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VCs Back Open-Source Upstarts

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Investment flows to companies that help businesses use systems effectively, rather than tie them to one flavor of open-source software

Schools Computer Olympiad gets open source focus

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 2:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SA learners taking part in the CSSA Computer Olympiad this year will be able to put their skills to work on open source software such as Python and stand to win up to R100 000 in prizes. The new focus on open source software for the Olympiad has been boosted by the investment of more than R300 000 by the Shuttleworth Foundation and the CSIR.

Small Linux players show who's boss

Two relative newcomers awarded places on the New South Wales government's panel of preferred open-source suppliers have denied their appointments were a token gesture.

The two-edged sword: Legal computer forensics and open source

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Ryan Purita of Totally Connected Security is one of the leading computer forensic experts in private practice in Canada. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, holding one of the most advanced security qualifications in the world. Working for both the prosecution and the defence in legal cases, Purita has also taught computer security to law enforcement agencies, probation officers and social workers, and is currently developing programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Much of his daily work is an extension of a system administrator's activities. A good part of it involves the advanced use of open source tools, including several standard system tools. His work methods offer fresh perspectives on security, privacy issues and the relative merits of Windows and GNU/Linux -- to say nothing of a niche industry where open source is more than holding its own.

ActiveGrid Releases Open Source Grid Application Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Enables Rapid Development of Native XML Applications and LAMP-based Grid Deployment

Ubuntu 5.04 Final Screenshot Tours

Ubuntu Linux 5.04, code name "Hoary Hedgehog", is now available. It offers the following new features: Simple and fast installation, live CD's for Intel x86, AMD64 and PPC, GNOME 2.10.1, Firefox 1.0.2, first class productivity software, and X.org 6.8.2. - distrowatch

As always, OSDir's got the shots of this hot distro's update. Screenshots come in english, arabic, french, german, hindi, japanese, mandarin, portuguese, russian, and spanish

Knysna municipality turns to Linux for collaboration

With a commitment on the table to using open source in its future technology roadmap, the Southern Cape's Knysna municipality last year was looking to increase the reach and functionality offered by its collaboration solution.

Linux: Managing the Kernel Source With 'git'

Linus Torvalds began working on an interim solution called "git" in the absence of BitKeeper.

Who should maintain open source projects?

  • Java World (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 11:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
When making procurement decisions, it often all comes down to whom you trust. If you're buying a copier or a forklift, a strong brand name can give you confidence in your purchase. The same is true for big-name commercial software. But when it comes to open source, things aren't that simple.

Open Source Unwrapped

  • IT Directors (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 11:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the most important aspects of open source is its power and potential. Whenever the best minds in an industry join forces to create value, the potential is enormous. This has happened with space, cancer research, and the initial Internet itself. There are also political ramifications behind the open source movement. One can draw parallels between the open source movement and the open systems movement of the late 1980s. The open systems movement was intended to loosen IBM's stranglehold on computing. Likewise, the open source movement may well have its roots in loosening Microsoft's grip on power.

Novell rings up Linux for retailers

  • CNET News.com (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 11:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: News Story
New software package aims to help lower costs for stores, as cash registers continue to shift to high-tech.

Mitchell Baker Makes The 2005 'Time' 100

  • mozillaZine (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Time magazine has named Mozilla Foundation President Mitchell Baker as one of the members of the 2005 Time 100, the publication's list of "the 100 most influential people in the world today". Mitchell is placed in the Scientists & Thinkers category, which also includes the likes of economist Jeffrey Sachs and George W. Bush's chief political strategist Karl Rove. A subscription to Time is required to read the article on Mitchell Baker (we'd love to tell you what it says but we don't have a subscription either).

Linux helps RTOS vendor win major defense contract

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LynuxWorks expects to double revenue and increase staffing 30 percent within a year, thanks to an enormous US defense project. The company says its LynxOS-178 operating system was chosen for the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Integrated Computer System (ICS), in part due to Linux binary compatibility.

Sun joins open-source-hating corporate club

  • Techworld.com (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 9:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Sun
Sun Microsystems president Jonathan Schwartz last week justified the company's controversial open-source strategy with an attack on the GPL (GNU General Public Licence), which he characterised as a tool allowing United States businesses to pillage developing countries of their intellectual property.

Open source databases - a sword that cuts both ways?

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Is open source strategic? This is a question that every company thinking about the use of open source products needs to face. If open source is strategic then, like any other strategic resource, it needs to be managed: you need to have a specific strategy for open source products.

Open-Source License Battles Are Brewing

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Just in the last week, the OSI and CA came up with different ideas on how to reform open-source licensing. If you look closely though you'll see their plans are incompatible and that we're in for major open source licensing fights.

Novell and Wincor Nixdorf Sign Agreement to Provide Linux-Based Point-of-Sale Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 8:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Leading Retail Solution Vendor Integrates Novell Linux Point of Service 9 for Linux-Based Deployment to Retailers Worldwide

UKUUG seeks open source award entries

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 8:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source advocacy group the UK UNIX & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) wants your submissions for consideration for its annual award. It is looking for articles or papers; software or products that have made a "significant contribution" to free and open source software.

Linux not ready for prime time enterprise: Microsoft

  • eChannelLine; By Liam Lahey (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
At the corporate level, the Linux platform just can't deliver the total cost of ownership (TCO), integration, ease-of-use, and functionality benefits that Windows offers by comparison. It's a line that has been repeated for many moons, only this time Microsoft Canada decided to try and prove it.

Announcing Fedora Core 4 Test 2

  • Mailing list; By Bill Nottingham (Posted by dave on Apr 11, 2005 7:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
In today's edition of the Herbertville Chronicle, read all about the second test release of Fedora Core 4!

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