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IBM expands open source hardware group

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 3:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, a sui-disant open source organisation based around IBM's Power instruction set, has just expanded. It shows, said IBM, the health of the open source movement, this time in hardware not just software.

Linux server sales march on

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recent research from IDC shows that Linux server sales grew to $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2005, marking the eleventh consecutive quarter of growth for the open source server platform.

Interesting new concurrency testing tool from alphaWorks

This ConcurrencyTesting tool can test your existing app for concurrency problems without creating new test cases. It does the magic with byte-code instrumentation. Interesting idea.

Pikom's Fossworks To Bring Open Source To The Forefront

  • Bernama (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (Pikom), will hold FOSSWorks, the free and open source works conference, for the first time on June 21, 2005 [KUALA LUMPUR] The event is expected to bring together leaders in the development of open source technologies around the world.

Debian upgrade may 'break' systems

A Debian developer has warned around 30 percent of users upgrading to the new version of his project's Linux distribution would seriously disrupt their systems in the process.

WWDC: Apple offers WebKit Open Source Project

  • MacWorld (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Appleā€™s Safari team launched the WebKit Open Source Project Web site this week. The site provides source code access for the software Apple uses to create its Safari Web browser. The project will hopefully assuage the concerns of open source code advocates who felt Apple was taking too proprietary an approach with the development of its browser, which uses technology originally developed from the open source world.

Review: Debian 3.1

As the first Debian release to use the new installer, version 3.1, a.k.a. Sarge, goes a long way to detonating the myth that Debian is hard to install. Moreover, because it includes -- for the most part -- up-to-the-moment software while conforming to strict free software guidelines and offering better than average security, 3.1 is easily the most accessible version of Debian ever released.

No One's Tying Down Open Source

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Asterisk runs on a Linux server and does the job of a costly phone system. It handles conventional phones (Digium makes connectors that fit PCI slots) and Internet Protocol phones. It can even run on Apple OS X and Windows servers, though only for voice-over-IP because Digium doesn't have drivers for its connector hardware for those OSes.

Evolution on Windows

The open source Evolution mail application has been successfuly compiled and run on Windows. This is according to a Novell developer who wrote about it in his blog yesterday. Although Tor Lillqvist has managed to run the application and send email from a Windows platform he says a general-user version is still a way off.

Xandros updates Linux desktop for business

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 9:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Desktop Linux vendor Xandros has updated its Business Desktop distribution to version 3.0, claiming the new version provides seamless compatibility with Windows servers, and that Linux is now ready for enterprise deployments.

GPL Version 3: Background To Adoption, by Stallman and Moglen

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The GNU General Public License ("the GPL") has remained unmodified, at version level 2, since 1991. This is extraordinary longevity for any widely-employed legal instrument. The durability of the GPL is even more surprising when one takes into account the differences between the free software movement at the time of version 2's release and the situation prevailing in 2005.

Regarding the Fedora Foundation

  • Mailing list; By Karen Bennet (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 8:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Last week at Red Hat's Summit, we indicated our intent to create a Fedora Foundation. This was communicated to many of you but we want this message to get to everyone in the community about our goals and vision for the Foundation. We would appreciate your input and comments.

LinuxWorld Summit New York City: A Wrap-Up Report

Advances in open source, Linux in the enterprise and Microsoft on the outside looking in.

Voices of OpenSolaris

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Most operating system reviews and developer interviews rely on technical points to explain what a project is about and what benefits users might derive from it. We rarely hear from the people responsible for the lion's share of the work in the open source software world. So here's a less technical interview with some members of the OpenSolaris development team.

Apple Opens Safari Browser's WebKit

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The computer company's new BSD-licensed project should help quiet complaints that it uses code from the KHTML project without giving back.

GPLv3 - Stallman spells out the challenges

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The GNU General Public Licence version 2 was released in 1991. Since then the software sector and the free software landscape has changed significantly and the Free Software Foundation is working on an updated licence to account for a reflect these changes. Yesterday Richard Stallman and FSF legal adviser Eben Moglen released an article explaining a few of the issues at stake in drafting GPL version 3.

An Interview with Linus Torvalds

  • Riverdale High School Newspaper "The Maverick"; By anthonyq08 (Posted by DaGoodBoy on Jun 10, 2005 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
We wanted to interview Linus Torvalds because all the computers at our school run Linux. Mr. Torvalds lives in our neighborhood so we sent him an email and asked for an interview. So what happens when Linus Torvalds sits down with a high school freshman for an interview? You get to hear what every 15 year-old wants to know about our favorite open source software developer. This is a two-part interview. Part 2 will be posted to the Maverick tomorrow.

My Workstation OS: Frugalware

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Why do I use a small project like Frugalware as my workstation operating system? Because it gives me the tools, simplicity, and fun I want in an operating system.

Something's Amiss in the Linux Community

Maybe something is amiss in our beloved Linux community? Over the past few months something has changed. No, the people are as friendly and helpful as ever. But something unquestionably has changed. So what smells so fishy in the Linux community today?

Wall St. does a numbers job on Linux

  • The Register - Software: Operating Systems (Posted by dave on Jun 9, 2005 3:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Just seven per cent of companies currently without Linux servers plan to adopt Linux during the next year, compared to between 12 per cent and 17 per cent when SG Cowen began tracking in 2003. SG Cowen surveyed 500 organizations.

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