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Mainstreaming open source is unstoppable

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few weeks ago in these pages, my industry colleague and former Linux Australia president Pia Smith raised a number of issues which confront the open source space.

From the Editor: June 2005 - Other People's Problems

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Peer production is only the beginning. Today, the best software maintenance is part salesmanship.

An Open Letter to Linux Developers

Girding himself in asbestos, the author makes a plea to the developers of Linux.

Oracle Plans Open Source 'Installfest'

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Oracle SA will stage a Linux and Java 'installfest' that will allow developers to install the Oracle JDeveloper development toolset on Linux onto their own PCs at no cost. Oracle's installfest, to be held at the LinuxWorld conference, forms part of its strategy to increase the awareness and use of Novell's SUSE Linux, the Oracle JDeveloper suite and its complementary tools, as well as Oracle's Database 10/g/ Standard Edition 1, for up to two processors.

Readers chime in on pay vs. free Linux

Many readers commented on last week's report of a study by Evans Data, which said that in a poll of Linux developers, more coders who use Linux prefer to use non-commercial, or pre-packaged distributions of Linux, as opposed to shrink-wrapped Linux distributions from such vendors as Red Hat or SuSE. Of the 419 developers the research firm polled, 34% said they preferred to roll their own Linux, whereas 28% liked commercial Linux better. 

Windows Pocket PC and the Linux desktop

Linux and Microsoft's Pocket PC platform have different document formats. Since there is no automatic file synchronization program for Linux comparable to Windows' ActiveSync, Pocket PC users have problems not only with disparate file formats, but even file transfer between the two platforms. But there are ways to get them to talk to each other. I tested four of them and found that two worked well for me -- which doesn't mean the others won't work for you, just that I had trouble using them with my hardware and software.

Embedded Linux: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

Linux is engaged in a heated battle with Microsoft and other OSes to become the platform that powers billions of next-generation gadgets and devices. Find out what embedded Linux is and how it differs from traditional operating systems.

Novell continues to contribute, commit to Open Source

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 11:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
First Ximian, then SuSE Linux, Evolution Connector and Hula. Now Allison and JEMS.'s Darryl K. Taft explains how Novell Inc continues to increase its commitment to Open Source.

Red Hat launches Linux in Gujarati

  • Business Standard (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat India Pvt Ltd has launched the Gujarati version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL), a Linux-based operating system. Red Hat aims at a wider reach in the country through a strategy that involves providing software at affordable prices. The company also is in talks with several state governments to implement its softwares in different departments.

Linux: Official Git Web Interface

Peter Anvin announced that an official git web interface is now available on, using gitweb. Through the new interface, one can easily browse through Linus' official 2.6 git tree, along with several others. Following this announcement there was a brief discussion about the logical ordering of commits, complicated by the nature of distributed development.

Debian to drive Munich's Windows-to-Linux switch

The German city of Munich has opted to use the Debian version of Linux for a high-profile, 14,000-computer installation, passing over Novell's Suse Linux despite its regional popularity. Debian is a non-commercial version of Linux, though some companies such as Canonical and Progeny have based products on it. Two regional companies, Gonicus and Softcon, will help Munich with the project, called LiMux.

Device Profile: Edutel Viatores NxG mobility-enabled VPN servers

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ecutel Systems has used Linux to create its first hardware products, a line of VPN servers with a unique "roaming" feature. The NxG Linux Appliances run the company's Viatores Server Software, said to enable mobile users to roam seamlessly between networks, while preserving network security and enterprise application sessions.

Mozilla Links Newsletter - 26 - April 28, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Mozilla Links Newsletter (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 8:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Mozilla
One of the most prevalent Internet threats currently is, no doubt, phishing. This consists of tricking a user to believe they are going to a trusted site like a bank, eBay, PayPal and or some other popular site. The trick is usually done using a web address very similar in appearance to the original (like At the fake site (which would have the appearance of the authentic web site) the user is asked for personal information like social security number, account number, username, password or birth date, which can then be used to impersonate the user and access their account, money or credit.

Chinese bank opts for open source

Turbolinux will supply open-source operating systems and software for all operations at a major Chinese bank.

Survey: Tagging tech gets to work

  • CNET; By Jo Best (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Manufacturers are getting sophisticated in their RFID projects. In other findings: They won't do Linux just because it's Linux.

Review: CrossOver Office 4.2

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last month CodeWeavers Inc. released version 4.2 of its WINE-based Windows binary compatibility application, three months after the previous release. If you've used CrossOver Office in the past, you won't see much different with the new version. Most of its enhancements and updates are internal, adding better support for more applications and some bug fixes in the installer and menu creation utility.

My Workstation OS: VidaLinux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE; Story Type: News Story
My computer is my life, but I'm fairly new to the world of Linux. I started with SUSE Linux 9.1 Professional. It's a fairly nice and easy system, but I wanted to try some other distributions, to see what I liked and disliked. I wanted something that felt not too advanced, but also not too limited. That's what I found in the VidaLinux operating system (VLOS), the perfect combination of what I wanted.

Porting Windows IPC apps to Linux

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 29, 2005 12:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The wave of migration to open source in business has the potential to cause a tremendous porting traffic jam as developers move the ever-pervasive Windows application to the Linux platform. In this three-part series, get a mapping guide, complete with examples, to ease your transition from Windows to Linux. Part 1 introduces processes and threads.

What if you could add a GPS chip to anything?

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 28, 2005 11:43 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
What's the easiest way to ensure that GPS tracking technology doesn't become the tool of an evil elite? Make sure everyone has access to it! For people already thinking along these lines, the availability of tracking technologies such as RFID tags and (GPS) chipsets is confirmation that we're all living in a Panopticon. The saving grace is that the CIA and the Trilateral Commission don't have a monopoly on these technologies -- maybe we can turn a world of mass observation to our benefit.

Novell wins with Support, Training and Certification

  • Technology News Daily (Posted by dave on Apr 28, 2005 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Feedster's founders were concerned about server reliability and support for their databases, since downtime can often result in lost revenues. After an extensive evaluation, Feedster decided against basing their business on one of the free Linux distributions because of lack of support and accountability. They chose SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server because of the comprehensive ecosystem of support and training offered worldwide by Novell. Feedster also runs MySQL* with AMD64 Technology, both of which are certified for SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server.

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