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IBM Offers Migration Guide for Linux as Free Download

Rebooks became one of my favorite benefits of partnering with IBM. I even had an opportunity to write one for Global Services on how to install Insight Server. So, when Chris Almond offered their newest book on release to our readers, I jumped for it.

Now, here's how you can get ISBN 0738496081, a 446 page system administrative guide and something about the book itself.

Internet Explorer: No Catching Up with Firefox Now

Mozilla FireFox already has the technological lead in the browser market and the momentum has just started to build. So, how can Internet Explorer catch up? They would have to open the code completely and allow their community developers to start writing extensions.

New Vendor Interview: MadTux

The MadTux is a new Linux vendor with a mad idea for pushing Linux out to the wild. At present with wide pipes on their end, download speeds are limited on the client side only by the potential capacity of the users' ISP. The fees are modest, but you no longer have to wait at the mailbox looking for the latest distribution if it matches one on the MadTux list. In the interview we try to understand what attracted them to Linux and why they see this business as providing an important service to the Linux community.

Comment of the Day - February 5, 2006 - Switching to SUSE 10

sharkscott started a thread in November discussing SUSE and has 22 replies. He wrote: "Today is the day that my casual relationship with Linux gets serious". We missed pmcc's comment, however, sharkscott picked it back up today. We're pleased he did. You can see the thread if you're interested in the saga of our readers interested in SUSE.

Open source Windows Server, Microsoft's next poisonous pill?

  • LXer; By Hans Kwint, LXer Senior Editor - the Netherlands (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features; Groups: Microsoft
  LXer feature

When Microsoft launched its first shared source initiative, Eric S Raymond called it a 'poisonous pill'. His opinion was, anyone who ever saw the 'shared' code, could be sued by Microsoft if the viewer ever wrote code that even looked like the shared Microsoft code. The latest Microsoft initiative to 'open source' parts of the Windows Server to settle with the EC may be one of the latest of Redmond's poisonous pills.

French Cops Use Open Source for Variety, Consistency

Paris: France has two national police forces, each reporting to a different ministry. One ministry is trying to avoid the kind of IT monoculture that allows viruses to spread and disable all key systems; the other wants to bring uniformity to a sprawling IT infrastructure. Both are turning to open source software to achieve their aims.

The Gnu, the Penguin and the Sun

There have been some rumors that Sun will dual-license Solaris as CDDL/GPLv3. If they're smart, they will. Here's why.

Degunk Linux and debunk FUD

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 4, 2006 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
I met the most amazing San Francisco Muni Bus driver the other day. Let's call him Ralph Kramden. (Not his real name). I took the bus to work. Ralph was the driver. He and I chatted. Ralph wants to partition his Windows XP hard drive, but XP won't let him. I suggested Linux. Did Ralph freak out? Did he veer the bus into on-coming traffic? No, Ralph never flinched. He wants to give it a try.

What Linux distribution do you use as a desktop?

I don't believe the reports from IDC and others on desktop Linux use. I keep fiddling with statistics and I get a higher figure. Now, I'm counting more than Novell's Linux Desktop and the Red Hat desktop. I'm curious if IDC even counts Linspire. But, if you start looking at downloads and do a scatter chart, the percentage runs higher than people say.

So, I started a thread in Lxer's Linux Meta Forum to get a feel for what people use.

Please go to that thread and let me know what you use. Please, also tell me why you use that distribution, if you have any annoyances with it and if you'd like something added.


Ars Aperta Joins OASIS

Ars Aperta, "an independent consulting firm focusing on free and open source software" has joined the OASIS Consortium.

Eclipse accepts OpenAJAX framework code

The Eclipse Foundation has granted initial approval to incorporate a new AJAX Toolkit Framework into its Web Tools Platform (WTP) project. The framework includes a "personality builder" that is expected to provide IDE-building tools for many specific AJAX runtime programs, including Dojo and Zimbra. IBM, the driving force behind the AJAX Toolkit Framework development effort, has launched the OpenAJAX initiative in hopes of attracting coding participation from outside IBM.

PC-BSD : A user friendly BSD flavor geared for the desktop

A common complaint about FreeBSD when compared to Linux is the relative difficulty in installing it by an ordinary user. Here is a flavour of BSD which is geared for the desktop and is designed to be installed and used by an ordinary user.

Foresight Linux 0.9.3 Screencast

  • (Posted by linuxbeta on Feb 4, 2006 9:57 AM EDT)
The ultra slick Foresight Linux 0.9.3 has just been released to the public. LinClips is showcasing Foresight's latest offering in their Foresight Linux 0.9.3 screencast.

Nokia's S60 Python Source Code Goes Open

Python for S60 source code enable broader contribution to advancement of open-source mobile solutions. [Ed: Another slant on previous news item. -tadelste]

Comment of the Day - February 3, 2006 - The underlying value system of FLOSS

  • -Article; By Gary Edwards, Founder OpenDocument Foundation (Posted by tadelste on Feb 4, 2006 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features

Thanks Tom for pointing out the underlying value system of FLOSS. What makes FLOSS work isn't so much that efforts (products) are cost free, although that goes a long way towards initiating mass participation and use. It's that FLOSS is a vast exchange system where value is routinely traded, in exchange for participation and effort.

Related to :
Firefox Extensions Say it All

MFI stumbles over SAP writ

  • Reg Developer; By Mark Ballard (Posted by dcparris on Feb 4, 2006 8:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
MFI Furniture Group has until Tuesday to serve a writ for compensation against IBM before its claim expires.

Linux and Open Source Initiative formed

In Finland, Linux users have formed the Finnish Linux and Open Source Initiative forum as a cooperation organ for research institutions and companies in the software sector. The forum creates ideas for research projects relating to the open source, supports research and provides resources.

The founders of the forum include IBM, Ericsson, Nokia, the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu, the Tampere University of Technology, the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, the Finnish IT center for science CSC, and the Centre for Open Source Software COSS.

Patent oracle speaks

  • Reg Developer; By Mark Ballard (Posted by dcparris on Feb 4, 2006 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Brits pull the rug from under patent lawyers

KOffice 2 Design Competition Deadline Approaches

  • KDE Dot News; By Wade Olson (Posted by dcparris on Feb 4, 2006 5:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Late December the KOffice team announced a design competition for KOffice 2. A prize of $1000 USD will be given to the best entry as determined by a panel of judges. The deadline for submissions is now only 2 weeks away. Several quality proposals have been submitted, but there is always room for more. So if you have been considering an entry until now, please read the guidelines for objectives, submission formats and examples. For those already working on entries, please review entry requirements and make sure to meet the deadline. Questions on the competition can be directed to the KOffice mailing lists or on the #koffice IRC channel.

[Ed: All right, let's get those submissions submitted! Let's go! Move it! Move... Please excuse the Parris Island flashback. Still, time is running out on the KOffice 2 design competition. I'm sure some starving programmer could use at least one or two of those thousand dollars. - dcparris]

The Producer Electronics Revolution, Part I

Doc's first report on CES. Several thumbs-down and one big thumbs-up on the keynotes.

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