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'Tridge' on joining OSDL, Samba4, patents, and bad predictions

Earlier this year, free software and Samba developer Andrew Tridgell was named as the second Open Source Development Labs fellow, sharing the title only with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. Downplaying the moniker and claiming to be more of a "bloke" from Down Under, where he continues to work, Tridgell -- known by many as "Tridge" -- explained that his move from IBM to OSDL was really meant to give him more time to focus on the newest version of Samba4, a FOSS file, and print server for Windows. He talked about the latest version of the software that "opens Windows to a wider world," along with a few other subjects, in a recent email interview with NewsForge.

SpikeSource: Simplifying open source adoption for the enterprise

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 13, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Businesses of all sizes are moving to Linux and other open source software because the up-front investment is low, even though the learning curve for installation, support, and validation might be steep. New companies are springing up to help the enterprise deal with complexities that come into play after open source adoption.

Is MySQL Gearing Up to Take on Oracle?

With new features in the latest version of MySQL, like subqueries and a new binary format, the company has become a stronger competitor against much larger companies, and seems poised to bite into their revenues. Even more importantly, MySQL might actually spark some fundamental changes in the market.

Debian Weekly News - April 12th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 6:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 15th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. After an unscheduled downtime of one major host in the Debian network the machine is available again, but suffered from gross filesystem corruption.

LugRadio interview Autopackage hacker

In this weeks episode of LugRadio Mike Hearn talks to the guys about autopackage and Codeweavers. Also catch the "langauge rant" by Aq.

Hackers, Windows, Linux and Knoppix

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 5:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Being the kind of technical person you are, you most likely identify with the old-time hacker ethic and disdain the popular use of the word "hacker" when "cracker" would be more apropos. Well, Eric Steven Raymond, co-founder and president of the Open Source Initiative and ex-board member of VA Linux Systems, is of a similar mind.

Adobe Reader 7.0 for Linux

  •; By (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 12, 2005 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release is reporting on Adobe Systems immediate availability of Adobe Reader 7.0 for the Linux operating system. With the availability of the company's universal client software for Linux, Adobe now supports the ability to reliably view and print content across all major operating systems in the enterprise. Combined with Adobe LiveCycle server software, Adobe Reader 7.0 for Linux lets individuals participate in business processes and interact with many types of content more securely, both on- and off-line, inside and outside the firewall.

Red Hat tests dual-core support

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 4:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Begins testing support for forthcoming dual-core processors in its first update to its Red Hat Enterprise Linux software.

IBM Java structure analysis tool for Linux

This free Linux based SA4J download analyzes structural dependencies of Java applications to measure their stability. It detects suspicious design elements and provides dependency web browsing for detailed exploration of these anti-patterns in the dependency web.

Exploit the power of Linux with Informix Dynamic Server 10.0

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Apr 12, 2005 3:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 10.0 provides transparent optimization and exploitation of Linux environments, using asynchronous, direct, and vectored I/O for performance and processor affinity to achieve improved scalability and parallelism. The performance and reliability of IDS 10, together with commodity price hardware available with Linux, make for a powerful and cost-effective solution suitable for SMB and large enterprises alike.

Adobe Releases Reader 7.0 for Linux

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New version features enhanced security features and improved interoperability.

Novell targets Linux at retailers

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 3:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Novell is targeting the Linux operating system at the retail industry via a new point-of-sale/service package based on its SSE Linux Enterprise Server and Novell Linux Desktop products.

Novell Recognizes Leading Partners

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 2:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Awards Celebrate Performance of Top Hardware, Software, Training and Solution Provider Partners

CIOs agree: Lack of open source indemnification not a big problem

Former Oracle Corp. President/COO Ray Lane, who is now an IT venture capitalist with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, recently brought together a panel of open source experts at the Open Source Business Conference for two hours of candid commentary on the state of the enterprise software industry and the impact of open source.

Olympiad gets open source angle

  • ITWeb (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The focus of the 22nd Annual Computer Olympiad, supported by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) and Standard Bank, has shifted to the open source programming language Python.

Essential Firefox extensions you should download today - part 1

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser is without a doubt an open source software success story. One of its strengths is the active development community that works to expand and improve the browser's functionality through the development of Firefox extensions -- small applications that add functionality to Firefox. Here are a few of my favorite extensions, all tested with Firefox 1.0.1 on Windows XP and Mandrakelinux.

Another jump in Firefox marketshare.

W3schools has updated their website browser statistics, and the good news is that Firefox has jumped up another 2% in the past month to just a tiny bit less then 24 percent of their overall visitors.

Linspire improves with each release

One challenge of Linux is finding a way to use it because few computers come with the operating system already installed. Using a Linux-based operating system such as Linspire (formerly Lindows) has its advantages, such as few worries about viruses and spyware. But most users must install it as a “dual boot” with another operating system.

Open-source SugarCRM Takes On Siebel,

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SugarCRM is offering a new version of its core application this week that adds campaign management, E-mail marketing, sales forecasting, and wireless support.

PostgreSQL 8.0.2 released with patent fix

  • (Posted by dave on Apr 12, 2005 6:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over the past several weeks, Tom Lane has been working on replacing our old Cache Management Alorithm (ARC) with a new, patent free one (2Q). In order to reduce the number of 8.x deployments out there that are using the old manager, we have just released 8.0.2, and encourage adminstrators to upgrade at their earliest convience.

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