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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.

Mcfadden's Free Software For XML Services

If embedding OSS in consumer applicances excites you, i.e the inevitable march to "World Domination", here's a blurb for you. It has XML, a gui front end and it's friendly.

Google to 'launch own PC'

  • The Register; By Tony Smith (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google is planning to provide an own-brand Windows-less PC and sell the low-cost system through a partnership with retail giant Wal-Mart. The machine and/or the sales deal could be announced as early as this coming Friday.

So claims the Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources. Whether they've seen the text of Google co-founder Larry Page's Consumer Electronics Show keynote, which he'll make in Las Vegas on Friday, isn't clear, but it's suggested that the talk will cover the new box.

Linux desktop to run Dashboard widgets

  • PC Pro; By Simon Aughton (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 7:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
The next version of the KDE desktop for Linux will be able to run Dashboard widgets ostensibly developed for Mac OS X.

Lead developer Zack Rusin revealed in his blog that a layer in the desktop will be capable of running most widgets as they are use nothing more than HTML and Javascript code. The fact that Apple's WebKit rendering engine is based on KDE's Konqueror browser also helps. However those that also employ Cocoa and/or Applescript will remain the preserve of Mac users.

Turkish Linux distribution aims for the big time

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 3, 2006 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the main advantages of open source is its openness, which prevents developers "with evil intentions" from putting "suspicious code" into the software, according to a developer on a project in Turkey

Debian Etch for eight architectures

At the end of December the Debian release team published the first details that indicate out of which architectures the next version of the free Linux distribution will be composed. As early as September discussions had become known in which in the interest of shortening the program development time of new releases the developers had thought aloud about reducing the number of officially supported architectures. At the time the talk was of perhaps four architectures only.

My sysadmin toolbox

After reading an article on system administration utilities, I started thinking about the utilities I find most valuable in my day-to-day work. A few were mentioned in the article, such as Vim and GNU Screen, but most were not. When thinking over my list, I was surprised by how many were recent additions.

Another Attack Upon Quinn

Her title says it better: "David Coursey's Massachusetts FUD", however, I thought it might mislead certain types such as myself into thinking this was a new popular culture dance craze. Nonetheless, where pulling "facts" from strange, smelly places is de rigueur I guess such trash has its place. In any case, see its dismemberment here. I just regret the readership of the former is so much larger than for the latter.

Red Hat Third-Quarter Earnings Call

Management said that technology buyers are narrowing their lists of approved vendors, which magnifies the success of category leaders. For the fourth quarter, Red Hat expects to earn 11 to 12 cents a share, 15% above estimates and double the year-ago earnings. According to International Data Corp., dollar sales of servers shipped with Linux installed grew 34.3% in the quarter, with unit shipments up 20.5%. Sales and earnings are expected to grow at double-digit rates for several more quarters.

Intel's new plan: Inside everything

  • CNN Money (Fortune); By Adam Lashinsky (Posted by dcparris on Jan 3, 2006 1:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
(Fortune) Technology users, prepare to be sold. Intel, the world's most important semiconductor maker, has decided that it wants to be inside far more than just your PC. As a result, if you pay attention to anything having to do with digital gadgets, bits and bytes, software and hardware, starting this week Intel (Research) plans to make it damn near impossible to ignore the company's new message.

Financial regulatory guidance over deployment of open source ...

  • IT Directors (Posted by bstadil on Jan 3, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free open source software (FOSS), while not pervasive, is being more extensively deployed within financial institutions in the UK

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