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Microsoft confronts Linux challenge

In the old days, Microsoft Corp. executives scoffed at Linux, the upstart operating system some businesses were beginning to try out. Microsoft’s technology was obviously superior, they reasoned. But as Linux has grown more popular, Microsoft has changed its attitude.

GoblinX Mini 1.2.0 Released

Released GoblinX Mini LiveCD. GoblinX Mini Edition is a small version of GoblinX, a livecd based on Slackware, and contains only XFCE as windows manager and GTK/GTK2 based applications. The edition is indicated for those users whose want to remaster the distro and also those with difficulties to download more than three hundreds of megabytes, original size of GoblinX Main distro. The GoblinX Mini Edition will have newer versions released faster and it will be used also for tests and for system and hardware support improvements.

Quake III, Now With GPL Goodness

The Quake III Arena "engine" has been released as GPL free software code, continuing id Software's tradition of releasing their older software to the public for free (as in libre) use. Why is this interesting? Because what they're doing isn't giving away an old game that nobody would buy, they're giving away a toolkit for virtual environments that is much more sophisticated than casual observers might expect.

VMware opens up source code to ISVs

  • Network World; By Deni Connor (Posted by tadelste on Aug 20, 2005 8:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VMware, in light of increasing competition for Microsoft and XenSource, last week announced at LinuxWorld that it is opening up its source code to independent software and hardware vendors. The move is intended to create an open virtualization platform and make VMware the center of it. The company announced it is working with AMD, BEA Systems, BMC, Dell, Emulex, HP, iBM, Mellanox, Novell and Red Hat, among others. VMware will provide its partners access to its ESX Server source code through a program called VMware Community Source, which will allow them to collaboratively develop ESX Server. The VMware Community Source program is intended to accelerate the development of virtualization software, expand its interoperability and supportability by creating standard interfaces and make virtualization technologies more widely available. The virtualization vendors stirred the pot at LinuxWorld in San Francisco last week.

Cloudscape 10.1 the Commercial release of Apache Derby

The latest release of IBM Cloudscape, Version 10.1, a commercial release of Apache Derby, is now available for download. This article explains the differences for this version of the release. Additionally, it helps you to select the proper installer version of IBM Cloudscape to download.

Linux servers: Do you understand the difference?

  • Self SEO reported by OSDir; By Matt Bacak (Posted by tadelste on Aug 20, 2005 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
First of all, some people are worried that they will not be able to use Linux hosting because they run Windows on their PCs. However, what operating system you run on your own PC is irrelevant to which web hosting environment you can use, because the latter is run remotely on a web server, where your website files will be uploaded. Linux and Microsoft Windows are two different operating systems. Windows is a well-known household name and does not require much introduction. Linux is a new version of the Unix operating system. Both these operating systems make excellent environments for web hosting. However, there are some differences between them.

Detente Continues: MS Pitches Joint Research to OSDL

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Aug 19, 2005 10:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
A Redmond executive says he wants to get past the hype and let the chips fall where they will. The OSDL declines comment.

Ex-Red Hat Execs To Launch rPath

A group of former high-level execs from Red Hat are planning to launch a startup called rPath that will support customized Linux distributions.

Call for help: formulating a national government strategy on Free Software

This is a mail to the global Ubuntu community, to ask for your help in formulating a national government strategy on Free Software for South Africa. We hope this work will also be used as a model for many countries world wide.

Mambo Executives, Developers Fight for Project Control

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Aug 19, 2005 7:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The award-winning, open-source Mambo Content Management System's executives and developers disagree on how to manage the project, so the developers are taking the code and going their own way.

Device Profile: ThingMagic Mercury4 RFID reader

  • (Posted by dave on Aug 19, 2005 6:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ThingMagic is shipping a Linux-powered RFID reader based on a software-defined radio (SDR). The company says the Mercury4 can read any RFID tag format, including those not yet invented, and can be adapted to meet regional regulations. Additionally, it can read 266 million tag-instructions per second,

Open source school admin tools released

The Shuttleworth-backed SchoolTool and SchoolBell development teams have released new versions of their applications that help schools and teachers manage their school timetables.

KDE and the Vision Thing

  • Open for Business (Posted by bstadil on Aug 19, 2005 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE’s Appeal Project, which has been brewing for some time now, looks to a different set of issues that need solving and has some very smart minds at work on solving those problems. In a few words, KDE’s got some of “that vision thing” too.

Get up and running quickly with EasyPHP

LAMP installations (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) are a staple of many intranet and Internet open source applications. The "L" component in LAMP is perhaps less important than the other components, since many LAMP applications will run just as happily on a Windows platform as they will on Linux. Consider, for instance, EasyPHP, an "out of the box" Apache, MySQL, and PHP installation for Windows.

Tres-duh press is wrong: No charge for using Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 19, 2005 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The trade press is at it again. Australian companies are not being charged $5,000 dollars for running Linux, as The Inquirer and others are currently misreporting. There is no fee for running Linux in your business. There is a charge, however, for using the Linux trademark in your business name.

Where is StarOffice 8?

Both 2.0, and its commercial big-brother StarOffice 8, were expected to be available this summer, but both office-suite arrivals have been delayed. Last February, Sun Microsystems Inc. released the beta of its office-suite, StarOffice 8. It was then slated for a mid-year release.At the same time, OO.o ( 2.0, the open-source office-suite, which is the foundation for StarOffice, was nearing completion. By late May, it was in late beta. OpenOffice development ran into some problems with the open-source development community with its use of features that would only work with Sun's proprietary implementation of Java. This disagreement was, however, quickly smoothed over. Subsequently, many observers thought that 2.0 would appear in early summer and that StarOffice 8 would arrive in July. That hasn't happened. So, why the delays?

Firefox writer drops out, follows vision

Blake Ross is sprawled in a chair at a coffee shop near Stanford University, his long legs, clad in baggy Tommy Hilfiger jeans, stretched underneath the table. He looks like any other college student who happened to stroll off campus. Yet as much as Ross blends in with the Stanford scene, the 20-year-old has also become a standout in the technology industry. At 17, he helped create the Firefox Web browser, which has since grown into the biggest threat to Microsoft's Internet Explorer since the Redmond, Wash., company battled and defeated the Netscape browser for Internet supremacy. Now three years later, Ross has dropped out of college to build an Internet software company — just as Bill Gates, whom Ross is often compared to, did to start Microsoft Corp. His goal is modest, motivated by his mother and 81-year-old grandfather: to make software less clunky, more people-friendly. And it's clear he possesses at least the vision and technical skill to pull it off.

Trolltech Releases Qt 4.0.1

Trolltech has released the first bugfix release for Qt 4, the major release on which KDE 4 development is based on. Among the over 450 bug fixes and optimizations are numerous improvements to raster engine, X11 engine and QPainterPath, significantly speeding a range of drawing processes and introduction of top-level window transparency on X11.

Yahoo! Hiring XUL Hackers

In a weblog posting, Yahoo! employee Jeremy Zawodny has revealed that Yahoo! is looking to hire some XUL hackers. The job description appeals to candidates who have experience in cross-platform C/C++ development in addition to Mozilla technologies like XUL, JavaScript and XPCOM. "Hopefully, you've already written your own XUL application and used an XPCOM extension as a part of that application," the job description says. "If you've ever submitted a patch to the Mozilla code base that's a huge plus." Yahoo! currently uses XUL and related technologies for its Yahoo! Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox. According to a May post at SiliconBeat (a technology weblog run by the San Jose Mercury News), Yahoo! is "exploring using XUL to build a Firefox version" of Yahoo! PhotoMail, which currently only works with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Launched earlier this year, Yahoo! PhotoMail (the PhotoMail site is pretty useless if you're not using Internet Explorer) aims to make it easier to send photographs via Yahoo! Mail.

Best practices for the Linux home office, part 3

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 19, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the parts one and two of this series on using Linux in a small office, we covered what to look for in hardware and the operating system, security concerns, and choosing an Internet service provider. In this final installment, we'll talk about protecting the data on your hard drive.

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