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Henry's Damn Small Review

  • Henry the Adequate; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Nov 25, 2005 11:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
My name is Henry the Adequate, and I am a superhero. Now that I am also a computer expert it is only right that I share my experience with those less fortunate, who do not have access to the powers of my enormous brain. To that end I present my first distro review...

MIT's $100 laptop to run Redhat

It's lean, it's green, and it's an open source machine. The $100 laptop designed by MIT and the One Laptop Per Child association, previewed at the WSIS conference in Tunisia last week, will be using a Redhat Linux variant as its operating system, saying no thanks to Apple's offer of OS-X.


RubyForge surpasses 1,000 hosted projects

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 25, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
RubyForge, the hosting repository for open source applications written using the object-oriented programming language Ruby, added its thousandth project last week. The language has exploded in popularity in the year since the release of the Ruby on Rails (RoR) framework.

PCLinuxOS 0.92 Screenshot Tour

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 25, 2005 9:59 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - PCLinuxOS 0.92 has been released: On behalf of the PCLinuxOS engineering team, I'm happy to announce that PCLinuxOS 0.92 is now available for download. PCLinuxOS 0.92 features an updated 2.6.12 kernel, hotplug has been moved to udev to provide faster boot times. The fabulous KDE has been updated to version 3.4.3. KOffice replaces on the live CD. 2.0 can be installed after a hard drive install. X.Org has been updated to X.Org cvs. Approximately 400 package updates brings PCLinuxOS 0.92 up to date with the latest open source applications.

OSDir has some sweet shots of PCLinuxOS 0.92.

Linux Desktops will get killed by Microsoft this Christmas

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein, Editor in Chief (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 7:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features
LXer Day Desk: 11-25-2005

If you want a desktop or laptop and you want to move to Linux then you're cooked. You have very few options and retailers have used low-cost Linux systems to bait and switch users. So, why don't the major Intel vendors offer Linux? Short answer: Microsoft. The old monopolist still commands and makes demands on its OEM vendors.

What's worse? Unsuspecting PC buyers will be faced with the need to upgrade to Vista in the near future. So, that bargain PC from Dell will probably keep on costing you money. Do alternatives exist? We like to think so.

Why open source projects are not publicised

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"Lots of companies are using our products, they just aren't talking about it", is a popular excuse from software companies, particularly those that offer open source software and services.

Exchange alternative to cut costs

Linux services and training company Linux Holdings is planning to push the open source-based Bynari into the South African market as a cheaper, more feature-rich alternative to the widely used Microsoft Exchange server.

Them Texans have done it again

With literally hundreds of Linux distros available today, it can be a daunting task in choosing one for daily use. This distro is destined to be named "distro of the year".

Red Hat designates its top priority projects

Red Hat's plans for the next two years call for the company to fund and develop several projects of interest to the Linux community. They company set out its top priorities for 2006 and 2007 in a press release detailing its plans to further fund and support free software projects, including SystemTap and OProfile, as well as develop virtualization and stateless Linux technologies for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Open content opens doors to opportunity

  • Info World; By John Blau (Posted by dcparris on Nov 25, 2005 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Plenty of groups met at the Internet summit in Tunis, Tunisia, last week to talk about changing the fortunes of people from developing countries still locked out of the information society. A few, however, preferred to use the event to announce action.

Open source-based Mono Project gets upgrade

  • CMPnetAsia; By Ed Scannell, VARBusiness (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new version of the development software aids Web-based application deployment.

Latest Mono release brings .NET on Linux closer

The Mono project has issued a new release aimed at taking the software out of the development environment and onto production systems. Release 1.1.10 contains tweaks such as auto-configuration and the ability to work with virtual hosts

Are All Government Designed Software Projects Open Source?

  • TechDirt; By Brian Phipps (Posted by dcparris on Nov 25, 2005 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Brian Phipps digs deep into an article about open source efforts and pulls out an interesting point that's mostly buried in the story: "A Forbes article on open source reports that Mission Viejo firm Medsphere used the Freedom of Information Act to get the source code for federal hospital management software "developed at taxpayer expense."

[Ed: As a matter of fact, anything the US and state governments develop - possibly with a few exceptions - is in the public domain. This is, as RMS would point out, a special case of free (libre) software. However, there is absolutely no license attached. Follow the link to the Forbes article. - dcparris]

Korea to rule on Microsoft antitrust case next week

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission said yesterday it will delay a ruling in its an antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. until Nov 30, as its committees are still deliberating.

[Ed: If Korea finds Microsoft guilty, they should apply appropriate penalties. If Microsoft wants to make threats in order to sway the government's thinking, they should consider further charges. How do you say "good-bye" in Korean? - dcparris]

When mainframes make sense

  •; By Galen Gruman (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 1:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Not everyone sees the mainframe as a relic of the past. In 1996, motor manufacturer Baldor Electric, beguiled by promises of lower costs and the desire to move to the SAP platform for all its CRM and ERP transactions, left the mainframe in favour of a Windows environment. According to Mark Shackelford, Baldor's IS director, the company was very unhappy with the results.

Owning ideas

  • The Guardian; By Andrew Brown (Posted by tadelste on Nov 25, 2005 12:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial

The boom in the intellectual property market will not reap rewards for us all.

[ED.- Andrew Brown draws a great summary of the current state of the "intellectual property" business, and it is not looking good - Tsela]

Podcast receivers for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 25, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're bored with blogging and ready for new worlds to conquer, podcasting might be just the impetus you need to refuel your interest in Internet publishing. The term is something of a misnomer. You don't need an iPod to create or receive a podcast, and it's not really a broadcast. What it is is hot, and with open source tools for both podcast creation and reception, it's a game that Linux users can play.

Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic Not Linux Friendly

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 25, 2005 12:16 AM EDT)
These retailer's online stores don't seem to be Linux/Firefox friendly

PC worm is spreading quickly

  • WFAA Dallas; By The Washington Post (Posted by tadelste on Nov 24, 2005 11:47 PM EDT)
Sober is known to only affect computers running the Windows operating system. It appears that Apple and Linux computer users have not been affected.

Linux Advisory Watch - November 25th 2005

This week, advisories were released for phpgroupware, egroupware, fetchmail, gnump3d, common-lisp-controller, xmail, unzip, netpbm, mantis, fetchmail-ssl, sylpheed, ipmenu, horde3, zope, Smb4k, mtab, phpSysInfo, eix, php, drakxtools, binutils, and fuse. The distributors include Debian, Gentoo, Mandriva.

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