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Microsoft vows cluster OS upgrade will include Linux nod

Microsoft's charge into the high performance computing game continues at pace. The software maker this week announced that its new cluster operating system - HPC Server 2008 - based on Windows Server 2008 will ship next Summer. In addition, the code dandy has fired up a Parallel Computing Initiative to develop more parallelized software for both HPC and business users. Microsoft? HPC? Surely, we jest.

Sun, Dell: Hot Partnership

At first glance, The VAR Guy was underwhelmed by Dell’s decision to offer Sun Solaris on selected servers. But after an hour of digesting the news — and his lunch — The VAR Guy thinks this deal is a rare triple play for Dell, Sun and customers. Here's why.

LinuxCertified Announces Embedded and Real-Time Linux Development Training

LinuxCertified Inc, a leading provider of Linux training and services, announced its next Embedded and Real-Time Linux Development class to be held in San Francisco Bay Area from December 12th - 14th, 2007.

Google offers $10m in mobile app contest

In a bid to speed up application development for its new mobile operating system, Android, Google is offering $10 million in prizes in the Android Developer Challenge.

Forrester calls desktop Linux a credible threat to Windows

Linux is becoming a credible threat to Windows on the desktop, and will grow over the next year as its distributors continue to work hard at making it an enterprise-class offering, research group Forrester predicts. "Will desktop managers continue down the path of standardization on the Windows platform, and will Linux not exist on enterprise desktops? Not a chance," Forrester analyst Benjamin Gray says in a report released Nov. 12 and titled, "How Windows Vista Will Shake Up The State Of The Enterprise Operating System."

Solving resource contention problems with fuser

Have you ever tried to unmount your USB thumb drive only to get the message "device is busy"? Like me, you probably thought, "I know I closed that file manager window. What's keeping it busy now?" fuser is a command that can answer that question for you, along with similar questions about what processes are using what files or sockets.

India has fourth fastest supercomputer

In what can be seen as inspiration for South Africa and the developing world in general, a machine in India has taken fourth place in the latest list of the top 500 supercomputers in the world.

Open source and Dell join Sun server party

Like Al Gore claiming to have created the internet, Sun Microsystems claims it was a virtualization pioneer. While announcing open-source-based virtualization and a Solaris server partnership with Dell on Wednesday, Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz told Oracle's OpenWorld that Sun was "one of the first" in the industry to deliver a virtual machine - the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Microsoft adds NAP for Linux and Mac

Microsoft's Network Access Protection platform is being extended to Linux and the Mac in heterogeneous network environments through third-party products. The Redmond, Wash. software maker announced at its TechEd IT Forum, here on Nov. 13, that UNETsystem will release Linux and Macintosh versions of its Anyclick for NAP (Network Access Protection) product next year.

PDF Viewers for Linux Compared

  • PolishLinux; By Karol Kozioł (Posted by SamShazaam on Nov 14, 2007 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
PDF documents are at present the most popular form of distributing documents throughout the Internet and a presentation tool at the same time. They owe their popularity not only to well defined standard embracing text, pictures and hyperlinks, but foremost to the fact that once created they can be read under nearly every operating system and its underlying platform. Of course, to open a PDF document one has to have an appropriate application.

How To Manage An iPod From A Linux Desktop With Songbird 0.3

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 14, 2007 10:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article shows how you can use an iPod on a Linux desktop with Songbird 0.3. It covers how you can upload MP3 files from your desktop to your iPod, download MP3 files from your iPod to your desktop, and how you can delete files on the iPod. Normally, Apple's iTunes software is needed to manage an iPod, but iTunes is not available for Linux. Fortunately, there are Linux alternatives such as Songbird that can handle the task.

Makagiga: More tools than you can shake a stick at

While it's unclear what Maka stands for, the "giga" part of Makagiga most likely refers to the number of tools this application has on offer. It comes with a to-do manager, RSS reader, a basic photo viewer/editor, a text editor, miscellaneous widgets, and much more. Makagiga is written in Java, so it runs on any platform with Java Runtime Environment. Better yet, you can download a portable version of Makagiga that runs equally well on Linux and Windows, so it makes an ideal companion for use on the move.

U.S. Department of Defense announces open-source conference

It wasn't very long ago that open-source developers struggled to make the market believe that open source was secure, ready for prime-time adoption, etc. Now the debate has shifted to demonstrating just how widespread adoption is and and pointing to case studies of how to get the most from open source.

Ubuntu desktop eye-candy with AWN

Tired of the regulation grey bars at the top and bottom of your Gnome desktop and hankering after something a little cooler? Say something a little bit more like the dock in Apple's OSX? Then give AWN a run and get all the bouncing icons you can handle.

Why Wal-Mart Linux PC Is A Bad Deal

  • CoolTechZone.com; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Nov 14, 2007 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Newswires are buzzing with Wal-Mart's Linux PC and its sold out status. This news alone should be enough to prove the viability of Linux in mainstream households for people who don't need a mega powerful PC for word processing, e-mail and Web browsing. I can go on and on about the same old issues and solutions, but I don't need to. Wal-Mart's success proves that very well.

Is Xming Another Example of Misunderstanding Libre Licenses?

Xming appears to be a useful program for accessing and running your GNU/Linux applications remotely from a Windows computer. It is licensed under the GPLv2. But just how free is it, really?

Zmanda Delivers First Enterprise Backup Software for Ubuntu

Amanda Enterprise Backup & Recovery Solution Now Supports Popular Ubuntu Linux Distribution

Windows vs. Linux Compared With Mixed Results

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 14, 2007 2:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I hear this too often - Windows is easier to use than Linux. And so in light of this, being as I have used both operating systems for years, I thought I would put this to the test, the results are not going to make Windows users feel too good about this desktop choice overall, I'm afraid.

Internals of porting C/C++ sources

Delve into some of the compiler options used to build Visual C++ projects and the UNIX and g++ equivalents, takes a closer look at the g++ attribute mechanism as it relates to porting, and examines some common problems you might encounter while porting from a 32-bit Windows environment to a 64-bit UNIX environment.

Multics source code released into the wild

Unix's 43-year-old daddy joins open community. M.I.T.'s Information Services and Technology organization has released the source code of MULTICS, a decades-old OS and important forebear of modern day operating systems.

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