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Xen 3.0 Is Open Source at Its Most Powerful

I chuckled over Xen's documented method for the ordinarily painful physical-to-virtual system migration: Use the "dd" command to copy the boot drive from another server to a local file, point Xen at that file, and boot the VM (virtual machine). Who needs consultants?

MA Lets Peter Quinn's IT Funding Bill Die; Romney Tries to Recall Legislature

The Massachusetts IT funding proposal that MA CIO and ODF champion Peter Quinn resigned in part to protect died on Monday when the State Senate failed to approve it before the 2005-2006 legislative session ended.

Nuremberg Hopes to Create 'Linux Valley'

The Franconia region around Nuremberg, Germany, hopes to establish Europe’s first "Linux Valley" with the launch of a new business campus focused on open-source innovation.

Network Management With OpenNMS

  • HowtoForge; By Saad Khan (Posted by falko on Aug 3, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
OpenNMS is an opensource enterprise network management tool. It helps network administrators to monitor critical services on remote machines and collects the information of remote nodes by using SNMP. Normally openNMS installation and configuration takes time, but this guide tries to cover the installation and configuration part in a few steps. switches onto Linux

Software libre for Spanish juntaThe Spanish region of Extremadura has pledged to move all government computers onto open source software within the next year. Officials will be mandated to use the open document format standard for office communications over the same time frame.

Is Your OS Spying On You?

Paranoia is becoming more common these days, and if you let yourself be engulfed by it, there's definitely not a shortage of things to be concerned about. We know that the governments have the technology to monitor our lives (wiretapping, satellites, other stuff we have no earthly idea about), but regular users are also using certain tools to invade our privacy.

[Hmmm... all that secret code. Wonder what else they're keeping secret? Never mind that, just replace your non-free OS with a libre OS, and you won't have to worry near as much about whether your software vendor is spying on you. - dcparris]

Free to Be GPL 3?

The second discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3 has prompted some to question the Free Software Foundation's motives. eWEEK Labs' Jason Brooks finds the changes in keeping with the spirit of the GPL, but thinks some compromise may be in order.

[Oh, I get it. Let's all bow to master Linus. On the other hand, we can keep the DRM out of Free Software. I think someone's been taking lessons from Uncle Tom. - dcparris]

Triggering software events from hardware changes with HAL and Ivman

Traditionally on a Unix-like system like GNU/Linux you must mount a device such as a CD-ROM before being able to use it. This is one of the biggest complaints from newcomers, especially Windows refugees. The latest versions of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments offer automounting functionality, and some distributions (such as Ubuntu and its derivatives) have it enabled by default. If you choose not to use any of these environments, here's an alternative solution.

HP balks at patent provision in GPL update

So far, Hewlett-Packard prefers the earlier GPL, raising the specter that two versions of the license will survive.

[Look, businesses have to realize that freedom trumps profit because freedom ultimately offers profit. Software patents just kill the golden goose - dcparris]

Sgi reports Linux-aided world record

As the US computer manufacturer SGI reports, one of its Altix 4700 systems has outpaced the previous STREAM Triad benchmark record by a factor of 4, achieving a sustained memory bandwidth of 4.35 terabytes per second.

Linux: Reiser4 Internal Abstraction Layer

The ongoing discussion about the Reiser4 filesystem [story] continues on thelkml. Jeff Garzik discussed the complexity introduced by a plugin layer [story], suggesting it is really a second VFS, "furthermore, it completely changes the notion of what a Linux filesystem is. Currently, each Linux filesystem is a tightly constrained set of metadata support. reiser4 changes 'tightly constrained' to 'infinity'. While that freedom is certainly liberating, it also has obvious support costs due to new admin paradigms and customer configuration possibilities."Linux creator Linus Torvalds weighed in on the discussion, "as long you call them 'plugins' and treat them as such, I (and I suspect a lot of other people) are totally uninterested, and in fact, a lot of people will suspect that the primary aim is to either subvert the kernel copyright rules, or at best to create a mess of incompatible semantics with no sane overlying rules for locking etc."

The state of

It's been nearly a year since 2.0 was released, so I sat down with Louis Suárez-Potts, chair of's community council and community manager, at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Ore., last week to see what's on the development roadmap. Suárez-Potts says that development is moving along nicely, but it will probably be a while before we see 3.0.

Novell made the right decision even if for the wrong reasons

Novell has decided not to use proprietary Linux modules such as the NVidia accelerated driver. My first reaction was that Novell was being needlessly idiotic. Then I readthis article on, by Matt Hartley. It calls out the leading Linux distributions for failing to band together to pressure hardware vendors to pre-install Linux. I've been saying basically the same thing for the past few years, so I heartily agree with this article. It was then that it occurred to me that Novell may have made the right decision, even if for the wrong reason.

Care2x version 2.2 released

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Kaloyan Raev (Posted by dcparris on Aug 2, 2006 7:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux, MySQL
Care2x is an open source web-based hospital information system (HIS). The development of Care2x started back in 2002 by Elpidio Latorilla. The software is released under the GNU General Public License. The latest version 2.2 is maintenance release. The most noticeable things it features are:New graphical installer (based on MirrorMed's installer).MySQL 5 support.Main menu visibility according to the user's permissions.Improved Arabian and Italian translations.Improved Turkish ICD10.

A Five Minute Guide to Opposing DRM

I've been covering the Free Software Foundation'sDefective By Designcampaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies since its planning stages. Starting from scratch, in less than three months, the campaign has grown to 7000 members. This number is impressive, especially since the campaign introduces a degree of activism previously unknown in the free and open source software communities. What strikes me, though, is that, for all the loathing of DRM, how rarely the reasons for opposing it are spelled out. In some cases, the reason may be that people consider them too obvious to be worth mentioning, but, too often when I've probed, people haven't even heard of the possible objections. These objections begin with the fact that the case for DRM has yet to be made, and continues with arguments about consumer rights, privacy, competitiveness, and industry standards.

Final thoughts on OSCON - with video!

The eighth annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention wrapped up Friday with a half day of talks and a farewell address by Eben Moglen, general counsel for the Free Software Foundation and chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center, on the importance of software licenses. Moglen's talk provided a perfect end to an excellent conference.

Bi Tools: Future of Eclipse Open Source?

  • E-Commerce Times; By Paul Krill and Ephraim Schwartz (Posted by dcparris on Aug 2, 2006 4:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Eclipse
Actuate's use of open source to enhance its own closed-source wares is fair play, according to Keith Gile, principal analyst at Forrester Research. "If all a developer wants is BIRT, then that is available for download with no strings attached."

Power-based Virtualization Receives Security Certification

IBM's virtualization technology has achieved one of the computer industry's most stringent security certifications. The Common Criteria's Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) is one of the highest levels of security certification for logical partitioning.

Knoppix Linux On USB

There's no mistaking the practical purpose behind a bootable live-demonstration Linux distribution for on-the-go technicians. As avid consumers of modern technology, many of us enjoy exercising our electronic toys as much as our minds. However, we sometimes lack the software tools necessary to troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve problems as they arise. This article provides a gentle introduction to how a simple Knoppix configuration can become an indispensable item in a mobile technical toolkit.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Beta 1 "Thor"

The first beta version of Mandriva Linux 2007 has been released !

Available in four different flavours live/install CDs (KDE or GNOME, i586 or x86_64) or in a whole new dual architecture Installation DVD, get a glimpse of the next Mandriva Linux 2007 edition !

Note that not all of the new features have been implemented yet and that a beta version is not bug-proof, on the contrary. This is why we strongly encourage everyone to test and report any bugs or surprises they may encounter.

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