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IBM pumps up Linux virtual machines on mainframe OS

Organizations running Linux in virtual machines on the mainframe will soon be able to throw more workloads onto the system thanks to an update to the z/VM operating system that now scales across 32 processor units, compared with the previous version that scaled to 24. The new release, z/VM Version 5.3, is expected to begin shipping on June 29, but IBM detailed updates to the operating system on Tuesday.

Why Having 500+ Distros is a Good Thing

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Feb 8, 2007 6:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux

I just browsed back across some old bookmarks I had made on subjects to blog about. I've been playing catch up for the last few days as some of my projects I've been working on are slowing down. During this browsing session, I happened upon a blog entry titled "So Many Distros, So Little Time" which originally jumped across the RSS reader during January of this year. I gave it an honest read and was disgusted with the article quite a bit. Let me go point for point on this:

Sun Readies Its ODF Plug-In

The move comes less than a week after Microsoft and its partners finished work on the Open XML Translator, an add-on to Microsoft Word that is available for download and use at no cost.

Linux hackers tackle WiFi hassles

When it comes to troublesome Linux peripherals, WiFi takes the cake. Sparked by the Portland Project's efforts to bring standardization to the Linux desktop, the Linux wireless developer community tackled this problem at its second Linux Wireless Summit last month in London.

IBM Offers Free Sales Help For Open Source Developers

In an effort to bolster use of its open source middleware and license-free database software, IBM on Wednesday said it will provide free sales and marketing support to developers who create products for those offerings. Under the program, developers who create applications designed to run atop IBM's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition or its DB2 Express-C database can sign up to receive free telemarketing time and discounted advertising rates underwritten by IBM.

Linspire sheds light on new "wiki-ized" CNR

Several weeks ago, desktop Linux distributor Linspire Inc. announced that it was going to open up CNR (Click N Run), its Web-based software downloader/manager, to other distributions. Now, the company is revealing more about what this new Linux software distribution system will look like.

A killer idea for code

  • Free Software Magazine; By Anthony Taylor (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 8, 2007 2:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know what I'd like to see? I'd like the various Free software groups (whether they use "open source" or "free software" doesn't matter) get together to produce the greatest educational tool the world has ever seen: A website dedicated to Free / Open Source code. Not programs. Code.

Xfce Linux desktop arrives at v4.4.0

Following more than two years of development, the Xfce project team recently released version 4.4.0 of its popular open-source desktop environment. Xfce 4.4 includes new tools, such as the Thunar file manager, as well as several significant improvements to its core components, according to the release announcement.

Hosting firm offers sites that run Windows, Linux at same time

Citing increased demand from Web developers and their clients, a Toronto-based Web hosting company today said it would begin letting customers build and host Web sites running both Microsoft Windows and Linux applications at the same time.

ReviewLinux.Com: My Experiences with Ubuntu 6.10

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks ReviewLinux on Feb 8, 2007 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Xandros; Story Type: News Story
Well as I mentioned in my review of Ubuntu 6.10 Beta Edgy back in October 2006 where I was talking about switching to Ubuntu, well I did it... Yes I gave up Xandros which I had been using for 2 yrs and moved to Ubuntu.... I am happy that I did!

Securing the Hardware Management Console

Get step-by-step instructions for things you should do during installation of the Hardware Management Console (HMC), measures you can take after installation, and maintenance guidelines to ensure that a secure system stays secure.

Big Win for Innocent RIAA Defendant

Good news today from the great state of Oklahoma. Debbie Foster, a single mom who was improperly sued by the RIAA back in 2004 for file sharing, has won back her attorneys' fees. The decision today is one of the first in the country to award attorneys fees to a defendant in an RIAA case over music sharing on the Internet.

KDE 4's Sonnet will turbocharge language processing

With the Sonnet library for KDE 4, developer Jacob Rideout hopes to reinvigorate the field of desktop linguistics by adding automatic language detection and other innovative features. Sonnet is to be for KDE 4 what KSpell 2 is for the current version of the K Desktop Environment, providing spellchecking facilities to applications as diverse as the Konqueror Web browser, Kopete instant messenger, and KWord office software. Unlike KSpell, however, it will also provide grammar checking, multilingual tools, and perhaps even translation, dictionary, and thesaurus functionality across all of KDE.

Mcwhirter to Head JBoss Open Source Community

In this role, McWhirter will be responsible for evolving the technical infrastructure and content of the site for a growing community of contributors and users as well as an increasing number of open source projects. Today, generates over 30 million page views and half a million user sessions per month.

The Enterprise Committer: When Your Employee Develops Open-Source Code on the Company Payroll

One of your developers wants to extend an open-source application to solve a company problem, then contribute the code back to the community. That's fine. But making that process work in enterprise terms involves more than getting the legal department to recover from its fainting fit.

This week at LWN: Comparing Linux and Minix

Toward the end of his talk, Andrew Tannenbaum put up a few slides on the runtime cost of the microkernel approach. He had quite a few benchmarks, but the bottom line was that the microkernel architecture used in Minix imposed a roughly 5-10% performance penalty, depending on what one is trying to do. While operating systems hackers would normally cringe at the prospect of paying a 5% penalty, to many people this could seem like a good deal: give up 5-10% of a processor which is mostly idle anyway in exchange for a more reliable system.

Half of Top Enterprise Open Source Projects Don't Offer Enterprise Grade Support

Research Also Shows Open Source Usage Skyrocketing in the Enterprise, Sharp Increase in Demand for Support and Policies

The Planet Lauds Ensim Pro X for Linux, from Ensim Unify

Key highlights of the latest version of Ensim Pro X for Linux include support for Fedora Core 6. Ensim customers may deploy Ensim Pro X on FC 6.0 with the latest OS features available. This applies to new users with the latest version, as well as upgrades for existing customers. FC 6 is the latest version of the widely used Fedora Core Operating System and has already over a million installations.

Trolltech Partners with VirtualLogix to Bring Linux to Mass Market ...

Trolltech and VirtualLogix have integrated Trolltech’s Qtopia platform for Linux handsets and VirtualLogix’s VLX software on a single-core processor. Trolltech, the company that makes software faster to build and easier to use, and VirtualLogix have formed a partnership, and will be demonstrating the single-core processor form-factor at 3GSM, the company said.

Levanta appliance aims to ease Linux management

Levanta recently released a new server management appliance aimed at administrators who manage large Linux-based networks.

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