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EU governments gather to promote open source

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 5:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Dutch prime minister and the office of the Irish prime minister have urged other European governments to consider open source software in the spirit of "inter-agency collaboration".

In-depth Review: What Makes Firefox 1.0 So Compelling

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla's new Firefox Web browser can make believers even out of loyal Internet Explorer proponents.

Speakers Annoucned For Security-Enhanced Linux Symposium

  • Security Pronews (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
The Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) Symposium announced speakers for its inaugural Symposium.

Linux set for ERP ascendency

  • The Register (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 12:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux will continue to increase its share of the valuable Enterprise Resource Planning market at the expense of both Microsoft and other Unix vendors, accroding to research by Peerstone.

DoCoMo develops Linux, Symbian common software platform

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 9:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, has developed a common software platform that can run on both the Linux and Symbian operating systems used in its 3G (third generation) mobile phones, the company said Thursday.

Is Linux about to fork?

Linux could be about to fork. In a worrying parallel to the issue that stopped Unix becoming a mass-market product in the 1980s - leaving the field clear for Microsoft - a recent open source conference saw a leading Linux kernel developer predict that there could soon be two versions of the Linux kernel.

Linux OS sales boost Novell

Software maker Novell posted a quarterly net profit Thursday on stronger sales of Linux operating software and a boost to earnings from a weaker dollar.

Novell Credits Revenue Rise Largely to Linux

The company saw a 5 percent increase in revenue over the year-ago quarter—and subscriptions to its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server product went up by 68 percent.

An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development, Part 2

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 9:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Part 2 in a series on embedded development explains how to establish serial communication between an LBox and a workstation, compile tool chains and write and run a simple program.

Red Hat Spreads Wings In Southern India

In an effort to further tap a growing interest in Linux down south, Open Source vendor Red Hat announced yesterday the opening of its sales and support office in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Ballmer attacks Linux on patent front

  • CNET; By Ina Fried (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer warned on Thursday that Linux may not really be free given the intellectual-property risks that could be posed by the open-source operating system.

Gagne: Making a painless exit from Windows, Outlook

In his book, Ready...Set...Linux!, Marcel Gagne zipped users through the move from Windows to Linux desktops. He knows that businesses tend to move more slowly and tread more carefully than users. So, in this interview and in his new book, Moving to the Linux Business Desktop, Gagne describes ways to ease out of the bonds that bind a business to Microsoft. As icing on the cake, he offers some tips on using Linux shells.

IBM tops server speed test

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 7:36 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM's new top-end Power5-based Unix server has a commanding lead in a performance test of servers running a large database.

Make: The Evolution and Alternatives

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 7:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
The following article is adapted from the foreword to the third edition of Managing Projects with GNU make. The make utility is an enticing servant, always there and always accommodating. Like the indispensable sidekicks found in many novels and movies, make starts out as the underappreciated supplicant to whom you throw a few odd jobs, and then gradually takes over the entire enterprise.

Sun's 'Mustang': open, but not open source

  • EE Times Online (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems is releasing early source code snapshots of its next desktop Java release, aiming to get more outside programmers involved in the development process. The company last month released J2SE 5.0, also known as "Tiger," and recently started work on the next version of J2SE. Although the project, code-named "Mustang," is still in its earliest stages, Sun has posted the code on its Web site for developers to download, test and evaluate.

IBM: 'Inertia' holding back government desktop Linux adoption

Senior IBM executives claim a few key government departments will drive the momentum around Linux on the client.

Open Source Licenses Are Not All the Same

One of the most significant developments in the software and web development community in the past few years has been the increased use of open source software. It's vital for any programmer, web designer, or other computer professional to understand that open source licenses are not all the same. The differences between licenses can have a big impact on how you may use or distribute the software.

Microsoft's Ballmer repeats Linux patent claim

A report said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has warned Asian governments contemplating using Linux that they risk being sued for using the operating system. According to Reuters, Ballmer repeated his claim that Linux breaches 228 patents, but didn't elaborate on what these might be.

EC announces Open Standards Definition

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2004 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The "Open Standards and Libre Software in Government" conference held in coordination with the Dutch Presidency of the European Union in The Hague concluded successfully yesterday. Keynote speakers on behalf of the Dutch prime minister and the office of the Irish prime minister urged governments to consider open source software in spirit of inter-agency collaboration. The European Commission launched its definition of Open Standards, and several representatives of EU ministries announced major national open source and free software efforts.

My workstation OS: Mepis Linux

I began using Linux in 2001 with Mandrake, but I wanted to try other distributions. I spent time with Peanut Linux, SUSE, Ark, Onebase, and Debian. And then it happened: On my neverending quest for the perfect distribution I discovered Mepis. It has not left my desktop since I installed it. Although I have tried several distros since, I haven't found one that pleases me more than Mepis.

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