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Techstats: Adoption of Open Source Databases

Solid Information Technology recently conducted a survey of attendees at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo held in San Francisco in August 2006 on adoption patterns of open source database technology. The goal was to uncover the barriers to adoption and what features were desired.

Open source lawyers take on e-learning patent

The Software Freedom Law Center has filed a request with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that is seeking to invalidate an "Internet-Based Education Support System" patent that is owned by e-learning provider Blackboard. Blackboard develops course management system applications that allow teachers in educational institutions and corporations to develop and support online courses including instructions, assignments and reading materials. The SFLC filed its request on behalf of the Sakai, Moodle and ATutor open source e-learning projects.

Network Management Fundamentals (Cisco Press)

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Dec 1, 2006 9:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:

This book is not what you might expect from a Cisco Press title. If you are looking for the config register setting in a password recovery procedure or want to find out what happens to a data-link frame when its received on a router interface, don't bother with this book. This is not a prep guide for the CCNA, CCNP, or any other Cisco certification. If you don't know what show startup-config or show ip ospf database router mean, find another book. Alexander Clemm's text has nothing to do with those details.

The Value of Linux for the SMB Market

Linux is here to stay. As the computing industry’s fastest growing operating system, some analysts predict that Linux will surpass Microsoft Windows in new server shipments in just a few years. This represents a significant growth opportunity for solution providers as Forrester Research estimates that 50 percent of SMBs would consider open source for desktop applications and 38 percent would consider open source for database applications.

Multifunction media player targets Nokia Linux tablets

The Instituto Nokia de Tecnologia in Brazil today released the first beta of the Canola media player for Nokia's Linux-based 770 and forthcoming "870" Internet tablets. Canola can index and render local and network-based music, video, and photos; play Internet radio; and deliver podcasts and photocasts.

Will Vista Be a Boon for Linux?

As enterprises of all stripes and sizes ponder whether or when to upgrade to Windows Vista, they could be confronted with at least three choices.

1) Stay with what they have
2) Migrate to Vista
3) Migrate to Linux

Linux lands on government desktops in Europe

Linux desktops continue to weave their way into the top echelons of European government, according to reports on the web this week. Two recent examples include the Birmingham, U.K. City Council and the French Parliament.

Email pioneer says breakthrough was too much trouble

The man who invented the internet's most popular email routing system says he would never have done it had he known how much trouble it was going to be. Eric Allman, who founded email routing system Sendmail, tells this week's edition of technology law podcast OUT-LAW Radio that he would "never have agreed" to the project had he known how much work it was going to be.

Blackboard Patents Challenged

A patent dispute pitting open source advocates for online learning technologies against Blackboard, the industry giant, became more bitter Thursday with the announcement that a formal request had been filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke 44 of Blackboard’s patent claims.

[I know this is a re-post but it is nice to see this coming from a 'non' FOSS source. - Scott]

Kick-Start Your Java Apps with Ajax

Discover how to use Eclipse, DB2 Express-C, and WebSphere Application Server Community Edition -- all free to download, use, and deploy -- to create cutting-edge lightweight applications with relative ease. This tutorial shows you how to move an application from a conventional design, using JavaServer Pages (JSP), to one based on Ajax technology.

This week at LWN: Who is being divisive?

On November 23, the OpenSUSE project announced the first 10.2 release candidate. In its usual way, LWN posted that announcement; we tend to have a relatively large number of readers who are interested in software of great novelty and questionable stability. This time, however, a recent LWN subscriber took exception to our having posted the announcement:

"If I had know that LWN is going to support Novell's betrayal of the FOSS community by helping disseminate SuSE I wouldn't have spent the money."

Damn Small Linux releases version 3.1

The Damn Small Linux project team released an update to its aptly named operating system today. DSL v3.1 sports a 2.4.26 kernel and the Fluxbox window manager in a -- shall we say -- relatively tiny package. Despite its minuscule size (50 MB), DSL crams a lot of functionality into an easy-to-use desktop.

[DSL is one of my favorites, it brought an old P-II system of mine back from the dead. - Scott]

Gecko 1.9 Alpha Coming Soon

The Mozilla Developer News Weblog is reporting that the trunk will be closed for Gecko 1.9 Alpha. This would be the first of many trunk alphas, which would be released every six to eight weeks. The Mozilla Quality Weblog has announced a community test day, on Friday, December 1, 2006 running from 7:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. This equates to 5:00pm Friday to 1:00am Saturday UTC/GMT.

Is There Perfection in The Linux Kernel?

In a perfect world, you could compile a brand-new Linux kernel without the need for much configuration and without error. According to Linus Torvalds, the new 2.6.19 Linux kernel is such an entity. "It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels," Torvalds wrote in a Linux kernel mailing list posting announcing the new kernel. "So if it doesn't happen to compile with your config (or it does compile, but then does unspeakable acts of perversion with your pet dachshund), you can rest easy knowing that it's all your own d*mn fault, and you should just fix your evil ways."

Discover the Ajax Toolkit Framework for Eclipse

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tim McIntire (Posted by solrac on Dec 1, 2006 1:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Eclipse; Story Type: News Story
This article includes a HelloWorld example in which you install and configure the ATF, then use Eclipse and Dojo to create a basic Web application.

Housekeeping utilities for Debian packages

For all the efficiency and continued evolution of Debian's APT tools, some gaps in package management functionality remain. One of the largest ones is that, when a package is removed, any other packages that depend on it are not removed. The result is a growing number of orphans on the system -- that is, packages that serve no purpose for the system as a whole, although in some cases they continue to be useful individually. Similarly, while you can keep track of security announcements for Debian or distributions derived from it, the basic package system has no way of telling you which vulnerabilities might affect your system.

Software Freedom Law Center to challenge Blackboard patent

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 1, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) announced today that it is asking the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to re-examine Blackboard's patent on a technology used for Internet-based education support systems, in an attempt to invalidate the patent. SFLC's action comes on behalf of the Sakai Foundation, Moodle, and ATutor.

PCLinuxOS Magazine December 2006 Issue 4 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the December 2006 issue (#4)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

Some highlights include:

  1. Network File Systems
  2. Reviews of Music Players
  3. Thumbnail Images and Galleries
  4. Connect to AOL in Linux
  5. Setting up a Printer in a Windows Workgroup
  6. Much, Much More! 

Report: Hovsepian: Balancing on the Novell-MS Tightrope

A lot has been said about the hows of the Novell-Microsoft deal, but what about the whys? What motivated Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian to initiate a deal with Linux's No. 1 Enemy? In this interview, Hovsepian reveals the business realities behind the move, and that when it comes to Microsoft, Novell knows full well who it's dealing with.

New Linux distro targets serious multimedia projects

Until now, there hasn't been a really good Linux distribution for digital content creation. Debian-based 64 Studio, which has just achieved its 1.0 release, is described by some as "the best distribution ever created for multimedia workstations, such as digital audio recording and video editing."

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