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Microsoft Buys Stake in Company Tying Linux to Windows

Microsoft Tuesday came as close at it may ever get to supporting UNIX and Linux when it took a minority stake in integration vendor Vintela. The Lindon, Utah-based Vintela has been cranking out software over the past few months to extend Windows-based authentication, management, and monitoring capabilities to UNIX, Linux, and Macintosh operating systems.

IDC study backs Linux cost-saving

Taken from a White Paper published on, this article summarises the benefits of Linux and Intel-based servers in cutting the cost of enterprise computing according to an IDC study for IBM and Red Hat. Weekly Screenshots for November 16, 2004

  •; By Chris (Posted by linuxbeta on Nov 17, 2004 10:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
In the past week at OSDir we took some time to install and built screenshot tours for Tao Linux 3.0 Update 3, Kurumin Linux 4.0 Alpha 1, Fedora Core 3, and Kaella 1.2 Beta 2. Be sure to check it out.

A complete listing of our Linux and Open Source screenshot tours is here.

Open source enters mainstream

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Enterprises previously sceptical about open-source alternatives to commercial software have opened up to the concept, an SDForum conference in California heard yesterday.

SDForum: Open source becoming first option

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Enterprises that in the past may have been leery of open source alternatives to commercial software have opened up to the concept, panelists said here Tuesday at an SDForum conference entitled "Open Source – Entering the Mainstream.”

New Industry Consortium Rallies Around Linux Standard Base

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Four major Linux companies are bonding together to create a united Linux core distribution around the Linux Standard Base with broad industry support.

Review: OpenBSD 3.6 shows steady improvement

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The OpenBSD team earlier this month released version 3.6 of the free operating system, with support for more hardware, updated application software, and bug fixes included. This time around OpenBSD has added support for multi-CPU systems, a number of drivers for new peripheral hardware, and about 200 more applications to the Ports tree. We took the new version for a spin, and liked what we found.

Sun Visualizes World Domination

  • eWEEK Linux; By Sean Gallagher (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
Taking its cue from Linus Torvalds' goal of "total world domination" by Linux, Sun Microsystems works to pave a path away from its declining market share by focusing on the promising platform. But where are the details?

Linux Virus Solutions in Search of a Problem

It's an insurance company's dream: Sell policies for something so unlikely to occur that you'll get to scoop up premiums and never have to pay out. That's pretty much what's going on with companies selling antivirus products for Linux. Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which asks the question, "Are buyers of Linux antivirus software wasting their money?"

Mailscan For Linux Achieves Novell Ready Status

MicroWorld Software Services, developers of anti-virus and content security software, eScan and MailScan, announced today that MailScan for Linux has joined the Novell Ready Program. This status establishes that MicroWorld's products are now compatible with Novell Enterprise Linux. The product was awarded Novell Ready status for SuSE Linux desktop, Enterprise Server 8, 9 and the SuSE Linux Standard server.

Where is the 'plug-and-play' Linux office system?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine a computer network for small businesses that costs less than half as much as most companies now spend on their desktops and servers, never needs expensive on-site service calls, and always has the latest software and security patches without the business owner even thinking about it. This has been technically feasible with Linux for at least five years, but no one has gone to the trouble of marketing it. I hope someone decides to build and sell a true "plug-and-play" Linux office computer system soon. It would revolutionize the way small businesses buy and use computers.

Pogo Linux to ship first commercial eight-way Opteron server

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Next month, Linux server and storage specialist Pogo Linux will become the first server maker to stop messing around and actually deliver an eight-way server based on the Opteron 800 series processors.

Debian Weekly News - November 16th, 2004

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on Nov 17, 2004 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 45th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Bruce Perens has written an article on software patents in standards and explains how they hinder software development. It seems that the memory consumption problem in SpamAssassin 3 is finally fixed, so the package may be able to migrate into sarge.

Microsoft offers goodies to lure Novell customers

Microsoft announced on Tuesday a program that will pay some transition costs for companies that want to move from Novell's NetWare operating system onto servers running Windows.

Conectiva, Mandrakesoft, Progeny, and Turbolinux announce common implementation of LSB 2.0.

We're very pleased to announce that Connectiva, Mandrakesoft, Progeny and Turbolinux today announce the creation of a common implementation of the LSB 2.0 which will serve as the base for future products. The project, called "Linux Core Consortium" (LCC), is backed by Linux supporters such as Computer Associates, HP, Novell, Red Hat, Sun, OSDL, and the Free Standards Group.

Site review: LinuxFoo community site is a friendly haven

Mark Angeli is leading the Linux faithful to a new place: Foo. is a community site that provides Linux users with a place to ask advice, share wisdom, rant about flaky software, and chit-chat about the latest distribution release.

Knoppix: The Linux Windows Users Can't Live Without

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Nov 16, 2004 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
This summer I had the pleasure of being the editor for the new O'Reilly book Knoppix Hacks. Though I had futzed with Knoppix before, and even created a customized version of it for an O'Reilly event, I was not a regular user of the live CD.

Sun will shine again and leave Linux in its shade

  • Yeald (Posted by dave on Nov 16, 2004 4:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Not many open source aficionados will realize the impact, but by making Solaris 10 free and capable of operating on any kind of hardware, Sun is making a coup in the server market.

Securing Linux, Part 2: Planning the installation

Only the paranoid survive, and that is no less true when securing Linux systems as any other. Fortunately, a host of security features are built into the kernel, are packaged with one of the many Linux distributions, or are available separately as open source applications. This second installment covers inventory assessment, risk analysis, identifying user categories and access privileges, and then moves on to a more detailed action plan and steps for safely acquiring a Linux distribution.

HP promises major Linux boost

  •; By Robert Jaques (Posted by dave on Nov 16, 2004 10:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, JBoss
HP claimed today that it will boost mainstream adoption of Linux and open source software after signing a support deal with JBoss designed to help firms migrate from proprietary systems.

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