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For the last three years the IT world has been debating the status of the Linux operating system as a potential platform on which to build enterprise solutions. Such debate is now well and truly over, with Linux and the wider Open Source community now firmly entrenched in the minds of IT buyers as a serious, enterprise ready option. This week sees Linux World taking place in San Francisco and it is demonstrating, once again, how rapidly the Linux platform is maturing. At this weeks event many of the leaders of the Linux community are proclaiming new offerings. Some of the highest profile announcements are those of Red Hat, IBM and HP.
If you're looking for big name friends, VMware has them. AMD, BEA, BMC, Broadcom, Cisco, CA, Dell, Emulex, HP, IBM, Intel, Mellanox, Novell, QLogic and Red Hat have all vowed to set virtualization standards in tandem with VMware. In particular, VMware will release its own Virtual Machine Hypervisor Interfaces (VMHI) - technology it bills as the foundation of partitioning - in the hopes that other companies will pick up these same interfaces, making VMware's software a type of industry standard.
Company seeks to empower Fedora Foundation by funding patent filings and supporting copyright assignments to assure compliance with open source licenses.
MySQL has been picked up by Novell, its second huge reseller deal in so many days, the companies announced on Tuesday at LinuxWorld in San Francisco. The companies are calling this the only accord of its kind between a Linux vendor and MySQL AB, purveyor of the popular open-source database MySQL. In the reseller and joint-support agreement, Novell Inc. will offer subscriptions to the MySQL Network, a subscription offering that includes MySQL software; updates and upgrades; alerts and advisors; MySQL's online knowledgebase; and full, production-level technical support.
Oracle On Demand Customers Benefit From Oracle Technology and Applications Delivered on x86-64-bit Architecture
To head off controversy, open-source founders will present the community with a set of guiding principals to govern the GPL 3 process, and a timeline to judge its progress. With patent pressures growing in the computer industry, the licensing foundation for a majority open-source projects is under review. On Wednesday, industry heavyweights here will seek to reassure the community over the process slated for the GNU General Public License 3, offering a statement of principals to govern that process, and a timeline to judge its progress. The first discussion draft of the next version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 3 is currently on track to be released in the first week of January 2006. Then, after a year of public comment and the writing of the final text, the final version should arrive early 2007—more than 15 years after GPL 2 was released.
Major Linux Vendors Form Partnership and Promote Debian in Enterprise
Wyse Technology debuted a compact yet powerful Linux-based thin-client at LinuxWorld and announced a 1,900-unit deployment by a European health insurance provider. Wyse Technology debuted a compact yet powerful Linux-based thin client at LinuxWorld on Tuesday and announced a 1,900 unit deployment of the device by a major European health insurance provider. The compact Winterm V50 boasts a 1GHz x86 processor and measures just 7.9 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches (201 x 180 x 46 mm). The V50 is based on a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe processor running Wyse's Linux V6 operating system (based on a 2.6 Linux kernel), and is equipped with 128MB flash and 256MB DDR RAM memory, resulting in a stable, powerful platform for accessing applications running on a server plus locally executing Linux and Java applications, according to the company.
LAS VEGAS—To buttress its anti-Linux product strategy, The SCO Group Inc. is working with third-party partners that include MySQL AB and EnterpriseDB Corp. on databases, Borland Software Corp. on tools, and NeTraverse Inc. in the virtual server arena, SCO executives said during an annual user conference here this week. Although Oracle Corp. has declined to support to SCO's software servers, SCO already has long-time commercial database partners that include Computer Associates International Inc., Progress Software Corp., and IBM's Informix group. (Editor's Note: Could this be someone's idea of a joke?)
Like many things in the Unix, GNU, and BSD worlds, the Postfix mail transport agent (MTA) is powerful but difficult to configure optimally. With basic instructions and a couple of hours (or more) to test the configuration, you can probably make Postfix work, but how do you make it work to its full potential? How do you make it more secure? How do you make it get rid of spam? How do you configure it for complex situations that involve multiple servers, email addresses, email groups, and domains? That's what "The Book of Postfix" is for.
IBM is making good on its pledge earlier this year to invest US$100 million in Workplace software for the Linux platform. Big Blue and one of its business partners will offer new products designed to give customers more choices for collaborative solutions while helping to manage costs and increase flexibility through cross-platform support. The new products are browser-based messaging software with support for Firefox 1.0.X, and software that integrates Lotus Notes access into IBM Workplace Managed Client. Ericom, an IBM Business Partner, has a new Linux plug-in for IBM Workplace Managed Client. These solutions run on many platforms, including Linux, and offer alternatives for customers looking for a client-side Linux solutions.
The server that handles theLinux Kernel Mailing List [archive] recently got an upgrade. Matti Aarnio explains, "folks at Dell have donated a new machine to be VGER, and folks at RedHat have installed it into [a] co-location facility with [a] 1000Mbps network connection into the machine." The upgrade offers much more performance for handling the extremely high-traffic mailing list.
The Linux Kernel Mailing List is usually referred to as the lkml. It evolved many years ago from the "Linux Activist" and otherearly Linux mailing lists run in Finland. Eventually the early mailing lists were replaced by theMajordomo powered lkml, managed by David Miller at Rutgers University on a server called "vger". When David went to work at RedHat, the server and mailing list went with him. To this day, it continues to be housed at RedHat. Even though it has a kernel.org domain name, it is not actually part of the Linux Kernel Archives [story] or their infrastructure. Instead, it's included in the kernel.org domain due to its function as the primary Linux development mailing list.
With more and more African governments and policy makers looking at free and open source software as a viable alternative to proprietary software, Bridges.org today released a research report that looks at the current stat of FOSS usage on the continent and offers some suggestions on how decision makers can evaluate the benefits and pitfalls of switching to free software.
SAN FRANCISCO - 09 Aug 2005 - This is the 10th or 11th LinuxWorld Expo I've attended. Or is it the 12th? Anyway, I've been to all the U.S. ones and they're starting to blur together. Two seconds after I came through the door I ran into Mae Ling Mak and Clay Claiborne of Los Angeles-based Cosmos Engineering, two old friends from LinuxWorlds past, and we tried to estimate the percentage of people who were here because they were committed GNU/Linux advocates vs. the percentage who were here because they were paid to be here as part of their jobs. We figured at least 85% of all attendees were here for their jobs.
While Linux and open-source software keep making progress in the server market, could this be its time to break through in the wider enterprise? eWEEK.com looks at the state of the market from the floor of LinuxWorld San Francisco, August 2005 .
When you install a new Linux server distribution, you can often install all of the daemons you'll need to run on that machine at install time. Distribution vendors present a "ready to go" distribution by supplying initialization scripts for all of the services you might run. But what happens if you're building from source, and no init script is supplied? What if you're writing the source and haven't ever built an init script? Here are a few ways to cope when you're faced with this challenge.
Since Knoppix burst dramatically into the Linux scene there has been an explosion of Debian-based distributions. This is welcome news to us lonely souls who have long been preaching that Red Hat is not Linux. Linux covers a far wider spectrum, as a quick peek at DistroWatch demonstrates. You'll find everything from tiny specialized Linuxes that fit on embedded devices, USB keys, floppy diskettes, or miniature CDs, to full-blown "kitchen sink" distributions that fill a DVD. Red Hat deserves a substantial amount of credit for supporting Linux development, popularizing Linux, and spawning a host of other Linux distributions. Just don't think that Red Hat is all there is to the Linux world.
In Part 4, Kurt explains how NX interoperates with Windows Terminal Services and VNC remote setups. Much of what Kurt describes in this series can be reproduced and verified with one or two recent Knoppix CDs, version 3.6 or later
Red Hat, in an effort to expand its patching service's utility, is adding monitoring and cross-platform support to aid customers migrating to RHEL.
Red Hat has unveiled an initiative dubbed 'Security in a Networked World' at the LinuxWorld tradeshow in San Francisco. As part of the programme, the Linux vendor showcased its Red Hat Certificate System that allows organisations to manage security certificates used to sign emails, or authenticate users for online banking applications. It also supports authentication through the use of smartcards. Red Hat has been working with the Apache Foundation to add support for the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email client through the use of Apache's open source Network Security Service Libraries. The collaboration will allow users of both systems to send and receive authenticated emails with Thunderbird, while organisations including online banks and web stores can use the system to authenticate users through smartcards in combination with Firefox.
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