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Firefox 2.0 beta 2 boasts enhanced look, features

Mozilla released Beta 2 of its upcoming Firefox 2 browser for developer review Aug. 31, emphasizing that it is being made available for testing purposes only. The release contains a number of new features, as well as some enhancements to look and feel.

On Linux hypervisor interoperability and standards

Brian Byun of VMware talks about the implications of the Microsoft-XenSource link-up for virtual computing.

New Tcl/Tk list, maintenance team forming

As Debian's tcl/tk maintainer for the last couple of years, I have decided that I can no longer go it alone. For this reason, I am attempting to put together a team to co-maintain tcl/tk and some of it's add-ons (e.g. tcllib, itcl).

Mad Penguin sold to iTech Media

iTech Media announced today that it was acquiring Mad Penguin, a popular Linux and open source online magazine, for an undisclosed sum.

Boost Application Performance Using AIO

The most common input/output model used in Linux is synchronous I/O. After a request is made in this model, the application blocks until the request is satisfied; the calling application requires no CPU while it awaits the completion of the I/O request. But in some cases there's a need to overlap an I/O request with other processing. The POSIX asynchronous I/O (AIO) API provides this capability. In this article, get an overview of the API and see how to use it.

FSF reaches out to social activists

2006 may be remembered as the year that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) reached out to the community. The FSF has already undertaken an unprecedented year-long consultation process about the revisions to the GNU General Public License, and the Defective By Design campaign against digital rights management technologies. Now, the FSF is planning a third campaign to deliver its message about ethical software to social activists outside the technical communities.

Popular Linux News Site Gets Acquired

  • NewsForce; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by gsh on Aug 31, 2006 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
iTech Media announced today that it was acquiring Mad Penguin, a popular Linux and open source online magazine, for an undisclosed sum.

Diving into OpenOffice and Linux

Many readers tell me they're avoiding Microsoft. Some object to the cost, some to the security problems, and many are appalled at Microsoft's abuse of good customers with paperwork problems through the Bully Software Alliance. So today the information is for the Anybody But Microsoft (ABM) crowd, and others who are unaware how much progress has been made in the last two years on alternative operating systems and applications.

Updated versions and derivates of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The release of CentOS 4.4 completes the quartet of updates for Versions 3 and 4 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and of the derivates by the CentOS Project based upon it.

Personal wikis: Three small, simple alternatives

Wikis aren't just great tools for sharing information and collaborating on projects. They also make excellent personal information managers. With a personal wiki, all of your to-do lists, notes, and appointments are at your fingertips in form that's easy to use and maintain.

Uk school saves thousands with open source network

King's College School, one of the UK's top public schools, claims to have saved thousands in software licensing by deploying an open source network infrastructure.

2x Opens Source Code to its NX Based Terminal Server for Linux

2X today announced the release of 2X TerminalServer for Linux, an open source terminal server for Linux, which enables users to run a Linux desktop and Linux / Windows applications over any type of connection

Taking an OpenReports test drive

Business Intelligence software, those tools and suites that take the raw minings of your databases and turn them into comprehensible signposts and mappings that lead toward profits, is a hot market today. One of the more talked-about open source solutions is OpenReports, a GPLed, Web-based BI report generation system whose first stable, milestone release of its 2.0 series has just come out.

Book Review: Suse Linux by Chris Brown

Have you been itching to try Suse Linux but didn't know how to get started? Okay, I confess — I know I have. I tried installing Suse once several months ago, then chickened out of using it. (Just FYI, the installation went just fine.)

Full REVIEW: The Linux-based Motorola ROKR-E2

  • OS News; By Eugenia Loli-Queru (Posted by dcparris on Aug 31, 2006 7:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux once again kindly stepped up and sent us in the next-generation Motorola Linux-based ROKR-E2 feature phone. In the tradition of the ROKR devices, the E2 is also built around the idea of music on the go, while it's the first Linux phone to have an initial retail cost smaller than $256. Read inside for our detailed review, video and pictures.

Review: Can Linux-based Collax Replace Microsoft Small Business ...

With the release of Collax Business Server (CBS), Microsoft's Small Business Server 2003 (SBS) is starting to look a little like France in 1940, with Germany amassing troops on the border, readying invasion.

Open-source RTOS adds in-memory DB

McObject has port its in-memory embedded database to the open-source eCos RTOS (real-time operating system) as part of a collaborative relationship with eCosCentric, the commercial supplier of eCos. The eXtremeDB database will be supplied by eCosCentric as part of its real-time embedded systems middleware suite for eCos, the companies announced.

Greatlinux and MySQL Launch Open Source Partnership in China

MySQL AB and Greatlinux Inc today jointly announced a strategic partnership to deliver commercial MySQL-based solutions to the burgeoning Chinese market.

Fedora spins latest Core live optical disks

Red Hat Fedora Unity team member and distro maintainer Robert Jensen on Aug. 30 announced the availability of a new set of Fedora Core live CDs and DVDs, which all utilize the GNOME desktop and a 2.6.17 Linux kernel. Called Live-Spins and created with a tool called Kadischi, the new live CD/DVD images allow users to test the distribution without having to install it to a hard disk.

MySQL to drop Berkeley DB storage engine, add memcache plugin

With the 5.1.12 release, MySQL will be dropping the Berkeley DB (BDB) storage engine from its list of supported database engines. Some observers have suggested that this move is connected to Oracle's purchase of Sleepycat, and that InnoDB may be next. However, Brian Aker, MySQL's director of architecture, says that they're unlikely to drop InnoDB, and the Berkeley engine is being dropped for technical reasons. Aker also announced the first release of a memcache storage engine plugin for MySQL.

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