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Bio-protected USB stick boots Debian Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
A biometrics company has launched a consumer products division that is shipping its first product -- a 256MB USB Flash drive loaded with Debian Linux. Bionopoly's FingerGear division will follow up next month with a Computer-on-a-Stick (COS) model incorporating a fingerprint scanner and LCD display.

Open source VC returns, with focus on tools, telecom, embedded

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Venture capital (VC) has returned to open source software, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in an eWEEK editorial published today. However, VCs today are more discriminating than in the go-go 90s, limiting investments to companies with solid fundamentals, especially those in markets such as development and deployment tools, telecom, and embedded.

New Version of Firefox Coming in Late Summer

  • PC World (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The next version of the Firefox Web browser, which will be called Firefox 1.5, is slated for release later this summer, and development work continues on new features that include an automatic update service.

Sun to Liberate (More) Source Code?

  • Ars Technica (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 7:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
Last month, Sun Microsystems released the source code of its Solaris operating system to the general public in an attempt to increase community interest. Now they are at it again, with a far more ambitious plan. Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz has announced that the company plans to offer all of it's software for free.

Buy Linux. It's the law

  • Salon (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A San Diego lawyer says California's state government should be forced to dump Microsoft in favor of open-source alternatives. But can free software get into politics without getting dirty?

IBM DB2 Universal Database On Linux

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jul 23, 2005 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Data is at the heart of any business, and access to it should be available with minimum downtime. In this article, take a look at the setup and implementation of a Linux High Availability solution for IBM DB2 Universal Database -- the database management system that delivers a flexible and cost-effective database platform for building robust, on demand business applications. Using this step-by-step guide, you can set up and run a highly available DB2 UDB database.

Ottawa Linux Symposium, Day 3

The third of four days of this year's Ottawa Linux Symposium started before I did in the morning but the remainder of the day offered a great deal of interesting information on Linux virtualisation, women in the community, and an update on the state of Canadian copyright law.

Linux Is Common, But Some Slow To Buy Support

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Some technology industry insiders say there seems to be a little bit of Linux just about everywhere in the corporate IT shops of Australia. But it can sometimes be difficult to quantify exactly where and how much.

Our new article automated response system

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 23, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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Open source projects galore on

  • Network World (Posted by dave on Jul 22, 2005 6:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Users of open source tools and software looking for a new cache of interesting projects to peruse might find something interesting at

Sun plans to make all its software free

Sun Microsystems president and COO Jonathan Schwartz on Thursday cited the company's plans to eventually offer all of its software for free as a way to build communities around its technologies. "The net upside of that is we get more people engaged in our community," Schwartz said of Sun's plans while speaking at the AlwaysOn conference in Stanford, California.

Debian Core Consortium Continues to Come Together

Officially, there's no word yet, but insiders say that the group will be ready to make major announcements by LinuxWorld in early August.

IBM backs open source Java

  • (Posted by dave on Jul 22, 2005 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM has committed engineering resources to help in the development of Project Harmony, an initiative from the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to create an open source implementation of the J2SE specification.

Sun suffers self-imposed Linux lobotomy

  • The Register (Posted by dave on Jul 22, 2005 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Not too long ago, Sun Microsystems proudly sold Linux for its line of x86 processor-based servers. If you had any doubts that this Linux love era has passed, then check out yesterday's press release describing a customer win with Ciena Corp. Love? Not even tolerance.

Computing Our Liberty: July 2005

This months column is a loose commentary on the most impacting of the recent events, the european rejection of software patents, the G8 summit in relation to the "make poverty history" campaign and terrorism, in the sad spirit of the recent London bombing. This month was a month of a great victory as well as a great loss, but you're not left powerless about it.

LinuxFund names new director, schedules payouts

In an effort to restart, the LinuxFund credit card program, intended to benefit the Linux and open source community, has named a new executive director and announced it will begin funding open source projects again.

Tech VIPs say future belongs to open source

A panel of high-profile industry players weighed in Thursday on whether the world will ultimately turn to open source as a means for solving its software needs, with the overriding view being "yes."

Don't monkey about with security

  • ZDNet UK (Posted by on Jul 22, 2005 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Greasemonkey illustrates the need to treat the tiniest sliver of code with the same critical concern as the most lumbering of applications

Open-Source Investment Begins to Pay

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jul 22, 2005 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Venture capitalists are giving open-source businesses a multimillion-dollar twirl; care to follow their lead?

First Coffee -- Open Source, VTiger and SugarCRM

SugarCRM sees a bunch of guys making money off something they didn’t create. Well, that’s Open Source, guys, sorry. If someone sends you the free case of beer count yourself lucky. The way Mani’s explained it – we’ll wait for a rebuttal from the SugarCRM people – he has done nothing wrong, just been sharp about how he used a product.

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