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Mandriva embraces Lycoris

Mandriva -- formerly Mandrake -- is one of the world's most popular user-level desktop GNU/Linux choices. Now, only a few months after Mandrake extended itself to absorb Conectiva (hence the new "Mandriva") name, it has embraced the small but feature-rich Lycoris distribution. Lycoris founder and CEO Joe Cheek may end up as a Mandriva employee, although this is not certain yet, but Mandriva certainly hopes a substantial percentage of Lycoris's approximately 20,000 paying customers join MandrivaClub. This acquisition may be good for both parties in the long run. But a lot of its success may depend on whether Joe Cheek ends up working for Mandriva or walking away at the end of his current consulting contract, which runs only through this fall.

IBM releases Explorer for the ETTK

This Linux based Emerging Technologies Explorer supplies a user interface for consolidating ETTK (Emerging Technologies Toolkit) packages within the Eclipse IDE.

Mandriva acquires Lycoris Linux assets

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mandriva; Story Type: News Story
Lycoris CEO Joseph Cheek will join Mandriva to develop "a new and advanced Linux desktop product."

Linux Fans Greet New Kernel Release, Version

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 11:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
A new version of the Linux kernel has been released, adding support for virtualization and showcasing the use of a new release-management tool developed by Linux inventor Linus Torvalds himself.

They Will Stop at Nothing

  • Lobby4Linux; By Ken Stark (Posted by derrell on Jun 15, 2005 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
A recent blog told of my experience with jr. high school teachers and yours truly walking them through the basics of PCLinuxOS and OpenOffice. Just to fill in some of the blanks, I had been working with the administration to try and get them to switch to Open Source Software. This particular school expressed an interest so I volunteered to help train a few teachers and then they could in turn train others. It is looking like they are serious about making the switch…at least until yesterday.

Auspost bundies on open source

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Although reluctant to deploy open source software within its corporate network, Australia Post, has developed a time-keeping system for some 35,000 employees using a collection of open source tools.

Sun to Release OpenSolaris Code, New Developer Web Portal

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 9:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The move to release the source code for the open-source version of Sun's Solaris operating system drives Sun further into a support and services revenue model.

Targa admits to violating GNU General Public License

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Notebook vendor Targa has reacted to the accusations from the project On its web site, the company writes that "the Targa Quake Media included in the Targa Traveller 826T is based on Linux and contains program parts licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)." Targa uses these program parts "expressly in accordance with the GPL." The company expressed its regret for failing to include a copy of the text of the license with its Traveller 826T notebook, which is on sale at Lidl.

Mandriva announces acquisition of main Lycoris assets, new move on the desktop

Mandriva today announced an agreement to purchase several assets from Lycoris, a major North American Linux distribution for home users. As part of this agreement, Lycoris' founder and CEO Joseph Cheek is joining Mandriva to develop a new and advanced Linux desktop product.

GoboLinux 0.12

  •; By Capnkirby (Posted by capnkirby on Jun 15, 2005 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GoboLinux provides another interesting view of what Linux can be, it takes the standard file structure and reworks it into a style intended to ease the installation of packages. While it's not for the Linux newbie, but it isn't as hard as it could be either. The feel is quick, solid and reliable and worth a look.

Red Hat Linux gets dual-core support

Company updates commercial Linux product with support for chips with dual processing engines from Intel, AMD.

Nokia's Open-Source Push

Nokia is leveraging technology from both open-source programmers and Apple in the new mobile phone browser it announced this week at its annual conference in its hometown of Helsinki.

Creating a custom live CD with Slax

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Live CDs can be useful for testing an operating system or performing special operations -- assuming there's a live CD distro that does what you need. Unfortunately, if you are running a special application, especially one you wrote yourself, no live CD will be tailored exactly to your needs. But creating you own live CD is easier than you might think, with Slax and its easy customization utility MySlax Creator.

Analysts: OpenSolaris Needs Time to Shine

Competitors and analysts are waiting to see whether possible Linux challenger OpenSolaris will build enough of a community to change Sun's business future.

Eclipse plug-in based Semantic annotation tool for Linux

This Linux Semantic tool for Web Services is a set of Eclipse plug-ins that allow developers to insert semantic annotations into a WSDL document that describe the semantics of the inputs, outputs, preconditions and effects of service operations. Semantic matching and composition is based on the algorithms using ontology-based inferencing. The ontologies are represented in Web Ontology Language (OWL), and inferencing is accomplished via the ABLE rule engine. This technology is part of the Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK).

Linux distro daddy goes to Redmond

  • The Register (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Robbins' recruitment comes as Microsoft makes increasingly friendly noises towards Linux. According to reports, Red Hat chief executive and prez Matthew Szulik has been courted by Microsoft and even joined chief software architect Bill Gates for lunch at an exclusive New York eaterie earlier this year.

New Version of Fedora Hits the Streets

Core 4, the latest version of the community-supported Linux distribution, is largely drawn from the work of Red Hat programmers.

EU to make changes to the software patent directive.

  • ZDNET-UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by maggrand on Jun 15, 2005 5:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You say implemented, I say aided. The European Parliament wants to get rid of the term 'computer-implemented inventions' in a key directive because it implies that software can be patented

Solving E-mail Problems Using sendmail "Milters"

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2005 4:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A Milter is a multi-threaded email-filtering program. Milters run in parallel to sendmail, and can review every aspect of every email message. Multiple Milters can run in parallel, each dealing with a different aspect of email. Milters can be shared among several sendmail processes, even sendmail processes located on separate machines, even when those machines are in separate towns or countries. In this way, spam/virus suppression can be central to a mail server and, at the same time, available to its MX backup servers.

BSD cognoscenti on Linux

Recently we published an interview with Linus Torvalds on the similarities and differences between the Linux kernel and the BSD operating systems. As a follow-up, I asked similar questions of OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt, and NetBSD's Christos Zoulas.

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