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Upgrading to Linux from Windows 98

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this tutorial-style article, Michael C. Barnes outlines a strategy to avoid costly upgrades from Windows 98 to Windows XP -- in terms of both hardware and software -- by upgrading to Linux, instead. Barnes reviews the typical requirements of computers used for relatively generic purposes, and shows how to give a new lease on life to aging laptops and PCs by replacing obsolete OSes such as Windows 98 with a combination of Linux, free open source applications, and inexpensive commercial software.

SUSE LINUX 9.3 Screenshot Tour

We've added SUSE LINUX 9.3 screenshots to our ever-growing screenshot gallery, at OSDir. Our gallery now contains over 200 Linux and Open Source screenshot tours.

Linux: Kernel Mentors Project

Matt Mackall announced the creation of the Kernel Mentors Project, "an informal project to get experienced developers to mentor new developers and coach them on the best ways to get their code ready for submission."

Windows users test Linux waters

"Selling" Linux: Customer reaction and the challenges we face.

Kernel Changes Draw Concern from Open-Source Community

The Linux 2.6 kernel is getting fatter, some contend; others say new features are optional and that their use is at the discretion of organizations compiling their builds of the kernel.

KDE Receives USENIX STUG Award

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
On Tuesday at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference, KDE founder Matthias Ettrich was awarded the Software Tools User Group award, shared jointly with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME. The award is in recognition of the impressive work of the Unix desktop projects over the last 9 years.

CODAF now compatible with Compiere's 2.5.2

Daffodil Software announces the launch of the New CODAF (Compiere+Daffodil) - compatible with the latest Compiere version (2.5.2).

Why MySQL sets criteria for well-tempered stacks

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
With customers like Cox and Continental Airlines using MySQL in mission critical applications, the company is in a good position to understand what it takes to deploy and maintain a successful stack and the applications that the stack supports.

Open Source At Half the Cost

SugarCRM plans to release a new version of its hosted software suite on Monday at a fraction of the cost of on-demand CRM services from Siebel Systems and Only months after releasing Sugar Suite 2.5, the company is adding a slew of customer-influenced proprietary applications in version 3.0, which is available for $39.95 per user, per month.'s hosted service, however, starts at $65 per user, month.

Red Hat launches Hindi Linux in MP

Red Hat, a leading provider of open source solution, on Friday launched a Hindi version of its linux - Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.4 Hindi - in Madhya Pradesh.

Distribution Release: SUSE LINUX 9.3 Live DVD

SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 Live version enables users to learn about and test the functions and applications of this new system without installing it on the hard disk and consequently offers an easy and convenient way to review the operating system. In addition to English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, and Dutch, the LiveDVD supports a variety of other languages.

The SCO Boomerang and the Strength of Linux

  • Enterprise Linux I.T. (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, SCO
As a result of the SCO litigation, the community has bonded more tightly than ever, and showed that it will support Linux and free and open-source software and any company that stands up for it. That is how Groklaw was born.

Why does anyone use Internet Explorer?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
Recently, our church made the switch to a new Web hosting service that offered us a database-driven site that we can keep updated through a Web interface. Strangely enough, the Web interface operates only under Internet Explorer, although it appears to be written in PHP. I've tried using the interface with both Firefox and Konqueror. It sort of works, but I need it to really work, so I'm stuck with IE. (Maybe that's why I'm the church's unofficial Web master.) After working with the world's most popular Web browser, I wonder why so many people put up with it.

'Cool it, Linus' - Bruce Perens

  • The Register - Software: Operating Systems (Posted by dave on Apr 15, 2005 11:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With Andrew Tridgell silent, apparently on legal advice, open source community leader Bruce Perens has stepped up to defend the work Tridgell did reverse engineering the protocols used by Bitkeeper. Bitkeeper is the closed source proprietary source code management tool that until last week, Linus Torvalds used to manage Linux kernel source code.

Does Open Source = Closed Mind?

  • BetaNews (Posted by dave on Apr 15, 2005 10:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It is difficult to ascribe any rational explanation to the vitriolic responses that descend on any reporter, analyst, rival vendor or industry observer that dares to voice any criticism of Linux or open source, no matter how constructive, logical or accurate. For the record, only a very small portion of individuals engage in such abusive, insulting and divisive rhetoric and activities.

Fortinet Under Fire for Allegedly Violating GPL Terms

A German Linux kernel developer has won an injunction against Fortinet (UK) Ltd., accusing it of using GPL software and then failing to provide the full corresponding source code.

Mandriva (ex Mandrake) Linux LE 2005 hits FTP mirrors!

  •; By Ulteam (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 15, 2005 6:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mandriva
The very latest version of Mandriva Linux, Limited Edition 2005 is now available as a full FTP installation tree which can be downloaded on a number of FTP mirrors, for both x86-32 and x86-64 processors.

Linux: Beginner's Guide To Git

  • KernelTrap (Posted by dave on Apr 15, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tony Luck offered a beginner's guide to git [story] on the git mailing list...git is not an SCM. it's a filesystem designed to _host_ an SCM

Oracle brings in open source development community

Oracle is bringing in the open source Eclipse development community to support its Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) 3.0 specification, and ease development of its own high-end Java-based products.

Security Patch for OpenOffice

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 15, 2005 3:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security is reporting all users of 1.1.4 are urged to download and install this security patch. It addresses a problem noted in a recent advisory. That advisory states that there is a security risk in all circulating releases of This patch fixes the problem in 1.1.4 but not in earlier or subsequent releases.

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