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Survey shows open source growing in popularity

  • Tectonic (Posted by tadelste on Jan 24, 2006 5:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Open source use is on the rise in the public and private sectors in the US, with large organisations saving millions of dollars by using open source software, a research study led by Optaros Inc has found.

The research firm sampled 512 US businesses, organisations and government agencies. A clear majority (87%) used open source, with the Linux operating system, the Apache web server, and web browsers among the most popular applications.

"Organisations with annual revenue of more than $1 billion saved an average $3.3 million in 2004 from their open source software," the firm said.

CLI Magic: OpenSSH + Bash

User level: Advanced Other system administrators have fantastic toolboxes for their work. My tools consist of two everyday programs: OpenSSH and the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash). No other tool, whether console-based or GUI, has been so consistently useful to me as these two programs.

Linux developers debate GPL 3 support

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 24, 2006 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Some coders believe the Linux kernel won't use version 3 of the GPL, but Alan Cox wants developers to stop speculating at this early stage

OpenSSL receives FIPS certification

The Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP), a joint effort of the US and Canadian governments, approved the validation of the OpenSSL open source security toolkit for implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols on Friday.

Lobbyists prepare for next software patent battle

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dcparris on Jan 24, 2006 2:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This time the debate around software patents in Europe is going to be 'bigger and more complex' according to an anti-patent campaigner

[Ed: Start now getting ready for the next round of Fun with Software Patents! - dcparris]

Novell Nixes Support Contracts from License Agreements

Novell will no longer force license purchasers into contract license agreements that attach service and support contracts. The company will also offer licenses per device, as well as per user.

American Arium Announces Linux Shared Libraries Debug Feature

Company Releases SourcePoint(TM) 6.2.1

TUSTIN, CA -- 01/23/2006 -- American Arium, an industry leader in hardware-assisted development tools, today announced the release of the latest version of its flagship debugger, SourcePoint™ 6.2.1 for ARM®-architecture processors. SourcePoint 6.2.1 features Linux shared libraries debug support for ARM7™, ARM9™, ARM11™, Intel XScale®, and TI OMAP™ cores. The debugger interfaces with Arium's LC-500 JTAG

It’s an Ubuntu world

  • Free Software Magazine; By Robin Monks (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 24, 2006 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Debian, Ubuntu
A look inside Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu

Open Source Taking Up Residence?

  • BusinessWeek; By Sarah Lacy (Posted by tadelste on Jan 23, 2006 11:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sarah writes: [Gahwlee Bob]: Open source seems to be making strides in the consumer realm, but who all realizes it? The obvious example is Firefox-- but despite its runaway success, how many users realize its open source? And did you know TiVo uses Linux? I didn't until recently.

Open Source Flash Player Revealed

  • DevX.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Jan 23, 2006 10:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the most popular and ubiquitous rich media plug-ins for any browser on almost any platform is the Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash player.

Thanks to efforts of the Free Software Foundation, a Free Software Flash player called GNU Gnash is now in active development. The development is apparently occurring without the help or support of Adobe in any way. An Adobe/Macromedia spokesperson was unable to comment on the development.

Flash player has always been free, but not in the Free and Open Source Software sense, as it is a proprietary application licensed under a closed source license.

Linux the focus of new Australian Masters degree

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 23, 2006 9:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
Charles Sturt University (CSU) has partnered with Linux vendor Novell to offer a two-year postgraduate Masters degree which includes formal Linux certification.

Linux powers cordless videophone

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Jan 23, 2006 8:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Dutch telecom service provider KPN recently began shipping a Linux-powered cordless videophone in the Netherlands. The VP5500 uses "established standards-based technologies like WiFi and Linux," and will become available elsewhere in Europe in 2006, according to consumer electronics giant Philips, manufacturer of the device.

Interview with Alan Robertson of the Heartbeat project

  • Free Software Magazine; By Maria Winslow (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 23, 2006 8:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Heartbeat, a free software project, has crashed the price barrier for Linux high-availablity. Redundancy has never been so affordable, thanks in part to the efforts of Alan Robertson, project lead. I caught up with Alan to find out more about the history of the project, and future plans.

Fox Desktop 1 Review

  • www.capnkirby.com; By Capnkirby (Posted by capnkirby on Jan 23, 2006 7:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
This distro has it all, speed, stability, look and feel and the backing of Fedora Core.  
I can honestly say that if Texstar and the gang over at PCLinuxOS gave up on the project, I have found it's replacement.
It's that good.
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Open Source Desktop Blogging Software that works with Cheap ...

  • Digital Divide Network (Posted by tadelste on Jan 23, 2006 6:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thingamablog is an open source desktop blog tool which, in a blogging world that keeps chattering about Web 2.0, really can make a difference for people who cannot afford expensive hosting and who aren't willing to sign up for accounts at Blogger.com. It gives the blogger control without having to lose themselves in a field of others.

Linux Vendors Step Up Security Focus

"The key focus moving forward is to make sure we build security into every component, every process, every bit of what we're doing," says Mike Ferris, director of security solutions at Red Hat. "When we think about security, it's really about making it ubiquitous."

KlamAV - Bringing The Power of ClamAV To The KDE Desktop

Linux and BSD forum Linux Gangster has published a guide to Bringing The Power of ClamAV To The KDE Desktop explaining how you can use KlamAV to keep viruses off your system.

DataPipe Sponsors Robert X Cringely's NerdTV

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 23, 2006 3:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
DataPipe Partners With Technology Pundit and PBS.org to Deliver Online Television Series

Red Hat hopes for Linux on new Apple computers

The release of Intel's CPUs for the new Macs has not got unnoticed by any vendors. Linux is known for the variety of systems it runs on, including many Macs, and Red Hat is hoping to have support for Linux on the new Intel-based Apple machines as well.

”Red Hat spokeswoman Gillian Farquhar confirmed last week that the company hopes to help its developers figure out how to get Linux working on the new Macs. "That's definitely happening," Farquhar said of the effort, though it hasn't gone far because the Linux seller doesn't yet have any of Apple's new machines.”

Linux goes whaBAM!

Some may think the last thing the world needs is another Web entity that includes an exclamation point in its name, but whaBAM! founder Eren Niazi wanted a moniker for his new online auction site that would grab attention. WhaBAM, built on Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, is Niazi's second venture featuring open source software.

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