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Oracle unveils open source database tool

Oracle and PHP tools maker Zend Technologies are working on an open source development tool for Oracle databases.

Vendors add Linux systems management functions

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Increasingly, corporations are turning to Linux servers to support important business applications such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, ecommerce, supply chain management, and Web sites. As the operating system becomes the foundation for these vital applications, administrators need system management tools that outline how well the servers are performing and pinpoint the source of any performance problem.

Birmingham Council plans 1,500 seat trial of open source desktops

  • ComputerWeekly.com (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Birmingham City Council is to carry out large-scale trials to evaluate the viability of open source software on its desktop PCs.

Outlook vs Evolution vs Kontact: an e-mail client comparison - Part 2

A couple of excellent open source Outlook alternatives are available which provide similar and additional features, such as Novell Evolution and KDE Kontact. If you're afraid you won't have Outlook to keep you organized in a Linux environment, you need not fear. The following screen shots show how far the open source alternatives have come.

Did you try Arabian Linux?

Muslim Adel Abu Taha wrote that he created Arabian Linux using knoppix and kurumin ( Brazilian distro based on knoppix created by Carlos Eduardo Morimoto). The aim of this distro is to be a simply distro and solve all Arab users problems, such as Arabic language support and the most dramatic problem "Fax Modems drivers".

Linux brings hope to Spain's poor

  • ZDNetIndia (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 11:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The rural Spanish region of Extremadura has seized on the potential of open-source software to improve the lot of its citizens and kick start the local economy.

Novell snaps up Linux security company

Novell last week said it has acquired Immunix, a 7-year-old company founded in part with money from the Department of Defense's central R&D organization to develop security software for Linux.

Michael Dell doubts desktop Linux demand

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 9:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dell chairman Michael Dell has cast doubt on the potential of Linux on the desktop, and also distanced himself from his own investment company's $99.5m investment in Linux distributor Red Hat. Click here to find out more!

Fresh faces for local open-source body

Australia's peak open source body has fresh faces on its board and a renewed focus: the public sector.

School district saves with VoIP, open source

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 8:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Saugus Union School District reached the Network World Renovator Award finals for a wide-ranging network overhaul that involved laying a foundation of 100/1000M bit/sec Ethernet, installing IP-based telephony, delivering on-demand video and migrating

HP widens Linux programme

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 7:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP
Printer ink maker Hewlett-Packard is to flog notebooks to its European customers using a customised version of Linux. While HP has been selling Linux as an option for quite a while, it has only been a generic service through its "Factory Express" site in America.

The Fourth Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The role of system administrator is a role of details. Heavily used and updated servers are filled with details, from new tables in a database to root password changes. These details need to be documented. When you are managing three servers, these details can be easy enough to remember. However, when you have 30 or 50 or 100 servers, the details become impossible to keep track of without documenting them. When it matters, you don't want to think that the IP address of that old accounting server is 192.168.10.55, you want to know it.

LQ Radio Show Launch Announced

LinuxQuestions.org is proud to announce the official release of LQ Radio. The first installment of the LQ Radio Show has been posted. The LQ Radio Show will feature LinuxQuestions.org founder Jeremy Garcia, along with a rotating panel of LQ mods, discussing the latest in Linux and Open Source. Moving forward, the show will also feature live guests from the Linux and Open Source Community. The LQ Radio site is also home to the LQ Radio interview series and the LinuxQuestions.org Podcasts.

Free Software Foundation and OpenOffice.org team up to escape Java trap

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A dispute between the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and OpenOffice.org (OOo) over the increased use of Java in the upcoming version 2.0 release of OOo is over -- at least for now. The two groups have found a short-term solution, and are working together on ways to keep the dispute from happening again.

IBM moves for open source vendor

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 6:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM has bought open source vendor Gluecode and plans to offer its wares as a low-end alternative to its own WebSphere middleware.

Linux in Government: Optimizing Desktop Performance, Part I

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new series offering tips and tweaks to speed up your Linux desktop performance.

DistroWatch Weekly: Sarge release notes, Breezy Badger features, QiLinux, GRAMPS

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 16, 2005 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to the 100th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Read our brief roundup of interesting news bits with a quick look at the upcoming Debian Sarge release, new features in Ubuntu's "Breezy Badger", a fantastic resource for SUSE users and administrators, and an unofficial Alpha port of Fedora Core. Also in this issue - choose that perfect distribution with the Linux Distribution Chooser. Our featured distribution of the week is QiLinux, while the Tips and Tricks section investigates GRAMPS, a powerful genealogical application. Enjoy!

Pulling a FAST one in the UK

Software piracy and copyright infringement are serious problems, whether with free or proprietary software. So few would complain if an organisation tried to uncover and help prosecute those who wantonly ignore license agreements. Companies violating the GPL are routinely attacked and made to comply by the free software community. The UK-based Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has been doing just that, but its tactics have prompted claims of extortion and bullying, worrying many small businesses and schools.

Sheep to be Sheared

  • LXer.com; By Ken Starks aka helios (Posted by helios on May 15, 2005 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
And now for the sad part. You...Windows users, are going to follow the good shepherd Bill Gates and let him lead you to the shearing house. It's not wool he's shearing from you folks...it's your money.

How do open source enterprises handle security

  • BSDFreak (Posted by dave on May 15, 2005 3:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security may be one of the biggest challenges facing the open source enterprise. When I say enterprise, of course, I mean enterprise — hundreds of servers, thousands of desktops, and truly heterogenous environments.

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