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Non-libre, missing out, move along

I would like to recount if I may an experience I had earlier this week. I think it’s an example of the importance of software companies having to eventually accept the free-as-in-speech software business model, and the danger of alienation if they do not.

Xandros Releases Digital Lifestyle Linux Desktop

New Xandros Linux Desktop Home Edition (v4.0) Targets Home and Multimedia Users with support for iPods, Cameras, E-mail, Web Browsing, Internet Calling and More on Secure, Stable Linux Platform

Book Review: Building Online Stores with Oscommerce - Professional Edition

This is a review of a book titled - "Building Online Stores with Oscommerce - Professional Edition". Oscommerce is an open source ecommerce suite which reportedly powers over 99000 online stores. This book explains the concepts behind this project and explores its inner workings.

Inter-tel bolsters Linux-based IP PBX

Built-in presence, unified-messaging features are aimed at small and midsize companies.

Red Hat Announces OVAL Security Compatibility

Red Hat has announced compatibility certification with Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) definitions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 security advisories. Red Hat will now produce and support OVAL patch definitions to provide a structured and machine-readable version of advisories, allowing OVAL-compatible tools to accurately test for the presence of vulnerabilities.

Companies to pick open source and Windows, says Gartner

The next few years will see many companies opting to mix and match proprietary and open source software where they see fit, according to analyst group Gartner.

Q & A: New Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian And Channel Chief Steve Erdman

New Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian and Novell channel chief Steve Erdman spoke with CRN Editor In Chief Heather Clancy and senior writer Paula Rooney about the company's strategy in the wake of the departure of CEO Jack Messman. Below are excerpts from the interview.

Novell shake-up: Jack Messman shown the door

Novell CEO Jack Messman has been ousted from the company he has been involved with since 1982. In a desperate management shake-up, both Messman and CFO Joseph Tibbetts were dismissed by Novell's board of directors, after failing to turn the beleagured company around.

National Lampoon Goes Open Source

  • SYS-CON Media; By Enterprise Open Source Magazine (Posted by grouch on Jun 23, 2006 9:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
JamboWorks Launches New Open Source Online Service for National Lampoon

Tech Gurus Say They'll 'Switch from Mac'

Playing on Apple's past "Switch" ad campaign, which was aimed at getting Windows users to migrate to Apple's Mac OS X-based computers, a few longtime Mac and open-source gurus are vocally publicizing their switch away from Apple's platform to more open-source solutions.

DSL-N: Damn Small Linux gets bigger

According to, Damn Small Linux is the most popular microLinux distribution. What began as a toy project to stuff the maximum software inside a 50MB ISO file has matured into a refined community project known for its speed and versatility. DSL includes the ultra-lightweight FluxBox window manager, two Web browsers, Slypheed email client and news reader, xpdf PDF viewer, XMMS with MPEG media file support for playing audio and video, BashBurn CD burner, XPaint image editing, VNCViewer and rdesktop to control Windows and Linux desktops remotely, and more. If they could do all this in 50 megs, imagine what they could do in more space. Last month the DSL developers released DSL-Not, a.k.a. DSL-N 0.1 RC1. It's 83.5MB of DSL coated with GTK sugar. Yummy!

Gmail vs Windows Live Mail vs Yahoo Mail betas

We have been trialling the various beta programmes from the main online mail-behemoths since their respective inceptions.

In fact, we have been unfortunate enough to have to use each one daily and today we’re going to take a quick look at each service, comparing and contrasting each product’s offerings.

Hovsepian Needs to Get Novell on Track

Opinion: As others have done, Novell has called in a former IBM exec to serve as CEO. The company has some catch-up to do.

Novell introduces portable training for SUSE Linux platform

Novell has unveiled a new, comprehensive training course for its SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 completely self-contained on a portable USB drive.

Microsoft's Linux-basher leaves

Martin Taylor, best known for his role in leading Microsoft's anti-Linux 'Get the Facts' campaign, has abruptly left the company - just as one of his chief foes began a joint effort with the company.

This week at LWN: Harald Welte on the flood of GPL violations

Though Harald Welte's contributions to the free software community are many, the work he is best known for may well be the effort. By pursuing those who ship his code (and that of others he represents) without complying with the source requirements of the GPL, Harald has secured the release of much code into the community, established a precedent upholding the GPL in German court, and greatly increased the respect many companies have for the GPL. Thanks to Harald, the GPL has some teeth.

Novell rejigging with Linux priority

Looks like it is do or die now for Novell and Suse. Top two execs ousted apparently because they haven't been able to compete with Red Hat.

Motorola joins Eclipse in mobile Linux push

Motorola has joined the Eclipse open source community which supports the adoption of open-source embedded software and tools including Linux.

Evolis opens up to Linux

Evolis embraces the Linux giveaway policy and the driver can therefore be downloaded free of charge from the Evolis Web site

[Next, they should embrace the open policy of Linux by getting their driver source to the kernel developers. -- grouch]

where have all the programmers gone?

In my inestimably valuable opinion, we need programmers (and related disciplines like QA, advanced math, and design) more than almost anything else. We’re in the very infancy of the computer age, and already we are intensively computerized, from toasters and refrigerators to inventory tags to vehicles to big ole factories.

So where are all these programmers going to come from? Not the US, with its laughable public education, scorn for science and engineering, and gutted colleges and universities.

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