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Bruce Perens joins Sourcelabs as VP

  •; By Bruce Perens (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 12:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
I will be continuing, with Sourcelabs support, my role as a leader in the Open Source developer community, devoting about half of my time to that task as I have since 1999. I will continue to work on political issues that threaten Open Source, such as increases in software patenting. My current involvements in Open Source projects such as UserLinux will continue. I will also continue as a board member of Open Source Risk Management, Technovera, SPI, and No-Code International, and as operator of .

Version control for non-programmers with Subversion

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine a utility that lets you make an annotated backup of any of your project files with the click of a mouse or a single command. It would let you review the history of your backups and recover any version you wished. And it would integrate with your file browser and would keep track of files that have changed since your last backup. The utility exists -- Subversion, and its companion program TortoiseSVN, can help you safely manage your files as you work with them.

Nokia release tiny Linux PC

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia last month released a Linux-based handheld computer aimed at mobile power users and gadget enthusiasts alike. About the size of a disposable camera, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet runs a mini desktop Linux distribution put together by the phone maker. The interface is a 4-inch touch screen, which is used to access Web browsing, e-mail, some office productivity applications, as well as an RSS news reader, a digital music file player, and tools for viewing movies and photos. Future releases are said to include applications for presence management and VoIP.

Linux Networx names new CEO

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Company that sells supercomputers built from clusters of interconnected Linux servers names Robert "Bo" Ewald its new chief.

PowerPC Linux Vendors Are Sticking with It

Apple is leaving the PowerPC chip family behind, but Linux on Power vendors, Terra Soft, Red Hat and Novell/SuSE are staying with the IBM chip family.

Debian drops ball on security updates

  • CNET; By Renai LeMay (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian; Story Type: News Story
The newly launched Linux distribution has a glitch--some versions were released with default security updates turned off.

Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #104

Welcome to the Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter -- dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandriva-related news & info.

Red Hat Summit: Getting a grip on licensing laws

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat
Getting a grip on all the legalities associated with open source and proprietary software licensing is a daunting task. To gain that understanding, says Mark Webbink, general counsel for Red Hat, one first needs to understand the true legal implications of words like patent, copyright, proprietary and open. After that, students of software law can get into more advanced subjects, such as an examination of what happens when developers mingle applications that were created under different licenses.

Are The Fat Times Over For Firefox?

Firefox continues to gain users in Europe as it does in the U.S., a French Web metrics firm said Tuesday, although the rate of increase appears to be slowing. The Mozilla Foundation's reaction? It's the bottom line market share numbers that matter, not how fast, or slow, Firefox attracts fans.

The GNU Compiler for Java comes of age

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
The GNU Compiler for Java (GCJ), a free software implementation of Java, has been in development for seven years, but with the Free Software Foundation's recent call for volunteers, the project is suddenly receiving more attention than ever before. For many, GCJ is seen as a means of ensuring that the next version of does not require non-free versions of Java for full functionality. Yet the scope of the project goes far beyond this immediate need.

BitKeeper decision time for projects

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 7:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
A number of open-source software projects will have to decide before the end of the month whether they want to continue using the proprietary source code management system, BitKeeper.

Open Source will not kill off Microsoft

Research from two Harvard boffins claims to prove that the Open Sauce [sic?] movement will not wipe out the activities of Microsoft. Harvard Business School professors Pankaj Ghemawat and Ramon Casadesus-Masanell said that most research into the OSS movement has focused on the organisation and management issues, that makes Open Source look good.

Red Hat CEO looks outside US for growth

In an interview at Red Hat's inaugural user conference here, CEO Matthew Szulik said that the best opportunities for the company's open-source software stack lie outside the US.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Linux screen recordings with vnc2swf and vnc2rec, More kernel compiling fun, We discuss the Apple move to Intel and the possible ramifications for GNU/Linux, Debian finally has a new release, And much, much more

Bruce Perens on new job at SourceLabs

Effective this morning, Bruce Perens has joined the open source support firm SourceLabs as vice president of Developer Relations and Policy. Perens describes his mission at SourceLabs as being "to build bridges between enterprise IT and the open source community." There is something of an "Odd Couple" flavor to the deal since one of the two primary venture capitalists behind SourceLabs is none other than Microsoft's recently departed chief financial officer, Brad Silverberg. NewsForge spoke briefly with Perens about his new job yesterday.

Desktop Linux Gains Business-Caliber Accounting and Finance Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 2:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
InsynQ Releases MyBooks Professional Software for Linspire, Filling Linux Application Gap

Tuxcards and KnowIt: Open source outlining

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tuxcards and KnowIt are two twists on the same idea. These open source two-pane outliners can be used as quickly searchable notebooks, or collections of Web clippings, to-do lists, or projects in progress. Both make fine text databases, and both are handy for the planning of complex documents.

Newly released MEPISLite 3.3.1 aims to ease Win98-to-Linux migration

  • (Posted by dave on Jun 7, 2005 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The MEPIS community asked for an "easy migration path from Windows 98," and this week MEPIS LLC delivered with MEPISLite 3.3.1 -- a lightweight version of SimplyMEPIS 3.3.1 optimized for "modest hardware." To run gently on older machines, MEPISLite includes skinnier packages and a number of tweaks to minimize "disk thrashing."

Linuxworld Summit: Quantifying value of Linux no easy task

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Jun 7, 2005 7:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many firms today profess a desire for the price/performance, security and reliability associated with Linux. But, Novell strategist John Dobbs points out, most are still only experimenting with the open source operating system while proprietary offerings hum with life on the majority of their desktops and servers.

Unisys teams with Novell for Linux migration center

Unisys has strengthened its commitment to Novell's SUSE Linux operating system, creating a migration center in Europe to help users migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise server from Unix.

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