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Bringing MySQL compatibility to PostgreSQL

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: MySQL; Story Type: News Story
Despite having a strong feature set and excellent performance and stability, PostgreSQL lags significantly behind MySQL in one key area: Many more open source projects support MySQL than PostgreSQL. That limits PostgreSQL adoption to some extent because many users choose MySQL not because it's superior to PostgreSQL, but because their favorite open source project supports only MySQL. Christopher Kings-Lynne wants to change that.

OSDL cautiously optimistic on desktop Linux

Meeting of minds?

Knock Knock. Who's There? Mandriva

To say that Mandriva has been quiet on the Linux front lately might just qualify as an understatement. The Paris-based Linux distribution company has had a rough road these last couple of years, having pulled themselves out of redressement judiciaire (the French equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US) in March 2004.

OpenVZ Project Introduces Website to Support Operating System Virtualization Technology for Open Source Community

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 10:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
HERNDON, Va., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The OpenVZ project today introduced a website ( to freely distribute and offer support to the open source project promoting operating system virtualization through a collaborative, community effort.

Cutting the tcp/ip network connection with cutter

  • nixCraft; By nixCraft (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 9:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
An essential utility for network or Linux firewall administrator.

ODF/XML Open Forum: Something Happened!

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 9:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There was a lot of talk at the Open Forum on ODF and XML in Massachusetts yesterday. Followed by a lot of head-scratching by the multiple journalists in attendance over what, if anything, had happened. In fact, something did happen: Microsoft enunciated a strategy that is based upon coexistence with, rather than undermining ODF

Microsoft has most likely made a strategic decision that it will be sufficient for its XML Reference Schema to be blessed by Massachusetts – as compared to pressing for a final decision that would *include* its Schema while *excluding* ODF - a significant development in that in September it appeared that the goal was to block ODF from adoption at all.

University to get new open source lab

  • Inside Bay Area (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 8:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The University of California, Berkeley's College of Engineering is expected to announce today the opening of a new Internet research lab and collaboration with Google, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems that will pump $7.5 million into the lab.

The new RAD Lab, to be located in Soda Hall, will focus its research on open source development of software for Internet services, according to the university. Technically, it will work on so-called Reliable, Adaptive and Distributed (RAD) systems, thus the name RAD Lab.

PCLinuxOS team releases v0.92 beta

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 8:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The PCLinuxOS development team has announced that PCLinuxOS 0.92 is now available for download. PCLinuxOS, a relatively new distribution (less than a year old), is an English-only Mandrake (now Mandriva) Linux derivative

Student council implements new voting system

The second semester student council election has elicited a new electronic voting system at Paly.

The student government decided to allow voting to be completely voluntary, after teachers from the history department voiced complaints to the council that the old mandatory voting system was flawed. According to a member of the council, the history teachers claimed that the old method of handing out ballots in social studies classes was undemocratic because it obligated students to vote, while the right to vote is actually discretionary.

Australia reluctantly contributes to open source

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 7:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australian companies are not only lagging behind the United States and Asia when deploying Linux and open source software (OSS), they are also reluctant to contribute developer time back into the OSS community

Impressions: Kubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2

  •; By Distro Reviews (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Unlike a lot of people, I get very excited when a new beta of Ubuntu/Kubuntu is released. It's amazing how Ubuntu has taken the Linux community by storm over the past couple of years. Finally, Linux is stepping up to be a real contender on the desktop.

Taiwan's Quanta selected to build $100 Linux laptop

  • (Posted by bstadil on Dec 15, 2005 6:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Taiwan's Quanta Computer has been selected to produce $100 Linux laptops developed at MIT, for eventual distribution to children in developing countries

[ED- We have covered this before but if this pans out according to plan Linux will get additional 4%-8% of the desktop market. -bstadil]

Postgresql 8.1.1 Released

  • Database Journal (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the month since the release of 8.1.0 several minor bugs have been fixed, which have been accumulated into the 8.1.1 release. 7.3.12, 7.4.10 and 8.0.5 patch releases are also available.

How-To Resize Your Windows Partition To Make Room For Linux

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by rd2005 on Dec 15, 2005 6:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This is an easy step by step guide on how to resize your Windows partition using Knoppix to make room for a new Linux partition

Impressions: Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2

  •; By Distro Reviews (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 15, 2005 5:36 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP, Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Flight CD 2 announced it's released today. It was with great excitement that I proceeded to download this latest Ubuntu release to give it a shot.

Google improves music searches

  • Macworld; By James Niccolai, IDG News Service (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google revamped its Web search engine on Thursday to make it easier for users to find music-related content such as lyrics and track listings. It is pushing into an area that has been raising eyebrows among record labels.

Apache 2.2.0: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Apache 2.2.0 is major release of the Apache httpd server and includes a number of critical changes. Many of these changes are improvements of existing modules, but there are also a number of new modules and improvements in some aspects of the operational functionality. This article will cover some of the specific elements that have changed (with examples and alternative configurations) as well as discuss when to upgrade to the new version and when to wait for a future revision.

ODF: The Better, More Affordable Office Standard

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: If you take a close look, as many people have, it's clear that ODF, and not Open XML, is the better document standard.

OSDL cautiously optimistic on desktop Linux

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Dec 15, 2005 2:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has voiced cautious optimism that its latest initiative could finally herald a mass-market for Linux on the desktop.

Stymie RIAA / MPAA spider bots

p2p news / p2pnet: "Hiya," says an email we received a couple of hours ago. We don't usually open emails that start with Hiya. But this one looked a little different and, "I'm an open source developer and I've just finished a project I thought you might be interested in writing about," it said ----- a php script that, "generates fake apache directory indexes for the purpose of slowing, and overloading with false positives the RIAA/MPAA's spider bots."

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