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The Linux Box Show, Episode 3

Tonight Sean offers his opinion on why MS Windows isn't ready for the desktop, an interview with Ilan Rabinovitch about the Southern California Linux Expo, offers a tip for fishing with Konqueror, discusses an article written by RMS, pokes holes in some recent Microsoft FUD and more.

Comparing MySQL performance

With the introduction of the 2.6 Linux kernel, FreeBSD-5-STABLE, Solaris 10, and now NetBSD 2.0, you might be wondering which of them offers superior database performance. In my previous article, I discussed the tools I chose to test these venerable operating systems and the methodology by which they were tested. The result is this MySQL performance comparison between OpenBSD 3.6; NetBSD 2.0; FreeBSD 5.3 and 4.10; Solaris Express (build 69); and Linux 2.4 and 2.6 (Gentoo-based). Read on for the results.

Tally Will Now Be Available On Red Hat Linux

Red Hat and Tally will be working jointly to make Tally, a popular accounting software package available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, according to an announcement made by Red Hat today.

Slackware 10.1 Released

Announcing Slackware Linux 10.1! The first Slackware release of 2005, Slackware Linux 10.1 continues the long Slackware tradition of simplicity, stability, and security.

HP plugs Linux for 64-processor servers

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Feb 9, 2005 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP
Hewlett-Packard is working to take Linux into several new areas of the server market, including 64-processor servers, the company is expected to announce Wednesday, on the eve of a major Linux trade show.

Nessus assesses system vulnerabilities

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Keeping a server or workstation updated with the latest security patches can be a daunting task. Compounding the problem is the number of distinct operating systems and hardware in an organization. Nessus, an open source vulnerability scanner, can help with this complex task.

First Middle East Bank to Run on "BANKS" Solution System

  • NAMC Worldwide Newsroom; By TRACCS Jordan (Posted by SFN on Feb 8, 2005 4:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Red Hat
Jordan Commercial Bank (JCBank) in December 2004 became the first bank in the Middle East to run its integrated banking application in a Red Hat Linux and Oracle 10G environment.

The Digital Tipping Point: The Culture Of Freedom In Cyberspace

Ten years from now, if someone asks you how much how much you paid for your operating system or office productivity suite, you'll think that they are joking. If we're lucky, that is.

Mozilla's Thunderbird Takes Off

  • Forbes; By Arik Hesseldahl (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
A few months ago, I tried a beta version of Mozilla's free e-mail program Thunderbird. Despite the accomplishments of their Web browser Firefox, Thunderbird just wasn't ready for prime time. It was a little less than stable, and it choked when importing large volumes of e-mail archives from other programs.

KDE getting ready to go native on Windows

A native Windows port for KDE's graphical framework is under development and could help the Linux desktop environment attract Microsoft users, but some fear the move will harm Linux.

Microsoft moots open source forms

Shawn Burke, a development manager at Microsoft's Windows Forms team is telling interested readers who go to his bog, here that he would like to release the source code to the software developers. He said he has wanted to do it for years and is putting together a plan to make it happen.

Browser feature could make scams easier

  • Seattle Post Intelligencer (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 3:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
An Internet browser feature meant to permit Web addresses in Chinese, Arabic and other languages could encourage online fraudsters by making scam Web sites look legitimate to visitors.

Linux in a Windows Workstation Environment, Part I

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 2:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Even if the users still want to use Windows on the desktop, you can put Linux behind the scenes.

Ubuntu "Hoary Hedgehog" Live: Beta be good

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Feb 8, 2005 2:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
The community's new candidate for the poster child distribution, Ubuntu, recently unveiled the Live CD of its second version code-named "Hoary Hedgehog". Meant for people who like to be on the bleeding edge (and can live with the few odd bugs), Hoary might not be the distro for the virgin Linux user. But that's just one argument against a dozen which shout "Grandma use Hoary".

"Cell" Processor Promises 4GHz in Linux-based Devices

IBM, Sony Group, and Toshiba have taken the wraps off their long awaited PowerPC based "Superchip" featuring 10 times higher performance than current PC technology. The processor has Linux support and could find its way into entertainment devices before fanning out to digital TV, home servers, and supercomputers.

Mandrakelinux Corporate Server 3.0 receives LSB 2.0 certification

Mandrakesoft today announced that its newly released Mandrakelinux Corporate Server 3.0 server solution has received LSB 2.0 certification, following its longstanding tradition of support for open standards.

MontaVista aims to simplify cell phone Linux

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 12:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MontaVista
MontaVista Software launched a program Monday to make it simpler for cell phone makers and wireless carriers to use the Linux operating system.

Commentary: Cell chip story may be a window into future of IT

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 12:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
We're barely into 2005, and we're already seeing another landmark innovation in information technology: the new Cell chip, which could revolutionize our entire industry with its tremendous clock speeds of more than 4 GHz. It's been in R&D since 2001 and was developed by a consortium of companies: IBM, Sony, and Toshiba.

Linux goes from many to a multitude

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 11:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"More! More!" we hear you shout, and we obey. Yea, verily, ask and ye shall get more Linux stuff . . . even though our editor can hardly contain his enthusiasm.

F1 racers boost performance with Linux

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Feb 8, 2005 10:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When the BMW Williams Formula One team set out to design a better car for the 2005 season they turned to supercomputers running Linux to get a much needed edge

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