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SysAdmin Paper from Yankee Group Ignorable

The Yankee Group has produced another of its infamous surveys about TCO comparisons between Microsoft and Linux. Excuse the yawn but has Yankee ever used its skills in statistical analysis to win a lottery? If not, then they have no business making comparisons between IBM zSeries Linux installations and Proliant installs and calling that relevant. With so many balls in the basket and only five or six released into the shute, what kind of a study can they really product?

I want my DVD, your honor

Originally published at OSopinion, Dean granted permission to Lxer to republish this humorous but insightful article for Linux enthusiasts who might wonder about playing DVD's on their computers. Perhaps the issue isn't as clear cut as some want us to believe. Theoretically this is a wonderful argument. Consult your own legal professional and please do not construe this as legal advice.

Red Hat Aims to Simplify Linux

The corporate sector does not just run on servers. Thus, Red Hat is putting lots of effort into the desktop in an effort to simplify Linux for this environment. Even the universal serial bus flash drives which required a user to "mount" or "dismount" via the console is now a simple matter of plug and play.

Netforce v4.02 Sends NIS Password Maps with passwords hashes over ...

NetFORCE's operating system on the NAS includes the ability to send a diagnostic e-mail with a wealth of information to the technician to be able to diagnose problems without providing direct remote access. This diagnostic email includes output from various programs, statistical reports, and several file attachments.

Opera tunes up to overtake Firefox

Interview: Opera is looking to mobilise its existing community of users in order to overtake Firefox as the number two browser on the desktop. Last week, Opera decided to give away an ad-free version of its browser for the first time. Jon von Tetzchner, chief exec of Opera Software, said that by removing the inclusion of banner ads from the free version of its browser the company had removed the biggest reason users might have for avoiding its software.

BEA Expedites SOA with World's Fastest JVM; Scorching Sun's HotSpot

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
JRockit Is 50 Percent Faster at Half the Price

GemStone Systems Improves Data Access, Scalability and Ease of Use With Release of GemStone Facets 3.0.1

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- GemStone Systems, Inc., a leading data services infrastructure software company, today announced the availability of GemStone Facets 3.0.1, a next-generation transactional Java Persistent Store built on object database technology.

Google In The Air

  • Techweb LinuxPipeline; By Matt McKenzie (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google has dropped another of its seemingly endless supply of bombshell announcements: The company has submitted a plan to cover 95 percent of San Francisco with 300kpbs wireless Internet access, at no charge either to users or to the city. I'm thrilled with the plan, both because I live in San Francisco and because SBC is obviously terrified at the idea.

Web cafes gripe on computer software

SEVERAL Internet cafe owners said it should be the local government units, police, military and other government agencies that should be prosecuted first for using pirated Microsoft software. Ronald Valdehuesa told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the government is guiltier of the unauthorized usage of these computer software than small Internet cafes. "I challenge Microsoft Philippines to raid City Hall, Provincial Capitol, NBI-10, DTI Camp Evangelista, Camp Alagar, etc. for violation of RA 8293 otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Law and not only to focus on Internet shops as this is grossly unfair!" he said.

Transparency of RSS belies its popularity

  •; By Allan Hoffman (Posted by tadelste on Oct 2, 2005 12:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The technology known as RSS is increasingly popular, but don't feel badly if you don't recognize the initials. Even big-time users of RSS don't always know they use it.

Jataayu Software extends partnership with MontaVista; Joins Mobilinux Open Framework Partner Program

ataayu Software (Jataayu), a leading vendor of mobile device solutions, today announced that it has joined the Mobilinux Open Framework Partner Program. MontaVista’s Mobilinux Open Framework is a program designed to increase the adoption of Linux within the mobile phone industry by providing handset vendors and mobile operators with solutions consisting of components from best of breed mobile software providers and MontaVista’s Mobilinux OS platform.

Big Brother is watching you

Google not only gathers vast amounts of personal data, it aspires to global domination - and that's creepy, writes John Naughton

What Do TiVo and the Mac Mini Have in Common?

  • New York Times; By JAMES FALLOWS (Posted by tadelste on Oct 1, 2005 8:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TODAY'S theme is elegant underdogs: the devices or solutions that don't lead their markets but are in many ways more admirable than the ones that do.

Linux Australia Episode 6 Now Available

This fortnight we talk to Con Zymaris about the Live LAMP project and have a chat with Jeff Waugh about Gnome, Ubuntu and anything else that sprang to mind at the time.

Open Source: Now It's an Ecosystem

This software movement is branching into not just mainstream business applications but also the associated services. And VCs are eager to help

ISP Server Setup - OpenSUSE 10 RC 1

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by dave on Oct 1, 2005 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
This is a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a OpenSUSE 10.0 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.) and the ISPConfig control panel.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Has JBoss Sold Its Soul?

So, there was nothing overtly unique about Tuesday's announcement that Microsoft had allied itself with JBoss. In many ways it was more of the same, and certainly along the lines of what we're used to seeing. Under the terms of the deal — 18 months in the making, some news outlets report — the two companies will "explore" ways to enhance the interoperability between JEMS and Microsoft Windows Server products. Technical teams from Microsoft and JBoss will work in Redmond and begin the integration with Windows Server 2003. Given that Microsoft hasn't yet entered the already crowed application server space, and enterprises are all atwitter at the benefits of open source, it's a double win for the vendor. Microsoft may not be an innovator, but it is a fantastic imitator, and it has a long history of simplifying and salving pain points. So we have little doubt that it will gain share at Unix's, and perhaps Linux's, expense in the app server arena. Not to mention that no love will be lost from either company as Microsoft further assists JBoss in going head-to-head with Oracle, BEA, and IBM on a playing field on which it has yet to actually play. However, if Longhorn will be the application server Microsoft is aiming for it to be, the addition of JBoss may well be its MVP.

Firewalls are still the best for protecting computer

  • Seattle Times; By Patrick Marshall (Posted by tadelste on Oct 1, 2005 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Q: I use Steve Gibson's ShieldsUP! Web site ( to test for Internet visibility and always find I am in complete "stealth mode" on all ports, just using cheap Linksys routers (running NAT connected to our cable modems. I get a dynamic address from Comcast, perhaps improving my security). What types of added protection do you get from a firewall that you don't get from NAT? It is my impression — perhaps naive — that with NAT if the packet does not originate from your local intranet to the outside Internet, that it is not possible for a packet to be sent to you unsolicited. Is that wrong?

Asay: So you want to start an open source project...

Just finished reading Matthias Sturmer's (153-page!) paper, "Open Source Community Building." Sturmer does a decent job of providing a high-level view of what attributes successful open source projects share. I'm not sure that Sturmer breaks new ground, but I'm also unaware of anyone else that has attempted to synthesize commonalities between successful open source projects. Thanks for doing the work, Matthias. Sturmer reviews the following open source projects: Plone (CMS framework), Magnolia (CMS), Cocoon (Web application framework), Kupu (WYSIWYG browser editor), Lenya (CMS), Typo3 (CMS), eZ Publish (CMS), and Xaraya (CMS and application framework). Aside from a common content management theme, with a mostly European base, Sturmer chooses a nice cross-section of open source projects.

Have you used your Ganglia lately

Ganglia is a open-source project that grew out of the University of California, Berkeley Millennium Project. Its a scalable distributed monitoring system for high-performance computing systems such as clusters and Grids. It is based on a hierarchical design targeted at federations of clusters. This tutorial will help you make better use of the grid resources available to you. We will look at the use of information services in a grid and discuss the monitoring use of the Ganglia tool kit to enhance the information services already present in the Globus environment.

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