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Who will be the keynote presenters at LinuxWorld Boston 2006?

With LinuxWorld Expo 2006 in Boston just two weeks away, here's a look at some highlights of the upcoming event.

Supposedly "Bill Hiff, Microsoft's director of technical platform strategy will keynote on Thursday" along with Nicholas Negroponte MIT giving the main talk. In addition, the user community is represented by Bob Gatewood, CTO of AthenaHealth.

Novell's first Linux workgroup suite

Novell has introduced its first workgroup suite running on Linux. The Novell Open Workgroup Suite includes server and desktop components with management tools, e-mail and collaboration, office products.

Uni Takes On Open Source VoIP

Brisbane’s University of Queensland has decided to deploy an Asterisk-based VoIP system over it’s multi-campus fibre network.

The Uni also plans to investigate the possibility of making the service available over its recently installed wireless network. According to a report in ComputerWorld the University has successfully integrated an Asterisk server with its traditional DM PCS and is now investigating the systems’ presense functionality.

It's L-i-n-u-x, that is an Operating System

A day in the life of a developer can be fun. In this one there were accusations of website hijacking, threats of FBI reports and other such nonsense ... all because someone could grasp the concept of a webserver and service provider. Life is stranger than fiction.

Mozbackup—backup tool for Firefox & Thunderbird profiles

New computers make recovering the precise settings for Thunderbird and Firefox a pain. This tool is your cure.

Idlelo2 FOSS conference in Kenya

Last month Nairobi, Kenya, hosted the Idlelo2 Conference, a major African free and open source software (FOSS) symposium sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany, and the eGovernment Directorate of Kenya. We spoke with one of the organizers of this year's conference, Milton Aineruhanga, program officer for Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET).

Growing acceptance

While 2005 saw the adoption of Linux by the enterprise segment in the mission-critical space, 2006 will see an increased acceptance of open source software, predicts Shivani Shinde

“It is no longer relevant to ask if IT organisations will shift to a strategy of maximising the value of open source. Organisations and vendors that ignore the potential threats and opportunities of OSS will increasingly find themselves at a competitive disadvantage,” predicts Dion Wiggins, Vice-president and Research Director at Gartner.

Engen powers East Cape open source

A further nine schools are set to benefit from Engen's support of Tuxlabs, bringing open source computer laboratories to South Africa's impoverished Eastern Cape province. The Eastern Cape currently has less than five percent ICT penetration in its 6 000 schools.

PostgreSQL Database Server Configuration

  •; By No author listed (Posted by gg234 on Mar 24, 2006 12:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
PostgreSQL is a fully featured object-relational database management system. It supports a large part of the SQL standard and is designed to be extensible by users in many aspects. Some of the features are: ACID transactions, foreign keys, views, sequences, subqueries, triggers, user-defined types and functions, outer joins, multiversion concurrency control. Graphical user interfaces and bindings for many programming languages are available as well.

Interview of Frank Mittelbach

  • Free Software Magazine; By Frank Mittelbach, Gianluca Pignalberi, Dave Walden (Posted by fsmdave on Mar 24, 2006 12:03 PM EDT)
A combined interview of the LaTeX Project director

Taking Free Software to the Farmers and Fields of India

FLOSS is behind an Indian Web site that brings together farmers and agricultural experts to exchange ideas and information.

Where (if anywhere) are the Boundaries of the Open Source Concept?

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 24, 2006 10:28 AM EDT)
In the last several days there have been several stories in the news that highlight the increasing tension between ownership of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the opportunities that become available when broader, free access to those rights is made available.

Novell preps customers for move to Linux

SALT LAKE CITY -- Novell used its BrainShare conference to elaborate on its product migration path to Linux, which included an assurance to customers that it will support NetWare well into the next decade.

60% Of Windows Vista Code To Be Rewritten

Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company "scrambles" to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed to SHN.

My sysadmin toolbox

I have used Linux since I was eleven, and I'm approaching my seventeenth birthday now. I still consider myself an amateur at using the operating system, but I have discovered quite a few interesting tools to help improve my productivity with Linux. They're not exactly my sysadmin toolbox -- more like my desktop enhancement kit.

Holding out for a (Linux) hero

Based on the ongoing enthusiasm about Linux, I presumed it would be simple to find companies just busting to tell how they'd ditched their Microsoft server software and moved onto Linux servers. Everybody's doing it, after all, aren't they?

Samsung aims to bring solid disks to market

Not that it should come as much of a surprise that the largest flash memory manufacturer in the world would be dabbling in solid state disk drives (SSD), but once Samsung gets their legal ducks in a row we don't have any reason to believe they won't make good on taking that 32GB NAND SSD we saw appear at CeBIT to the consumer market.

Mozilla considers TV and movie ad campaign

With the competition to find the best creative ideas to help advertise its aims in full swing, the Mozilla Foundation has revealed that it may screen a Firefox advert on national television or in cinemas.


I came to the LXer Linux news site quite some time ago, while they still had between 1.000 and 2.000 readers daily - now it’s over 300.000 a month. It is just a great site. Almost ad-free, mostly community-driven, and lead by great minds like Tom Adelstein, who is also an author and co-author with O’Reilly.

This is just great great stuff. I wish we’d have more sites like these. So for LXer, like for the Planets, it’s a five-thumbs-up. Highly recommended stuff. At least daily.

How open source is faring in big box retail stores

Free open source software is making slow in-roads into the world of big box retail. This article is the first of a series of two Mad Penguin articles which take a detailed look inside the world of retail as Tux is experiencing it. Today, in Section One Mad Penguin goes shopping to see what can be seen in four retail big box stores in the San Francisco Bay Area... read the full article with in-store videos here

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