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Zap Java bugs before they bite with PMD

  • IBM developerWorks; By Elliotte Rusty Harold (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 21, 2005 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Even with just its built-in rules (which are quite extensive), PMD will almost certainly find some real problems in your code.

Dual processor boxes are fastest growing Linux server types

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Jan 21, 2005 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As Linux boxes have taken on more tasks in business computer rooms over the years, the kinds of hardware users are deploying on Linux has evolved from simple PC servers to more advanced dual- and four-way processor systems, a recent report says.

Editorials: Experiences in the Desktop Linux community

  •; By Tim Mullins (Posted by tim1980 on Jan 21, 2005 8:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
This is an editorial type opinion piece detailing the experiences of one individual Linux newbie, his quest to learn about and help promote Linux on the Desktop. Read on for the highs and the lows of a 4-year journey starting from trying my first Linux based OS to running a popular web site and contributing to the development of Linux Desktop OS’s.

MySQL and Firebird battle for database top spot

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 21, 2005 8:08 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
Database developers are favouring Firebird and MySQL over PostgreSQL, according to new research.

UN body promotes open source in education

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 21, 2005 4:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An official UN report has praised the high quality and reliability of free and open source software.

SCO's Short-Term Win Won't Salvage Its Future

  • eWEEK Linux; By David Coursey (Posted by dave on Jan 21, 2005 3:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: IBM, SCO
If SCO truly felt it had a winning case against IBM, it wouldn't make sense to delay as its once-successful business crumbles.

WebSideStory: Mozilla Firefox Usage Share Almost Five Percent

Mozilla Firefox has a usage share of almost five percent. Citing statistics from WebSideStory, the syndicated Agence France-Presse report says that Firefox's usage share has almost doubled in the past three months to 4.95 percent.

My workstation OS: Ubuntu

I've found a Linux distribution that meets my criteria for an ideal system. Ubuntu Linux is fast. It has simple software updating and installation through Debian's Synaptic package manager. All of my removable media works automagically. It detected all of my hardware. And above all, it has a simple, clean, elegant interface that I love.

Africa's first open source magazine

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Four years since its inception and hundreds of thousands of visitors later, is readying to launch the continent's first-ever Linux and open source magazine.

CAcert certificates offer free security

Securing the transfer of information while traversing the Internet requires an X.509 security certificate to guarantee its integrity. Usually, acquiring such certificates from commercial vendors costs a lot of money. Now, however, a new organization called CAcert aims to provide a community-driven free certificate authority alternative.

No Kidding. I Want To Be An Analyst.

  • Groklaw; By PJ (Posted by Koriel on Jan 20, 2005 1:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I have decided what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a tech analyst. No, don't bother to try to talk me out of it. My mind is made up. It's the only job I have ever heard of where you can have huge gaps in your knowledge, get random but truly vital facts utterly wrong, say the opposite of what is observably true, and nobody sues you. They don't even fire you. They don't even notice. No one says a word. In fact, they actually pay you good money, and the next time they want to know something, they forget you got it all wrong the last time and ask you for your opinion all over again.

UN project publishes free primer on open source software in education

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 1:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The International Open Source Network, an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme, has produced a 48-page primer on "Free/Open Source Software and Education," which is now available for free public download. The primer is intended to help policy-makers and decision-makers understand the potential use of free and open source software ("FOSS") in education.

Review: ESP Print Pro: The Commercial Cousin to CUPS

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 1:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ESP Print Pro, by Easy Software Products, is the commercial edition of CUPS, the Common Unix Printing System. CUPS is the standard printing system on virtually all modern Linux distributions and MacOS X. It runs on all Unixes, and provides print services to Windows and *nix systems. CUPS + Linux make a good printer server for Linux/Unix LANs. CUPS + Linux + Samba make a great printer server for Windows and mixed LANs.

UK local government lags behind in open source

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 20, 2005 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software isn't just for people with beards and long hair, according to a speaker at a conference in London, where it was noted that Britain is lagging behind other European countries in terms of open source take-up.

EU Council of Ministers to take another stab at Software Patent Directive

It seems EU politicians want to push the directive through the Agriculture Council again. Let's hope the "Thank You Poland" campaign wasn't an early bird.

Using Windows Applications on Linux

  • LXer; By Sam Hiser (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Sun
Many people remain blissfully unaware that you can run a growing list of Windows applications on Linux. This development may disturb a certain tidy model of reality but it represents the overthrow of a major obstacle to the widespread adoption of Linux, that of "Application Availability."

Sun to open source Solaris this month

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun's chief operating officer Jonathan Schwartz said that he expects the Solaris source code to be released "hopefully by the end of this month".

Sun Stirs up Open Source Projects

As previously reported, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based systems vendor is expected to submit the Solaris code base this month under its Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) -- a modified Mozilla open source license recently approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

Intel lets Linux into Centrino camp

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Improvements to Linux have led Intel to permit Linux laptops to sport the Centrino brand for the first time.

Judge orders IBM to reveal Unix code

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jan 20, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
A judge overseeing the legal fight between the SCO Group and IBM over Linux and Unix on Tuesday ordered Big Blue to show all versions of its two Unix products, AIX and Dynix.

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