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French students to get open-source software on USB key

French authorities will give out 175,000 USB memory sticks loaded with open-source software to Parisian high school students at the start of the next school year. The sticks will give the students, ages 15 and 16, the freedom to access their e-mail, browser bookmarks and other documents on computers at school, home, a friend's house or in an Internet cafe -- but at a much lower cost than providing notebook computers for all, a spokesman for the Greater Paris Regional Council said Friday.

Open source is the ticket for In Ticketing

Ticket broker In Ticketing is going head to head with Ticketmaster. It's able to offer lower fees for the same services because of open source software, says co-founder and CTO Marc Urbaitel.

Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData

  • HowtoForge; By Jed McCaleb (Posted by falko on Feb 3, 2007 2:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, MySQL
With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. BixData 2.7 adds support for importing data in more complex formats. This allows you to monitor almost anything. I'll go through the steps showing you how to monitor MySQL locally where an agent is installed and then the steps to monitor a device remotely through SNMP. The advantage of BixData is that any data available through a BixAgent works with the standard tools such as the situation room, scoreboards, notifications and the reporting system. All data are stored in standard SQL tables and are easily accessible.

Will GPLv3 energize Free Software, or marginalize the FSF?

As written, GPLv3 threatens to fork GNU projects and marginalize the Free Software Foundation, writes Linux observer Bill Weinberg in this well-written essay. Drawing on long experience evangelizing open source licensing to business users, Weinberg suggests that the FSF's GPLv3 high road could be a lonesome one.

How to create a PAD file

  • Avangate; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Feb 3, 2007 12:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
If you're a software author, you're probably familiar with those never ending requests and the need of updating the info on your programs, over and over again. Find out how to create a PAD file and why it is important.

Review Redux: The Book of JavaScript

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Feb 3, 2007 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla

My review of this book recently appeared in Linux Magazine. I wrote that review a month or more ago and since then, have been perusing Dave Thau's book in a lot more detail. I still really like the book and I think it's a good way to learn JavaScript, but I've discovered the flaws.

First test of Fedora 7 released

The Fedora team has announced that the first test spin of Fedora 7 is available for download via BitTorrent or from Fedora Project mirrors. Fedora 7, also available on live CD, mixes both Core (the complete operating system) and Extras (add-ons that complement the OS) into one package in anticipation of the merger between the two for Fedora 7's final release. Aside from the newly abbreviated name, the release also departs from Fedora Core 6 in that it no longer ships with the entire Core collection as an ISO set, because the team is planning to produce targeted spins for specific uses.

Reduce your Linux memory footprint

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martyn Honeyford (Posted by Iain on Feb 2, 2007 10:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Ubuntu
A lack of physical memory can severely hamper Linux® performance. In this article, learn how to accurately measure the amount of memory your Linux system uses. You also get practical advice on reducing your memory requirements using an Ubuntu system as an example.

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3 Released

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3, which will in time become Ubuntu 7.04 has just been released. Pre-releases of Feisty are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system, or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are however recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

It's 2007 – Do You Know Where You're Cybersecurity is?

Three and a half years after 9/11, I remain astonished at how few of the comparatively easy and essential defensive tasks we've accomplished, in comparison to the vastly expensive (and often unsuccessful) initiatives that we have mounted.

Unisys sees open source growth on the horizon

It services provider Unisys Corp is expecting rapid growth from its recently launched open source services businesses as it looks to improve innovation with open source software, rather than simply cutting costs.

After Vista will operating systems change to simpler modular model?

Vista is finally here but Microsoft’s journey to this point has been infamously painful. Does the company really want to do that again? Some industry watchers, such as Gartner Group, are arguing that operating systems are now so complex that the cycle of major releases...are at an end.

BBC Web TV revamp: Linux and Apple are in

The BBC has announced its Web TV plan will provisionally go ahead, despite concern from media watchdog Ofcom over how the launch would affect the U.K's commercial telly.

Red Hat Builds Channel Strategy in Japan

Masatsugu Koketsu, former Sun executive, to expand structure to answer demand for Red Hat solutions in Japan.

Environment and security monitoring with Linux

AKCP enhances their visual monitoring capabilities by adding recording to their camera interface, all video captured by any of the camera's attached to an AKCP Linux-based product can now be recorded to time-stamped, rotating AVI files on a remote PC by a simple click on the Record button. WiFi capability has now been built into of all AKCP Linux-based products allowing you unlimited freedom in placing the device, without the need to lay any additional cabling.

Novell could be banned from selling Linux

The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell Inc.'s right to sell new versions of Linux operating system software after the open-source community criticized Novell for teaming up with Microsoft Corp. "The community of people wants to do anything they can to interfere with this deal and all deals like it. They have every reason to be deeply concerned that this is the beginning of a significant patent aggression by Microsoft," Eben Moglen, the Foundation's general counsel, said on Friday.

Levanta introduces Linux management appliance

Linux management and data virtualization provider Levanta (formerly LinuxCare) recently introduced the Intrepid X Linux management appliance. The Intrepid X caters to large Linux departments and data centers with high scalability and mission criticality requirements, the company says.

Track your ancestors with GRAMPS

GRAMPS is the Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System -- free extensible personal genealogical software. Its numerous reviews cover the basics of what it does. In this article, I'll reveal some lesser-known features and tips from the developers' hideout.

People Behind KDE: Cyrille Berger

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to France to meet a developer who likes polishing, someone who loves to create images only to filter them out -- tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Cyrille Berger.

Xgl/Compiz in Mandriva 2007 Free

Xgl is a hardware accelerated X-server created by Novell. Thanks to the abilities of modern graphics cards, it uses 3d-rendering, which opens up w whole new bunch of possibilities for modern computer desktops. I will be demonste Xgl with Compiz window manager basing on my Mandriva 2007 Free (32–bit version) Linux distribution.

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