This week on Open News we cover stories on Microsoft OpenXML, Sun's ODF Converter, Linspire and Ubutu and much more.
Create virtual Machines Using Virtualbox in Debian
Cryptography and cybersecurity guru Bruce Schneier discusses microsoft's motivation to build DRM into windows vista. Short quote: "Microsoft put all those functionality-crippling features into Vista because it wants to own the entertainment industry."
This tutorial shows how you can set up a network-attached storage server with FreeNAS. FreeNAS is based on the FreeBSD operating system and supports CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, RSYNC, SSH, local user authentication, and software RAID (0, 1, 5). It comes with a powerful web interface and uses very little space on the hard drive - about 32MB.
MySQL is poised to attract keen attention from F1000s running mission-critical apps. A meaner, faster version of MySQL, dubbed solidDB for MySQL, is now in general availability (GA). Co-built by MySQL AB and Solid Information Technology, it cuts response times, boosts scalability, and processed 2x more transactions than Oracle InnoDB, say benchmarks.
OpenSolaris from the get go has always been about attracting more developers to Solaris. Sun is now improving on that promise with the release of Solaris Express, Developer Edition, a new open source AMP (Apache/MySQL/Perl or PHP) stack for OpenSolaris and new support programs for developers to get started using OpenSolaris. The new efforts are part of Sun's goal to recapture developer talent and imagination and direct it towards innovating on Solaris.
Unless you live in a vacuum, you must’ve heard the talk about Novell finding itself under the Free Software Foundation's microscope. What's interesting is that it looks like under the current GPLv2 (GPL2) guidelines, Novell hasn’t done anything wrong. So, what's all the concern about then? Simple, it's called GPLv3 (GPL3).
Ambitious open source vendor Red Hat is on the last leg of its race to push 70 per cent of its business through the channel and is gearing up to launch an additional partner accreditation. Red Hat currently works with two levels of partners: entry level Ready Partners, and higher-touch Advanced Partners. Last year it rolled out its Certified Service Provider Programme (CSPP) in the US, aimed at higher level integrators and VARs, and is now bringing the level to Europe.
Remember during the Dot Com boom when sites used to display which browser you should use in order to best utilize their website? Quaint, annoying and even a little narrow minded. Those of us who have been yearning for a blast from the past will be thrilled to learn that Wal-Mart is apparently doing this in the year 2007. Wait, it gets better...
Access is finally shipping its next-generation Linux-based operating system and development kit for mobile devices. The company is showing off version 1.0 of Access Linux Platform (ALP), and various tools and high-end mobile applications processor support packages, at the 3GSM World Congress this week in Barcelona.
The KateOS team today announced the first beta release of its live CD edition of KateOS 3.2, which now includes a graphical system installer, the team said in the release announcement. Kate OS uses a 2.6.18 Linux kernel and the default Xfce desktop.
Sangoma Technologies, a company that specializes in open source PBX solutions announced Monday that is has been contracted by Pakistan-based integrator and consultancy Convergence (News - Alert) to provide an open source telecommunications platform. Convergence will use Sangoma’s technology to develop the platform for Worldcall Telecom Limited and Barraqtel, both based in Pakistan. The two companies have been looking for an open source platform that their technical teams can easily manage.
What do you get if you cross an open source development consortium with an organization that promotes free standards? Answer: You get a Linux advocacy group. Or so it seems. On the surface, the union of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) seems like a natural fit. Open standards and open source software are two great ideas that go well together.
Although Microsoft and Novell are collaborating on virtualization to enable Windows Server to run on SUSE Linux, and vice-versa, Novell and Intel have advanced toward that goal with the release of paravirtualized network and block device drivers that allow Windows Server to run unmodified in Xen virtual environments.
Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, and SpikeSource, a provider of open-source software and services, today announced that SpikeSource will certify its business-ready open-source applications for Ubuntu and deliver support for Ubuntu through its channel of solution providers.
ODBMS.ORG Publishes Ted Neward's Analysis of Approaches in the Light of Vietnam War Analogy
There is a growing need in the Open Source community for a complete and dedicated project management solution, such as Microsoft Groove 2007 (which is not without its faults and which, unsurprisingly, is proprietary). If you want to see such an application become a reality, please read this post and share your thoughts.
I dig the fact that within about 1 minutes time (while, before, after) installing my desktop, I can be groovin' on my favorite tunes or catching a funny video online. OK -- I don't watch that many videos, but sometimes the chillen and I will watch some movie previews on apple trailers. We say things like " COOL! and "that was darn cool" is a favorite of my almost-six-year-old. How 'bout you? Got music?
The long tail effect of open source has some interesting implications when it comes to backup software. This blog discusses some of these implications.
Cisco is ceasing development of its network access control client software, called Cisco Trust Agent, and will submit the code to the open-source community.