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Linuxfest Northwest 2005 in review

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If giving away T-shirts is an accurate way to estimate attendees, then at least 750 people made the trip to Linuxfest Northwest in Bellingham, Wash., last weekend. Linuxfest Northwest 2005 continued the conference's strong focus on highly technical presentations -- this is not a vendor-centric event.

Linux Platform on Tap for Cell Phones

MontaVista Software will soon start shipping a Linux operating system designed for mobile phones that MontaVista said will increase flexibility and cut costs for handset manufacturers.

gzpLinux 20050501-stable released

  • http://systhread.net/; By Gabor Z. Papp (Posted by jayrfink on May 2, 2005 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
gzpLinux ER 20050501 has been released. gzpLinux is a custom Linux kernel based software distribution created by Gabor Z. Papp, a consultant in Budapest, Hungary.

Companies need Open Source

  • Inquirer (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Companies need to feature some Open Source software in their IT portfolio, according to the latest word from analyst outfit Gartner. Big G research vice president Dion Wiggins told Computerworld that too many companies have a total ban on open source, or no policy surrounding it.

Canonical Plans a Version-Tracking Tool for Developers

The company behind Ubuntu Linux is set to unveil ambitious plans to improve collaboration among the Linux community.

India must embrace open-source technology model aggressively

  • Financial Express (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
More than 300 of the super computers in the top 500 list, including the top two supercomputers in the world now run the Linux operating system. For an operating system that is barely 14 years old, this is an astonishing feat. From embedded computing to supercomputers to everything in between, developers and users across the world have embraced open source software because the access to source code gives them a platform for innovation and creativity.

Ohio LinuxFest: Call for Presentations

  • cantonlinux.org; By William R. Lorenz (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
We've opened up the Ohio LinuxFest 2005 Call for Presentations! If you or anyone you know would be interested in speaking at this year's event, please do visit the site and send us a note to tell us of your interest

The Second Commandment of system administration

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Trust is a hard thing to come by in any workplace. Luckily for you, trust in your servers isn't. With the help of file integrity checkers, you can be absolutely sure of every change made within the filesystems of your servers.

Microsoft Reaches Out to Open-Source Community

Microsoft Corp. has extended an olive branch to the open-source community, calling for a sit-down to discuss how the software giant can better work with the open-source world. At a recent conference, Microsoft's general counsel called for bridge building between Microsoft, its competitors and the open-source community.

Novell preps Linux / NetWare upgrade

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 2, 2005 5:56 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Just one month after shipping its merged Linux/NetWare operating system, called Open Enterprise Server, Novell is planning a major update to the product, scheduled to be released by the first half of 2007.

GNOME's no fun anymore

"It's not just lack of time that's paralysed my GNOME hacking work, it's lack of fun. I make time for things that are fun. I've been saying for some time that not engaging developers would hurt GNOME, and the problem has come home to roost. Lack of documentation and platform evangelism, which I've complained about previously, are certainly part of the problem."

Review: PCQuest Linux 2005

Last year, I reviewed PCQuest Linux 2004, and found it to be a interesting distro, with good multimedia support and a decent set of installed apps. It's 2005 now, and PCQ Linux 2005 has been released. It is based on Fedora Core 3, with many modifications. After spending some time with PCQ, I can recommend it as a good, fun distro to work with.

How mozdev Became a Non-Profit Organisation

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on May 1, 2005 4:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The O'Reilly Network is running an article about how to build a non-profit organization for an open source community. The article uses mozdev.org as an example and shows each of the steps involved with setting up a tax-exempt non-profit.

Krusader v1.60.0 - The Twin-Panel File Manager for Linux

  • Mailing list; By Matej Urban (Posted by dave on May 1, 2005 10:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Krusader is an advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE 3, similar to Midnight or Total Commander (formerly Windows Commander), with many extras. It provides all the file-management features you could possibly want.

Centrino-like EBX SBC boasts high integration, security, Linux

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on May 1, 2005 4:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Arcom is shipping an EBX format SBC (single-board computer) supporting a range of mobile Intel processors, from a 600MHz Celeron M to a 2.1GHz Pentium M. The Apollo uses Intel's 855GME chipset, and is available with a Linux BSP (board support package). It targets multi-screen gaming displays, high-security systems, optical inspection, low profile fanless servers, and compact machine controllers.

Wiley Programmers Work for Peer Respect

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by VISITOR on May 1, 2005 2:01 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
A response to Ken Starks thoughtful piece concerning why Open Source developers don't create things the way other people want them.

The Certified Novell Engineer conundrum

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 30, 2005 8:16 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
Now that you all are at least experimenting with Open Enterprise Server (you are, aren't you? If not download your evaluation copy from the link below), I bet you've been asking yourself "Should I get certified on this new system?"

SCO, IBM Court Battles Over Unix IP Continue

In a series of hearings, IBM and SCO continue to clash over who should be required to provide information, and SCO renews its claims that IBM placed SCO's Unix code within Linux.

Firefox Hits 50 Million Downloads

Mozilla announced Friday that its Firefox Web browser had reached the 50 million download mark, less than six months after its official launch last November.
The news comes just a day after research firm OneStat.com released its latest figures showing that Mozilla browsers are still gaining market share, although at a slower rate.
Research by XiTi-monitor also showed Firefox now has a market share of 13,3% in Europe, with a record market share of 31% in Finland.

In Praise of Gentoo

  • Deronyan Blog; By Alan Snyder (Posted by alan8373 on Apr 30, 2005 2:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Gentoo
The biggest pro's with Gentoo are that you can setup what are called USE flags. Basically they're like meta-flags which tell the compiled packages what to build into your system. For example, if I add "mysql" to my USE variable, all packages that have mysql support will be built with mysql enabled. Likewise, there are flags for everything from kde, gnome, and X to the basics like alsa, and ssl. This produces an amazingly targeted and fat-free system that only has what you want it to have. In theory this sounds great, in practice it's absolutely mind-blowing. You want all your packages to suddenly support postgres, just add it to your USE flag, and run 'emerge --newuse world' and any packages that can provide postgres support will be re-built. Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

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