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Distro review: The four-1-1 on Linspire Five-0

Linspire (formerly known as LindowsOS) has consistently made an attractive, easy-to-install and easy-to-use GNU/Linux distribution. With the 2.6.10 Linux kernel and a recent build of, Linspire has fixed some of the video driver problems I had with the 4.0 and 4.5 versions. As in previous releases, Linspire includes many proprietary add-ons "mainstream" desktop users enjoy, but in return it comes with proprietary strings attached.

History Flow Shows How Wiki Articles Evolve

IBM has released a preliminary alpha version of its History Flow Visualization Application that shows how collaboratively created documents evolve. The tool is written in Java and it's available for download.

A single operations view for Business and IT

The Tivoli Business Systems Manager capabilities enable you to create a single view of your business and IT operations. In this article you learn to manage your IT resources in the context of business services modeled in Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which can help to improve overall efficiency.

A Linux cluster primer, part one

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In part one of this two-part conversation, Quinn identifies applications that easily adapt to clusters, the ones that need tweaking and the physical data center barriers to clustering. In part two, he offers cluster management tips and describes Linux cluster projects that delivered significant performance and scalability increases.

Mandrakesoft introduces new Mandrakelinux Clustering HPC Linux solution

Following recent major successful deployments of Mandrakelinux Clustering, Mandrakesoft today announces a new version of its intensive calculation solution.

Do you volatile? should you?

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword -- This article, by veteran Linux trainer Kevin Dankwardt, discusses "volatile," a relatively unknown ANSI-C type modifier that ensures that the compiler generates code to reload a data item each time it is referenced. Volatile must be used with variables that may be altered asynchronously,

Create Web Based surveys with FIERA for Linux

The new multi-user environment released from IBM - Flexible Internet Evaluation Report Architecture (FIERA) is a highly flexible architecture for the design, display, and reporting of Internet surveys. Check out the FIERA demo and see it in action.

ISVs keep Linux Standard Base rolling

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Having solidified backing from the major Linux distribution vendors and, more recently, new ISV (Independent Software Vendor) members who have helped shape it, the Linux Standard Base (LSB) has come of age and is now ready to be pushed in new directions to make it more usable and useful, according to Free Standards Group executive director Jim Zemlin.

The role of WINE in migrating enterprise desktops to Linux

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 11:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This whitepaper by Codeweavers COO Jon Parshall and CEO Jeremy White takes a detailed look at the potential value of WINE ("Wine Is Not an Emulator") as an ingredient in a strategy for enterprise migration from Windows to Linux desktops. The paper itemizes the requirements for enterprise desktop migration, examines a range of available tactics, and then suggests strategies for making the journey in ways that are "pragmatic, economical, and customer focused," the authors say.

Linux can run Microsoft programs

But only with emulator installed; Some of them require you to have legal copy of Windows on your PC.

Ogilvy PR says OSS is OK

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, whose clients include Sun Microsystems, the Department of Homeland Security, and Disney, has made the switch from Windows to Linux and BSD.

Torvalds advocates daily kernel performance tests

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Mar 30, 2005 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
Linux Torvalds wants the Linux development kernel to be put through its paces more frequently.

Linux Networx Receives Patent for Icebox(TM) Computer Management Appliance

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Icebox Delivers Control, Convenience and Manageability for Linux Cluster Systems

Open arms for open source

The open source software movement has been gaining supporters around the globe as a low-cost community-supported effort that provides an alternative to proprietary software. As the name implies open source gives users access to the source code of software programs, something that commercial software companies keep a closely guarded secret, so that users can make improvements or alterations to the software that are then shared with the rest of the community.

Torvalds: Put Linux to the test

  • CNET; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: News Story
Linux Torvalds calls for more regular performance tests on the Linux kernel in hunt for inefficient code.

VoIP, Powered by Open-Source and Open-Standards, San Diego Open-Source Organization Presentation for April 2005

  • San Diego Open Source Software Organization (Posted by VISITOR on Mar 30, 2005 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VoIP is changing the face of telephony. The Telephone was the first electrical instrument to enter the home. In over 100 years, wireline service (with many internal improvements) has remained the same; Until now! The Internet and VoIP, Voice over the Internet, is changing the definition of: what is a telephone call? We need to understand how this new technology will affect our business and personal lives. What effect will it have on: Service providers; Charges; Tolls; Quality of Service; Safety; Etc? This presentation will cover how the old wireline services worked. How VoIP works, what's different, what's the same. And how do we transition. The meeting will have it's technical points, but should be accessible to everyone. This meeting is free and everyone is welcome.

'Most important ever' MySQL reaches beta

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Mar 30, 2005 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
The open source database company says it is 'fixing 10 years of criticism in one release', and is aiming at boosting enterprise take-up.

Sun to be Single Largest Contributor to Open Source

  • SAP INFO (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 8:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems intends to make Java Enterprise System available as an open source product that will define the company as truly committed to open source, according to a report.

Sun Announces One Million Solaris 10 Licenses Distributed in First Two Months of Availability

  •; By (Posted by devnet on Mar 30, 2005 8:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
"The interest in Solaris 10 has exceeded our highest expectations – this is a significant milestone for Sun," said Tom Goguen, vice president, Operating Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems. "We're seeing approximately one download per second and our Solaris 10 customers and partners are achieving huge performance gains when leveraging powerful new features like Dynamic Tracing and Containers."

The Linux Box Show, Episode 5

In episode 5 of The Linux Box Show, the following subjects are covered:
  • A Desktop Bonanza: GNOME 2.10, KDE 3.4, Thunar for Xfce
  • Mind Mapping on GNU/Linux
  • Colin Wilson is covering a story on Torvalds switching to Apple
  • Nero introduces NeroLINUX for CD Burning
  • Puppy Linux Provides a World First With a Multi-Session Live-CD
  • A Book Review of Free as in Freedom


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