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Novell's mixed source stack boosts Linux

The first product released under Novell's Validated Configuration Programme could persuade more companies to use open source software across their systems

Red Hat lets go of Fedora Linux

The company creates the Fedora Foundation to encourage further outside development of its free Fedora software.

Open source licence pruning about to begin

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2005 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As the Open Source Initiative (OSI) is readying a group to tackle the issues of licence proliferation, earlier proposals to solve the problem have fallen into disgrace, has learnt.

Diary of an open source developer workshop

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2005 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Independent journalist Frederick Noronha blogged his way through the Asia Source open source developer workshop in India earlier this year. Now he has collected all his writings over the entire workshop and released them as a small book which offers a fascinating insight into the state of open source software, not only in Asia, but throughout the world.

LinuxFund account grows but developers get no funds

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Whatever happened to LinuxFund, the fund that was supposed to support Linux through credit card use? LinuxFund was begun as "a fun project by a bunch of kids," according to LinuxFund founder Benjamin Cox, who has not been involved with the project for nearly three years. Today the project has been largely abandoned, but payments into the fund keep on coming.

Microsoft schmoozes open source president

Microsoft has made one of its most direct overtures to the open-source software community to date, in the form of an invitation to Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), to begin a "productive conversation".

Red Hat frees Fedora project

Mark Webbink, deputy general counsel for Red Hat, announced in his keynote address this morning at the Red Hat Summit that Red Hat is freeing the Fedora project from its direct control. Red Hat has created the Fedora Foundation -- to be run by an independent board of directors -- which will direct and control the project from now on. Webbink said Red Hat made this move because it listened to the Fedora community when it said it would be more comfortable about the project if it were not directly owned by a commercial firm.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 updated (r6)

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Jun 3, 2005 5:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
This is the sixth and final update of Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (codename ‘woody’) which mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from won't have to update many packages and most updates from are included in this update.

Brazil adopts open-source software

  • BBC News (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2005 4:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
...computers here now use the Linux operating system. It has many similar functions to Microsoft's Windows - but unlike Windows, it is available for free. Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software, like Linux.

Red Hat pushes for the middle

Linux vendor Red Hat is adding virtualisation technology to its offering of open source applications, chief executive Matthew Szulik told in an interview at the Red Hat Summit in New Orleans.

Linux database gains show progress in the data center

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2005 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Some observers attribute the growth of Linux servers to the migration of lower-end platforms, such as old Windows NT or Novell file and print boxes, to Linux. The open source operating system is still at the periphery in enterprises and not in large data centers, they say.

A loss to the community

From the Libranet website: Important Notice June 1st 2005 Libranet is sad to inform you that its founder and President, Jon Danzig, passed away this morning. In keeping with our traditions we will be closed until June 13th 2005 at which time Libranet will reopen. During this time emails may not be responded to and delivery of pre-ordered CDs will be delayed. Thank you for your understanding. Libranet GNU/Linux

LinuxFest Northwest 2005: Wrap-Up Report

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2005 3:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free and open-source software enthusiasts from around the Northwest headed to Bellingham recently for this annual event.

My Workstation OS: Linux From Scratch

Like nearly every other person who has contributed to this series, I have tinkered around with my share of Linux distributions. I happened on Linux From Scratch (LFS) about an year and a half ago. With LFS, my choices run deep into the system -- into matters such as which shell to run, what feature of glibc to use, and how to tailor boot scripts. LFS 6.0, which is what I have built my system around, comes with gcc 3.4.1 (which is used to build everything else), a fairly recent CVS build of gcc 2.3.4 (which the LFS team provides for download), kernel, and udev.

OOo Off the Wall: Tabling the Notion, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2005 4:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although not as versatile as a spreadsheet, table formulas in OOo Writer can help you automate more of your work.

Red Hat CEO Talks Up 'Open-Source Revolution'

Red Hat opens its first partner and customer get-together with a song, an announcement of the open-source rebirth of the Netscape Directory Server, and an odd dig at Sun.

Top minds must open to open source

  • Business Day, South Africa (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2005 2:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The potential importance of open-source models is beginning to dawn on mainstream business and government. How companies and nations respond could help to determine who thrives in the growing know-ledge economy. Yet a high proportion of decision-makers is only dimly aware of what open-source is and why it matters.

Open source projects 'need more customer focus'

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2005 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Developers have been urged to pay more attention to issues such as support, documentation and roadmaps if they want companies to trust open source

Two Enterprises Share Linux Success Stories

At the Red Hat Summit, KeyWest Bank says open-source software has brought cost savings.

Google to Students: Try Open Source

  • BetaNews (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Search giant Google has announced a contest that is intended to introduce aspiring developers to open source software. To sweeten the pot, Google will give $4,500 to each student who completes an open source project. Several groups are participating, including Gnome, Apache and The Wine Project, among others.

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