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Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community.
Louis Lesko came up with the idea for Blinkbid invoicing software for photographers after scribbling notes on a napkin at a cocktail party. Though Blinkbid itself is closed source, it was built using open source tools, so it's no wonder that, after its success, Lesko chose an open source customer relationship management package (CRM) to keep track of contacts and payments.
In the last instalment of his FAQ, Mark Shuttleworth discusses what Ubuntu means for its precursor, Debian. He also gives his opinions on the controversial DCC Alliance.
Here's a look at some of the Linux desktop news from the past week:
Linux has made great strides in taking over servers in the data center. Now the mighty penguin is fishing for another market--advanced cell phones and other mobile devices.
Open Source Development Labs, which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds, last week said it has brought together Motorola Inc. and several other high-tech vendors to develop a Linux platform for sophisticated cellular phones and other mobile devices.
With Quake 4 being available for retail sales here in the United States for a couple of days now, and even the Linux binaries, we've already posted over 120 in-game single player screenshots here and on release date posted a slight preview into the world of Quake 4, but now is our first time delivering frame-rate performance results from inside Quake 4. Making this more than the usual performance testing, we've compared our Quake 4 results against that of Doom 3. As Quake 4 is powered by a tweaked version of id's Doom 3 engine, it will be interesting to see the difference in frame-rate, if any, between these two popular games.
With news settling in that the makers of the network vulnerability scanner Nessus will not open source the next version of the software, the team behind the soon-to-be-renamed GNessUs project is growing fast and attracting attention.
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Protegrity Now Offers Market's Only End-To-End Security Solution for Linux Open Systems Platform
RFID Device Development kit is a set of Linux based Java tools and techniques for interfacing RFID (radio frequency identification) readers and other related hardware into an RFID middleware solution.
The dramatic growth of its databases has forced ABCC to address increasingly complex user queries, which have required additional processor power, memory, and data storage capacity. In order to address these growing demands, ABCC has purchased an SGI(R) Altix(R) 3700 supercomputer, powered by 256 Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors and running the open-source Linux(R) operating system, which will serve as an important scientific computational resource that is part of a growing list of SGI servers at the center. ABCC researchers depend on the Altix systems' scalability and their ability to handle large memory problems, such as modeling anti-cancer drug interactions with known tumor targets or analyzing genomic/proteomic data.
Confirmed Commitment to Open, IT-Based and Cost-Effective Platforms; AdvancedTCA, Solaris 10, Linux and Integration Services as Key Elements of Cooperation
New VTL Compression Board Further Reduces Backup Time and Offers High-Assurance for Recovery
Hifn provides a Linux driver and example software to enable rapid integration and quick time to market. Hifn's software abstracts the hardware from system software, minimizing customer software development time. Hifn's software also optimizes the system interface to the 9630HXL-PCIe compression resource.
Pushing the "open source" idea deeper into computing, several companies led by IBM Corp. are teaming up to develop programs for letting big businesses uniformly manage their increasingly vast warehouses of data. The companies are forming a group known as Aperi, which will attempt to free up the bottlenecks that can occur when a business has bought tape and disk storage systems from a variety of vendors.
Depending on how you look at it, Novell's Open Enterprise Server is either more of the same old stuff, or a major breakthrough in how advanced services can be built to run on a variety of base operating system kernels.
Based on our Clear Choice Test of OES, we think it's a major breakthrough in Novell's long-stated intention to marry its directory and administrative applications to Linux. OES layers a highly competitive directory service onto Linux, provides decidedly evolved administrative and management components and offers very good, egalitarian client support.
An automated PHP script installer called Elefante Installer has been made available in Resellerspanel.com’s web hosting control panel.
A new website aimed at home Linux users has launched. HomeDistro.com claims PCs in the home represent "70 percent of the desktop market and should not be ignored by developers and remaster geeks."
SearchOpenSource.com has a short interview with David Brickner, author of Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, about Konqueror.
As alternatives to Microsoft's Office 2003, the free OpenOffice.org suite and low-cost StarOffice both have a lot to offer. eWEEK Labs recently reviewed StarOffice 8, and was impressed by its broad platform support and low cost -- two measures by which the Sun Microsystems Inc. office productivity suite edges out Microsoft Corp.'s market-leading Office 2003 but falls short compared with its open-source sibling, OpenOffice.org 2.0.
SA open source service provider Redlinx adds its Linux server for small and medium businesses to its line-up. Included is a host of Novell business applications.
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