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Xandros Linux cozies up to schools

  • (Posted by bstadil on Jan 28, 2006 9:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Xandros Inc. launched a special Education Edition of its flagship Xandros Desktop OS Linux distribution, this week, aimed at students ranging from elementary school through college.

MPAA accused of DVD piracy

  • VNUNet; By Iain Thomson (Posted by dcparris on Jan 28, 2006 7:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Motion Picture Association of America admits to copying film without permission

[Ed: We knew the MPAA was a brood of vipers! Where's good 'ol John the Baptist when you need him? - dcparris]

Sun's ZFS builds on promise of RAID

ZFS is the filesystem Sun Microsystems began shipping in November with its operating systems to provide data management and protection from the loss of data due to file corruption.

Systems Management Platform Goes Open-Source

Qlusters takes its server management automation platform to the open-source community to fill a void that executives saw in the market for an open-source server automation tool.

GRUB tips and tricks

  • Free Software Magazine; By Jeremy Turner (Posted by fsmdave on Jan 28, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups:
Spicing up a great utility for more IT fun

Sun wants Linux on T1

  • ComputerWorld; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by tadelste on Jan 28, 2006 3:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
It may take some six to nine months before Linux is ported to its new multicore T1 chip, but Sun Microsystems Inc. clearly wants that to happen.

Sun has made T1 servers available to Linux developers and is working with Linux distributors, which the company declined to name, to develop the port (see ”Sun releases UltraSparc specs to open-source developers”).

And while a port may be completed this year, it will be a while before Linux on T1 appears in production environments; application certification and support will be needed as well.

Gentoo RR4 Linux 2.65.1 Screencast

  • (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 28, 2006 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo has put together a new screencast of Gentoo RR4 Linux 2.65.1.

Locals throw doubt on open source adoption figures

New Zealand and Australia are lagging behind Europe and North America in the adoption of open source software (OSS), according to a report from research firm Forrester. However, local OSS experts believe Forrester’s figures understate the true picture.

Pennsylvania Adopts Dual Linux Standard

  • Government Technology (Posted by tadelste on Jan 27, 2006 11:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Earlier this month the state of Pennsylvania issued a Linux Server Standards bulletin describing which Linux distributions should be used, and why. It applies to agencies, boards, commissions and councils under the Governor's jurisdiction, and is recommended to other agencies not under the Governor's jurisdiction.

Excerpt from the bulletin:

In the recent past, the choice of Linux for large enterprise class environments for North American companies was limited to one company, Red Hat. Red Hat was the only vendor that had the software portfolio and support infrastructure in place to meet the business requirements of large private and government institutions. However, with the acquisition of SUSE Linux by Novell in Jan 2004, a new strong player was introduced into the enterprise Linux market along with a new variable into Linux procurement contracts.

Both Red Hat and Novell/SUSE enterprise server operating systems were chosen to be included in the Commonwealth's current standards list of Linux server operating systems. A dual standard was chosen for several reasons. First off, although each has different methods and configurations for installation and support of typical server functions, they both run on the same underlying kernel structure and thus both with the same standard set of Linux commands and shells that is common for any distribution of Linux. Because of this, a lot of the knowledge learned by using one distribution can be applied when using another. Secondly, they both are very interoperable with each other. If one software application is developed and works on one it will also work or can be ported to another. In addition, they both come with lots of standard open source applications, utilities, and functions many of which are the same.

Vendors of Linux-based KVM, console servers merge

  • (Posted by tadelste on Jan 27, 2006 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A vendor of embedded Linux-based KVM servers (keyboard, video, mouse servers) has agreed to acquire a vendor of embedded Linux-based console servers. Avocent says its $90 million acquisition of Cyclades will allow it to diversify its product offerings, while taking advantage of Linux's rapid growth in the enterprise server market.

Slick New Way to Install Linux

  • Linux PR (press release) (Posted by bstadil on Jan 27, 2006 9:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Typically, installing Linux means donwloading (or buying) one or more ISO images, and then clicking through the install screens. In an effort to make Linux installs easier, some smart folks at HP developed LinuxCOE, where a user could choose some basic options through a web interface, and a small (30MB or less) ISO image is generated that can be used for a "hands-free" installation using either Kickstart, AutoYAST, or the Debian Preseed autoinstallers.

SUSE 10.1 Beta 2 fixes bugs

Just five days after Novell's OpenSUSE project released SUSE 10.1 Beta 1, the company on Thursday unveiled Beta 2, a bugfix version. As in Beta 1, the latest release supports the Intel and AMD x86 and x86-64 platforms as well as the PowerPC platform. weekly security update

Advisories were released this week for ClamAV, CUPS, ImageMagick, phpMyAdmin, and several other packages. Distributions covered this week are Debian, Fedora Core, Gentoo, Mandriva, SUSE, and Ubuntu.

It Pays to Be Thin

The problems with networked PCs are a modern-day plague for both librarians and network administrators. PCs crash, they freeze, they require constant updating and patching. End users amuse themselves by finding ways to circumvent whatever safeguards the network administrator has put in place. Depending on the age of the machine and the operating system installed, PCs display different desktops, a constant source of confusion for patrons. End users often intentionally or unwittingly introduce viruses into the network through them. And every few years, the library has to find funding resources to buy newer machines, because invariably the PCs become outdated and can no longer run the programs the library wants to use.

[Gentoo] Linux on amd64

  •; By free-zombie (Posted by natas on Jan 27, 2006 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo
This is meant to help owners of amd64-compatible systems (AMD Athlon64, Turion64, Opteron64 etc, Intel Xeon with EM64T, Intel Pentium 4, Pentium D with EM64T) to set up a 64-bit linux system. it is geared towards gentoo linux, but should work on other distribution with minor modifications.

Auction planned for 1,000 patents

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by dcparris on Jan 27, 2006 4:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An estimated 1,000 patents spanning software, hardware and networking are destined to be sold to the highest bidder in San Francisco by a merchant bank this spring. Ocean Tomo is hosting the first in a series of two planned patent auctions this year, in a move the company believes will help - not hurt - innovation in IT.

The Open Source Fear Factor

Given our recent emphasis on open source and its enterprise implications, we thought it was the right time to repost this 2003 article on the theme of open source's appropriateness for the enterprise. --Editor

Firefox 1.5 tops 20 million downloads

Mozilla has announced that over 20 million internet users have downloaded the Firefox web browser since the release of version 1.5 on 29 November last year. The company claims to have seen strong demand for the browser, with " hundreds of thousands" of people downloading the new version of Firefox every day since its release.

Google cache not a breach of copyright

Use of material fair, says court

Samba developer wins annual Free Software award

  • (Posted by dcparris on Jan 27, 2006 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Andrew Tridgell was named this week as the winner of the annual Free Software Foundation award for his work as originator and developer of the Microsoft-replacing Samba project as well as his development of rsync.

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