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Book Review: Peter van der Linden's Guide to Linux

This is the third of my three-part series of reviews on books written for people migrating from Windows to Linux. The first book was Marcel Gagne's Moving to Linux, Second Edition and the second was Spring into Linux by Janet Valade.. You might want to read those reviews before this one, since I draw comparisions between them.

Solid aims to fill Innobase shoes for MySQL

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Apr 20, 2006 12:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Finland-based Solid Information Technology Ltd hopes to pick up where Innobase Oy left off by announcing plans to develop an open source storage engine for the MySQL database.

Software reuse and DSO -- breaking the rules of embedded software development

Foreword: In this guest editorial, FSMLabs CEO Victor Yodaiken relates his company's experiences in the real-time Linux market to market conditions shaping Wind River's effort to redefine embedded software development as "device software optimization," or DSO.

Bring Your Desktop to the Four Corners of the Earth with eyeOS

While other corporations develop vapourware, a small group of coders are actually delivering something.

Panning flash

I love this quote fromDouglas Crockford:What a Flash intro says to me is"I hate my job. What I really want to do is make films. But they won't let me do that because I don't have talent. So watch this Flash intro." Soon as I read it, I immediately thought of Dack Ragus, whose Web Economy Bullshit Generator made me wish I'd supported verbs in BuzzPhraser. Even Way Back When, Dack was a devout disparager of Flash.

Security benefits of open source

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Andrew Bardin Williams (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Enterprise-level features, flexibility and cost have always been key factors for organizations that choose open source over proprietary technology. For IT managers in the government sector, however, these benefits often take a back seat to another software characteristic: IT security. Is open source secure enough for the government's IT infrastructure?

[One criticism of this article - Massachusetts is not trying to pass an "Open Source" document policy. They are trying to pass an "Open Format" document policy. - dcparris]

How do Open Source groupware solutions measure up?

Sirius Corporation is one of Europe's leading Open Source consultancies with development staff who have contributed to the success of many Open Source software projects including Samba and OpenLDAP. The company is the founding member of the Open Source Consortium, formed with the assistance of the Society of Information Technology Management - SOCITM , and the Open Standards Alliance to represent the Open Source business community in Europe. Recently, Sirius Corporation successfully implemented an Open Source network infrastructure for a 120 person engineering and risk consultancy business with a number of regional offices in the UK and the Middle East.

Optimizing DSPAM + MySQL 4.1

  • HowtoForge; By Lasse Laursen (Posted by falko on Apr 19, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
DSPAM is a scalable and open-source content-based spam filter designed for multi-user enterprise systems. It is great at filtering out spam but on busy mailservers the pruning of the MySQL databases takes way too much time.

Linux: 2.6.17-rc2, All Quiet on the Kernel Front

Linus Torvalds uploaded the 2.6.17-rc2 kernel, explaining that he usually releases -rc kernels weekly but due to travel and general quiet he waited longer, "I expect to be back to the weekly schedule now, even if it is quiet (which I hope it will be)." Read on for the shortlog which includes a list of all changes in the -rc2 patch. Linus also offered a quick summary of the changes:

"Not a lot of hugely interesting stuff, with a large portion of the diff being a late MIPS update (tssk tssk), and the huge diff from the long over-due removal of the Sangoma wan drivers that have been marked BROKEN for a long time. Same goes for the qlogicfc driver (which has been supplanted by the qla2xxx driver).

"As a result, the diff has just tons of deletions, even if most of the rest of the changes aren't all that big. But there are netfilter fixes, some more splice work, and just tons of random stuff: usb, scsi, knfsd, fuse, infiniband.."

Powerful PostgreSQL-oriented Database Structure Modeling ...

  •; By Avril Forde (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 6:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Database Designer for PostgreSQL lets you build your database structure visually. It diagrams all of your tables, the references between them, views, and stored procedures. You can even import existing PostgreSQL, Microsoft Access, Sybase, Oracle, Informix, MSSQL, DBF, and other types of databases into your diagram using Universal Reverse Engineering through ADO.

SAP exec rules out Oracle-like acquisition binge

The head of SAP's product and technology group has drawn a sharp contrast between his employer's approach to corporate acquisitions and that of rival Oracle. In doing so, Shai Agassi pretty much dashed the hopes of start-ups hoping to exploit the growing trend towards acquisition by an enterprise IT provider as an exit strategy.

The California Open Voting bill passed a committee vote today. ...

The California Open Voting bill passed a committee vote today. This has been its first test.

Sun plans open-source DRM using AES

  • Atomic; By tychver (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
"The system uses AES encryption, requires a constantly open two way IP connection and it sends encrypted keys to the content along with the content, and these have to be decrypted by an existing public key. Entitlement messages are delivered out of band in a separate communication..."

[This is more of a discussion than a news article, but might be interesting to some - dcparris]

Novell acquires e-Security

Novell beefs up its security position through purchase of real-time monitoring tool.

Multiple security holes found in Firefox

Internet users surfing with Firefox must urgently upgrade to avoid over 20 security holes in the open source browser, the Mozilla Foundation has warned.

Linux Needs An Advertising Platform

We need to put freedom and the protection of privacy back into web advertising and web searches. We could utilize such a movement to fund GNU/Linux projects.

Is Linux ready to challenge MS Vista?

At the Brainshare Novell user conference in Salt Lake City last month the company flagged the summer launch of version 10 of its SuSE Linux Enterprise operating system for servers and desktops. The company is positioning its Linux offering as a less complex alternative to the Vista release of Windows.

Final StartCom Enterprise Linux (AS-3.0.5) released

  • Linux PR (press release); By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 19, 2006 1:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
The StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-3 (Maccabee) remains still a very popular download, specially by users who want to re-use their older hardware.

The day my father blew himself up

  • Free Software Magazine; By Anthony Taylor (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 19, 2006 12:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Open standards, free software, and old documents

Bug-Squashing Party: April 20th-23rd

Time flies, and it has already been 3 months since our last Bug-Squashing Party. I think we all agree it is quite too long without such fun, and we should, therefore, fix that immediately. Fortunately enough, FISL[0] - the largest Latin-American FLOSS conference - starts tomorrow, and is certainly going to gather a number of people already involved with Debian, besides other potential contributors. It seemed to be a perfect opportunity for us to do collective in person hacking, while trying to get more people aboard and motivating interested people all around the world to join us and rock, so here we are, announcing the dates.

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