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Open Pawn Project: Something new under the sun

As many as three-quarters of all Linux desktop systems use KDE as their primary desktop. While the GNOME desktop has made great strides over the last few years, KDE is clearly the more stable and mature choice for business users.

Sharp adds hard disk to its Linux PDA

  • PC World Magazine; By Paul Kallender (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sharp has added a hard-disk drive to its latest Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant), and is considering selling the Linux operating system-based device abroad, the company said Friday.

Linux, remember your training

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 7:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
For Linux and open source to succeed in the enterprise, it could all come down to a matter of proper planning and competent training. John Horn, CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate Software, said both of these components are necessary if an enterprise is considering open source technologies in areas such as the desktop, database and server.

Matrix's Red Hat Linux sales soar tenfold

Matrix, which locally [in Israel] sells the Red Hat Linux infrastructure, has reported that its Linux sales reached NIS 1 million in the third quarter - a 10-fold increase on the second quarter, when it began its operations.

The Kiwi behind Firefox

Ben Goodger is the lead engineer for the open-source browser Firefox, which has been gaining in popularity in a market overwhelmingly dominated by Microsoft. He talks about Firefox's history, and how he sees it competing with Longhorn.

Open source products grab corporate attention

  • Network World on Linux; By Jennifer Mears (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: JBoss, MySQL
When the Internet travel market began to kick into high gear in 2002, National Leisure Group, which sells vacation packages through sites such as Orbitz and, knew it had to step its services up a notch. It embarked on a project to create an online system that could put together custom vacations for prospective customers in minutes.

Linux-based visual computing system

SGI has released the Silicon Graphics Prism Linux-based visual computer product line. Applications include cancer research, disaster preparedness, oil exploration and car safety analysis.

BMW dealer upgrades from Windows to Linux

Town and Country BMW, located in Markham, Ontario, used to rely on a variety of Microsoft products for its information technology infrastructure. Now the auto dealership, with the help of an IT outsourcing consultant, has slipped a Linux appliance into the mix that has eliminated difficulties with viruses, incompatibility, and security.

Build a network router on Linux

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 18, 2004 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zebra is open source TCP/IP routing software that is similar to Cisco's Internetworking Operating System (IOS). Flexible and powerful, it can handle routing protocols such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and all of their various flavors. This article shows how to set up Zebra and use it to manage routes dynamically in conjunction with real Cisco hardware.

Confessions of a recent Linux convert

Few organisations are able to upgrade all their equipment to keep up with new versions of Microsoft Windows. Certainly not cash-constrained think-tanks. We would initially run old versions of Windows and ignore the new ones. Soon, we were not able to read documents that came in from colleagues abroad. It wasn’t a pleasant experience.

Linux wants to earn your trust

  •; By Michael Hardy (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) Inc. officials are developing Trusted Linux, a highly secure version of Linux that will rival Unix in environments in which security is the highest priority. The operating system will provide a platform for TCS applications.

Red Hat promotes embedded Linux

Red Hat has launched a programme to support embedded deployments of its Enterprise Linux product. This is the latest move in the company's turn-around over embedded Linux: earlier this year it announced a deal with Wind River, a vendor of embedded software, to jointly develop an embedded variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Ubuntu: What's the deal?

It seems that you can't find a review that doesn't sing the praises of this new Linux distribution. What's the deal? Can a new distro really be this hot? At OSDir, we've put together 140+ screenshots of Ubuntu's last week release (4.10 RC) to let you be the judge. development boosted by Arab and Israeli collaboration

The Hebrew and Arabic teams have cooperated on local versions of the open-source productivity application, which celebrated its fourth birthday on Wednesday. Similarities between the Arabic and Hebrew languages have enabled groups of Israeli and Arab developers to assist each other in solving common problems developing local versions of software.

Driving Mr. Tux -- Linux takes on automotive apps

  • (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Metrowerks has set out to drive Linux further into the automotive telematics market by launching what it calls "Automotive Grade Linux," a version of the open source operating system enhanced with non-traditional features to address the specific requirements of automotive telematics. In entering the automotive telematics market, Metrowerks can expect to face stiff competition from Microsoft, which has aggressively pursued that market for several years; but Metrowerks is counting on its close relationship with parent company and automotive telematics chip leader Freescale to help its Linux-based solution succeed.

Linux lowdown

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 3:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Consider the options with open source certification.

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 18 October 2004

  • Mailing list; By Ulrich Plate (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 3:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Gentoo
Gentoo's next release is being prepared, with previews to be expected this week, writes the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter. Other things in motion reported this week are the translation lead role for the Japanese GWN that is being transfered, a particularly rich community and press coverage, international news from Germany and Italy, and a little Q & A game about Gentoo's initscripts and how to deal with them properly.

Is U.S. cyber-security policy leaving critical mainframe systems at risk?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security experts disagree over how well the U.S. government and the nation's industries have protected and defended the critical infrastructure of North American networks, but one thing they agree upon is the increased vulnerability inherent in both control systems running Windows and connections with the Internet.

Open-source TCO Favors Large European Companies

  • TechWeb (Posted by dave on Oct 18, 2004 12:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Large European companies benefit the most from using open-source software for servers and on the desktop, while small and midsize companies see very little financial benefit, an analyst firm said Monday.

Firefox Preview Release: 5 Million Downloads

The SpreadFirefox campaign has hit a "5 million downloads" milestone.

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