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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: LXer

LXer is a website, founded by webmaster Dave Whitinger, which publishes up-to-the-minute news on the world of GNU/Linux, the various BSD's, & Open Source/Free Software. Dave Whitinger also co-founded one of the original Linux Community News sites back in the 1990s. This explains, in part, why so many long-time Linux community members have found their way to the site.

Intel, SAP among VCs investing $18.5 million in MySQL

MySQL has secured $18.5 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, the open source database vendor announced Monday. The company plans to spend the money on new product development and expanding its sales and marketing operations. The investors include the venture capital arms of Intel and enterprise applications vendor SAP.

Army makes major Linux HPC cluster move

  • ComputerWorld; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 2:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
FEBRUARY 13, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) - A U.S. Army supercomputing center with a legacy that dates to the first large computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) launched in 1946, is moving to Linux-based clusters in a major hardware purchase that will more than double its computing capability.

Network Neutrality and an Internet with Vision

In recently-aired plans by telephone companies, content providers who are willing to pay extra would get their content delivered at a higher bandwidth. While it's easy to wax indignant over telephone companies' presumptuousness in deciding what packets should travel at what times, it's harder to step back and take in the economic issues driving the proposed change. And there are technical questions about it as well.


Test drive: Kororaa

Ever wanted to try Gentoo, but you didn't want to spend hours compiling to get a working installation? Kororaa may be the answer. It's a great tool to get a working Gentoo installation, rather than a distinct distro in its own right. It takes some of the complexity out of installing Gentoo, but still provides the advantages of Gentoo's Portage system and extensive package availability.

The year ahead in Java Web services

2006, is going to be a banner year for Web services in general, and for Java Web services in particular. New third-generation frameworks are being unveiled, which offer much better support for doc/lit SOAP as well as potential performance improvements. This article looks at both the state of Web services today and the major changes coming in 2006, and get an overview of how the new frameworks and technologies relate and interact.

Linux Networx Announces Record Orders and Growth in 2005

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 11:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Supercomputing Veterans From SGI, Cray Research, Sun Microsystems, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Maui High Performance Computing Center Enhance Executive Leadership Team

Get around MS software when using Windows with portable apps

  LXer feature

On a lot of locations, you are forced you to use Windows, but you are not allowed to install anything on your networked PC. Probably, you think this also forces you to use other MS software; like MS Office and Windows Messenger when using the MSN IM-protocol. Well, think again, because It is possible to put 'portable' apps like Firefox, OpenOffice and Gaim on an USB stick, and use it in Windows without installing anything.


Basic setup of MySQL in GNU/Linux

A concise article explaining the basic setup of MySQL in GNU/Linux

DebCentral interviews Daniel Orsolic the founder of

  •; By Josh King (Posted by jimf on Feb 13, 2006 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
As open source software becomes more and more prevalent in the everyday life or more and more people, many are quick to point to it as evidence of the success of a new way of developing software. However, before there even was an open source community, there was the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Free Software movement. Today, the FSF is as active as ever, promoting their ideals and goals. One group has formed itself around these Free Software ideals, and expanded to include the idea of Free Culture as well. This group has found a home at and the associated Libervis Network, founded by Daniel Orsolic. Recently Daniel took some time to sit down with us and discuss his group's history, future, and share some of his own views and opinions on free Software and Free Culture.

Ellison on why JBoss would be a good buy

Open source: Although it is still merely rumor, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison explains why buying JBoss would make sense. "Rather than fight this open source trend, we think it's important to figure out ways to make it work to our advantage," Ellison says. That doesn't end with JBoss; Oracle reportedly is in talks to purchase Zend Technologies and Sleepycat Software, too.

Beyond CRM mashes it up on the AppExchange

Linux Management F.U.D. is Bogus, Says New Study

  • (Posted by sharonpr on Feb 13, 2006 8:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and member company Levanta today announced the free availability of an Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) study titled "Get the Truth on Linux Management." The study re-examines previously reported, anti-Linux management claims -- deriving updated analysis from in-depth research with more than 200 end users. The "Get the Truth on Linux Management" report is available in its entirety, for free download, at:

HOWTO Recover Files from a Non-Bootable Windows PC using Ubuntu Live

My preaching the joys of Mac to all my coworkers has claimed another victim; John, who I share my office with, purchase a shiny new 20" iMac G5 two days ago. John asked me for a way to get some files off his old Windows PC without booting Windows, because his Windows install is very flaky, and doesn't like to boot anymore. I developed the following procedure using a Ubuntu Live CD.

Research Report Reveals New Facts on Linux Management that Show TCO Superior to Windows

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 7:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Survey of 200 organizations by analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates shows recent gains in Linux management outpacing Windows

Fraunhofer IAO releases a report entitled "Open Source Software: Potential for Use and Economic Efficiency"

  •; By Thomas Renner, Michael Vetter, Sascha Rex, Holger Kett (Posted by jwbr on Feb 13, 2006 7:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Competence Centers Electronic Business and Business Integration of the Fraunhofer IAO releases a report entitled "Open Source Software: Potential for Use and Economic Efficiency," a very comprehensive, objective, and systematic review of Open Source Software and its potential for use in business.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 33

Welcome to our issue number 33 of Fedora Weekly News.

Linux Networx Announces Largest Supercomputing Order in the Company's History

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 7:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
DoD Procurement Includes Two Linux Supercomputing Systems Expected to Be Among the Top Twenty Most Powerful Supercomputers in the World

Aggregating network interfaces

  • Debian Administration; By opk (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Using more than one hard drive to achieve better performance and fault tolerance is very common. Less well known is that it's also possible to aggregate more than one network interface into a single logical interface. In Linux, this is handled by the bonding driver. Benefits of doing this are much the same as the benefits of aggregating discs using RAID: if one device dies, your server carries on working and by using two devices in parallel, performance can be improved.

Open Source is the future as Firefox storms ahead

  • What is the Word; By Archibald Freeman (Posted by tadelste on Feb 13, 2006 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Even as the hype and hoopla surrounding the release of Internet Explorer 7.0 continues to circulate online, it is Firefox, which is quietly doing a great job and is in fact generating more interest that anything that is on the anvil from Redmond at the moment.

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