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Mapping the universe with open source software

Astronomers at New York City's Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space think space exploration should be easily accessible to anyone. To make that possible, they offer an interactive atlas of the universe that anyone can download for free.

IBM to Shift China Focus Toward Tech, Linux

Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman, president and CEO of IBM, said Tuesday that technology service, the fastest growing segment in the technology industry, will be a top priority for his company in China, which is one of IBM's most dynamic markets. IBM achieved year-on-year growth of 27 percent in China in the third quarter, compared with a corporate average of 5 percent.

Getting started with ParallelKnoppix, a live CD for clusters

ParallelKnoppix is a modified Knoppix live CD designed for use in creating HPC clusters. You can start up PK on multiple nodes to run a cluster, and customize PK to add or remove applications.

SCALE Announces Plans To Host Open-Source Health Care Summit

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) has announced plans to host an Open Source Health Care summit as part of their upcoming 2007 conference, SCALE 5x. The focus of this event will be on the use of open-source software in the health care industry. The goal of this event is to foster an awareness of the availability of open-source options to medical organizations, private practices, and hospitals. The Open-Source Health Care Summit will be held on February 9, 2007 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel.

The Sorry State of Massachusetts

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 16, 2006 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm remiss in blogging on the transition in Massachusetts as Louis Gutierrez leaves his position as State CIO (Gutierrez announced that he would resign a month ago), and as Mitt Romney wraps up his single term as governor and looks forward, he hopes, to bigger political games than our small state can offer.

Open Source Geospatial Software Provides an Enterprise Alternative ...

  •; By Christopher J. Andrews (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 16, 2006 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In the past several years, I have encountered a variety of public utilities and municipalities that have fewer than 10 technical staff members. Each of these clients spoke with me about making the transition to the right enterprise GIS for their size organization. Typically, I prefer to drive requirements discussions away from technology and toward the functionality that the client needs to improve his business. However, most of my clients are decision makers who nearly always hold preconceived opinions about which would be the right technology to solve their particular problems.

Low-cost NPU offers dual gigE, HSE, Linux support

Freescale is sampling an inexpensive PowerQUICC II network processor (NPU) with integrated hardware security engine (HSE), dual gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and USB 2.0. The MPC8313E targets residential gateways, 802.11n access points, piracy-protected media servers, line cards, intelligent NICs, and network storage devices, and an ultra-low power derivative will support printers.

Linux users getting banned from WoW?

This does not bode well for Linux gamers, and it's a weird coincidence that we hear about this a few days after announcing Wine on the site. It seems that Linux-using World of Warcraft players are getting banned left and right.

Ajax Hacks

Everybody loves Ajax. Javaists, Rubyists, Pythonistas; even Microsofties get to play with Ajax in the form of Atlas. Book publishers love Ajax too, judging by the stack of new titles coming hot off the presses.

VMware and Xen Management with BixData

  • HowtoForge; By Jed McCaleb (Posted by falko on Nov 16, 2006 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
BixData is a system, application, and network monitoring tool which allows you to easily monitor nearly every aspect of your servers. The newly released version 2.6 is the only application that has the ability to control both Xen and VMware virtual machines. You can control both VM Hosts (the computer that's running the VM software) and VM Guests (the virtual machines running on the hosts).

FSF praises Sun's commitment to OS

Richard Stallman, the president and founder of The Free software Foundation, has praised Sun Microsystems for distributing its proprietary Java platform under the GNU General Public Licence

Olive 0.2 Screenshot Walkthrough

Olive is a GNU/Linux Live distribution. It offers quite a good deal of new technologies, hardly witnessed ever before, as well as some of the more common pieces of software. It's size is approx. 110MiB, yet it allows a lot of software to be used. Olive's whole point is to display how easy to use Linux may be, yet without losing any of the features required for heavy-duty work. It's also supposed to show various unusual new technologies, not widely known or accepted.

Book Review: SUSE Linux 10.1 Kick Start

SUSE Linux 10.1 Kick Start is part of SAMS new Shortcut Series. To bring you up to speed, here's a quote from the source: "Short Cuts are short, concise, PDF documents designed specifically for busy technical professionals like you. Each Short Cut is tightly focused on a specific technology or technical problem. This may be a cutting-edge new technology that shows great promise, or it may be an existing technology that has reached the "tipping point" and is about to take off." Visit the Shortcut Home Page for more information on this series.

Getting My Kicks On Route 64

Some months ago I started collecting the pieces I needed to build my own 64-bit computer. I'm not a complete stranger to building machines, I've put together a dozen or so during the past twenty years, but it's been quite a while since I started one from scratch, and my experience with this machine was more instructive than it was meant to be. Nevertheless, at long last Studio Dave has gone 64-bit crazy. Well, not really crazy, but certainly more than mildly enthusiastic.

Ubuntu spinoff distro adds codecs, plugins, more

A new name has joined SimplyMEPIS as one of the first Ubuntu-derived Linux distributions: Linux Mint, which features a 2.6.17 kernel and the GNOME 2.16.1 desktop. Ubuntu, itself based on Debian Linux code, has only been in production use since October of 2004.

First Issue of Amarok Weekly Newsletter Released

In the first issue of the Amarok Weekly Newsletter, we talk about music store integration and security, search inside lyrics, a new GStreamer-based engine, support for user-definable labels and promotional activities.

Google Sponsors the LinuxBIOS project

  • Google Code Blog; By Stefan Reinauer (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 16, 2006 5:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The LinuxBIOS project aims to take down the last barrier in Open Source systems by providing a free firmware (BIOS) implementation. LinuxBIOS celebrates its Sixth anniversary this year, and has an installed base of over 1 million LinuxBIOS systems. With the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, that number is expected to exceed 10 million users in 2007. LinuxBIOS supports 65 mainboards from 31 vendors in v1 and another 56 mainboards from 27 vendors in v2.

Novell Launches Enhanced Channel Program

Novell Inc. wants to make its PartnerNetprogram easier and more profitable for its partners. PartnerNet 2007, which launches this month, introduces several key new partner benefits, including technology specializations, an integrated partner portal, and partner tracks to ensure partners get the right attention for their specific business model.

Using Apache Derby databases, Part 2: Manage IT services beyond mere deployment

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Stephen B Morris (Posted by solrac on Nov 16, 2006 4:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Learn how you can use this technology with Apache Derby to create the basis of a converged provider environment.

Public Sector to Drive Open-Source Takeup in Germany

Germany’s cash-strapped public sector will be the driving force behind the takeup of open-source software in the country as state-run organizations strive to lower their IT costs, according to a study released Wednesday by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering.

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