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Open Source Makes School Breakthrough

  • eGov monitor (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 7:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Forthcoming government report to pave way for greater OSS use in UK schools Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education, is set to release a new report which will say that schools could save significant sums by switching to open source software, eGov monitor can report.

Open Source to the Rescue

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 6:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
In founding Friendster, Chairman Jonathan Abrams sought to create an online network through which friends could connect with friends. When it launched, the service was powered by a Java back end running on Apache Tomcat servers with a MySQL database. That original architecture was soon crushed by the coming load of traffic.

Open rift hurts Linux community

A rift over development procedures has exposed fractures at the highest level of the Linux community and raised questions about the future direction of the open-source operating system.

Designing a Course in Linux System Administration

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 5:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How one professor designed a class on Linux system administration--and how you can follow the class along on-line.

FYI: Security, quarantine tips for commercial Sendmail

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security administrators put in considerable time setting up e-mail quarantines and checking on threats that have been cordoned off. But that's too much work, according to senior vice president of Sendmail Inc., John Stormer, and J.F. Sullivan, Sendmail's director of product development. In this FYI interview, Stormer and Sullivan provide an introduction to the aspects of commercial Sendmail that could make the traditionally time-consuming quarantining process much easier for administrators.

Linux to replace Unix systems

  • The Duke Chronicle (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
School is almost out, and before you know it Duke’s Unix computers will be as well. This summer, the Office of Information Technology’s division of Academic Technology Services will be at work replacing the machines that run with Unix—an operating system commonly used in scientific fields—in labs around campus, including the engineering lab in 106 Teer Library. The current crop of Sun Ultra 10s and Sun Blades will be replaced with new Dell hardware. These new machines will run CentOS 3.3 as supported by Linux@DUKE. CentOS is a distribution of the popular open-source operating system Linux.

Linux kernel on the road to ruin?

Andrew Morton, one of the main developers of the Linux kernel, pointed out some structural problems in the kernel development at 2005 in Canberra, Australia. He believes that not enough attention is paid to testing during the development of the kernel. New functions, he claims, are not tested enough because testers do not receive any thanks - much less money - for their time-consuming work. He feels that errors will thus find their way into the kernel.

The buzz about Apache Beehive and the Pollinate eclipse plug-in

Beehive is a new Apache project that simplifies Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Web services programming. This article shows how to get started with Beehive and offers a sneak preview of Pollinate, an Eclipse plug-in that creates Beehive applications.

Compiler For AMD's New Dual-Core Processors Offers As Free Trial Download by PathScale

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – PathScale has optimized its EKOPath™ Compiler Suite and InfiniPath™ low-latency interconnect to provide enhanced support for the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.

A free trial download of the compiler is available at

Novell Completes Acquisition of Tally Systems, Ships ZENworks Asset Management

Novell today announced it has completed the acquisition of Tally Systems Corp. to expand its Novell(R) ZENworks(R) systems management offering. Novell will ship Novell ZENworks Asset Management, a set of integrated tools with discovery and inventory, license management, and software usage and trend analysis capabilities next week.

Mobile Linux challenges Windows Mobile for cellphone dominance

Taking a page from Microsoft's playbook, MontaVista today announced an embedded Linux platform aimed specifically at mobile phones. "Mobilinux" is based on a 2.6 kernel with real-time and power-management enhancements, and targets "feature-phones" as well as the higher-end devices targeted by Microsoft with its Windows Mobile for Smartphones offering.

First Look at Libranet 3.0

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 25, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian
Mad Penguin has the first review of Libranet's newest release, complete with plenty of screenshots and their new "See It In Action" flash animations. Read the full review here

Why SugarCRM is quickly establishing itself as an open source leader

  • IT Manager's Journal; By Vance McCarthy (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 10:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SugarCRM is taking steps to push open source business apps to a new level, adding a raft of new upgrades to its open source customer relationship management (CRM) platform. Sugar Suite 3.0, which will be available April 30, will add a wide range of sales-savvy support tools, including campaign management, email marketing, document management, sales forecasting, and even a wireless access option for access from the road. The new features are built on top of SugarCRM's core open source sales force automation (SFA) and CRM platform.

IBM, Israel team for open source

  • Australian IT (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 9:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM and Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour have agreed to a pact to foster development of open-standards technology by Israeli start-ups.

The Portland Group Announces Initial Application Performance Results for Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processors

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
PGI-compiled LS-DYNA delivers 30 percent faster performance on dual-core processor than previously published single-processor results

The Ten Commandments of system administration, part I

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As system and network administrators, we play many roles. We are the ones who provide stable and secure environments for electronic business in all of its forms, from email to accounting systems to mission-critical Web applications. However, despite our best efforts, disaster will occasionally strike. In this series, I'll present what I feel are the 10 most important steps a systems administrator can take to ensure that when that dreaded 3 a.m. page hits, you're prepared to react quickly, assess the situation, and make everything right again. I call these the Ten Commandments of system administration.

Novell's one-two punch

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
With $1.7 billion in cash and ranking among the top 25 most profitable companies on the NW200, Novell has more than a fighting chance with its Linux-plus-management strategy.

RMS: BitKeeper bon-voyage is a happy ending

For the first time in my life, I want to thank Larry McVoy. He recently eliminated a major weakness of the free software community, by announcing the end of his campaign to entice free software projects to use and promote his non-free software. Soon, Linux development will no longer use this program, and no longer spread the message that non-free software is a good thing if it's convenient.

OSI Deception in Texarkana

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 25, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jason Macer owns OSI, a hosting provider incorporated in Texas. Macer's claims in a NewsForge story last October about having "6,000 people signed up for dedicated servers" proved to be false. So did Macer's claims that he was going to open a huge facility and employ thousands of people in the chronically depressed city of Texarkana. But Macer still claims, despite evidence that his company has virtually no significant assets or income, and no employees other than himself, that by mid-May he is going to acquire three companies in Austin, Texas. He says he can't tell us where he's getting the money for these acquisitions because all his deals are covered by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). We're just supposed to trust him.

Newspapers Look at Mozilla Firefox

roseman sent us links to a couple of online newspaper features about Mozilla Firefox. The first comes from Australia's Herald Sun and is entitled Keep tabs on Firefox. The short article mentions security, tabbed browsing, popup blocking and extensions as Firefox's main attractions. The report does suffer from a few factual errors though, such as its statement that "Firefox is produced by Mozilla, a company that used to be known as Netscape" (as we all know, the relationship is a little more complicated than that).

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