One of Germany's biggest financial services companies has migrated its core Web services infrastructure to Linux - a fresh example of how the operating system is making its way into more important enterprise applications.
Sun Microsystems has quietly begun seeking official open-source status for a new software license that likely will be used to govern its Solaris operating system. But the license may inhibit cross-pollination between Solaris and Linux.
Public displays of affection are frowned on in modern manners books - but try telling that to new best friends Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. The canoodling twosome can't keep their hands off each other, and they can't stop telling us how delighted they are to be a couple, either.
Mandrakesoft has announced the bundling of the popular Java RDBMS - Daffodil DB v3.3 - with Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack. The bundled version of Daffodil DB is its 90-day evaluation version, which has the same features and capabilities as the commercial version.
Watch out VMware and Microsoft. Here comes Xen. Xen, an open-source project with growing ties to Red Hat, Novell and Hewlett-Packard, is emerging as the leading contender for providing open-source virtualization for the Linux environment.
For tracking down memory leaks and other performance issues, the ease and flexibility of Valgrind may make up for slow runtimes.
Last month I attended Sun's launch event for Solaris 10. Sun has put a tremendous amount of effort into its operating system, with the intention of rebuilding both its Unix market share and its relationship with free software developers. This article looks at the impressive new features that make Solaris 10 an amazing operating system and also some flaws that prevent it from being perfect.
An open source project to offer an embedded-specific Java VM (virtual machine) and class libraries has been relaunched. Dutch software house Luminis and Belgian embedded Java specialist /k/ have taken over the Wonka project, which they say had languished since the late 2003 demise of founder Acunia.
Premier Linux Advocacy Organization Integrates Open POSIX Test Suite Into OSDL's Scalable Test Platform (STP)
Mozilla Europe , the European affiliate of Mozilla, said that it will publish the first ad in a print publication on Thursday. The full-page ad will appear in the business section of the Frankurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's renowned daily papers. There was no word on what the organization actually paid for the campaign, but said that 2,403 people and corporations donated about 48,000 Euros (circa $62,900).
Mozilla-Based HTML Editor Challenges Dominance of Microsoft FrontPage
I'm excited to announce that our first Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate is now available for testing. 1.0RC1 includes lots of bug fixes and improvements for features like saved search folders, the RSS reader, mail migration, and message grouping. The default themes have both been updated with new improved artwork as well.
Last fall Allan Grant was very upset following a meeting with his database vendor. Grant is the CIO of a large trading group with over $1 billion in sales. The database vendor had just completed a license audit and had concluded that the maximum allowed number of concurrent users had been exceeded by one for a three-minute interval during the week-long audit. Also the vendor had concluded that Grant's setup should henceforth be regarded as a "multiplexing" setup, even though it had not changed since the previous audit. To overcome both issues the vendor was proposing a new licensing agreement which would more than quadruple the total license cost.
Last Saturday was an important and busy day for Italian Tux fans. The fourth edition of the Italian National Day of Linux and Free Software took place in more than 100 cities all across the country. Not bad for a young, fully volunteer event.
In the field, vsftpd has been demonstrated to support thousands of concurrent users and achieve bandwidth speeds in excess of peer products, such as BSD-ftpd and Red Hat's enterprise-level TUX. Ultimately, vsftpd demands an investment of time and knowledge from an admin, but in return is capable of providing significant rewards — namely, peace of mind and high performance.
Linux clusters are emerging as the de facto choice for providing enterprise-level scalability, performance and availability for data warehousing solutions at a low cost.
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) may soon have some full-time, paid staff including an executive director, according to the organisation's co-founder. The ASF currently runs on a volunteer model, and any change to this strict philosophy will raise eyebrows right across the IT industry.
Since I am always looking for Linux distributions that are suitable as Windows replacements, I decided to give Xandros a try. After spending some time with it, I've written up a review. Find out if this Windows replacement achieves its lofty goals. Check it out at Tuxme.com.
Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, released in August, has received certification from a key software partner, Oracle, a database market leader with an aggressive Linux alliance effort. Oracle 9i and 10g are certified to work on SLES 9 running on servers using 32-bit x86 processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, the company said Tuesday.
Linux has gained further credibility in the enterprise after most IT managers said that they would consider the open source operating system as a platform for email. Over half of respondents to a recent survey indicated that they would seriously consider switching to Linux messaging over the next two years, if there was no disruption to end users.