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Apple Needs to Make OS X Open-Source

A cloud is rising over Mac OS X and its future unless Apple makes its boldest move ever: turning OS X into an open-source project. That would make the battle between OS X and Linux the most interesting one on the computer scene. With all attention turned in that direction, there would be nothing Microsoft could do to stem a reversal of its fortunes.

Micro Center isn't a happy home for Linux

Last November, Linspire issued a press release announcing that Micro Center would be devoting floor space and staff to desktop Linux. I decided to take a trip to my local Micro Center this week to see how that initiative was going. Unfortunately, the answer is not so well.

[That seems to be the approach many retailers, including a number of smaller custom PC shops take. Then they wonder why there's no interest in GNU/Linux. Hmmm... - dcparris]

Virtualization: The time has come

  • Network World; By John Dix (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 10:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The virtualization ember that VMware fanned into a fire is about to explode into a conflagration as major players pour on fuel. Consider these developments:

Open Source and Anti-Virus Don't Mix

  • eWEEK Linux; By Jim Rapoza (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 9:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Opinion: But they could and should make a match of it—and we'd be better off if they did.

Asian firms team up on Linux for enterprises

China, South Korea and Japan plan to set up a joint venture next week to develop and sell an Asian version of Linux software products, a Beijing-based software company said yesterday. The joint venture, called Asianux, will be formally launched at a news conference on Monday, said Chase Fan, market manager at Red Flag Software Co.

Handheld Linux gaming platform available stateside

A Linux-based handheld gaming platform that runs native and emulated games is shipping in the US. Gamepark's GP2X is powered by a pair of ARM9 processors, has an "open-source" API and development tools, and can run thousands of classic console video games, online retailer Dynamism says.

Soliddb™ Storage Engine for MySQL

A prototype of solidDB™ Storage Engine for MySQL will be available for download and community testing on April 24, 2006.

Server Protection for Linux Platform Enhanced

San Jose, California - (The Hosting News) - April 17, 2006 - Enterprise security firm, Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS), has launched Linux support for its Proventia Server Intrusion Prevention System product line.

Netbeans attempts to eclipse Eclipse

NetBeans 5.0 is an intuitive, well-designed Java development platform with superb collaboration capabilities and several remarkable features, including the new Matisse GUI builder. The limited number of plug-ins hamper wider acceptance, however, and some of the new features have rough edges.

Red Hat Again Tries to Move Beyond OS Level

Planned purchase of JBoss gives Linux vendor new hope in app server market

Leave Eclipse plug-in headaches behind with OSGi

  • developerWorks; By ibm (Posted by solrac on Apr 17, 2006 5:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Find out how to write extensions in code for other plug-ins while not creating a binary dependency on those other plug-ins with the Eclipse V3.2's dynamic-extensions API. Accomplish all of this and more with the Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) services API and the dynamic APIs.

VPNs Illustrated: Tunnels, VPNS, and IPsec -- A Book Review

  • Linux Journal; By Geoff Baker (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 4:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Practical, well-documented advice that can help secure your system.

Little Penguin Delivers With Linux Live CD

If you really like what you see, Kororaa has just released version 0.2 of the Live CD with a complete installer, so you can have all that 3D loveliness on your hard drive. In case you're wondering, a Kororaa is a small Antipodean penguin. Tux the penguin is the symbol of Linux.

Open source vs. proprietary management tools

  • IT Managers Journal; By Ranga Rangachari (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In deciding between open source and proprietary management tools, an organization may have to decide whether it's willing to forgo some niche features in exchange for a less costly tool that does 80% of what its proprietary counterpart does equally well. Large enterprises will typically pay for all the added features and functionality because they may actually use them. But the real sweet spot for open source management tools is the mid-market companies that want to manage things in a reliable way with a tool that's reasonable to set up, configure, and maintain, without a hefty price tag. With the advancement of open source management solutions, quality is becoming just as important a differentiator as value.

10 Infamous Moments In Security Research

  • InformationWeek; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is simply a list of some major security issues. The real story is here.

10th anniversary of Croatian LUG

On wednesday, Croatian LUG (HULK) will celebrate 10th anniversary of existance. Event will take place at Boogalo in Zagreb and it will start in 20:00, 19th of April. Specially for this event, LUG engaged DJ Pytzek who will play EGOBOO.bits and other music from artists who publish their work under Creative Commons license. Event is organized during DORS/CLUC conference (you can still sign in for the conference), so you can meet some conference speakers too. Celebration event is open to everyone, so if you are near Zagreb, don't miss this opportunity to get free beer (free as a beer ;) ).

Hands-on testing of the new Linux virus

Thanks to one of our readers, NewsForge has obtained a copy of the widely reported Windows/Linux cross-platform "proof of concept" virus. News reports thus far on the code have contradicted themselves: some reported the virus can replicate itself on both Windows and Linux, others saying it has a viral nature only on Windows. Testing by both NewsForge staff and Hans-Werner Hilser may reveal why the confusion.

Open Letter to D-Link about their NTP vandalism

  • people.freebsd.org; By Poul-Henning Kamp (Posted by incinerator on Apr 17, 2006 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
D-Link delivers wifi-routers with badly configured NTP server lists. Despite violating service agreements and effectively DDos'ing these servers, D-Link denies any compensation.

CLI Magic: Is that CD still fresh?

Ever wonder if that ISO or backup CD or DVD you burned last year is still good? This week we'll take a look at a small command-line utility called cdck that checks the condition of data on the media and let you know if it's still good.

2006 Install Fest

Last weekend, April 15-16, 2006, the third Install Fest was organized by Free Software Macedonia, at the facilities of “Narodna Tehnika” in Skopje. This year’s edition, in addition to installation of free software for the visitors, indluded several other activities: workshops, lectures, debates...

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