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Python: Scaling a new PEAK

  • IBM Developer Works; By David Mertz (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 21, 2005 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Python Enterprise Application Kit (PEAK) is a Python framework for rapidly developing and reusing application components. While Python itself is already a very high-level language, PEAK provides even higher abstractions. One fairly recent capability added to PEAK is the capability to create generic functions and specifically to dispatch them on predicates, not simply on type. Sounds mysterious?

Postgresql 8.1 targets data warehousing

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 21, 2005 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Companies can save hundreds of thousands of pounds by switching to the open source database for their data warehousing projects, a PostgreSQL consultant claims

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 Released

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7, a security and stability update to the flagship Mozilla browser, is now available for download. Fixes are included for the international domain name (IDN) link buffer overflow vulnerability and the Linux command line URL parsing flaw. There are also other security and stability changes, including a fix for a crash experienced when using certain Proxy Auto-Config scripts. In addition, some regressions introduced by previous 1.0.x security updates have been resolved.

Oracle(r) Database 10g Release 2 on Linux Sets World Record TPC-H ...

Today Oracle announced a new world record TPC-H 300 gigabyte (GB) data warehousing benchmark for Oracle(r) Database 10g Release 2 and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, overtaking IBM DB2's best benchmark performance in the same category.

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Linux: 2.6.14-rc2, Getting Kernels With Git

Following the piratical release of 2.6.14-rc2, a brief discussion looked at the advantages of using git to grab the latest version of the kernel code. A small break in service as the master.kernel.org server was situated in its new home [story] caused the 2.6.14-rc2 patch to not show up right away, and led to people pointing out the advantages of using git. When the ketchup script [story] was proposed as an alternative, it was illustrated how git can keep you up to date with the kernel down to a patch by patch level, or with a specific checkpoint. Linus further explained how git can be used to first track down that a bug was introduced between for example rc1-git3 and rc1-git4, and then to use "git-bisect" to further isolate the problem to a specific change.

As for -rc2, Linus noted, "not a whole lot o' excitement, ye scurvy dogs, but it has t' ALSA, LSM, audit and watchdog merges that be missed from -rc1, and a merge series with Andrew. But on t' whole pretty reasonable - you can see t' details in the shortlog (appended)." Evidently Monday the 19'th of September was InternationalTalk Like A Pirate Day.

Bluetooth and GNU/Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 21, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Bluetooth is an open, IEEE connection standard for wireless device communications. Here's an introduction to Bluetooth on GNU/Linux, including how to enable support for it, some programs that monitor Bluetooth communications, and some hardware devices that use Bluetooth.

Firms Make Open, Closed Cases For Powerful Software Programs

  • INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY; By KEN SPENCER BROWN (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 10:01 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
It's easy to see why Marc Fleury's numerous enemies accuse the 37-year-old CEO of having a god complex. By his account, his 100-person software firm is responsible for a 40% drop in shares of BEA Systems (BEAS) over the last two years. It has sparked at least one IBM (IBM) acquisition. And it forced Sun Microsystems (SUNW) last spring to give away the software recipe to its Web application software.

Webmin: Simple, Secure Linux Management

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 9:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oldtyme Unix and Linux geeks love to rail endlessly about the wonders of the command line, and the perfect awfulness of graphical interfaces for system administration. It is true that the full power of an operating system is found at the command line, and that it is difficult for a GUI to include all the available command options and script-ability of the CLI. And running X Window on a server is rather silly — a waste of system resources and unnecessary complexity. But different folks are comfortable with different tools, for example, I can't imagine trying to get along without a graphical file browser. Typing long filepaths and complex commands that can be handled with simple drag-n-drop is not a good use of my time. And even if it weren't more efficient, it's my choice, and by dang that's all anyone else needs to know about it.

Server Market Growing

Servers running on Linux continue to gain ground in the region, contributing 7.2 percent of the total server revenue in the region, up from 5.1 percent a year ago.Of the top five vendors, IBM continued to lead in the regions pushed by the success of its pSeries. H-P continued to lead thex86 market, with strong demand from China and Australia in particular. Sun Micro-systems' Asia-Pacific server revenue was reduced by its performance in South Korea, but the company performed well in China and Australia.

Billions for Skype one of many changes in voice over Internet market

  • Pittsburg Post Gazette; By Bruce Meyterson, The Associated Press (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 9:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What a difference a year and $2.6 billion (e 2.1 billion) makes. The renegade cool that once surrounded Skype Technologies SA at past gatherings of the Internet telephone industry has been replaced by mockery and awe at this week's VON show. Nearly every speech or conversation at the conference that opened Tuesday has turned at least briefly to last week's news that Skype, a free computer-to-computer phone service, is being acquired by Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. for an unfathomable sum in this upstart business. The $2.6 billion tag could reach $4.1 billion (e 3.4 billion) depending on Skype's performance.

MEPIS Pro version with Microsoft Office 2000 Pro

  • LinuxPR (Posted by bstadil on Sep 20, 2005 9:48 PM EDT)
Technalign, Inc. announced today that they have released two versions of their award winning TaFusion MEPIS Pro version with Microsoft Office 2000 Pro with CrossOver Office Pro and another with CrossOver Office Standard

3 Questions:Visual Studio Racing to Linux

With Chris Maunder, co-founder of The Code Project, a community site for .NET developers, and Yaacov Cohen, CEO of Mainsoft, a company that offers tools that let users of Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET build applications that run natively in the UNIX, J2EE and Linux environments. The two have teamed up on Race to Linux, a contest challenging developers to port ASP.NET applications to Linux. The first race begins on Monday, Sept. 19, with two more to follow. Check it out at http://www.codeproject.com/racetolinux/rules.

Debian Weekly News - September 20th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 9:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 38th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. David Moreno Garza [1]reported that he has closed 729 [2]work-needing and prospective packages bugs which were more than 600 days old with no hope of progress. Branden Robinson [3]posted his ideas and thoughts about managing Debian's trademark with special attention to the [4]DCC Alliance. The [5]m68k port is in [6]danger of being ignored by the testing propagation due to internal compiler errors and a huge backlog of packages.

Mozilla Linux Command Line URL Parsing Security Flaw Reported

A critical input validation security vulnerability affecting Linux versions of Mozilla Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite has been reported today. The flaw could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a victim's system. The bug exists in the Linux shell scripts that Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite rely on to parse URLs supplied on the command line or by external programs.

Open Source Astronomy V10 - 5 cdroms, 5Gb of applications

  • Linux PR (press release) (Posted by bstadil on Sep 20, 2005 7:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Random Factory is pleased to announce the availability of our Open Source Astronomy V10 software collections on cdrom. Each version comprises 5 cdroms filled with Open Source Astronomy software pre-built for your platform of choice. A total of over 150 packages, covering all aspects of astronomy; over 5Gb of ready to run software.

A Glimpse of SUSE Linux 10.0

  • Mozillaquest; By Mike Angelo (Posted by bstadil on Sep 20, 2005 7:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
SUSE Linux is a better OS than the MS Windows OS. And when you throw the 1,500 open source Linux applications and packages into the deal, SUSE Linux is a very much better bang- for-the-buck than is MS Windows! . . . sounds like Novell is making lots of right moves with its SUSE Linux product

Open source workflow management for better B2B relationships

“Because the B-MAN components are open source, the system provides a low-cost and highly flexible solution for SMEs, as well as public organisations, to collaborate with other companies and improve the management of contracts and business relationships,” explains João José Pinto Ferreira, the project’s technical manager at Inesc Porto in Portugal. Besides being cheaper to implement than proprietary software platforms, the system also offers several other advantages over existing workflow management techniques.

Training & careers

  • Computerworld Singapore; By Ernest Low, general manager, Asean South, Novell. (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Singapore IT industry is one of the most developed in the world, with foreign talent competing equally for local jobs. In the last 20 years Singapore has seen itself move up the value chain and has nurtured a vibrant and cutting-edge IT industry through its razor sharp concentration on training, education and development of its scarce human resources.

Linux: New Home For master.kernel.org

The master.kernel.org server was recently moved to a new home at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab, the same that provides hosting for KernelTrap [story]. The master server is where Linus Torvalds and other Linux kernel developers upload files, from where the data is pushed to the main download servers, zeus1 and zues2 [story]. Peter Anvin explained, "this should give much better bandwidth and a more reliable backup solution, in addition to access to a real, staffed NOC."

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