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Free software in all schools in five years

IT@School Project Director Biju Prabhakar has said that the objective of the government was to install free software in all the schools in the state within the next five years.

He's plugged into Honduran needs

A computer professional then teaching at Middlesex Community College in Bedford and Lowell, Reposa journeyed to Honduras on a simple mission: to bring computers and computer know-how to schools that have little of both. Inspired by the results of that monthlong trip, in which he donated computers to two schools and volunteered as a computer teacher, Reposa has embarked on a long-term effort to continue that work in Honduras and possibly one day, in other poor nations...Reposa said he was able to make full use of even many of the antiquated computers by outfitting them with a Linux-based operating system

Tutorial: Setting up a server with SuSE 10.0

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 18, 2005 6:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
This is a very detailed tutorial about how to use the new SuSE 10.0 to set up a web, mail, and ftp server.

Abridged version of Linux-based education CDs

Amidst raging controversies over the selection of Operating Systems for computer education in schools, the IT@School authorities are on the move to introduce an abridged version of the Linux-based resource CDs for the promotion of free software through the project.

Apps Migrate To Open Source

  • Information Week; By Laurie Sullivan (Posted by tadelste on Sep 18, 2005 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
Siegenia-Aubi KG had to reboot its Compaq servers about every 14 days until it decided to chuck Windows for Linux. But that meant the German maker of sound-insulating ventilators, as well as windows, doors, and room-ventilation equipment, would run all its enterprise applications on a relatively new open-source platform. The open-source movement has increased dramatically in recent years. To keep up, enterprise-application vendors--Manhattan Associates, Oracle, SAP, Siebel Systems, SSA Global Technologies--are adapting their software to run in these environments.

Multi-core licensing and virtualization promote open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 18, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More flexible licensing is one of the biggest draws open source software has for enterprise users, and the current shift toward dual-core and multi-core processors and use of virtualization technologies may give Linux and open source software even more of an advantage, say analysts and open source project leaders.

Microsoft Struggles in South Korea

It is not certain that the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) will rule against Microsoft but experts predict that the possibility is high. The dominant status of the Windows operating system, a flagship product of Microsoft, is also under threat following the strong emergence in Korea of an open-source alternative called Linux. The country’s love affair with Linux is being pushed by the government, which aims to become a software powerhouse by diluting the monopolistic status of Windows.

Where the mind is without fear and software is free...

  • The Finanical Express (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 10:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What is an open source software? According to Michael Tiemann, pioneer of Open Source Movement and vice president, RedHat: ‘‘Open source software is one for which the underlying source code is available freely to users. They may read it, make changes to it and build new versions around it. The idea is to open the gates of innovation. It advances technology at a much faster pace and can bridge the digital divide.’’ Open source software is available across the spectrum. They can be easily downloaded from the Net. Some examples are Firefox, Netscape Navigator for browsers, Apache and Slash for web servers, TUTOS and Compiere for ERP, Sugar for CRM packages, Evolution, Mailmanm and Squirrelmail for email clients (like Outlook Express) and Linux as the king of open source operating systems.

Oracle SAPs competitors in war over ERP & CRM crown

We all know of the operating system wars (like Linux versus Windows) and some of us have heard of the skirmish between databases (such as Oracle versus SQL server) but these are merely cold wars. The real battle is being fought in the ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) arena — between Oracle and SAP. And with the recent announcement of Oracle making a $5.85-billion acquisition of Siebel, the balance is tilted in favour of the former.

Not Only Oracle, SAP and Siebel Now Support Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

"Significant reductions in costs and gains in performance can be made with Linux at the heart of the enterprise," said David Patrick, Novell vice president and general manager of Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services, as Novell at its annual BrainShare conference in Barcelona, Spain, announced the rapid growth of business-critical applications running on Linux in the data center, as data center software vendors Agresso, Carmen Systems, Jeeves Information Systems and Sage joined Oracle, SAP and Siebel in supporting Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

IBM Starts Shipping z9 Mainframe

  • CXOtoday; By Staff (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 4:03 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
"There's a groundswell of interest from businesses and governments around what the new class of mainframes can do," said Erich Clementi, general manager, IBM System z9. "Companies are looking to the new mainframe more than ever to help manage some of the most complex corporate issues, such as protecting the security of customer information and complying with federal regulations. From a technical perspective, the mainframe's deep commitment to Java, Linux, virtualization and SOA are driving adoption."

Energy acquires Linux supercomputer for basic research

  •; By Aliya Sternstein (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 3:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), the flagship scientific computing facility for the Energy Department's Office of Science, accepted a 722-processor Linux Networx cluster system called Jacquard. The fully operational system is named for Joseph-Marie Jacquard, who, in 1801, invented the first programmable machine using punched cards. More than 2,000 DOE scientists, academics and other institutional researchers nationwide will use the computer for scientific disciplines such as climate modeling, simulations of the early universe and protein structure investigation.

Student sets goal with NASA

  • ContraCosta Times; By Ashley Surdin (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To make the study more authentic, Ramya also was in charge of creating a computer simulation of Mars using Linux -- something she had never used before. The simulation was used as an information-gathering computer game.

Podcast on open source geospatial

"We discuss Open Source GIS (obviously), the Canadian government's role in supporting OGC and Open Source tools, and the hurdles to data access in both the US and Canada."

Keane gets AWIPS subcontract

  •; By John Moore (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 12:40 PM EDT)
Keane will also help complete an open systems migration at NWS. AWIPS originally was deployed in Unix, but NWS is in the process of moving to Linux, specifically Red Hat Enterprise 3.0.

Mr. Windows

In his 15 years at Microsoft, Allchin has earned a reputation as a straight shooter who admits when Microsoft makes mistakes. But he's also a fierce competitor who pushed the integration of IE with Windows 98 to thwart Netscape inroads, a move that earned Allchin a center seat at the U.S. government's anti-trust case. Later, Allchin implied that open source was "un-American"...

Smartphone & OS Trends

  • Nokia Blogs; By Nicolas Fogelholm (Posted by VISITOR on Sep 17, 2005 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I can´t predict the future and I am no expert in OSes, but when looking at the growth of Linux (412%) and the theses below I think I will take a risk and bet on Linux. Yes, a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with Linux, broadband access over Wi-Fi, hi-resolution widescreen display, Flash Player and more is on my gadget list for Santa.

Information Technology Director, Data Processing Department, Delaware County, Ohio

  • Government technology; By Shane Peterson (Posted by tadelste on Sep 17, 2005 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Have you been introducing open source applications into your IT environment? Absolutely. In our engineering and building inspection departments, because everything about Delaware County is growth and everything starts in the building phase. When that information is entered, it's entered into multiple systems. We can get in there, pull that information out and update it as necessary, regardless of the application we're working in.

Nations Present Open Source Argument to World Bank

Senior government officials from 13 countries were among a group of open-source advocates behind a report presented to the World Bank last Friday calling on nations to accelerate economic growth by using products based on what are called open-technology standards. The group defines open standards as technologies that are openly published and which are not owned by any company. The benefit of open standards is that they allow information to be easily shared by different software Get your FREE Oracle Database Software Kit today! programs, reducing user dependency on a single provider and making information more accessible to a wider group of people.

5 common mistakes in using open-source software

Few technology initiatives have generated as much interest among chief information officers as the open-source software movement. The open-source model offers attractive license-free infrastructure technology; large, multiuser applications; and desktop applications. Built by development communities, applications evolve and improve as community members offer their revisions to their peers, who reject or accept the changes into the applications' code.

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