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Research ministry to 'go open source'

The State Ministry for Research and Technology is leading a national drive for government departments, local administrations and businesses to use legal, open-source programs on office computers instead of pirated software.

Is Gates' Retirement Linux's Chance?

Opinion: Times of change are times of opportunity. Can Linux make the most of its shot?

Microsoft Grants Their Way Out of Massachusetts Open Source ...

Last year there had been much chatter about abandoning any format that did not comply with open-source document standards. This pretty much would have meant that Microsoft's Office wouldn't occupy any of the desktops in State offices.

[I think the author is a bit confused about what "open-source" and "open standards" are. -- grouch]

New book covers Red Hat Fedora 5

Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed, a new IT volume from Addison-Wesley Professional, includes new and additional material based on the latest release of Red Hat's Fedora Core Linux distribution, according to the book's publisher.

How to optimize PostgreSQL database size

  • (Posted by linportal on Jun 16, 2006 3:00 PM EDT)
One of the PostgreSQL's most sophisticated features is so called Multi-Version Concurrency Control (MVCC), a standard technique for avoiding conflicts between reads and writes of the same object in database. Unfortunately, there is one downside to MVCC, the databases tend to grow over time. This article shows two ways to get your space back!

First impressions of Google Earth for Linux

The new Google Earth for Linux is both a great tool and a great toy, writes columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Find the TV dish on your roof, discover a new route to grandma's house, or simply be an eye in the sky.

Jfs boosts Russian 686 embedded Linux reliability

An embedded software house in St. Petersburg, Russia, is offering a high-reliability, small-footprint embedded Linux implementation that supports several 668-based CompuLab SBCs (single-board computers). Intrasoft's "IS Linux G686" OS uses JFS to minimize the risk of unrecoverable data loss, compared with ext3, according to the company.

DRM, guardrails, and the right to be stupid

  • Free Software Magazine; By Terry Hancock (Posted by tuxchick2 on Jun 16, 2006 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I think that if people want to jump out of airplanes, down cliffs, or free-climb El Capitan, like Captain Kirk, they should be allowed to do that -- even though it's very clear that they may be stupid things to do that are likely to get them killed. One of the more powerful and hard to refute arguments for Digital Rights/Restrictions Management (DRM), though, is that it can be used in life-critical systems to prevent failures due to users' own modifications -- and it seems to me that this is a sticky case of balancing the right to be stupid with the right to be ignorant.

Google Earth for Linux

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 12:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
Following closely on the heels of its Picasa news, Google is offering a beta of Google Earth that -- for the first time -- includes a Linux version of the 3-D mapping and visualization program.

Red Hat Magazine: The Summit in review

There was so much great stuff at this month's Red Hat Summit that we had to bring some home for our readers. Don't miss the visionary keynote videos--Eben Moglen and Cory Doctorow really brought the house down with their talks on privacy, digital freedom, and copyright. And we've got even more information about the projects that were announced during the conference. The Mugshot team speaks up, and there's also features on Dogtail, 108, Bugzilla, GnuCash, and Spring.

E-mail from MySQL includes 9,300 customers addresses

An improperly composed mass e-mail sent Thursday by open source database vendor MySQL erroneously included some 9,300 customer e-mail addresses in the body of the note, not the information about a series of summer support specials the company meant to announce.

Build Your Own AIM Answerbot

All of this made me wonder. What if the IRC bot could also live on my AIM list? That way I could query him from work, where the pointy hairs can't live without their AIM and so they leave it open for use, and my friends who don't use IRC would have a new resource for looking up PostgreSQL related information as well.

Water-Cooled Microprocessors: The Next Big Thing in Chip Cooling

  • developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 16, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
The future of processor cooling might be in a new water jet technique. A little spray of water on the backside of a processor might be the next big thing in chip cooling. Also, learn about how Robot/CHECKUP service tells your iSeries where it could be better automated, and a new partnership for IBM to build cluster of software and hardware design centers in Wales.

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.

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