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PathScale boosts 64-bit Linux clustering

  • ZDnet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by ingridm on Jan 13, 2005 12:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The company has added support for the AMD 64-bit architecture to its compiler suite for Linux clusters

Expert presents map to porting apps to Linux

  •; By Jan Stafford (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 12:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many IT managers would like to switch to enterprise Linux, but balk at having to port existing applications to a new platform. Fear not, for porting existing apps to Linux doesn't have to be a head-banging activity, says application development expert Gopi Kumar Bulusu. So stop balking, and make the pitch to switch your company to Linux. In this interview, he offers tips that can simplify application porting. Bulusu is chief architect and managing director at Sankhya Technologies Private Limited, a distributed system software company based in India.

MySQL CEO: Open source & MySQL will rise, legal foes will fall

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jan Stafford (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL, PHP
2004 was a portent of things to come for Linux in 2005, both because of what didn't happen (SCO Group's victory) and what did (the rise of open source software), according to Marten Mickos, CEO of Sweden-based MySQL AB. In this interview, he predicts how those events, which included the success of MySQL's database, will play out in 2005.

Comparing Linux to System VR4

  • TechNewsWorld; By Paul Murphy (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 11:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
If there's a real bottom line here, the one thing I'm clear on is that I haven't found it yet, but the questions raised have been more interesting that the answers -- so more help would be welcomed.

Bob Sutor comments on the release of IBM patents to Open Source

Bob is the VP of IBM Standards. He says: "To be clear, this is not a "donation," but rather a pledge of the patents to seed and then maintain a patent commons for open source projects." Go here to see his other comments and his extensive list of links to articles on the subject from all the major developer and business publications. There is also a link to the Patent Description Document, which provides the nitty-gritty of the patent release.

An Interview with the KDE Team.

  •; By Aditya Nag (Posted by LTN on Jan 13, 2005 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
I recently got a chance to interview George Staikos, the Official Representative for the KDE Project in North America. He addresses some questions on the current status of the KDE project, and about the problems they have faced.

KDE 3.4 goes into Beta Phase: Welcome "Krokodile"

A lot of development has happened since KDE 3.4 Alpha, so we are now happy to publish KDE 3.4 Beta 1 code named Krokodile.

Linux gets warm reception in Chile

Nearly 10,000 computers in Chilean schools will be turned into thin clients running Linux and applications such as and Mozilla.

Now 'open' software focuses on consumers

  • International Herald Tribune (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 9:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Following up on the success of the Firefox open-source Web browser, released by the Mozilla Foundation last autumn, open-source software developers are preparing some new products aimed at a consumer market still dominated by proprietary software.

A personal desktop back-up solution

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 9:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A hard drive crash over the holidays left me scrambling to get back to a productive desktop as quickly as possible. Luckily, I had my /home partition on a separate drive, so I didn't lose precious email, stories, research, and pictures. But it did get me thinking about my lack of preparedness. Where was the back-up system I've talked about for years, but never acquired? This is the tale of how I rectified that glaring omission, and built myself a personal back-up system using inexpensive parts and free software.

A driver's license for free software?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 9:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The European Computer Driving License wants to become the world standard certification for computer end-users. What it promises in exchange is more productivity at home and work, an official, international acknowledgment of one's skills and, consequently, more chances to find a qualified job. While ECDL certification tends to be award to those with Windows skills and experience, it could represent an opportunity for free software supporters.

Red Hat tries again with Linux enthusiasts

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat; Story Type: News Story
Two years after its first attempt fell short, Red Hat is trying again to reach beyond its own employees for help developing its Linux line.

Override the GNU C library -- painlessly

  • ZDNetIndia (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
A great way to debug glibc functions is to override the function of interest with your own version. This can be done without having root permissions and without recompiling the libc source. Imagine the pure thrill of writing your own version of open()!

Free Software Magazine - issue 1 is out!

  • FootNotes (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free Software Magazine is a new magazine entirely dedicated to free software. It contains quality articles relating to both technical and non-technical issues. The magazine's goal is to publish good articles which are then released under a free license after publication. The magazine obviously needs subscribers - the more, the better! Also, the magazine's editor (myself) is looking for articles on Gnome. Please contact him if you have any proposals!

Programming Tools: Code Complexity Metrics

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 7:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this month's column, the author explains how to determine code complexity with complexity metrics and introduces his own metric, PyMetric.

Tutorial: KMail In Depth

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 7:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"KMail has long been my Linux email client of choice for a number of reasons: nice clean interface, easily customizable and configurable, stable, and more features than you can shake a stick at. Today we'll dig into migrating from other email clients, encrypting messages and key signing, and configuring multiple accounts and identities..."

Linux misperceptions the greatest challenge: Novell

  • eChannelLine; By Liam Lahey (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
A recent AMI-Partners Inc. report which stated "user challenges and a dearth of applications continue to hinder the growth of Linux servers and on the desktop" prompted one Novell executive to counter that point-of-view.

A Way to Hammer at Windows

  • BusinessWeek (Posted by dave on Jan 13, 2005 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Although IBM's open-source support is no money-maker, it does serve as a deft weapon to undermine Microsoft's markets. Big Blue collects about $1 billion a year in licensing fees from its hoard of 40,000 patents. So it came as quite a surprise to some on Jan. 11 when IBM pledged to make 500 of its software patents, valued at about $10 million, freely available to open-source software projects such as the Linux operating system and the Apache Web page server software. Why would IBM allow others to use its intellectual property free of charge?

Linux: Filesystem In Userspace

Miklos Szeredi provided patches against the 2.6.10 Linux kernel for FUSE, "Filesystem In Userspace". Aptly named, "FUSE exports the filesystem functionality to userspace. The communication interface is designed to be simple, efficient, secure and able to support most of the usual filesystem semantics."

Making the transition to 64 bits

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 13, 2005 5:09 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
As 64-bit PowerPC processors become more widely available, it becomes desirable to make applications run in the 64-bit computation mode, providing access to larger address space and faster 64-bit arithmetic. This excerpt from a longer Technical Library article covers some of the issues faced when porting existing 32-bit code to the new computing model -- or when embarking on new 64-bit development.

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