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Waiting for Linux to Pull Its Own Weight on the iSeries

  • IT Jungle; By Dan Burger (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 8:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
In a few weeks, IBM will be delivering an update to OS/400, which has been i5/OS for the past year. Everyone knows its reputation for handling heavy-duty workloads by virtue of its impressive architecture and long list of applications. As an iSeries customer, you firmly believe that you get what you pay for. For instance, you get the capability to run multiple operating systems. In the past, OS/400 may have been enough. But as you look ahead, and certainly as IBM looks ahead, Linux could begin pulling more and more weight.

Microsoft employees ponder the fate of Internet Explorer

  • arstechnica; By Jeremy Reimer (Posted by Abe on Jan 3, 2006 7:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft

The saga of Internet Explorer, the piece of software that once brought the Department of Justice to the brink of breaking up Microsoft, continues to eat away at the company. Several Microsoft employees have been reporting on their blogs that they feel the browser is not receiving adequate attention from upper management, and that it reflects badly on Microsoft as a result.

Rory Blythe, after posting a rant complaining about how many people seem excited about switching Firefox simply to "beat the man," admitted in a comment that the lack of new features in Internet Explorer was embarrassing:

I think IE is horribly behind the times. When every other browser on the planet that's worth a damn supports tabbed browsing, it's just crappy that I still have to have different copies of IE open to have multiple sites open at once. As of right now, my favorite browser on the planet is Apple's Safari. That's hardly a defense of IE.

Devices, Linux Filesystems, and the Filesystem Hierarchy

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 3, 2006 7:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
In this tutorial (login required) Ian Shields introduces you to Linux devices, filesystems, and the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. Learn in depth how to: Create partitions and filesystems, Maintain the integrity of filesystems, Mount and unmount filesystems, Manage disk quota, Use file permissions to control access to files, Manage file ownership, Create and change hard and symbolic links, Find system files and place files in the correct location.

[Ed: While this requires registering, some readers may want to access these course modules. -tadelste]

Telsasoft, a Telecommunications Service Assurance Software Company Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota Received Order for a Set of GSM CDR (Call Detail Record) Reports from a Regional GSM Network Service

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Telsasoft today announced that West Central Wireless of San Angelo, Texas has purchased a set of GSM CDR (Call Detail Record) reports to complement their next generation integrated OSS network management solution also purchased from Telsasoft for their GSM network infrastructure.

What's ahead for Linux, open source (An Interview with an EDS Fellow - Charles E. Bess)

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford, Editor (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Open source software is off to a good start, but it won't revolutionize IT until the community gets serious about defining business frameworks and processes, says Charles E. Bess P.E. and EDS Fellow.

It's prediction time for Bess, and he opines on the future of Linux and open source in this interview. He also lists the hot new technologies that will shake up the IT world in 2006. As head futurist for EDS Corp., a global technology services company based in Plano, Tex., Bess studies the future implications of changes within the software industry.

Microsoft urges patience as WMF threat climbs

While some security researchers advise Windows users to rush to install an unofficial patch to fix a vulnerability in the way the OS renders graphics files, Microsoft wants customers to wait another week for its official security update, it announced today.

The problem involves the way various versions of Windows handle graphics in the WMF (Windows Metafile) format. When a vulnerable computer opens a maliciously crafted WMF file, it can be forced to execute arbitrary code. Microsoft published a first security advisory on 28 December, saying it had received notification of the problem on 27 December and was investigating whether a patch was necessary.

Linux v2.6.15 released

  •; By Linus Torvalds (Posted by bstadil on Jan 3, 2006 3:05 PM EDT)
Hey, it's fifteen years today since I bought the machine that got Linux started. January 2nd is a good date.

bits from the Debian Etch release team

  • Mailing list; By Andreas Barth (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Happy New Year to all of you. New Year in the western world is the typical point in time to take a look backward and forward to see what happened and what one expects to happen next year. Also, we're almost in the middle between release of sarge and release of etch, another good reason to look both ways. :)

KDE 3.5 VMWare Image Available

Stephan Binner has released a VMware player image of KDE 3.5 with KOffice running on OpenSuSE 10.

Open source's speed, Firefox's security wows Fidelity

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Paul Gillin (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software got an enterprise shot in the arm recently when Fidelity Investments Inc. created a policy and governance structure that gives open source and proprietary products equal consideration in buying decisions.

Fidelity has more than a dozen open source packages in production and is willing to evaluate open source options in almost any application, according to Charles Pickelhaupt, a vice president in Fidelity's Center for Applied Technology. A new review board has been set up to weigh licensing options, which are one of Fidelity's biggest open source concerns.

Strengthening open source development in Philippines

THE EUROPEAN IT Service Center (EITSC) is expected to complete a revised open source curriculum for colleges this year, part of a major learning project to create a pool of open source developers in the country.

Under the project name "Philippine Open Source Initiative" (POSITIVE), the EITSC hopes that the new open source curriculum will be integrated in several partner schools by the start of the school year in June 2006. These schools include Don Bosco Technical College, Cebu Institute of Technology, the Asia Pacific College, Angeles University Foundation, and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology.

Debian Weekly News - January 3rd, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Mohammed Adnène Trojette summarised all major Debian events in 2005 in the [1]timeline for 2005. Philip Charles [2]reported that he has uploaded the latest [3]CD images for Debian GNU/Hurd. Manoj Srivastava [4]announced that the debian-private list is only private for three years after the general resolution on the [5]declassification procedure has passed.

Ibm Expands Commitment to Open Source

  • NewsFactor Network (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 12:44 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The announcement represents the most significant elevation of IBM's strategic partnerships with its key Linux Distribution Partners since it embraced Linux six years ago, a testament to a Linux market that continues to experience strong growth. The alliances are timed to tap the boom in IBM's Linux growth expanding its base of 12,000 enterprise deployments worldwide.

Interview with kde-redhat Project Leader Rex Dieter

Rex Dieter has been making the unofficial KDE Red Hat packages for some years now. Since this is a service depended upon by thousands of Red Hat users to get their required latest build of KDE, KDE Dot News interviewed Rex to find out how he got started, why the need for the project exists and how he makes the packages. Read on for the interview.

Linux vs. Windows security

A qualitative assessment of operating system security is subjective and your 'mileage may vary' based on present and past experience. The overall finding of this analysis is that Linux provides more secure capabilities than Windows. Taken from a IBM White Paper by Stacey Quandt.

[ED: A reasonably worded look at some security issues pertaining to both systems - HC]

Silicon Image Expands SteelVine Storage Footprint

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Announces Ultra High Performance Five-Port SteelVine(TM) Storage Processor

Open-Xchange Offers Free 'Live-CD' for Open-Xchange Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Enables Easy Review of Leading Open Source Collaboration Server

New Year, New Linux Kernel

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 9:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Fifteen years to the day since Linux creator Linus Torvalds bought the machine that started it all, the first new Linux kernel of the year has hit the street only two months after its predecessor hit.

In a mailing list posting, Torvalds said the changes in 2.6.15, "are really pretty much all over the place, with over four thousand commits merged in the two weeks since 2.6.14."

Linux on PowerPC users will notice a significant change in that the 32-bit and 64-bit PowerPC kernel development trees have been merged into a generic PowerPC development branch. The new generic tree allows for kernel compilation on either 64- or 32-bit PowerPCs.

Grid computing can aid complex applications

The economic advantages delivered by grid technology are compelling many companies to move beyond discussion and into commercial pilots. Balancing workload by taking advantage of lightly used CPUs and providing system virtualization to improve application availability are two of the primary drivers behind the expanding adoption of a variety of processor grid technologies. And as infrastructure and tools to manage the process have matured, many organizations are ready to embrace the next innovation: the application grid, where even the most complex applications will be able to leverage distributed computing.

Installing Xen 3.0 upon Debian Unstable, with a custom Kernel

Recently we demonstrated the process of installing a binary release of Xen 3.0 on Sarge, since the packages on Debian Unstable are not yet available for Xen 3.0 we're now going to look at installing it via the packages provided by Ralph Passgang. This also includes building a custom Xen kernel from source.

The advantage to building the Xen kernel from source is that you can add, or remove, drivers - so the kernel is utterly customised for your system.

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