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Plans to Parcel Linux Standards Base Meet with Approval

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2005 9:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Analysts and Linux vendors approve of the LSB's new modular approach, which may lower costs and lead to more applications for Linux.

Open Source: spinning straw into gold

Rumpelstiltskin is dead. And good riddance.

Linux, PowerBASIC, and interoperability with Windows

  •; By Frank Cox (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 6, 2005 9:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A combination of Linux and the DOS version of the PowerBASIC compiler is a powerful solution for simple (and not so simple) programming tasks. You can create blazingly fast fully multi-user databases and other applications that run under Linux. As PowerBASIC was designed to run at reasonable speed on XT's, 286's and 386's, it runs like nobody's business on modern multi-gigahertz CPU's.

Linux Gazette #111 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2005 6:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

Using Cloudscape with WebSphere App Server

This article describes changes and new features in IBM Cloudscape Version 10.

Ret. World Bank CTO on Corp. Desktop Linux Facts

W. McDonald Buck, retired CTO of World Bank, believes we need to take a more honest and frank look at the Cost Analyses it will take to put Linux on the corporate desktop. In Part I of Corporate Desktop Linux - The Hard Truth he begins with one of the most common misconceptions... that a business can buy a computer without Windows and save money in the transaction.

IBM launches second Linux-only server

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 5, 2005 9:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM upped the ante on Linux last week with the launch of its second Linux-only Power5-based server. IBM also announced a virtualization and partitioning program that lets small and midsized businesses consolidate workloads on the OpenPower 710 and its predecessor, the four-processor 720.


The debate as to whether or not a kernel module is a derivative work of the Linux kernel itself and thus must also be released under the GPL has come up many times. Linus Torvalds has previously noted that things like drivers that were originally written for other operating systems that have since been ported to Linux fall into a gray area...

World's largest Linux migration gets major boost

  •; By Kieren McCarthy (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 2:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The world's largest Linux migration is speeding ahead, with the German national railway announcing Wednesday it has successfully moved all its 55,000 Lotus Notes users onto the open source operating system.

HA-OSCAR: Five Steps to a High-Availability Linux Cluster

  • (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The HA-OSCAR project's primary goal is to improve the existing OSCAR, Beowulf architecture, and cluster management technology systems (including OSCAR, ROCKS, and Scyld) while providing high-availability and scalability capabilities for Linux clusters. The OCG recognized the project as an official working group, along with the current OSCAR and Thin-OSCAR working groups. HA-OSCAR introduces several enhancements and new features to OSCAR, mainly in the areas of availability, scalability, and security. The new features in the initial release are head node redundancy and self-recovery for hardware, service, and application outages.

Sun preparing open source developers' bill of rights

Sun Microsystems is writing a developers' "bill of rights" to pacify critics of its Common Development and Distribution License and to outline the level of legal protection provided to those using code released under the license.

Linux boom boosts conference

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 1:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The annual Linux "geek-fest" is booming, with submissions for this year's conference three times the number required. "As you can imagine, the selection process is very difficult," said 2005's Rusty Russell, one six selectors forced to knock back two-thirds of submissions due to time constraints.

Daffodil DB v4.0 launched with Compiere support

4th Feb, 2005 (Gurgaon, India): Daffodil Software today announced the stable release of version 4.0 of its popular Java database - Daffodil DB.

Gates: 'Linux makes interoperability harder'

Interoperability, Gates wrote, should be in every firm's thinking: "Businesses face an ongoing challenge of making a wide variety of software from many different vendors work together... Bringing heterogeneous technologies together while reducing costs is today a challenge that touches every part of the organisation," he said in the email.

It's time to integrate open source graphic applications

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been a graphic artist and Web designer for more than a decade, and in that time, I've seen software companies expend a great deal of effort in attempts to monopolize the market. Adobe, for instance, took over the desktop publishing field early on by developing a set of powerful products, such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Macromedia had to fight to gain control over the Web design and development business, and its hold on Web development became apparent only after it integrated its products. Today, with a remarkable range of Web design and development applications, Macromedia is the indisputable leader of the field. It's time open source graphic application developers did the same.

Utility Computing Still A Work In Progress On Linux

  • Information Week; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As Linux running on x86 servers continues to grow in corporate data centers, questions remain as to whether the open-source operating system introduces a higher level of management complexity than the proprietary Unix systems it replaces.

EU Microsoft ruling shuns open source, critics say

The European Commission's requirement that Microsoft Corp. license certain of its communication protocols will do little for competition in the workgroup server market if a draft license proposed by Microsoft is accepted, open source software advocates say.

Patent Office wants debate on software directive

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Feb 4, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software firms and developers have the chance to influence UK Patent Office policy and change its understanding of 'technical contributions'.

UK misses out in HP-Mandrakesoft tie-up

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Feb 4, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: HP; Story Type: News Story
HP France is offering support for Mandrakesoft Linux on its servers.

License issues lining up for Linux, open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 4, 2005 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
As if the largest software company in the world as an opponent was not enough, the Linux and open source software industry is facing some of its biggest challenges in containing the proliferation of its own licenses and updating a 15-year-old GPL. Both hurdles were roundly discussed during sessions at the recent OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit, but there appeared to be no easy answers nor easy solutions to either licensing issue.

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