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The state of the mainframe today

Here's a sober talk about the reality of the mainframe today

Why Is Firefox For Linux So Terribly Broken?

I've been a big fan of Firefox since practically the beginning, back when it was called Phoenix or Firebird. I like the way Firefox does things. It's feature rich and the UI is well thought out. Sadly, lately, for me Firefox has become unusable.

Lining up for Linux mobile

As in the PC world, Linux is emerging in the mobile industry as the chief check on the power of the Microsoft platforms, but until now handset Linux has been fragmented and inadequate and the Nokia-dominated Symbian has been the most successful operating system for high-end phones.

[There is some confusion as to the author of this article. In the heading it shows, "by Peter Branton", but at the end of the article it says, "The author is Caroline Gabriel, Experture Expercycle Analyst, Experton Group"]

[Strange. Commentary from some U.S. citizens might lead one to believe that GNU/Linux is not the "chief check" on MS power in "the PC world", due to mysterious, non-specific fear and uncertainty about device support. Perhaps the author analyzed facts in that area, as well as in the current article, to arrive at such a conclusion. The author certainly makes a very credible analysis of the global power struggles among mobile phone makers, in which Linux plays a significant role, based on events in recent news. -- grouch]

BSD For Me, BSD For You?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 6, 2006 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
When it comes to open source operating systems, most people consider Linux the only choice. This is simply not the case. No, there is one operating system known as BSD that has gone largely ignored by the mainstream world.

OSCON 2006: Big Bad PostgreSQL

This talk was on converting a really large (over 3 terabytes, largest table is 1.8 billion rows) data warehouse database from Oracle 8i to PostgreSQL. The reason for the conversion was to save in licensing costs. They wanted to move their Oracle licenses over from the data warehouse DB to use them on the online transaction processing (OLTP) system.

Methods of Linux Bare Metal Restore and Disaster Recovery

Most companies think they are prepared for disaster by backing up critical data, which they can quickly restore if a loss occurs. Few companies, however, are prepared for a catastrophe-total system failure-in which they lose all their data as well as the entire operating system, applications, settings, patches and more, reducing their system to "bare metal" and experiencing costly downtime.

DEFCON 14 gets off to a late start

In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to arrive at DEFCON 14 early Friday morning in hopes of avoiding some of the crowd at registration. Nonetheless, in spite of several spurts, sputters, and delays, it is now safe to say that the occasionally ordered chaos that is DEFCON 14, the largest hacker's conference in the world, is off and running.

Browser Cache: Goodies For Hackers

Your browser's cache may be helping hackers to help themselves to your information.

Unix: An 800 Pound Gorilla No More?

Organizations adopting Linux might not abandon Unix entirely. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for example, has migrated its e-mail system from Sun hardware and Solaris to HP servers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. But even though the use of Linux on production servers is growing, the practice isn't yet the norm at the laboratory, said Douglas Hughes, a service engineer at JPL Information Services.

Device Profile: LinkGear LG100 wired/wireless network appliance

LinkGear is shipping a small form-factor, ultra-low-power network appliance device that comes preinstalled with Linux, and targets WiFi bridging and routing applications. The LinkGear Series 100 (LG100) is powered by an SH-4 (SuperH) processor, draws only two Watts (typical), and costs $200 in quantities of 25+,

Is free software “communist”? Maybe yes...

Some prominent people have called free software “communist” in an attempt to bring Cold War bugaboos to bear against the movement—a kind of “nuclear option” of FUD. I remember the paranoia of the Cold War personally, and I thought then (and I still do now) that it was “just stupid”.

So rather than react as some have done with a knee-jerk “no it’s not!”, I propose to accept the label and see where that insight takes us. Maybe there is something communist about free software? I think we will see, however, that the idea behind free software is far more radical: no less “communist” than “capitalist”, but no more so, either.

The Anti-Singularity

Could we be heading towards the end of all technological proggress? If "Trusted Computing" initiatives with their "Digital Rights Management" (DRM) have their way, we may be.

Open Source Geospatial Foundation Celebrates Accomplishments

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) announced today that Mapbender, a portal-based suite of software for geodata management using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) OWS architectures, has met all of the legal and community requirements to become the first official product supported by OSGeo.

Sun's McNealy Leads Non-Profit Open-Source Drive

"Math hasn't changed since Isaac Newton," declares Scott McNealy. So why, he asks, is California paying some $400 million annually to "update" grade-school textbooks?

That's just one of the practices questioned by the Sun Microsystems chairman. And one of the problems he believes can be solved.

SLED 10 Is a Linux Distro Windows Users Can Love

Review: Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is a strong contender to Windows on corporate clients, with a well-thought-out desktop environment and some innovative features.

OSCON 2006: TimeTravel Tables in PostgreSQL

Elein showed how to use timestamps to keep an audit trail of all changes in your DB. With this technique, you never actually delete records, you just give them an end date. Multiple copies of a record (again, with timestamps for each one) also allow you to track edits. (This is a pretty standard approach, especially in ‘validated’ environments, or in government-regulated industries.)

The state of Firefox

At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., last week, I had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with Mozilla Corp.'s Mike Schroepfer to talk about Firefox development, security, updates to JavaScript, and cooperation with Linux vendors and other downstream providers of Firefox.

Integrating Open Source and Windows Applications

For most of us, the philosophical debate of "open source versus Windows" is reduced to a simple fact: We have both types of systems, and they have to work together. Rick Cook discusses how to make seemingly incompatible formats get along.

Black Hat ends, DEFCON begins

LAS VEGAS -- The Black Hat Briefings wrapped up yesterday, ending two full days of fast-paced, crowded, sometimes hectic presentations, panels, and Turbo Talks. Many Black Hat attendees, both feds and civilians, will now stay on in Las Vegas for three days of DEFCON.

[Joe has some interesting comments about ethics and bottom lines. -- grouch]

Enterprise Unix Roundup: More GPL 3 Back and Forth

It all started innocently enough. Last Thursday, the Free Software Foundation released the second discussion draft of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3. What followed was an interesting and overblown media misunderstanding, though we can hardly say that no one followed the "discussion" very well!

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