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Does the OS matter anymore?

Most of us have been conditioned for so long that the Microsoft "platform" is essential that we scarcely pause to think about alternatives. But as long as we can perform our essential tasks - print that report, send that e-mail - does the operating system really matter?

The Ninth Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 20, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For every network service you run, you've opened one more window on your server to the world. Firewalls are great for defending servers against attacks from the outside, but attacks don't always come from the outside. If you have a server inside your firewall hacked, the attacker can continue hacking away at other servers without worrying about the firewall stopping his progress. For this reason it is important to schedule network audits of all of your servers.

Free/open Source Software: Localization

  • Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (Posted by dave on Jun 20, 2005 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This primer provides a broad perspective on the localization of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) for the benefit of policy- and decision-makers in developing countries. It highlights the benefits and strategies of FOSS localization, along with case studies from various countries that are on the road to software freedom.

Feature: Git And The Linux Kernel Archives

The Linux Kernel Archives provides an assortment of methods for obtaining the Linux Kernel source code. In an earlier article we spoke with H. Peter Anvin who has been maintaining since its inception in 1997. In the beginning it operated on a generic PC connected to the Internet through a shared T1 housed by Transmeta Corporation. Since those early days, it has been upgraded several times to finally reach the current configuration which includes multiple ProLiant DL585 4-way dual-core Opterons donated by HP, each with 24 gigabytes of RAM and 10 terabytes of disk space. Both of the servers have a full gigabit connection to the Internet donated by Internet Systems Consortium, Inc.

VA Linux Publicly Releases 'FlexPOP', a Fast and Secure POP Server Which Supports Large-scale Systems, as an Open Source Software

  • Japan Corporate News (press release) (Posted by dave on Jun 20, 2005 5:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux), Japan's leading Linux and Open Source solutions provider, has announced the release of 'FlexPOP', a fast and secure POP server which supports large-scale systems, and an Open Source Software solution. FlexPOP is a part of the company's VA FMS (FlexMessaging Solution), a total messaging solution for use in small-to-middle scale organizations to large scale network service providers with over one million accounts.

DistroWatch Weekly: OpenBSD vs Linux, Mandriva acquires Lycoris, Debian Pure, INSERT

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 20, 2005 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 25th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This issue focuses on some of the interesting events of the past week, including the war of words between the Linux and BSD communities, the failure of Lycoris as a business model, and the surprising revelation that the founder of Gentoo and one of the leading Linux personalities has accepted a job offer from Microsoft. We also wonder why SUSE does not participate in this year's LinuxTag, introduce a Debian sarge variant "with a human face", and tell you how to get the latest release of Linspire for free. The featured distribution of the week is INSERT, a tiny security and rescue live CD. Happy reading!

Jigsaw puts together open collaborative database

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 20, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open source philosophy is popular enough that it is becoming a marketing cliche for some companies that don't have anything to do with software production. Take Jigsaw, for example -- not Jigsaw the open source Java Web server, but Jigsaw, the business contacts database.

IBM beefs up technical computing machine

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 19, 2005 8:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Company is boosting the processing power of its p5-575 server, a machine geared for high-performance technical computing tasks.

Shuttleworth to talk to learners via amateur radio

In celebration of tomorrow's Youth Day holiday in South Africa, Mark Shuttleworth, open source advocate and Ubuntu Linux founder, will answer learner's questions over an amateur radio link.

Leading Open Source Collaboration Server Netline Moves Headquarters to U.S., Changes Name to Openexchange Inc.

Netline Internet Service, makers of the world’s leading open source collaboration server, announced today that it has transferred the intellectual property, trademarks, URL’s, branding and marketing rights to Open-Xchange Server from Netline to New York-based Openexchange Inc.

Download open source Slimline Open Firmware (SLOF)

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 19, 2005 1:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
As of June 8, 2005, you can download initialization and boot source code based on the IEEE-1275 Standard for Boot Initialization Configuration Firmware.

Schools Linux volunteers install ten laboratories in one day

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jun 19, 2005 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Schools Linux User Group volunteers yesterday rolled out ten Linux-based laboratories. And they did this before midday.

Ruby on Rails

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 19, 2005 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Ruby on Rails is a recent entry into the world of Web application development that is rapidly gaining mindshare, even while still in beta versions. Rails succeeds by automating the creation of the most common types of Web applications while not straightjacketing you if you want to add custom or atypical requirements. Moreover, compared to many Free Software libraries that perform individual aspects of a Web application, Rails contains a nicely integrated set of tools for all aspects.

Daffodil and Softa SuperStore join hands to promote 'Daffodil CRM'

As part of its worldwide expansion program, Daffodil Software today announced its reseller partnership with Softa SuperStore, Finland’s biggest software web-shop.

Open-source BI Startup Debuts

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Jun 19, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Pentaho will introduce reporting, analysis, data-mining, and workflow functions as a series of software components that can be deployed together or individually.

Getting pupils to class in open source time

The SchoolTool development team and the Shuttleworth Foundation today released SchoolTool Calendar, an open source calendar server for schools. One of Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth's original 'big ideas' SchoolTool has suffered a few false starts but today but pulls through.

More on Open Source Biotechnology

  • Methuselah Foundation (Posted by dave on Jun 18, 2005 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After my recent posts on the future of open source biotechnology, I received an email from Ray Van De Walker to provide a contrary viewpoint...

Free software game server engineers in Court

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by Tsela on Jun 18, 2005 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
St. Louis, MO - On Monday, June 20, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Blizzard v. BnetD, a case that could dramatically impact consumers' ability to customize software and electronic devices and to obtain customized tools created by others.

Kudos to the Fedora Folks

A few months ago we got a new Dell 1U server in house specifially for use as a monitoring machine. Our existing methods of monitoring, particularly for looking at bandwidth utilization, were not scaling well.

Analysts: acquisitions unlikely to elevate Mandriva to top tier

Mandriva, with the recent purchase of Lycoris, a U.S. Linux desktop distributor, is expanding rapidly, but analysts ask whether it's growing fast enough to compete with the major Linux vendors: Red Hat and Novell/SuSE.

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