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Linux PCs fail to sell in SA retail outlets

PCs loaded with Novell's Suse Linux are to be withdrawn from Dion stores in Johannesburg because of low sales. Suppliers say most entry-level PC users aren't ready for Linux yet and more work needs to be done to educate potential users.

The Free Standards Group Announces Linux Standard Base 3.0 and ...

The Free Standards Group, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, and the LSB workgroup today announced the availability of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.0, an essential component for the long-term market success of Linux. The Free Standards Group also announced today that Red Hat, Novell, the Debian Common Core Alliance and Asianux are all certifying to the latest versions of their operating systems to the LSB, marking the successful deployment of a true global standard for Linux.

Ibm aims beefed-up mainframe at biggest enterprises

  •; By Antony Savvas (Posted by tadelste on Sep 19, 2005 8:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
System z9 is the ninth generation of IBM's z-series mainframe platform, which IBM says has twice the capabilities of its predecessor. The company is aiming System z9 at the world’s largest companies and the government sector,...

Linux: Reiser4 and the Mainline Kernel

Hans Reiser [interview] sent an email to thelkml titled, "I request inclusion of reiser4 in the mainline kernel". He provided a list of objections raised earlier, noting that all had been addressed. Among the listed issues, Reiser4 now works with 4k stacks. "There have been no bug reports concerning the new code," Hans added.

The request was followed with some suggestions by Christoph Hellwig, including general comments about the coding style. This was one of many issues that led to debate in which Hans commented, "most of my customers remark that Namesys code is head and shoulders above the rest of the kernel code. So yes, it is different." Alan Cox [interview] replied that while the kernel coding style isn't his own style, he tries to follow it when working on the kernel, "one big reason we jump up and down so much about the coding style is that its the one thing that ensures someone else can maintain and fix code that the author has abandoned, doesn't have time to fix or that needs access to specific hardware the authors may not have." Much of the rest of the thread was less friendly, leaving the question of merging Reiser4 into the mainline kernel still up in the air.

systhread Nerd Attending Ohio Linuxfest

The primary author of is hoping this year's Ohio Linuxfest will be better than before. With IBM and Novell among the many names in attendance - it should be good.

Oracle and Dell Extend Strategic Partnership; Dell to Distribute Oracle(R) Technology and Oracle Applications Software

Industry-Leading Technology Providers to Offer Bundled Solutions Worldwide, Including Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards Products Across All Industries

DistroWatch Weekly: Slackware 10.2, Mandriva 2006, KNOPPIX delays, Linux Made Easy

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Sep 19, 2005 5:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 38th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The major news of the past week was, of course, the release of Slackware Linux 10.2 - a distribution with a clear focus on simplicity, stability and reliability. Next on the release calendar: Mandriva Linux 2006 - with the second release candidate announced last week, we can't be too far off from the final release. Also in this issue: an explanation about the delay of KNOPPIX 4.0 CD edition, news about a live CD that uses Xen to boot a host operating system, and two free learning resources - one for OpenBSD and one for Linux. We also take a brief look at a new book for Xandros users - Linux Made Easy. Happy reading!

IT manager's crash course: Operating systems

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 19, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No one can tell you what operating systems are best for your organization or yourself better than you can. Here are some tips for selecting the right OS for the right job.

CLI Magic: CDargs

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 19, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Typing long path names at the command line can get to be a chore very quickly. Even with tab-completion, it can take a lot of typing to move from your home directory to /var/www/ or something similar. Wouldn't it be much better if you could "bookmark" long path names and type something simple, like cdb site, to get to a directory? That's where CDargs comes in. CDargs is a program that provides bookmarks and browsing at the command line. It takes a little work to set up, but it's well worth it. I've been using this program for a few years now, and it really does help speed up work at the shell.

Bea seeks open source accommodation

At face value, it might appear that BEA Systems has its work cut out for it competing with free, open source alternatives to its own commercially available WebLogic Server application server platform.

Red Hat still mulling over possible Exchange competitor

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Robert McMillan (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat has shed a little more light on how it intends to develop the directory and certificate management software it bought from America Online's Netscape division. But the company remains undecided as to whether it will commercialise some of the other assets it acquired in the deal, including messaging and collaboration software that analysts say could form the basis of an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server.

Pdc '05 coverage recap

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (Posted by bstadil on Sep 18, 2005 7:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
People attending an industry conference staged by Microsoft wouldn't ordinarily go to a session that touts programs for the rival Linux operating system. But that's what happened here this week

New Notes shows IBM 'is serious'

  • ComputerWorld; By Randal Jackson and John Fontana (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 6:29 PM EDT)
New administration features include a Linux-based Web Administration client and tighter integration with Web services standards, as well as back-end hooks to IBM’s DB2, WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal. DB2 is an option that offers much faster processing because it is a relational database and Notes is not. IBM estimates the new release will allow many customers to run up to 50% more users per server, requiring up to 25% less capacity for the same workload.

Debconf5 DVDs now available

  • Mailing list; By Ben Hutchings (Posted by bstadil on Sep 18, 2005 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I am now releasing DVD videos of the Debconf5 sessions (plus Debian Day and some extras) in PAL format. NTSC format discs will be ready in a few days. I am starting to burn discs for those who have already ordered, and will continue doing so as orders come in.

Microsoft looks to spread authentication technology to Firefox ...

Looking to ease the way customers manage their digital identities, Microsoft has begun working to integrate its InfoCard authentication technology with Internet Explorer and is in discussions with the Firefox and Safari browser developers to have them include the technology on their platforms. According to Microsoft officials, InfoCard integration could show up in Internet Explorer 7.0 even though InfoCard is currently not on the feature list. The goal is to improve security and privacy on the Internet using the InfoCard model, which puts users in control of their personal identity information and would eliminate the need for user names and passwords to sign into a Web site. "We are still working on if there is enough time to get this done" for Internet Explorer 7, says Michael Stephenson, Microsoft's group product manager for Windows Server. "We expect many different applications, smart apps, Web apps and browsers, to use InfoCard. Our own browser will take advantage of it."

Putting the 'e' in governance

  • Financial Express (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
With a host of deployments in various state government departments, Oracle has made substantial inroads in the Indian e-governance scene, says Venkatesh Ganesh

Tax collects Linux for open source analytics

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite its strong ties to proprietary software vendors, the Australian Taxation Office has finally dipped its toes into open source by establishing a Linux-based system for information analytics. Tax has had a Teradata warehouse for 10 years but the change program initiated by chief knowledge officer Philip Hind in November last year is a "series of activities to enhance the ATO's ability to collect and analyse data", assistant commissioner of information management John Body told Computerworld. As a result the ATO invested in Teradata's Warehouse Miner, SAS Enterprise Miner, and hired CSIRO's principal computer scientist for enterprise data mining Dr Graham Williams who pioneered open source analytics for organizations like the Health Insurance Commission and NRMA.

5.10 (Breezy Badger) Preview Release

The Ubuntu Team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, a commitment to security updates for 18 months after each release and professional technical support from many companies around the world.

FUDCon London, 2005

FUDCon London 2005, the third gathering of Fedora Users and Developers, will be held at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo UK, on the 6th of October in Olympia exhibition center, London, UK. FUDCon will feature presentations from prominent members of the Fedora Project, both from Red Hat and from the Fedora community.

FUD: An acronym for Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. A typical tactic used by the opponents of open source to prevent its widespread adoption.

Con: In opposition or disagreement with; against.

FUDCon is the conference/summit that focuses on the Fedora Project and all things that go along with it. This includes infrastructure issues, both technological and govermental/intermutual, development issues, community issues, marketing issues and the state of the project address. There is no set time frame with regard to the frequency of FUDCon.

Crackdown forces computer shops to close

  • Inquirer News Service (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In letters addressed to Manzano and NBI Director Reynaldo Wycoco, the businessmen said law enforcers refused to include government agencies using unlicensed software in their operations. Manzano's nationwide crackdown complies with the demands of international anti-piracy groups, which have kept the Philippines in its world blacklist of countries violating intellectual property rights (IPR).

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