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What the Linux Desktop Needs

  • osOpinion/osViews; By Kurt Pfeifle (Posted by VISITOR on May 20, 2005 7:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
When developing software, utilizing techniques that save time and give maximum results are always beneficial. The same is true if the software we develop is meant to empower its users to do the same. Kurt Pfeifle submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which illustrates that ISVs shouldnt have to provide 16 different distro/version packages for their application to deploy software on Linux, yet this is becoming commonplace.

Review: OpenBSD 3.7

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 7:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The operating system world has been blessed by another regular release of OpenBSD. As usual, the developers have made many enhancements, upgraded ported applications to new versions, and added new software technologies and hardware drivers. OpenBSD is not only highly polished and easy to configure because of its documentation, it's also totally free-as-in-rights. With an obsession with security, freedom of source code, and quality of programming technique, OpenBSD 3.7 continues the legacy established by its previous releases.

Mobile Role Seen for Linux

  • Red Herring (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PalmSource CEO David Nagel predicted on Thursday that Linux will figure large as broadband wireless services emerge in the next-generation of mobile telephony.

Book Excerpt: Linux Programming by Example, Part 1

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 6:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A tour through the V7 ls command.

Call For Participation At O'Reilly European Open Source Convention

  • Managing Information (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 6:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Planning for the very first O'Reilly European Open Source Convention (EuroOSCON) is underway. The call for participation is now open and speaker proposals are being accepted until May 23.

Book Excerpt: Linux Programming by Example, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 5:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Concluding our tour of the V7 ls command.

Review: SUSE 9.2 vs. 9.3: A 64-Bit Comparison

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 5:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE; Story Type: News Story
Concluding our look at SUSE Linux, Rob Reilly loads up the latest and greatest and sees what new features--and new gotchas--reside in the 64-bit version of SUSE Linux Professional 9.3.

My Workstation OS: Irix

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 20, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SGI; Story Type: News Story
Can a proprietary Unix be a desktop OS that competes with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux desktops? Although it may lack the visual effects of OS X, and installation is tricky in parts, Irix is a stable desktop OS -- possibly because it runs only on SGI's own hardware.

Microsoft follows Firefox lead

Microsoft plans to follow its browser rivals and introduce tabbed browsing to its forthcoming Internet Explorer 7.

Interview With KDE-PIM Hacker Till Adam

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on May 19, 2005 2:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
Till Adam only started hacking on the KDE mail client, KMail, because he wanted some features implemented from the command-line client Mutt. Now he is one of the main developers of the KDE-PIM project, which KMail is part of. KDE Dot News caught up with Till to talk about e-mail protocols, groupware and implementing them in KDE. Reaches 100,000 Open Source Project Milestone

  • Search Engine Journal (Posted by dave on May 19, 2005 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source collaborative development site,, has surpassed the 100,000th project milestone. The momentum behind’s continued rapid growth has been fueled by the visibility of new projects posted by leading organizations such as NASA, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and In the past 100 days, has approved and launched nearly 6,000 new projects.

Geronimo! Part 1: The J2EE 1.4 engine that could

Java-based open source development has come a long way since the early days of developers sharing GUI libraries. Geronimo is a large-scale project attempting to create a certified J2EE 1.4 server based on existing open source components. Take a tour through the Geronimo maze with Sing Li as your guide.

Desktops next frontier for open source

  • ITWeb (Posted by dave on May 19, 2005 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While open source software is gaining ground on the back end, it needs to succeed on the desktop to become a true commercial success, because this is where the public eye is focused.

Postfix performance tuning

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 19, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Postfix is fast out of the box, but like other packages, you can usually tune it to work even faster. Furthermore, there are situations where Postfix may not perform as well as you expected, whether because of hardware or software limitations on the server system or other adverse conditions, such as a big influx of spam or undeliverable mail. This article shows you how to find and analyze the most common performance problems.

Open Source Wave Threatens Microsoft Desktop Dominance

A new wave of freely available Open Source business software is experiencing rapid adoption by business users. With hundreds of thousands of downloads to date, Open Source solutions like NetOffice and SugarSuite are beginning to tread on territory traditionally occupied by Microsoft products such as Project and Outlook.

Ka-Map open source "Google map" style application

Amidst raving about Google maps capabilities, an new open source project pops up that does many of the same things. ka-Map, released by DM Solutions, handles many of the same web mapping challenges that Google has handled so well. The project is being opened up for open source participation, improvements and testing. It looks very promising and powerful, with a ton of great data loaded behind and powered by the open source MapServer.

Get Real-Time Workstation protection for Linux

This Linux based transparent real-time file-level protector- VitalFile for Real-Time Workstation Protection has a new version available for free download.

Apache, Open Source, and the Small Software Company

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by dave on May 19, 2005 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Apache Software Foundation is one of many open source software organizations shaking the business world all the way down to its proprietary software toes. Along with Linux, the Apache HTTP Server has long been the consummate example of the power and quality of open source software. Its runaway success against Microsoft IIS illustrates that the better product can triumph over both monopoly and marketing dollars.

Scali upgrades clustering software, adds storage capability

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 19, 2005 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Start-up Scali is gaining steam in the Linux clustering market with the introduction of management software.

Sun Has Words For IBM, Red Hat

According to Sun Microsystems, the newly announced IBM and Red Hat Solaris migration initiatives are an "act of desperation" in response to the momentum behind Solaris 10. On Tuesday, IBM and Red Hat unveiled a series of new initiatives, including their "Solaris to Linux Migration Factory," which are geared to help drive business away from Solaris and onto Linux.

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