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Manufacturing management company moves to Linux

Hines Corp. is a management company that oversees a conglomerate of manufacturers in the Midwest and Texas, and a distributorship in New York. It has a diverse IT infrastructure that requires attention around the clock. When Hines CIO Ed Harper decided it was time to consolidate and streamline aging legacy systems, he turned from Microsoft to Linux.

OLPC mulls 1-for-2 deal on ultra-low-cost Linux laptops

The One Laptop Per Child project is considering an arrangement whereby anyone can buy one of the group's self-powered, low-cost Linux laptops for themselves -- provided they buy a second one for delivery to a child in a developing country.

Browser Based EMR's Threatens Software Freedom

The age of the all-browser based Electronic Medical Record/Electronic Health Record (EMR/EHR) is upon us. Local area network (LAN) based EMR's upon which older generation EMR's companies have built their products is dead. This paradigm shift is occurring now. This development threatens Free and Open Source medical software, practitioners and patients as they have never been threatened before.

Ubuntu Goes Low Spec!

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jan 11, 2007 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
As Ubuntu continues to make its presence known throughout the world, it was only a matter of time before the project spawned an offshoot variation or two that would enable people with lower-spec machines to participate in all that Ubuntu goodness.

This week on The Linux Link Tech Show

Episode 174 of The Linux Link Tech Show is now available for download:

We interview Jeremy Allison from Google and the Samba Project
Upgrading Trixbox
Dan gets use to the Gnome desktop
Apple product roundup
Upcoming Linux conventions

And much, much more

Linux: Accessing Files With O_DIRECT

A thread on the lkml began with a query about using O_DIRECT when opening a file. An earlywhite paper written by Andrea Arcangeli [interview] to describe the O_DIRECT patch before it was merged into the 2.4 kernel explains,"with O_DIRECT the kernel will do DMA directly from/to the physical memory pointed [to] by the userspace buffer passed as [a] parameter to the read/write syscalls. So there will be no CPU and memory bandwidth spent in the copies between userspace memory and kernel cache, and there will be no CPU time spent in kernel in the management of the cache (like cache lookups, per-page locks etc..)."

PHP apps: security's low-hanging fruit

PHP has become the most popular application language on the web, but common security mistakes by developers are giving PHP a bad name. Here's how PHP coding errors have become the new low-hanging fruit for attackers, contributing to the phishing problems on the web.

Novell: SCO insolvency 'imminent, inevitable'

In a court filing reported this week by legal Web site Groklaw, Novell claimed that SCO should pay it almost all of the Unix licensing revenue it has received from Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. This revenue amounts to almost $26 million, and was earned by SCO when it sold Unix licenses to Sun and Microsoft in 2003.

EditThisPagePHP offers collaboration without the wiki

If you want to share your knowledge and ideas with others, you set up a blog. If you want to collaboratively edit Web pages and keep track of changes, you use a wiki. If you need a tool that allows you to quickly set up a page that combines blog and wiki features, with some content versioning capabilities thrown in, you need something like EditThisPagePHP, a PHP script that allows you to create Web pages and do some clever things with them.

iPhone vs OpenMoko: The open alternative

Apple's iPhone is undoubtedly beautiful and compelling, but it is wrapped in a cocoon of patents and proprietary software, writes Anthony Taylor. The very similar looking OpenMoko Neo phone, on the other hand is almost entirely open and free of proprietary components.

Creating audio CD compilations on Linux

Most PC users have collections of .mp3 and .ogg files on their PC which is fine for MP3 players and PC listening. But what if you have a standalone CD player that doesn't play .mp3 files and you would like to make your own CD compilations? Here is a simple five step process to convert .mp3 and .ogg files and burn audio CDs that will play anywhere.

Back Up/Restore Hard Drives And Partitions With Ghost4Linux

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 11, 2007 11:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how you can back up and restore hard drives and partitions with Ghost4Linux. Ghost4Linux is a Linux Live-CD that you insert into your computer; it contains hard disk and partition imaging and cloning tools similar to Norton Ghost. The created images are compressed and transferred to an FTP server instead of cloning locally.

Opera Has Words For Mozilla

Opera Software is calling accusations made by Mozilla staffer Asa Dotzler regarding Opera's security disclosure policies, "dangerous and irresponsible." The issue at hand revolves around a pair of security vulnerabilities that were recently discovered by Verisign's iDefense division. Dotzler alleged that since Opera did not immediately alert users that there was an update available to fix critical flaws that Opera was in some way negligent.

Finger, face recognition dev kits support Linux

A software company in Lithuania is shipping face recognition and fingerprint recognition SDKs (software development kits) for embedded and mobile Linux devices. Neurotechnologija's FaceCell and FingerCell 2.0 SDKs can be used separately, or combined, for "multi-biometrical applications," the company says.

The year head: The shift to scripting and agility

Enterprises will spend too much this year creating monolithic apps—the sort of server-side efforts that involve formal requirements and tie up dozens (or hundreds) of architects, coders, and testers. Most would be better off using scripting languages, Web services, and SOA (service-oriented architecture) to weave together browser-based apps that leverage existing assets.

Sun Microsystems, the begrudging Linux vendor

The Sun Microsystems marketing machine has been hard at work promoting its Solaris 10 operating system as of late, with special events for the press and analyst community. But market data suggests that it's Linux -- not Solaris -- that Sun customers want.

Bell tolls for SCO, Novell claims

Fork over $26m while you still can. SCO, whose claim to the Linux kernel has touched off a firestorm in open source realm, is on the verge of bankruptcy, according to court documents filed by legal opponent Novell, several publications reported.

Dell's "secret Linux fling" not so secret

Short comment - A few days back, I read the story "Dell's secret Linux fling". What surprised me is, the people at The Register didn't know this. To show how 'not so secret' this all is, please let me quote an interesting line from the Asianux site;
"As the base software of IT system, Asianux has gotten full support from many global partners including Adaptec, AMD, BEA, CA, Dell, EMC, Emulex, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Samsung Electronics, SAP, Stratus Technologies and Symantec just to name a few."

Very secret, huh? I wish it was easier to find out how Linux is doing in the east, but from experience I can say it's rather hard to find out, since sooner or later, you arrive at Chinese-only pages. However, we should still look at the pages that _are_ in English, since they present interesting information. It seems OEM's in the east are supporting Linux, in contrary to what they do in the Western world.

If there are any people from Asia reading this and willing to tell us, the LXer readers and editors, anything about the state of pre-installed Linux-offers in Asia, please let us know. We are eager to find out, and I can promise you I will write a (short) article about it.. Our e-mail address is at the last line of the 'About' page.

NSA helps 'securing' Windows Vista

  • Washington Post; By Alec Klein and Ellen Nakashima (Posted by hkwint on Jan 11, 2007 5:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
When Microsoft introduces its long-awaited Windows Vista operating system this month, it will have an unlikely partner to thank for making its flagship product safe and secure for millions of computer users across the world: the National Security Agency.

[This one is posted only as an example of the drawbacks of closed software - hkwint]

Cluster Interconnects: Real Application Performance and Beyond

  •; By Gilad Shainer (Posted by deadline on Jan 11, 2007 4:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
High performance interconnects used for Linux HPC clusters are often compared using artificial benchmarks. The important question is how well these artificial benchmarks translate into real-world performance. This article attempts to answer this question buy taking a look at the real-world performance for Mellanox for Qlogic Interconnects.

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