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Study shows Microsoft, Linux costs neck-and-neck

Windows' security also improves, though it still trails Linux rating.

Open source databases - a sword that cuts both ways?

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 3:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is open source strategic? This is a question that every company thinking about the use of open source products needs to face. If open source is strategic then, like any other strategic resource, it needs to be managed: you need to have a specific strategy for open source products.

Trustix Secure Linux 3.0 alpha

  • Mailing list; By Erlend Midttun (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 3:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Trustix
Our rapidly expanding new customer base has meant we only had to concentrate on one area of improvement - making installation really, really simple. "Viper" our new installer should meet everyone's needs....customers old and new, and many new features are ideal for our growing enterprise community.

LinuxGenius Launches LinuxCBT Mail Edition Training Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 3:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
40 hours of computer based training on the major Linux MTAs

Federal Computer Week Goes Linux?

Penguins marching on the Capitol Building in Washington DC on their magazine cover and a plethora of articles marks a breakthrough for Linux. In the past, FCW has just ignored FOSS. This may mark the formal crossing of the Potomac!

Review: Turbolinux 10F: Turbolinux is Alive and Well

"Turbolinux is alive and well and living in the Asia/Pacific, bringing the power of Linux to millions of people who may not know Red Hat and SUSE outside of press releases. Hey, where was I when the rest of the world started to exist...?"

Linux advances on NSW

  • Australian IT (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux operating system is beginning to loosen the proprietary software industry's hold on the Australian government software market. The NSW government said it had established Australia's the first whole-of-government panel to supply open source software and services to its departments and agencies.

Which Is A Better Deal, Windows Or Linux?

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's a question that evokes strong emotions from both Microsoft and legions of open-source supporters worldwide. Yet the discourse rarely is an apples-to-apples comparison or takes into account the true role that an operating system plays within the overall IT environment.

Editorial: Reviewing the case against open source

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this week’s special report, you will read numerous reasons for agency officials to set aside their reservations and migrate to open-source software. But to play devil’s advocate for a moment, perhaps it is worth remembering why people have such reservations in the first place.

Adelstein: Linux use drives innovation

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux is well-suited to federal projects with small teams and scarce resources. And many Linux applications, such as the Census Bureau's Fast Facts service, can support an entire enterprise.

Introducing UseModWiki

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wiki software implements the simple idea that Web pages should be easy, even trivial, to create, and that anyone reading the page should be able to correct, improve, revise and add to the page. Wikis (the word means "quick" in Hawaiian) have become popular on the World Wide Web. With simple formatting rules to make it easy to build well-organized hyperlinked pages, a wiki becomes an efficient means of creating a Web site. One worthwhile wiki for business collaboration is Clifford Adam's UseModWiki.

Data protection option increasing for Linux users

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Increasingly, companies are relying on Linux to host critical applications, such as enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and electronic commerce. Data protection is a key requirement for these applications; enterprises need to be sure that technical blips do not destroy important information and therefore they have been searching for products that help to protect that information.

Firefox proposes new security solutions

Mozilla Foundation is making noticeable progress towards the security of their own products, unlike the main competitor, Microsoft, which has a slow response time even when the problems needed to be solved are clearly pointed out. This time, FireFox has a new and improved pop-up blocking solution. Because in the last time new ways for infiltrating pop-up and pop-under messages have appeared, Mozilla has taken measures to protect its users.

Linux making its mark in messaging

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 5:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
...just as Linux is being presented as a viable alternative to Windows for network-plumbing tasks such as file and print and Web serving, it is starting to rise as an application-layer option, especially with clustering, IP and virtualization improvements in the latest Linux kernel.

SpikeSource Joins Open Source Development Labs

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 4, 2005 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SpikeSource to Collaborate with Other OSDL Members to Advance Key Initiatives

An analyst talks about analysts' open source coverage

IDC vice president Dan Kusnetzky understands the frustration of friends such as HP's Linux Vice President Martin Fink, who complained at the recent Jboss developer event that open source software is not adequately covered by analysts.

Microsoft rips off Ubuntu

The up-and-coming Ubuntu Linux distro is now regarded by Redmond as a serious innovator with features worth ripping off. Microsoft just started by copying Ubuntu's human circle logo for their MSN Spaces logo - see this MS page and this Ubuntu page and this ubuntu screenshot - of course stylizing the image to a cold blue, instead of Ubuntu's warm human.

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter -- April 4, 2005

A relief to some, hardly suprising to anyone: GeNToo, the Portage spinoff for the NT kernel, was nothing but an April Fool's joke -- albeit a very well thought-out one. The various pranks played on users and fellow developers open this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter! Other features this week include developer portraits, news from the community, a walk through publications who picked up last week's release of 2005.0, and developers moves and additions, and the regular bugzilla statistics and security alert sections. Happy reading!

64-bit Linux and BSD are maturing steadily

Most top-tier hardware vendors are selling AMD64 workstation and server systems these days, including Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, and, more recently, IBM. Oddly enough, most of them are shipping with 32-bit operating systems installed by default. While the AMD64 architecture can comfortably handle both 64-bit and 32-bit software -- even concurrently -- it seems a waste of its potential to disregard the best features of the architecture. While the theoretical speed advantage and expanded resources of 64-bit computing are enticing to those in need of maximum performance, the road to a perfect AMD64 desktop, workstation or server machine is long and treacherous. What operating system will you use? Is there enough 64-bit software available? In this article we'll explore some of the advantages and pitfalls of going totally 64-bit in a 32-bit world.

The Missed Opportunity of Linux

The future is mobile. That much we know for sure. But it seems that the operating system world in this market is being rapidly taken over by --again-- Microsoft. The new smart phones are are using WinCE, Symbian or Palm. Linux has barely 1% of this new, smartphone market.

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