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DirecTV Contracts LG for MPEG-4 Set-Tops

  •; By Bary Alyssa Johnson (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 9:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LG Electronics' set-top boxes, which feature DirecTV's program guide, offer advanced security and protected digital outputs (HDMI/HDCP) with simultaneous component and composite output. The devices also utilize a general-purpose Linux operating system and USB port, the company said.

Get Linux drivers for wireless network cards

  • LinuxWorld AU; By Steve Blass, Network World (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The site provides driver software and Linux compatibility information for a number of USB and PC Card wireless network devices.

One of the best places to start searching for drivers for a particular USB device is the Linux Wireless LAN HowTo document. While some of the information may be a bit dated, you can find information on Linux wireless drivers ranging from pre-802.11 standards up through more recent 802.11g and 802.11a devices.

NFL Scores with IBM Deal for Digitized Footage

  •; By Chris Marlowe, Reuters and Carly Mayberry, Reuters (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 9:02 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The solution, called the Digital Foundation, features IBM Total Storage SAN File System technology and Linux and will allow a show producer or host to use a PC and quickly search through a detailed catalog of game plays. Producers can then review that footage in real time, send it on to editors and generate content collections to be accessed and viewed by different producers and hosts simultaneously.

LinuxWorld Feature - Best Practices in Cluster Management and HPC

  • Linux World; By Rick Friedman (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 8:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Albert Einstein defined success as 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. Although he had no inkling about the emergence of Linux Clusters for High Performance Computing (HPC), his words ring true for designing, building, and managing compute clusters.

Zend scripts industry PHP push

Zend Technologies is rallying vendors and the open source community to promote industry wide consistency in PHP and promote greater developer uptake. Zend has created the PHP Collaboration Project with backing from 14 software and hardware companies


LONG-TIME Tech Heads readers will know I've been exploring Linux operating systems over the last year. In 12 months must have tried at least as many Linux distributions and, finally, think I have found the perfect one for novices and experienced users alike. In August, Novell SUSE announced a project called OPEN SUSE, to produce an operating system in conjunction with the Open Source community. It was a first for SUSE, but I'll wager it won't be the last because the resulting OS is dazzling.

Popular Free Writers Tool, OpenOffice Launches Version 2.0

Aria C. Munro writes: "Ideal for authors, web editors, and writers of all kinds, is compatible with Microsoft Office products, without the price."

Munro adds: "Significant improvements have been made in the functionality of proprietary office suite filters, allowing for improved compatibility between office applications, including Microsoft Office. In addition, import support for Corel WordPerfect documents has been added, allowing for easier cross-suite communication.

"Available in 36 languages, with more on the way, and able to run natively on Windows, GNU/Linux, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (X11) and several other platforms, banishes software segregation and isolation and dramatically levels the playing field. And, with its support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, eliminates the fear of vendor lock in or format obsolescence. The OpenDocument format can be used by any office application, ensuring that documents can be viewed, edited and printed for generations to come."

VMWare Inc. Releases Free Virtual Machine Runtime

  • Slashdot; By CowboyNeal (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 7:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
rfinnvik writes "VMWare Inc. has released a new free (as in beer) virtual machine runtime called VMware Player.

Hypersystems Provides Customization Services for Gallery Open ...

hyperSystems, Inc. announces the introduction of customization services for Gallery, an open source web based photo album organizer. Customization services for Gallery will include template creation, search engine optimization, keyword generation, e-commerce integration and software installation.

Linux - Mono - .NET: An Exclusive SYS-CON.TV Interview With Miguel de Icaza

Mono is the leading non-Microsoft implementation of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) specification. The CLI is the foundation of .NET. Because Mono runs on a number of platforms, it is the main choice today for people who want to run .NET applications on non-Microsoft platforms such as Linux.

.NETDJ's editor in chief recently interviewed Mono's creator, Miguel de Icaza, via telephone - directly from Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington!

Atto Receives Brocade Fabric Aware Status For SAN Storage Area ...

Celerity 4-Gb Host Adapter, ATTO FibreBridge 2400C/R/D Fibre Channel-to-SCSI bridge verified

Europe Ponders -- Open-Source Or Proprietary?

With a study noting the gains of open-source software over proprietary Microsoft software reverberating throughout Europe this week, a new software industry alliance pledging cooperation among its members was launched Thursday.

The European Software Association (ESA) was unveiled in Brussels with a goal of speaking as a common voice for a fragmented industry. It has 26 members including Microsoft.

Although the ESA had its origins in meetings with Microsoft's Bill Gates, it maintains that it is not a surrogate for the software colossus.

Mozillarization of

While sat here watching Ben Goodger doing a talk about Firefox at EuroOSCON, it got me thinking about this concept of taking a huge and bloated project (such as Netscape) and cutting it down to the core and releasing a spin-off project such as Firefox. With all of the recent discussion and email I have been receiving triggered from Opening the potential of, it makes sense if this process was drilled into

Embattled Linux fights back

  • Asia Times On-Line (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 2:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
BEIJING - The Chinese Government should stick to its policy of strongly supporting open-source software to build a robust domestic industry, an industry veteran has said. "Open-source software provides a big opportunity for China to develop its fledgling software industry," said Lu Shouqun, president of the China Open Source Software Promotion Union.

Lu, also a former senior government official, was responding to a report released by the China Software Industry Association (CSIA) in late August which called for the government to review its preference for open-source software. The government's "excessive preference" for the open-source Linux platform is harming the domestic software industry, and Linux's business model is flawed as the low, or no, charge is thwarting the profitability of Linux developers, the CSIA asserted in the report.

Quake IV makes it to Linux

  • (Posted by bstadil on Oct 20, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tim at ID software writes "Quake 4 for GNU/Linux is available now! The installer has been uploaded to our ftp and on the bittorrent tracker. We're very pleased to announce that this it with both a dedicated server and a native client

Why 2.0 Is Your Best Choice

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bstadil on Oct 20, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
There are many fancy reasons that is a great choice for your office work. For example, it's open source and it supports an open format document standard, OpenDocument. But let's put "openness" to the side. Let me get down to the nitty-gritty: It's free (as in free beer) and it works. What's not to like?

Open Source Props For Microsoft?

Sean Michael Kerner has written an article about the Free Software Foundation acknowledging Microsoft. He quotes:

"Since we so rarely have an opportunity to say something positive about Microsoft, let me begin by congratulating them," Georg Greve, president of the FSFE, said in a statement.

" According the FSFE, two of the new shared source licenses may well meet the requirements of the Free Software Definition. It warns, however, that its evaluation was only preliminary and that the other licenses offered by Microsoft are still clearly proprietary "non-free" licenses..."

And in a conference call this afternoon, I heard a recap of Microsoft's presentation at a State CIO conference. They evidently recognize that the community process is taking over IT, especially in government. So, they're now just a member of the community doing what they can to just get along. - Ed.

Making advances in open source

A rising rival to Microsoft's Office suite gets a major overhaul. Also: Marc Andreessen sees a bright future for PHP.

The advantages of SOA

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 20, 2005 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: Interview
Listen at your leisure to The advantages of SOA podcast, an informative interview with Matthew Oberlin, who is an expert in service-oriented architecture (SOA) implementation. He will discuss SOA being evolutionary, not revolutionary - it's really about business activities being reusable, building SOA components for the SOA programming model and the main elements of the SOA environment. The podcast provides insight into the fundamental principles behind the SOA programming model.

Ballmer: Microsoft Losing More Than Winning Against Linux

  • ComputerBusiness Review; By Jason Stamper (Posted by tadelste on Oct 20, 2005 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer was on good form during a Q&A session with an audience at a Gartner Symposium in Florida yesterday, having the audience in stitches on more than one occasion, as well as coming out with the kind of marketing speak wont to baffle and enlighten in equal measure.

Asked for his thoughts on the fact that when it comes to platform migrations, more people are moving from Unix to Linux than from Unix to Windows, he conceded that: "We're not winning more than we're losing." Which is a roundabout way of conceding that it's losing to Linux more often than winning.

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