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Enterprise Unix Roundup: Picking at the Red Hat Lock-In

One of the minor ironies of the Linux world is the slight disconnect between the mantra of "choice" the most ardent advocates use to make the case for a multitude of graphical interfaces and the state of the North American enterprise Linux market, where a single distributor has dominated since the late '90s. That distributor is, of course, Red Hat...

Open Source/Free software: Philosophy & theory course at Göteborg University

  • FedoraNews: Gavin Henry; By Gavin Henry (Posted by ghenry on Oct 29, 2004 3:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora
I have just started a free course at the department of Informatics, which is a part of the School of Economics and Commercial Law at Göteborg University. The purpose of this course is to study the philosophical foundations and theories that have developed in the open source/free software field. Beginning with a historical view of the developments in theory and philosophy the course participants will continue their study of the phenomenon and also be given the opportunity to discuss the new issues these development philosophies have given rise to. Additionally the question of whether these same theories and philosophies can be applied in other fields of intellectual endeavor aside from programming.

Apache HTTP Server 1.3.33 Released

The Apache Software Foundation and The Apache HTTP Server Project are pleased to announce the release of version 1.3.33 of the Apache HTTP Server ("Apache"). This Announcement notes the significant changes in 1.3.33 as compared to 1.3.31 (1.3.32 was not formally released).

Linux in Government: In Spite of Endorsements, Government Linux Projects Still Treading Water

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 2:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Latest report from the UK, although indicative of serious change, tells us again what we already know.

JDOM 1.0 gives Java developers a powerful tool for XML processing

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
JDOM is a method for processing XML from a Java environment. Conceived in late 2001, JDOM reached its 1.0 release in September. JDOM takes a more Java-centric approach to processing XML than its counterparts Simple API for XML (SAX) and Document Object Model (DOM).

Needed: Open-Source Education, Understanding

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 3:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If users understand how such software may be licensed and software vendors take greater care to research the intellectual property used in their products, many open-source software concerns would go away, asserts a panel of experts.

SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2 is available

  • Mailing list; By Christian Egle (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: SUSE
SUSE LINUX 9.2 is out now. It combines a fast, secure operating system and more than 1,000 popular open source applications. It is the first complete Linux package to harness both the improved Linux kernel 2.6 and the recently enhanced GNOME 2.6 and KDE 3.3 user desktop environments. Ideal for Linux enthusiasts and developers, SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2 improves support for mobile users and delivers a host of essential tools.

Red Hat Puts GPL On Five Indian Language Fonts

Red Hat has released five Indian language fonts as open source, licensed under the General Public License. The fonts named “Lohit” which means “Red” in Sanskrit, are available in five Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and Tamil. These fonts will be available with Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

UK government report disagrees with Microsoft on Linux

A UK government report into the viability of open source software has concluded that it is not only a credible alternative to proprietary software like Windows, it will also meet most of the requirements of desktop users.

Novell responds to Microsoft email

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Oct 28, 2004 10:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Microsoft's latest attack on Linux, in which its chief executive Steve Ballmer repeated the key themes of Microsoft's "Get The Facts" campaign, has evoked a strong response from Novell which accuses the software giant of of selectively using biased reports to back up its claims. In the email sent to Microsoft customers and partners on Wednesday, Ballmer claimed that Windows was a better choice than Linux in terms of security, training, total cost of ownership (TCO) and protection against legal action over patent violations.

1-Box to serve them all

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hewlett-Packard made news last June when it announced it would start a Southeast Asia rollout of its Multi-user 441 Desktop, a low-cost Linux-based computing setup that allows up to four users to share one computer, each with his own monitor, keyboard, mouse, and piece of the CPU. But Userful, a computing services company in Alberta, Canada, has been selling its own multi-user Linux, called 1-Box, for two years already. The system makes it possible for up to 10 users at a time to maximize the efficiency of one computer.

Whitehall gives open source the thumbs-up

  • VNUNet.com; By Sarah Arnott (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software is now a viable option for the public sector's desktops, says Whitehall buying arm the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). [In the United Kingdom] The agency is publishing its conclusions today following a series of year-long trials of open source technology across a number of public sector organisations.

Linux Cauldron Gets Another Stir

  • TheStreet.com; By Bill Snyder and Ronna Abramson (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The already-bruising battle for control of the fast-growing Linux market has become even tougher after Dell announced Wednesday that it will distribute Novell's version of the upstart operating system on its servers. At the same time, Microsoft has ratcheted up its fight against the open-source software by blasting Linux customers and partners with an email from CEO Steve Ballmer extolling the advantages of its proprietary Windows platform.

"C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3" Book Download

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 9:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The "C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3" book written by Trolltech software engineer Jasmin Blanchette and Trolltech's documentation manager Mark Summerfield, already featured by the dot, can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publisher's homepage in the "Downloads" section.

Ballmer: Windows TCO the way to go

  • InfoWorld: Platforms; By Ed Scannell (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
In the face of growing competition from Linux, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a four-page memo to customers on Wednesday outlining the economic and security advantages Windows has over Linux, the potential dangers of open source involving indemnification, and the intent to aggressively convince Unix shops to migrate to Windows.

VectorLinux 4.3 - Rocket Fueled Slackware

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 28, 2004 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Slackware
As time pushes onward, the computer word grows exponentially in size, accomplishments, features, advances, and of course... system requirements. The latter is more a burden than a benefit if you ask most people who have the pleasure of working with computers day in and day out, but the Linux community has a decided advantage over most: They have the ability to control their destiny and the hardware it will run on.

Aurox Linux - new distribution

  • Mailing list; By Agus (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Aurox 10.0 (code name: Amber) is available for download.

Linspire attorney: Microsoft's anti-Linux FUD, suits 'follow the money'

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 8:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Linspire
As the attorney for Linspire, the software company formerly known as Lindows, Daniel R. Harris has an insider's view of the battle between open source and proprietary software forces. In this exclusive interview, Harris discusses why and how Microsoft will use its intellectual property as weapons against Linux and open source software. He also predicts where the next battleground might be. He serves as global head of Intellectual Property at Clifford Chance US LLP, the world's largest law firm, in Palo Alto, Calif.

Microsoft offers insurance Linux can't, Ballmer says

  • Seattle Times; By Brier Dudley (Posted by dave on Oct 28, 2004 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
An e-mail Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sent to customers around the world yesterday highlighted a new thrust in Microsoft's campaign against Linux. Ballmer played up the insurance Microsoft offers to customers against intellectual-property lawsuits resulting from using Microsoft software.

Google to back Microsoft browser foe?

The Web is filling up with rumors about an alliance between search giant and browser maker Firefox.

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