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Linux: Reviewing the Development Process

The generally accepted path for introducing new code into the 2.6 Linux kernel is to first have it merged into Andrew Morton [interview]'s -mm kernel, and then after sufficient testing to have it merged into Linus Torvald's mainline kernel. In a recent thread on thelkml, this process was briefly discussed. Linus noted, "one issue is that I actually worry that Andrew will at some point be where I was a couple of years ago - overworked and stressed out by just tons and tons of patches." He went on to acknowledge that Andrew has written and enhanced numerous patch tracking tools, and that git merging helps, "but it still worries me," Linus said. "If Andrew burns out, we'll all suffer hugely."

Andrew replied, "I'm doin OK." He went on to explain, "patch volume isn't a problem [with regards to] the simple mechanics of handling them. The problem we have at present is lack of patch reviewing bandwidth. I'll be tightening things up in that area. Relatively few developers seem to have the stomach to do a line-by-line through large patches, and it would be nice to refocus people a bit on that. Christoph's work is hugely appreciated, thanks." He also suggested that the number of major features lined up for the kernel have been slowing down, hinting that some day the kernel will be a completed project, "as I said, famous last words. But we have to finish this thing one day ;)"

Ca supports IBM's open source patent pledge

Computer Associates International, Inc. today pledged open access to key innovations covered by 14 of its U.S. patents and counterparts of these patents issued in other countries for individuals and groups working on open source software. CA also announced it has reached a long-term, patent cross license agreement with IBM, creating an exchange of license rights and releases between the companies.

Halcyon Now Offer Monitoring Capability for Unix and Linux Servers

  • I-Newswire.com (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 7:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Halcyon’s inventive ‘intelligent monitoring’ tool now supports a number of platforms. As Network Server Suite continues to evolve it takes Halcyon to a new level in the Enterprise Management Market.

Configuring DNS on SLES 9

This chapter covers the following requirements for Novell's Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) 9 certification: 1. Configure a DNS server using BIND. On a modern IP-based network, users take for granted the fact that they can access local network and Internet resources using easy-to-remember domain names instead of IP addresses. I doubt that a single work day goes by that the typical employee doesn't access some website with a URL that uses a domain name, such as http://www.novell.com. As a Linux system administrator, it's your job to know how to provide users with this functionality. In this chapter, we're going to do just that. We're going to discuss how to implement domain name service (DNS) on your SLES 9 server.

Review: A Glimpse of SUSE Linux 10.0

SUSE Linux 10.0 is designed to pull computer users from the Microsoft Windows operating system to . . . Linux.

Venture Capital: Open source startups are hot -- too hot?

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer; By JOHN COOK (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At the WSA Investment Forum earlier this week, Frank Catalano joked that he had discovered at least one way to make money in the burgeoning open source movement.

Ca throws its weight behind Linux standard

  • ZDNet UK; By Renai LeMay (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 5:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The newly revamped Linux Standards Base has got three new supporters this week

One... no... Two Things Linux Has That Windows Doesn't (Yet)

  • Onlamp; By Brad Fuller (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 5:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A cry from a fellow composer arrived yesterday asking how to quickly adjust the gain level for over 10,000 audio files. Designers from all over recommended the usual applications — Peak, SoundForge, Waves, Barbabatch, Wavelab — as help to his predicament. Fine recommendations, but this is a perfect job for Linux. A simple script, the bash shell and free Linux audio applications can fix him up nicely. (Those who don't have a spare PC quit belly-aching. Linux doesn't require the horsepower that Windows craves, so retrieve that old clunker you tossed last year and see my article Resurrect Your Old PC for Music—with Linux for the cost of a blank CD.)

A first look at Ubuntu Breezy

Unable to patiently await the final release date, Tectonic Magazine takes Ubuntu's Breezy preview edition for a spin.

Google Toolbar For Firefox Leaves Beta, Gains Google Suggest

  • Search Engine Watch (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Bring it on! And the toolbar out of beta after only two months! Maybe there's hope Google News will graduate yet from beta. It's four years old this March.

Auditor: The security tool collection

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2005 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Auditor security collection is a GPL-licensed live CD based on Knoppix, with more than 300 security software tools. Auditor gives you easy access to a broad range of tools in almost no time.

Dell and Mandriva Update

Thanks Marco. Not exactly what we wanted, but there you have it. Close call for the Penguin, still no cigar. But it's nice to know that Dell has the capability. Especially concerning CFI in general. May not help a lot of the SBs, but there are plenty of MBs out there who may have need of custom software images in the future.

Reported vulnerabilities and real security favor Firefox

A report released Monday by Symantec said that there were more vulnerabilities for Mozilla browsers than for Internet Explorer. Symantec's "Internet Security Threat Report" covers security trends from January 2005 through June 2005. During that time, according to Symantec, Firefox had 25 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities while Microsoft's Internet Explorer only had 13.

Chicago Sun Times: OpenOffice is Great Alternative to Microsoft

The biggest coup of open-source software isn't that it's (usually) free for the downloading. No, it's one of the few remaining incubators for truly great apps. Freed from commercial expectations, it starts with a good idea and steadily keeps on evolving as hundreds of developers keep adding features and improvements until, after years of commitment, the good idea finally emerges as a great app.

An Unabashedly Biased View of the Passing of a Network Titan

  • ARNnet; By Paul Coletti (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An IDC report from December 2004 contains some interesting figures for NetWare, the former king of the server room. From an installed base of 2,336,000 units this year, IDC anticipates a drop to 1,408,000 by 2008 -- with a similar story for new license shipments. Extrapolation and statistics have never been my forte, but suffice to say, if IDC is spot-on, then around 2019, things will start to get pretty asymptotic for this once mighty leviathan. It may by then be forgotten that there was a time when the world of the server was almost exclusively red, had teeth and spoke in a languid Midwestern drawl.

Study: CTOs Want Open Source and Biz Skills

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends.com; By Vance McCarthy (Posted by bstadil on Sep 23, 2005 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Demand for Open Source/Linux developers will remain strong for the foreseeable future, according to a survey of 90 top CIOs/CTOs released this month. But to nail the best job at the best salary, the survey of IT managers says architects and devs should blend Open Source skills with business and project management background.

Can open source companies innovate?

When it comes to open source vendors and innovation, Bill Gates doesn't waver. In an interview at Microsoft's annual Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last week, Gates told CNet, "I don't think that someone who completely gives up license fees is ever going to have a substantial R&D budget and do the hard things, the things too hard to do in a university environment." JBoss CEO Marc Fleury seems to agree with the idea that building quality software calls for dedicated developers. He calls his company's business model "professional open source," and he prides himself on hiring programmers to work full-time on open source code. But can the classic open source business model really provide the kind of revenue needed to support true innovation? You can't make money giving away products. You can, however, profit by selling support and services around those products, and that's the way many open source companies, including JBoss, are run. Customers can download the code for nothing, but if they want somebody to call when things start falling apart, they have to pay.

Computerworld: Former Novell Exec's Firm Supports SUSE Linux, Rebrands

StreamServe Inc., which is helmed by the former second-in-command at Novell Inc., announced on Wednesday that its software now supports Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. The move is part of StreamServe's revamping of its image, an effort put in place since former Novell executive Chris Stone took over as president and CEO in April. It's also a way to garner more business, particularly in Europe. In recent months, StreamServe has rebranded its software, now calling it an enterprise document presentment (EDP) application instead of a business communications management application...

Creating an invoicing system with OpenOffice.org

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 23, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you run a business, finding an efficient system for managing invoices is critical for sustaining a positive cash flow. Here's how you can create an easy invoicing solution using OpenOffice.org Writer and Calc.

Kicking Linux's tires

  • PC World; By Matthew Newton (Posted by tadelste on Sep 23, 2005 12:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been working on a Linux Tips column for an upcoming issue of PC World US--a much tougher assignment than my monthly Free Agent ramble, for two reasons: First, I've got only one magazine page to work with, so I'm a bit restricted in what I can tackle. Second, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of our magazine's readers run Windows, not Linux. Since we do our darnedest to make every page of PC World engaging to our readers, I'm out to craft a Linux column that might prove relevant to those who are still computing Bill Gates-style.

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