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New open source advocacy group's launch is shrouded in secrecy

A new open source advocacy group, the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), is scheduled to debut February 15 at the upcoming LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit in New York. But unlike most open source software launches and even open source association beginnings, OSA founders are unwilling to be quoted by name about their plans before their formal launch. Instead, they are only speaking to media representatives grudgingly, "on background," without attribution. The reason for this, says an OSA insider interviewed by telephone on Friday, February 3, is that they "don't want to ruffle feathers of people we're still talking to about joining."

The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

It's maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.

LPI Releases Top-Level Linux Certification

After years in the making -- and after some people had given up on ever seeing it -- the distribution-neutral Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and its affiliate, LPI-Japan, have finally jointly launched the LPIC-3 certification program.

Installing Nodes in a Large Linux Cluster

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Graham White and Mandie Quartly (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 3, 2007 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Create a working Linux cluster from many separate pieces of hardware and software, including System x and IBM TotalStorage systems. This second part in a multipart series describes configuring the management server and installing the nodes in the cluster. Part 1 provided detailed instructions on setting up the hardware for the cluster.

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Programming pioneer dies

Second acts are rare in the computer industry but Jean Ichbiah, who died this week, managed it. Not only did he revolutionise software development for military computer systems with the Ada programming language, but he also devised a widely-used fast text-entry system for handheld computers.

Adding a Background Image To a Basic Window Manager

Running a basic, truly minimal window manager can save significant CPU cycles and memory. This becomes important if you’re running old, limited hardware or when designing a desktop environment for an embedded Linux device. Even the oldest, most primitive window managers (think TWM or MWM) can support a pretty desktop background image. The ability is almost as old as X itself.

French students to get open-source software on USB key

French authorities will give out 175,000 USB memory sticks loaded with open-source software to Parisian high school students at the start of the next school year. The sticks will give the students, ages 15 and 16, the freedom to access their e-mail, browser bookmarks and other documents on computers at school, home, a friend's house or in an Internet cafe -- but at a much lower cost than providing notebook computers for all, a spokesman for the Greater Paris Regional Council said Friday.

Open source is the ticket for In Ticketing

Ticket broker In Ticketing is going head to head with Ticketmaster. It's able to offer lower fees for the same services because of open source software, says co-founder and CTO Marc Urbaitel.

Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData

  • HowtoForge; By Jed McCaleb (Posted by falko on Feb 3, 2007 2:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, MySQL
With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. BixData 2.7 adds support for importing data in more complex formats. This allows you to monitor almost anything. I'll go through the steps showing you how to monitor MySQL locally where an agent is installed and then the steps to monitor a device remotely through SNMP. The advantage of BixData is that any data available through a BixAgent works with the standard tools such as the situation room, scoreboards, notifications and the reporting system. All data are stored in standard SQL tables and are easily accessible.

Will GPLv3 energize Free Software, or marginalize the FSF?

As written, GPLv3 threatens to fork GNU projects and marginalize the Free Software Foundation, writes Linux observer Bill Weinberg in this well-written essay. Drawing on long experience evangelizing open source licensing to business users, Weinberg suggests that the FSF's GPLv3 high road could be a lonesome one.

How to create a PAD file

  • Avangate; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Feb 3, 2007 12:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
If you're a software author, you're probably familiar with those never ending requests and the need of updating the info on your programs, over and over again. Find out how to create a PAD file and why it is important.

Review Redux: The Book of JavaScript

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Feb 3, 2007 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla

My review of this book recently appeared in Linux Magazine. I wrote that review a month or more ago and since then, have been perusing Dave Thau's book in a lot more detail. I still really like the book and I think it's a good way to learn JavaScript, but I've discovered the flaws.

First test of Fedora 7 released

The Fedora team has announced that the first test spin of Fedora 7 is available for download via BitTorrent or from Fedora Project mirrors. Fedora 7, also available on live CD, mixes both Core (the complete operating system) and Extras (add-ons that complement the OS) into one package in anticipation of the merger between the two for Fedora 7's final release. Aside from the newly abbreviated name, the release also departs from Fedora Core 6 in that it no longer ships with the entire Core collection as an ISO set, because the team is planning to produce targeted spins for specific uses.

Reduce your Linux memory footprint

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martyn Honeyford (Posted by Iain on Feb 2, 2007 10:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Ubuntu
A lack of physical memory can severely hamper Linux® performance. In this article, learn how to accurately measure the amount of memory your Linux system uses. You also get practical advice on reducing your memory requirements using an Ubuntu system as an example.

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3 Released

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3, which will in time become Ubuntu 7.04 has just been released. Pre-releases of Feisty are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system, or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are however recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

It's 2007 – Do You Know Where You're Cybersecurity is?

Three and a half years after 9/11, I remain astonished at how few of the comparatively easy and essential defensive tasks we've accomplished, in comparison to the vastly expensive (and often unsuccessful) initiatives that we have mounted.

Unisys sees open source growth on the horizon

It services provider Unisys Corp is expecting rapid growth from its recently launched open source services businesses as it looks to improve innovation with open source software, rather than simply cutting costs.

After Vista will operating systems change to simpler modular model?

Vista is finally here but Microsoft’s journey to this point has been infamously painful. Does the company really want to do that again? Some industry watchers, such as Gartner Group, are arguing that operating systems are now so complex that the cycle of major releases...are at an end.

BBC Web TV revamp: Linux and Apple are in

The BBC has announced its Web TV plan will provisionally go ahead, despite concern from media watchdog Ofcom over how the launch would affect the U.K's commercial telly.

Red Hat Builds Channel Strategy in Japan

Masatsugu Koketsu, former Sun executive, to expand structure to answer demand for Red Hat solutions in Japan.

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