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A must-read

This is one of the best articles I ever read about teaching and the use of F(L)OSS (free (libre) open source software).

Group Forms To Ease Open Source Vendor-Developer Tensions

The Open Source Development Labs, an industry consortium that employs Linux founder Linus Torvalds, on Wednesday said it has formed a technical advisory board to improve communications between vendors, users and developers of the open-source operating system.

Linux: Maintaining A 2.6.16.y Tree

With the release of the 2.6.16 Linux kernel, Adrian Bunk reiterated his previously debated intention of maintaining the 2.6.16.y kernel tree well into the future.

Mondo Rescue : An easy to use disaster recovery software for GNU/Linux

Mondo Rescue is a robust disaster recovery software which can be used to take snapshots of your hard disk. Have you ever had the occation where your hard disk suddenly died on you? Then this software will help you save a lot of time, efforts in getting up and running with practically no loss of data.

An Opposing Viewpoint -- Microsoft Can't Compete

Mr. Adelstein's article titled " Microsoft Has Stopped Competing with Linux" presented several assertions with which I cannot agree. It also strikes a tone that makes me uncomfortable.

The ISO Process and Schedule for ODF Comment Reconciliation

Since I posted yesterday's blog entry about Microsoft joining the ISO voting comments reconciliation subcommittee, I've received some questions about how that process works, and how long it will take.

Municator: Another ultra-low priced ($146) Linux computer from China

  •; By Charbax (Posted by wolfchri on Mar 23, 2006 11:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is an awesome product! It is a 146$ Linux computer (Thinix OS) from China that does all the basic things most people need, like browsing (firefox), emailing (thunderbird), instant messaging (gaim), skype, word processing (Red Office), audio/video playback (mplayer), e-learning, all through a very user-friendly very basic interface and is software upgradable.

Google Pages launches

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 23, 2006 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google released the first public beta of its Google Pages service Wednesday, allowing users who signed up for the service in January and February to begin creating personal websites using an easy-to-use, browser-based tool. The service gives each user 100 MB of free storage space on Google's servers.

Incorporating special effects on the Desktop - A brief analysis

Is incorporating more eyecandy on the OS a good or bad trend ? This article briefly ponders over this.

Apache chairman: Days numbered for commercial software

The days of selling software through the traditional commercial model are numbered, as open source is becoming the paradigm of choice, said Greg Stein, chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, at the EclipseCon 2006 conference on Wednesday.

Software is becoming is increasingly commoditised, Stein said during his keynote presentation, and more of it is available free and it is easy to get.

Pulling the Wool over Linux?

Companies that try to pull the wool over free software advocates, ultimately fool no one. As advocates, we should either make the OSI enforce their definition or disband.

Novell's premium Linux taking Xen plunge

Novel says its new Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10--which includes virtualization software--is ready for mainstream use.

IBM mulls support charges for Eclipse developers

Where did they all go?

Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, Linspire and FarStone Top Sponsor List for 4th Annual Desktop Linux Summit

Leading Open Source Innovators and Executives Fill Program for April 24-25 Technology Conference in San Diego. [ED: I will be there reporting for - SR]

UAE's Leading Construction Company Migrates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The construction company, whose current projects include the Dubai Tower (the tallest tower in the world), The Dubai International Finance center and the Conference Palace in Abu Dhabi, has seen reduced costs, recognised at least 5x performance gain and already experienced approximately 35% TCO improvement since the deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Second Samba 4 technology preview released today

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Mar 23, 2006 4:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A second test version of the next generation of the open source file and print sharing software Samba has been released to the public, with numerous bugfixes and feature improvements included.

Late Vista, Timely Linux

Opinion: Why does Microsoft keep falling on its face when it comes to deadlines, while Linux and other open-source projects keep right on trucking? (Linux-Watch)

Command line Perl for sysadmins

Using perl -e allows you to specify a script right on the command line. It's a powerful, underused feature even for people who use Perl regularly. Perl's powerful command line options make it a more flexible replacement for sed, awk, and even vi. Combine perl -e with the command line editing capability of modern shells and you can, write, test, and debug in record time.

Microsoft sets Apple straight on security

Do as I say, not as I do.

Wrongfully Accused As A Phisher? Maybe, Maybe Not.

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on Mar 23, 2006 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
If you believed you had been wrongfully accused of phishing, how long would it take you to respond? A day? A week? How about four-and-a-half months? That's the elapsed time between Email Battles' tracking of a phishing scam to a Norwegian website, and the owner's complaint. In the interest of fairness, EB quickly followed-up. The errant website owner's failure to respond in kind may lead reasonable people to question his veracity.

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