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Open source workshop hits Wits next week

  • Tectonic; By Lunga Madlala (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 12:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linuxchix Africa and Kasi Open Source Software (KOSS) will conduct a "train-the-trainers" workshop in Johannesburg next week in an effort to reach out to women who have been previously sidelined in open source initiatives.

Free Standards Group launches Linux standardization project


A new project has been launched by the Free Standards Group in order to promote standardization of desktop Linux distributions. The aim of the standardization is to widen the adoption of Linux as a desktop operating system. The group has launched the LSB Desktop Project, which has been adopted by all the major Linux distributors.

As well as distributors Red Hat, Novell, Mandriva, Linspire, and Xandros, LSB Desktop Project members also include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel on the hardware side, as well as Adobe Systems, RealNetworks, and Trolltech on the software side.

Article demystifies "top ten" Linux shell commands

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 11:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

In the dark days before GUIs (way, way back in the '70s and earlier), command-line instructions were all a computer could understand from a human. Technically, it's still all they understand -- but the instructions have been obfiscated by the use of the point-and-click GUI interface.

However, there are still times when users find a need to drop down to a Linux shell prompt, and enter the strange and wondrous world of the CLI (command line interface). To that end, Linux developers Steve Campbell and Sunil Patel have put together a list of the "Newbie's Top Ten Commands." These are the most-often used -- thus the most important -- command-line instructions that exist, according to the authors.

Icewarp releases Linux version of Merak E-mail Server Suite

  • eChannelLine; By Chris Talbot (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IceWarp Software has released a Linux version of its Merak E-mail Server Suite, and according to the company's U.S. distributor, there was a high demand from customers for a Linux edition of the product.

Process in crosshairs at Rational, Borland

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The sparring match for developer mindshare between Borland Software and IBM/Rational has continued, as the companies focus on "process" instead of tools.

Inside Startup School

Inside a new program designed to tell entrepreneurs what they really need to know to make their great idea a great company.

Cautious welcome for new MS shared source licences

OS community not horrified

Ballmer eyes Linux, Google users for growth


Tom Krazit writes: "Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer believes the company has ironed out all of the security problems in its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system so that users can consider adopting it the first day it is released. For the most part."

Does anyone believe this yarn? - Ed.

Indian bank deploys Red Hat Linux on 10,000 desktops

India's Canara Bank has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its OS of choice as it automates more than 1,000 of its branches, reports Infoworld/Netherlands. The move involves about 1,000 servers and 10,000 desktops. Canara is one of India's largest government-owned banks.

Microsoft Licensing - Toward Open Source

Today, we (Microsoft) are announcing the availability of three new template Shared Source licenses. In this way, all of Microsoft source code releases will be under consistent terms, and thus more easy to use and to understand. The licenses are each 1 page or shorter. They are written in simple terms that non-lawyers should be able to follow. They are also reflective of the most modern thinking regarding source code licenses within the legal community.

Comment We do not believe Microsoft understands open-source. -Ed.

Netscape update fixes Firefox bugs

  • ZDNet; By Joris Evers (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 7:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Netscape on Wednesday released a new version of Netscape 8 to bring the Web browser up to date on security patches with the underlying Firefox software.

Novell, IBM aims to simplify Linux blade server buying

Novell and IBM are trying to make it easier for data-center hardware buyers to deploy Linux on blade servers. Companies can now buy a per-chassis license for Novell SuSE Linux running on IBM blade servers, as opposed to purchasing an individual support license for each blade in the box. The license would cover chassis with up to 14 Linux blade servers, with the choice of Intel, AMD or IBM's Power processors running on the hardware.

Embedded Linux training materials shared online


An open source embedded training and services company in the South of France has expanded its collection of freely licensed French- and English-language educational materials about embedded Linux. Free Electrons says the lectures, presentations, and practical labs can be useful for either corporate training or self-study.

Free Electrons develops corporate training programs about open source embedded development, which it says it delivers to clients around the world. It first began sharing its training materials under the GNU Free Documentation License a year ago.

Nitix Linux Operating System - Debate Between Open Source and

There is a new facet in the debate between open source and Microsoft, pitting the flexibility of open source against the tight integration of Microsoft technologies. One camp claims that integration is the key for ease-of-use and consequent cost-savings from reduced administration while the open source advocates are preaching the virtues of flexibility.

Enterprise Open Source - DataDirect Executive Comments on JBoss


DataDirect announced a new marketing and technology agreement with JBoss this week, and JDJ was able to reach DataDirect's VP of Production Operations, John Goodson, to answer some questions related to the deal:

Sun releases Jini with open-source license

Jini was originally released in 1999 as a way to link consumer devices to Sun's Java software. But companies using the Jini software have been using it mainly for corporate computing jobs such as grid computing and clustered servers, according to Sun executives.

The software is specifically designed for building Java applications that rely on widely distributed components. For example, Sun uses Jini as part of its radio frequency identification software, which runs in small warehouse RFID readers.

The development of the Jini software is done through the Jini Community, an independent forum in which companies other than Sun contribute changes to the software.

Enterprise Open Source Conversion Model Explored!

  • SYS-CON Media; By Paul Sterne (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The central issue in any Open Source business model is how to convert software that is free on the Internet into revenue that can be booked under US GAAP, hence the term invented by some clever person, "Conversion Model." The issue boils down to how to convert the free stuff developed by volunteers into cash?

Correcting Forbes' Untrue Account About MySQL


I am not now and I have never been a chair thrower. No, seriously. In my entire life, I've never once thrown a piece of furniture at a wall. For that matter, I have never in my life said that I would blankety-blank kill anyone, the way a sworn statement in the Google/Microsoft/Dr. Lee litigation says Steve Ballmer has.

I'm not saying I've never been angry. I know how to feel angry, but in my biggest quarrel ever, I can't recall even thinking about throwing furniture. For that matter, I can't remember my biggest quarrel ever. It takes a lot to make me mad, so it's a rare event.

So, imagine my surprise to learn from Daniel Lyons' article in Forbes that I hate MySQL for entering a partnership with SCO, and I summoned its CEO, Marten Mickos, to appear before a "Stalinist show trial" here on Groklaw, which he felt obliged to endure, "cackling" fanatic commenters and all, in hopes of restoring his reputation. As it happens, Marten and I were just discussing which day to publish an article he has written for Groklaw, so we were both surprised.

OpenOffice nears download milestone

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Oct 19, 2005 1:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The open source productivity application OpenOffice.org has been downloaded almost 50 million times since the project was started, according to the company that founded the project, Sun.

OSS workshop for chix

A Linuxchix Africa workshop at Wits University in Johannesburg next week aims to improve the open source skills of women from townships and rural areas. In the long-term, the organisation plans to take the training model all over Africa.

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