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BSD cognoscenti on Linux

Recently we published an interview with Linus Torvalds on the similarities and differences between the Linux kernel and the BSD operating systems. As a follow-up, I asked similar questions of OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt, and NetBSD's Christos Zoulas.

South African Creative Commons licences go live

  • Tectonic - Africa's source for open source news (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 4:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Good news for South African artists and content producers is that they can now licence their works under a South Africa-specific Creative Commons licence. Also local language versions are in the pipeline.

Linux support for physicochemical software

  • Laboratory Talk (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 3:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Batch versions of physicochemical property prediction and systematic naming software modules, suitable for working with tens of thousands of compounds at a time, are now available to run on Linux

Open-source Releases Invade the Reporting Market

  • Intelligent Enterprise (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A trio of vendors is preparing to release open-source reporting tools, looking for profits by selling support and enhanced versions of free, open-source software. The availability of open-source tools will bring welcome competition and price pressure to a market that has long been dominated by proprietary software such as Business Object's Crystal Reports and Cognos's ReportNet. The three would-be market disrupters, business intelligence (BI) veteran Actuate and start-ups JasperSoft and Pentaho, want to emulate MySQL's open-source database-market success by offering low entry costs and products with developer appeal.

Eclipse Device Software Development Platform Project approved

Top-level Eclipse project proposed by Wind River approved; Sub-projects for target management and device debugging initiated

Miracle Linux president sees more growth ahead

  • Computerworld Singapore (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Two years ago, Japanese Linux server operating system developer Miracle Linux Corp. decided it needed to better promote its local Linux distribution. It developed two aims, according to Miracle's president, Takeshi Sato.

Debian: Whereshould wewe should go from here?

Debian sarge has finally been released -- now what? If you ask me (and you didn't, but I'm going to tell you anyway), Debian should have two overarching priorities for the next release: 1. putting a timed release cycle in place, so what happened with sarge never happens again; and 2. keeping the growing family of Debian derivatives united around a common core -- namely, Debian itself. What's at stake? If we don't do something about both of these problems, actual and potential, Debian will be irrelevant by the time etch is out.

Enterprise-level accounting software comes to Linux

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linspire Inc. and InsynQ's Appgen Business Software recently teamed up to bring a "special version" of MyBooks Professional, a "fully audited," "full-featured accounting and finance software solution" aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses, to Linspire Linux's CNR (click and run) Warehouse.

An Extended X Windows Example

  • systhread.net; By Jason (Jay) R. Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Jun 14, 2005 11:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Setting up an extended X windows desktop A sample config file using X.org and Xinerama for an extended laptop desktop.

Users Push Merits of Linux on the Desktop

  • NewsFactor Network (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 10:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Speaking at an IBM panel called "An Open Discussion on Open Source" held during the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, consultant and author Marcel Gagne said he runs Einux on his Compaq notebook and added that many people are beginning to look at Linux on the desktop as well.

Open-source LAMP a beacon to developers

For years, the business-software development world has been split largely between Microsoft's .Net toolset and Java. Get ready for a third option. The so-called LAMP stack of open-source software--which includes the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, MySQL database and scripting languages PHP, Perl or Python--is pushing its way into mainstream corporate computing.

Linux Networx tabs Bo Ewald for CEO

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
High performance computing has gained back one of its own now that scientist and businessman Bo Ewald has agreed to serve as chief executive officer for Linux Networx.

Murdock calls for timely Debian releases

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian, GNU
The man who began the Debian GNU/Linux Project has called on the current leaders to come up with a predictable release cycle, at intervals of 12 or 18 months. Ian Murdock made the call in a posting to his blog. His call comes a few days after Sarge, version 3.1 of Debian, was released after nearly three years of development.

Black Duck, VA Software Flock Together

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Black Duck, a leading intellectual-property compliance management software vendor, and VA Software, the backers of SourceForge, offer an integrated program.

PS3 is Linux "supercomputer", claims Kutaragi

  • GamesIndustry.biz (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sony Computer Entertainment boss Ken Kutaragi has claimed that the PlayStation 3 is being positioned as a supercomputer capable of running multiple operating systems, with the Linux system to be pre-installed on the machine's hard drive. Interviewed by Japanese website PC Impress Watch, Kutaragi lashed out at Nintendo and Microsoft for defining their systems purely as toys or game consoles, and said that PS3 will be sold as a "supercomputer".

Project Orange: Toward the first open source movie

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts and The Blender Foundation have announced their Orange Project, which aims to produce a 3D animated movie short as the first fully open source movie.

Linux: Clarifying the Developer's Certificate of Origin

Following SCO's allegations regarding the origination of some source code files comprising the Linux Kernel, in May of 2004 Linux creator Linus Torvalds implemented a simple method for tracking how patches reach the source tree. The simple system was further refined in the following months, and has become second nature to most kernel developers. However, a recent debate on the lkml illustrated the fact that nothing is simple, in this case with concerns that archiving someone else's email address in the "Signed-off-by:" line could violate the UK's Data Protection Act.

From BitKeeper to Latest Linux Kernel

After six release candidates and a public spat in the open source community over the use of a "non-free" development tool, the 2.6.12 Linux kernel has been released. The new release sports native support for virtualization and SELinux among its almost 36 MB of data.

How a Corrupted USB Drive Was Saved by GNU/Linux

Would SUSE and fsck be able to recover the data in a usable way?

Opinion: Is the Importance of Commercial Linux Distributions Waning?

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Maria Winslow gives her take on the power of commercial distros: "The conventional wisdom asserts (and I have argued as well) that only a commercial Linux distribution can provide the 'whole product' to customers, and make the shift to widespread mainstream adoption. But now I'm not so sure..."

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