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Now that large companies are getting deeply involved with open source, the sky is the limit in terms of innovation, says Matt Asay, a Novell Inc. technology evangelist and one of the people behind that company's Linux and open source strategy. SearchEnterpriseLinux.com recently caught up with Asay to talk about the impact open source is having on the IT industry, and the increasing pace of open source innovation. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:
Developed at MIT in 1984, the X Window System, now up to X11 release 6, or X11R6, has been the standard environment for Unix windowing systems. Ellen Siever provides some historical context for X's staying power, then discusses its major features: working with X and the X server and X clients; configuring X; and much more. Ellen is a coauthor of Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.
This article, written by Ibrahim Haddad, discusses the fundamentals of open source software including the different types of freeware and the advantages and risks associated with using open source software components in commerically-based products. In addition, Ibrahim briefly identifies the three major open source strategies that companies most typically adopt.
Security experts always advise you to use only strong alphanumeric passwords for network applications, and change them often, but you know that not everyone on your network is security-conscious. Starting to worry that weak passwords may be slipping through your defenses? Then it's time to unleash Hydra, a network login cracker for more than 30 network services.
Wouldn't it be nice if your applications could monitor themselves, solving problems without even getting you involved? This tutorial shows you how to use just a few pieces of the Autonomic Computing Toolkit to create a system that can not just detect errors, but also fix them without your intervention.
The buzz with end users this week is that the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) chose wisely when it rejected an allegedly independent comparison of Linux and Windows.
According to unspecified Taiwan-based PC makers, Intel is currently working with software developers to design middleware application software for the Linux operating system (OS) for its Viiv (rhymes with five) consumer PC platform to reduce the cost and selling price of the PCs
The founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center says any company in the U.S. using "Linux" as part of a name should sublicense the mark.
Word on the street is Linux is better than Windows. Linux is the next thing...from a support point of view Linux requires minimal maintenance, Linux is IT! Needless to say an adventurer like myself was rather curious about this mysterious Linux and wanted to learn more about its uh potential.
'Independent' and 'fact-based' research would be the order of the day, with both sides sharing the costs, if the OSDL accepts the proposal from Redmond
Once upon a time, reviews related to GNU/Linux and free software in open source community publications and Web sites were candy-coated. We were amazed that things actually worked, even if making it work required hacking makefiles and configuration files, compiling from source, and getting your hands dirty in other ways, and gave everything glowing reviews. Today, we expect that everything should work properly the first time, every time, but still, things don't always work out as planned. Yet some readers seem to expect journalists to hide the dirty laundry of poorly designed software and badly supported hardware.
The fuss over the Linux trademark has diverted attention from the real issue - the freedom to change and redistribute software, the founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation, Richard M. Stallman, says.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced that, according to 2Q05 Worldwide Server Database by Gartner Dataquest, Sun is the number one UNIX platform server vendor in the world, in both revenue and unit shipments. According to Gartner, Sun also reclaimed the number three position in all OS revenue.
For a while it seemed as if the free software community was treading water by improving automatic configuration tools and device support, fighting ridiculous legal issues, and arguing over tools instead of concentrating on its original goal of providing free replacements for proprietary programs. But quietly, in the background, a number of important programs have begun to bring "proprietary functionality" to free software. Here are eight free software desktop applications that could change the balance of power between Windows and GNU/Linux by replacing proprietary software with free code.
Early heads-up. The Fedora team is currently working on an application that can generate a Live-CD for Fedora Core release. Named Kadischi, it currently has basic functionality although it is on early stage.
What is Cell? The Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA, or, informally, "Cell") defines a new processor structure based upon the 64-bit Power Architecture technology, but with unique features directed toward distributed processing and media-rich applications. This article provides a concise view inside the Cell's architecture.
In the process of finishing the third piece of my Release 1.0 report Open Source Community: How to win friends and influence developers, I spoke with a number of people who asked if I knew of any VP of Marketing types to join their open source company. The truth is I came up pretty much blank. Word on the street is that no less then six open source related companies are looking to fill that role (email me openresource at this domain.com and I will tell you who they are). So why is it so hard to find?
DevelopGo is a special Live CD released by the Onebase Linux Project. As the name indicates, it is meant exclusively for programmers. Although I am a Windows Programmer, I was searching for such a Live CD that would allow me to experiment with different types of toolkits and IDEs available in Linux. DevelopGo matched exactly What I wanted to have with a suite of developer tools and compilers. Read more at distroreviews.com
- The third beta of Mandriva Linux 2006 has been released for download and testing: Beta 3 is here! Release notes: 250 bugs fixed since 2006-0.2; 5621 packages rebuilt; fix a bug for configuring mouse; fix some modems firmware loading; enhance GRUB device.map parsing; removed stuff for automatic print queue setup when starting CUPS; Harddrake, use the new way to blacklist modules; packages installation, don't fork anymore to install RPMs during install, use 'nofsync' for RPM database; kernel 126.96.36.199; security hyper-threading enabled by default....
OSDir has some nice screenshots of Mandriva Linux 2006 Beta 3.
Mandriva Linux 2006 Beta 3 was quietly released on Tuesday. No mention of the release is as of yet posted at mandrivalinux.com, but a 3 ISO set and a Mini CD are available for download. I've been following these last 3 betas to see what Mandriva has got up their sleeve for their official Mandriva Linux 2006. The final release was expected to be available on September 15 but it looks to be delayed by at least a week, according to their release schedule which is now a week behind.
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