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Open source databases '60 per cent cheaper'

Open source databases can save enterprises up to 60 percent over proprietary products, according to data collected by Forrester Research. Noel Yuhanna, a senior analyst at Forrester covering database management systems, estimated that average savings on the total cost of ownership are about 50 percent. The data is based on surveys and customer interviews.

Vonage's Open Source Database Odyssey

In an interesting twist of irony, Oracle, which is taking aim at Linux leader Red Hat for being too expensive, is being undercut with an open source challenge to its namesake database. VoIP vendor Vonage Networks is deploying EnterpriseDB, which is built on top of the open source PostgreSQL database as an alternative to Oracle. EnterpriseDB Advanced Server adds Oracle compatibility to native PostgreSQL as well as performance improvements.

Avg Extends Products to Alternate Platforms

AVG has announced several new versions of their AVG antivirus offering for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD open source platforms. Avalanche will supply the AVG products to consumers and small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) in Australia and New Zealand.

Dirk Dashing: Secret Agent v1.02 released

My Game Company has released a Dirk Dashing bug-fix update for Linux!

Novell and the Brave New Open-Source World

For some people, when Novell recently made a deal with Microsoft, they might as well have sold their soul to the devil. At the same time, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been mouthing off about how Microsoft signed the pact because Linux "uses our intellectual property" and Microsoft wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation."

JBoss, Red Hat See European Market as Bellwether

Speaking at the JBoss World Berlin conference here, Werner Knoblich, vice president and general manager of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia) market for Red Hat, said JBoss momentum is very high in the EMEA region.

Novell counters community, Microsoft FUD

Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian today issued an "Open Letter to the Community from Novell," in which he defends his company's recent accord with Microsoft, and challenges recent statements made by Microsoft on the topic of Linux and patents. bookmarks extension for Firefox

Organizing your favorite Web sites with bookmarks on Firefox can be tedious, especially when you want to keep your bookmarks synchronized across several computers at the same time. That's why I started using, the social bookmarking service now owned by Yahoo! Besides allowing me to access my bookmarks from any computer at any time, does a great job on keeping my bookmarks organized with tags instead of folders, and I can easily share my favorite Web sites with my friends.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 67

In this issue, we have following articles: 1 FC6 downloads and installs Stats 2 Fedora summit wrap-up 3 Back from the Fedora Summit 4 FACTFest 2006 5 Getting ready for VANLUG 6 SELinux: setroubleshootd in action 7 Yum Extender Next Generation 8 Review: Fedora Core 6 9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-11-13 10 Fedora Core 5 and 6 Updates 11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News 12 Editor's Blog

Microsoft Statement on Novell Agreement

"Microsoft and Novell have agreed to disagree on whether certain open source offerings infringe Microsoft patents and whether certain Microsoft offerings infringe Novell patents. The agreement between our two companies puts in place a workable solution for customers for these issues, without requiring an agreement between our two companies on infringement.

Easy video creation using only FOSS software

  •; By Dan MacDonald (Posted by dcparris on Nov 21, 2006 2:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
While digital video editing today is an affordable, popular activity for both the computer hobbyist and amateur cinematographer, many people seem to think that video creation under Linux is either impossible or too difficult for the average computer user. Not so! From video capture to editing to DVD authoring and encoding, you can create high-quality videos easily with free, open source software.

Dude Installs Linux On PS3, Doesn’t Dig Games Apparently

  • CrunchGear; By Vince Veneziani (Posted by dcparris on Nov 21, 2006 1:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
We all knew it was a matter of time before that one guy got his mitts on a PS3 and spent all afternoon trying to get Linux on it. Well there’s now a video on YouTube that looks pretty legit (although let’s face it, it could easily just be thrown together) showing Linux being run on the PS3.

[Maybe he likes the hardware, but doesn't want non-libre games? - dcparris]

Book Review: Designing with Web Standards (2nd Edition)

From the author's first paragraph in Before You Begin: "This book is for designers, developers, owners, and managers who want their sites to cost less, work better, and reach more people - not only in today's browsers, screen readers, and wireless devices, but in tomorrow's, next year's, and beyond..." Notice Zeldman didn't say the book is for people who want to build their first website and need to learn html, css, xml, and javascrpt. Please keep that in mind before considering buying this book.

Moglen: how we'll kill the Microsoft Novell deal

We'll fight them on the breaches...Interview If Microsoft is seeking for a courtroom collision with the world of free software, it may be disappointed.

Nokia Chooses Linux for Telecom Solution

Nokia has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its primary operating system for carrier-grade server platforms. Red Hat will provide Nokia with onsite consulting, support, certification and training services, and will be tightly integrated with Nokia's technical team for telecommunications solutions development.

Wallace Appeal on GPL Ruling rejected

  • Groklaw; By The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Posted by SFN on Nov 20, 2006 10:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a ruling rejecting Daniel Wallace's claim that the GPL violates Federal Antitrust Laws.

National Severe Storms Laboratory Gains New Real-Time Insights Into Weather Systems With Help From SGI Altix

Researchers Simulate Individual Thunderstorms in Real Time, Arming Forecasters With Better Guidance for Storm Watches and Warnings

[Press release is about SGI Altix, but includes a reference to SUSE Linux. - dcparris]

Three, two, one…Geronimo!, Part 3: Issues of state

This article demonstrates how Apache Geronimo maintains the state of thousands of simultaneous connections so that IT managers can breathe easier.

Report: SCALE Readies 'Non-Commercial' Open Source Conference

Despite the proliferation of LinuxWorld and other commercial open source shows, several regional Linux organizations continue to hold their own conferences and expos. Jacqueline Emigh highlights one such conference, the popular and growing SCALE 5X show in Los Angeles.

[I will be going to report on the event for LXer. - Scott]

Cheat Sheet: Open source licences

Let me start by saying, if you happen to think that all open source software is created equal, you are very, very wrong.

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