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Open source DB gains HA features

Sleepycat has updated its venerable open source database, adding high availability (HA) and performance features such as in-memory replication. Berkeley DB 4.3 targets software for telecommunication and enterprise datacenter infrastructure demanding 99.999% carrier-grade availability. It runs on Linux and most every other OS.

Is Microsoft Taking Legal Aim at Linux?

Is Microsoft getting ready to explore intellectual property lawsuits against Linux and open-source software?

Through the Looking Glass

Project Looking Glass is a GPL 3-D Desktop for Linux. It's working with Fedora, Suse and JDS... What follows is my interview with Hideya Kawahara, creator of Project Looking Glass.

HP Hugs JBoss Tighter

HP deepened its relationship with open source software concern JBoss, agreeing to become a major source of support for its application server and Linux. In the deal, for which financial terms have not been disclosed, HP will also use its solid reputation for services and provide a fleet of consultants to help clients design, implement and migrate to the JBoss platform.

Leaner, meaner Linux makes savings for Bergen

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Nov 12, 2004 12:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The City of Bergen is now midway through its migration to Linux on the server, and is looking forward to making very significant savings through moving away from Windows. Ole-Bjørn Tuftedal, the city's chief technology officer, said on Thursday that Bergen has evaluated the cost of running Windows or Linux on IBM Blade servers and found that Linux runs more efficiently. As a result, fewer Blade servers are needed to provide services to the same number of users.

Leaner, meaner Linux makes savings for Bergen

The Norwegian City of Bergen is expecting to make savings on software, hardware, licensing and support costs by moving its servers to Linux.

Study: Supercomputer clusters shortchange security

  • CNET News.com; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 11:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The popular "clustering" approach to supercomputing is indeed useful, but U.S. researchers need to explore different directions in the field to ensure the country's security, an academic panel has concluded.

The myth of stability

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many computer cognoscenti scoff at new software and hardware because it's "not stable yet" or because "the bugs have not been worked out of it." They often use this as an excuse not to buy computer upgrades or install software updates. But what does stability mean in the IT industry, and does waiting to buy or upgrade really ensure a greater degree of reliability?

Google and Mozilla: Firefox brings them together

Google have hosted a customized Internet Explorer search page for many years now specially designed to act as sidebar search. And with the launch of the first final release of the very popular Mozilla Firefox browser, we now have a custom page specially designed for Firefox!

Bit Prepared II: Richard Stallman Meets the World Scout Bureau

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 7:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Richard Stallman from the FSF, Ray Saunders from the World Scout Bureau and the author discuss the connections between free software and Scouting philosophies.

Linux seller gunning for search

  • CNET News.com; By Marguerite Reardon (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 7:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux seller Linspire has embedded search capabilities into its newly upgraded operating system in an effort to make looking for news or products as easy as highlighting a word on a Web page or e-mail.

Linux in Government: An Interview with Les Richardson, Author of Open Admin

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 7:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Schools are another source of insight on the state of OSS and government.

Sun's JDS Gets Nod from Japanese Government

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 7:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The Ministry of Economy,Trade and Industry selected Sun's Linux desktop as one of two approved open-source desktop alternatives.

Palmone president: We've considered Microsoft, Linux

PalmOne is said to be considering Microsoft and Linux, diverging from its Palm OS heritage. What's good about Linux or Microsoft?

Feather Linux: The Swiss Army Knife of LiveCDs

  • LinuxDevCenter.com; By KIVILCIM Hindistan (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 5:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GNU/Linux distributions have many different uses. Over the years, the software has claimed many different roles, from the usual Internet server to high-end animation workstations, proving itself capable of undertaking almost any computer-related task.

Java and open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Recent debates about open sourcing Java overlook the unique character of programming languages: the open source code that is written in a language is often more important than the open source status of the language itself. In this article we'll move away from questions about the Java language, and instead look at how technology companies relate to the large amount of open source programming being done in Java.

Sloppy Admins Leave Linux Vulnerable To Security Breaches

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 5:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We're just simply saying that the average system out there is not sufficiently patched up," [mi2g's] Matai said. "Users have no clue as to whether their system is at the latest level of distribution or not. And they don't have adequate administration skills." He added, "One of the biggest complaints we hear from our customers and contacts is it's very difficult to find a qualified Linux administrator."

Running Linux, 4th ed.: Another O'Reilly gem!

  • http://www.linuxforums.org; By jeremy (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 12, 2004 4:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
If you've never read an O'Reilly book, then now's the time to start! From one of the best IT publishers comes Running Linux, 4th edition. Whether you're just beginning to delve into Linux or are a Linux vet, Running Linux will have something for you. The Content Development team over at LinuxForumsDOTorg has given it a run through. See it reviewed here before picking up your own copy!

Hewlett-Packard takes a new approach to software

  • CNET News.com; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Nov 12, 2004 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hewlett-Packard is returning to a software market where it suffered one of its worst defeats. But this time, the company has open-source as its ally.

Linux energizes Australian power provider

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 11, 2004 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Country Energy, one of the largest providers of electrical power in Australia, is a good example of a public sector company that has taken Linux seriously. The company, which has annual revenues of about $1 billion a year, operates more than 200,000 miles of power lines, serving the needs of about 750,000 customers in five states or territories. Some of the more famous customers include the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne's Rialto Towers, and One Steel Wollongong.

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