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Zaurus Pioneers Embedded Linux

  • dW (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 16, 2005 3:52 AM EDT)
When the first announcements came out that a new Sharp Zaurus would "run Linux," the Linux community was abuzz with fascination and rumors. Years later, there are still handheld devices running Linux that draw inspiration and ideas from Sharp's work, even though the Linux-based Zaurus has faded to obscurity in the U.S. market. In this article Peter Seebach dismantles the Zaurus SL-5600 to get a better look into history.

Opening the open source community to a profitable business model

A paper recently written by two university professors offers a business model that would keep the software open and free, while allowing its developers to profit. The model would have open source software companies make money through royalty fees and sales of their newest innovations, then offer the complete software and source code for free after a predetermined period.

Sun ravaged, IBM lauded in Unix server study

  • The Register; By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View (Posted by tadelste on Dec 16, 2005 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Sun
A new study on the major players in the Unix server market has declared IBM the clear customer favorite and brought to light some serious issues with Sun Microsystems' product line. Most alarmingly for Sun, the company appears to have lost its cachet as the dominant Unix player and done so while alienating customers. Sun finished last in almost every one of the Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG) survey's categories, spanning technology performance, customer satisfaction and software tools

The Complete Fedora Kernel Headers

  • Raoul’s Land Reloaded!; By Raoul (Posted by raoulsland on Dec 16, 2005 2:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
The fedora kernel-devel package does not include the complete kernel headers. This is not a problem in most cases, but there are times that the missing headers are absolutely needed. This document outlines a method to obtain the complete kernel headers for your currently running kernel from the sources, without compiling the kernel itself.

KDE Dot News: Sponsored by OSU Open Source Lab

KDE Dot News is now fully hosted and supported by the OSU Open Source Lab

For those interested, the OSUOSL server hosting has been provided to us in the form of a Xen virtual machine running Gentoo Linux. Xen is completely transparent to the typical VM user and if I didn't know better I'd think we had a dedicated machine

Open Source Software and the Myth of Viral Licensing

  • B-EYE-Network; By Pete Loshin (Posted by tadelste on Dec 16, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Proprietary software vendors sow fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about free and open source software licenses because those licenses are new and different. More notably, open source software licenses threaten their business modes—and they want their customers to believe that those licenses will somehow "infect" their organizations. The truth is that open source software licenses will almost always be more beneficial for consumers than proprietary licenses. Furthermore, open source licenses rarely (if ever) impose more terms on software users that are any more onerous than those imposed by proprietary licenses.

This article is about software licenses, which spell out the rules by which you must play to use the software. Agreeing to an End User License Agreement (EULA) by opening a shrink-wrap package, clicking "OK" for an installer or downloading software from a website means you agree to abide by the terms the software owner sets. If you have questions about the terms of those agreements, you can contact your attorney for definitive answers.

2005 - Best Power Architecture Year Ever

  • dW (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 16, 2005 1:06 AM EDT)
The year 2005 has been chock full of Power Architecture news -- from Apple's departure from the Power Architecture family to the up and coming Cell Broadband Engine processor; from to; and from being named fastest growing semiconductor supplier of 2005 to being named 2005 Top Fab, find out why Power Architecture technology is having the best year ever.

Ibm ties bigger knot with Novell and Red Hat

IBM IS BUILDING a Novell and Red Hat Linux channel in the big emerging markets of China, India, Brazil and Russia with plans to roll out in the rest of Europe next year

Bringing MySQL compatibility to PostgreSQL

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
Despite having a strong feature set and excellent performance and stability, PostgreSQL lags significantly behind MySQL in one key area: Many more open source projects support MySQL than PostgreSQL. That limits PostgreSQL adoption to some extent because many users choose MySQL not because it's superior to PostgreSQL, but because their favorite open source project supports only MySQL. Christopher Kings-Lynne wants to change that.

OSDL cautiously optimistic on desktop Linux

Meeting of minds?

Knock Knock. Who's There? Mandriva

To say that Mandriva has been quiet on the Linux front lately might just qualify as an understatement. The Paris-based Linux distribution company has had a rough road these last couple of years, having pulled themselves out of redressement judiciaire (the French equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US) in March 2004.

OpenVZ Project Introduces Website to Support Operating System Virtualization Technology for Open Source Community

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 10:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
HERNDON, Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The OpenVZ project today introduced a website ( to freely distribute and offer support to the open source project promoting operating system virtualization through a collaborative, community effort.

Cutting the tcp/ip network connection with cutter

  • nixCraft; By nixCraft (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 9:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
An essential utility for network or Linux firewall administrator.

ODF/XML Open Forum: Something Happened!

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There was a lot of talk at the Open Forum on ODF and XML in Massachusetts yesterday. Followed by a lot of head-scratching by the multiple journalists in attendance over what, if anything, had happened. In fact, something did happen: Microsoft enunciated a strategy that is based upon coexistence with, rather than undermining ODF

Microsoft has most likely made a strategic decision that it will be sufficient for its XML Reference Schema to be blessed by Massachusetts – as compared to pressing for a final decision that would *include* its Schema while *excluding* ODF - a significant development in that in September it appeared that the goal was to block ODF from adoption at all.

University to get new open source lab

  • Inside Bay Area (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 8:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The University of California, Berkeley's College of Engineering is expected to announce today the opening of a new Internet research lab and collaboration with Google, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems that will pump $7.5 million into the lab.

The new RAD Lab, to be located in Soda Hall, will focus its research on open source development of software for Internet services, according to the university. Technically, it will work on so-called Reliable, Adaptive and Distributed (RAD) systems, thus the name RAD Lab.

PCLinuxOS team releases v0.92 beta

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The PCLinuxOS development team has announced that PCLinuxOS 0.92 is now available for download. PCLinuxOS, a relatively new distribution (less than a year old), is an English-only Mandrake (now Mandriva) Linux derivative

Student council implements new voting system

The second semester student council election has elicited a new electronic voting system at Paly.

The student government decided to allow voting to be completely voluntary, after teachers from the history department voiced complaints to the council that the old mandatory voting system was flawed. According to a member of the council, the history teachers claimed that the old method of handing out ballots in social studies classes was undemocratic because it obligated students to vote, while the right to vote is actually discretionary.

Australia reluctantly contributes to open source

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australian companies are not only lagging behind the United States and Asia when deploying Linux and open source software (OSS), they are also reluctant to contribute developer time back into the OSS community

Impressions: Kubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2

  •; By Distro Reviews (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Unlike a lot of people, I get very excited when a new beta of Ubuntu/Kubuntu is released. It's amazing how Ubuntu has taken the Linux community by storm over the past couple of years. Finally, Linux is stepping up to be a real contender on the desktop.

Taiwan's Quanta selected to build $100 Linux laptop

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 6:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Taiwan's Quanta Computer has been selected to produce $100 Linux laptops developed at MIT, for eventual distribution to children in developing countries

[ED- We have covered this before but if this pans out according to plan Linux will get additional 4%-8% of the desktop market. -bstadil]

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