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Ad-Powered Apps Gain Momentum

Opinion: Ad-supported, open-source apps are gaining ground on traditionally licensed programs like MS Office and Windows.

[Ed.- Am I the only one reading this who is reminded of the hundreds of science-fiction stories that predict an ad-saturated society that you can't turn off? -tuxchick.]

My sysadmin toolbox: second helping

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 6, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When I wrote last month's my sysadmin toolbox column, I knew that readers would probably have a few suggestions. I was surprised, however, by the sheer number of responses we got from readers with suggestions for other tools. With all those good suggestions, it seemed like a good idea to compile a list of the most popular reader-suggested tools and utilities to cover some of the programs that didn't make the first column.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 24

Welcome to our issue number 24 of Fedora Weekly News.

Novell To Launch 'Linux Awareness' Program Next Year

In 2006, Novell will launch a "Linux awareness" program meant to migrate more customers, resellers, and development partners from NetWare and Microsoft Windows to open source alternatives.

Open source rides to the rescue

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By CJ Kelly, Framingham (Posted by tadelste on Dec 5, 2005 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Traffic on the network had been increasing all week, but the intrusion-detection system wasn’t picking up anything malicious. Whatever traffic was traversing the network was considered okay.

Autodesk Introduces Linux-Based Version of Autodesk Toxik Visual Effects Software

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 10:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Offers Film Studios and Post-Production Facilities Greater Choice in Back-End Digital Film Workflow

Venture capital activity rebounds in November

  •; By Peter Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Dec 5, 2005 10:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
EE Times' Venture Capital Counter (VCC) recorded 19 deals in November, which raised $268.69 million at $14.1 million per deal. The monthly figure more than doubled the $98.54 million funding raised in October and $112.8 million of investment made in November 2004. At 19 the number of deals done was exceptionally high, the second highest figure in two years.

Latest test version of MEPISLite available for download

The updated MEPISLite download, which has a 641 MB footprint, includes applications such as KDE 3.3.2, KOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Amarok, Kplayer, Skype, and a good assortment of games, Woodford said. The MEPIS kernel is also the DCC version of Debian kernel 2.6.12-10, which has enhanced built-in hardware support.

Online service stores entire music collections

MP3tunes last week introduced Oboe, a virtual music locker that stores an entire personal music library online, making it accessible anywhere for any digital music player, the company said. The service, from the latest company of Linspire (a.k.a. Lindows) founder Michael Robertson, is compatible with multiple desktop OSes, including Linux.

AMD Strengthens ties with Novell

  • Linuxblogger by larrydag; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Dec 5, 2005 8:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell
Bruce Lowry of Novell Open PR says that AMD is moving up to become a platinum partner with Novell in the technology program. Platinum partner is the highest level of company relations with Novell. This continues an already strong relationship that the SuSE development team has with AMD engineers. A full time AMD engineer is moving on site to Novell. This of course is going to help Novell's enterprise server market. This is definitely better news from Novell than what we have been hearing lately. Novell definitely needs to show some positive PR of late. If there were any doubts about SuSE's future I believe Novell has only the best of intentions and great promise.

Linux 101: How to set up Linux on a PC

Installing Linux on a personal computer may not be as difficult as you think. This document explains how to install Linux on a PC, starting at the beginning: choosing a distribution Launches Redesigned Website is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website. Along with the new look comes a variety of new features and sections. LQ currently has over 60 forums, with topics ranging from Linux Newbies to Linux in the Enterprise, and has participation from twenty-five Linux distributions. The site runs on the LAMP stack and utilizes a variety of Open Source software.

The Linux Kernel Primer

  • The Register; By Pan Pantziarka (Posted by bstadil on Dec 5, 2005 7:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Kernel
The Linux kernel is one of those places that mere mortals fear to tread. However, there are those who are tempted by the 'here be dragons' signs and decide they want, or need, to get down into the internals of the kernel. For those intrepid individuals the 'Linux Kernel Primer' promises to be the guidebook they need as they start the journey.

Arm SBC-maker courts Debian hackers with discount

British single-board computer (SBC) vendor Simtec has launched a developer discount program aimed at getting ARM-powered SBCs into the hands of Debian Linux developers. The "StrongARM Tactics" program offers at-cost StrongARM SA1110-powered boards to registered Debian developers willing to help debug and fix Debian's ARM branch.

Secure All Around: Mini Book Reviews

Three different security books--all good in their own ways--for three different kinds of security needs.

European open source conference seeks embedded papers

A conference on free and open source software is seeking papers on embedded projects and technologies. FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Develpers' European Meeting) is set for Feb. 25-26 in Brussels, Belgium. The fourth-annual event will have an embedded track featuring papers on Linux, uClinux, eCos, RedBoot, and RTEMS.

MontaVista Takes TI's DaVinci

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 5, 2005 5:17 PM EDT)
Linux is coming to a consumer electronics device near you soon, thanks to Texas Instruments's (TI) new DaVinci chip.

"TI understands that there is a larger number of Linux programmers than there are DSP programmers," "What [DaVinci] does in partnership with MontaVista is enables the Linux developer to use the DSP without needing to understand the complexity of programming the DSP."

November Tops for Spam, Zombies on the Rise

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Michael Hall (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 5, 2005 4:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Most noteworthy, the company noted that over the last six months, its software has been identifying an average of 170,000 new infected zombie computers each day.

[Ed.- the story doesn't say, but you know they're talking about Windows zombies and viruses. Tell me again how security is a priority at Galactic Headquarters in Redmond? Tell me again how it is their user's fault- because they purchased such easily-compromised pieces of poo?- tuxchick]

IBM to support OpenDocument in 2006 - On Web Based Shared Applications

IBM plans to implement web based applications using Open Data Formats (ODF) where users share the application and data by passing the desktop entirely. Apparently this is aimed primarily at rising economies of India and China where " ... They don't have the legacy of having everything saved in Microsoft Office to transition from...This is an opportunity to start out right." If true there is another very interesting aspect to this article: the claim that Microsoft's Open XML format is to be submitted to both " ... standards bodies ECMA International and ISO." The latter was not mentioned previously in what I have read and would be a much harder environment for Microsoft to sell its version of "openness". (Found on slashdot.)

One city's move to open source

  • CNET (Posted by bstadil on Dec 5, 2005 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mannheim, Germany, says its switch to Linux apps won't be fast or cheap--but that's just fine.

We want to decide our IT strategy in Mannheim, and not have Microsoft make the decision for Mannheim

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