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Is Ubuntu a Compatibility Nightmare for Debian?

Following Friday's release of Ubuntu Linux 5.04, Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian project, told internetnews.com: 'Ubuntu's popularity is a net negative for Debian.' He explained: 'It's diverged so far from Sarge that packages built for Ubuntu often don't work on Sarge. And given the momentum behind Ubuntu, more and more packages are being built like this. The result is a potential compatibility nightmare.' Ian suggests a method for averting crisis on his blog."

WINdependence (a.k.a., The Last Crash)

  • The Linux Box; By Sean Parsons (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 12, 2005 12:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I Have frequently been asked, "How did you get started with Linux?". The following is the near epic tale of my transformation from mindless Windows drone to open source zealot.

Distribution review: Linare Professional

Linare Professional is a commercial GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora Core. It is themed to look and feel like Windows XP and aims to be a full-featured well-integrated desktop OS. Sadly, I've found it offers little more value than Fedora Core, and that value comes at a cost.

Report: Behind the New Mandriva

Citing desires for both a "new identity" and an end to possible legal liability, Mandrakesoft changed its name to “Mandriva” last week, not long after announcing a merger with Conectiva and many details of a future product roadmap. Some members of the Linux community are unhappy about the changes, but Mandriva has plans to make the changes more palatable.

Why I Switched to Linux

  • The Linux Box; By Justin (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 11, 2005 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm sure that there is the occasional Windows user that strolls by here wondering "Why would anyone use Linux?". The answer to this question is obvious to most Linux users, but not obvious to Windows users. Most Windows users have never used Linux for a reasonable period of time to rule it out over Windows. I have used both of them and so far, Linux is proving to be better in more ways than one.

CA Backs Single Open-Source License

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 6:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Template for open source code will handle international issues.

Ingres and Open Source - a success story

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 5:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I have espoused the cause of Ingres for some time and, especially, I have commended Computer Associates' decision to take the Ingres database into the open source community.

Red Hat is proud of Linux's sucess

One of the most famous Linux distributions, Red Hat, has all the reasons to be proud because of the association with several European top companies that operate in the financial and insurance segments.

Ubuntu improves live offering

The latest version of the Debian offshoot includes software for creating customised CDs you can run the OS from.

Linux & Windows: Both Good Enough

Most SMBs and enterprise customers deploying Windows Server 2003 find its quality, performance and reliability equal to or better than Linux, according to the Yankee Groups's latest study, its Linux-Windows 2005 TCO Comparison Survey. Yankee, reports Maureen O'Gara, "says that Linux is having trouble displacing Windows Server, XP and Office in both the SMB and enterprise markets - a finding that isn't going to win it any friends among the open source zealots, who tends to treat such observations about as impersonally as if you said their mothers wear army boots."

MS Opens Source to Catch Pedophiles

Microsoft and Canadian police launch an open-source system that helps find connections between cases of child exploitation.

Studies show Windows progress vs. Linux

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Corporate users are taking a more pragmatic look at Linux than in the past. They're stripping away the hype and finding the true cost, as well as how it stacks up against Windows in terms of reliability and security, according to a pair of reports released last week.

VCs Back Open-Source Upstarts

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Investment flows to companies that help businesses use systems effectively, rather than tie them to one flavor of open-source software

Schools Computer Olympiad gets open source focus

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 2:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SA learners taking part in the CSSA Computer Olympiad this year will be able to put their skills to work on open source software such as Python and stand to win up to R100 000 in prizes. The new focus on open source software for the Olympiad has been boosted by the investment of more than R300 000 by the Shuttleworth Foundation and the CSIR.

Small Linux players show who's boss

Two relative newcomers awarded places on the New South Wales government's panel of preferred open-source suppliers have denied their appointments were a token gesture.

The two-edged sword: Legal computer forensics and open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Ryan Purita of Totally Connected Security is one of the leading computer forensic experts in private practice in Canada. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, holding one of the most advanced security qualifications in the world. Working for both the prosecution and the defence in legal cases, Purita has also taught computer security to law enforcement agencies, probation officers and social workers, and is currently developing programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Much of his daily work is an extension of a system administrator's activities. A good part of it involves the advanced use of open source tools, including several standard system tools. His work methods offer fresh perspectives on security, privacy issues and the relative merits of Windows and GNU/Linux -- to say nothing of a niche industry where open source is more than holding its own.

ActiveGrid Releases Open Source Grid Application Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Enables Rapid Development of Native XML Applications and LAMP-based Grid Deployment

Ubuntu 5.04 Final Screenshot Tours

Ubuntu Linux 5.04, code name "Hoary Hedgehog", is now available. It offers the following new features: Simple and fast installation, live CD's for Intel x86, AMD64 and PPC, GNOME 2.10.1, Firefox 1.0.2, first class productivity software, and X.org 6.8.2. - distrowatch

As always, OSDir's got the shots of this hot distro's update. Screenshots come in english, arabic, french, german, hindi, japanese, mandarin, portuguese, russian, and spanish

Knysna municipality turns to Linux for collaboration

With a commitment on the table to using open source in its future technology roadmap, the Southern Cape's Knysna municipality last year was looking to increase the reach and functionality offered by its collaboration solution.

Linux: Managing the Kernel Source With 'git'

Linus Torvalds began working on an interim solution called "git" in the absence of BitKeeper.

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