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Governments opt for open source

  • ITWeb (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2004 7:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems says there is growing interest among governments around the world in deploying open source software, particularly in Europe where the European Union has legislated that file formats must be open and interoperable.

How to get a job as a Linux administrator

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2004 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you ask Scot Melland, it's a good time to be a Linux professional. IT jobs across the board are picking up, but Melland, the CEO of Internet career site Dice, says Linux knowledge is a particularly hot commodity. Job postings on Dice for Linux professionals are multiplying at a much faster rate than any other skill set.

TCO study: Linux wins again

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2004 4:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An updated Linux vs Windows TCO study has found that a 250-seat company can end up saving 36 percent if it were to equip its users with the open source operating system and applications that run on it.

Mandrakelinux 10.1 Offical: A great selection of software

The latest major release of Mandrakelinux, 10.1 Official, is now available for public download! Empower yourself with all the new and stable 10.1 features.

Mandrakelinux 10.1 comes with a great selection of software which we have covered at OSDir in our wide selection of screenshots of this distribution. Our screeshots include Installation, Desktop, Taskbars, Menus, and Configuration on the default KDE. We've also grabbed some shots of the GNOME, WindowMaker, and IceWM desktops for your viewing pleasure.

Sun License Thumbs Nose at GPL

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Dec 13, 2004 4:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun's open-source license proposal for Open Solaris will surely be unpopular.

Getting started with Bochs

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 12, 2004 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What if you need to run your legacy Windows application on a Linux box, a Mac, or a Solaris-based workstation? To make the equation even more interesting throw in a few requirements -- add transferring old legacy accounting data over the network, or using the backed-up data from a CD-ROM. And yes, you want to keep the costs to a minimum. An open source project called Bochs may be your best option.

Dutch Government Snub to Open Source

Open Source advocates have kicked up a fuss over a contract given to Microsoft in the Netherlands this week. The Dutch government had been negotiating with Microsoft for desktop software, valued at €120 per PC. The contract is for five years, and covers over a 1/4 million government PCs. The deal could be worth as much as $200m to Microsoft. The Register notes that the Dutch government negotiated in private with Microsoft on a massive contract that is required by law to go up for public tender. The article also highlights the fact that in 2002 the Dutch government voted "to guarantee that by 2006 all IT systems in the public sector would operate on open standards".

ITG, IBM launch region's first e-Learning software on Linux

  • AME Info (Posted by dave on Dec 12, 2004 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM and Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a leading Jordanian software house, have announced today the completion of a major project where they have ported an open standards version of ITG's EduWave e-learning platform to run on the Linux operating system.

Eduwave platform to run on Linux - Jordan

  • MENAFN (Posted by dave on Dec 12, 2004 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
A local educational software company, Integrated Technology Group (ITG), has completed a project with IBM enabling its EduWave e-learning platform to run on the Linux operating system. As a result of this joint effort, IBM will support EduWave as part of its open source e-learning solution platform for Middle East markets.

New Linux computer guide from Eagle Nest breaks norms

  • Programmers (Posted by dave on Dec 12, 2004 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Linux For the Rest Of Us 2nd Edition, a concise, inexpensive computer guide that helps "the rest of us" learn and use Linux productively, is out from Eagle Nest Press LLC. The author, Mark Rais, painstakingly clarifies distinctions between today's various flavors and the most popular desktops. Each chapter strikes a balance between presenting essential tips to a completely new user, while also giving concise answers for those with plenty of training but little time.

Linux: DebugFS

Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the creation of debugfs, an in-kernel filesystem designed to help kernel developers easily export debug data to userspace. (Greg's debugfs has nothing to do with the ext2 file system debugger of the same name.) He offered a little background information on the idea, "a while ago a comment from another kernel developer about why they put a huge file in sysfs (one that was bigger than a single page and contained more than just 1 type of information), was something like, 'well, it was just so easy, and there was no other place to put debugging stuff like that,' got me to thinking." He went on to summarize, "debugfs is meant for putting stuff that kernel developers need to see exported to userspace, yet don't always want hanging around."

FOSS in the Church (Part 1 - Introduction)

  •; By James Thompson (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 11, 2004 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
James Thompson introduces you to the tough state in which the church is today, in regard to software usage, and takes a peak to FOSS as a solution.

JBoss set to shine with JEMS middleware stack

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Dec 11, 2004 8:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: JBoss
JBoss on Monday plans to flesh out details of its open source middleware stack consisting largely of existing software technologies, with the company intending to fill out the stack over time.

Make Way for Mozilla

Is spyware slowing down your surfing? If so, you may want to join millions of others who are hopping off the Microsoft Internet Explorer merry-go-round and jumping on the Firefox browser bandwagon.

Linux server customer revenue to reach €6.8bn in 2008

  • (Posted by dave on Dec 11, 2004 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Worldwide Linux server customer revenue is expected to reach €6.8bn in 2008, driven by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8 per cent, compared to the broad market CAGR of 3.8 per cent for the worldwide server market, according to a report from market advisory firm IDC.

Open Source Object DB Debuts for Java, .NET

  • (Posted by dave on Dec 11, 2004 6:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
There is a new entrant in the Open Source database market, this time based on an object model that works with both Java and .NET. -- and even Novell's Mono. db4objects has completed development work on its Open Source object database, and opened it for free download under a GPL Open Source license for use by enterprise end-users.

Trends Tracked for Enterprise Open Source Platforms

  • OSDir (Posted by dave on Dec 11, 2004 5:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this series at TEC, the author notes that his company spent over a year tracking demand from more than 5,000 enterprise end users. The interesting point is this articles gives an open source background by showing the demand is like for server OS and database platforms.

Linux going nowhere on phones, says contrarian

Analysts are overplaying the Linux angle in PalmSource's acquisition of China MobileSoft, wrote eWEEK's David Coursey today in his blog (weblog). Coursey says Linux is a flop in mobile devices, and will not succeed in mobile phones because device makers are not susceptible to operating system partisanship.

The Battle for Wesnoth - an Example of a Successful Open Source Game Project: An Interview with David White (Project Leader)

  •; By technobeast (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 11, 2004 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
"The competitive advantage that all OSS have over commercial software - no marketing department to make happy, no deadlines to meet, nothing like that. Simply the writing of a game that I would find fun" - David White interviewed by PCTechTalk

Linux and beer: Survey results and commentary

Linux and beer just seem to go together. But is beer really the most popular beverage of choice for the Linux and the free software/open source communities? And if it is, exactly which brand of beer is regarded as the creme de la creme? With these deep-reaching questions burning in our minds, the NewsForge editorial staff launched an extensive study on the matter. Today we are happy to share the results of our study. Our conclusions are based on direct input from noted Linux kernel hackers like Linus Tovalds, Alan Cox, and Andrew Morton, with additonal input provided by Linux advocates, journalists, CEOs of Linux distributions, Richard Stallman, and a healthy sampling of Linux users from the Austin LUG's mailing list.

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