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The GPL is not a compromise

  •; By Shashank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Sep 29, 2006 4:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever since the word (neigh, rumors) got out about a possible new version of the GPL being worked upon, people have been restless. There were talks about the issues this new version might and should address even before any official announcement was made by the Free Software Foundation. that GPLv3 was a possibility. Now that two drafts have been released, there are still talks, people are still fuming about the issues this new version addresses and the way it does so and discussing the need for all the trouble.

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Mini Linux PC breaks $100 barrier

Taiwanese integrator E-Way Technology Systems is shipping a tiny, 200MHz x86-compatible mini PC for $99, in single quantities. The TU-40 is passively cooled, comes with 128MB of RAM, and can run lightweight versions of Linux, such as Puppy, the company says.

Report: Open Source BI Broadens Out in Myriad Directions

With business intelligence (BI) heading more widely into Linux these days, vendors are adding more open source componentry in a variety of places, much to the glee of users ranging from financial services firm Tradewinds to health care IT specialist Nequalsone. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

OSDL: Patent Infringement Not a Real Open-Source Threat

The issues of patents, indemnification and the potential risk of using open-source software took center stage at the keynote panel of industry leaders at the Gartner Open Source Summit.

A step-by-step demonstration of using RSS and Atom

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Ying Ying Lin (Posted by solrac on Sep 29, 2006 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
This article shows you the modern way with a step-by-step demonstration of implementing a general news publication architecture using RSS and Atom syndication formats. This will diffinetly ease the process and minimize human error and streamline the approach to news feeds.

Open source unlocks options for many businesses

  • TechWorld; By Jennifer Mears (Posted by devnet on Sep 29, 2006 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When Tony Losey came to the 3Sixty Group in 2003 he saw that, like many small companies, the manufacturing firm didn't have much in the way of advanced systems. It was running an old ERP system on machines that dated back to 1992, there was no company intranet and executives had pushed the company's Web site, a key business driver, to an outside hosting provider.

Linux: Suspend and Resume

A recent thread on the lkml explored the current state of suspend and resume in the Linux kernel. Nigel Cunningham responded to a patch for uswsusp exclaiming, "guys! Why can't you see yet that all this uswsusp business is sheer lunacy?" He went on to reiterate his concerns that the important logic involved in suspending will take place in the kernel, and that trying to move it to userspace won't work.

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M-systems migrates DiskOnChip to open-source drivers

Flash pioneer Msystems is migrating its newest DiskOnChip flash storage chips to open-source drivers. Set for production this month, and targeting Linux phones, the mDOC H3 runs complex and commercially-sensitive flash management algorithms on an embedded ARM7-based controller, rather than in the host driver.

Bigger, better CrossOver adds WoW to Linux

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 28, 2006 8:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Would-be Windows-on-Linux gamers got a very early Christmas present today, with the release by CodeWeavers of the first public beta of CrossOver 6.0, with support for World of Warcraft and other "steam-based" games such as Half Life 2 and Counterstrike.

Review: Zimbra messaging software

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 28, 2006 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zimbra calls itself a "leader in open source messaging and collaboration," but does it live up to the name? I spent some time evaluating the suite, and while Zimbra isn't perfect, it's a decent collaboration suite that is well worth looking at if you don't already have something in place.

The Pet Peevo with TiVo

I'm sorry to see that my blog entry on recent controversies over freedom turned into a thread about TiVo. But since TiVo seems to be such a hot button, I would like to address that issue directly. I made the point in the discussion that TiVo did not license its hardware under the GPL (duh, GPL is a software license, after all), or even a GPL-like license. So all the fuss about what rights you have with respect to TiVo hardware is nonsense.

IPv6 For Real

IPv6 still seems like one of those “oh, maybe someday” things to do. But I think the sooner it gets rolled out the better. There are more advantages than just having a bigger address pool. So I shamelessly promote my own three-part series on why bother, how to read and understand IPv6 addresses, and finally how to use it IRL (in real life.)

1. Under the Hood with IPv6
2. Understand IPv6 Addresses
3. Getting Around IPv6

Linux-based LiveKiosk offers low-cost browsing

What connects bikers thousands of miles away from home, customers waiting for a tire change, and technology conference attendees? All of them can check their email and surf the 'Net for free, with the help of Linux-based

SMB Linux Use on the Rise

  • eWeek Channel Insider; By Herman Mehling (Posted by devnet on Sep 28, 2006 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
A growing number of the estimated 5.8 million small and midsize businesses in the United States are buying Linux solutions, mostly from solution providers, according to research from AMI-Partners. Linux, according to AMI, of New York, is benefiting from a growing acceptance of open-source products overall.

Edgy Eft beta later today

The next version of the now wildly popular Linux distribution, Edgy Eft, is due for its beta release today. As the name suggests, Edgy Eft will include bleeding-edge Linux technologies, with many of the packages expected in Edgy to be beta themselves.

Nigerian internet exchange set to come on stream

  •; By Jonah Iboma, Hana (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 28, 2006 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nigeria will spend about 30 million naira on the construction of a national Internet Exchange Point. The exchange point, which is expected to be commissioned by Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo within days, will make it possible to keep local internet traffic within the country.

Enable WebSphere MQ in Informix Applications

In its simplest form, WMQ is provides reliable messages exchange between two end points. When Informix applications use WMQ, you write custom code, manage multiple connections, and route data through your application. Now you can simplify MQing with Informix Dynamic Server V10 UC3. It has built-in support for interaction between Informix and WMQ using SQL callable functions with two-phase commit support.

The Great Software Schism

Following Nicholas Petreley'sdiscussion of the GNU GPLv3 debate from one angle, I'd like to look at it from another - that of the cultures of the two groups involved - and what this implies for the future.

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