its products.

Scratching that itch: Sander Jensen

By day, 27-year-old Sander Jensen -- originally from Holland -- works for ESI Group in Alabama, a company that produces sophisticated software for the aircraft and automotive industries. In his personal time, he scratches his own itches by creating free software. I discovered Jensen's Goggles Music Manager recently and decided to try it out, and pick Jensen's brain to see what motivates him to write free software. Here's what I found.

Flock releases 0.7 beta

Finally, after months of small alpha version bumps, Flock, the social web browser based on Firefox, has unleashed a 0.7 beta with a whole slew of updates, improvements and bug fixes.

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