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Is Open Source Ready for Prime Time?

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The emergence of stacks of open-source infrastructure software will spawn new opportunities for companies to enter and succeed in the open-source space, according to a panel of experts at the Harvard Business School's annual Cyberposium conference.

Windows security is a 'myth', claims Linux Community Member

A senior Linux community member, speaking exclusively to, has dismissed Windows' reputation as a secure platform as a "myth", claiming that the proprietary development process, coupled with a lack of corporate accountability creates fundamental security problems.

Must-have open source applications for consultants

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 4:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As a consultant to small businesses trying to get up to speed on Linux, my must-have applications are, MySQLAdmin, and Rekall. I'm going to include Knoppix as well; although it isn't an application in the sense of being a single package, I use it as a system recovery tool rather than an operating system.

Linux in Government: Another Look at Linux in the MS Infrastructure

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 4:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Considering the capabilities of Samba 3 and what they could mean for your workplace network.

ActiveGrid Joins Open Source Development Labs

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Jan 31, 2005 3:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Start-Up Developing Commercial Open Source Software for Transaction Grid Computing to Join OSDL Data Center Linux Working Group

Linux Netwosix Virtual World Community

  •; By Linux Netwosix (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 30, 2005 4:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
The first Linux Netwosix Virtual World Community is born! If you're a Netwosix user please join our community to interact with the other one. If you have a problem with Netwosix or you just want to talk about Linux, if you want to improve our work or if you just want to help us to grew up, join the first Linux Netwosix Virtual Community at :

Linux Genuinely Advantaged

In a classic illustration of the kind of junk Linux users DON'T have to suffer, Ed Foster identifies some people about to be genuinely disadvantaged by Microsoft's Genuine Advantage program.

Open-source software urged for poor nations

  • Seattle Times (Posted by dave on Jan 30, 2005 1:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Activists at the World Social Forum, where Microsoft is viewed as a corporate bogeyman, urged developing nations yesterday to leap into the information age with free, open-source software.

Managing Projects with GNU Make, 3rd Edition.

  •; By Andy Kissner (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 30, 2005 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
Every Open Source developer uses or has used GNU make at some point or another. Everyone who has ever compiled a piece of Open Source software has used GNU's make. So what exactly is GNU make and how does it work? Leave that to O'Reilly. The 3rd Edition of 'Managing Projects with GNU Make' tells you all about using GNU make and more. LinuxForumsDOTorg has brought you a review detailing the content and quality of said O'Reilly publication. Read it here before you buy!

CentOS-4.0 (Beta) Releases for i386, x86_64, ia64

The CentOS Development Team has released CentOS 4.0 (Beta) for three architectures (i386, x86_64, and ia64).

Blake Ross on Firefox Developer Recruitment and Why Firefox Will Never Grow Up

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Jan 30, 2005 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Blake Ross has written two weblog postings on Mozilla Firefox. One clarifies the developer recruitment policy and the other talks about how the project doesn't take itself too seriously.

Czech Post turns to SUSE LINUX to Support Postal Operations

  • (Posted by SFN on Jan 30, 2005 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SUSE
Czech Post is the second largest employer in the Czech Republic with nearly 3,400 post offices and 40,000 employees. The company delivers nearly a billion letters and receives more than 100 million postal orders each year. Czech Post considered upgrading its existing hardware, but that would have required significant updates to its APOST software and increased training costs. As a foundation for a new and centralized system, Czech Post selected SUSE LINUX technology.

PUBPAT Questions Sun's Open-Source Patent Policies

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 29, 2005 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The Public Patent Foundation and others have serious questions about Sun's new open-source patent policies.

Linux use doubles in financial organisations

  • ZDNet UK; By Andrew Donoghue (Posted by dave on Jan 29, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Growing support for Linux has been the single biggest technology change in financial organisations over the past twelve months, say researchers

Lormalinux Samba Fileserver Beta 1 Review

From the Lorma College in the Philippines comes another server release. This time it is a dedicated Samba fileserver based on Slackware 10. This is a departure from their desktop releases in that the have decided to use Slackware instead of Fedora.

MySQL warning users, contemplating changes after worm

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Jan 29, 2005 2:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
Open source database software maker MySQL warned its users to tighten security Thursday, after news broke about a new Internet worm that targets the popular relational database, according to a company executive. The company is looking at making bigger changes to harden its product against future attacks, the executive said.

Novell continues aggressive Linux drive

Networking software giant Novell Inc wants to do two things this year – position itself as the preferred Linux supplier, and establish a proper “ecosystem” for its partners, be they independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs and IHVs) or resellers.

Google and Mozilla's Love Child - GOOGZILLA

  • Search Engine Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 29, 2005 7:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
There was a partnership made this week that is probably scaring the pants off of Bill Gates and the people behind Internet Explorer - Google is shacking up with Mozilla to form Googzilla! Well, not exactly, but close enough. Just as Mozilla makes Internet news of securing almost 6% of the web browser market with FireFox - which has been downloaded an estimated 19 million times, Google starts offering positions, free lunch, and in-house dental benefits to the top Mozilla developers Ben Goodger and Darin Fisher.

Enterprises Warming Up to Firebird Open-Source Database

Evans Data Corp.'s Winter 2005 Database Development Survey looked at the database preferences of some 406 developers in mostly medium to large enterprises. Of those surveyed, 23 percent of developers picked Firebird for use in "edge" databases—in other words, those that are embedded in systems or in devices, such as a point-of-sale system in a retail outlet or a network device. Runners-up included Microsoft Corp.'s Access, at 21 percent, and Microsoft's SQL Server, at 13 percent. RFID tagging will likely fuel interest in Firebird, said Joe McKendrick. McKendrick is an analyst for Evans.

More Mobile Phones to Speak Linux-Java

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 29, 2005 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Two software vendors announced a new partnership that pairs an embedded Linux distribution with a Java solution for next-generation mobile phones.

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